Only 1 Senior Remains on Brown Men’s Swimming & Diving Roster

Only 1 senior, Grant Casey, remains on Brown University’s men’s swimming & diving roster. The class of 2018 began as a group of 10, by last season there were only 4 juniors remaining, and now there is just 1 left.

Riley Springman didn’t compete for Brown this season. The other two departures from last year’s junior class, Talbot Jacobs and Bryce Campanelli, competed in the fall semester but have recently been removed from the team’s public roster.

We have reached out to Brown’s media relations staff, Brown head coach Chris Ip, and all 3 would-be-seniors who departed the team to determine the nature of their departure, but as of posting have not received any responses. We will update this article if we receive further information.

In early December, Brown launched an investigation into hazing allegations involving the men’s swim team, according to the campus newspaper. Brown said they learned of the hazing allegation on November 14th, but as late as November 29th, said that no student had come forward directly to them. We have been unable to ascertain whether any of these departures were related to that hazing investigation.

On Wednesday morning, Brown sent the following statement as a follow-up to the hazing allegations:

Since the investigation of hazing allegations involving the Brown men’s swimming and diving team launched on Nov. 29, Brown Athletics has taken interim measures based on information gathered by the University’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards to date.

Among actions taken, the men’s team will not participate in a swim meet scheduled for Jan. 13, 2018. The investigation will continue in the weeks ahead. Privacy laws and policies prevent the University from disclosing disciplinary actions involving individual students. Students found responsible for conduct code violations are held accountable through individual and/or collective disciplinary action.

Brown was scheduled to host a tri meet with Penn and Harvard on January 13th. That men’s meet will now become a Penn-Harvard dual, while the women’s meet will remain a tri.

Junior Waylon Jin also competed in the fall semester but is no longer on the roster. On Wednesday afternoon, Jin sent SwimSwam a statement saying that he has ‘decided to leave the team to focus on his academic interests and other passions.”

The swimmers’ results from last year’s Ivy League Championships:

  • Riley Springman– 200 fly (6th – 1:46.68), 200 IM (11th – 1:48.24), 100 fly (15th – 48.97)
  • Bryce Campanelli – 1 meter springboard (13th – 232.15), 3-meter springboard (13th – 249.10)
  • Waylon Jin – 100 breast (15th – 56.81), 200 breast (21st – 2:04.84), 50 free (29th – 22.08)

Jacobs didn’t compete at last year’s Ivy League Championships, but was the team’s 4th-best 200 backstroker (1:49.80) and 500 freestyler (4:33.78) in the fall semester this season. Campanelli finished 2nd on the 1-meter and 3rd on the 3-meter at this year’s Brown vs. MIT dual.

The team’s one remaining senior, Grant Casey, leads the team in the 1000 free this season with a 9:34.52.

Update: On Wednesday morning, Brown sent the following statement as a follow-up to the hazing allegations:

Updated: Jin sent SwimSwam a statement on Wednesday afternoon, which has been updated above




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Remember that Ivy League athletes do not receive athletic scholarships so are not bound by financial obligations to swim. In fact, the coaches and colleges encourage personal growth and academic exploration. These kids aren’t going to be swimming forever. And I suspect your anecdotal evidence regarding admissions applies to multiple colleges with rigorous admission standards- not just the Ivies.

this article just seems very invasive to the student and not of any benefit. Why are you pursuing a non NCAA qualifier like it is ESPN investigative reporting on Baker Mayfield getting arrested. Brown does not offer scholarships and therefore a student is only swimming for the passion and has an ambition far greater than Grand Prix swimming when he graduates. There is at least one Ivy that has lower swimmer attrition than any other school in the NCAA


Which school is that?

previous swimswam story regarding the entire Princeton roster from the Fall 2016 returned for the 2017-2018 season and how unusual that is in college swimming.


The same thing happens regularly at George Mason University. The class of 2013 and 2016 had little to no seniors.

This is not uncommon at Ivy league schools. I was only one of two seniors on the Brown team in the 1970’s. This is especially common with the establishment of new coaches, such as coach Ip. Recruits from previously untapped geographic areas displace upperclassmen on the depth charts, and some fall off the twig, or life supersedes athletic etc. I do not think that kids use swimming only to gain admission and quit. Swimming even 1 or 2 years at college is too much of a commitment to do casually. From what i’ve heard Grant Casey sets the training ethic on the Brown team, and I hope he has a good senior year.

As an Ivy coach in the early 2000’s I disagree. Its not unusual to have a small class — one year under Kredich the Brown men had a class of 2 — but it is unusual to see this much attrition. Story worthy? Maybe, maybe not, but its definitely unusual.

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