MacNeil takes gold, Michigan stays second on Day 2 of Big Ten Championships
// Kurt Svoboda
Michigan remains in second place after two days at the Big Ten Championships with 411.50 points. Ohio State leads with 425 points.
» Maggie McNeil won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.32 seconds.
The 400-yard medley relay team finished second and earned an NCAA “A” qualifying time.
Seven Wolverines finished in the top eight in the 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free and 1 meter dive.
To place: Madison, Wisconsin (Soderholm Family Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 2 of 4)
Ranking of the UM team: 2nd place of 13 teams (411.5 points)
Next UM event: Friday, Feb. 18 – at Big Ten Championships – Day 3 (Madison, Wis.), 10 a.m./5:30 p.m. CST
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MADISON, Wis. — Senior Maggie McNeil won the 50-yard freestyle to lead the charge for the University of Michigan women’s swimming and diving team, which held on to second place after day two of the Big Ten Championships Thursday, Feb. 17, at the Soderholm Family Aquatics Center.
The Wolverines finished the day with a two-day total of 411.50 points; Ohio State leads with 425 points.
MacNeil won the Wolverines’ first gold medal with their victory in the 50-yard freestyle, hitting the wall in 21.32, an NCAA qualifying “A” time – the only individual “A” time of the night. The victory also marked the fourth time in her career that she had won the 50 freestyle at the Big Tens, making MacNeil the first female swimmer in program history to do so.
Two other Wolverines joined MacNeil in the ‘A’ final with a freshman Lindsay Flynn (21.94) finishing fourth and second Claire Newmann (22.24) finishing eighth. First-year student Nathalie Can swam in the “C” final and earned 3.5 points with his tie for 21st in an NCAA “B” time of 22.63.
The evening opened with the 500 yard freestyle. Second year Catherine Ackerman swam in the “A” final, battling through all 20 laps. she finished the race in fourth position, earning 26 points for the team score. She finished with a career best time of 4:40.00, an NCAA “B” cut. Two other Wolverines earned points in the 500-yard freestyle as freshman Catherine Shanley and second Kaitlyn Sims both swimming in the “B” final. Shanley was 11th in 4:44.47 and Sims was 15th in 4:48.69.
Michigan advanced its five swimmers from the preliminaries to the final in the 200-yard individual medley. Junior Mariella Venter swam a 2:01.95 to finish 24th and second grade Claire Donan finished 18th in a personal best 1:58.63. First-year student Letitia Sim won the ‘B’ final, hitting the wall first in 1:56.31 to finish ninth, while the seniors Victoria Kwan (1:56.80) and Olivia Carter (1:57.24) respectively finished seventh and eighth in the “A” final.
The day ended with the 400 yard medley relay, as MacNeil, Sim, Carter and Flynn swam in the race. MacNeil gave the Wolverines an early lead of more than a second, but Ohio State fought back over the next three swimmers. Michigan finished second with a time of 3:27.73.
In the diving well, senior Allie Klein reached the final of the one meter dive. She opened the final with three big dives to register her fourth at the halfway point. Klein couldn’t continue the impressive dives and finished in eighth place with 306.50 points, just short of her personal best.
Day three of the Big Ten Championships begins Friday (February 18) with the prelims at 10 a.m. CST and the finals at 5:30 p.m. CST. The three-metre diving preliminaries will begin at noon CST.
1. Ohio State 425.0 2. Michigan 411.5 3. Indiana 405.0 4. Wisconsin 371.0 5. Minnesota 320.5 6. Northwestern 295.0 7. Rutgers 190.0 8. Nebraska 171.0 9. Purdue 160.0 10. Penn State 152.0 Illinois 152.0 12. Iowa 92.0
500 yards freestyle
1. Paige McKenna, Wisconsin 4:38.09# 4. Kathryn Ackerman, U-M 4:40.00# 11. Kathryn Shanley, U-M 4:46.85# 15. Kaitlynn Sims, U-M 4:47.43
200 yards individual medley
1. Kristen Romano, OSU 1:54.43# 7. Victoria Kwan, U-M 1:56.80# 8. Olivia Carter, U-M 1:57.24# 9. Letitia Sim, U-M 1:56.31# 18. Claire Donan, U-M 1:58.63# 24. Mariella Venter 2:01.95
50 yard freestyle
1. Maggie MacNeil, U-M 21.32* 4. Lindsay Flynn, U-M 21.94# 8. Claire Newman, U-M 22.17# 21. Natalie Kan, U-M 22.63#
One meter dive
1. Sarah Bacon, Minnesota 329.30%^ 8. Allie Klein, U-M 306.50^
400 yard medley relay
1. Ohio State 3:26.35*% (Emily Crane, Hannah Bach, Katherine Zenick, Amy Fulmer) 2. MICHIGAN 3:27.73* (Maggie MacNeil, Letitia Sim, Olivia Carter, Lindsay Flynn)
* NCAA “A” Standard
# NCAA “B” Standard
^ NCAA Area Diving Standard
% Big Ten Championship Record