Indiana Hoosiers Ride Medley Relay Record To 1st After Day 1 of Big Tens

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The 2016 Big Ten Women’s Championships field shook off a norovirus outbreak that forced the isolation of four competitors as coaches and administrators decided to power ahead as regularly scheduled.

Indiana jumped into a day one lead with 120 points, while Michigan held second with 116 points.  Penn State (100), Ohio State (100) and Wisconsin (98) finished third through fifth. Defending champion Minnesota held sixth with 90 points.

Indiana kicked off the meet on the right foot with a school-record time in the women’s 200-yard medley relay.  Marie Chamberlain (24.39), Lilly King (25.92), Gia Dalesandro (23.25) and Grace Vertigans (22.17) powered their way to a 1:35.73.  That swim cleared the pool and meet record of 1:36.29 set by Wisconsin back in 2009, and just missed Wisconsin’s overall conference record of 1:35.71 from 2011.

Minnesota turned in a strong second-place time of 1:37.27 by way of Zoe Avestruz (24.77), Rachel Munson (27.12), Danielle Nack (22.95) and Lauren Votava (22.43).  The Golden Gophers just have to keep pace with the Hoosiers in swimming as they are expected to get a nice bump from diving points.

Ohio State snuck into third as Camey Rabold (25.06), Rachael Dzierzak (27.82), Li Zhesi (22.69) and Annelise Jongekrijg (21.97) put up a third-place time of 1:37.54 to round out the podium in the sprint medley event.

Indiana and Minnesota both collected NCAA A cuts as Ohio State and Michigan (1:37.89) earned NCAA B cuts.

  1 Indiana-IN  'A'               1:40.39    1:35.73@A       64  
     1) Chamberlain, Marie C 19       2) r:0.28 King, Lillia 19       
     3) r:0.27 Dalesandro, Gia 20     4) r:0.25 Vertigans, Grace 19   
    r:+9.91  12.22        24.39 (24.39)
          36.10 (11.71)       50.31 (25.92)
        1:00.83 (10.52)     1:13.56 (23.25)
        1:23.98 (10.42)     1:35.73 (22.17)
  2 Minnesota-MN  'A'             1:40.96    1:37.27 A       56  
     1) Avestruz, Zoe A 18            2) r:0.34 Munson, Rachel 18     
     3) r:0.24 Nack, Danielle 19      4) r:0.53 Votava, Lauren 22     
    r:+5.96  12.13        24.77 (24.77)
          37.13 (12.36)       51.89 (27.12)
        1:02.04 (10.15)     1:14.84 (22.95)
        1:25.79 (10.95)     1:37.27 (22.43)
  3 Ohio St-OH  'A'               1:39.50    1:37.54 B       54  
     1) Rabold, Camey E 21            2) r:0.31 Dzierzak, Rachael 22  
     3) r:0.26 Li, Zhesi 20           4) r:0.17 Jongekrijg, Annlise 21
    r:+9.90  12.43        25.06 (25.06)
          37.66 (12.60)       52.88 (27.82)
        1:03.17 (10.29)     1:15.57 (22.69)
        1:25.90 (10.33)     1:37.54 (21.97)
  4 Michigan-MI  'A'              1:39.89    1:37.89 B       52  
     1) Smiddy, Clara M 20            2) r:0.24 Kopas, Emily 19       
     3) r:0.39 Mattingly, Zoe 22      4) r:0.10 Frost, Madeline 21    
    r:+9.61  12.12        24.41 (24.41)
          36.86 (12.45)       51.90 (27.49)
        1:02.57 (10.67)     1:15.73 (23.83)
        1:26.12 (10.39)     1:37.89 (22.16)
  5 Wisconsin-WI  'A'             1:38.82    1:38.19         50  
     1) Unicomb, Jessica 18           2) r:0.22 Meinholz, Anna 22     
     3) r:0.19 Grindall, Dana 20      4) r:0.13 Kinney, Chase 20      
    r:+0.54  12.44        25.02 (25.02)
          37.51 (12.49)       53.00 (27.98)
        1:03.46 (10.46)     1:16.35 (23.35)
        1:26.53 (10.18)     1:38.19 (21.84)
  6 Penn St-MA  'A'               1:39.25    1:38.97         48  
     1) Pennetti, Allie L 21          2) r:0.10 Sinatro, Haley 22     
     3) r:0.12 Saloky, Kaitlin 20     4) r:0.13 Jones, Kaitlin 22     
    r:10.38  12.54        25.27 (25.27)
          37.64 (12.37)       52.92 (27.65)
        1:03.54 (10.62)     1:16.73 (23.81)
        1:27.28 (10.55)     1:38.97 (22.24)
  7 Iowa-IA  'A'                  1:39.47    1:39.27         46  
     1) Orvis, Allison B 22           2) r:0.19 Sougstad, Emma 21     
     3) r:0.34 McNamara, Kelly 19     4) r:0.40 Kabacinski, Olivia 22 
    r:+5.49  12.55        25.25 (25.25)
          37.42 (12.17)       52.04 (26.79)
        1:03.35 (11.31)     1:16.32 (24.28)
        1:27.39 (11.07)     1:39.27 (22.95)
  8 Rutgers-NJ  'A'               1:41.29    1:39.57         44  
     1) Wu, Joanna W 21               2) r:0.31 Stoddard, Rachel 21   
     3) r:0.43 Stoppa, Francesca 19   4) r:0.06 Coyne, Sarah 21       
    r:+0.52  12.41        25.23 (25.23)
          37.90 (12.67)       52.80 (27.57)
        1:04.18 (11.38)     1:17.13 (24.33)
        1:27.85 (10.72)     1:39.57 (22.44)

