Feb. 15, 2011
The Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on the campus of Indiana University will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, which will begin Wednesday and conclude Saturday night. The championships will begin Wednesday night with timed finals of the 200-yard medley and 800 freestyle relays at 6:30 p.m. ET. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. ET Thursday through Saturday with preliminary heats, while finals will be held at 6:30 p.m. ET 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. The 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 400 medley relay and three-meter diving will take place on Friday. Saturday features the 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle relay and platform diving.
Last season Indiana won its fourth Big Ten Championship, recording 758 points over the four-day event. Minnesota finished second overall with 572.5 points, and Michigan was third with 462.5. Purdue followed closely behind with 460 points, and Ohio State rounded out the top five with 399.5 points.
The defending champion Hoosiers return a pair of individual winners from a year ago. Margaux Farrell looks to defend her 200 freestyle title, and Alysa Vavra goes for her second consecutive 400 individual medley victory.
Wisconsin junior Rebecca Thompson returns as the 50 freestyle champion, while classmate Ashley Wanland enters the championships looking to improve upon her runner-up finish in the 100 breaststroke from a year ago.
Minnesota returns a trio of 2010 champions looking to duplicate their feats from a year ago. Junior Ashley Steenvoorden was the winner of the 1,650 and 500 freestyles last year. Senior Jillian Tyler looks to win the 100 breaststroke for the third straight year, while teammate Haley Spencer attempts to become the 200 breaststroke champion for the second consecutive year.
In the diving well, Minnesota's Kelci Bryant returns, having won the one and three-meter diving crowns a year ago. Indiana's Gabby Agostino looks to defend her title on the platform.
Last year's freestyle relays were led by Indiana, as the Hoosiers won in the 400 and 800 freestyles. Wisconsin won the 200 freestyle and medley relays, while Minnesota claimed the 400 medley relay.