April 7, 2006
March 16-18 University of Georgia Athens, Ga. Gabrielsen Natatorium
Wisconsin led all Big Ten schools at the 2006 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships as the Badgers finished ninth with 146 points. The finish is the highest in UW history, bettering the previous mark set in 2004 when Wisconsin placed 10th.
Indiana sophomore Christina Loukas brought home the highest finish for the league as she placed second on the three-meter springboard with 371.40 points, improving three spots from her fifth-place finish from a year ago. The league's Co-Diver of the Year and Championships went on to finish fifth in the one-meter diving competition and sixth on the platform with 312.10 and 290.10 points, respectively. Fellow Hoosier Lindsay Weigle finished third on the platform with 317.05 points.
Also recording top five performances in the diving portion of the championships were Iowa's Nancilea Underwood and Purdue's Carrie McCambridge and Amanda Miller. Underwood placed fourth in the three-meter finals with 358.00 points. McCambridge, who shared 2006 individual honors with IU's Loukas, notched the highest one-meter diving finish for the Big Ten as she claimed fourth with a score of 318.65. Miller tallied 296.90 points on the platform which was good enough for fifth place.
On the swimming side, two conference student-athletes claimed top-five honors as Michigan's Kaitlyn Brady and Wisconsin's Yi Ting Siow both brought home fifth-place finishes. Brady, the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and Championships, finished the 100-yard butterfly competition in 53.16 while Siow recorded a time of 1:58.26 in the 200-yard individual medley.
In other action of the three-day event, Penn State's Nicole Collins placed sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 16:13.35 while teammate Kaitlin O'Brien also finished sixth in 4:13.90 in the 400-yard individual medley, the highest place for the league in that event. Ohio State junior Gulsah Gunenc claimed the top Big Ten finish in the 200-yard butterfly as she touched the wall in 1:59.51 for seventh place. Wisconsin racked up a few more top-10 performances as Siow and Susan Johnson finished sixth and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard backstroke, respectively. Four Badger relays placed tenth or higher at the national event.
Michigan has made the most appearances at the NCAA Championships as the Wolverines made their 24th-consecutive trip to the event. U-M leads the Big Ten with 12 top-10 NCAA team finishes and nine individual champions. Northwestern has recorded four top-10 finishes while Indiana and Wisconsin have finished in the top 10 of the event twice. Minnesota and Ohio State are the only other league schools to boast top-10 marks as the Gophers accomplished the feat in 1992 and the Buckeyes in 1983.