Indiana Captures Third Straight Big Ten Championship

Feb. 19, 2011

Big Ten Championships Central

Final Day Results

Indiana captured its third straight conference title on the strength of Brittany Barwegen and Laura Ryan on the final day of competition at the Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Bloomington, Ind.

The Hoosiers amassed 821 points over the four-day event to successfully defend the conference crown. Minnesota finished second with 578 and Ohio State was third with 456. Penn State tallied 391 points while Purdue compiled 355.5 points to round out the top five in the final team standings.

Indiana took home four individual Big Ten titles and a relay crown while head coach Ray Looze picked up Coach of the Year laurels.

Minnesota's Kelci Bryant received Big Ten Diver of the Championships after sweeping the springboard events for the second consecutive year. Teammate Jillian Tyler was tabbed Swimmer of the Championships for her sweep of the breaststroke events.

Penn State's Chelsea Weedman earned the nod for Freshman of the Year after her performances in the 200 butterfly and 400 individual medley. Bob Rydze of Iowa picked up Diving Coach of the Year, the first time since the 1986 season a Hawkeye as won the award.

2011 Big Ten Individual Honors

Freshman of the Year: Chelsea Weedman, Penn State
Swimmer of the Championships: Jillian Tyler, Minnesota
Diver of the Championships: Kelci Bryant, Minnesota
Swimming Coach of the Year: Ray Looze, Indiana
Diving Coach of the Year: Rob Rydze, Iowa

2011 All-Big Ten First Team
Brittany Barwegen, Indiana
Margaux Farrell, Indiana
Laura Ryan, Indiana
Brittany Strumbel, Indiana
Allysa Vavra, Indiana
Nikki White, Indiana
Taylor Wohrley, Indiana
Caitlin Dauw, Michigan
Deidre Jones, Michigan
Alexa Mehesan, Michigan
Natasha Moodie, Michigan
Kelci Bryant, Minnesota
Ashley Steenvoorden, Minnesota
Jillian Tyler, Minnesota
Samantha Cheverton, Ohio State
Megan Detro, Ohio State
Mackenzie Powers, Penn State
Ruby Martin, Wisconsin
Maggie Meyer, Wisconsin
Rebecka Palm, Wisconsin
Rebecca Thompson, Wisconsin
Ashley Wanland, Wisconsin



2011 All-Big Ten Second Team
Ashley Jones, Indiana
Deidre Freeman, Iowa
Mattie Kukors, Michigan
Alison Eggers, Minnesota
Kaylee Jamison, Minnesota
Meagan Radecke, Minnesota
Haley Spencer, Minnesota
Hannah Whitehead, Minnesota
Anita Beck, Ohio State
Alexandra Norris, Ohio State
Samantha Palser, Penn State
Katherine Pulos, Penn State
Erin Thomas, Penn State
Paite Whitmire, Penn State
Alexandra Young, Penn State
Kara Cook, Purdue
Caitlin Hamilton, Purdue
Ariel Martin, Purdue

Sportsmanship Award Honorees 
Illinois -- Rachel Japp Joyce
Indiana -- Heidi Mahnken
Iowa -- Caitlin Polz
Michigan -- Natasha Moodie
Michigan State -- Sarah Falconer
Minnesota -- Molly Belk
Northwestern -- Alex Kraus
Ohio State -- Sara Griffith
Penn State -- Rose Snyder
Purdue -- Emily McIlrath
Wisconsin -- Jenna Haney