Women's Swimmers Head To NCAA Championships

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State College, Pa.- After an undefeated regular season and a school-best second place finish at the Big Ten Championships, head coach Bill Dorenkott and eight Nittany Lion swimmers head to the NCAA Championships, to be held March 15-17 at the Nassau County Aquatic Complex in Long Island, New York. Representing Penn State at NCAAs will be Katie Hostetler (200 free relay, 50 free, 200 medley relay, 100 free and 400 free relay), Katie Anderson (200 free, 500 free, 200 fly, 400 free relay), Kristen Woodring (400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 breast, 200 breast), Corrie Clark (200 free relay, 200 IM, 400 medley relay, 100 fly, 200 breast, 400 free relay), Megan Smith (200 free relay, 200 medley relay, 100 fly), Piper Chamberlin (200 free relay, 50 free, 400 medley relay, 100 fly, 100 free, 400 free relay), Katie Bruzda (400 medley relay, 100 back, 200 back) and Jaime Jaax (1-meter, 3-meter diving).

At this year's Championships, 2000 national champion Georgia will be defending its crown against top team contenders Stanford, Arizona, California, and UCLA. Top individual contenders include Ashley Roby (Georgia), Misty Hyman (Stanford), Amanda Beard (Arizona), Stacianna Stitts (California) and Sara Platzer (UCLA). Only five schools have claimed Division I women's team titles in the 19-year history of the championships, and two of them have one only one apiece. Florida won its lone title in 1982, the event's first year. Southern California won its only title in 1997. Stanford has won eight times, Texas seven and Georgia two -- the last two. Follow all the action on www.GoPSUsports.com.

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