Women Head to NCAA Championships
March 17, 2014
March 20-22 University Aquatic Center Minneapolis, Minn. Prelims 12 p.m. ET/Finals 8 p.m. ET Coverage: ESPN3 Live Streaming March 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. ET ESPNU: April 2, 9 p.m. ET (Tape Delay) Event Page: NCAA Championship Central
SETTING THE SCENE Coming off a second-place finish at the 2014 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, the Hoosiers will send 10 swimmers and one divers to the NCAA Championships, March 20-22 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Indiana qualified 11 swimmers but Haley Lips will not compete due to medical reasons. Joining the 10 swimmers and one diver will be Stephanie Armstrong as a relay-only entry. The following Hoosiers qualified for IU: Gia Dalesandro - 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay Allie Day - 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke Kait Flederbach - 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay Kate Hillman - 1-meter, 3-meter, platform Haley Lips - 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay (will not compete due to medical reasons) Brenna MacLean - 200 butterfly Cynthia Pammett - 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay Bronwyn Pasloski - 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay Justine Ress - 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke Brooklynn Snodgrass - 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay Dorina Szekeres - 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley, 200 backstroke Lindsay Vrooman - 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay
NEWS AND NOTES Indiana is aiming for its sixth top-10 finish. The Hoosiers last placed in the top 10 in 2010, tallying 133 points for 10th place. Last year the Hoosiers were 11th with 115 points. Lindsay Vrooman (500 free, 1,650 free, 800 free relay), Brooklynn Snodgrass (400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke), Haley Lips (400 medley relay, 800 free relay), Cynthia Pammett (400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay), Justine Ress (200 medley relay), Bronwyn Pasloski (200 medley relay, 100 breaststroke), Dorina Szekeres (400 IM), Brenna MacLean (200 butterfly) are returning All-Americans.
2014 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP The Indiana women finished second at the 2013 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, held Feb. 19-22 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. IU tallied 649 points. Minnesota was crowned champion with 760 points. Hoosiers took home Big Ten titles in the 200 medley relay, 500 freestyle, 400 medley relay, 100 backstroke, 1,650 free, 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly. Senior Lindsay Vrooman defended her titles in the 500 freestyle (4:36.91) and 1,650 freestyle (15:55.20). Sophomore Brooklynn Snodgrass made it two years in a row with a backstroke sweep, taking the 100 back in 51.65 and the 200 back in 1:51.43. Freshman Gia Dalesandro made a name for herself with a 200 butterfly title, setting a new Big Ten record with a time of 1:53.95. She was also second in the 100 fly with a school record time of 51.75. Snodgrass, Bronwyn Pasloski, Dalesandro and Kait Flederbach won the 200 medley relay with a new school record of 1:36.69. They teammed up again in the 400 medley relay to set a new Big Ten record with a winning time of 3:30.30. Dalesandro was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year for her efforts, joining Sndograss as back-to-back Hoosier winners. Flederbach posted the second-fastst time in IU history in the 50 free with her leadoff leg of 22.40 in the 200 freestyle relay. IU would go on to finish third. Flederbach added a school record in the 100 freestyle with a 48.54, finishing third. Kate Hillman earned a silver medal in the platform competition with a career-best score of 322.25, as well as a sixth-place finish on the 1-meter springboard with a career-best score of 321.60. Pasloski went a career best 59.53 in the 100 breaststroke prelims and went on to finish second with a time of 59.90. IU had five of the top eight finishers in the 200 backstroke, with a 1-2-3 -4 sweep led by Snodgrass. Allie Day took second (1:54.67), Cynthia Pammet third (1:55.20) and Justine Ress fourth (1:55.27). Dorina Szekeres was seventh in 1:56.30.
