Modglin Wins 200 Backstroke as Women's Swimming Finishes Fourth at Ohio State Invitational
Dec. 6, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Freshman Amy Modglin (Fort Myers, Fla.) wrapped up a stellar weekend by winning the 200 backstroke on Sunday to lead the Penn State women's swimming team to a fourth-place finish at the Ohio State Invitational. Modglin swam to "NCAA B" times in both the preliminaries and finals for Penn State's sole win of the weekend. Senior captains Lindsey DeForrest (Wycombe, Pa.) and Lyndsey Smith (Westminster, Md.) also qualified for the A Finals in the 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke, where each finished fifth. The Nittany Lions scored 162 points on the day to finish the weekend with 458.
Modglin's showing came one day after swimming to an "NCAA B" time in the 400 IM prelim. She finished the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:57.12, improving on her preliminary time (1:57.39). Two seniors, Daphne Skelos (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Stephanie Roop (Dowingtown, Pa.) also reached the B Finals, placing 13th and 16th, respectively.
DeForrest recorded Penn State's second top finish of the day by placing fifth (51.16) in the 100 freestyle while fellow captain, Smith, swam to a fifth-place finish of her own in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.24). Freshman Merritt Krawczyk (Kingwood, Texas) qualified for the B Finals of that event while sophomore Alexa Hetzel (Metuchen, N.J.) and freshman Amy Lewis (Rudolph, Wis.) cracked the C Finals.
Penn State garnered an impressive seven top-eight finishes on the day. A team of DeForrest, sophomore Samantha Palser (Chester Springs, Pa.), freshman Paige Whitmire (Lederach, Pa.) and senior Michelle Myers (Boalsburg, Pa.) were third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:25.11) while a sophomore team of Katie Pulos (Rosemont, Pa.), Erin Thomas (Bangor, Maine), Kristen Rodman (Lansdale, Pa.) and Kaeley Boyle (Ashburn, Va.) placed sixth (3:30.12).
Both Roop and junior Diana Greco (Chester Springs, Pa.) placed in the top-eight of the 1650 freestyle, finishing fifth (16:45.06) and eighth (17:04.89).
The Nittany Lion divers return to action in the new year as they travel to the University of Georgia on Jan. 3 to take part in the Bulldog Shootout. Swimming returns to action three days later on Jan. 7 at Florida State. Check back to GoPSUsports.com to stay up to date on the Penn State swimmers and divers.
DAY THREE FINALS RESULTS (preliminary times in parentheses)
Final Women's Team Scores