Nebraska Earns First Big Ten Diver of the Week Ever; Indiana Sweeps Swimming Awards

The Big Ten has announced their women’s swimming & diving weekly honors, and they’ll all be in the hands of red this week.

Indiana’s Lindsay Vrooman has been named the Swimmer of the Week and Gia Dalesandro has been named Freshman of the Week, while Nebraska’s Anna Filipcic has been named the conference’s Diver of the Week.

Vrooman earned an NCAA Automatic Qualifying time in the 1650 free at the USA Winter National Championships with a 15:54.68. That swim made her the runner-up to Katie Ledecky’s unbelievable American Record.

She also placed 4th in the 500 yard free and won the C-Final in the 200 yard free. This is her second Swimmer of the Week Award this season.

Dalesandro continued to impress and surprise during her freshman season. She placed 6th in the 100 fly (52.93) and the 200 fly (1:56.78) at Winter Nationals. Dalesandro’s best times coming into her freshman year at Indiana were 53.8 and 2:01.6, respectively. She’s swum the 5 best times of her career in each event since coming to Bloomington.

Filipcic won the 3-meter diving at the Hawkeye Invitational, and qualified on both springboards for the NCAA Zone Diving championships, which in the process earned her the first Big Ten Diver of the Week award in the history of Nebraska’s program.

The full rundown of each swimmer’s accomplishments, plus all of this season’s winners, are below, courtesy of the Big Ten.

Swimmer of the Week
Lindsay Vrooman, Indiana
Sr. – Baden, Pa. – Ambridge Area

  • Earned an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:54.68) and met NCAA provisional standards in the 500-yard freestyle (4:40.99), 200-yard freestyle (1:47.43) and 800-yard freestyle relay (7:08.57) at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Her 1,650-yard freestyle time is the third fastest in school history
  • Earns her second-career Swimmer of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Swimmer of the Week: Brooklyn Snodgrass (Nov. 5, 2013)

Diver of the Week
Anna Filipcic, Nebraska
Fr. – Omaha, Neb. – Omaha Burke

  • Placed first in the three-meter diving competition (331.10) and also participated in the one-meter competition (277.15) at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Both dives met NCAA Zone Diving standards
  • Collects Nebraska’s first Diver of the Week honor

Freshman of the Week
Gia Dalesandro, Indiana
Fr. – Naperville, Ill. – Neuqua Valley

  • Posted an NCAA automatic qualifying mark in the 400-yard medley relay (3:34.13) and NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 100-yard butterfly (52.93), 200-yard butterfly (1:56.78) and 200-yard medley relay (1:38.61) at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals in Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Swam on the 200-yard medley relay team that recorded the fifth-fastest time in school history
  • Collects her second Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Olivia Barker (Oct. 29, 2013)

2013-14 Big Ten Women’s Swimmer/Diver of the Week

 

Oct. 1
S: Ali DeLoof, So., MICH
D: Carey Chen, Jr., MICH
F: Emma Sougstad, IOWA

 

Oct. 8
S: Ivy Martin, Jr., WIS
D: Maggie Keefer, Sr., MINN
F: Breanne Siwicki, MINN

Oct. 15
S: Ali DeLoof, So., MICH
D: Sarah McCrady, Sr., MINN
F: Amy Bopp, OSU

Oct. 22
S: Brooklyn Snodgrass, So., IND
D: Maggie Keefer, Sr., MINN
F: Gia Dalesandro, IND

Oct. 29
S: Lindsay Vrooman, Sr., IND
D: Michelle Cabassol, So., PUR
F: Olivia Barker, IND

Nov. 5
S: Brooklyn Snodgrass, So., IND
D: Maggie Keefer, Sr., MINN
F: Breanne Siwicki, MINN

Nov. 12
S: Carly Mercer, Sr., PUR
D: Maggie Keefer, Sr., MINN
F: Lacey Locke, NU

Nov. 19
S: Kierra Smith, So., MINN
D: Abby Grilli, Jr., IOWA
F: Breanne Siwicki, MINN

Nov. 27
S: Carly Mercer, Sr., PUR
D: Casey Matthews, Sr., PUR
F: Lauren Abruzzo, NU

Dec. 10
S: Lindsay Vrooman, Sr., IND
D: Anna Filipcic, Fr., NEB
F: Gia Dalesandro, IND

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