Swimming Wraps Up Weekend in Texas
Nov. 1, 2008
DALLAS, Texas - Against another pair of ranked opponents, the No. 13 Penn State women's swimming and diving team tied with No. 14 Southern Methodist with a score of 121.5. The No. 16 men's team fell by a narrow margin to the No. 21 Mustangs by a score of 134.5 to 106.5.
The men took four out of 13 first place finishes. Distance swimmer David Kraft took two of those in the 1000 meter freestyle and 500 meter freestyle. Patrick Schirk placed second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 49.62 while Brian Alden touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle in 20.79. The 100 butterfly was a tight race as the top three finished within one second of each other. Taking first was Tim Williams in 50.14 while Basil Kaaki checked in at third in 50.54.
In the 200 freestyle relay, the Mustangs just outstretched the Nittany Lions as Kaaki, Alden, Vincent Reydams and Jason Goldner took second place in 1:22.67, only six hundreths of a second behind SMU.
Josh Bonner took second place in both the one and three-meter springboard events. He scored 267.38 on the three-meter and improved to 294.07 on the on-meter.
The women also had an impressive showing taking six of 13 first place finishes. Karie Haglund was outstanding touching the wall first in three events. She convincingly won the 1000 freestyle in 9:58.05. She also placed first in both the 500 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Kaitlin O'Brien got first place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.71. Penn State took the top three spots in the 100 backstroke in Michelle Myers, Kaitlyn Ferguson and Daphne Skelos. Myers also secured a first place finish in the 50 freestyle.
Courtney Adlam placed second in the three-meter springboard and third in the one-meter springboard. Her third place finish earned a score of 220.35 while she earned 295.43 points.
The Nittany Lions will travel to Charlottesville, Va. to meet with Virginia and Florida State on Nov. 14 and 15. The Cavaliers boast a top program with their men ranked No. 15 and their women ranked No. 10 while Florida State has a strong women's program ranked at No. 22.