Men's Swimming Splits Dual with Big Ten Competition
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The # 20 Penn State men's swim team (4-3, 1-1 Big Ten) lost to the #12 Wolverines of Michigan 152-91, but managed to beat the Purdue Boilermakers 136-107. In a highly competitive meet, four pool records were broken and eleven NCAA provisional times were earned.
The Nittany Lions set a new pool record in the final event of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Bob Molettiere (Harleysville, Pa.), Todd Minnier (Avon Lake, Ohio), Martin Schierhorn (Zappendorf, Germany) and Eugene Botes (Glen Mills, Pa.) swam a time of 2:59.85, which bettered the old record of 3:00.07 set by Pittsburgh last year. Penn State's time was also a NCAA provisional mark.
Schierhorn led the 500-yard freestyle from start to finish to win in a time of 4:28.21. Botes had an excellent weekend of competition by winning the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 20.39 and placing second in the 100-yard freestyle and earning a NCAA provisional time of 44.91. Matt Haupt (Carlisle, Pa.) placed second in the 200-yard individual medley, but his time of 1:50.33 was a NCAA provisional mark.
Steve Bohner (Lansdale, Pa.) finished second in the 1-meter springboard by a mere four points, while Marc Gastaldo (Winslow, Maine) placed second in the 3-meter springboard.
Michigan swam away with the meet from the onset by winning eight events and finishing one-two in four of those races. Wolverines Dan Ketchum and Tim Siciliano each set pool records. Ketchum set a new record of 1:37.22 in the 200-yard freestyle bettering former Nittany Lion Dave Rafferty's record of 1:37.79. Siciliano's time of 149.53 in the 200-yard individual medley bettered the old record of 1:49.86. Purdue swimmer Tamas Bessenyei also set a new pool record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:01.03.
Penn State will return to action on February 2 when they host Rutgers University at the McCoy Natatorium. The meet is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.
Penn State Head Coach Bill Dorenkott
Thoughts on the four pool records ?
Major Difference in the outcome ?
Senior Bob Molettiere
On pool record ?