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Wrestling Wins NCAA Crown; Fencing and Men's Gymnastics Finish in Top 10 at NCAA Championships
NCAA Champion Wrestlers, Fencing, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field Boost Nittany Lions
Four competing in Olympic trials over next two weekends
A total of 10 Nittany Lions heading to Atlanta for NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
A total of 10 Nittany Lions heading to Atlanta for NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships
|100 Breast||1:00.25||2/21/14||Big Ten Championships|
|200 Breast||2:07.80*||3/19/16||NCAA Championships|
|200 IM||2:00.53||2/20/14||Big Ten Championships|
* - Penn State School Record
2015-16 (Senior Year)
Made final Penn State swim a memorable one by breaking her own school record and earning honorable mention All-America honors, as she placed 11th in the 200 breaststroke … She broke her own school standard in the preliminaries by exactly a half-second, touching in 2:08.33. She then swam even faster in the finals, touching in 2:07.80 … Also competed in the 100 breaststroke at NCAAs, placing 28th in a season-best 1:00.75, and the 400 medley relay, which placed 25th in 3:36.61 … Reached two A-finals Big Ten Championships earning a fourth place finish in the 200 breast, touching in 2:09.43 and placing seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.76 … Also earned bronze with the 400 medley relay team that finished in a season-best 3:35.18 … Swam three NCAA B-cut times in the 200 IM with a season-best of 2:00.89 at the Georgia Invitational (12/4).
2014-15 (Junior Year)
Competed in the 100 breaststroke (45th, 1:01.73), 200 breaststroke (27th, 2:10.88) and 200 medley relay at the NCAA Championships … Neared her own school record in the 200 breast at the Big Ten Championships (2/18-21), placing third in a season-best 2:09.87 … Also swam a season best 1:01.19 in the 100 breaststroke at the B1G meet … Totaled four event wins … Swept the 100 (1:04.29) and 200 (2:19.18) breasts in the Georgia Tech dual (10/3) … Won the 200 breast at the Rutgers dual (2:16.37) … Took gold in the 100 breast in the Navy dual (1/24) … Also competed in the 200 individual medley at four meets, posting a season-best time of 2:01.96.
2013-14 (Sophomore Year)
Competed in the NCAA Championships in three individual events as well as one relay event ... Paced the team in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard breaststroke ... Participated in the 100-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley at the NCAA Championships (3/20-22) ... Helped the 400-yard medley relay team to its second-fastest time of the season at the NCAA Championships (3/20), finishing in 3:34.87 ... Set the school record with a 2:09.54 in the 200 breast at the Big Ten Championships (2/22) ... Member of the 400 medley relay team that that finished in 3:33.27 at the conference championships (2/21), a program record ... Swam to career-best times of 1:00.25 in the 100 breast and 2:00.53 in the 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships (2/21) ... Took gold in the 100 breast with a mark of 1:02.87 at the St. Bonaventure/Towson tri-meet (2/1) ... Grabbed two first place medals at the Navy Dual (1/25), including the 100 breast (1:03.42) and the 200 breast (2:18.20) ... Topped the field in the 100 breast and the 200 breast at the West Virginia Dual (10/18) with times of 1:04.29 and 2:18.87, respectively.
2012-2013 (Freshman Year)
Joined the team in December, competing in four meets and qualifying for the NCAA Championships ... Competed in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM at the NCAA Championships ... Swam the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM at the Big Ten Championships ... Posted a Top 20 finish and set a school record in the 200 breast at the NCAA Championships (3/22-23), placing 19th in 2:10.29 ... Notched a personal-best 100 breast time at the NCAAs, finishing in 1:01.04 ... Turned in a career-best 200 IM time of 2:01.18 at the Big Ten Championships (2/21-22) ... Finished sixth in the 100 and 200 breast at the Big Ten Championships, touching the wall 1:01.44 and 2:11.29, respectively ... Ranked first on the team in the 200 breast and second on the team in the 100 breast ... Claimed first place in the 100 and 200 breast in a dual meet with Navy (1/26), touching the wall in 1:04.51 and 2:16.83, respectively ... Won the 200 breast versus Towson (2/2) with a time of 2:17.18.
Swam for Tecnologico de Monterrey and head coach Nicolas Torres Perez ... Owns the city, region and state records in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke ... Swims for the Britania Desert Dragons ... Qualified for the Scholar-Centro American Games in 2009 and 2010 ... Competed at the Pan-Am Games in 2011 ... Qualified for the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships in 2012.
Full name is Byanca Melissa Rodriguez Villanueva ... Born in Chihuahua, Mexico on Sept. 13, 1994 ... Parents are Abelardo Rodriguez Lopez and Patricia Ivonne Villanueva Lujan ... Has one brother, Cesar, and one sister, Ruby Carolina.