Chris Whalen
Chris Whalen
Year: Sr.
Hometown: West Islip, N.Y.
High School: West Islip
Major: Biology
  • Three-year letter-winner who competed in 13 events in the Landmark Conference Championships
  • Earned All-Landmark Conference honors in four events, all during his sophomore campaign
  • Holds the Scranton school record in the 100 IM and the 200-medley relay
  • Transferred from Fairfield University after his freshman year

Senior Season (2018-19)

  • In his final Landmark Conference Championship meet, he took part in three individual events
  • Had his highest finish in the 100 Butterfly, where he hit the wall in 52.56 to place sixth overall
  • Placed eighth in the 200-IM with a time of 2:00.13 and 11th in the 100-freestyle in 48.62
  • Helped the 200-medley relay team break a school record at the Landmark Championships with a time of 1:34.72 to place third overall
  • Took part in 10 events in his final season in the program
  • Won an event (200-butterfly) in a meet against Misericordia/Marywood on Jan. 18 with a time of 52.30
  • Had four second-place finishes in various events throughout the course of the season, as well

Junior Season (2017-18)

  • Competed in all 11 meets on the season and appeared in three individual events at the Landmark Conference Championships
  • Finished fourth in the 100 butterfly, seventh in the 100 freestyle, and ninth in the 200 IM at the conference championship meet
  • Set a school record in the 100 IM against Cabrini and FDU Florham on October 14, clocking a mark of 57.39 to finish second in the race
  • Won three events on the year, finishing first in the 100 backstroke against Goucher and Juniata (November 4), winning the 200 IM against Ramapo (December 2), and the 100 butterfly against Susquehanna (January 27)
  • Totaled 19 top-five results on the season

Sophomore Season (2016-17)

  • Excelled for the Royals at his first Landmark Conference Championships, collecting All-Landmark Conference honors in three relay events and one individual event
  • Swam first in the 400 and 800-freestyle relays, and third in the 200-medley relay
  • Also swam anchor on the 400-medley relay team, as they finished third in 3:32.46
  • Narrowly missed out on a Landmark Conference individual championship in the 100-butterfly, hitting the wall in 52.07
  • Also finished sixth in two other individual events: the 200-IM (2:01.14) and the 100-freestyle (48.57)
  • Swam in seven of the eight dual meets the Royals took part in in his first year in the program; won events at four of those dual meets
  • In his first collegiate dual meet on Oct. 15 at Cabrini, he won three events (1000-freestyle; 100-freestyle; 400-freestyle relay)
  • Went on to earn Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week honors for his efforts in the meet

Landmark Conference Championships Finishes


  • 100 freestyle (11th, 48.62)
  • 100 butterfly (6th, 52.56)
  • 200 IM (8th, 2:00.13)


  • 100 freestyle (7th, 48.78)
  • 100 butterfly (4th, 51.81)
  • 200 IM (9th, 1:59.48)


  • 200 IM (6th, 2:01.14)
  • 400 medley relay (3rd, 3:32.46)
  • 200 medley relay (2nd, 1:36.24)
  • 100 butterfly (2nd, 52.07)
  • 800 freestyle relay (2nd, 7:07.59)
  • 100 freestyle (6th, 48.57)
  • 400 freestyle relay (2nd, 3:12.09)


  • Royals' record-holder in 100 IM (57.39)
  • Part of Royals' record-holding 200-medley relay team (1:34.72)


  • All-Landmark Conference Second Team Selection in three relay events and one indvidual event (2017)
  • Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week (Oct. 17, 2016)
  • Landmark Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll (2017, 2018, 2019)

High School/Personal

  • Earned four varsity letters in swimming & diving, and one in track & field at West Islip
  • Earned all-league honors and was named MVP in each of his four years
  • Also named Academic All-American
  • Was a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars
  • Was on the Dean's List both semester at Fairfield University as a freshman
  • Son of Roy and Susan Whalen. His father swam at Bradley University and his mother swam at the University of North Carolina
  • Has four siblings: Kerri, Kelly, Molly and Bridget. Bridget swam at the University of Rhode Island