State College, Pa. - In front of a raucous McCoy Natatorium crowd, No. 17 Penn State was defeated by No. 8 Michigan 125-118. The outcome wasn't decided until the final event of the evening when the Wolverines edged the Lions in the 800 freestyle relay by less than one second to escape with the victory.
The Lions (1-1) led after 11 of the 13 events were competed by the count of 107-100. Michigan (2-1) rallied to take the lead through 12 events at 114-112 en route to its second win of the season.
"I don't think I have ever heard it as loud in here as it was for that last relay, it's really good for college swimming," stated Penn State head coach Peter Brown.
Martin Schierhorn (Zappendorf, Germany) recorded the Lions first individual victory of the evening in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.07. Joe Peresan (Lancaster, N.Y.) registered the sixth fastest time in Penn State history in winning the 200 individual medley (1:50.96). Josh Weaver (York, Pa.) won the 200 backstroke recording a time of 1:47.59, fourth-best in Penn State annals.
"We had a lot of really solid swims for this time of year, for just being our second meet of the season I thought we were rock solid," Brown said. Josh Trexler was victorious in both the one and three meter diving competitions to pace the Wolverines.
Penn State returns to action on Dec. 3-5 when it hosts the eight-team Penn State Invitational.
Courtesy: Penn State