Indiana’s Anna Peplowski Wins Swimmer of the Championships: Women’s Big Tens Awards



  1. Ohio State – 1425
  2. Indiana – 1291
  3. Michigan – 1108
  4. Wisconsin – 954
  5. Minnesota – 768.5
  6. Northwestern – 710
  7. Purdue – 492.5
  8. Penn State – 475
  9. Rutgers – 467.5
  10. Nebraska – 437
  11. Illinois – 215
  12. Iowa – 198

The 2023 Women’s Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships are in the books, seeing Ohio State pick up a fourth-straight team title. At the conclusion of the meet, the head coaches voted on the awards. Here are the results:

Indiana sophomore Anna Peplowski won Swimmer of the Championships after winning Freshman of the Year last year. Peplowski was the highest-scoring athlete, swimmer or diver, at these championships, winning the 200 free and 200 back, and taking second in the 100 back.

Peplowski won the 200 free in an incredibly tight race with Ohio State’s Amy Fulmer, touching Fulmer out at the finish with a 1:43.33. On the same night, she went on to swim a 51.72 for second in the 100 back, nearly running down Ohio State’s Nyah Funderburke on the second 50 of the race. Peplowski then capped off her individual races by winning the 200 back in 1:51.81. Additionally, Peplowski notched lifetime bests in all three events at the meet.

Indiana also took home Diver of the Championships honors, seeing fellow sophomore Anne Fowler win the award. Fowler swept the springboard events, winning both 1-meter and 3-meter. She then finished seventh in platform diving on the final day of the meet. Notably, Fowler and brand-new Indiana diver Skyler Liu were the only two divers in the meet to qualify for the ‘A’ final in all three diving events.

Rounding out the awards, Michigan’s Katie Crom won Freshman of the Year. Crom was spectacular all week, but really sent her first Big Ten Championships out with a bang on Saturday night, where she won the 200 fly in a thrilling race. Crom was trailing Ohio State’s Felicia Pasadyn by a slim margin at the 100 mark, then took a 0.01-second lead at the 150 turn. She held on very well on the final 50, out-splitting Pasadyn by half a second, and leaving no doubt she would win as they swam the last 25 yards.

Crom also took third in the 500 free and third in the 200 free, swimming huge lifetime bests in those events. Also of note, Crom’s 1:53.94 in the 200 fly currently ranks ninth in the NCAA this season in the event. Crom scored 86 points individually, which not only made her the highest-scoring freshman, but the sixth-highest scoring swimmer out of everyone in the meet.

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