Michigan In Great Position to Win Big Ten Title After Day 4 Prelims

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The Michigan Wolverines did what they had to for the squad to be in a great position to win the Big Ten title during the final day of prelims at the 2016 Big Ten Women’s Championships.

With the mile and platform diving still left to go, both of which Michigan has more potential point-scorers than Indiana, the Wolverines put themselves in a good spot to win the Big Ten title this evening.  Heading into the mile, Michigan has 16 finalists (6/5/5), while Indiana has 15 (6/4/5).

Michigan has not won a Big Ten women’s title since 2004, when they beat Penn State 604.5-590.5.

200 back

Michigan’s Clara Smiddy led the way for the Wolverines with a top-seeded time of 1:52.11.  Her teammate Gabrielle DeLoof qualified third in 1:54.89, while Indiana’s Kennedy Goss split the difference with a second-seeded 1:52.95.

Indiana matched Michigan’s A finalist numbers with Marie Chamberlain qualifying sixth in 1:55.48.

Indiana picked up an extra finalist compared to Michigan in the 200 back with 5 total qualifiers (2/2/1).  Michigan, who put together a 100+ point event in the 100 back last night with 4 A finalists claimed 4 total finalists in the 200 back today (2/1/1).

                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Smiddy, Clara M  20 MICH-MI           1:53.70    1:52.11 qB     
    r:+0.61  26.64        54.72 (28.08)
        1:23.29 (28.57)     1:52.11 (28.82)
  2 Goss, Kennedy A  19 Ind-IN            1:55.22    1:52.95 qB     
    r:+0.60  27.41        56.42 (29.01)
        1:24.99 (28.57)     1:52.95 (27.96)
  3 Deloof, Gabriel  19 MICH-MI           1:55.70    1:54.89 qB     
    r:+0.61  27.59        56.03 (28.44)
        1:25.27 (29.24)     1:54.89 (29.62)
  4 Zeren, Halime Z  20 OSU-OH            1:55.43    1:54.99 qB     
    r:+0.65  27.13        56.18 (29.05)
        1:25.78 (29.60)     1:54.99 (29.21)
  5 Unicomb, Jessic  18 WISC-WI           1:57.01    1:55.21 qB     
    r:+0.57  27.05        56.10 (29.05)
        1:25.61 (29.51)     1:55.21 (29.60)
  6 Chamberlain, Ma  19 Ind-IN            1:55.25    1:55.48 qB     
    r:+0.55  27.18        56.74 (29.56)
        1:26.46 (29.72)     1:55.48 (29.02)
  7 Koprivova, Vera  20 RUT-NJ            1:55.97    1:56.12 qB     
    r:+0.62  27.30        56.28 (28.98)
        1:26.03 (29.75)     1:56.12 (30.09)
  8 Postoll, Meliss  20 NW-IL             1:58.83    1:56.41 qB     
    r:+0.65  28.13        57.64 (29.51)
        1:27.19 (29.55)     1:56.41 (29.22)

100 free

Michigan’s Ali DeLoof tied the pool record in the women’s 100-yard free with a time of 48.08.  That swim equalled the 48.08 clocked by Minnesota’s Stacy Busack back in 2009.

DeLoof’s teammate Siobhan Haughey gave the Wolverines a 1-3 effort this morning with a third-seeded 48.57.  Ohio State’s Li Zhesi hit the wall second overall in 48.38.

Indiana, locked in a battle for the team title, put one through to the A final as Holly Spears qualified seventh in 49.19.

After the 100 free, Michigan had one more finalist than Indiana heading into tonight.  Michigan had 10 (4/2/4), while Indiana owned 9 point-scoring spots (3/3/3).

                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Deloof, Alexand  21 MICH-MI             48.72      48.08#qB     
    r:+0.73  10.99        22.99 (12.00)
          35.63 (12.64)       48.08 (12.45)
  2 Li, Zhesi        20 OSU-OH              49.31      48.38 qB     
    r:+0.76  11.09        23.29 (12.20)
          35.95 (12.66)       48.38 (12.43)
  3 Haughey, Siobha  18 MICH-MI             48.45      48.57 qB     
    r:+0.73  11.23        23.38 (12.15)
          36.01 (12.63)       48.57 (12.56)
  4 Kinney, Chase A  20 WISC-WI             48.38      48.59 qB     
    r:+0.76  11.05        23.16 (12.11)
          35.81 (12.65)       48.59 (12.78)
  5 Ackman, Alyson   23 PSU-MA              49.00      48.70 qB     
    r:+0.66  11.30        23.61 (12.31)
          36.28 (12.67)       48.70 (12.42)
  6 Votava, Lauren   22 MINN-MN             49.76      48.81 qB     
    r:+0.70  11.36        23.54 (12.18)
          36.21 (12.67)       48.81 (12.60)
  7 Spears, Holly K  19 Ind-IN              49.68      49.19 qB     
    r:+0.73  11.35        23.68 (12.33)
          36.50 (12.82)       49.19 (12.69)
  8 Winsnes, Annika  20 NW-IL               49.30      49.41 qB     
    r:+0.80  11.39        23.59 (12.20)
          36.30 (12.71)       49.41 (13.11)

200 breast

Indiana’s Miranda Tucker blew by the pool record in the women’s 200-yard breast with a top time of 2:07.63.  That swim cleared the 2:08.14 set by Ashley Wanland for Wisconsin back in 2009.  Tucker’s teammate Lilly King qualified third in 2:09.64, while Purdue’s Emily Fogle snared second in 2:08.94.

Although Indiana had the top names in the event, Michigan’s depth will help them in the 200 breast with 5 finalists compared to Indiana’s 2. After the 200 breast, Michigan ran its finalist tally to 15 (6/4/5) with IU sitting at 11 (5/3/3).

                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Tucker, Miranda  18 Ind-IN            2:09.71    2:07.63#qB     
    r:+0.75  28.94      1:01.13 (32.19)
        1:34.21 (33.08)     2:07.63 (33.42)
  2 Fogle, Emily E   24 PUR-IN            2:07.30    2:08.94 qB     
    r:+0.71  28.76      1:01.37 (32.61)
        1:34.99 (33.62)     2:08.94 (33.95)
  3 King, Lillia C   19 Ind-IN            2:08.28    2:09.64 qB     
    r:+0.68  28.09      1:00.99 (32.90)
        1:35.20 (34.21)     2:09.64 (34.44)
  4 Kopas, Emily M   19 MICH-MI           2:12.90    2:10.03 qB     
    r:+0.74  29.49      1:02.08 (32.59)
        1:35.43 (33.35)     2:10.03 (34.60)
  5 Rodriguez, Byan  21 PSU-MA            2:08.83    2:10.44 qB     
    r:+0.73  29.83      1:02.78 (32.95)
        1:36.49 (33.71)     2:10.44 (33.95)
  6 Sougstad, Emma   21 IOWA-IA           2:12.95    2:11.12 qB     
    r:+0.75  29.69      1:02.89 (33.20)
        1:36.18 (33.29)     2:11.12 (34.94)
  7 Vargo, Taylor K  21 OSU-OH            2:13.20    2:11.23 qB     
    r:+0.70  29.77      1:02.86 (33.09)
        1:36.90 (34.04)     2:11.23 (34.33)
  8 McCann, Carolyn  20 MICH-MI           2:18.31    2:11.62 qB     
    r:+0.78  29.71      1:02.88 (33.17)
        1:37.15 (34.27)     2:11.62 (34.47)

200 fly

Indiana’s Gia Dalesandro raced her way to the top seed in the women’s 200-yard fly with a time of 1:56.13.  Wisconsin’s Dana Grindall put up a second-seeded 1:57.07, while Penn State’s Kate Sowinski posted a third-seeded 1:57.57.

With the mile and platform diving still left to go, both of which Michigan has more potential point-scorers than Indiana, the Wolverines put themselves in a good spot to win the Big Ten title this evening.  Heading into the mile, Michigan has 16 finalists (6/5/5), while Indiana has 15 (6/4/5).

                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Dalesandro, Gia  20 Ind-IN            1:56.85    1:56.13 qB     
    r:+0.63  25.84        55.40 (29.56)
        1:25.84 (30.44)     1:56.13 (30.29)
  2 Grindall, Dana   20 WISC-WI           1:57.11    1:57.07 qB     
    r:+0.70  26.37        55.70 (29.33)
        1:25.98 (30.28)     1:57.07 (31.09)
  3 Sowinski, Katel  20 PSU-MA            1:59.65    1:57.57 qB     
    r:+0.68  26.29        56.29 (30.00)
        1:27.09 (30.80)     1:57.57 (30.48)
  4 Rawson, Emmy L   20 PUR-IN            1:58.45    1:57.81 qB     
    r:+0.81  26.45        55.97 (29.52)
        1:26.72 (30.75)     1:57.81 (31.09)
  5 Nack, Danielle   19 MINN-MN           1:59.01    1:57.84 qB     
    r:+0.75  26.09        55.65 (29.56)
        1:26.48 (30.83)     1:57.84 (31.36)
  6 Stoppa, Frances  19 RUT-NJ            2:01.21    1:58.13 qB     
    r:+0.68  26.31        56.38 (30.07)
        1:26.91 (30.53)     1:58.13 (31.22)
  7 Pfaff, Morgan S  21 RUT-NJ            2:00.12    1:58.46 qB     
    r:+0.75  26.31        55.95 (29.64)
        1:26.68 (30.73)     1:58.46 (31.78)
  8 Rowe, Kathryn A  22 PSU-MA            1:58.65    1:58.47 qB     
    r:+0.89  26.72        56.84 (30.12)
        1:27.31 (30.47)     1:58.47 (31.16)

Big Ten Women Up/Middle/Down

TeamA FinalB FinalC FinalTotal
Michigan65516
Indiana64515
Ohio State35614
Purdue2349
Penn State4217
Northwestern2147
Wisconsin3317
Minnesota2316
Iowa1225
Nebraska224
Rutgers314
Illinois22
Michigan State11
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Author: Jason Marsteller

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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