MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
Buoyed by a Big Ten record in the 800 freestyle relay, the Indiana women's swimming and diving team sits tied for first with 74 points after day one of the 2013 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Pavilion in Minneapolis, Minn.
Lindsay Vrooman, Cynthia Pammett, Haley Lips and Brooklyn Snodgrass capped the short night with a time of 6:59.48 in the 800 freestyle, setting a new Big Ten record and giving the Hoosiers their fourth-straight win in the event. IU beat the previous record of 7:00.65 set by Minnesota at the 2012 NCAA Championships. The quartet also topped IU's Big Ten meet record of 7:00.82 set at last year's championships.
The Hoosiers got off to a fast start, placing second in the 200 medley relay with Snodgrass, Ashley Specht, Brenna MacLean and Sara Delay posting a time of 1:37.51. That is the second-fastest time in school history, trailing only the mark of 1:36.80 set at the 2009 Big Ten Championships. It also automatically qualifies the quartet for the NCAA Championships. Snodgrass' split of 24.03 in the 50 back and Specht's split of 26.62 in the 50 breaststroke are the fastest on record for the Hoosiers.
Amy Cozad and Kate Hillman represented the Hoosiers in the 3-meter springboard exhibition event, finishing second.
Action continues tomorrow beginning at 12 p.m. ET with prelims in the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 1-meter diving.