Alderman Finishes Third in One-Meter, Nittany Lions in Seventh Place After One Day at Big Ten Championships

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    Mike Alderman finished third in the one-meter.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio; February 16, 2007 - The Penn State mens swimming and diving team picked up points in all six events that were contested on night one of the Big Ten Mens Swimming and Diving Championships and after those six events and one night of action are in seventh place. One swimmer each scored points in the 500 freestyle, 200 IM and 50 freestyle, while two divers scored in the one-meter springboard and both relay teams picked up points as well. The Nittany Lions have 82 points and trail sixth place Purdue by just 21.5 points and lead eighth place Wisconsin by 7.5 points. Host Ohio State lead the competition after one day with 186 points, followed by Minnesota with 173, Michigan with 172 and Northwestern with 168.

    Mike Alderman led the way for the Nittany Lions on the one-meter springboard diving event. The defending Big Ten champion in the one-meter event, Alderman finished seventh in the prelims with a score of 291.10 to advance to the finals and then greatly improved his score in the finals as he finished third with a score of 333.20. Josh Myers also finished 14th with a score of 262.05 to earn points for the Nittany Lions as only the top eight finishers advance to the finals but the ninth through 16th place finisher in the prelims all earn points for their teams in the meet.

    The night started with the 200 free relay team of Sean Swanepoel, Dan Kaiserian, Vincent Reydams and Sean Biedermann taking eighth in an NCAA B provisional qualifying time of 1:20.40 to pick up 22 points. It was the fastest time of the year for any Penn State 200 free relay team.

    Ryan DeWeese then swam the exact same time he had swam in the morning prelims in the finals of the 500 free, 4:26.26, which was one spot better in the finals as he finished 15th. There was also a bonus final heat that was swam, and although no points were given out to its participants, Chris Sullivan improved his morning prelim time by over a second, swimming it in 4:26.77, just .43 of a second off an NCAA B cut.

    In the finals of the 200 IM, Biedermann knocked .22 of a second off his previous career best time that he had swam in the morning prelims and finished 10th, three spots better than he did at Big Tens last year.

    Pat Schirk helped the 400 medley relay team to an NCAA 'B' cut and swam an NCAA 'A' cut in the 100 backstroke on the opening leg of the relay.

    Kaiserian did the same thing DeWeese did in the 500 free in the 50 free, as he swam the exact same time he had swam in the morning prelims of :20.33 to finish 13th, two spots better than his finish in Big Tens last year.

    The night wrapped up with the 400 medley relay team of Pat Schirk, Kyle Miranda, Tim Williams and Sean Swanepoel taking fifth place in 3:12.96, another NCAA B time and just one full second off an NCAA A cut. The time was also nearly six seconds better than the previous best time of the year for a Nittany Lion 400 medley relay team. On the opening leg of the 400 medley relay, Schirk swam the first NCAA A automatic qualifying time of the year for the Nittany Lions as he finished the 100 backstroke length of the relay in :46.99, well under the A standard of :47.43. Only the opening legs of relays may be counted as official times.

    Prelim action will get underway tomorrow at noon with the finals beginning at 7:00 p.m.



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