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Nittany Lions Remain in Fifth Place After Exciting Day Three at Big Tens

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Paige Whitmire

Feb. 18, 2012

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Penn State women's swimming and diving teams continued its strong performance at the Big Ten Championships on Friday evening, as the Nittany Lions were crowned Big Ten champs in two events.

Sophomore Mackenzie Powers (Sycamore, Ill.) had a big day for the Nittany Lions. She was part of the 400 medley relay team that blew away the field and set a school and pool record for that event, earning a Big Ten medal. Joining Powers on that team was junior Paige Whitmire (Lederach, Pa.), junior Merritt Krawczyk (Kingwood, Texas) and senior Samantha Palser (Chester Springs, Pa.). The team earned time of 3:33.50 to earn the Big Ten title.

Powers' other Big Ten title came in the 100 butterfly, where she finished with a time of 52.25 seconds. That mark was a meet record and a pool record. Powers was seeded second going into the finals of the event.

Whitmire continued to have a strong day for the Nittany Lions as well. She earned fourth place in the finals of the 100 backstroke, earning a time of 53.26 seconds. That time beats Whitmire's personal best.

Penn State currently has 260.5 team points. Minnesota is the overall leader with 421 team points.

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