Women's Swim and Dive Heads to B1G Championships
Feb. 18, 2013
NO. 13 INDIANA AT BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
University Aquatic Center
TELEVISION: Big Ten Network (Tape Delay - March 3 at 10:30 a.m. ET)
Bernie Guenther, Ashley Steenvoorden, Gretchen Plamondon
SETTING THE SCENE
The Hoosiers head to the Big Ten Championships ranked 13th in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll and on a three-meet win streak.
Indiana has won the Big Ten title three of the last four years, finishing second in 2012.
The following swimmers and divers will travel to Minneapolis for the meet:
NEWS AND NOTES
The Hoosiers went 5-4 in dual meets this year, with wins over Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue and Louisville.
This will be the third IU meet shown on national television this season. The Hoosiers' dual at Texas on Oct. 26 was shown live on The Longhorn Network, while the Jan. 26 win at Purdue was shown live on the Big Ten Network.
This will be the first-ever collegiate competition for any of the IU swimmers at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center.
Nine swimmers return from IU's last Big Ten title team in 2011.
Indiana has won five of the last 10 Big Ten championships dating back to the 2002-03 season.
SNODGRASS B1G SWIMMER, FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
On three separate occasions this season, freshman Brooklynn Snodgrass has taken home Big Ten honors.
On Oct. 30, Snodgrass was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her performance in a double dual meet at Texas/vs. Michigan.
On Jan. 22 she took home Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors as the Hoosiers defeated Notre Dame at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
The following week she added to her awards with swimmer of the week and freshman of the week accolades for her performance in the Hoosiers' 1790121 win at Purdue on the Big Ten Network.
Lindsay Vrooman has posted the top Big Ten time in the 1,650 free by almost 20 seconds at 15:56.81. Her 500 free time of 4:43.35 ranks fourth.
In the most recent women's College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) rankings, the Indiana women come in tops in the Big Ten at No. 13.
Michigan and Minnesota are tied at No. 16, with Wisconsin No. 19, Ohio State No. 21, Penn State No. 24 and Purdue No. 25.
USC is a unanimous No. 1 pick, with Stanford, Auburn, Tennessee and Arizona rounding out the top five.
LAST TIME IN THE POOL...
The 13th-ranked Indiana women's swimming and diving team posted a 160-140 dual meet win at No. 15 Louisville on Feb. 1 at Ralph Wright Natatorium in Louisville.
Indiana opened with a victory in the 200 medley relay as Brooklynn Snodgrass, Ashley Specht, Justine Ress and Sara Delay combined for a time of 1:41.96. The quartet of Allie Day, Bronwyn Pasloski, Brenna MacLean and Stephanie Armstrong finished third.
The Hoosiers went 1-2 in the 1,000 freestyle, led by freshman Taylor O'Brien's time of 9:56.54. Lindsay Vrooman touched the wall second in 9:59.69, while Guinevere Vanden Noort was sixth (10:18.93). Vrooman added a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:48.46), with Delay fifth (1:53.44).
Snodgrass continued her win streak in the 100 backstroke, taking the event in 54.32. Ress was fourth (56.16) and Day seventh (57.22).
Specht posted a win in the 100 breaststroke with an NCAA B cut time of 1:01.69. Right behind her was Pasloski in 1:01.76, also an NCAA provisional time. Haley Lips placed second in the 200 butterfly (1:59.94), with MacLean third (2:00.89) and Dorina Szekeres fifth (2:02.60).
Cynthia Pammett led the Hoosiers in the 50 freestyle, placing third in 23.73. Delay was fourth (23.82) and Pasloski fifth (23.93).
Amy Cozad was victorious in the women's 1-meter springboard competition, posting a score of 310.87. Kate Hillman took fourth (285.90) and Cassidy Kahn sixth (261.90). Hillman finished second on the 3-meter springboard (309.30), with Cozad fifth (275.10) and Kahn sixth (254.48).
Snodgrass was the first Hoosier to touch the wall in the 100 freestyle, placing third in 51.14. Armstrong was fourth (51.84) and Delay sixth (52.42). With Snodgrass swimming the 100 free instead of the 200 back, Pammett came in as the winner in the backstroke with her time of 1:55.94. Szekeres placed fourth (2:02.52).
Specht made it a sweep of the breaststroke events, winning the 200 breast in 2:14.87. Pasloski made it a 1-2 IU finish with a time of 2:14.90, while Madeline Maher was fourth (2:16.16).
O'Brien and Vrooman matched their 1,000 freestyle finish in the 500 free, going 1-2 with O'Brien clocking in at 4:53.79, and Vrooman second at 4:54.75. Lips was the winner in the 100 butterfly race (55.25), with MacLean fifth (56.22).
