Feb. 21, 2013
In the first preliminaries session of the 2013 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center, the host Golden Gophers showed some early strength, advancing 12 swimmers to the evening session including seven championship finalists and five consolation finalists. Indiana sent six swimmers to the night session, including five to the championship final. Penn State sent seven swimmers to the finals including four to the championship finals.
Perhaps the individual highlight of the prelims was a record-breaking swim by Wisconsin sophomore Ivy Martin in the 50 freestyle. Martin became the first Big Ten competitor to break the 22-second barrier, setting a new conference record in 21.84. Northwestern's Taylor Reynolds qualified second in 22.14 and Minnesota's Erin Caflisch was third in 22.22. Minnesota's Rebecca Weiland (22.38), Nebraska's Taryn Collura (22.42), Penn State's Paige Whitmire (22.48), Purdue's Blake Gustafson (22.49) and Minnesota's Blake Zeiger (22.55) round out the championship final.
Penn State's Chelsea Weedman (1.57.55) posted the top time in the 200 individual medley, just ahead of Minnesota's Tori Simenec (1:57.79). Indiana's Dorina Szekeres was third in 1:57.91 and Penn State's Merritt Krawczyk was fourth in 1:58.28. Michigan flexed its muscles as well in the event with freshman Marni Oldershaw qualifying fifth in 1:58.34 and junior Courtney Beidler qualifying seventh in 1:59.35. Indiana's Brooklyn Snodgrass qualified sixth in 1:59.19 and Ohio State's Angela Severn was eighth in 1:59.48.
Indiana's Lindsey Vrooman posted the top time in the 500 freestyle to open the session with a time of 4:38.40. Minnesota's Kiera Janzen clocked a 4:39.99 to qualify second while Ohio State's Alexandra Norris was third in 4:42.34. The Hoosiers' Taylor O'Brien was fourth in 4:42.78 and Minnesota freshman Sam Harding posted the fifth-best time of 4:42.87. Penn State's Megan Silverling (4:43.34), Minnesota's Lauren Weis (4:44.32) and Indiana's Haley Lips (4:44.51) rounded out the championship final.
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