Swimming and Diving Squads Off to Ohio to End 2015

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will wrap up the calendar year with a trip to Gambier, Ohio this weekend for the Total Performance Invitational. Kenyon College and the James A. Steen Aquatic Center will serve as the site for the three-day event, with Davidson College, Depauw University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Johns Hopkins University rounding out the field.

The Field
Kenyon comes in as the top-ranked Division III men’s program according to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), while the women’s squad is slotted No. 2. In addition to the Lords, Johns Hopkins (M6/W6), Depauw (M19/W10) and Carnegie Mellon (M15/W11) are also all slotted in the top 25 in the CSCAA on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Davidson is a Division I program, which just finished its first season in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Past Performance Invites
The Quakers have had a great deal of success over the years at the Total Performance Invitational, with the men and women combining for 11 team championships over the last six seasons.

The men topped last year’s field by winning 14 total events for a score of 2,709.5, while the women tallied eight triumphs and finished more than 1,000 points better (2,635) than the field.

For the second year in a row at Kenyon, Chris Swanson broke the school record in the 1650 free with a time of 14:43.87. Swanson’s swim was also good enough to make an NCAA ‘A’ cut.

In addition, the 800-free relay squad of departed senior Dillon McHugh, senior Eric Schultz, junior Michael Wen, and junior Kevin Su also snapped a school mark.

On the women’s side, junior Ellie Grimes broke the school record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:15.99. She also snapped the pool record in the 400 IM, touching the wall in 4:20.94.

Last Time Out
Both the men’s and the women’s squads split with Princeton and Cornell in their first tri-meet of the season on November 21. The Quakers each defeated Cornell, but could not overcome the defending Ivy League champions on either side.

The women picked up seven wins on the day, with Rochelle Dong notching a pair of individual wins (100 back, 100 fly), along with a relay triumph. Madison Visco also put together a pair of victories, sweeping the distance events.

The Quakers registered five individual wins on the men’s side, as well as a top swim in the 400-free relay. Alex Peterson was especially impressive, taking the 1,000-free title with a time of 9:15.30. The sophomore defeated the field by a full five seconds.

The relay team of Thomas Dillinger, Schultz, Wen, and Su took home first in the 400 free with a time of 3:01.7.

To view a live stream of the Total Performance Invitational, click HERE. You can also follow all the live results by downloading the Meet Mobile App on your mobile device, and searching the meet.

The invitational will begin with the two distance events on Thursday.