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West Lafayette, Ind., February 21, 2003 ?C After the second full day of competition, the #14 ranked Penn State Women??s Swimming and Diving team broke three pool, school, and conference records at the Big Ten Championships being held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The quartet of Sarah Haupt (Carlisle, Pa.), Courtney Stanchock (Bloomsburg, Pa.), Amberle Biedermann (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Deirdre Dlugonski (Washington, Pa.) had an outstanding evening by beating the Big Ten record in the 400 Medley Relay by 2.39 seconds. The ladies took home the title with the time of 3.36.39.
Head Coach Bill Dorenkott stated "We thought that coming in that our medley would be strong but this was a special night for these four women. Penn State relays are building a winning tradition at the conference level. Its time to take the tradition to the NCAA??s.??
Freshmen Biedermann and Haupt came out on top for the Nittany Lions by also breaking pool, school and conference records in their respective events of the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke. Biedermann took home the crown with a time of 53.54 while Haupt swam the time of 53.44.
Coach Dorenkott added, ??Amberle is a prime time athlete who has the ability to make the people around her better. Sarah is pretty raw in regards to her potential. She makes up for inexperience with a passion to succeed and her great deal of pride in Penn State.??
The final day of competition will begin tomorrow with preliminary heats at 11:00 a.m. while the finals will start at 7:00 p.m. Live results will be available on www.GOPSUsports.com throughout the competition.