March 20, 2007
March 8-10 University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. University Aquatic Center
Seven Big Ten schools earned points at the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on March 8-10 on the University of Minnesota campus. Michigan led the conference with 191 total points, good enough for a ninth-place finish. The top-10 finish is the program's 14th overall, but the Wolverines' first in six years.
Also placing in the meet was Big Ten Champion Indiana, which came in 11th with 109.5 points. Minnesota finished 13th (59), Purdue 20th (47), Wisconsin 24th (36) Penn State 26th (30.5) and Northwestern 41st (1).
Overall, Big Ten student-athletes posted 17 top-eight finishes, seven of which came from Michigan. The Wolverines registered points 16 times, scoring twice in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 1,650-yard freestyle.
Three Big Ten student-athletes notched second-place performances, including two Indiana divers. Junior Christina Loukas took the silver off the one-meter springboard with a score of 360.35, just 1.20 points short of the top finisher. Off the platform, senior Lindsay Weigle came in second at 356.55, just 1.30 shy of the gold medalist. Wisconsin's Yi Ting Siow took second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:10.42 while the first-place finisher set a pool record at 2:08.23.
Also seeing success off the boards, Purdue's Amanda Miller recorded top-eight finishes in each of the three diving events. The senior finished fourth off the one-meter with a score of 340.20, then took eighth of the three-meter (287.60) and fourth off the platform (314.50) to account for all but six of the Boilermakers' team points.
Big Ten squads also placed high in the relay events as Michigan kicked off the championships with a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the team of Kaitlyn Brady, Margaret Kelly, Hannah Smith and Lindsey Smith bested the previous pool record with a time of 1:28.80. Minnesota and Wisconsin finished 12th and 16th in the event, respectively.
Overall, Big Ten teams scored 14 times in relay events with three teams each scoring in the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay.