Feb. 22, 2013
Minnesota continued to be the team to beat on the third day of competition at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis. The Gophers, in quest of a second straight conference title, entered the third day with a 92.5 point lead over Indiana. The Gophers sent 16 total swimmers to the evening session including 10 to the championship final. Indiana qualified 16 as well with eight going to the championship final while Penn State qualified 14 and nine to the championship final.
To open the morning session, Indiana's Dorina Szekeres clocked the top time in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:10.98. Michigan's Courtney Beidler was second (4:11.16) and teammate Marni Oldershaw was third (4:13.66). Penn State's Gabi Shishkoff (4:13.82) and Chelsea Weedman (4:14.05) rounded out the top five.
Minnesota sophomore Becca Weiland shattered the Big Ten Championships record in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 51.91 with an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Ohio State's Shannon Draves was second in 52.8 followed by Penn State's Mackenzie Powers (52.80), Minnesota's Blake Zeiger (53.10) and Wisconsin's Rebecka Palm (53.11).
Penn State's Alyson Ackman set the pace in the 200 freestyle, qualifying first in 1:45.37. Indiana's Cynthia Pammett was next in 1:45.55 and Minnesota's Lauren Weis was third in 1:45.66. Purdue's Rhiannon Sheets was fourth in 1:45.97 and Indiana's Lindsay Vrooman was fifth in 1:46.14.
Three competitors went under a minute in the 100 breaststroke. Minnesota's Haley Spencer was first in 58.86 while Indiana's Ashley Specht was next in 59.49, both of which are NCAA automatic times. Michigan's Angie Chokran (59.80), Minnesota's Kierra Smith (1:00.30) and Indiana's Bronwyn Pasloski (1:00.63) finish the top five qualifiers.
Indiana's Brooklyn Snodgrass was the top qualifier in the 100 backstroke with an NCAA automatic time of 52.06. Penn State's Paige Whitmire was second (52.50), followed by Ohio State's Kelsey Moran (52.98), Indiana's Cynthia Pammett (53.22) and Indiana's Justine Ress (53.26). Defending champion Tess Behrens of Minnesota was sixth in 53.37.
Training Change Pays off for Waddell
The South Dakota native became Minnesota's third Big Ten Freshman of the Year after a prolific conference meet.
Gophers Fourth at B1G as Zhou, Waddell Honored
Minnesota placed fourth at the conference meet and claimed the Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Freshman of the Year awards.
Saturday B1G Prelims
Minnesota will have competitors in every "A" final of the conference meet's last session.