2018 Women’s B1G Ten Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap


Day 3 finals of the Women’s B1G Ten Championships will feature five individual finals, along with timed finals of the 200 free relay. Heading into tonight the University of Michigan hold a 36-point lead over Indiana for the team lead.

Among the highlights tonight will be Hoosier Lilly King going for her third consecutive title in the 100 breast, as she looks to lower the American Record of 56.30 she set at this meet last year. We’ll also see an exciting race in the 200 free between Siobhan Haughey and the DeLoof sisters, and Beata Nelson will challenge the NCAA and American records in the 100 back after coming within .09 leading off the medley relay on night 2.


  1. Zhesi Li, OSU, 50.48
  2. Danielle Nack, MINN, 51.15
  3. Christine Jensen, IU, 51.28

Ohio State’s Zhesi Li defended her top seed in the women’s 100 fly, coming within .03 of the Big Ten Record in a blistering time of 50.48. She narrowly misses Indiana’s Gia Dalesandro‘s mark of 50.45 set last year. Li breaks her own school record of 50.90 set in 2017.

Minnesota’s Danielle Nack slipped under the NCAA ‘A’ cut of 51.19 in 51.15, taking 2nd overall. IU’s Christine Jensen grabbed 3rd in 51.28, and her teammate Shelby Koontz was 4th in 52.28.

Tevyn Waddell of Minnesota threw down a quick 52.31 from the B-final, dropping her prelim swim by over a second.


  • Big Ten Record: Alyssa Vavra, Indiana – 4:01.41 (2012)
  • Defending Champion: Brooke Zeiger, Minnesota – 4:02.71
  1. Meg Bailey, OSU, 4:04.85
  2. Allyson McHugh, PSU, 4:06.43
  3. Kristen Romano, OSU, 4:06.90

Ohio State senior Meg Bailey led from the get go, touching in 4:04.85 to win the B1G title. Bailey narrowly missed the NCAA ‘A’ standard of 4:04.70. She was on the outside looking in at last year’s NCAA Championships, finishing 20th, but is now in a prime position to challenge for a spot in the championship final next month.

Penn State’s Allyson McHugh won a close battle with Ohio State’s Kristen Romano for 2nd, blazing home in 27.17 to touch in 4:06.43 to Romano’s 4:06.90. Michigan’s Yirong Bi touched 4th in 4:07.76


  1. Siobhan Haughey, MICH, 1:41.66
  2. Gabby DeLoof, MICH, 1:42.91
  3. Catie DeLoof, MICH, 1:43.32

It was a 1-2-3 sweep for the Wolverines in the 200 free, as Michigan’s Siobhan HaugheyGabby DeLoof and Catie DeLoof put forth great performances. Haughey defended her title in 1:41.66, breaking her own meet record. Gabby DeLoof held off sister Catie over the final 50 to touch 2nd in 1:42.91, and Catie was just a tick back at 1:43.32. Catie just missed the NCAA ‘A’ cut of 1:43.30.

Indiana’s Kennedy Goss took 4th in 1:44.16, and Rebecca Postoll was also strong for Michigan winning the B-final in 1:45.63.


  • Big Ten Record: Lilly King, Indiana – 56.30 (2017)
  • Defending Champion: Lilly King, Indiana – 56.30
  1. Lilly King, IU, 56.46
  2. Lindsey Kozelsky, MINN, 57.91
  3. Miranda Tucker, MICH, 57.93

Lilly King successfully won her third straight B1G title in the 100 breast, touching in 56.46 to narrowly miss her American and NCAA record of 56.30 set last season. She was out like a rocket in 26.48, and extended her advantage coming home in 29.98. She now sits atop the college rankings by well over a second.

Minnesota’s Lindsey Kozelsky continues to swim well here, touching 2nd in 57.91 just ahead of Michigan’s Miranda Tucker. All three crush the NCAA ‘A’ standard of 58.85, and sit 1-2-3 in the country. Rachel Munson (59.53) placed 4th, giving the Gophers two swimmers inside the top-4.


  1. Beata Nelson, WISC, 51.05
  2. Ally Rockett, IU, 51.41
  3. Clara Smiddy, MICH, 52.08

Though off her mark of 49.78 from the medley relay, Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson got the job done in the 100 back final, winning gold in a time of 51.05.

Indiana’s Ally Rockett came back strong and ultimately took 2nd in 51.41, and Michigan’s Clara Smiddy was 3rd in 52.08. Defending champ Tevyn Waddell settled for 4th in 52.44.


  • Big Ten Record: Wisconsin – 1:27.70 (2015)
  • Defending Champion: Wisconsin – 1:27.90
  1. Ohio State, 1:27.08
  2. Michigan, 1:28.00
  3. Wisconsin, 1:28.41

Ohio State closed out the session with a dominant win in the 200 free relay, breaking Wisconsin’s meet record and beating everyone by nearly a full second. Freya Rayner (22.09) got them out to the early lead, and then Zhesi Li‘s sizzling 20.84 leg gave them an insurmountable lead. Macie McNichols (22.04) and Maria Coy (22.11) finished things off for the Buckeyes.

Michigan took 2nd, with Catie (22.24) and Gabby DeLoof (22.03) leading off before Haughey (21.77) and Daria Pyshnenko (21.96) brought them home, touching in 1:28.00. Defending champions Wisconsin took 3rd in 1:28.41, with a fast 21.54 anchor from Beata Nelson, and Indiana finished 4th in 1:29.08.

Heading into the final day, Michigan leads with 926 points. Indiana sits 2nd at 787, and Minnesota (742) and Ohio State (725) are locked in a battle for 3rd.

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4 years ago

Your comment makes no sense. What things are you referring to? Perhaps the Chinese swimmer from Oh st who tested positive for EPO?

4 years ago

Pretty surprised to see Nelson nearly 2 seconds down on her relay lead-off on the 100 back. Nerves?

4 years ago

Zhesi (Liz) Li’s relay split now puts here tied for 4th fastest of all time with Kelsi Worrell.

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4 years ago

Defending B1G champion in the 400 IM was Lindsey Clary, with a time 4:04.09. Third year in a row a Buckeye has won this event, and the future is only looking brighter!

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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