Women's Swimming and Diving Final Release
April 3, 2008
Eight Big Ten schools earned points at the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on March 20-22 on the Ohio State University campus. Michigan led the conference with 130 total points, good enough for a ninth-place finish. The top-10 finish is the program's 15th overall.
Also placing in the meet was Big Ten Champion Indiana, which came in 10th with 128 points. Minnesota finished 13th (96), followed by Ohio State (15th with 85) and Northwestern (19th with 81) among the top 20.
The conference yielded two NCAA Championships from the meet. Michigan's Emily Brunemann swam her way to a gold medal in the 1,650-yard freestyle in a time of 15:53.69. Brunemann also gained points in the 500 freestyle and the 400 individual medley as she placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Ohio State's Chelsea Davis took home top honors off the three-meter board, scoring 365.85. She also dove her way to an eighth-place finish from the one-meter height.
Three Big Ten student-athletes notched second-place performances, including two swimmers. Minnesota's Jillian Tyler broke the minute mark in the 100-yard breaststroke clocking a 59.87 for runner-up honors and Indiana's Kateryna Zubkova stood second on podium after she bettered her Big Ten Championships time by almost a half second posting a 1:53.17 in the 200 backstroke. Zubkova would also finish third in the 100 backstroke garnering major points for the Hoosiers. Ohio State's Bianca Alvarez finished just behind Davis on the three-meter board to earn second place with a score of 354.50.
Overall, Big Ten teams scored 19 times in relay events with four teams each scoring in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay. Wisconsin garnered the conference's top relay spot with a fourth-place finish 200 freestyle relay.