BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
In one of its most dominating Big Ten Championships performances ever, the Indiana women's swimming and diving team capped things off with a pair of individual titles to win its third-straight Big Ten Championship and its fourth in the last five years.
Indiana finished with 821 points, 243 points ahead of runner-up Minnesota (578). Ohio State was third (456), Penn State fourth (391) and Purdue rounded out the top five (385.5).
You can catch all the championship action when the Big Ten Network airs the event on Saturday, Feb. 26 at noon.
The evening started with the 1,650 freestyle where freshman Lindsay Vrooman took fourth with a career-best and NCAA B time of 16:12.51. Nikki White was sixth in 16:17.22, also a B cut, and Courey Schaefer 18th (16:47.08-career best).
Taylor Wohrley put up a pair of lifetime bests in the 200 backstroke, going 1:53.70 in the final for a second-place finish. Teammate Ashley Jones was fourth in 1:54.77, also a new lifetime best. Kim Tracey swam the consolation final where she took 11th overall in 1:57.56.
Indiana put three swimmers in the championship final of the 100 freestyle and were led by Margaux Farrell who touched the wall third in a career-best time of 48.76. Right behind was Brittany Strumbel in fourth, posting her career time of 48.88. Sara Delay picked up 11 points for IU with an eight-place finish of 49.97.
Already a two-time Big Ten champion at this meet, Allysa Vavra entered the 200 breaststroke with the top qualifying time after setting a new school record in the prelims of 2:09.25. She went on to finish third in the final in a time of 2:09.71.
Ashley Specht won the 200 breaststroke consolation final after shattering her own career best with a time of 2:13.29. Bronwyn Pasloski was right behind in 10th overall, touching with a new career time of 2:13.79. Brittney Phelan finished 12th (2:14.33-career best) and Katelyn Ishee 13th (2:14.40-career best). All are NCAA provisional times.
Competing in her final Big Ten championship, senior Brittany Barwegen came through with her first career Big Ten title, winning the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:56.28. Brenna MacLean was the winner of the consolation heat with her career-best time of 1:57.94, while Lindsay Vrooman took 16th (2:01.42).
Freshman Laura Ryan won her first Big Ten title in the platform diving competition, but it was teammate Amy Cozad who came away with the Big Ten meet record. Ryan won the championship final with a score of 348.55. Amy Cozad won the consolation final with a score of 371.50, the second-highest five-dive total in school history and the new Big Ten meet record. Cozad came back strong after a rough prelims that included a missed dive and a balk.
200 Backstroke 2. Taylor Wohrley - 1:53.70 (NCAA B Cut; career best) (1:54.15 prelims) 4. Ashley Jones - 1:54.77 (NCAA B Cut; career best) (1:55.19 (prelims) 11. Kim Tracey - 1:57.56 ((NCAA B Cut) (1:57.56 prelims)