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
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.
WOMEN’S 1650 FREE
- B1G Meet Record: 15:43.34, Allyson McHugh (Penn State), 2018
- Ally McHugh (Penn State)- 15:47.18 (pool record)
- Molly Kowal (Ohio State)- 15:49.53
- 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.
WOMEN’S 200 BACK
B1G Meet Record: 1:49.59, Beata Nelson (WISC), 2018
- Beata Nelson (Wisconsin)- 1:48.47
- Chantal Nack (Minnesota)- 1:51.42
- 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.
WOMEN’S 100 FREE
B1G Meet Record: 47.43, Zhesi Li (OSU), 2018
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.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST
- B1G Meet Record: 2:04.03, Lilly King (IU), 2017
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.
WOMEN’S 200 FLY
- B1G Meet Record: 1:53.44, Vanessa Krause (MICH), 2018
- Kathrin Delmer (Ohio State)- 1:55.23
- Vanessa Krause (Michigan)- 1:55.28
- 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.
WOMEN’S 400 FREE RELAY
B1G Meet Record: 3:10.96 (C Deloof, S Haughey, D Pyshnenko, G Deloof) Michigan, 2018
- Michigan (MacNeil, DeLoof, Pyshnenko, Haughey)- 3:10.29
- Wisconsin (Hosack, Sehmann, Unicomb, Nelson)- 3:13.80
- 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)
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
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