Nittany Lion Women Seek to Pass Wolverines in Big Ten

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA, February 16. THE 14th-ranked Penn State women's swimming and diving team is in Bloomington, Ind. hoping to improve on last year's second place Big Ten Championship finish behind Michigan.

The meet begins 7 p.m. Wednesday at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center and runs through Saturday evening.

Additionally, CSTV: College Sports Television, the first 24-hour college sports network, will air the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on a tape-delay basis on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 9:30 p.m. EST. Jason Knapp and Mike O'Brien will call the action.

Overall, seven Top 25 programs will compete at the championships. Along with No. 14 Penn State, No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 17 Michigan, No. 18 Indiana, No. 23 Minnesota, No. 24 Northwestern and No. 24 Purdue (tie) are also ranked.

The Wolverines won the title last season by 14 points over the Nittany Lions.

Several conference championship records are expected to be broken this weekend. In all, Penn State swimmers hold five Big Ten Championship records.

Sarah Haupt (Carlisle, Pa.), Courtney Stanchock (Bloomsburg, Pa.), Amberle Biedermann (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Deirdre Dlugonski (Washington, Pa.) hold both the 200 and 400 medley relay records with times of 1:39.22 and 3:36.39, respectively.

Biedermann also holds records in the 100 butterfly (53.54) and 200 butterfly (1:57.87). Haupt owns the 100 backstroke (53.44) and Kristen Woodring (Sinking Spring, Pa.) holds the 100 breaststroke (59.77) record.

Biedermann has won seven Big Ten titles, while Dlugonski has won six, Haupt has won six, Stanchock has won three, and Woodring has won seven.

Women's Championships Schedule of Events
Wednesday, February 16
Finals:
7 p.m. – 200-yard medley relay
7:30 p.m. – 800 freestyle relay
Thursday, February 17
Trials:
11 a.m. – 500-yard freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle
1 p.m. – 1-meter diving – trials, 1-meter diving – finals
Finals:
7 p.m. – 200 freestyle relay, 10 minute break, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving finals
Friday, February 18
Trials:
11 a.m. – 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke
1 p.m. – 3-meter diving – trials, 3-meter diving – finals
Finals:
7 p.m. – 400 medley relay, 10 minute break, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving finals
Saturday, February 19
Trials:
11 a.m. – 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving – trials, 1,650 freestyle
Finals:
7 p.m. – 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving – finals, 400 freestyle relay

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