2019 Women’s B1G Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


  • 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

In the final day of the B1G Women’s Championships, Lilly King will aim for another meet record in the breaststrokes and. King joins IU in their battle for their 1st team title since 2011 against Michigan.


  • B1G Meet Record: 15:43.34, Allyson McHugh (Penn State), 2018
  1. Ally McHugh (Penn State)- 15:47.18 (pool record)
  2. Molly Kowal (Ohio State)- 15:49.53
  3. Cassandra Jernberg (IU)- 15:57.25

Ally McHugh defended her B1G title, breaking the pool record with a 15:47.18. She came in as a 15:41.26, which is #2 in the NCAA.

Molly Kowal represented Ohio State with her runner-up finish of 15:49.53, now #3 behind McHugh. The Hoosiers got a boost from Cassandra Jernburg, who is now #5 in the NCAA with her 15:57.25.

All three swimmers were under the pool record along with McHugh. IU is now 124 points ahead of Michigan with Jernburg’s efforts.


  1. Beata Nelson (Wisconsin)- 1:48.47
  2. Chantal Nack (Minnesota)- 1:51.42
  3. Vera Koprivova (Rutgers)- 1:52.60

Beata Nelson dominated the championship final of the 200 back, breaking her own B1G record with a 1:48.47. That time helps her maintain her #1 time in the nation this year. At the same time, Nelson also moved to the 11th fastest performance all-time and the #6 performer all-time in this event.

Chantal Nack also moved up in the rankings to #4 in the NCAA with her second place time of 1:51.42. Vera Koprivova of Rutgers finished with a 1:52.60, though is #10 with her 1:52.42 from earlier this season.

IU still leads Michigan by 69 points, however the 100 free could present a potential danger.


  • B1G Meet Record: 47.43, Zhesi Li (OSU), 2018
  1. Siohban Haughey (Michigan)- 47.06
  2. Catie DeLoof (Michigan)- 47.52
  3. Daria Pyshnenko (Michigan)- 48.53

Siohban Haughey led a Michigan 1-2-3 finish with teammates Catie DeLoof and Daria Pyshnenko. Haughey broke the 2018 B1G record with a 47.06, now #6 in the NCAA. DeLoof’s 47.52 also cracked the top 10, ranking #9 in the NCAA.

Michigan’s 1-2-3 finish closed the gap between them and IU to 43 points. However, breaststroke is still to come.


  • B1G Meet Record: 2:04.03, Lilly King (IU), 2017
  1. Lilly King (IU)- 2:05.14
  2. Miranda Tucker (Michigan)- 2:07.64
  3. Noelle Peplowski (IU)- 2:07.75

Lilly King, while not setting a record, has won her 4th-consecutive B1G title in this event and her 8th title in her career. Miranda Tucker represented Michigan with a 2:07.64, now #5 in the NCAA. Taking third was IU Hoosier Noelle Peplowski, who is #6 behind Tucker. Also cracking the top 10 was 4th place finisher Calypso Sheridan of Northwestern, who is #7 with a 2:07.98.

Along with King and Peplowski, 2 more Hoosiers were in the top 8, putting them 156 points in the lead.


  1. Kathrin Delmer (Ohio State)- 1:55.23
  2. Vanessa Krause (Michigan)- 1:55.28
  3. Francesca Stoppa (Rutgers)- 1:55.99

In the last 50, Kathrin Delmer had the final push with a 30.34 to take out defending champ Vanessa Krause by 0.05 seconds. Francesca Stoppa took home another bronze for Rutgers.

With diving and the relay left, IU is 88 points ahead.


  • B1G Meet Record: 3:10.96 (C Deloof, S Haughey, D Pyshnenko, G Deloof) Michigan, 2018
  1. Michigan (MacNeil, DeLoof, Pyshnenko, Haughey)- 3:10.29
  2. Wisconsin (Hosack, Sehmann, Unicomb, Nelson)- 3:13.80
  3. IU (Scott, Jensen, Koontz, Andison)- 3:14.32

Ending their battle with well-fought effort, Michigan won the relay with a new B1G record of 3:10.29. Wisconsin clinched second place with a 3:13.80 and the IU Hoosiers secured their team title with a 3:14.32, good enough for third place.


  • Big Ten Swimmer of Championship: Beata Nelson (Wisconsin)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Maggie MacNeil (Michigan)
  • Big Ten Diver of Championship: Jessica Parratto (IU)


The IU Hoosiers officially win their first B1G title since 2011, defeating Michigan.

1. Indiana         1386.5   
2. Michigan        1302.5
3. Ohio State      1162.5   
4. Minnesota       942
5. Wisconsin       717   
6. Purdue          596.5
7. Northwestern    490   
8. Nebraska        428.5
9. Penn State      404  
10. Iowa           400.5
11. Rutgers        392  
12. Michigan State 192
13. Illinois       190

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3 years ago

Beata is great and I can’t wait to watch her continue her journey. Wisconsin had some success with a freshman, but overall they were way slower this year vs. prior years. Very disappointing, especially after a terrible summer.

Reply to  Marge
3 years ago

Very true. Wisconsin was lights out last year from top to bottom. They only had two points scorers graduate too.

Reply to  Marge
3 years ago

Aggregate relay performance better than 2018 and 2016. Yeah not the same depth as the powerhouse 2015 and 2017 teams but but I don’t see how 4,3,3,4,2 relay finishes is disappointing.

3 years ago

Tight clusters for team places from top to bottom!

Reply to  Articuno
3 years ago

Mainly 1-3 and 8-11.

Reply to  Articuno
3 years ago

PSU continues its fall to the bottom, Murphy needs to go.

3 years ago

Is the meet paused or are we missing live swimming as the BTN coverage is showing a summary of the meet so far?

Reply to  frizzaly
3 years ago

Nevermind— it looks like the meet is continuing where it left off

Carol Glover
3 years ago

Let’s go Hoosiers!

Carol Glover
Reply to  Carol Glover
3 years ago

Hoo Hoo Hoosiers! Congratulations!

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