PRINCETON, N.J. – It was certainly an exciting first day of the 2015 Ivy League Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, as University of Pennsylvania junior Chris Swanson took the crown in the 500 free for the second consecutive year. Hosted by Princeton in DeNunzio Pool, Swanson, junior Eric Schultz, and the 400 medley relay team all set new school records and helped the Red and Blue to end Thursday in fourth place with 286 points.
Day One Standings
1. Princeton 488 pts.
2. Harvard 385 pts.
3. Yale 326 pts.
4. Penn 286 pts.
5. Cornell 202 pts.
6. Columbia 199 pts.
7. Brown 196 pts.
8. Dartmouth 140 pts.
This is the first year that the Quakers have taken both the men’s and women’s 500 free titles at the Ivy League Championships Meet. Last weekend, freshman Virginia Burns won the event in 4:45.67.
Not only did Swanson swim his way to a new school record, he also set a new pool and meet record with his B-Cut time of 4:17.53. The previous record holder, Princeton's Travis McNamara, was the award presenter of the event and watched his time of fall in DeNunzio Pool. McNamara’s record of 4:18.04 was set in 2009.
Also swimming the 500 free was freshman Taylor Uselis, junior Bradley Wachenfeld, and senior Eric Vanden Noort. Both Uselis and Wachenfeld swam in the B-Final, scoring a combined 31 points, while Vanden Noort added another three with his placing in the C-Final.
Sophomores Grant Proctor and Michael Wen swam in the championship final of the 200 IM and scored a total of 46 team points. Both swimmers made the B-Cut, and Proctor’s time of 1:46.46 was just one tenth of a second shy from the school record (1:46.36).
Despite taking silver in the 50 free championship finals, Schultzbroke the record he set last year in the sprint event and dropped his time (19.70) by almost two tenths of a second. His B-Cut time of 19.54 earned him the second-place finish, but his preliminaries time will be the one that goes on the board in Sheerr Pool, after clocking at 19.51.
While the Quakers started the evening off with a fifth place finish in the 200 free relay (1.19.65), the 400 medley relay team finished strong, winning silver. McHugh, Yu, Wen, Schultz clocked in at 3:11.82, breaking the record of 3:13.06 set at last year’s Ivy League Championships.
Action will continue tomorrow with preliminaries at 11 a.m. Finals will start at 6 p.m.