Indiana Rattles American Record; Michigan Wins 800 Without Siobhan Haughey at Big Tens

Photo Courtesy: Dan D'Addona

The Big Ten Championships got off to a wild and unpredictable start on Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio. Indiana got started with a near American Record in the 200 medley relay and Michigan won the 800 free relay handily without their best swimmer. But Michigan disqualified their medley relay so they will be in a bit of a hole the rest of the meet as the Hoosiers have a lot of momentum moving forward.

Results

200 Medley Relay

The Indiana Hoosiers got the Big Ten Championships started just narrowly missing the NCAA and American Records in the 200 medley relay. Ali Rockett (23.63), Lilly King (25.84), Christie Jensen (22.67) and Grace Haskett (22.02) won the Big Ten title with a 1:34.16. That swim narrowly missed Cal’s record from last year of 1:34.10 and Stanford’s American Record from 2016 of 1:34.15.

Stanford’s American Record of 1:34.15 was set at Pac-12’s in 2016 with Ally Howe (23.62), Sarah Haase (26.20), Janet Hu (22.82) and Lia Neal (21.51). The NCAA record was set at NCAA’s last year of 1:34.10 by Cal who had two international swimmers on the relay. Kathleen Baker (23.62), Abbey Weitzeil (26.67), Noemie Thomas (22.70) and Farida Osman (21.11) swam for Cal last year and will hang on to the record for another day.

Minnesota (1:35.06) and Ohio State (1:35.51) finished second and third. Michigan was disqualified in the race, and that puts a damper on their title defense.

 Event 1  Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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    School                                 Seed     Finals        
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  1 Indiana                             1:34.58    1:34.16  
     1) Rockett, Alexandra SR         2) King, Lillia JR              
     3) Jensen, Christine JR          4) Haskett, Grace FR            
                 12.02        23.63 (23.63)
          35.38 (11.75)       49.47 (25.84)
          59.63 (10.16)     1:12.14 (22.67)
        1:22.53 (10.39)     1:34.16 (22.02)
  2 Minnesota                           1:37.56    1:35.06  
     1) Waddell, Tevyn SO             2) Kozelsky, Lindsey SO         
     3) Nack, Danielle SR             4) Avestruz, Zoe JR             
                 12.21        24.57 (24.57)
          36.21 (11.64)       34.97 (10.40)
                            1:13.29 (38.32)
        1:23.74 (10.45)     1:35.06 (21.77)
  3 Ohio St                             1:38.28    1:35.51  
     1) Bradley, Rebekah SO           2) Gresser, Hanna FR            
     3) Li, Zhesi SR                  4) Rayner, Freya FR             
                 12.13        24.57 (24.57)
          36.73 (12.16)       51.75 (27.18)
        1:01.91 (10.16)     1:14.11 (22.36)
        1:24.26 (10.15)     1:35.51 (21.40)
  4 Wisconsin                           1:37.14    1:36.23  
     1) Unicomb, Jessica JR           2) Berg, Marissa SR             
     3) Nelson, Elizabeth SO          4) Sehmann, Emmy JR             
                 12.06        24.34 (24.34)
          36.44 (12.10)       51.51 (27.17)
        1:01.88 (10.37)     1:14.67 (23.16)
        1:24.73 (10.06)     1:36.23 (21.56)
  5 Purdue                              1:39.48    1:37.83  
     1) Smailis, Jacklyn JR           2) Phee, Jinq En SO             
     3) Kitchel, Taite JR             4) Auckley, Danielle JR         
                 12.39        24.91 (24.91)
           26.28 (1.37)       52.09 (27.18)
           56.10 (4.01)     1:15.59 (23.50)
            1:06.23 ( )     1:37.83 (22.24)
  6 Northwestern                        1:39.80    1:38.44  
     1) Sheridan, Calypso FR          2) Angus, Sophie FR             
     3) Lebl, Ilektra FR              4) Warren, Mary SR              
                 12.24        24.88 (24.88)
          36.88 (12.00)       52.06 (27.18)
        1:02.72 (10.66)     1:16.24 (24.18)
        1:26.79 (10.55)     1:38.44 (22.20)
  7 Penn St                             1:41.10    1:38.80  
     1) Hart, Madison SO              2) Cooke, Madeleine FR          
     3) Price, Nicole SR              4) Kuhn, Katrina JR             
                 12.46        24.75 (24.75)
          37.03 (12.28)        33.62 (8.87)
                            1:16.31 (42.69)
        1:27.03 (10.72)     1:38.80 (22.49)
  8 Iowa                                1:41.85    1:39.26  
     1) Jekel, Johanna SR             2) Hoyt, Shea SR                
     3) Hackett, Meghan SO            4) Scheitlin, Mekenna SR        
                 12.36        25.01 (25.01)
          37.59 (12.58)       52.80 (27.79)
        1:03.64 (10.84)     1:16.87 (24.07)
        1:27.44 (10.57)     1:39.26 (22.39)

