Diver Daphne Wils sets two school records as Penn State tops West Virginia
graduate student Daphne Wils rewrote the Penn State record boards Friday, setting team and pool records in both springboard events to propel a 208-92 win over West Virginia.
Wils scored 312.60 at 1 meter to break the records. She added a score of 356.10 at 3 meters. It was the first meeting at McCoy Natatorium for Wils, a Netherlands international, 15-time Dutch junior champion and transferee from the University of Hawaii.
Senior team captain Wei Wei finished second on both boards to increase the Nittany Lions’ overall score.
Penn State didn’t have a problem in the pool either. They won both seasons, with Maria Bricker Fulfillment of anchor duties. She also won the 50 Free in 23.28, part of a sub-24 podium sweep with teammates Abbie Amdor and Ellie Tikus. Amdor won the 100 for free.
The 50 wasn’t the only 1-2-3 finish. Emma Harvey sparked one in the 100 backstroke and won in 54.56. teammates Molly Carson and Ellie Brandbergha followed in second and third place. Brandbergh was also second, 0.13 seconds behind his teammate Brooke Matthew Winning time of 55.94 in the 100 butterfly. Penn State went down 1-2 in the 200 Abby Henderson and Shannon Meadway; The same duo took home the top two spots in the 400 singles medley.
That relieved the Meisner sisters. Catherine Meisner won the 200 free and 500 free. Julia Meisner finished second behind his teammate Morgan gutter fly in the 200.
Mia Cheatwood led the climbers’ efforts. She won the 100 breaststroke in a close race with Penn State live jack, and 200 chest, by a crucial margin of almost three seconds.
West Virginia got an early boost from its distance quota. Olivia Busch won the 1,000m freestyle in 10:15.88, teammate Miranda Kirtley the following. The 500 freestyle brought two podium finishes Abby Reardon in second and Busch in third place.