Six months of practice. 22 weeks of doubles. Thousands of miles swam. And it all comes down to three days in February.
Without exaggeration, for the Quakers, this entire season has been about one thing – going fast at Ivy League Championships.
Ask anybody, and they’ll tell you that college is the time to change who you are.
But Penn swimming phenom Virginia Burns didn’t foresee the transformation she would undergo.
What is it like to dedicate your entire life to one institution?
Perhaps no question is more pertinent to Penn swimming coach, Mike Schnur.
While Senior Day may have only been Saturday , that didn’t stop Penn Swimming and Diving from sending out their graduating class with a full weekend of success.
It’s Harvard’s world, and unfortunately for Penn men’s and women’s swimming and diving, they are still living in it.
Winter has finally arrived here in Philadelphia, but while temperatures fall, things are just starting to heat up for Penn in the Ivy League swimming season.
In a season defined by dominant veteran performances, Penn swimming’s youth movement made a mark of its own over the weekend.
Matched up against a field composed mainly of Division III programs — including Kenyon College, the nation’s top-ranked Division III squad — the Red and Blue dominated at Kenyon’s Total Performance Invitational, winning 28 events across men’s and women’s competition en route to two commanding team victories.
Division I, meets Division III. On Thursday, the Quakers will compete against teams from Kenyon College, Johns Hopkins, and Carnegie Mellon in the first of three days at the Total Performance Invite hosted by Kenyon, in Gambier, Ohio.
When all is said and done, he just wants to leave his Mark.
There’s no such thing as luck for the Penn women’s swimming and diving team.
“Unfortunately you don’t get to play defense in swimming.”
When Penn swimming heads to New Jersey for its first Ivy tri-meet with Cornell and Princeton this weekend, a hot topic will be the presence (or absence) of hair on Big Red swimmers’ legs.
Penn men’s swimming took care of business in dominating fashion last Friday at home against Columbia and again on Saturday afternoon against Villanova at Sheerr Pool.
Although the waters of Sheerr Pool are usually kept at a balmy 79 degrees, Penn swimming will try to heat things up this weekend.
When Michael Hamann got out of the pool, he knew something was wrong.
For many, transitioning to college is like a cannonball dive. You plunge into the cold waters and just hope that the undercurrent doesn’t pull you down.
Their biggest meet may still be months away, but the Quakers will finally have a chance to get their feet wet this weekend.
The Penn swimming season will get underway when the women head to New York to face Columbia on Friday before heading to Baltimore, where they will be joined by the men's team, as both squads face off against UMBC on Saturday.
Both teams are coming off fourth-place finishes in last year's Ivy championships.
Not many things in this world get better with age, but don’t tell that to the pair of Penn men's swimming senior captains.
Over the last three seasons, Eric Schultz and Chris Swanson have won countless races and championships, including a combined eight individual Ivy titles.
One sis, two sis, Red sis, Blue sis.