800 Free Relay

Michigan got things rebounded in a hurry after the medley DQ with an 800 free relay win. The team of Rose Bi (1:44.15), Gabby DeLoof (1:42.30), Catie DeLoof (1:44.24) and G Ryan (1:45.59) took control early and didn’t look back as Michigan won the race with a 6:56.28.

Michigan won the race even without Siobhan Haughey who was fourth at NCAA’s last year and could have easily split a 1:41 or 1:42. This really showcases Michigan’s depth in the middle distance freestyle events as they still did not have a split slower than a 1:45.

Minnesota finished in second at 6:59.53 and Indiana was third at 7:02.24.

 Event 2  Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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    School                                 Seed     Finals        
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  1 Michigan                            6:55.43    6:56.28  
     1) Bi, Yirong JR                 2) r:0.22 Deloof, Gabrielle SR  
     3) r:0.35 Deloof, Catherine JR   4) r:0.31 Ryan, G SR            
    r:+0.67  24.52        50.78 (50.78)
      1:17.49 (1:17.49)   1:44.15 (1:44.15)
        2:08.11 (23.96)     2:34.14 (49.99)
      3:00.37 (1:16.22)   3:26.45 (1:42.30)
        3:49.50 (23.05)     4:15.03 (48.58)
      4:42.22 (1:15.77)   5:10.69 (1:44.24)
        5:35.23 (24.54)     6:02.12 (51.43)
      6:29.30 (1:18.61)   6:56.28 (1:45.59)
  2 Minnesota                           7:09.44    6:59.53  
     1) Nack, Danielle SR             2) r:0.07 Nack, Chantal JR      
     3) r:0.23 Padington, Macknzie FR 4) r:0.22 Avestruz, Zoe JR      
    r:+0.71  24.47        51.00 (51.00)
      1:17.93 (1:17.93)   1:44.77 (1:44.77)
        2:08.94 (24.17)     2:35.80 (51.03)
      3:03.12 (1:18.35)   3:30.00 (1:45.23)
        3:53.18 (23.18)     4:19.52 (49.52)
      4:47.07 (1:17.07)   5:15.13 (1:45.13)
        5:38.70 (23.57)     6:05.15 (50.02)
      6:31.97 (1:16.84)   6:59.53 (1:44.40)
  3 Indiana                             7:10.79    7:02.24  
     1) Goss, Kennedy SR              2) r:0.29 Koontz, Shelby SO     
     3) r:0.24 Barnard, Delaney SR    4) r:0.30 Heitmann, Mariaaula SO
    r:+0.59  24.75        51.10 (51.10)
      1:17.60 (1:17.60)   1:44.06 (1:44.06)
        2:08.19 (24.13)     2:35.25 (51.19)
      3:02.72 (1:18.66)   3:30.74 (1:46.68)
        3:54.87 (24.13)     4:21.84 (51.10)
      4:49.16 (1:18.42)   5:16.45 (1:45.71)
        5:40.55 (24.10)     6:06.77 (50.32)
      6:34.02 (1:17.57)   7:02.24 (1:45.79)
  4 Wisconsin                           7:05.06    7:02.95  
     1) Jagdfeld, Abigail SR          2) r:0.34 Unicomb, Jessica JR   
     3) r:0.31 Sehmann, Emmy JR       4) r:0.11 Nelson, Elizabeth SO  
    r:+0.82  24.62        51.25 (51.25)
      1:18.13 (1:18.13)   1:44.94 (1:44.94)
        2:09.06 (24.12)     2:36.02 (51.08)
      3:03.53 (1:18.59)   3:31.71 (1:46.77)
        3:56.09 (24.38)     4:22.82 (51.11)
      4:50.20 (1:18.49)   5:18.62 (1:46.91)
        5:42.78 (24.16)     6:09.75 (51.13)
      6:36.84 (1:18.22)   7:02.95 (1:44.33)
  5 Ohio St                             7:07.31    7:04.14  
     1) Romano, Kristen FR            2) r:0.21 Bailey, Meg SR        
     3) r:0.26 Trace, Katherine FR    4) r:0.18 Demler, Kathrin SO    
    r:+0.68  25.24        52.25 (52.25)
      1:18.99 (1:18.99)   1:45.49 (1:45.49)
        2:09.27 (23.78)     2:36.08 (50.59)
      3:03.36 (1:17.87)   3:30.99 (1:45.50)
        3:54.76 (23.77)     4:21.78 (50.79)
      4:49.58 (1:18.59)   5:17.33 (1:46.34)
        5:41.68 (24.35)     6:08.51 (51.18)
      6:36.28 (1:18.95)   7:04.14 (1:46.81)
  6 Penn St                             7:14.14    7:07.32  
     1) Barry, Camryn FR              2) r:0.22 Dillione, Tomlyn SR   
     3) r:0.12 Price, Nicole SR       4) r:0.21 McHugh, Allyson JR    
    r:+0.75  25.09        52.29 (52.29)
      1:20.18 (1:20.18)   1:48.33 (1:48.33)
        2:12.88 (24.55)     2:39.59 (51.26)
      3:07.11 (1:18.78)   3:34.72 (1:46.39)
        3:58.79 (24.07)     4:25.73 (51.01)
      4:53.54 (1:18.82)   5:21.73 (1:47.01)
        5:46.55 (24.82)     6:13.50 (51.77)
      6:40.74 (1:19.01)   7:07.32 (1:45.59)
  7 Purdue                              7:11.88    7:08.00  
     1) Meitz, Kaersten SR            2) r:0.22 Johnson, Megan FR     
     3) r:0.46 Seidl, Maizie FR       4) r:0.43 Auckley, Danielle JR  
    r:+0.80  24.60        50.95 (50.95)
      1:17.70 (1:17.70)   1:44.90 (1:44.90)
        2:09.08 (24.18)     2:36.04 (51.14)
      3:03.94 (1:19.04)   3:31.84 (1:46.94)
        3:56.24 (24.40)     4:23.09 (51.25)
      4:51.08 (1:19.24)   5:19.27 (1:47.43)
        5:44.29 (25.02)     6:11.42 (52.15)
      6:39.40 (1:20.13)   7:08.00 (1:48.73)
  8 Iowa                                7:14.77    7:08.06  
     1) Burvill, Hannah SO            2) r:0.34 Fluit, Allyssa SO     
     3) r:0.27 Lavelle, Meghan SR     4) r:0.26 O'Brien, Carly SR     
    r:+0.71  24.51        50.58 (50.58)
      1:17.55 (1:17.55)   1:44.42 (1:44.42)
        2:08.21 (23.79)     2:34.87 (50.45)
      3:02.74 (1:18.32)   3:31.62 (1:47.20)
        3:56.17 (24.55)     4:23.60 (51.98)
      4:51.71 (1:20.09)   5:20.10 (1:48.48)
        5:44.33 (24.23)     6:10.93 (50.83)
      6:38.94 (1:18.84)   7:08.06 (1:47.96)
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