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MINNEAPOLIS – The Penn State swimming and diving team opened competition in the Minnesota Quad Duals Friday evening in the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center.
On the women’s side, U.S. National Team member Ally McHugh (Philadelphia, Pa.) led Penn State with an NCAA B-cut in the 500 freestyle, placing second in 4:45.67 to earn wins over No. 17 Minnesota and No. 18 Wisconsin. On the men’s side, diver Hector Garcia-Boissier (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) and swimmer Liam Veregin (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) led with third-place finishes. Garcia earned a score of 356.60 in the 3-meter to earn wins over No. 7 Michigan and Wisconsin, and Veregin finished the 100 back in 49.55 to earn a victory over Minnesota.
Through 18 events, the Penn State men trail Wisconsin 95-72, No. 7 Michigan 128-39 and Minnesota 111-56, and the Penn State women trail No. 18 Wisconsin 95-72, No. 3 Michigan 132.5-34.5, and No. 17 Minnesota 102-65.
Additionally on the women’s side, Jane Donahue (Charlotte, N.C.) earned a win over Minnesota in the 200 IM, placing sixth overall in 2:04.11, and a win over Wisconsin in the 200 breaststroke, placing sixth again in 2:19.07. Maddie Hart (Bryn Mawr, Pa,) earned a pair of fifth place finishes with personal-best times in the 100 back (55.66) and 200 fly (2:01.35). In the 100 free, Tommie Dillione (Newtown, Pa.) took fifth (51.17) and was followed by Katrina Kuhn (Piscataway, N.J.) in sixth (51.33), with both swimming season-best times.
On the men’s side, top-five finishes included freshman Nate Schiffman (France) in the 500 free (4:31.52) to earn a win over Minnesota, while Kaelan Freund (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) led Penn State past Wisconsin in the 200 breaststroke in 2:00.65.
Penn State will continue competition in the meet at 11 a.m. ET Saturday.
Saturday, Nov. 4 (10 a.m. CT/11 a.m. ET start)
200 Medley Relay
W- 3 Meter
M - 1 Meter
400 Free Relay
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