Nittany Lions Split Tri Meet with Indiana & Virginia
Nov. 17, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.; November 17, 2012 -- The quartet of Mackenzie Powers, Merritt Krawczyk, Carolyn Fittin and Paige Whitmire started the second day of their tri meet at Indiana and against Virginia the same way they ended it last night; with a win. That victory in the 200 medley relay was a big reason the Nittany Lions defeated Indiana, 207.5-144.5, but fell to the Cavaliers, 141-210.
Powers swam the lead leg of the 200 medley relay team that swam a season-best time of 1:41.62 - over two seconds faster than the team's previous best - and followed that up later in the program by swimming a NCAA B cut time of 54.48 to claim the individual crown in the event in front of a trio of Cavaliers.
It has become a theme this season for the Blue and White that Gabi Shishkoff finishes at or near the top of the standings each night and Saturday was no different. The junior posted a pair of top-three finishes and swam a NCAA B cut in the 400 IM. Shishkoff clocked a time of 4:18.20 in the 400 IM and placed just ahead of teammate Krawczyk, who also swam a B cut time at 4:18.29, after placing third in the 1000 free in the first individual event of the day. She clocked her second fastest time of the year at 9:58.71.
Krawczyk finished third in the 400 IM with her aforementioned season-best time and also claimed a second place showing in the 200 breast in 2:15.54. That mark in the 200 breast was another NCAA B cut time for the senior.
A pair of top-four finishes highlighted the day for Amy Modglin. The senior swam to a fourth place finish in the 100 back in 55.95, which is within .90-seconds of a personal best, and claimed fourth in the 400 IM in 4:21.85.50.
Whitmire boasted a second place showing in the 50 free with a time of 22.99, her second fastest time of the year, while Fittin (23.59) and Alyson Ackman (23.83) finished third and fifth, respectively. Ackman claimed a runner-up finish of her own by clocking a career-best time of 1:48.00 in the 200 free.
Ackman and Whitmire teamed with Katelyn Miller and Kaitlin Jones to close out the meet with a second place showing in the 400 free relay. They swam the team's top time in the event this season at 3:22.74, which was one second behind the winning team from Virginia and three seconds ahead of the third place team of the Cavaliers.
Penn State will have two weeks of training before their next competition comes in the form of the Georgia Invitational from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.