The Big Ten women's swimming & diving season concluded at the NCAA Championships on March 21 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. Indiana finished in 10th place with 126 points, followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin in 12th and 13th place, respectively. Minnesota also claimed the Ten Championship this season, marking the Gophers' fourth consecutive and seventh overall.
NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten was well-represented in the 2015 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Indiana finished in 10th place with 126 points, followed by Minnesota and Wisconsin in 12th and 13th place, respectively. Penn State finished in 20th place with 56 points, followed by Michigan in 22nd, Purdue in 30th, Iowa in 38th and Ohio State in 40th. For complete coverage of the NCAA Championships, click here.
NCAA Championship Qualifiers: This year's championships featured 70 Big Ten student-athletes from 10 different schools. Going into the NCAA Championships, Big Ten institutions had won 30 individual titles, including a conference-leading 10 crowns from Michigan student-athletes. The list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found here.
Bringing Home the Hardware: The Big Ten announced the 2015 Big Ten Women's Swimmer, Diver, Swimming Coach and Diving Coach of the Year awards, as voted on by the conference coaches. Minnesota's Kierra Smith was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while teammate Yu Zhou was tabbed Big Ten Diver of the Year. Gopher diving coach Wenbo Chen earned Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, while Minnesota swimming coach Kelly Kremer secured Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year plaudits. To read the complete release, click here.
The Gophers are Golden: Minnesota claimed the 2015 Big Ten Women's Swimming & Diving Championship at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University. The title marked the Gophers' fourth consecutive and seventh overall.
Minnesota compiled 618.5 total points throughout the four-day event. Indiana finished second after collecting 591 points and Michigan was third with 478.5 points. Wisconsin finished fourth with 448 points, while Purdue recorded 388 points to finish fifth.
The Gophers took home individual titles in the 400-yard individual medley, 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and the one- and three-meter diving events.
For more information about the 2015 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, including All-Big Ten and individual award honorees, click here and here.
Academic Excellence: On March 25, the conference recognized a total of 735 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 200 women's swimmers and divers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here.