Szekeres took second in the 400 IM (4:18.89), followed by Lips in third (4:19.38) and O'Brien sixth (4:31.21). In the final race of the day, Pammett, Armstrong, Snodgrass and Vrooman won the 400 free relay in 3:21.62.
Indiana women's swimming and diving was represented at the 2012 London Games by two former and one current Hoosier.
Former IU diver Christina Loukas (2005-09) represented Team USA on the 3-meter springboard, placing 8th in the final.
Recent IU graduate and 2012 All-American Margaux Farrell swam for France, where she took home a bronze medal as a member of the 800-meter freestyle relay team.
Current IU sophomore Dorina Szekeres represented her native Hungary in the 200-meter backstroke, placing fourth in her heat and 35th overall.
Indiana was also represented in the NBC broadcast booth as former Hoosier diver Cynthia Potter handled diving commentator duties.
LIPS MAKES SPLASH AT YMCA NATIONALS
Indiana University freshman swimmer Haley Lips was on a record-setting tear at the YMCA National Long Course Championships in Atlanta, Ga., earning two gold medals at the meet this past July.
Lips of Middle Tyger club team won the women's 400-meter free in national-record time. Lips recorded a time of 4:17.56 to lower Shelby Fortin's 4:19.65 from 2010. Lips collected her second gold medal of the evening after posting the fastest time in the women's 200-meter individual medley at 2:19.52.
LIPS NAMED TO JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM
Indiana University freshman swimmer Haley Lips as been named to the USA Swimming 2012-13 Junior National Team.
Lips was named to the team in the 200-meter freestyle after posting a time of 2:01.63 at the Olympic Trials this past June.
All members of the 2012 Junior Pan Pac team were named to the roster. In addition, athletes with the top six fastest times in Olympic events from the combined results of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the 2012 U.S. Open and the 2012 USA Swimming Junior Nationals were selected.
Lips was also a member of the 2011-12 Junior National Team in the 100 and 200 butterflies. She placed sixth in the 200 freestyle at the 2011 World Junior Championships.
PAMMETT COMPETES AT JUNIOR PAN PACS
Indiana University sophomore swimmer Cynthia Pammett missed out on the first week of classes last week but for a good reason; Pammett was representing her native Canada at the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii.
In the 100-meter backstroke, Pammett placed eighth with a time of 1:03.60. She placed seventh in prelims, clocking in at 1:03.14. In the 100 freestyle she finished 11th overall at 56.47.
In the 200-meter backstroke competition, Pammett posted her second top-eight finish, placing eighth in a time of 2:16.47. Pammett was also eighth in the prelim round (2:15.38).
In the final day of competition on Sunday, Pammett touched the wall in 2:22.03 in the 200-meter individual medley, good for 13th overall.
HUBER, WINGFIELD EARN USA DIVING AWARDS
For the fifth-consecutive year and the 12th time in his career, Huber was given the Mike Peppe Award, presented to the outstanding senior diving coach. Indiana Diving won the overall team title at the AT&T National Diving Championships in August.
Wingfield was presented with the Glenn McCormick Award, which is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the sport of diving. Until recently accepting a position as assistant diving coach at IU, Wingfield had served as director and head coach of USA Diving's National Training Center. He also spent 10 years coaching at Ball State University prior to moving to Indianapolis in 1998.
Wingfield served as the coach of USA Diving's Regional Training Center until 2005, when Indianapolis became the home of the National Training Center and he became director and associate head coach. Wingfield has coached at many international diving events, most notably when he served as head coach of the 2008 Olympic Team. He served on the coaching staff at November's FINA World Junior Championships.
HUBER SET TO RETIRE AFTER 24 SEASONS
After more than 35 years of coaching at the highest levels in domestic and international diving, Indiana University head diving coach Dr. Jeff Huber announced his retirement from coaching om Feb. 1.
At the request of Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Fred Glass, Huber has agreed to continue with the IU program through August 2013. A national search for Huber's successor will begin in immediately.
"Coach Huber's leadership of the Indiana University Diving program is legendary," Glass said. "With multiple national champions and Olympians over his quarter century at the program's helm, Jeff has made his mark on the world stage representing IU with distinction. On a personal note, it has been an honor and a pleasure for me to have had the opportunity to know Jeff as a man of not only amazing ability, but great integrity. I wish him, Lesa, Julia, and David all the best in this new phase of their lives."
"I verbally committed to Indiana University as a high school senior but changed my mind at the last minute," Huber said. "To have a second chance to come to IU and continue the diving tradition established by legendary IU diving coach Hobie Billingsley was a dream come true for me. The day I stepped on campus I felt like I had been here my whole life.
