Nelson swims personal best in 500 on first day of NCAA Swimming

College Station, Texas — Kelly Nelson swam a personal-best time and shaved two seconds off her fastest time of the year as the Penn State women's swimming team competed in the first day of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday in College Station, Texas.

Nelson swam 4:42.75 in the 500-yard freestyle in a 27th place finish. Nelson's time was nearly two seconds better than the NCAA 'B' consideration time she posted this year and eight-tenths of a second faster than her former top time, set last year at the Big Ten Championships.

The team of Nelson, Daphne Skelos, Karie Haglund and Kailey Morris placed 20th in the 400 medley with a time of 3:38.89.

Penn State had three competitors in the 200 IM. The Nittany Lions were led by Kaitlin O'Brien, who touched the wall in 1:59.41 - a time that put her in 37th place on the leaderboard. Skelos followed in 46th, finishing the medley in 2:00.53. Lyndsey Smith rounded out the action with a 55th place nod when she clocked in at 2:02.09.

The Nittany Lions return to action tomorrow for the second day of swimming and diving. Events schedules for Friday include: 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke.

Through the fourth event during finals, Georgia ranks first with 103 points. Minnesota and Wisconsin stand at 10th and 12th, respectively.

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Last Updated November 18, 2010