Lions' 400 medley relay earns All-America honors

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- The Penn State 400 medley relay earned eighth place and All-America honors late Thursday (March 22) night at the NCAA Championships. The Nittany Lions touched the wall in 3:08.77 for 22 team points. Penn State sits in 16th place after a full day of competition.

The team of Nate Savoy (Reading, Pa.), Mitch Scherer (Pottstown, Pa.), Sean Grier (Hummelstown, Pa.) and Shane Austin (Kennett Square, Pa.) picked up Penn State's first All-America accolades of the meet. The team, which broke the school-record earlier in the day in a time of 3:07.62, was .46 off seventh-place Louisville.

Savoy and Austin notched their first collegiate All-America honors, while Grier and Scherer earned their second. Last season, the 200 medley relay finished ninth, winning the consolation finals, to take home honorable mention All-America status. The impressive performance garnered Penn State's first All-American 400 medley relay in program history.

The Nittany Lions kick off Friday's action at 2 p.m. ET with the finals taking place at 10 p.m. ET. Penn State will trot out its 200 medley relay team as a main highlight of the day.

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Last Updated March 23, 2012