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

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“Junior Waylon Jin, who previously contacted SwimSwam about his departure from the team and requesting privacy”

what does this even mean? seems not private?

Likely was requesting privacy for the nature of his departure.

likely recinded his request for privacy (although unclear) in light of additional departures

This was poorly phrased. He contacted SwimSwam in response to their attempts to contact him- responding that he would like privacy.

This is written as if upperclassmen departing swim teams in the ivy league is uncommon…

Does the Ivy League swim teams tend to lose people who decide not to swim because they want to focus on academics, or want to have more free time to explore what else is going on at their school?

the frosh to senior class fluctuation in ivies tends to result in just a handful of kids staying on. I don’t think going from 11 to 1 or 2 is all that unusual. intense academics, tend to be very driven in other areas as well, and just general burnout are all factors.

You’re wrong. It’s HIGHLY unusual. I cannot remember an Ivy team with only one senior and that goes back more than 40 years. That’s why it’s a story. Look at the other men’s roster in the league. You’ll find that the senior class is more typically in the six to ten range on the rosters. Princeton, a team that was in the news last year, has ten seniors and Harvard has nine. Meanwhile, the Brown women’s team has seven seniors.

My freshman year in the Ivy League we only had one senior swimmer, I’m not sure were you’re pulling your facts from.

I went to an Ivy where the class above me finished with 2 and the senior class my freshman year finished with 4. Saw it on other teams too.

There’s a lot more attrittion than at schools where kids are getting scholarships. But going 10>1 is pretty unusual, and it’s certainly unusual going from 4 juniors to 1 senior. Most kids who quit along the way pack it in after freshman year, or maybe two. This article seems to hint pretty strongly that the recent departures are connected to a hazing investigation but I would have let this article sit until they could report something of substance there.

george Schwimmer

You are very correct that there is something going on. There are allegations of hazing (no surprise), but also coverups at the hands of some of the team. The evidence is incontrovertible, as it is in the form of recordings. It is the coverup that is what is so bad about this and it is the coverup that should get the team disbanded. In other situations, coaches are fired too, as they SHOULD have known what is going on…

We went from 18-5 in my four years. A few transferred for academic reasons, others just had enough of the work.

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