Nittany Lions in Seventh Heading into Final Day of Big Ten Championships
Feb. 19, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's swimming & diving team continued its strong performance at the Big Ten Championships on Friday with seven more "NCAA B" times, highlighted by three of the top eight finishers in the 400 IM. Four additional Nittany Lions posted NCAA qualifying times in the preliminaries. Heading into the final day of the championships, the squad stands seventh amongst an impressive Big Ten field.
After finishing eighth in the 400 medley relay with an "NCAA B" time of 3:42.86, the Nittany Lions had their strongest showing in the 400 IM, with senior Kailey Morris (Baltimore, Md.), freshman Amy Modglin (Fort Myers, Fla.) and senior Daphne Skelos (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) finishing fifth (4:13.92), seventh (4:15.61) and eighth (4:16.14), respectively. All were NCAA qualifying times while Modglin's final mark stands sixth in Penn State history. Morris and Skelos would have both cracked the list if not for even better individual times last season.
Other top events were the 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Senior Stephanie Roop (Downingtown, Pa.) led the way in the 200 freestyle with a B time of 1:48.63 which is also good for 10th in school history. After recording "NCAA B" times in the preliminaries, senior Lindsey DeForrest (Wycombe, Pa.) and sophomore Erin Thomas (Bangor, Maine) came in 15th and 21st with marks of 1:49.33 and 1:49.28.
Senior Lyndsey Smith (Westminster, Md.) reached the A Finals of the 100 breaststroke where she placed eighth (1:02.48, NCAA B). Freshman Merritt Krawczyk (Kingwood, Texas) was ninth with a B time of her own (1:01.53), good for fifth in Penn State history.
The Nittany Lions didn't post any NCAA qualifying times in the 100 backstroke, but freshman Paige Whitmire (Lederach, Pa.) and senior Michelle Myers (Boalsburg, Pa.) did so in the preliminaries. Whitmire went on to finish 16th (55.77) while sophomore Samantha Palser (Chester Springs, Pa.) placed 20th (56.45) and Myers was 21st (56.50). Whitmire's finals time is good for ninth best in program history while her preliminary mark (55.13) is sixth.
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Junior Ilana Zeises (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) paced the Lions led in the three-meter diving preliminaries with a 28th place finish (214.45).
Action concludes on Saturday with the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and the 400 freestyle relay. Click here for the complete heat sheets.
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