PSU Records Three First-Place Finishes at Day One of OSU Invite
Feb. 8, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Penn State men's swimmers had an impressive showing in the first day of the Ohio State Invitational, grabbing three victories in the six events that a Nittany Lion competed in on Saturday.
The Blue and White's Harrison Grimm (Fairview, Pa.), Tim Maurer (Hershey, Pa.) and Larry Virgilio (Pine Bush, N.Y.) each recorded his first victory of the 2013-14 season. All three swimmers also set personal bests in either the prelims or finals.
Grimm was the first Penn State swimmer to reach the top of the podium, with a victory in the 100 breaststroke. The sophomore set a career-best mark in the prelims with a time of 57.24 to grab the top qualifying spot. In the final Grimm finished in 57.73 for the win.
The second Nittany Lion to win on the evening was Maurer. The redshirt sophomore touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke final with a time of 50.09 after qualifying second earlier in the day with a time of 50.77. The time in the final is the fastest time of his career.
Maurer also set a personal best time in the 100 butterfly with a mark of 49.53, recording the fastest time in the prelims. In the final of the event the sophomore finished second in 49.72, just .05 seconds from Ohio State's Keanu Stephenson first place time of 49.67.
Penn State finished the day off in fine fashion, as Virgilio won the 100 freestyle, the final individual event of day one of the invite. The junior followed up his career-best qualifying time of 45.60 to finish first in the prelims with a time of 45.70 in the final to post a first-place finish.
Two other Nittany Lions who recorded noteworthy performances to kick off the invite were Andrew Eiken (Naperville, Ill.) and Philip Kang (Leonia, N.J.). Eiken raced to third place in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:32.41 in the final after setting a personal best mark of 4:30.27 in the prelims.
Kang swam the 400 IM for the second time in his young career and placed third in the event, touching the wall in 3:58.06 in the final after finishing in 3:57.86 in the qualifiers.
The team is back in the water tomorrow to close out the Ohio State Invitational. After the two-day competition this weekend the squad will turn its focus to the Big Ten Championships which start on Wednesday, February 26 and runs through Saturday, March 1 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
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