Days after Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fervently competed for the hearts and minds of Pennsylvanians, Penn and Villanova swimmers will battle for in-state bragging rights of their own.
While it might be a new season for Penn men’s and women’s swimming and diving, the big names haven’t changed that much.
I set out to write this column about nutrition. As you’ll soon read, that’s not what happened.
The idea came to me last Monday after morning practice when coach Mike Schnur gathered the men’s and women’s swim teams for a meeting.
The men and women of Penn swimming and diving enter 2016’s spate of races with a strong sense of accomplishment.
When asked to describe last year’s edition of Penn swimming and diving in two words, current senior Grant Proctor was at a loss.
Across the pool deck, a teammate had a quick answer: “The best.”
Traditions are funny. Teams often start their seasons against the same opponent every year, and sometimes without good reason.
But Penn swimming is breaking the mould with their first meet this year — and breaking out of their comfort zone in the process.
For virtually as long as time itself, the Quakers have started their season with a dual meet against Columbia.
Penn Women’s Distance Swimming looks to build on last season’s success and has plenty of reason for optimism
The Penn Women’s Distance Swim Team reached nearly unprecedented levels of success for the program last year, and come into this season overflowing with optimism and ready to meet the heightened expectations.
It is no fluke that Mike Schnur was selected to be the 2016 Ivy League Women’s Coach of the Year.
The farewell tour. The victory lap. The last hurrah.
Whatever you call it, there’s no avoiding the inevitability of retirement in athletics.
As the country prepares for the Rio Olympics later this summer, an unprecedented delegation from Penn fought for places on the United States’ swimming roster.
14 Quakers flew to Omaha, Neb.
As the country prepares for the Rio Olympics later this summer, an unprecedented delegation from Penn is in currently trying to fight for places on the United States’ swimming roster.
Like a late-night trip to Wawa, it was a satisfying, though not perfect, finish.
It was one last hurrah for the Red and Blue in Maryland this weekend as most of the swim team went to the Eastern College Athletic Conference championships hosted at the U.S.
History was made by the Penn women’s swimming team at the Ivy Championships this weekend.
The Quakers finished fourth overall at the Championships, which came to conclusion Saturday afternoon at the DeNunzio Pool at Princeton.
Penn finished with 1,025 points, only behind three historic powers of Ivy League swimming, with Harvard, Yale and host Princeton making up the top three spots by the end of the weekend.
The fourth place-finish was overshadowed by several individual performances — including eight school records — and the Red and Blue reaching the 1,000-point mark for the first time in the program’s history.
Coach Mike Schnur was elated with his team’s performance, crediting the success on hard work that started way before the season even got fully under way.
“Almost everything went right, “ he said.
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.
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.
There’s no such thing as luck for the Penn women’s swimming and diving team.