Michigan followed an extended break with an upset victory against favored Indiana in the women’s 800-yard free relay.  Bi Yirong (1:46.08), Siobhan Haughey (1:42.43), Gabrielle DeLoof (1:45.81) and Gillian Ryan (1:44.22) raced to a 6:58.54.  That swim cleared IU’s Big Ten and meet record of 6:59.10 from 2015, and demolished the pool mark of 7:01.65.

IU raced to second as Haley Lips (1:44.14), Kennedy Goss (1:43.62), Grace Vertigans (1:45.95) and Delaney Barnard (1:47.12) posted a 7:00.83.  Purdue’s Alexa Davis (1:45.08), Grace Hernandez (1:47.96), Nika Petric (1:47.10) and Kaersten Meitz (1:44.91) placed third in 7:05.05.

Penn State also cleared the NCAA A cut with a fourth-place 7:05.67.  Minnesota took a hit in the team title race with a 10th-place time of 7:19.84.

 1 Michigan-MI  'A'              7:05.13    6:58.54!A       64  
     1) Bi, Yirong 19                 2) r:0.31 Haughey, Siobhan 18   
     3) r:0.43 Deloof, Gabrielle 19   4) r:0.21 Ryan, Gillian 20      
    r:+7.12  24.23        50.67 (50.67)
      1:18.08 (1:18.08)   1:46.08 (1:46.08)
        2:09.05 (22.97)     2:35.03 (48.95)
      3:01.62 (1:15.54)   3:28.51 (1:42.43)
        3:52.32 (23.81)     4:18.25 (49.74)
      4:45.84 (1:17.33)   5:14.32 (1:45.81)
        5:38.50 (24.18)     6:05.08 (50.76)
      6:32.10 (1:17.78)   6:58.54 (1:44.22)
  2 Indiana-IN  'A'               7:05.00    7:00.83#A       56  
     1) Lips, Haley C 22              2) r:0.34 Goss, Kennedy 19      
     3) r:0.36 Vertigans, Grace 19    4) r:0.27 Barnard, Delaney 20   
    r:+0.68  25.20        51.35 (51.35)
      1:17.94 (1:17.94)   1:44.14 (1:44.14)
        2:08.04 (23.90)     2:33.86 (49.72)
      3:00.70 (1:16.56)   3:27.76 (1:43.62)
        3:51.90 (24.14)     4:18.68 (50.92)
      4:45.89 (1:18.13)   5:13.71 (1:45.95)
        5:38.25 (24.54)     6:05.16 (51.45)
      6:32.55 (1:18.84)   7:00.83 (1:47.12)
  3 Purdue-IN  'A'                7:07.20    7:05.05 A       54  
     1) Davis, Alexa C 21             2) r:0.24 Hernandez, Grace 20   
     3) r:0.42 Petric, Nika Kalina 23 4) r:0.12 Meitz, Kaersten 20    
    r:+6.44  24.64        50.94 (50.94)
      1:17.97 (1:17.97)   1:45.08 (1:45.08)
        2:09.07 (23.99)     2:35.66 (50.58)
      3:03.82 (1:18.74)   3:33.04 (1:47.96)
        3:57.49 (24.45)     4:24.22 (51.18)
      4:52.04 (1:19.00)   5:20.14 (1:47.10)
        5:43.95 (23.81)     6:10.61 (50.47)
      6:37.87 (1:17.73)   7:05.05 (1:44.91)
  4 Penn St-MA  'A'               7:08.34    7:05.67 A       52  
     1) Ackman, Alyson P 23           2) r:0.32 Wujciak, Megan 20     
     3) r:0.35 Price, Nicole 20       4) r:0.29 Jones, Kaitlin 22     
