Penn State Closes Out Big Ten Championships with a Seventh Place Finish
Feb. 28, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The men's swimming and diving team finished the Big Ten Championships Saturday night with in seventh place with a final score of 246. The Lions were narrowly edged out of sixth place by Wisconsin at 248.5.
Defending national champion Patrick Schirk placed third overall in the 200 backstroke touching the wall in 1:42.04. Dan Fimbianti scored points as well placing fifth in the consolation final, 13th overall with a time of 1:46.15.
The Lions had an impressive showing in the 100 freestyle as Brian Alden placed fourth in the consolation final, 12th overall, clocking in at 43.91. Jason Goldner also added points with an eighth place finish in the consolation finals with a time of 44.50. In the championship final, Vincent Reydams touched the wall fifth in 43.51.
School record holder Tim Williams placed seventh overall in the 200 butterfly clocking in at 1:44.80.
Reydams, Alden, Goldner and Basil Kaaki teamed up and placed third in the 400 freestyle relay in an NCAA "B" time of 2:53.70.
The Nittany Lions will find out how many swimmers have qualified for NCAAs in two weeks when the NCAA field is announced.
Big Ten Championships Final Totals
1. Michigan -829
2. Ohio State - 521
3. Minnesota - 507
4. Purdue - 494
5. Indiana - 449.5
6. Wisconsin - 248.5
7. Penn State - 246
8. Northwestern - 213
9. Iowa - 144
10. Michigan State - 108