"There is no better place in the country than Indiana University. My wife Lesa is a faculty member at IU and both of our children, Julia and David, are graduates of IU. We are an IU family. I want to thank the athletic department staff for their many hours of hard work and support. Many people behind the scene make for a successful program and they don't often get the recognition they deserve. I also want to thank head swimming coach Ray Looze and his staff for their dedication, perseverance, and hard work. They have been an inspiration to me these past few years. I also want to thank athletic director Fred Glass for his leadership and gestures of kindness and support. Finally, I want to thank my wife and children for their truly remarkable understanding and support throughout my coaching career."
Currently in the midst of his 24th season at the helm of the storied IU program, Indiana divers have flourished under the 12-time U.S. National Coach of the Year. In Huber, Indiana divers work daily with a mentor who served as a coach for the United States at three of the last four Olympic games. He has been recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year on 14 occasions (six for women's and eight for men's) and has coached student-athletes to 42 Big Ten titles and 19 Big Ten Diver of the Year awards.
HOOSIERS PLACE SECOND AT 2012 BIG TENS
Indiana fought its way to a second-place finish at the 2012 Big Ten Championships held in Iowa City, Iowa.
Competing without some of its top talent, Indiana finished just 29.5 points behind winner Minnesota, tallying a score of 651 points.
Senior Allysa Vavra was named the Swimmer of the Championships after a record-setting meet.
Vavra defended her Big Ten title in the 200 individual medley with a school and Big Ten meet record time of 1:55.44.
She then topped her own Big Ten record in the 400 IM, winning her second-straight title in 4:01.41.
Vavra also took third in the 200 breaststroke, breaking her own school mark at 2:08.79.
Sophomore Lindsay Vrooman won her first Big Ten title, taking the 1,650 freestyle in 16:00.44. That is the third-fastest time in school history and the first Big Ten title for IU in the event since Jennifer Hooker in 1982.
Vrooman also took second in the 500 free.
Indiana's 800 free relay team of Brittany Strumbel, Lindsay Vrooman, Nikki White and Margaux Farrell broke their own Big Ten record with a winning time of 7:00.82. Sophomore Brenna MacLean set a new personal best of 1:56.77 in the 200 butterfly, finishing second to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.
She also took fifth in the 100 fly.
Farrell was seventh in the 100 free and fourth in the 500 free and picked up first-team All-Big Ten honors for her role on the winning 800 free relay team. Strumbel took second in the 200 free, 10th in the 100 free and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors as part of the 800 free relay team.
Freshman Lauren Jordan was a medalist in the 1,650 freestyle, finishing third in a personal best of 16:07.62. She also finished ninth in the 500 free.
Freshman Justine Ress finished as runner-up in the 100 back in a time of 53.02. Her season best of 52.92 was set on the 400 medley relay at Big Tens.
She also took third in the 200 back (1:54.51).
Freshman Allie Day was fourth in the 200 back (1:55.22) and set her season best of 1:54.95 in prelims.
Taylor Wohrley posted a top-five finish in the 100 back, taking fifth (53.34). She was also fourth in the 200 back (1:55.22).
Junior Ashley Specht was fifth in the 100 breaststroke with her season-best time of 1:00.38.
Sophomore Bronwyn Pasloski placed seventh in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.36), with a season-best time of 2:12.04 in prelims.
Freshman Dorina Szekeres placed fifth in the 400 IM in 4:13.92 and set a career best of 4:13.26 in the prelims. She also placed 11th in the 200 back (1:57.76).
The 200 freestyle relay team of Farrell, Strumbel, Stephanie Armstrong and Ress placed sixth (1:30.85), the third-fastest time in school history.
The 400 free relay team of Strumbel, Farrell, Vavra and Courey Schaefer was sixth (3:19.50).
Indiana's 200 medley relay team of Day, Specht, Kim Tracey and Armstrong took fifth in 1:38.74, the third-fastest time in school history.
The 400 medley relay team of Ress, Specht, MacLean and Farrell finished fifth in 3:34.61, the fourth-fastest time in IU records.
Gabby Agostino placed fourth in the 1-meter competition with a season-best score of 331.15. She also finished third on the 3-meter (355.70) and sixth on the platform (282.00).
Kate Hillman took eight on the 1-meter (286.80) and was 13th on the 3-meter (299.45) and 21st on the platform (216.05).
INDIANA AT THE NCAA MEET
The Hoosiers have produced four NCAA champions, two of whom have come in the last four NCAA meets.
Kimiko Hirai was the first female NCAA Champion for IU, winning the 1-meter springboard at the 1996 NCAA Championships.
Cassandra Cardinell won the NCAA platform title in 2005.
Christina Loukas continued IU's strong diving tradition with an NCAA Championship title in the 3-meter springboard in 2009.
In 2010, Kate Fesenko became the first NCAA Champion in a swimming event for IU, winning the 200 backstroke.
The Hoosiers have posted three top-10 finishes in the last five years (2008, 09, 10) and four overall.
Indiana best showing at the national meet came in 2008-09 when it posted 152 points.
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