2013 NCAA RESULTS 2013 (11th- 115 points) Relays 400 Medley Relay 3:33.52 (11th) Snodgrass, Specht, Lips, Pammett 200 Medley Relay 1:38.33 (15th) Snodgrass, Specht, Ress, Pasloski (Pammett) 800 Freestyle Relay 7:05.32 (12th) Vrooman, Pammett, Lips, Snodgrass 400 Freestyle Relay 3:21.19 (27th) Delay, Pammett, Kristiansen, Armstrong
Individual Lindsay Vrooman 500 Free 4:36.41 (5th) 200 Free 1:46.36 (24th) 1,650 Free 15:50.83 (3rd) Taylor O'Brien 500 Free 4:43.38 (23rd) 1,650 Free 16:13.31 (22nd) Dorina Szekeres 200 IM 1:59.90 (45th) 400 IM 4:12.40 (15th) 200 Back 1:55.23 (28th) Kate Hillman One-Meter 285.55 (18th) Three-Meter 240.75 (38th) Platform 257.90 (17th) Amy Cozad One-Meter 285.00 (19th) Three-Meter 305.40 (16th) Platform 325.20 (3rd) Bronwyn Pasloski 100 Breast 59.83 (13th) 200 Breast 2:11.00 (25th) Ashley Specht 100 Breast 1:00.22 (15th) 200 Breast 2:12.47 (36th) Brooklynn Snodgrass 100 Back 51.52 (3rd) 200 Back 1:52.12 (7th) Justine Ress 100 Back 52.98 (19th) 200 Back 1:56.12 (36th) Allie Day 100 Back 53.11 (20th) 200 Back 1:54.42 (21st) Cynthia Pammett 100 Back 54.18 (45th) Brenna MacLean 200 Fly 1:55.68 (11th) Haley Lips 200 Fly 1:59.42 (43rd)
INDIANA AT THE NCAA MEET The Hoosiers have produced four NCAA champions, two of whom have come in the last five 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 six years (2008, 09, 10) and four overall. Indiana best showing at the national meet came in 2008-09 when it posted 152 points.
BIG TEN HONORS HOOSIERS SWIMMERS On four occasions this year, Gia Dalesandro has taken home Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Dalesandro earned the award on Oct. 22, Dec. 10, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28. Brooklynn Snodgrass has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week three times (Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Jan. 28), while Lindsay Vrooman has been Big Ten Swimmer of the week on two occasions (Oct. 29, Dec. 10).
CSCAA RANKINGS In the last women's College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) rankings, the Indiana women come in tops in the Big Ten at No. 11. Minnesota is No. 13, followed by No. 15 Ohio State, No. 18 Purdue, No. 19 Penn State, No. 20 Michigan and No. 25 Wisconsin.
HOOSIER OLYMPIANS 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 junior 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.
VROOMAN NAMED TO USA SWIMMING NATIONAL TEAM Senior Lindsay Vrooman was one of three Hoosiers named to the 2013-14 USA Swimming National Team. Vrooman made the team in the women's 400-meter freestyle. Her time of 4:08.13 set at the U.S. Open this summer puts her fourth among the top-six American women and was also a new IU record. Vrooman is the reigning Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, winning conference titles in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle last season.
SNODGRASS NAMED ALBERTA JUNIOR SWIMMER OF THE YEAR Sophomore Brooklynn Snodgrass was named the Alberta Junior Swimmer of the Year last September. The junior female/male swimmers of the year are determined by highest FINA points score in one individual event swum long course. Swimmers must be 18 years old or younger at the time of the performance. Coach award is presented to the coach of record for the winning athlete. A Calgary, Alberta native, Snodgrass earned the award for her performance at the 2013 Canadian World Championship Trials, where she posted a time of 1:00.98 in the 100-meter backstroke, earning 865 FINA points. Snodgrass is coming off a standout freshman season where she won Big Ten titles in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke and 800-yard freestyle relay, garnering Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. She went on to take third in the 100 back and seventh in the 200 back at the 2013 NCAA Championships. She represented Canada at the 2013 World University Games, where she advanced to the semifinals of the 100-meter backstroke.
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