Feb. 8, 2007
The 2007 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships kicked off this morning at the
In opening preliminary competition, all of the top 16 finishers advancing to the highly competitive 500-yard freestyle finals qualified provisionally for the NCAAs. Wolverine sophomore Emily Brunemann touched the wall first at 4:46.10 to narrowly beat out Gabby Maddalena of
In the 200-yard individual medley prelim, the 16 finals-bound swimmers again qualified with B-standard times for nationals. The Wolverines will again take the coveted four lane in tonight's finals as freshman Margaret Kelly set the pace with a blazing time of 1:58.30 to garner a NCAA `A' cut time. Close behind was Badger Yi Ting Siow, who also qualified in NCAA `A' cut. Karie Haglund of Penn State, sixth place finisher in last year's championships, rounded out the top three in the event.
The 200-yard freestyle relay will kick off finals tonight at 7 p.m. CST, while the 400-yard medley relay will conclude Thursday's competition.
46 divers competed in the one-meter Thursday afternoon and after five dives the top eight advanced to the finals. Senior standout Amanda Miller lead the pack boasting a prelim score of 325.30. Teammate Ashley Karnes made the cut in seventh to place two Boilermakers in the finals. However, it was Indiana who advanced three divers into the championship finals, including defending champion Christina Loukas who took second behind Miller. Lindsay Weigle followed in third and freshman Brittney Feldman finsihed fifth.