BIG TEN SWIMMING AND DIVING
February 20, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
BIG TEN PRESS RELEASE
The University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota will play host to the 2013 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, which will begin Wednesday, Feb. 20, and conclude Saturday, Feb. 23. The championships begin Wednesday night with timed finals of the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays at 6:30 p.m. CT. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. CT Thursday through Saturday with preliminary heats, while finals will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT nightly.
Thursday's schedule features the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and one-meter diving, while the 200 freestyle relay will be contested during the evening finals. Friday's slate presents the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and three-meter diving, with the 400 medley relay contested during the finals. Saturday features the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 1,650 freestyle and platform diving, while the 400 freestyle relay will be contested during the evening.
Last season, Minnesota won its fourth Big Ten Championship and first since 2008, recording 680.5 points over the four-day event. Indiana finished second with 651 points, and Ohio State was third with 560. Wisconsin came in fourth with 411 points, and Penn State rounded out the top five with 379.5 points.
The defending champion Gophers return a pair of individual winners from a year ago. Tess Behrens aims to repeat in the 100 and 200 backstroke, while Haley Spencer looks for her second 200 breaststroke crown in as many years.
Penn State junior Mackenzie Powers looks to break her own meet record in the 100 butterfly, while Indiana junior Lindsay Vrooman enters the championships aiming to defend her title in the 1,650 freestyle.
Ohio State returns two individual champions looking to duplicate their feats from last year. Senior Shannon Draves looks to defend her 200 butterfly crown, while teammate Cheyenne Cousineau will try to duplicate her first-place effort in the platform diving event.
Last year's relay events were led by Wisconsin, as the Badgers won the 200 and 400 free relays and the 200 medley relay. Penn State won the 400 medley relay and tied Wisconsin for first in the 400 free relay. Indiana took home 800 freestyle relay honors.