April 1, 2009
With California winning the 2009 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, thus concludes the Big Ten’s competitive season. Indiana paced the conference at the NCAA meet bringing home 10th-place honors, earning 152 points, marking the sixth straight year that the Big Ten has placed a team in the top 10. Hoosier Christina Loukas was the lone national champion from the conference as she brought home gold off the three-meter board with a score of 437.75. The 2008 Olympian also received runner-up honors from the one-meter to give her squad valuable points.
Minnesota finished right behind Indiana in 11th place, scoring 136 team points. Jillian Tyler posted the most points for the Gophers, earning runner-up honors in the 100-yard breaststroke and a bronze medal in the 200 breaststroke. Yuen Kobayashi notched quality points in the 500 freestyle as the senior placed fourth.
Wisconsin represented the conference well with a 14th-place finish, recording 105.5 team points. The Badger’s top scorer was freshman Ashley Wanland as she touched the wall third in the 100 breaststroke and ninth in the 200 breaststroke. Wanland also took part on the second-place 200 medley relay team that posted a time 1:36.53.
Purdue just missed the top 20 in 21st place while Michigan and Ohio State tied for the 24th position. Penn State earned 38th-place honors The Big Ten traveled 59 student-athletes to this year’s NCAA Championships with eight of the 11 schools being represented.