Penn State and Purdue Collect Weekly Honors

Nov. 18, 2008

Swimmer of the Week

Kaitlin O’Brien, Penn State
Sr., Caldwell, N.J. / Mt. St. Dominic Academy
O’Brien garnered three first-place finishes last weekend as the Nittany Lions split a tri-meet with No. 10 Virginia and No. 22 Florida State.  The senior collected two NCAA ‘B’ cut times in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.13) and 400 individual medley (4:15.19).  Her winning 200 individual medley time of 2:01.50 was less than one second off of the NCAA qualifying standard.  The Caldwell, N.J., native added additional points in the 1,000 freestyle by placing second, touching the wall at 9:54.63.  O’Brien takes home her first career weekly accolade.
Last PSU SOW: Kelly Nelson (1/29/08)

Diver of the Week

Ashley Beal, Purdue
Fr., Midland, Texas / Trinity School

Beal set career highs off the one- and three-meter boards last Saturday in a home win over Eastern Michigan.  The freshman’s first-place score of 349.80 from the three-meter height moves her into fourth all-time in Purdue history.  Beal then went on to record 297.98 points in the one-meter competition as she placed second.  Both point totals qualify Beal for the NCAA Zone Diving meet in March.  The Midland, Texas, native collects her first career weekly laurel.
 Last PUR DOW: Ashley Karnes (10/21/08)