State College, Pa. - Nittany Lion diver Chris Alderman (Arlington, Va.) was named Big Ten Conference Diver-of-the-Week on February 9, Conference officials announced Wednesday.
Alderman led No. 17 Penn State to a pair of dual meet wins this past weekend over Pittsburgh and James Madison by capturing three of four diving events in which he competed. In the team's 148-89 win over in-state rival Pittsburgh, Alderman totaled 328.05 points to place first in the one-meter competition.
In Saturday's 177-125 win over James Madison, Alderman paced the Lions by sweeping both of the diving events. The senior tallied a score of 329.85 in winning the one-meter for the second consecutive meet. Alderman claimed the three-meter by finishing with a score of 325.80.
Alderman was also an honorable-mention Academic All-American in the spring of 1999 on the basis of a 3.68 GPA and a trip to the NCAA Prequals.
The Big Ten honor is the first by any member of the Penn State men's swimming and diving team this season.
No. 17 Penn State finished the 1999-2000 regular season with a 6-1 record. The Lions are idle for the next two weeks as they prepare themselves for the defense of their 1999 Big Ten Championship. This year's conference championship meet is scheduled for Feb. 24-26 in Ann Arbor, Mich.