Penn State Women's Swimming and Diving Seeking Best Finish at NCAA Championships
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. (Mar. 15, 2005) - The Penn State women's swimming and diving team will send a school-record 15 student-athletes to the 2005 NCAA Championships this week for three days of competition Mar. 17-19 in West Lafayette, Ind.
The Nittany Lions will send one diver and 14 swimmers, which is the fifth most in the country, to the NCAA Championships. Penn State student-athletes will compete in 20 of 21 events, including all 18 swimming events. The Nittany Lions will have a total of six swimmers in the 1,650-yard freestyle alone, which is believed to be an NCAA record.
Penn State will shoot to beat the school's record of 101 points at the NCAA Championships, which it achieved last season when the Nittany Lions finished 15th.
Penn State is under the direction of head coach Bill Dorenkott, who is in his 10th year at Penn State, including seven as the women's head coach.
The Nittany Lions are fresh off a dominating performance at the Big Ten Championships where they captured their second conference title in four years by beating their nearest competitor by nearly 200 points with a team total of 693. Twenty-two of Penn State's 25 swimmers scored points at the Big Ten Championships, aiding in head coach Bill Dorenkott being named the conference's Coach of the Year.
The Nittany Lions won four Big Ten titles, including wins in the 200 and 400 medley relays.
Leading the way for Penn State are four-time NCAA qualifiers Deirdre Dlugonski, Courtney Stanchock and Kristen Woodring, while juniors Amberle Biedermann and Sarah Haupt are making their third trips.
The four-some of Haupt, Woodring, Biedermann and Dlugonski finished fourth and fifth in the 400- and 200 medley relays, respectively, at last year's NCAA Championships. Haupt finished third in the 100 backstroke, and Woodring captured seventh in the 100 breaststroke at those championships.
Biedermann captured the Big Ten title in the 100 butterfly, while Woodring won the 100 breaststroke.
Also making return trips from the 2004 NCAA Championships are senior diver Alison Riccobono and sophomores Margy Keefe, Megan Palera and Erin Morris. Keefe finished 12th in the 1,650 freestyle, 15th in the 400 freestyle and 13th in the 800 freestyle relay. Morris and Palera were also on the 800 freestyle relay team. Senior Jennifer Eberst will make her second trip to the NCAA Championships, and first since 2002 when she qualified in the 100 and 200 butterflies.
Also competing at the NCAA Championships for the Nittany Lions will be Nikki Collins, Claire Hawley, Meredith Holman, Lauren Preyss and Lauren Semchyshen.
For more information on Penn State men's and women's swimming and diving, please visit our official athletics website at www.GoPSUsports.com.
Penn State's NCAA Qualifiers (Number of NCAA appearances in parentheses) Amberle Biedermann (3) Nikki Collins (1) Deirdre Dlugonski (4) Jennifer Eberst (2) Sarah Haupt (3) Claire Hawley (1) Meredith Holman (1) Margy Keefe (2) Megan Palera (2) Erin Morris (2) Lauren Preyss (1) Alison Riccobono (2) Lauren Semchyshen (1) Courtney Stanchock (4) Kristen Woodring (4) Top Teams Sending NCAA Qualifiers (Number of qualified SWIMMERS only) Georgia 18 Auburn 17 Florida 17 Texas 15 Penn State 14 Stanford 13 California 12 Southern Methodist 12 Arizona 11 Texas A&M 10