Indiana's Fesenko Highlights Final Day at NCAA's with National Title

IU senior Kate Fesenko captured gold with a record-setting time in the 200 backstroke.

IU senior Kate Fesenko captured gold with a record-setting time in the 200 backstroke.

March 20, 2010

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Indiana senior Kate Fesenko highlighted the final day of competition at the 2010 NCAA Championships with a winning performance in the 200 backstroke inside the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. Fesenko capped a sensational career by becoming the first Hoosier swimmer to win a national title in leading Indiana to a 10th-place finish in the final team standings.

The Hoosiers led all Big Ten teams competing at the national event, tallying 133 team points to collect their third-straight top 10 finish at the NCAA meet. Minnesota amassed 102 tallies to place 12th, followed by Wisconsin (88) and Michigan (76) in 14th and 15th place, respectively. Championships host Purdue scored the highest national finish in program history by placing 16th with 57 points.

Fesenko ran away from the field and shattered her school and Big Ten record with a time of 1:49.92, becoming the first Big Ten swimmer to break the 1:50 barrier. After trailing slightly behind the lead after the first 50 yards, Fesenko took the lead for good at the 100-yard mark with a split of 53.90. The win denied Florida's Gemma Spofforth her fourth-consecutive 200 back title.

The team crown came down to the wire as Florida captured the national title with 382 points on the strength of a bronze-medal effort in the final event of the evening.

Final Team Results

1. Florida , 382  
2. Stanford, 379.5
3. California , 363  
4. Arizona, 359.5
5. Georgia, 342.5  
6. Texas A&M, 311
7. So. California , 251  
8. Auburn, 153
9. Virginia, 151 
10. Indiana, 133

12. Minnesota, 102
14. Wisconsin, 88
15. Michigan, 76 
16. Purdue, 57
22. Ohio State, 29
47. Penn State, 1