Swim and Dive Heads to NCAA Championships
March 18, 2013
INDIANA AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS March 21-23 IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex Indianapolis, Ind. Prelims 11 a.m. ET/Finals 7 p.m. ET Coverage: ESPN3 Live Streaming March 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. ET ESPNU: March 27, 8 p.m. ET (Tape Delay)
SETTING THE SCENE Coming off a second-place finish at the 2013 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships, the Hoosiers will send 11 swimmers and two divers to the NCAA Championships, March 21-23 at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis. Joining the 11 swimmers will be three relay-only entries. The following Hoosiers will compete for IU: Amy Cozad - Diving Allie Day - 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke Kate Hillman - Diving Haley Lips - 500 freestyle, 200 butterfly Brenna MacLean - 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly Taylor O'Brien - 500 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle Cynthia Pammett - 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke Bronwyn Pasloski - 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke Justine Ress - 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke Brooklynn Snodgrass - 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke Ashley Specht - 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke Dorina Szekeres - 200 individual medley, 400 individual medley, 200 backstroke Lindsay Vrooman - 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle Sara Delay - Relay Alternate Stephanie Armstrong - Relay Alternate Siri Kristiansen - Relay Alternate
NEWS AND NOTES Divers Amy Cozad and Kate Hillman qualified for the NCAA Championships by going 1-2 on the platform at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. last weekend. Cozad easily won the platform competition with a prelims and finals score of 697.30. Hillman secured the final spot at the NCAA meet with her second-place score of 609.80. 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 13th in 115 points. Lindsay Vrooman (800 free relay, 500 free, 1,650 free) and Amy Cozad (platform) are returning All-Americans. The Hoosiers are coming off a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, held Feb. 20-23 at the University of Minnesota. Lindsay Vrooman (800 Free Relay, 500 Free, 1,650 Free), Brooklynn Snodgrass (800 Free Relay, 100 Back, 200 Back), Dorina Szekeres (400 IM), Amy Cozad (Platform), Cynthia Pammett (800 Free Relay), and Haley Lips (800 Free Relay) brought home Big Ten titles. Vrooman was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships, the second-straight year a Hoosier has taken home the honor, and third time in the last four years (Kate Fesenko-2010; Allysa Vavra-2012). Snodgrass was named Freshman of the Year, the third such honor for a Hoosier since the award was first given out in 2001. The Hoosiers went 5-4 in dual meets this year, with wins over Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame, Purdue and Louisville. This will be the fourth 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, and the 2013 conference meet was shown tape-delayed on the BTN. Indiana has won five of the last 11 Big Ten championships dating back to the 2002-03 season.
2013 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP The Indiana women finished second at the 2013 Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, held Feb. 20-23 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. IU tallied 671.5 points. Minnesota was crowned champion with 831.5 points. Hoosiers took home Big Ten titles in the 800 free relay, 400 IM, 500 free, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 1,650 free and platform diving. Junior Lindsay Vrooman was named swimmer of the championships after winning the 500 free (4:35.41, Big Ten Record), 1.650 free (15:51.20, Big Ten meet record, school record) and was part of the winning 800 free relay (6:59.48, Big Ten Record). Brooklynn Snodgrass was honored as Big Ten Freshman of the Year after winning the 100 back (52.07), 200 back (1:51.77; 4th-fastest time in school history) and swimming on the victorious 800 free relay. Sophomore Dorina Szekeres took home first-team All-Big Ten honors after capturing her first conference title in the 400 individual medley (4:07.91). She also finished sixth in the 200 back (1:55.61) and fifth in the 200 IM (1:58.76). Senior Amy Cozad won her first Big Ten title with a record-breaking performance on the platform. She tallied 390.05 points, breaking her own record of 371.50 set in 2011. Senior Ashley Specht became just the second Hoosier to dip below one minute in the 100 breaststroke, posting a time of 59.49 in prelims. She went on to finish second with a time of 59.54, giving her the second- and third-fastest times in school history. Specht also placed third in the 200 breaststroke with a career time of 2:09.43 (4th-fastest in IU history), and was on the 200 medley relay that finished second (1:37.51-2nd-fastest time in school history). Freshman Haley Lips had a solid first Big Ten meet, placing third in the 200 butterfly with a career-best time of 1:57.11. Lips also swam on the winning 800 free relay and was fifth in the 500 free (4:41.48-career best). Lips' time of 4:18.25 in prelims of the 400 IM was good for a spot in the consolation final, but she elected not to swim. Sophomore Cynthia Pammett helped the Hoosiers to the Big Ten title and a Big Ten record in the 800 free relay. She also took third on the 400 medley relay (3:33.71-3rd-fastest in school history) and was sixth in the 200 free (1:46.41), fourth in the 100 backstroke (53.40) and second in the 200 back (1:53.58). Junior Kate Hillman took home a bronze medal on the 1-meter springboard, tallying a career-best score of 320.55. She was also 11th on the 3-meter (332.50-career best) and eighth on the platform (288.90). Senior Cassidy Kahn made the championship final of the 1-meter springboard, finishing seventh (298.70-career best). She also earned a point on the platform, placing 16th (257.35). Her score of 270.30 in prelims was a career best. Freshman Taylor O'Brien secured her spot at the NCAA meet by placing eighth in the 500 free (4:45.50/4:42.78 in prelims) and fourth in the 1,650 free (16:10.28).
2012 NCAA RESULTS 2012 (13th- 115 points) Relays 400 Medley Relay - 3:36.67 (17th) Ress, Specht, MacLean, Strumbel 200 Medley Relay - 1:40.08 (20th) Day, Specht, MacLean, Ress 800 Freestyle Relay - 7:04.95 (11th) Strumbel, Vrooman, Farrell, White Individual Lindsay Vrooman 500 Free - 4:42.13 (8th) 200 Free - 1:45.78 (21st) 1,650 Free - 15:56.85 (6th) Brittany Strumbel 500 Free - 4:39.71 (12th) 200 Free- 1:45.27 (17th) 100 Free- 49.60 (41st) Margaux Farrell 500 Free - 4:43.89 (29th) 200 Free - 1:44.90 (11th) Nikki White 500 Free - 4:48.86 (43rd) 200 Free - 1:47.10 (34th) 1,650 Free - 16:33.35 (31st) Lauren Jordan 500 Free - 4:53.42 (57th) 200 Back - 1:56.22 (29th) 1,650 Free - 16:21.74 (20th) Allysa Vavra 200 IM - 1:56.60 (8th) 400 IM - 4:01.73 (5th) 200 Breast - 2:09.61 (7th) Laura Ryan One-Meter - 307.55 (12th) Three-Meter - 330.40 (8th) Amy Cozad One-Meter - 254.75 (34th) Platform - 329.35 (3rd) Brenna MacLean 100 Fly - 54.47 (48th) 200 Fly - 1:57.59 (27th) Ashley Specht 100 Breast - 1:01.41 (34th) 200 Breast - 2:14.53 (47th) Taylor Wohrley 100 Back - 53.54 (31st) 200 Back - 1:57.27 (39th) Allie Day 100 Back - 53.83 (39th) 200 Back - 1:56.26 (30th) Justine Ress 100 Back - 54.00 (46th) 200 Back - 1:56.10 (28th)
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 five years (2008, 09, 10) and four overall. Indiana best showing at the national meet came in 2008-09 when it posted 152 points.
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' 179-121 win at Purdue on the Big Ten Network.
CSCAA RANKINGS In the most recent women's College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) rankings released on Feb. 18, 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.
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