Women Top Mountaineers, Claim Eight First Place Finishes in Season-Opening Meet

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Abby Hoisington won the 200 IM and finished fifth in the 200 breaststroke at Penn State's first meet of the year.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.; October 19, 2006 - The Penn State women's swimming and diving team picked up a 146.5-96.5 win over West Virginia on Thursday afternoon while the Nittany Lion men fell to the Mountaineers by a 137-104 score in what was the season-opening meet for both squads. The women claimed eight first-place finishes on the afternoon while the men had three individual wins. There were 13 events contested for both the men and women. Senior diver Mike Alderman (Arlington, Va.) put up an NCAA Zone qualifying score in the one-meter.

In the first non-relay event of the afternoon, the Nittany Lion women claimed the first three finishers in the 1000 freestyle as 2006 All-American Nikki Collins (Carmel, Ind.) won the event in 10:05.47. She was followed by Kaitlin O'Brien (Caldwell, N.J.) in second place and Jessica Barnes (Glenmoore, Pa.) in third. Megan Palera (Santa Maria, Calif.) also finished sixth.

Senior Genie Cheng (Oak Park, Calif.) picked up a first place finish in the 50 freestyle, winning in 24.47. The Nittany Lions claimed three of the top four spots in the 200 IM, which included winner Abby Hoisington (Leawood, Kans.), who came in at 2:05.23. She was followed by freshman Lyndsey Smith (Westminster, Md.) in second while newcomer Clare Clemens (Staten Island, N.Y.) placed fourth.

Sophomore Karie Haglund (Marietta, Ga.) won the 200 butterfly, swimming an NCAA provisional time of 2:01.45, over a full second under the 'B' standard. She was followed in second and third place by teammates Kailey Morris (Lewisburg, Pa.) and Kelly Nelson (West Chester, Pa.).

Claire Hawley (Barnstable, Mass.), competing in her first collegiate meet in nearly two years after redshirting last year, won the 500 freestyle in her first meet back. Palera placed third in that event. The 400 freestyle relay team of Haglund, Barnes, Molly Crispell (Boalsburg, Pa.) and Sarah Baker (Fairfax, Va.) won that event in a time of 3:28.89.

In other events, the Nittany Lions took third through fifth place in the 200 freestyle in Lindsey DeForrest (Wycombe, Pa.), Baker and Jaime Keily (Houston, Tex.), respectively. In the 100 freestyle, Michelle Myers (Boalsburg, Pa.), Crispell and Cheng finished second through fourth, Erin Morris (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and Barnes finished second and third in the 200 backstroke, and Penn State claimed second through fifth place in the 200 breaststroke in Clemens, Lyndsey Smith, O'Brien and Hoisington.

Kimberlee Peifer won the one-meter and finished second in the three-meter springboard diving at West Virginia.

On the diving team, Courtney Adlam (Ambler, Pa.) and Kimberlee Peifer (Camp Hill, Pa.) placed first or second in both the one and three-meter events. Adlam won the three-meter with a 266.20 score while Peifer was second at 241.80. They reversed positions in the one-meter as Peifer just missed the NCAA Zone qualifying standard of 265 as she compiled a 262.20 to win the event. She was followed by Adlam in second at 248.55.

On the men's side, Alderman won both the one and three-meter events, picking up an NCAA Zone A qualifying score of 319.80 in the one-meter, well above the 300 standard for qualifying. He also won the three-meter with a 282.80. In both events, he was followed by Josh Myers (Hatfield, Pa.) and Pat Bukowski (North East, Pa.) in second and third place, respectively.

"We weren't up against the type of competition we will face later in the year and they have a new diving coach and are trying to break in some rookies," said diving coach Craig Brown. "But this meet gave us a good barometer of where we are and I was happy with how we did. I thought we did a good job of getting the job done."

David Kraft (Vienna, Va.) claimed Penn State's other win on the men's side, claiming first in the 1000 freestyle at 9:31.07. Colin Quirk (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Ben Ryan (State College, Pa.) and Dito Calderon (Bowie, Md.) claimed third through fifth place.

David Kraft won the 1000 freestyle in Penn State's first meet of the year at West Virginia.

Sean Biedermann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jon Cochrane (Boalsburg, Pa.) finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 free while Dan Kaiserian (Radnor, Pa.) and Sean Swanepoel (Lincoln Mead, South Africa) also claimed second and third in the 50 free. Tim Williams (North Bend, Ohio) finished second in the 200 butterfly at 1:52.12. The Nittany Lions also claimed third through sixth in the 100 free in Kaiserian, Swanepoel, Basil Kaaki (Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia) and Biedermann. They also claimed second through fifth in the 500 free in Ryan, Kraft, Calderon and Chris Sullivan (Naples, Fla.). The 400 freestyle relay team of Kaiserian, Biedermann, Vincent Reydams (Falls Church, Va.) and Swanepoel finished second.

"I'm not ecstatic with the results but I'm not overly disappointed either," said head swimming coach Bill Dorenkott. "I thought we could have been a bit sharper in a few of the events and would like to see us win more of the close races. But we certainly have a long way to go and we have a good foundation to build from. This meet just helps us assess where we are training-wise and to get a feel for our strengths and weaknesses and show us where we need to go to get better."

Both the men's and women's teams will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Charlottesville, Va. for a quad-meet featuring three Atlantic Coast Conference teams in host Virginia, as well as Virginia Tech and Clemson. The meet will run from Friday-Saturday, October 27-28.



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