O'Brien Finishes Seventh in 200 Breaststroke, Haglund Places Seventh in 200 Fly on First Night of ConocoPhillips U.S. Nationals
Aug. 1, 2007
Indianapolis, Ind.; August 1, 2007 - Three Penn State swimmers placed in the top 16 in two different events to lead the 30-member contingent of Penn State swimmers participating on the first night of the ConocoPhillips U.S. National meet on Tuesday evening at the IUPUI Natatorium. Junior-to-be Kaitlin O'Brien finished seventh in the finals of the 200-meter breaststroke while fellow junior-to-be Karie Haglund also placed seventh in the finals of the 200-meter butterfly. Sophomore-to-be Kailey Morris placed 16th in the `B' finals of the 200 butterfly. Several other Nittany Lions also performed well on Tuesday in the first day of the five-day national meet.
O'Brien, who was ranked 49th in the country in the long-course meter 200 breast entering the meet, swam the sixth-fastest time of the morning preliminaries with a 2:30.85 and then placed seventh in the finals with a time of 2:30.87. The native of Caldwell, N.J. will swim in her best event, the 400 IM on Wednesday. A two-time Big Ten champion and the school record holder in the 400 IM, O'Brien is ranked 52nd in the country in the 400 IM for long course meters, which nationals are held in, and 20th in the country in short course yards, which is what most NCAA meets are held in.
Several other Nittany Lions swimmers also swam on Tuesday's first day of competition. Caitlin Meehan swam in the `C' finals of the 200 breast and finished 21st with a 2:33.78 in the finals. She finished 17th in the prelims, just one spot and .07 of a second out of the 16th and final spot in the `B' and second scoring heat of the finals. Tim Williams placed 25th in the prelims of the men's 200-meter butterfly. In the men's 1500-meter freestyle, David Kraft finished 18th, just 1.40 seconds out of scoring in 16th place.
Penn State swimmers competing on Tuesday (July 31) at U.S. Nationals