IOWA CITY, Iowa -
Senior Allysa Vavra continued her conference domination in the individual medley events, setting a new Big Ten meet record en route to victory in the 200 IM as the Hoosiers wrapped up day two of the 2012 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
Indiana is currently in third with 203 points, 33 points behind first-place Minnesota and 19 points back from second-place Ohio State.
"We had some great performances tonight with Allysa setting the conference record in the 200 IM and four really good 500 freestyles," said head coach Ray Looze. "We sit in third place right now, but we are within striking distance. It is going to be critical to have good preliminaries tomorrow."
Vavra took the field out in the 200 individual medley and never looked back in capturing her second-straight conference crown in the event, setting a new Big Ten meet record and school record in the process with a time of 1:55.44. That automatically qualifies her for the NCAA Championships. She now owns the five fastest times in school history in the event. She cruised to the top seed in the event with a morning swim of 1:56.36, breaking her own school record in the process.
Bronwyn Pasloski finished 12th overall with a time of 2:00.38 and put up a career best of 2:00.26 in prelims. Kim Tracey was 15th overall and seventh in the consolation final, touching the wall in 2:00.68. Brenna MacLean took third in the bonus final and 19th overall with a time of 2:01.40 after posting a 2:01.29 in prelims. Cynthia Pammett was 30th with a time of 2:02.97. Afton Robertson cut five seconds of her career best with a time of 2:05.67 to finish 42nd. Ashley Specht finished 53rd in 2:06.99, while Katelyn Ishee was 63rd with a career-best time of 2:08.14.
Both Lindsay Vrooman and Brittany Strumbel improved upon their prelim times in the 500 free, with Vrooman taking second in a career best 4:39.64. Strumbel placed fourth with her time of 4:51.57. Lauren Jordan pulled away for the win in the consolation final, taking ninth overall with a career-best time of 4:41.86. That is more than four seconds faster than her prelim time of 4:45.80.
Vrooman went 4:41.32 and entered the championship final as the top seed. Strumbel qualified third overall with her time of 4:41.61. Schaefer was 12th in prelims with a time of 4:46.02. Nikki White finished 26th with her time of 4:50.27. Laura Head opened the day by topping her personal best by nearly five seconds, winning her heat in 4:56.44 and finishing 44th overall.
Farrell finished 12th in the 50 freestyle, posting a time of 23.00 in the consolation final. Armstrong swam the bonus final, where she finished 22nd overall in 23.43. Her time of 23.10 in the prelims was a career best. Ress (23.25), Guinevere Vanden Noort (23.78), Kristen Mitsch (24.54) and Brittney Phelan (25.59) all posted career-best times in the morning prelims.
The 1-meter diving championship final closed out the night as senior Gabby Agostino recorded a career-best score of 331.15 to finish fourth. Teammate Kate Hillman was eight with a final-round score of 286.80.
The Championships continue Friday with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 3-meter springboard.