Vavra Named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year
March 21, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Following an outstanding senior campaign, Indiana University swimmer Allysa Vavra was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, it was announced Wednesday. Voting for the award was conducted among conference coaches.
Vavra joins Susan Woessner (2002) and Kate Fesenko (2009, 2010) as Hoosiers who have taken home the honor.
Most recently Vavra earned a trio of All-America honors, posting top-eight finishes at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend in Auburn, Ala. Vavra finished fifth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:56.60. Her prelim mark of 1:55.58 is the second-fastest time in school history.
On day two Vavra finished fifth in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:01.73, the second-fastest time in school history. She ended the NCAA meet with an eighth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:09.61.
At last month's Big Ten Championships, Vavra earned Swimmer of the Championships honors after defending her conference titles in the 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley. Her winning time of 1:55.44 was a new school and Big Ten meet record. The next day she smashed her own Big Ten record in the 400 individual medley, clocking a time of 4:01.41. It was her third-straight Big Ten title in the 400 IM.
Vavra ended the Big Ten meet with a third-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a school-record time of 2:08.79. She ends her IU career as a seven-time All-American.
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