Nittany Lions Swim Past Villanova in Home Opener
Nov. 11, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; November 11, 2012 -- The Nittany Lions opened up the home portion of their schedule by winning 12 of 16 events inside McCoy Natatorium versus in-state rival Villanova on Saturday (Nov. 10) morning. Mackenzie Powers (Sycamore, Ill.), Katie Rowe (Glenville, N.Y.), Gabi Shishkoff (Franklin, Mass.) and Megan Springsteen (Owego, N.Y.) all claimed individual victories in two events to help Penn State win their eighth straight decision over the Wildcats, 177-116.
The 200 medley relay team of Powers, Merritt Krawczyk (Kingwood, Texas), Carolyn Fittin (Sea Grit, N.J.) and Paige Whitmire (Lederach, Pa.) claimed the opening event of the afternoon, while Jenna Bickel (Slingerlands, N.Y.), Grace Ninesling (Jamestown, N.Y.), Chelsea Weedman (Poway, Calif.) and Katelyn Miller (Hershey, Pa.) posted the second fastest time in the event.
The Nittany Lions swept the top three spots in nine events during the meet, including both the 1- and 3-meter boards during the diving portion of the meet. Springsteen set career-bests winning both diving events, scoring 268.42 on the 1-meter and 264.00 on the 3-meter. Emily Stotesbery (Greenwich, Conn.) claimed second place and Meredith Harbison (Butler, Pa.) finished third in both diving events to give the Lions the sweep.
Megan Siverling (Havertown, Pa.) captured the first individual event of the evening when the sophomore won the 1000 free in a career-best time of 10:06.24. She was followed by teammates Claire Singley (Southlake, Texas), 10:13.57, and Kaitlin Jones (Midlothian, Va.), 10:14.46, to sweep the top three spots. Alyson Ackman (Montreal, Quebec) followed up Siverling's performance with a career-best swim of her own and claimed the top spot in the 200 free. Ackman swam 1:50.30, the team's top time in the event this season, and Caitlyn Karr (Reading, Pa.) claimed the second spot in 1:50.84.
Powers won the first of her two individual events when she cleared the field in the 100 back by nearly two full seconds. The junior touched in 56.66, while teammates Casey Fazio (Secaucus, N.J.) and Allie Roberts (Emmaus, Pa.) finished second and third, respectively, in 58.28 and 58.86.Later in the program, Powers out-touched the field by nearly a full second in the 100 fly, winning in 55.78. Whitmire finished second in the 100 fly, swimming 56.40, but claimed the 50 free in a season-best time of 23.28.
Rowe posted a pair of first place showings on the evening, starting by out-touching Villanova's Hayley Edwards in the 200 fly. The freshman led throughout the race and came in just three-tenths of a second ahead of Edwards, touching the wall in 2:04.02. Her second individual win came just three events later when she captured the 200 back. Rowe swam 2:03.79 and finished ahead of fellow Lions Bickel and Roberts. Bickel placed second in 2:05.58 and Roberts touched third in 2:06.27.
Shishkoff added two more individual wins to her 2012 resume, winning the 500 free and 200 IM events to cap the victories for the Blue and White. The junior swam a career-best 4:52.06 in the 500 free, winning in front of Ackman (4:56.37) and Villanova's Roxy Tammadge (4:59.11). Two events later, Shishkoff swam 2:04.31 to edge Krawczyk's 2:04.99 and win her fifth individual swim of the year. Krawczyk finished second overall in the event and Weedman grabbed a third place showing in 2:06.08.
Penn State will travel to Bloomington, Ind. for a tri-meet with Indiana and Virginia on Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 17. The festivities kick-off at 5 p.m. on Friday and begin again on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Individual Event Winners