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Ackman, Powers earn first team All-Big Ten accolades
Lions net two gold medals, four school records on the day
Three records set in opening day of conference championships
No. 17 women, No. 19 men face the Wildcats on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
The Blue and White notched four top-five performances in final day at Texas Invitational
|50 Free||22.33*||3/15/12||NCAA Championships|
|100 Free||49.31||2/1/12||Big Ten Championships|
|100 Back||53.26||2/15/12||Big Ten Championships|
|100 Fly||55.08||12/2/11||Ohio State Invitational|
* - Penn State School Record
2011-12 (Junior Year)
Earned Honorable Mention All-America Honors in the 50 freestyle, 200 & 400 freestyle relay and 200 & 400 medley relay events at the NCAA Championships...also swam the 100 backstroke at the NCAA Championships...set the school record in the 50 freestyle in 22.33 at the NCAA Championships...was a member of the Big Ten Championships winning 400 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay teams...qualified for the finals in three other events at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 4th in the 50 freestyle, 4th in the 100 backstroke and 4th in the 200 medley relay... set season-best times in all three individual swims at the Big Ten Championships, posting a time of 22.33 in the 50 freestyle, 49.31 in the 100 freestyle and 53.26 in the 100 backstroke...broke her own school record in 50 freestyle at the Big Ten Championships...competed in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly at USA Olympic Trials...earned Academic All-Big Ten honors...posted the team's top time in 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke...ranked second on the team in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly...swam in all nine of the team's meets and competed at the NCAA Championships...placed among the top ten in all four swims at the Ohio State Invitational (12/2-4)...swam a season-best 55.08 in the 100 butterfly to place 5th at the Ohio State Invitational...placed 3rd in the 50 freestyle in 22.77, 4th in the 100 back in 54.49 and 6th in the 100 freestyle 50.06 at the Ohio State Invitational...won the 50 freestyle in 23.16 and the 100 backstroke in 56.21 in a tri meet at No. 20 Arkansas with Navy (1/14)...won the 50 freestyle in 23.30 versus Villanova (1/27)...claimed the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.24 and the 100 buterfly in 56.73 in a tri meet with Lehigh and St. Francis (2/4).
2010-11 (Sophomore Year)
Competed in 8 events throughout her Sophomore year... Earned All-American Honors in the 400-Freestyle Relay... Named 2nd-Team All-Big Ten... Placed 40th in the nation in the 50-Freestyle by posting a time of 22.74 at the NCAA Championships after posting a Penn State record time of 22.52 in the prelims... Posted a season-best time of 22.57 in the 50-Freestyle to earn a 5th Place finish at the Big Ten Championships... Finished 6th at the Georgia Invite in the 50-Freestyle, recording a time of 22.99... Took 62nd Place in the 100-Freestyle at the NCAA Championships with a time of 50.83... Posted an 11th place finish in the 100-Freestyle in the Big Ten by recording a season-best time of 49.85... Finished 45th at the NCAA Championships in the 100-Backstroke by posting a time of 54.49... Placed 5th in the Big Ten in the 100-Backstroke with a time of 53.85... Recorded a time of 57.98 in the 100-Buttefly to take 3rd Place vs. St. Bonaventure... Took 2nd Place at the Big Ten Championships in the 200-Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:29.64... Finished 16th Place at the NCAA Championships in the 200-Freestyle Relay, posting a time of 1:30.76... Claimed 3rd in the 200-Freestyle Relay at the Georgia Invite, recording a time of 1:30.98... Took 1st Place at the Last Chance Meet in the 200-Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:31.04... Helped the 400-Freestyle Relay team to a 4th Place finish at the Big Ten Championships and a time of 3:17.44... Placed 17th in the NCAA Championships in the 400-Freestyle with a time of 3:18.83... Helped the 400-Freestyle Relay to 1st Place finished against Michigan, Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and North Carolina... Led the 200-Medley Relay team to a 17th Place finish at the NCAA Championships and a 4th Place finish at the Big Ten Championships with times of 1:39.62 and 1:38.59, respectively... Combined with Merritt Krawczyk, Sam Palser, and Mackenzie Powers to finish 4th in the Big Ten in the 400-Medley Relay with a time of 3:36.16... Placed 7th at the Georgia Invite in the 400-Medley Relay, recording a time of 3:42.05.
