Three Days Complete, Gophers Extend Lead
Feb. 22, 2013
Minnesota extended its lead on the third day of competition the Big Ten Championships at University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. The Gophers won four more titles to finish the day with 573.5 points. Indiana is second with 422.5 points and Penn State is third with 342.5.
Minnesota clocked the second-fastest time in Big Ten history to win the 400 medley relay in the evening’s first event. The team of Tess Behrens, Haley Spencer, Becca Weiland and Erin Caflisch turned in a time of 3:31.45. Ohio State was a distant second in 3:33.55 and Indiana was third in 3:33.71. Penn State took fourth in 3:34.12 and Michigan was fifth in 3:34.71.
Indiana sophomore Dorina Szekeres gave the Hoosiers five straight wins in the 400 individual medley at Big Tens, taking the title in 4:07.91. Minnesota freshman Sam Harding touched out Michigan’s Courtney Beidler for the runner-up spot with a time of 4:10.30. Beidler touched in 4:10.33. Michigan’s Marni Oldershaw was fourth in 4:10.98. Penn State’s Gabi Shishkoff and Chelsea Weedman finished fifth and sixth in 4:12.77 and 4:13.21. Iowa’s Lindsay Seeman (4:16.79) and Penn State’s Amy Modglin (4:16.97) rounded out the top eight.
Minnesota extended its lead to 152 points following the 100 butterfly when sophomore Becca Weiland put on a spectacular performance. The Gopher broke the Big Ten record set in 2009 with a winning time of 51.61. The time also automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Championships. Ohio State senior Shannon Draves finished second in 52.29 and Minnesota sophomore Blake Zeiger was third in 52.70. Penn State’s Mackenzie Powers, the 2012 champion, was fourth in 53.12 and Nebraska’s Shannon Guy was fifth in 53.30. Minnesota’s Tori Simenec (53.43), Wisconsin’s Rebecka Palm (53.50) and Michigan’s Ashley Cohagen (53.95) rounded out the top eight. Weiland became Minnesota’s first champion in the 100 butterfly since 1999.
Alyson Ackman gave Penn State its first champion of the meet, taking the title with a time of 1:44.83. The freshman is just the Nittany Lions’ first champion in the 200 free, joining Fran McDermid in 1992. Minnesota sophomore Kiera Janzen was the runner-up in 1:45.20. She also finished second in the 500 free on Thursday. Indiana’s Lindsay Vrooman continued an impressive meet, finishing third in 1:45.33 and Minnesota’s Lauren Weis was fourth in 1:46.03. Minnesota’s Jessica Plant was fifth in 1:46.23, followed by Indiana’s Cynthia Pammett in 1:46.41, Ohio State’s Alex Norris in 1:46.61 an Purdue’s Rhiannon Sheets in 1:47.27.
Minnesota’s Haley Spencer won her third Big Ten title but first in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in a winning time of 59.15. Gophers have won five of the last six titles in the 100 breast. Indiana’s Ashley Specht was the runner-up in 59.54 and Minnesota freshman Kierra Smith was third in 1:00.59. Indiana also took fourth place as Bronwyn Pasloski timed a 1:00.69. Michigan’s Angie Chokran was fifth in 1:00.72 while Penn State finished sixth and seventh with Melissa Rodriguez (1:01.70) and Merritt Krawczyk (1:01.70). Wisconsin’s Paulina Gralow was eighth in 1:02.43. After the 100 breast, Minnesota led with 523.5 points, followed by Indiana (347.5) and Penn State (320).
Indiana’s Brooklyn Snodgrass became the second freshman of the night to win a Big Ten title, taking the 100 backstroke easily in 52.07. Ohio State’s Kelsey Moran was the runner-up in 53.00 and Penn State’s Paige Whitmire was third in 53.17. Cynthia Pammett of Indiana was fourth in 53.40 while 2012 champion Tess Behrens of Minnesota was fifth in 53.44. Ruby Martin of Wisconsin was sixth in 53.69, Indiana’s Justine Ress was seventh in 54.18 and Ohio State’s Emily Creran was eighth in 54.21.
Minnesota’s Maggie Keefer finished a sweep of the springboard diving events by winning the three-meter event with a score of 392.25. Purdue’s Casey Matthews was a close second with a score of 388.50 and Ohio State;s Cheyenne Cousineau was third with a score of 375.90. Northwestern’s Felicitas Lenz was fourth with 348.20 points and Purdue’s Michelle Cabassol was fifth with 346.35 points. Indiana’s Amy Cozad (338.50), Northwestern’s Cosima Lenz (315.55) and Minnesota’s Katy Etterman (313.55) rounded out the top eight.