Freshman Catherine Meisner 1:49.1 200 FR Helps Lead Penn State to Sweep of WVU




  1. Penn State – 208
  2. West Virginia – 92


  1. Penn State – 200.5
  2. West Virginia – 96.5

Penn State hosted West Virginia for their home opener, with the women’s meet taking place on Friday and the men’s meet on Saturday. The Nittany Lions sped past the Mountaineers in both meets, scoring 200 points in both as well.


Though they lost in a lopsided decision, West Virginia had a couple bright spots on the day in the form of two freshmen winning individual events. Firstly, WVU freshman Olivia Busch took the 1000 free, swimming a 10:15.88. She led a 1-2 charge by the Mountaineers, marking their best event of the meet. Teammate Miranda Kirtley was second, touching in 10:18.08.

West Virginia also saw freshman Mia Cheatwood sweep the breaststroke events. In the 200 breast, Cheatwood clocked a 2:17.92. It was a great performance for Cheatwood, as she was the only swimmer in the field to crack 2:20 on Friday. She also won the 100 breast with a 1:02.41, clocking the fastest split in the field on both 50s of the race.

Penn State freshman Catherine Meisner had a fantastic day as well, winning a pair of individual events. Meisner first swam a 1:49.12 in the 200 free, finishing as the only swimmer under 1:50. She was out fast, splitting 52.90 on the first 100.

Meisner then went on to swim a 4:55.95 in the 500 free, narrowly beating out West Virginia’s Abby Reardon (4:56.07). Meisner was again out fast, but Reardon took a slim lead in the middle of the race. They traded the lead a few times, and Reardon flipped for the final 50 0.05 seconds ahead of Meisner, who had just enough left to get her hand on the wall first at the finish.

Penn State started out the meet with a dominant victory int he 200 medley relay. Molly Carson (25.94), Liv Jack (28.33), Emma Harvey (23.67), and Mary Brinker (22.94) teamed up for a 1:40.88. Harvey’s fly split was particularly notable, as she was the only flyer in the field to split under 25 seconds.

In her only individual race of the meet, Penn State’s Emma Harvey won the 100 back decisively, swimming a 54.56. She took the race over with a 27.96 on the second 50, pulling away as she tore towards the finish.

The 200 back saw Penn State’s Abby Henderson took the 200 back in 2:01.35. Henderson also won the 400 IM with a 4:27.08.

The Nittany Lions were dominant in the sprint free events. In the 50 free, Mary Brinker led with a 23.28. Behind her were teammates Abbie Amdor (23.70), Ellie Tiskus (23.95), and Marly Lough (24.22). Amdor won the 100 free coming out of the diving break, clocking a 51.17. Penn State’s Cat Stanford was second, swimming a 51.33.



Victor Baganha won a pair of events for Penn State, first taking the 50 free in 19.89. Baganha then went on to win the 100 fly in 47.12, dominating the race by touching first by 2.35 seconds. He was out fast, splitting 21.94 on the first 50.

Eduardo Cisternas picked up wins in the distance events for Penn State. He kicked things off with a 9:17.90 in the 1000 free, outpacing the field throughout the race. Cisternas then won the 500 free in 4:29.17, touching first by almost six seconds.

Nittany Lion Will Lulek had a great swim in the 400 IM, clocking a 3:55.33. He broke away from the field on the breaststroke leg, splitting 1:05.22. Lulek was also great on the free leg, splitting 53.95.

Sam Folger (Penn State) posted a 1:48.77 to win the 200 fly. He established the early lead, expanding it through the third 50.

West Virginia’s Conner Mcbeth won the 100 free in 44.74, swimming a 21.34 on the first 50 to flip nearly a second ahead of everyone else.


  • 200 medley relay: Penn State – 1:29.52
  • 400 free relay: Penn State – 3:00.10
  • 200 free: Zach Brewer (PSU) – 1:40.54
  • 100 back: Lachlan Byrne (PSU) – 48.98
  • 100 breast: Dan Raisanen (PSU) – 55.79
  • 3m diving: Hayden Elliott (PSU) – 380.85
  • 200 back: Jack Harvey (PSU) – 1:48.73
  • 200 breast: Mariano Lazzerini (PSU) – 2:00.65
  • 1m diving: Hayden Elliot (PSU) – 329.03

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