Lions Land Four Atop Podium on Final Day of OSU Invitational
Feb. 9, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Penn State received four first-place finishes on Sunday at the Ohio State Invitational to push its two day total up to seven wins. Nittany Lion swimmers to touch the wall first on Sunday included Harrison Grimm (Fairview, Pa.), Larry Virgilio (Pine Bush, N.Y.), Philip Kang (Leonia, N.J.) and Tim Maurer (Hershey, Pa.).
Grimm was the first member of the Blue and White to pick up a win on Sunday, racing to a time of 2:03.87 in the final of the 200 breaststroke, the fastest mark of the season in the event. Grimm was followed by Max Byers (Glenn Carbon, Ill.) in the race, who claimed second place with a time of 2:04.05, a personal-best mark.
The Nittany Lions managed to grab first and second place in the shortest race of the day, the 50 freestyle. Virgilio swam a season-best time of 20.85 in the final to record the win, while Peter Fittin (Sea Girt, N.J.) was right behind with a time of 20.94, his best mark of the season, for second place.
Kang posted his best time as a Nittany Lion in the 200 butterfly, finishing in 1:50.03 to win the event. The freshman qualified for the final by touching the wall in 1:51.42 in the prelims.
Maurer recorded his second first place-finish in as many days by nearly shaving two seconds off his previous career-best time of 1:53.65 in the 200 IM with a mark of 1:51.77 in the final. Byers recorded a second place finish for the second time on Sunday with a time of 1:52.42 in the event, his best time of the season.
Another notable finish was turned in by Andrew Eiken (Naperville, Ill.), who finished second in the 200 freestyle. The sophomore turned in his best time of the season in the final by swimming to a mark of 1:40.27.
The Nittany Lions now have a few weeks off of competition, as the squad prepares for the Big Ten Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The four-day competition is slated to begin on Wednesday, February 26 and conclude on Saturday, March 1.
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