Women¡¯s Swimming Swims Strong in Prelims at NCAA Championships
Austin, Texas¨C After a disappointing second day of competition the #13 Penn State women¡¯s bounced back with some impressive performances in the preliminaries at the NCAA Championships. The Nittany Lions set two school records and had one swimmer make the championship final, the first of the meet.
Corrie Clark (Malvern, Pa.) swam into the championship final by swimming a school record time of 2:12.11 en route to placing sixth overall in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her time broke her own school record 2:12.16. Clark will look to top her sixth place finish at last year¡¯s NCAA Championships in the same event. By making the championship final Clark assured herself of All-American status.
In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Erin Mulshenock (New Castle, Del.) set a school record of 1:58.89. Her time broke the old Penn State record of 1:58.98 set by Jennelle Ritchie in 2000. Despite breaking the school record, Mulshenock¡¯s time was only good enough for 18th, which was a mere 0.5 seconds away from making the consolation finals.
Jen Eberst (Clifton Park, N.Y.) swam a season best time by over three seconds in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:01.80. Her time was good enough for 37th place, which was 12 spots higher than her seed time.
Courtney Stanchock (Bloomsburg, Pa.) also rebounded well after a tough second day of competition. Her time of 2:16.89 in the 200-yard breaststroke was not good enough to make the final rounds, but it was good enough for a season best time and puts her fourth on Penn State¡¯s all-time list.
Tonight¡¯s final round action will begin at 7:00 p.m. (8:00 ET).
Penn State Quotes
On setting the school record in the 200 back.
That was my best time and I was really excited. I didn¡¯t know that was a record so it makes it even better. That was my best swim of the weekend so I am glad it was my last one. I had a good finish
On her performance in the 200 breast:
I didn¡¯t feel that great and haven't swam well the whole meet, but I was still able to get the job done. I am excited for tonight. It was great to break my own school record.
On the making the championship final:
I just hope to have some fun tonight. I would like to place higher than sixth. I was eighth last year. I am ready and happy to be representing my teammates in the championship final.
On swimming a season best:
I am very happy and it was about time. It was my last race and it was a great feeling to end it well.