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Lions net two gold medals, four school records on the day
Three records set in opening day of conference championships
PSU men's and women's swimming teams earn Team Scholar All America
Honored for earning 3.7 GPA or higher during 2012-13 academic year
Savoy, Whitmire earn Most Outstanding Swimmer awards at annual banquet
|200 Free||1:52.94||2/4/12||Lehigh/St. Francis Tri|
|100 Breast||59.68 *||2/15/12||Big Ten Championships|
|200 Breast||2:11.33||2/15/12||Big Ten Championships|
|100 Fly||56.95||1/22/11||St. Bonaventure|
|200 Fly||2:01.79||2/5/11||Lehigh Dual|
|200 IM||1:57.77 *||2/15/12||Big Ten Championships|
|400 IM||4:14.36||12/2/11||Ohio State Invitational|
* Penn State School Record
2011-12 (Junior Year)
Competed in five events at the 2012 NCAA Championships, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke and as a member of the 200 & 400 medley relay squads...also competed in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke at the NCAA Championships...helped the 400 medley relay squad to the Big Ten Championships (2/15-18)...advanced to the finals of the 100 & 200 breaststroke, 200 IM and 200 medley relay...earned a second place finish in the 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships with a season-best time of 1:57.77...set season best times in both breaststroke events at the Big Ten Championships, placing fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 59.68 and sixth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:11.33...broker her own school record in the 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships and set the school record in both breaststroke events at the championships...competed in 100 & 200 breaststroke and the 100 & 200 butterfly events at the USA Olympic Trials...earned Academic All-Big Ten & CSCAA Academic All-America...competed in all nine of the team's meets and participated at the NCAA Championships...posted the team's top time in 100 & 200 breaststroke and 200 IM...ranked second on the team in the 400 IM...won the 200 butterfly in 2:20.10 in a dual meet at Georgia Tech (11/5)...won a pair of events in a tri meet with Indiana and Virginia (11/18), claiming the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.92 and winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:16.28...posted four top-ten finishes at the Ohio State Invitational (12/2-4)...claimed runner-up finishes in the 200 and 400 IM events, swimming 1:59.70 and a season-best 4:14.36, respectively...placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.84 and was ninth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:02.09...won a pair of events in a tri meet win versus No. 20 Arkansas and Navy (1/14), taking the 100 & 200 breaststroke events with times of 1:03.07 and 2:15.07, respectively...won the 200 butterfly in 2:02.56 versus Villanova (1/27)...swam a season-best time of 1:52.94 in the 200 freestyle in a tri meet versus Lehigh and St. Francis (2/4).
2010-11 (Sophomore Year)
Participated in eight events during her sophomore year... Earned All-American Honors in the 100-Breaststroke and 200-IM...Competed in four events at the NCAA Championships and five events at the Big Ten Championships... Posted a time of 1:53.97 in the 200-Freestyle vs. St. Bonaventure... Placed 14th in the nation in the 100-Breaststroke with a time of 1:00.94 after posting a season-best time of 1:00.56 in the prelims, the second best time in school history... Finished sixth in the Big Ten in the 100-Breaststroke, recording a time of 1:00.86... Took fourth place in the 100-Breaststroke at the Georgia invite with a time of 1:01.91... Placed 46th in the 200-Breaststroke at the NCAA Championships by posting a season-best time of 2:14.26... Finished 15th in the Big Ten in the 200-Breaststroke, recording a time of 2:17.24... Took first Place in the 200-Breaststroke against Michigan and Maryland with times of 2:14.88 and 2:16.82, respectively... Also finished first in 200-Breaststroke against Virginia Tech and West Virginia... Placed second in the 100-Butterfly against St. Bonaventure with a time of 56.95... Finished 13th in the nation in the 200-IM, posting a time of 1:58.24 at the NCAA Championships after posting a season-best 1:58.05 in the prelims... Posted a sixth place finish in the Big Ten in the 200-IM, recording a time of 1:59.56... Helped the 400-Freestyle Relay team to a 16th Place finish at the Georgia Invite with a time of 3:30.21... Combined with Sam Palser, Mackenzie Powers, and Paige Whitmire to place 17th at the NCAA Championships in the 200-Medley Relay, posting a time of 1:39.62... Recorded a time of 1:38.59 to place fourth in the Big Ten in the 200-Medley Relay... Also placed fourth in the Big Ten in the 400-Medley Relay with a time of 3:36.16... Finished seventh in the 400-Medley Relay at the Georgia Invite, posting a time of 3:42.05.
2009-10 (Freshman Year)
Swam to an "NCAA B" time in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.87) at the Last Chance Meet (2/28) ... Posted a B time in all four events at the Big Ten Championships (2/17-20), finishing sixth in the 200 breaststroke (2:14.92), seventh in the 200 IM (2:00.34), eighth in the 200 medley relay (1:41.62) and ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.53) ... Finished third in all three individual events at Ohio State (1/29-30) - 100 breaststroke (1:04.77), 200 breaststroke (2:19.76) and 200 IM (2:05.03) - while placing second in the 400 medley relay (3:47.31). The 200 breaststroke and 400 medley relay times were both season-bests ... Placed in the top five in every race she swam at the Pittsburgh Quad Meet (1/15-16) - 100 breaststroke (second, 1:04.62), 200 breaststroke (fifth, 2:23.11), 200 IM (third, 2:06.71), 200 medley relay (second, 1:45.21) and 400 medley relay (second, 3:50.09) ... Impressive showing at the Ohio State Invite (12/4-6) included a number of season-best times - 100 breaststroke (10th, 1:04.58), 200 IM (14th, 2:04.80, preliminary) and 400 IM (13th, 4:25.52). Also competed in the 200 breaststroke (14th, 2:20.07), 200 medley relay (sixth, 1:45.74) and 400 medley relay (10th, 3:52.73) ... Against Virginia (11/20-21), placed second in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.15), fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.64) and 200 medley relay (1:46.55), sixth in the 400 medley relay (3:54.37) and eighth in the 200 IM (2:06.10) ... Freshman has seen significant action in first collegiate season, highlighted by many top-five finishes ... Finished in the top-five of all events at Virginia Tech (10/31): 100 breaststroke (second, 1:05.86), 200 breaststroke (fifth, 2:24.68), 200 IM (fifth, 2:09.04) and 200 medley relay (fourth, 1:47.32) ... Was on the winning 400 medley relay team (3:48.92) and placed seventh in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.39) against West Virginia/Colgate (10/24) ... Finished first, second and third, respectively in the 200 breaststroke (2:26.38), 200 medley relay (1:50.76) and 400 IM (4:39.43) in first collegiate action at St. Bonaventure (10/13).
Strong high school career at Kingwood High School...finished first in the 100 breaststroke and third in the 200 IM at the Texas State Championships as a senior...was third in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM as a junior...as a senior, was part of the Texas State Champion women's 200 medley relay...swam for the Eagle Swimming Association...attended three junior national championships and the world championship trails in the 100 breaststroke.
Full name is Merritt Rose Krawczyk ... Born on April 23, 1991 in Dallas, Texas ... Daughter of Sharon Dissinger and Jim Krawczyk. Step father is John Dissinger ... Has two brothers, A.J. and Spencer.
On Choosing Penn State
"I chose Penn State because of the incredible leadership and team bonding I saw. I am also proud to be part of such an academically successful school. I love the scenery surrounding the campus. I love the way the team fits together and pushes each other."