Feb. 17, 2011
Indiana climbed into first place on the strength of a top finish and two runner-up finishes during the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships inside the Counsilman Billingsley Aquatic Center. Through seven completed events, the Hoosiers have compiled 279 team points and sit just slightly ahead of Minnesota (236) and Ohio State (149) in the team standings. With 147 points Michigan occupies the fourth place position in the team race while Purdue rounds out the top five with 146.5 overall tallies.
After entering the day in a tie with Minnesota, Indiana wasted no time in gaining ground as Allysa Vavra claimed top honors in the 200 individual medley and became the first Hoosier to win the event in program history (1:57.01).
The Golden Gophers also swam away with two conference titles during Thursday competition. Ashley Steenvoorden won her second straight 500 freestyle title, setting a NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:37.66. In the last event final of the evening, Kelci Bryant broke her own Big Ten meet record on the one-meter springboard with a score of 370.30, besting runner-up Laura Ryan of Indiana.
The Badgers and Wolverines also earned a gold-place finish during tonights competition. Wisconsin's team of Natasha Moodie, Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw and Deirdre Jones captured the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:29.44. Michigan's Rebecca Thompson won her third straight Big Ten title in the 50 freestyle, touching the wall in 22.22, setting a new pool record.
Action continues Friday with a preliminary session set for 11 a.m. ET to be followed by finals at 6:30 p.m. A complete schedule of events, as well as live results and live video from the championships, can be found at www.iuhoosiers.cstv.com