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Sept. 5, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - Penn State's Mark Rubin is scheduled to featured Saturday on ESPN's College GameDay Built by the Home Depot for his victories over Olympic champion Michael Phelps when they were teenage swimmers.
College GameDay Built by the Home Depot, with host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit, airs from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. every Saturday during the college football season. Rubin was interviewed about his competitions with Phelps for a light-hearted feature called, "My World."
Rubin, from Amherst, N.Y., and Phelps, from Baltimore, competed against other several times in Northeast region swimming championships when they were 12-14 years old. Rubin earned several victories over Phelps, the recent 8-time Olympic gold medal winner, in his best events, which were the 50 and 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke.
"I swam against him a couple times, beat him a couple times, and he beat me the majority of the time," Rubin said recently. "I was mostly a freestyle and backstroker. So those were the events that I beat him in. Pretty much every other event he beat me in. I might have beat him three, four, five, six, seven times, but he beat me 20, 30, 40 times. He was a great swimmer because he was able to swim in every stroke, which is difficult for most guys.
Rubin was a two-time state champion swimmer at Amherst High School and an eight-time All-American. He also competed against recent U.S. Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte when he was a young swimmer.
Rubin is a starting safety for the No. 19 Nittany Lions, who host Oregon State Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The contest will air on ABC (ESPN2 outside ABC coverage area), the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.
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