Men's Swimming's Big Ten Championships End in Seventh Place
Feb. 27, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Penn State men's swimming team wrapped up its time at the Big Ten Championships, holding steady on Day Four to finish in seventh place. The Nittany Lions were led by Brian Alden (Lansdale, Pa.) in the 100 freestyle, Dan Fimbianti (Mahwah, N.J.) in the 200 back and the 400 freestyle relay.
Alden qualified for the "A" Final with a swim of 43.85 in fourth, and would swim a nearly identical time in the final (43.84), finishing in fourth place overall. He also led off the fifth-place 400 freestyle relay, which finished in a time of 2:56.92. Joining Alden on the team was Basil Kaaki (Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia), Jon Cochrane (Boalsburg, Pa.) and John Austin (Kennett Square, Pa.).
Fimbianti posted the second fastest time in PSU history with his swim in the 200 backstroke. Fimbianti, who finished in seventh (1:45.01) in the final, lowered his personal best to1:44.48 in the preliminaries, garnering No. 2 in the history books.
Other scoring finalists on Saturday were Kaaki (12th, 44.25) in the 100 free, Mitch Scherer (Pottstown, Pa., 14th, 2:00.79) in the 200 breaststroke and Luke Bushman (Green Bay, Wis., 14th, 1:48.22) in the 200 butterfly.
In all, Penn State had nine NCAA "B" times posted by its swimmers on Saturday. The Nittany Lions will be able to field a full slate of swimmers across the board in the upcoming NCAA Championships in March. In the meantime, PSU will ready for the Last Chance Meet next week.
100 Freestyle "A" Final
4. Brian Alden 43.84 (15) B
100 Freestyle "B" Final
200 Backstroke "A" Final
200 Backstroke "C" Final
200 Breaststroke "B" Final
200 Breaststroke "C" Final
200 Butterfly "B" Final
200 Butterfly "C" Final
400 Freestyle Relay