Penn State AD Sandy Barbour Celebrates Michigan State Seniors on PSU Senior Day

by Spencer Penland 4

February 10th, 2021 Big Ten, College, News

The Penn State Nittany Lions hosted Michigan State for each team’s final dual meet of the season this past weekend. As the last home meet for Penn State, it was senior day, and the Nittany Lions staff decided wanted to go the extra mile for the visiting Spartans as well.

As shown in the tweet below, Penn State put together a ceremony for the Michigan State seniors as well. Penn State AD Sandy Barbour was present at the ceremony, where she personally congratulated each of the Spartan seniors.

Penn State head swim coach Tim Murphy told SwimSwam that the decision to honor the Michigan State seniors was fundamentally less about Penn State did, and “more about the Michigan State swimmers.” Murphy noted that this meet was possibly the Michigan State swimming & diving program’s last regular season meet, given that Michigan State intends to eliminate the program following this season. “I have a lot of admiration and respect for the MSU athletes and staff that have been through a huge adversity this season,” Murphy added.

“We’re all in this together,” Murphy told SwimSwam, adding that “When a conference team is gone, we lose opportunities, student-athletes lose opportunities, and there are less coaching opportunities.” Given that, Murphy said Penn State wanted to do whatever they could to make the trip that much more special for Michigan State.

Murphy was speaking with Michigan State head coach Matt Gianiodis before the meet, and the conversation “turned to wanting to do something for them [Michigan State].” Since Penn State was already prepared for its own senior day celebration, they decided on setting up to give the Michigan State seniors their own ceremony too. PSU sent out for a green and white backdrop for the Michigan State ceremony. AD Barbour was already planning to be at the meet to celebrate the Penn State senior athletes, and she “loved the idea” of honoring the Spartan athletes as well.

With the last regular season meet out of the way, Penn State and Michigan State each shift their attention to the Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships, which are just a few weeks away.

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7 months ago

Props to Penn State on this classy move. “We Are…”. Save Michigan State Swimming & Diving!

Gail Dummer
7 months ago

The B1G stands together. Thanks Penn State!

Sid Frisco
7 months ago

Class. Pure class.

7 months ago

Not a single mention of the times from this meet. Barely any coverage from swim swam yet again. Some really fast swims from PSU team.