College Station, Texas — On the first day of the 2009 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, the 200 freestyle relay team of Vincent Reydams, Brian Alden, Basil Kaaki, and Jason Goldner placed 14th with a a time of 1:18.75 to earn Honorable Mention All-America status.
This is the second honor for Reydams and Goldner who earned laurels with a 16th place finish last year in the 400 freestyle relay. Kaaki and Alden have now picked up their first All-American honors.
Earlier in the day, Reydams placed 49th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.02. Alden wasn't far behind touching the wall in 20.09 for a 53rd place finish while Goldner rounded out the Nittany Lions in 20.48 for 65th place.
Penn State is currently tied for 25th with Florida State at six points in the field of 30.
The Championships will resume at 1 p.m. ET Friday with the 200 medley relay, the 400 IM, the 100 butterfly, the 200 freestyle, the 100 backstroke and the 800 free relay.
Senior All-American Patrick Schirk will be the only one competing for the Nittany Lions Friday as he takes to the water for the 100 backstroke. Last year, he became an All-American in the event with an eighth place finish in a time of 47.29.