PHILADELPHIA – With the new academic year just beginning, the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have announced their schedules for 2016-17.
“We are looking forward to an extremely competitive slate this year,” said head coach Mike Schnur. “It will be quite a challenge with only one home meet, but I am looking forward to competing against Army again, and bringing our team up to West Point.”
The Quakers, who are coming off historic seasons on both sides, will compete in seven dual and tri-meets, to go along with a championship weekend at the Total Performance Invitational.
Penn will look to build off last year’s momentum when they open up the season at Army West Point on Nov. 4. The Quakers and Cadets will be joined by Columbia for a season-opening tri-meet.
The Red and Blue will then take the short trip to the Main Line to face off against Big 5 rival, Villanova, on Nov. 12. Both Penn squads defeated the Wildcats last season at Sheerr Pool.
The Quakers will dive back into conference action the following weekend, as they travel up to Ithaca for a tri-meet against Cornell and Princeton on Nov. 19.
The Red and Blue’s first semester will wrap up with a trip to Kenyon College for the Total Performance Invite on Dec. 1-3. The Quaker men and women each topped the field at last year's event.
The New Year will commence with a pair of Ivy League tri-meets on consecutive weekends in January. It be a trip to Yale to take on the Bulldogs and Dartmouth on Jan. 7, followed by the Quakers’ lone home meet of the season against Harvard and Brown on Jan. 14.
Penn will close out the regular season with a dual meet against La Salle on Jan. 25, and another against West Chester on Jan. 27.
As always, following about three weeks off, the year will culminate with championships season in mid-February. The women’s Ivy League championships will kick things off on Feb. 16-18, while the men’s Ancient Eight meet will take place the following weekend on Feb. 23-25. The women’s squad will travel to Brown, while Harvard will serve as the hosts for the men.
The Quakers placed fourth at the conference championships last year on the women’s side, eclipsing 1,000 points for just the second time in program history. The men finished third with their highest point total ever (1213.5), and a school-record six Ivy titles.
The ECAC Championships will coincide with the Ivy League men’s meet on the weekend of February 24-26.
The 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will be held in Indianapolis on March 16-18 for the women, and March 23-25 for the men.
The Quakers had six individuals earn berths to NCAA’s last year on the men’s side, including Chris Swanson, who claimed Penn’s first-ever swimming National Championship in the 1650.