    r:+6.10  24.45        50.79 (50.79)
      1:17.46 (1:17.46)   1:44.70 (1:44.70)
        2:09.24 (24.54)     2:36.02 (51.32)
      3:04.22 (1:19.52)   3:33.86 (1:49.16)
        3:57.62 (23.76)     4:24.26 (50.40)
      4:51.61 (1:17.75)   5:19.25 (1:45.39)
        5:43.90 (24.65)     6:10.54 (51.29)
      6:38.04 (1:18.79)   7:05.67 (1:46.42)
  5 Nebraska-MW  'A'              7:19.62    7:12.50         50  
     1) Collura, Taryn J 22           2) r:0.29 Brassard, Cassandra 20
     3) r:0.32 Deveaux, Bria 21       4) r:0.26 Sickle, Katarina 21   
    r:+8.18  24.76        51.59 (51.59)
      1:18.74 (1:18.74)   1:46.71 (1:46.71)
        2:11.67 (24.96)     2:38.92 (52.21)
      3:07.06 (1:20.35)   3:35.35 (1:48.64)
        4:00.47 (25.12)     4:27.64 (52.29)
      4:55.76 (1:20.41)   5:24.77 (1:49.42)
        5:49.77 (25.00)     6:16.95 (52.18)
      6:44.66 (1:19.89)   7:12.50 (1:47.73)
  6 Wisconsin-WI  'A'             7:13.85    7:12.58         48  
     1) Grindall, Dana L 20           2) r:0.30 Valley, Danielle 20   
     3) r:0.36 Sehmann, Emmy 18       4) r:0.26 Tierney, Grace 18     
    r:+6.81  25.46        52.37 (52.37)
      1:19.86 (1:19.86)   1:47.60 (1:47.60)
        2:12.57 (24.97)     2:39.54 (51.94)
      3:07.28 (1:19.68)   3:35.06 (1:47.46)
        4:00.11 (25.05)     4:27.98 (52.92)
      4:55.86 (1:20.80)   5:23.77 (1:48.71)
        5:48.22 (24.45)     6:15.46 (51.69)
      6:43.91 (1:20.14)   7:12.58 (1:48.81)
  7 Ohio St-OH  'A'               7:17.13    7:13.02         46  
     1) Luchansky, Kathryn E 22       2) r:0.43 Cook, Kathleen 19     
     3) r:0.19 DiPaolo, Christine 18  4) r:0.42 Norris, Cara 19       
    r:+4.03  24.98        52.11 (52.11)
      1:19.57 (1:19.57)   1:46.95 (1:46.95)
        2:11.70 (24.75)     2:39.37 (52.42)
      3:07.78 (1:20.83)   3:36.34 (1:49.39)
        4:00.68 (24.34)     4:27.93 (51.59)
      4:56.06 (1:19.72)   5:23.91 (1:47.57)
        5:48.56 (24.65)     6:16.11 (52.20)
      6:44.70 (1:20.79)   7:13.02 (1:49.11)
  8 Illinois-IL  'A'              7:20.31    7:14.31         44  
     1) Stecker, Gabrielle L 20       2) r:0.39 Schilling, Amelia 20  
     3) r:0.18 Vuong, Megan 18        4) r:0.20 Stratford, Samantha 19
    r:+0.66  24.74        51.93 (51.93)
      1:20.18 (1:20.18)   1:48.80 (1:48.80)
        2:14.06 (25.26)     2:41.43 (52.63)
      3:09.40 (1:20.60)   3:37.30 (1:48.50)
        4:02.25 (24.95)     4:30.05 (52.75)
      4:58.18 (1:20.88)   5:26.75 (1:49.45)
        5:51.02 (24.27)     6:18.05 (51.30)
      6:45.81 (1:19.06)   7:14.31 (1:47.56)
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