The Big Ten women’s swimming & diving season concluded at the NCAA Championships on March 18 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Indiana led the conference finishing in eighth as a team, followed by other top-20 teams with Minnesota (10th place), Michigan (11th place), Wisconsin (15th place) and Ohio State (19th place). Michigan claimed the Big Ten Championship this season, marking the Wolverines’ second consecutive conference crown and the 16th in program history.
NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten was well-represented in the 2017 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. The Big Ten saw first-place finishes from Indiana’s Lilly King (100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke), Minnesota’s Yu Zhou (three-meter diving) and Northwestern’s Olivia Rosendahl (platform diving). For complete coverage of the NCAA Championships, click here.
NCAA Championships Qualifiers: This year’s championships featured 62 Big Ten competitors from 11 different schools. Going into the NCAA Championships, Big Ten institutions have won 36 individual titles, including a conference-leading 10 crowns from Michigan participants. The list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found here.
Bringing Home the Hardware: The Big Ten announced the 2017 Big Ten Women’s Swimmer, Diver, Swimming Coach and Diving Coach of the Year awards, as voted on by the conference coaches. Indiana’s Lilly King was unanimously named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while Minnesota’s Yu Zhou was selected as Big Ten Diver of the Year. The Gohpers’ Wenbo Chen earned Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, while Indiana’s Ray Looze secured Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year plaudits. For the complete postseason honors release, click here.
Wolverines Win Gold: Michigan claimed the 2017 Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University. It’s the Wolverines’ second consecutive conference crown and the 16th in program history.
Michigan collected 14 top-three finishes and compiled 1,287 total points throughout the four-day event. Indiana finished second after collecting 1,125 points and Wisconsin was third with 1,101.5 points. Minnesota finished fourth with 1,086 points, while Ohio State recorded 837 points to finish fifth.
The Wolverines took home titles and set Big Ten Championship records in the 200-yard freestyle (Siobhan Haughey; 1:42.49), 500-yard freestyle (G Ryan; 4:34.40), 1,650-yard freestyle (G Ryan; 15:44.93) and 800-yard freestyle relay (Bi, Haughey, Deloof, Ryan; 6:55.34).
For more information about the 2017 Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, including All-Big Ten and individual award honorees, click here and here.
Tenenbaum Gets Crowned: Minnesota’s Lexi Tenenbaum was named CSCAA Diver of the Year after her performance at the 2017 NCAA Championships, becoming the third Golden Gopher to win the prestigious award and first since Yu Zhou in 2016. For more information on King and her performance, as well as the historical CSCAA Swimmer of the Year list, click here and here.
Academic Excellence: On March 22, the conference recognized winter sports athletes who had been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 206 women’s swimmers and divers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students 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.