Nittany Lions hunt for first Big Ten Championship since 1999
LION CAREER 2011-12: Competed in nine events as a sophomore, seeing the most action in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly...Recorded personal best times in the 50 free (20.25), earning 21st place in the C final, the 100 free (44.89) and the 100 fly (49.25) at the Big Ten Championships...Was a member of the first-place 200 medley relay squad, finishing with a time of 1:31.33 against Georgia Tech (11/5/11)...Member of the 400 free relay team that defeated Indiana and Virginia by .20 seconds with a time of 3:03.23 (11/19/11)... Helped lead the 400 free relay team to a season best of 3:00.22 to qualify for the NCAA "B" Cut at the Ohio State Invitational...Earned a first place finish in the 50 free with a time of 21.26 seconds (11/4/11)...Also a member of the 200 free medley team that earned first place with a time of 1:24.19 against Auburn (11/4/11)...Along with the 200 medley relay squad, finished the circuit in a time of 1:29.38 for a first place finish against Navy...Swimming against Buffalo, won the 50 free (20.66) and the 100 free (43.38), and was a member of the 200 freestyle relay team, winning with a time of 1:22:15...Also a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team with a time of 3:02.25 against Lehigh (2/4/12).
2010-11: Competed in four events at the Big Ten Championships (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay)...Swam 1:21.12 to place eighth in the 200 freestyle relay at the Big Ten Championships... Placed third in the 50 freestyle against Buffalo (2/4/11) with a time of 21.41...Swam 1:22.94 to place first against Buffalo in the 200 freestyle relay.
Finished third at the 2009 PIAA Championship in the 100 free and finished in fifth-place at the 2010 PIAA Championship...Member of four-time conference champions at La Salle College under Frank Lichtner...Seven-time All-American...Earned All-State honors in the 50 and 100 free, as well as the 200 and 400 free relays...Named 2009-10 Scholastic All-American... Competed at the Southern Region Sectionals and Junior Nationals in 2008 and 2009.
Andrew Ginther Sideras was born on March 20, 1992 in Philadelphia, PA to Lisa and Ted Sideras...Has an older brother, Eric, who attends Penn State.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because of its reputation of good academics combined with a successful athletic program.