UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, January 19. COMPETING for the first time since December 2,
the Penn State women's swimming and diving team won eight out of 13
events and tied for first with Ohio State in one other event to
improve to 6-0 on the season in dual meets with a 141.5-98.5 win over
visiting Ohio State on Friday afternoon at McCoy Natatorium in what
was the SwimmingWorldMagazine.com Dual Meet of the Week. The women's
team will be joined by the men's team tomorrow at noon as the Nittany
Lions will take on Rutgers in the final home meet of the year.
The meet got off to an exciting start as the Nittany Lions' and
Buckeyes' top 200 medley relay teams tied for first place in a time
of 1:46.62. The Nittany Lion team of Kelly Nelson, Abby Hoisington,
Karie Haglund and Michelle Myers swam the second-fastest time of the
year for Penn State in that event. Penn State also picked up points
with a third place finish by the team of Daphne Skelos, Lyndsey
Smith, Lindsey DeForrest and Genie Cheng.
In the 1000 free, Nikki Collins won her third 1000 race of the year
in a time of 10:08.48 and just behind her was Sarah Baker in second
at 10:11.32. The first place finish was also Collins' fifth overall
on the season.
Kaitlin O'Brien earned her seventh first place finish of the year by
winning the 200 free in a time of 1:50.33, just .03 of a second off
an NCAA 'B' cut. Claire Hawley finished third and Erin Morris placed
The Nittany Lions had three swimmers pick up points in the 50 free as
well as DeForrest and Cheng tied for second in :24.43 and Rachel
Ahrenhold came in fifth in :24.94. Ahrenhold and DeForrest each swam
their fastest times of the year in the 50 free.
Megan Palera won her first race of the year as she took first in the
200 IM in 2:05.64. She was followed in second by Hoisington in
2:07.54 while Clare Clemens also picked up points with a fourth place
finish in her fastest time of the year in the 200 IM, 2:09.49.
Kailey Morris picked up her second first place finish in the 200
butterfly this year with an NCAA 'B' time of 2:00.78, although she
has already swam a faster 'B' time this year. Karie Haglund, who
already owns an 'A' automatic NCAA cut in the 200 fly, placed second
in 2:01.05 and has made either an 'A' time or a 'B' time in every one
of her swims in the 200 fly this year.
Penn State finished 2-3-4 in the 200 backstroke with Jessica Barnes,
O'Brien and Kaitlyn Ferguson coming in second, third and fourth. The
Nittany Lions then once again dominated a distance event as they
finished 1-2-3. Nelson, swimming the 500 for just the second time
this year after winning her first 500 last month in a career-best
time, swam the third-best time of her career in taking first again in
4:56.06. Palera took second in season-best 5:00.15 while Jaime Keily
finished third in 5:01.90, over seven second faster than the fourth
Lyndsey Smith won the 200 breaststroke in her best time of the year,
2:18.09, just .44 of a second short of an NCAA 'B' cut. Clemens took
third in that event.The meet wrapped up with Penn State taking first
in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Cheng, Myers, Nelson and
Molly Crispell swam a time of 1:35.18, the best time of the year for
Penn State in that event.
In the diving events, Kimberlee Peifer compiled her highest score of
the year on the one-meter board with a 280.25 to win that event, her
third first place finish of the year in the one-meter. Courtney Adlam
also scored her highest point total of the year in the one-meter with
a 276.38 to take fourth and Jocelyn Avery took fifth. In the
three-meter, Adlam placed third with a 294.00 while Peifer took
fourth and Avery took fifth with a career best score of 206.77.
Tomorrow's dual meet with Rutgers will also be Senior Day as 10
seniors will compete for Penn State at McCoy Natatorium for the final