Swimming & Diving to Compete at Shamrock Invitational
Kelly Nelson will look to add to her team-high of six NCAA cuts in this weekend's Shamrock Invitational meet hosted by Notre Dame.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; January 25, 2007 - The Penn State men's and women's swimming and diving teams head to South Bend, Ind. this weekend for what will be their final competition prior to Big Ten Championships next month. The Nittany Lions will be one of five teams competing at the Shamrock Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. The two-day meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday, will also feature Connecticut, Oakland and West Virginia.
Entering this weekend's meet, the Nittany Lion women have made a total of 23 different NCAA 'B' provisional qualifying times and three different NCAA 'A' automatic qualifying times. Additionally, two divers in Courtney Adlam and Kimberlee Peifer have qualified for the NCAA Zone A diving championships. These 26 NCAA times have come from 12 different individuals in the individual events, and three additional individuals have been part of the relay teams that have made NCAA 'B' cuts so far this year.
On the men's side, two different swimmers have made NCAA 'B' times in two different events while diver Mike Alderman has qualified for the NCAA Zone A diving championships. Alderman was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week for the third time this season this past week.
The Nittany Lion men competed at the Shamrock Invitational last season, winning three of their four duals. The women did not compete in this event last year.
Penn State has already faced on of the other teams in the field this year, as the Nittany Lions opened the season with a dual meet at West Virginia. The women's team beat the Mountaineers back in October en route to their current dual meet mark of 7-0 while the men fell to WVU to open the year.
Following this weekend's meet, the women will have two more weeks to train before Big Ten's, which will be held Thursday through Saturday, February 8-10 at the University of Minnesota. The women will be seeking their third straight Big Ten Championship. The men, meanwhile, will have an extra week of training before the Big Ten men's championships, which will be held February 15-17 at Ohio State.