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Zach Swenson
Zach  Swenson

Hometown:
Boulder, Colo.

High School:
Fairview

Birthdate:
08/23/1995

Experience:
Sr./Jr.

11/14/2017

Men's Cross Country at NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional

Villanova competed in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bethlehem, Pa. on November 10, 2017.

09/30/2017

Men's Cross Country at Paul Short Run

Villanova competed in the Paul Short Run at Lehigh on September 29, 2017.

09/15/2017

Men's Cross Country -- Main Line Invitational

Villanova opened the 2017 season with 13 runners in action at the Main Line Invitational on September 15, 2017.

09/19/2016

Men's Cross Country at Main Line Invitational

Villanova competed in the Main Line Invitational at Haverford on September 16, 2016.

On Swenson: Had a terrific year of competition in 2016-17, which included setting new personal bests at four different distances between 800 meters and the Mile ... A dependable part of the Wildcats middle distance unit who has the potential to be a BIG EAST scorer ... Has made the most of his collegiate experience thus far and is ready to take the next step forward in the coming year.

2017 Outdoor: Recorded personal best times in both the 800 meters and the 1500 meters during the season ... Advanced to the final of the 1500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships, where his time of 3:51.12 in the preliminary heats eclipsed his previous personal best by more than six seconds ... Ranked ninth overall in the preliminaries and finished 10th in the final with a time of 3:58.38 ... Came in third in the 800 meters with a PR of 1:53.96 at the Haverford Invitational ... Opened the season the 1500 meters in 4:03.91 at the Sam Howell Invitational ... Runner-up in the 1500 meters at the Larry Ellis Invitational (3:57.55) and was seventh at the Jim Kehoe Invitational (3:58.22).

2017 Indoor: Advanced to the final of the Mile at the BIG EAST Championships, and established personal best times in the 800 meters, the 1000 meters and the Mile during a very strong indoor campaign ... Posted a time of 4:18.36 in the preliminary heats of the Mile at the conference championships, then lowered his time to a personal best of 4:14.86 for a ninth place finish in the final ... Ran the 1000 meters in a personal best time of 2:29.82 and tallied a fourth place finish at the Villanova Open ... His time of 1:55.99 in the 800 meters at the Villanova Invitational was also a personal best at the time of the race ... Runner-up in the Mile (4:20.35) at the Gotham Cup ... Opened the season by posting a time of 2:31.37 in the 1000 meters at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Recorded a time of 4:17.93 in the Mile at the FastTrack National Invitational.

2016 Cross Country: Ran in five races during the season ... Produced a personal best time for an 8000 meter course at the Chile Pepper Festival in Arkansas, where he crossed the finish line in 26:04.6 and placed 185th in a field of more than 500 runners ... Began the season with a 34th place finish and a time of 20:29.4 over 6000 meters at the Big 5 Invitational ... Tallied a personal best time for four miles of 20:44.5 and finished 28th at the Main Line Invitational ... Posted a time of 27:25 for 5.2 miles at the Penn State National ... Finished 54th overall with a time of 26:45.5 over 8000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships.

2016 Outdoor: Redshirted.

2015-16 Indoor:
 Redshirted ... Competed as an unattached runner in the Mile on four occasions, including at the Villanova Invitational where he recorded a personal best time of 4:18.99 ... Best finish was a third place finish with a time of 4:25.19 at the Jack Pyrah Invitational ... Posted times of 4:19.27 in the college section at the FastTrack National Invite and 4:27.72 at the Great Dane Classic.

2015 Cross Country: Competed at three meets during the season, including the season-opening Big Five Invitational where he placed 35th in his first collegiate cross country race ... Registered a time of 20:08.9 over 6,000 meters in that meet ... Ran twice on the four-mile course at Haverford College, placing 63rd out of 150 runners at the Main Line Invitational (21:12) and 13th in a field of 54 competitors at the Haverford Invitational (20:53.1).

2015 Outdoor: Produced a personal best time in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Championships, where he crossed the finish line in 1:56.22 and placed 16th in the preliminary heats ... Competed four times in the 800 meters during the season ... Tallied runner-up finishes at both the season-opening Philadelphia College Classic (1:57.70) and the Delaware Open (1:59.52) ... Came in 25th at the Larry Ellis Invitational (1:56.79).

2014-15 Indoor: Competed in the 500 meters at the BIG EAST Championships ... Came in fourth in his heat and was ninth overall in the preliminaries with a time of 1:07.87 at the conference meet ... Ran the 500 meters three times prior to the BIG EAST meet ... His top time came at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, where he crossed the finish line in 1:06.75 ... Also posted times of 1:08.06 at the Penn State National and 1:08.65 at the Gotham Cup ... Made his collegiate debut at the Jack Pyrah Invitational, where he recorded a time of 2:37.66 in the 1000 meters and also anchored the 4x400 meter relay squad to a second place finish with a time of 3:25.96 ... Ran the third leg of the 4x800 meter relay at the Gotham Cup and helped Villanova tally a winning time of 7:49.23 in the relay.

Fairview High School: Two-time all-state runner in the relays, including the 4x800 meter relay in 2012 and the 4x400 meter relay in 2014 ... Earned all-region honors as a senior in 2014 ... His school's cross country team was the runner-up at the 2012 state championships ... Earned a Navy ROTC Scholarship and was voted his school's Student Body President.

Personal: Born 8/23/95 ... One of two children of Joe Swenson and Cyndy Heiner ... Has one sibling, Elle ... Majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in Political Science.

PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)

400 Meters               49.6                    High School
500 Meters               1:06.75                 2015 David Hemery Valentine Invitational
800 Meters               1:53.96                 2017 Haverford Invitational
1000 Meters              2:29.82                 2017 Villanova Open
1500 Meters 3:51.12 2017 BIG EAST Championships
Mile 4:14.86 2017 BIG EAST Championships 5000 Meters 16:29 High School
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
6000 Meters              20:08.9                 2015 Big Five Invitational
4 Miles                  20:44.5                 2016 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 26:04.6 2016 Chile Pepper Festival
5.2 Miles 27:25 2016 Penn State National

CAREER AWARDS (Academics)

BIG EAST All-Academic Team                       2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

Schedule