Feb. 17, 2012
Day 3 Update: Big Ten Swim and Dive Championships
400 Individual Medley
It was no competition for Allysa Vavra as she beat her top competitor by nearly half a pool length with a pool record time of 4:04.65 to qualify in the top spot. Dorina Szekeres won her heat in a time of 4:13.26, setting a then-pool record and finishing third overall. She came in with a seed time of 4:24.82. Kim Tracey also made it back for the evening swim, placing 16th in prelims with a time of 4:17.72.
Brenna MacLean went a career-best 53.73 to win her heat and finish fifth overall, making it back to tonight’s championship final. Allie Day also posted a career time (54.78) to finish 18th and earn a spot in the bonus final.
Margaux Farrell enters tonight as the top seed in the 200 free, clocking a morning swim of 1:45.76. Heat 10 saw the Hoosiers go 1-2-3 with Brittany Strumbel first in 1:46.31. She was followed by Courey Schaefer (1:46.85) and Taylor Wohrley (1:47.88). Strumbel qualified fourth overall for tonight’s final, with Schaefer fifth and Wohrley making the consolation final at 14th. Guinevere Vanden Noort took third in her heat and finished 32nd overall with a career time of 1:49.64. Laura Head went a career best 1:53.82 to finish second in her heat and 62nd overall. Three heats later, Kristen Mitsch matched Head’s time with her personal best of 1:53.82.
Ashley Specht was second in her heat with a time of 1:00.74, placing her sixth heading into tonight’s championship final. Bronwyn Pasloski’s time of 1:01.65 earns her a spot in the consolation final at 10th overall. Katelyn Ishee placed 21st with a time of 1:03.53. Brittney Phelan went 1:03.77 in the same heat, good for 23rd. Afton Robertson finished third in her heat, 24th overall with a career-best time of 1:03.84.
Justine Ress qualified third overall for tonight’s final with a career time of 53.07, one second faster than her previous best. Taylor Wohrley will join her in the championship final after posting a 53.37 in the morning. Cynthia Pammett is the top qualifier in the consolation final at 54.48, a career best. Dorina Szekeres won her heat in a career best 54.97, good for 13th overall. Allie Day had posted a time of 53.84 in her heat but was disqualified.
400 Individual Medley
1. Allysa Vavra – 4:04.65 (pool record, NCAA A cut)
3. Dorina Szekeres – 4:13 26 (career best, NCAA B cut)
16. Kim Tracey – 4:17.72 (NCAA B cut)
5. Brenna MacLean – 53.73 (career best, NCAA B cut)
18. Allie Day – 54.78 (career best)
1. Margaux Farrell – 1:45.76 (pool record, NCAA B cut)
4. Brittany Strumbel – 1:46.31 (NCAA B cut)
5. Courey Schaefer – 1:46.85 (NCAA B cut)
9. Nikki White – 1:47.56 (NCAA B cut)
14. Taylor Wohrley – 1:47.88 (NCAA B cut)
27. Stephanie Armstrong – 1:49.20
32. Guinevere Vanden Noort – 1:49.64 (career best)
62. Laura Head – 1:53.82 (career best)
62. Kristen Mitsch – 1:53.82 (career best)
6. Ashley Specht – 1:00.74 (NCAA B cut)
10. Bronwyn Pasloski – 1:01.65 (NCAA B cut)
21. Katelyn Ishee – 1:03.53
23. Brittney Phelan – 1:03.77
24. Afton Robertson – 1:03.84 (career best)
3. Justine Ress – 53.07 (NCAA B cut, career best)
5. Taylor Wohrley – 53.37 (NCAA B cut)
9. Cynthia Pammett – 54.48 (NCAA B cut, career best)
13. Dorina Szekeres – 54.97 (NCAA B cut, career best)
Allie Day – DQ