Feb. 20, 2013
Final Results From Wednesday PDF l HTML
Indiana and Minnesota are tied following the first night of competition at the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Minnesota’s University Aquatic Center. The Hoosiers took the 800 freestyle relay crown while the Gophers opened the night with a win in the 200 medley relay. Both teams have 74 team points while Penn State is third with 58, followed by Michigan and Ohio State with 56 points.
Minnesota opened the evening with its first conference title in the 200 medley relay since 1997, winning in a school record time of 1:36.89. The team of Tess Behrens, Haley Spencer, Rebecca Weiland and Erin Caflisch ended Wisconsin’s four-year reign in the event. Indiana was second in 1:37.51 and Michigan was third in 1:37.84. The top six teams all secured NCAA automatic qualifying times.
Indiana and Minnesota had accounted for the last seven Big Ten 800 free relay championships and the 2013 version was very similar. The Hoosiers broke the conference record it set a year ago with a time of 6:59.48, becoming the first team to ever break the 7-minute mark. The team of Lindsay Vrooman, Cynthia Pammett, Haley Lips and Brooklyn Snodgrass outlasted Minnesota’s second-place effort of 7:01.27.
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. University of Minnesota 74
1. Indiana University 74
3. Pennsylvania State University 58
4. Michigan, University of 56
4. Ohio State University 56
6. Wisconsin, University of 54
7. Purdue University 50
8. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 42
9. Northwestern University 36
9. University of Iowa 36
11. University of Illinois 22
11. Michigan State University 22