Penn State Swimming and Diving Sweeps Big Ten Weekly Honors -- December 3, 2003
UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn, December 3. FOR the first time in school history, the Penn State men's and women's swimming and diving teams have swept all four Big Ten weekly conference honors.
Freshman Nikki Collins (Carmel, Ind.) and senior Todd Minnier (Avon Lake, Ohio) were named the Big Ten Women's and Men's Swimmers-of-the-Week, respectively.
While sophomore Lisa Silvestri (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) and senior Mike Alderman (Arlington, Va.) were named the conference's Women's and Men's Divers-of-the-Week, respectively.
The foursome brings the number of Big Ten weekly honors for Penn State to seven for the young 2003-04 season.
Collins posted a first-place time of 9:58.37 in the 1,000-yard freestyle, recording the fourth-fastest time in school history as the 13th-ranked Nittany Lions defeated West Chester 137-90. She became the sixth women's swimmer in Penn State history to break the 10-minute mark in that event. Freshman Margy Keefe (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore Patty Murphy (Medford, N.J.) also broke the 10-minute mark earlier this season. Collins also took second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.37 and helped the 400 freestyle relay team to a first-place exhibition finish.
Minnier capture three first-place finishes, including an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 1:37.93 in the 200 freestyle, as the Penn State men defeated West Chester 140-96. He also won the 200 IM in 1:52.82 and the 100 freestyle in 45.40.
Silvestri notched a first-place score on the one-meter board with a tally of 304.50 to pick up Diver-of-the-Week honors for the second time this season, as she was also awarded the accolade on Nov. 18. She also posted a score of 317.02 on the three-meter board, which counted towards exhibition competition.
Alderman recorded a score of 339.45 on the one-meter board and followed that up with a score of 339.82 on the three-meter board to win both events and his first Diver-of-the-Week accolades.