2019 WOMEN’S B1G CHAMPIONSHIPS
- When: Wednesday, February 20th to Saturday, February 23rd | Prelims 11am | Finals 6:30pm (6pm Saturday)
- Where: Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center, Bloomington, IN (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: Michigan Wolverines (3x) (results)
- Live Results
- Streaming: Big Ten Network
- Championship Central: here
There was no shortage of marquee swims at this morning’s preliminary session of the Women’s B1G Championships, as we’ll be in store for a very fast session with a lot of records potentially falling.
Michigan freshman Maggie MacNeil uncorked a new SEC Championship Record in the women’s 100 fly, touching in 49.94, and will aim to get under Louise Hansson‘s NCAA-leading 49.80 from back in November. Erika Brown of Tennessee was 49.85 last night at the SEC Championships. The NCAA Record currently stands at 49.43 from Louisville grad Kelsi Dahlia (Worrell).
MacNeil will swim a second individual event tonight in the 100 back, where she comes in as the #2 seed behind Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson. Nelson set a new American Record earlier this season in 49.67, and lowered the SEC meet record in prelims with a time of 50.29. MacNeil was also sub-51 in 50.92.
In the 100 breast, Indiana Hoosier Lilly King will look for a four-peat. She’s been on fire so far in the competition, putting up the fastest all-time relay splits for both the 50 and 100 breast, and has a great shot at her American Record set back in March of 56.25.
Similar to King, Siobhan Haughey of Michigan will be in the hunt for her fourth straight win in the 200 free, while the 400 IM is relatively wide open with Calypso Sheridan of Northwestern leading the pack this morning in 4:06.76.
Women’s 100 Fly Final
B1G Meet Record: 49.94, Maggie MacNeil (MICH), 2019 Pool Record: 49.94, Maggie MacNeil (MICH), 2019
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 51.03
Maggie MacNeil once again broke the Big Ten Championship Record to win the women’s 100 fly, this time moving into #2 all-time in the event with a time of 49.59. She jumps past both Louise Hansson (49.80) and Erika Brown (49.85) both in the historical rankings and this season’s rankings, and is now just 0.16 off of the NCAA and U.S. Open Record of 49.43.
Christie Jensen of Indiana took 2nd in 51.44, less than two-tenths off her personal best of 51.28. The senior showed impressive front-end speed with an opening 50 of 23.81, just a quarter of a second back of MacNeil (23.56).
Women’s 400 IM Final
- B1G Meet Record: 4:01.41, Allysa Vavra (IU), 2012
Pool Record: 4:04.59, Allysa Vavra (IU), 2011
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 4:04.16
Bailey Andison of Indiana used an incredible freestyle leg to win the 400 IM going away in a time of 4:02.37, knocking over two seconds off the Pool Record and slipping under her best time of 4:03.09. This swim also puts her 4th in the NCAA this season.
Northwestern’s Calypso Sheridan, who led the race through 300 yards, got beat handily by Andison on the free but still held on for 2nd and swam her second best time of the day in 4:05.93.
Indiana freshman Christin Rockway dropped a 4:08.50 out of the ‘B’ final, going well under the best time she established in prelims of 4:11.72.
Women’s 200 Free Final
- B1G Meet Record: 1:41.66, Siobhan Haughey (MICH), 2018
- Pool Record: 1:43.74, Catie Deloof (MICH), 2019
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:43.17
Siobhan Haughey finished off the four-peat in the 200 free, as the Michigan senior touched in 1:41.57 to get under her B1G Meet Record of 1:41.66 set last year. She also improves her season best of 1:41.77.
Catie Deloof made it a 1-2 for the Wolverines in 1:42.55, getting her under 1:43 for the first time in her career. Similarly, Chantal Nack of Minnesota broke 1:44 for the first time to take 3rd in 1:43.70.
Women’s 100 Breast Final
B1G Meet Record: 56.30, Lilly King (IU), 2017 Pool Record: 56.43, Lilly King (IU), 2018
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 58.79
Lilly King dropped the fastest time in history to win the 100 breast by well over two seconds in 55.88, becoming the first swimmer to ever go under the 56-second barrier. The senior is also the only swimmer ever sub-57, and now owns the nine fastest swims in history. This was also her fourth straight title in the event.
Michigan’s Miranda Tucker hit a new season-best to finish in the runner-up spot in 58.25, putting her 3rd in the NCAA this season. Lindsey Kozelsky of Minnesota, who swam a lifetime best early this season in 58.70, placed 3rd in 58.96.
Women’s 100 Back Final
- B1G Meet Record: 49.78, Beata Nelson (WISC), 2018
- Pool Record: 50.29, Beata Nelson (WISC), 2019
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 50.99
Beata Nelson unleashed the fifth sub-50 second swim of her career to successfully defend her title in the 100 back, clocking 49.83 to break her pool record from this morning and narrowly miss her meet record of 49.78 set last year. This swim ties her performance from the 2018 NCAAs for 6th fastest all-time.
After her stunning swim in the 100 fly, Maggie MacNeil dropped time for the second time today in the 100 back, improving her prelim 50.92 down to 50.50. Her morning swim moved her into 2nd in the country trailing only Nelson.
After cracking 53 for the first time in prelims in 52.23, Rutgers senior Vera Koprivova went four-tenths better tonight to get down to 51.83 and snag 3rd. Tevyn Waddell of Minnesota, the 2017 champ, placed 4th in 52.28.
Women’s 3 Meter Diving Final
B1G Meet Record: 421.70, Kelci Bryant (MINN), 2011 Pool Record: 405.05, Laura Ryan (UGA), 2011
Minnesota’s Sarah Bacon won the 3-meter by a landslide with a score of 430.60, establishing a new meet and pool record. Olivia Rosendahl of Northwestern was 2nd with 389.20, and Jessica Parratto took 3rd with 358.25.
This was the same top-3 as he was saw last night in the 1-meter, only the order there was Parratto-Bacon-Rosendahl.
Women’s 200 Free Relay Timed Final
B1G Meet Record: 1:27.08, Ohio State, 2018 Pool Record: 1:27.64, NC State, 2018
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:28.61
- Michigan, 1:26.84
- Ohio State, 1:28.12
- Indiana, 1:28.48
The Michigan women rolled to a new Meet and Pool Record in the 200 free relay, posting a time of 1:26.84 to tie them with Texas for 3rd in the country.
Ohio State and Indiana both got under the NCAA Auto cut in 2nd and 3rd, with the Buckeyes claiming 2nd in 1:28.12. Their top split came on the anchor from Taylor Petrak (21.74), while Indiana (1:28.48) had both Shelby Koontz (21.96) and Laurel Eiber (21.95) split sub-22 swimming third and fourth.
TEAM SCORES (THROUGH DAY 3)
- Indiana, 938.5
- Michigan, 827.5
- Ohio State, 779
- Minnesota, 657
- Wisconsin, 478
- Purdue, 399
- Northwestern, 392
- Iowa, 315.5
- Penn State, 277.5
- Nebraska-Lincoln, 260
- Rutgers, 259
- Michigan State, 157
- Illinois, 142