WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sophomore Cathryn Armstrong headlined Michigan State women's swimming & diving efforts advancing to the finals in the 100-yard backstroke on day three of the Big Ten Championships at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette on Friday, Feb. 17.
"We had a pretty good day today, actually we swam pretty well," said head coach Matt Gianiodis. "We had a tough day on the boards. We finished 21st in two places, which is a tough place to be as an alternate. It was nice to see Cat (Armstrong) get in there and our relay team finished pretty strong."
Armstrong earned a spot in the evening finals in the 100-yard backstroke after tapping the wall in 54.44. Her efforts earned her a spot in the C finals where she tapped in at 54.73 for a 21st-place finish.
Sophomore Brina Kari also swam with Armstrong in the 100-yard backstroke prelims finishing 44th on a personal-best time of 55.50. Junior Madison Nowak and senior Claire Pilarski also competed in the event recording times of 56.87 and 57.07, respectively.
Sophomore Ana Sortland finished 25th in the prelims of the 100-yard breaststroke with a personal-best time of 1:02.14, just one place shy of competing in the evening finals. Sophomore Elizabeth Roche and senior Kennedy Cutler also swam in the 100-yard breaststroke finishing with times of 1:02.37 and 1:03.52, both of which were personal-bests.
Freshman Iana Wolff paced the way for the Spartans pack in the 100-yard butterfly prelims tapping the wall at 55.35 for a 48th-place finish. Senior Sarah Love, sophomore Emily Brunett and freshman Natalie Keshemberg rounded out the Spartan competitors in the prelims 100-yard butterfly.
Sophomore Morgan Wellenzohn led the diving effort in today's three-meter prelims. She was just shy of the finals finishing 26th with a final score of 265.65. Senior Madeline Sewell and sophomore Julia Oppedisano finished with scores of 243.25 and 235.85.
In the final event of the night, 200-yard freestyle relay the team of junior Racheal Bukowski, sophomore Courtney Aycock, senior Sarah Love and junior Madison Moore took 12th with a time of 1:32.70.
Michigan State will have its final day of competition tomorrow, Feb. 18 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The prelims will begin at 11 a.m., while the finals will commence at 6:30 p.m.