Savoy's silver highlights men's swimming's final day at Big Ten Championships

March 06, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Senior Nate Savoy's silver medal in the 200 back capped off the Penn State men's swimming and diving team's final day at the Big Ten Championships as the Nittany Lions ended the four-day event in seventh place with 232 total points.

Savoy (Reading, Pa.) finished in 1:40.60, which was a career best time and earned 17 points in the process.

Complimenting the senior's second place finish was junior Shane Ryan (Havertown, Pa.)who earned 11 points in the 'B' final of the 100 freestyle. Ryan finished in eighth place after swimming a 43.47 pace.

Senior Kyle Madley (Madison, N.J.) also finished his conference championships on a high note as he netted a total of seven points for head coach Tim Murphy in the 200 fly with his 10th place and 1:46.47 performance. His 1:46.15 time during the morning's preliminaries set a new career standard.

The Lions would put their biggest point total on the board in the 400 free relay as the team of Ryan, Savoy, Matt Grillo (Montreal, Quebec) and Bob Bantley (Maple Glen, Pa.) finished in fifth place with a season fastest time of 2:53.19.

In the end Penn State placed seventh in the 10 team field, just a point and a half ahead of eighth place and host Iowa and 127 behind sixth place Minnesota.

Penn State swimmers earned a total of four medals in individual events as Savoy brought home a pair of silvers ( 200 back, 100 back) and Ryan swiped a gold and a bronze ( 100 back, 50 free).

The Lions will next be in action in the Diving `A' Regional Championships, Mar. 9-11 in New Brunswick, N.J., before the NCAA Championships take place Mar. 26-28 back in Iowa City.   

Last Updated March 06, 2015