The first day of the women's NCAA swimming championships came to a close last night, leaving the Penn State women's swim team sitting in 20th place with 10 team points.
The performance of the day was turned in by junior Merritt Krawczyk, who was the only individual Nittany Lion swimmer to advance to a final. Krawczyk set a school record in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:57.17 in the prelims, good for a 14th place finish. She then went on to finish 13th with a time of 1:58.01 in the finals, earning honorable mention All-American.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Paige Whitmire, Carolyn Fittin, Katelyn Miller and Alyson Ackman also advanced to the finals of their event, finishing in 14th place with a time of 1:30.36 and earning All-American status.
The 400-yard medley relay team of Whitmire, Krawczyk, Mackenzie Powers and Ackman finished in 19th place in their event with a time of 3:36.38.
Megan Siverling's time of 4:42.34 just missed qualifying for the finals of the 500-yard freestyle, giving her a 19th place finish in her first swim at NCAAs.
In the other event of the day, Whitmire finished in 19th place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.45 and just missed advancing to the finals.
The events taking place today are the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 800 free relay.