The Nittany Lions set Penn State season best times in all six events on Thursday
LION CAREER 2012-13: Was Penn State's distance events specialist ... Competed in the 1,650 freestyle event at the NCAA Championships (3/28-3/30/13) ... Swam a leg on the 800 freestyle relay team at the NCAA Championships ... Set the Penn State record in the 500 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships (2/27-3/2/13), finishing with a time of 4:18.56, a mark that qualified him for the finals ... The time hit the NCAA "B" qualifying standard ... Also reached the NCAA "B" qualifying mark in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 15:06.03 and the 200 freestyle, finishing in 1:37.87 at the Big Ten Championships, a career record time ... Second on the team in victories for the season with eight, winning four times in the 500 freestyle vs. West Virginia (10/19/13), vs. Villanova (11/10/12), vs. Missouri State (1/12/13) and vs. Towson (2/2/13), while grabbing four wins in the 1,000 freestyle vs. West Virginia, vs. Villanova, vs. Missouri State and vs. Towson ... Owned the team's season best times in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events and is the current Penn State record holder in each race.
2011-12: Set two school records in the 1,000 freestyle, finishing with a time of 9:04.51 and the 1,650 freestyle, touching the wall in 15:05.32 at the Big Ten Championships (2/22-2/25/12) ... Swam the then-second-fastest 500 freestyle in Penn State history with a 4:20.99 mark at Big Tens ... Touched the wall in 1:39.25 at Big Ten Championships in the 200 freestyle.
CLUB TEAM Swam for the Scarlet Athletic Club under the direction of Tom Speedling ... A two-time U.S. Open qualifier, once each in the 500 freestyle and 800 freestyle, respectively ... Participated in Junior Nationals in 2009-10 and 2010-11 ... Competed at the Ohio Grand Prix and Florida Sectionals as a finalist in 2009-10 ... Reached the finals of the Indianapolis Grand Prix in 2010-11 ... A Speedo Sectional Finalist in 2008-09.
PERSONAL Nicholas Charles Ankosko was born in Plainfield, N.J. on March 17, 1993 to Robert and Lorraine Ankosko ... Has a brother, Darren, and a sister, Lauren ... Darren competed for the Virginia men's swim team ... Majoring in business.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE "I chose Penn State because of the beautiful campus, strong swim team family and amazing education."