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WEST LAFAYTETTE, Ind. – The diving group placed two in the A-finals to lead Penn State on the third day of competion at the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Friday at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Nittany Lions continue to rank ninth, totaling 283.5 points.
“Really proud of Coach (Dennis) Ceppa and all four of his divers,” said Penn State head coach Tim Murphy. “Yesterday they felt like they could step it up another notch, and they did. Quite frankly, that’s awesome. It’s that simple. It’s flat out awesome.”
Additionally, Connor Scanlon posted a personal best score of 341.85 to place 13th.
“The guys were pumped for all of them,” said Murphy. “They’ve worked really hard and performed, so it was really fun to watch”
In the swimming pool, the Nittany Lions were strongest in the 200 freestyle, with four reaching the finals and three posting B-cut times. Bob Bantley (Maple Glen, Pa.) led the group placing 14th in a personal best 1:36.59. Joao Cervone (Sao Paulo, Brazil) placed 19th in 1:37.16 while Matt Stasiunas (Avondale, Pa.) followed closely in 21st in 1:37.53. Ryan O’Neill (Howell, Pa.) was 23rd in 1:38.03.
“The guys that swam this evening put some points on the board for us,” said Murphy. “They really had to scrap for what they got.”
Michael Kwasnik (Shelby Twp., Mich.) led Penn State in the 100 breaststroke, placing 21st in a personal best and NCAA B-cut time of 54.94. Tim Maurer (Hershey, Pa.) also reached the evening finals in the 100 backstroke, touching in 48.87 after swimming a personal best of 48.33 in the preliminaries.
On Thursday, Garcia placed seventh in the 1-meter dive to lead the diving group with a score of 321.30 after reaching the top final with a preliminary score of 356.05.
Stasiunas placed 13th in the 500 freestyle in 4:25.86 after swimming a season-best and NCAA B-cut time of 4:24.70 in the preliminaries. Cervone swam the team’s fastest time in the event of the season, touching in 4:24.43 in the C-final to place 19th.
Matt Grillo (Montreal, Quebec) placed 14th in the 50 free in 20.07 seconds. He swam a personal best and B-cut time of 19.94 in the preliminaries.
Maurer saw a dramatic improvement in the 200 IM of over four seconds from his season best, winning the C-final with a personal best and NCAA B-cut time of 1:46.31.
On the opening night Wednesday the Nittany Lions saw their best performance in the 800 freestyle relay as the team of Stasiunas, O'Neill, Cervone, and Bantley finished in an NCAA B-cut time of 6:24.59 to place fifth, making the quarter the second fastest in Penn State history.
The meet concludes Saturday with morning preliminaries starting at 11 a.m. and evening finals at 6:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, FEB. 27
Day Four Prelims: 11 a.m.
Platform Diving (Prelims & Consolation Finals, 1 p.m.)
Day Four Finals: 6:30 p.m.
400-yard Freestyle Relay
ALL TIMES ET
BTN will air tape-delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships at 7 PM ET on Monday, Feb. 29.
Saturday morning: BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Saturday evening: BTN, Feb. 29, 2016