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Jan. 26, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 26, 2013 -- They opened and closed their dual meet against Navy with victories and in between the No. 14 Penn State women's swimming and diving team won all but on event on their way to a 185-107 win at the McCoy Natatorium. Melissa Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico), Gabi Shishkoff (Franklin, Mass.), Megan Springsteen (Owego, N.Y.) and Paige Whitmire (Lederach, Pa.) each won two events and the Nittany Lions took the top two spots in 11 of the 16 events to improve to 5-2 in dual meets this season.
After joining the team at the beginning of the spring semester, Rodriguez has made her mark on the squad quickly after winning a pair of individual events, helping a relay to a runner up showing and finishing second in a third individual swim vs. Navy. The rookie opened her competition by helping the Nittany Lions sweep the relays, helping her quartet finish second in the 200 medley relay and followed that with her first collegiate victory five events later. Rodriguez claimed the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.51 and followed that with a win in the 200 breaststroke at 2:16.83. She finished her meet with a swim in the 200 IM and finished second with a 2:07.90 showing.
The junior class had a strong showing, as well, with Springsteen sweeping the diving events and Shishkoff touching first in the 200 butterfly and 200 backstroke. On the boards, Springsteen posted her second best score of the year at the one-meter height when she topped the field with a score of 243.82. She followed that with a score of 244.65, her third best outing of the year, to win the three-meter board.
Shishkoff added to her breakout season with two more individual wins and was a part of a winning relay team vs. the Midshipmen. The two wins give her eight individual crowns on the season, including her first in the 200 backstroke this year. In the 200 back, Shishkoff swam a personal best 2:01.94 in her first swim in the event this season. She narrowly edged teammate Katie Rowe (Glenville, N.Y.) in the 200 fly when she touched in 2:01.91.
Whitmire won in two different strokes against Navy when she claimed the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle, while helping the 200 medley relay team that opened the meet with a victory. She led off the medley relay team with a 26.21 split, which eventually led to a 1:43.34 time that topped the event. Her time of 57.02 topped the field in 100 back, her first win in the event this season, and she swam 51.06 to collect her second 100 free title of the year.
Megan Siverling (Chester Springs, Pa.) swam the two longest events of the afternoon and grabbed a victory and runner up finish. The sophomore out-touched the field in the 1,000 freestyle with a 10:13.37 showing and finished second to teammate Amy Modglin's (Fort Myers, Fla.) 4:57.87 time in the 500 freestyle with a mark of 4:57.87. Siverling also finished third in the 200 freestyle with time of 1:53.03.
Penn State concludes the home portion of their schedule on Saturday, Feb. 2 in a dual meet with Towson at 1 p.m. This meet will conclude the home careers of five Nittany Lions seniors, who will be honored prior to the meet.
Individual Event Winners vs. Navy
200 Medley Relay - Whitmire, Fittin, Krawczyk, Miller; 1:43.34
1,000 Free - Megan Siverling; 10:13.37
200 Free - Caitlyn Karr; 1:49.65
100 Back - Paige Whitmire; 57.02
100 Breast - Melissa Rodriguez; 1:04.51
200 Fly - Gabi Shishkoff; 2:01.91
50 Free - Carolyn Fittin; 23.69
100 Free - Paige Whitmire; 51.06
200 Back - Gabi Shishkoff; 2:01.94
200 Breast - Melissa Rodriguez; 2:16.83
500 Free - Amy Modglin; 4:57.09
100 Fly - Katie Rowe; 56.53
400 Free Relay - Fittin, Shishkoff, Miller, Krawczyk; 3:29.40