Feb. 19, 2014
The 2014 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championship began tonight at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center and some familiar names are at the top of the leaderboard after the first day.
Indiana, who finished second last year, earned 74 points after winning the 200 medley relay and finishing second in the 800 freestyle relay. The two-time defending champion Minnesota Golden Gophers sit in second place with 72 points after taking first in the 800 freestyle relay and third in the 200 medley relay.
Wisconsin is third with 60 points, while Ohio State and Penn State are tied for fourth with 58 points.
Indiana's team of Brooklyn Snodgrass, Bronwyn Pasloski, Gia Dalesandro and Kaitlyn Flederback opened the evening with a victory in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:36.69 to finish just ahead of Wisconsin (1:36.81). The Gophers, who won the event last year with a school record time of 1:36.89, placed third with a 1:37.14. Michigan (1:37.14) and Penn State (1:37.61) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Minnesota and Indiana had accounted for the last eight Big Ten 800 freestyle relay championships and the 2014 version was no different with the Gophers coming out on top. Minnesota's Tori Simenec, Lauren Votava, Jessica Plant and Kiera Janzen recorded a time of 7:00.04 to set a school and pool record and beat second-place Indiana (7:03.08) by more than three seconds. Ohio State took third with a time of 7:05.33, while Penn State was fourth at 7:05.44.
Competition resumes tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. with the prelims of the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 50 freestyle.
Team Standings After Day 1
1. Indiana 74
2. Minnesota 72
3. Wisconsin 60
4. Ohio State 58
4. Penn State 58
6. Michigan 54
7. Iowa 44
8. Nebraska 42
9. Northwestern 32
10. Purdue 28
11. Michigan State 24
11. Illinois 24
Bacon, Siwicki Compete in National Events
The Gophers had representation and USA Diving and USA Swimming events over the weekend.
Purdy Named Head Coach at Youngstown State
The longtime Gophers assistant was on staff for five women's Big Ten Championship team victories.
Gideon Louw Promoted to Associate Head Coach
Gophers sprinters have flourished under Louw's tutelage. He will take on additional roles this year.