2009-10 (Freshman Year)
Enjoyed an impressive freshman campaign, highlighted by 12 "NCAA B" times, among the most on the team ... Season best time in the 200 freestyle relay came at the Last Chance Meet (2/28), with a school-record time of 1:30.27. Also swam the 50 freestyle ... Peaked at the Big Ten Championships (2/17-20) which included numerous season bests - 50 freestyle (sixth, 22.87, preliminary), 100 freestyle (20th, 50.49, preliminary), 100 backstroke (16th, 55.13, preliminary), 200 freestyle relay (sixth, 1:31.13), 400 freestyle relay (eighth, 3:21.24), 200 medley relay (eighth, 1:41.62) and 400 medley relay (eighth, 3:42.86). Had an NCAA B time in all but one of her events at Big Ten's ... Won the 200 freestyle relay (1:32.42), finished second in the 50 freestyle (23.43), 400 freestyle relay (3:23.52), 200 medley relay (1:43.96) and 400 medley relay (3:47.31) and placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (51.59) as impressive win over nationally-ranked Ohio State (1/29-30) ... Strong at the Pittsburgh Quad Meet (1/15-16), winning the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.39), finishing second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:26.16) and 200 medley relay (1:45.21), third in the 50 freestyle (23.77), fourth in the 400 medley relay (3:52.51) and 10th in the 100 freestyle (52.69) ... Competed in numerous events at the prestigious Ohio State Invitational (12/4-6) - 50 freestyle (seventh, 23.34, preliminary), 100 freestyle (14th, 51.65, preliminary), 100 backstroke (fourth, 56.32, preliminary), 400 freestyle relay (third, 3:25.11), 200 medley relay (sixth, 1:45.74) and 400 medley relay (10th, 3:52.73) ... Won the 400 freestyle relay (3:26.40), placed second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.34), third in the 200 medley relay (1:45.97), fifth in the 100 backstroke (58.11) and ninth in the 100 freestyle (52.77) in the first home meet against Virginia (11/20-21) ... Won the 200 medley relay (1:44.55), was second in the 400 freestyle relay (3:25.52), third in the 100 backstroke (57.65) and fifth in the 100 freestyle (52.67) at Virginia Tech (10/31) ... Was part of first-place 400 freestyle relay (3:25.49) and 400 medley relay (3:48.92) teams against West Virginia/Colgate (10/24) while also finishing third in the 50 freestyle (23.90) ... Finished first in the 50 freestyle (24.68) and 200 medley relay (1:50.74) against St. Bonaventure (10/13) while also coming in second in the 100 freestyle (54.36).
Lettered four years in swimming and water polo at Souderton Area High School ... In both sports, was team captain and MVP senior year while winning the coach's award as a junior (swimming) ... Her squad was league champion all four years ... Was a District I finalist as a junior and Team PA District I Champion and State Finalist as a senior ... In water polo, was First Team All-State as a senior while earning second team a year prior ... Also won honorable mention as a sophomore and made the All State Freshman Team in first season ... Most memorable moment came in winning the 50 free State Championship ... Also a 2009 PA State Champion and state record holder in the 100 back, 200 free relay and 400 free relay ... Was an 11-time All-American swimmer ... A Pennsylvania District 1 Champion in the 50 free (2009), 200 medley relay (2009), 200 free relay (2008-09) and 100 back (2007-08) ... Was a junior coach for the Harleysville Swim for final two years of high school ... Participated in the Suburban Aquatic League, becoming an individual league champion and record holder as a junior and senior ... Was student council treasurer for three years, Principal's Advisory Council for two, while being named SAHS Best Female Athlete (2009) and Indianettes Outstanding Athlete ... Other awards include: the prestigious Triangle Club Student Athlete Award and Excellence in Family and Consumer Science Award ... Also participated in gymnastics - was a competitor for seven years in levels five through nine (second through eighth grades).
Full name is Paige Nicole Whitmire ... Born on October 19, 1990 in Lansdale, Pa. ... Daughter of Ken and Judi Whitmire ... Has two sisters, Bryn (20), who is a softball player at Susquehanna University, and Jillian (15) ... Mother and grandfather are both Penn State alumni ... A nutrition major.
On Choosing Penn State
"I chose Penn State because of the incredible school spirit, academic opportunities, and the kindness of the swim team."