Penn State Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes Seventh at Big Ten Championships

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Feb. 28, 2004) - Senior Todd Minnier (Avon Lake, Ohio) led the charge as the Penn State men's swimming and diving team finished seventh at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.

The Nittany Lions finished with 299.50 points behind first-place Minnesota (712.50). Michigan was second (605), Northwestern was third (478), Indiana was fourth (452.50) and Wisconsin rounded out the top five (341.50.).

Minnier finished fifth in the 100-yard freestyle with an NCAA "B" cut time of 43.89. Minnier also helped teammates Patrik Johansson (Lund, Sweden), Daryl Northrop (Verona, N.J.) and Nathan Torok (Newtown, Pa.) take sixth in the 400 freestyle relay in 2:58.61

Northrop finished eighth in the 100 freestyle in 44.92 and sophomore Shawn McLin and freshman Nate Torok took 12th (1:47.89) and 13th (1:48.21), respectively, in the 200 backstroke.

Sophomore Dan Velez (Germantown, Md.) took ninth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.08 and junior Dustin Thompson (Munster,Ind.) took ninth in the 200 butterfly in 1:47.84, which was an NCAA "B" cut time.

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