Summer 2008: Chris placed 38th in the 1500 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
2007-08: Chris has developed into one of the most well rounded swimmers on the squad. Excelling in distance events as well as shorter medlies, he is one of the top returners this year. Chris earned points for the Nittany Lions at the Big Ten Championships in the 1650 freestyle event in which he placed 14th. In the 500 free, he collected Top 10 finished leading to the Big Ten's and got his first career first place finish against West Virginia. Chris swam his career best in the 200 free at the Hoosierland Open invitational loweing his time by nearly a full second. He also set a new career low in the 400 IM. Chris is the all-time record holder for the 1000 and 1650-meter freestyle events. In addition, he earned All-Academic Big Ten honors.
Summer 2007: Chris participated in two meets over the summer season. He swam in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle as well as the 200 butterfly at the Charlotte Ultraswim of the Grand Prix series. He then swam at U.S. Nationals, taking part in the 400-meter and 1500-meter free.
2006-07: After a freshman season interrupted and cut short by illness, Chris showcased his potential as he made his first NCAA appearance and swam in the 1650 freestyle after finishing sixth in that event at the Big Ten Championships with an NCAA `B' qualifying time. He was less than six seconds off the NCAA `A' automatic qualifying time and easily set his career best time and beat his previous best time in the 1650 by nearly 30 seconds at Big Ten's. He also set a school record in both the 1650 free and 1000 free with his swim at Big Ten's. He finished 22nd in the 1650 at NCAAs. He had the top times on the team during the year in both the 1650 and 1000 free and the second fastest in the 500 free. His best finish of the year was a second place finish and he also had two third places and a fourth place. He swam his fastest career times in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free.
2005-06: Chris was a distance swimmer, seeing most of his time in the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle events, but he also saw time in the 200 freestyle. At Big Ten's he participated in the 500 free, 200 free and 1650 free, swimming his best times in both the 200, 500 and the 1650. In the 1650, he beat his previous best time by nearly 33 seconds and in the 200, knocked over four seconds off his best time.
High School: Chris earned four varsity letters at Naples High School and was also a team captain for two years. He was the four-time Naples Daily News Swimmer of the Year and a four-time team MVP. The recipient of the school's Scholar-Athlete Award, he was also a USA Swimming scholar-athlete All-American three times and twice was named an NISCA All-American. He helped lead his team to a district championship during his junior season.
Personal: Chris was born on November 8, 1986 in Mineola, N.Y. He is the son of Daryl and JoAnn Sullivan. Both of his parents swam collegiately at St. John's and his father is currently a swim coach. He has one younger brother, Paul. Chris is majoring in finance and accounting and hopes to become a lawyer or go on to get his MBA. He lists surfing, skimboarding, and basketball as hobbies.
Why I Chose Penn State: "Penn State has an excellent balance of athletics and academics and is a premier university for student-athletes."