Final Round Of Preliminaries Completed
Feb. 23, 2013
On the final morning of preliminaries of the Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Indiana posted its top session, sending 10 swimmers to the championship finals and 11 overall to the night session. Minnesota, which holds a 141-point lead entering the final day, posted six championship finalists and seven consolation finalists. Penn State, which ranks third entering the final day, advanced seven championship finalists and three consolation finalists.
Indiana’s Brooklyn Snodgrass will look to sweep the backstroke events and posting the best time of the morning in the 200 back at 1:51.99. The freshman also clocked an NCAA automatic qualifying time. The Hoosiers made a big statement in the event, sending five to the championship final. Cynthia Pammett was second in 1:53.22, Dorina Szekeres was third in 1:54.72, Allie Day was fifth in 1:55.19 and Justine Ress was seventh in 1:55.66. Penn State’s Amy Modglin was fourth in 1:54.75, Ohio State’s Emily Creran was sixth in 1:55.41 and Minnesota’s Katie Anton was eighth in 1:55.69 to round out the championship final.
The prelims of the 100 freestyle were incredibly competitive. Purdue’s Lauren Gustafson posted the top time in 48.78 but the second through eighth spots were separated by just .12 seconds. The rest of the final will consist of Nebraska’s Ariel Weech (49.17), Penn State’s Paige Whitmire (49.21), Minnesota’s Lauren Votava (49.22), Penn State’s Carolyn Fittin (49.24), Penn State’s Alyson Ackman (49.27), Minnesota’s Erin Caflisch (49.28) and Northwestern’s Taylor Reynolds (49.29).
Minnesota’s Haley Spencer will look to win her third conference title in the 200 breaststroke and sweep the breast events at this championships after posting the top prelim time of 2:06.26. Her teammate Kierra Smith owns the second-best time of 2:09.53 and Indiana’s Ashley Specht was third in 2:10.19. Michigan’s Angie Chokran was fourth in 2:10.41 and Penn State’s Melissa Rodriguez was fifth in 2:10.70. The final eight was rounded out by Indiana’s Bronwyn Pasloski (2:12.21) and Siri Eva Kristiansen (2:13.06) and Ohio State’s Annie Lazor (2:13.64).
Ohio State senior Shannon Draves clocked the best time in the 200 butterfly and will look to defend her conference title from 2012. She turned in a time of 1:56.63, just ahead of Minnesota’s Devin Ste. Marie (1:56.68). Penn State freshman Katie Rowe is third in 1:57.77 while Indiana’s Breanna Maclean (1:58.07) and Haley Lips (1:58.30) were fourth and fifth. The top eight was rounded out by Purdue’s Rhiannon Sheets (1:58.37), Penn State’s Chelsea Weedman (1:58.53) and Michigan’s Courtney Beidler (1:59.28).