2011-12 (Sophomore Year)
Garnered Honorable Mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championships as a part of the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay teams...also swam the 100 & 200 butterfly and 100 backstroke at the NCAA Championships...posted a season-best time of 1:58.64 in the 20 butterfly at the NCAA Championships...was the Big Ten Champion in the 100 butterfly, setting the school record with a time of 52.25, and a member of the championship 400 medley relay team...also swam in the finals of the 200 butterfly and 200 medley relay at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 1:59.24 in the fly...broke her own school record in the 100 butterfly...competed in 100 butterfly at the USA Olympic Trials...earned Academic All-Big Ten honors...posted the team's top time in 100 butterfly...ranked second on the team in the 200 butterfly and 100 backstroke...competed in all nine of the team's meets and the NCAA Championships...won a pair of events in a dual meet with Georgia Tech (11/5) with a time of 57.39 in the 100 backstroke and 55.44 in the 100 butterfly...won the 100 butterfly in 55.48 in a tri meet with Indiana and Virginia (11/18)...grabbed a pair of third place showings and two more top-ten finishes at the Ohio State Invitational (12/2-4)...took the bronze medal in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.72 and in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.04...placed eighth in the 200 butterfly in 2:01.71 and tenth in the 200 IM with a season-best time of 2:03.84 at the Ohio State Invitational...set a season-best time in the 200 backstroke in a tri meet versus No. 20 Arkansas and Navy (1/14) with a time of 2:01.76...won the 200 butterfly in 2:02.92 in a tri meet with Lehigh and St. Francis (2/4).
2010-11 (Freshman Year)
Competed in 9 events during Freshman year... Earned 1st-Team All-Big Ten Honors... Participated in the NCAA Championships in the 100-Backstroke, 100-Butterfly and 200-Butterfly... Competed at the Big Ten Championships in the 100-Backstroke, 100-Butterfly, 200-Butterfly, 200-Medley Relay, and 400-Medley Relay... Posted a time of 24.08 in the 50-Freestyle at the Georgia Invite... Recorded a time of 56.53 in the 100-Backstroke at the NCAA Championships for a 55th Place finish... Posted a season-best time of 55.04 in the 100-Backstroke in the prelims of the Big Ten Championships and placed 14th with a time of 55.36... 55.04 was the 8th best time in school history in the 100-Backstroke...Claimed 2nd Place in the 100-Backstroke vs. Virginia Tech, recording a time of 56.33... Placed 38th in the nation in the 100-Butterfly at the NCAA Championships, posting a time of 53.83... Took 2nd Place in the 100-Butterfly at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 52.72, also a Penn State record in the 100-Butterfly... Placed 42nd at the NCAA Championships in the 200-Butterfly, posting a time of 2:01.20... Finished 12th at the Georgia Invite in the 200-Butterly with a time of 54.09... Recorded the 7th best time in Penn State history in the 200-Butterfly with a time of 1:59.65 at the Big Ten Championships to take 14th Place in the event... Placed 3rd in the 200-IM vs. St. Bonaventure, posting a time of 2:09.35... Helped the 200-Freestyle Relay team to post a time of 1:34.65 at Virginia/vs. Indiana... Led the 400-Freestyle relay team to take a 16th place finish at the Georgia Invite with a time of 3:30.21... Combined with Hailey Campbell, Merritt Krawczyk, and Paige Whitmire to place 4th in the Big Ten in the 200-Medley Relay with a time of 1:38.59 and breaking a Penn State record in the event... Finished 1st in the 200-Medley Relay vs. Virginia Tech with at time of 1:42.88...Took 1st in the 200-Medley Relay, posting a time of 1:42.17 at Michigan... Helped the 400-Medley Relay team of Merritt Krawczyk, Samantha Palser, and Paige Whitmire to place 4th at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 3:36.16, a school record... Posted a 1st Place finish in the 400-Medley Relay at Maryland, recording a time of 3:44.27.
Strong career at Rosary High School in Aurora, Ill. under coach Bill Schalz ... Four-time letterwinner, who served as team co-captain as a senior ... Part of the Illinois High School Championship Team each year from 2006-09 ... Also an All-State honoree - all four years - in both individual and relay events ... Named Kane County Chronicle Female Swimmer of the Year in 2008 while being named to the Kane County All-Area Team three times ... Eleven-time NISCA High School All-American in individual and relay events ... As a senior in 2009, finished second in the 200 medley relay, third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke at the Illinois High School Meet ... Won the 100 butterfly a year prior and was a member of the state championship 200 medley relay squad which set the Illinois High School state record ... As a sophomore (2007), finished second in the 200 medley relay, third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 free relay ... Won the 200 medley relay as a freshman, while also finishing fifth in both the 100 butterfly and 200 free relay ... Also a member of the club Academy Bullets in Aurora ... Named a Swimming World Magazine four-star recruit ... A 2008 Olympic Trials Qualifier (100 butterfly) and '09 National Meet Qualifier ... Was a 2007 YMCA Summer National Champion in the 50 butterfly LCM while also qualifying for the Summer Junior National Meet and Conoco/Phillips Short Course ... Five-time YMCA All-American ... Took part in numerous events at the 2009 Speedo Summer Junior Nationals ... A two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American ... Named an Academic All-Conference honoree every year.
Full name is Mackenzie Elizabeth Powers ... Born on February 14, 1992 in Rockford, Ill. ... Daughter of Ted and Beth Powers ... Has two brothers, Riley and Dylan ... Majoring in Kinesiology.
On Choosing Penn State
"I chose Penn State because I felt a strong connection to the coaches and team; I believe that Penn State is a place where I can be successful, both athletically and academically. And finally, I love the Penn State campus."