PSU Secures Six Victories in Final Day of OSU Invite
Feb. 9, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Nittany Lion women's swimmers closed out the Ohio State Invitational with a great final day of competition, posting six victories in individual competitions. Allie Pennetti (Wexford, Pa.), Jenna Bickel (Slingerlands, N.Y.), Sarah Somers (Haverford, Pa.), Hannah Matheson (Skillman, N.J.) and Bridget Moody (Port Washington, N.Y.) each picked up at least one win on Sunday in the unscored invite.
Pennetti was the standout swimmer on Sunday, as the sophomore was the only Nittany Lion to record first place finishes in multiple events. The Wexford native kicked off the finals with a win in the 200 freestyle event by touching the wall in 1:54.28 with teammate Kerry Treusdell (Churchville, Md.) finishing just behind with a time of 1:54.36 for second. Pennetti followed the victory up with a career-best time of 23.58 in the 50 freestyle to tally her second win of the day.
Another event that saw Penn State swimmers set personal-best marks was the 200 butterfly. Matheson and Annie Valentine (Dearborn, Mich.) each set career-fastest times, with Matheson earning the top spot with a mark of 2:01.32 in the final followed by Valentine's time of 2:03.64 for second place.
Somers also had an impressive Sunday, grabbing first and second place finishes in the finals. The senior raced to a season-best time of 2:19.88 to reach the top of the podium in the 200 breaststroke and followed it up with a second place finish in the 200 IM, touching the wall in 2:09.30.
The Nittany Lions claimed the top two spots in the 200 backstroke event. Bickel turned in a time of 2:00.41 in the event, her best time of the season, to win the final, while Brynja Winnan (West Windsor, N.J.) was the second to the wall with a season-best time of 2:03.37.
The Blue and White ended its stay in Columbus in impressive fashion, posting a one-two finish in the grueling 1650 freestyle competition. Moody earned the victory with a dominating time of 16:45.06 and Treusdell picked up a second place finish for the second time of the day with a mark of 16:59.05 in the race.
Up next for the team is the Big Ten Championships which begins on Wednesday, February 19 and wraps up on Saturday, February 22. The four-day event will take place in Minneapolis, Minn.
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