Schirk Swims NCAA ¡®A¡¯ time in Prelims, Six Nittany Lions Advance on Final Day of Big Ten Championships
COLUMBUS, Ohio.; February 18, 2007 ¨C At least one Penn State swimmer advanced to the finals in every event for the third straight day on Sunday on the final day of the Big Ten Championships. A total of six swimmers advanced in four different events whose preliminary heats were held on Sunday morning led by Pat Schirk, who swam the fastest prelim time in the 200 backstroke in an NCAA ¡®A¡¯ automatic qualifying time of 1:42.37 and will the top seed in tonight¡¯s finals.
Also advancing in the 200 back was Dan Fimbianti, who finished 10th in 1:46.08 and will swim in the ¡®B¡¯ final. The ¡®A¡¯ time for Schirk is the second automatic cut of the year for the men and both are by Schirk, who also swam an automatic time in the 100 back on Thursday.
In the 100 freestyle, Dan Kaiserian and Sean Swanepoel both advanced to the ¡®B¡¯ final as well, both of them swimming it in NCAA ¡®B¡¯ qualifying times. Kyle Miranda advanced to the ¡®B¡¯ final of the 200 breaststroke for the second straight year. He will look at add points for Penn State tonight just as he did last night in the 100 breast, when he finished ninth.
Tim Williams squeezed in to the ¡®A¡¯ finals of the 200 butterfly as he finished eighth in 1:46.81 to claim the last spot in the championship race.
The finals of the 1650 freestyle will also be held tonight. If the Nittany Lions can score in that event and if they also score in every other event held tonight, then they will have scored in every event held at this year¡¯s Big Ten Championships with the exception of the platform diving, which the Nittany Lions do not compete in.
Finals action gets underway at 7:00 p.m. tonight.