Defending Big Ten Champ Siobhan Haughey DQs in 200 IM for Back Touch


Defending Big Ten champion and 2016 Olympian from Hong Kong Siobhan Haughey of Michigan hit the wall first tonight in the 200 IM final at Big Tens, but a disqualification dashed her hopes at repeating the title.

The disqualification was for failure to finish on her back in the backstroke leg of the race.

If it weren’t for the disqualification, Haughey would have won by a large margin and broken her conference record 1:54.97 by nearly a second. Her splits (24.54/28.97/32.77/27.84) add up to 1:54.12. She was able to hold off Indiana’s Lilly King throughout the race, not even losing her lead in King’s signature breaststroke leg.

The disqualification cost Michigan a crucial 32 points. Prior to the start of tonight’s 400 medley, the Michigan team sits third in the point standings with 309 to Wisconsin’s 326.5 and leader Indiana’s 329.

Haughey is seeded first going into both the 100 freestyle tomorrow and the 200 freestyle on Saturday.

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MBottom must be furious. I bet he trys to get this overturned??? MI needs those 32pts!!!


It was an obvious DQ. Many people in the crowd went, “Oh!” when she did it.


Race video?

Mr G

Saw this infraction too many times at our conference. Kids: a sketchy/illegal IM back-stroke finish is only buying you a couple tenths, but with it you risk the whole race. Not worth it IMO.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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