Women’s Swimming & Diving Set For Big Ten Championships
The championships will be held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
“We are really excited to be part of the championship,” head coach Matt Gianiodis said. “Ohio State is a great facility and they host a great championship. Our team has done very well all season long and our goal is to cap the season off with good swimming and diving performances.”
The championships begin on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 6:30 p.m. ET with the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay. The preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. on Feb. 15-17, and the finals begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15-16, and then at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17.
Racheal Bukowski is set to compete in her final Big Ten Championships. The senior holds two varsity records for the Spartans, broke two pool records this season, and has won the 100 free eight consecutive meets. Her last win in the event was at No. 3 Michigan, on Friday, Feb. 2.
Juniors Ana Sortland and Ellie Roche are prepared to compete in 100 and 200 breaststroke this weekend. Sortland broke the varsity record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.72, and Roche broke the varsity record in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:13.65 at USA Winter Nationals this season.
Sophomore Iana Wolff also broke a varsity record this season in the 100 fly, clocking in at 54.98.
On the diving side, junior Morgan Wellenzohn will be mentoring the two freshmen, Amanda Ling and Erin Neely, in their first trip to the Big Ten Championships. Last time out, Ling placed first in the 1-meter with a score of 273.52 at rival Michigan.
The Big Ten Championships will be streamed live via BTN Plus on BTN2Go. Live results can be found here, and results will be posted to msuspartans.com at the conclusion of the contest.