Indiana Still a Big Ten Breaststroke Powerhouse, Michigan Wins Final Relay


  • When: Tuesday, February 23rd to Saturday, February 27th | Prelims 11am | Finals 6:30pm (5pm Tuesday) CT
  • Where: Minneapolis, MN (Central Time Zone) / Diving @ Purdue University
  • Defending Champion: Ohio State (1x) (results)
  • Live Results
  • Streaming: Big Ten Network
  • Championship Central


  1. Ohio State – 1584
  2. Michigan – 1326.5
  3. Indiana – 1066.5
  4. Northwestern – 992
  5. Wisconsin – 749.5
  6. Minnesota – 555
  7. Nebraska – 542.5
  8. Iowa – 424
  9. Purdue – 414
  10. Penn State – 410
  11. Michigan State – 217
  12. Ilinois – 177
  13. Rutgers – 60

Ohio State rounded out an impressive weekend with a shiny new Big Ten title, their second-straight after a drought that had lasted over three decades.

On the final night of competition, all eyes were on the Indiana v. Northwestern battle for third, though. The Hoosiers had a strong showing in the mile, then matching the Wildcats in the pool events before IU’s dynamite diving group pushed them further out of reach.

Even two years since the graduation of World Record-holder and marquee Indiana breaststroker Lilly King, tonight’s 200 breast final showed that the Hoosiers are still carrying on a tradition of breaststroke.

Sophomore Emily Weiss lunged in for the 200 breast title tonight, clocking a 2:07.20 to slice a half-second off of her old best. She was joined on the podium by runner-up and teammate Noelle Peplowski at 2:07.61, while Mac Looze, daughter of head coach Ray Looze, took fourth in 2:08.62 to help stamp out any Wildcat rebellion there.

Looze, who swam the 200 fly at this meet last year, came into the meet with a lifetime best of 2:11.07.


The 400 free relay was the final event of the 2021 Big Ten Women’s Championships, and Michigan got the job done, the only team to break 3:12. They had three 47 splits, the most of any team, and making up three of the five sub-48 splits in the field. Northwestern and Ohio State, meanwhile, each got one sub-48 split.

Michigan Maggie MacNeil 47.47 (lead-off)
Michigan Daria Pyshnenko 47.68
Northwestern Maddie Smith 47.78
Michigan Olivia Carter 47.93
Ohio State Kit Kat Zenick 47.99
Wisconsin Phoebe Bacon 48.11
Ohio State Taylor Petrak 48.13 (lead-off)
Ohio State Amy Fulmer 48.17
Nebraska Autumn Haebig 48.27
Michigan Megan Glass 48.53
Northwestern Selen Ozbilen 48.57 (lead-off)
Ohio State Kristen Romano 48.61
Indiana Ashley Turak 48.74 (lead-off)
Indiana Laurel Eiber 48.79
Northwestern Ally Larson 48.8
Wisconsin Lillie Hosack 49.05 (lead-off)
Indiana Ella Ristic 49.07
Wisconsin Alana Palmer 49.08
Northwestern Annika Wagner 49.2
Minnesota Maggie Summit 49.25
Indiana Elizabeth Broshears 49.27
Penn State Madeleine Cooke 49.4
Wisconsin Isabel Lampre 49.47
Penn State Catherine Stanford 49.61 (lead-off)
Purdue Kendra Bowen 49.71
Minnesota Pyper Doo 49.72
Purdue Natalie Myers 49.73
Penn State Elisabeth Gaspari 49.76
Purdue Riley Kishman 49.8
Iowa Kelsey Drake 49.81
Iowa Lauren McDougall 49.96
Minnesota Jordan McGinty 49.97 (lead-off)
Minnesota Emma Linscott 50
Purdue Claire Abbasse 50.13 (lead-off)
Nebraska Alexa Kucera 50.13 (lead-off)
Iowa Macy Rink 50.3
Illinois Lillian Olson 50.40 (lead-off)
Penn State Abbie Amdor 50.44
Illinois Abby Cabush 50.55
Iowa Sarah Schemmel 50.69 (lead-off)
Nebraska Lexi Kucera 50.82
Michigan State Taylor Arnold 51.04
Michigan State Abbey Neveling 51.11
Illinois Emma Curtis 51.12
Michigan State Olivia Chick 51.23 (lead-off)
Nebraska Caitlin Cairns 51.23
Illinois Laurel Bludgen 51.68
Michigan State Taylor Contino 52.17



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Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Guerra = crickets.

Samuli Hirsi
1 year ago

one tries to write a article with some analysis, commenters do not read article as a whole and just start to accuse writer of some kind of bias or other invented idiocies…. 2021 baby! ALL HAIL THE HOOSIERS AND RAY LOOZE THE MAGNIFICENT, RULER OF THE NORTH, KING OF THE SNOW.

1 year ago

Indiana is…. barely beating Northwestern???

Reply to  Whoa
1 year ago

i was hoping Northwestern was going to pull off the upset and beat IU… there’s always next year, NU is doing great recruiting

1 year ago

gotta agree with the other comments, wild not to put OSU in the title of this article. Indiana breaststroke doesn’t even look that good this year when UVa and NCSU exist.

Angry Goose
1 year ago

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Braden Keith
6 minutes ago
Braden – any idea as to location and dates for 2022 Big10 Women’s Championships?

1 year ago

Why is the title of this not: “Back2Back” ?

1 year ago

I want to see Mel and Coleman interview with my old friend, and IU nemesis, “Wild” Bill Dorenkott!

Last edited 1 year ago by Guerra
1 year ago

I believe this was a TEAM competition that OSU scored the most points ever in as a TEAM…. just reminding the readership….

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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