Make It Two! Michigan Repeats as Big Ten Champion

Feb. 18, 2017

What You Need to Know
» The Wolverines captured their 16th Big Ten title and have won back-to-back titles for the first time since 1997-98.
» Michigan came into the day only up 14.5 points on Indiana but got scoring performances from 26 of the team's 28 student-athletes on the final day to pull away, eventually totaling a winning margin of 162 points.
» Junior G Ryan won the 1,650-yard freestyle, while the 400-yard freestyle relay and three individuals -- Clara Smiddy (200-yard backstroke), Siobhán Haughey (100-yard freestyle) and Vanessa Krause (200-yard butterfly) -- claimed runner-up finishes.

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Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 13 Teams (1,287 Points)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 26 -- at OSU Last Chance Meet (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team won its 16th conference title on Saturday (Feb. 18) inside the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, giving the program back-to-back titles for the first time since 1997-98. The Wolverines finished the four-day meet with 1,287 points, pulling away from Indiana (1,125), Minnesota (1,101.5) and Wisconsin (1,086) on the final day to win the crown.

U-M held just a 14.5-point lead coming into the day but expanded it thanks to scoring performances from 26 of the team's 28 student-athletes on the championship roster. Junior G Ryan became the first Michigan swimmer in nine years to win the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:44.93), while three student-athletes -- junior Clara Smiddy in the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.39, an NCAA A cut), sophomore Siobhán Haughey in the 100-yard freestyle (47.70) and freshman Vanessa Krause in the 200-yard butterfly (1:55.74, a new school record) -- picked up runner-up finishes. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Catie DeLoof, Haughey, sophomore Becca Postoll and junior Gabby DeLoof also finished runner-up (3:13.59).

"It felt more like a team victory than even last year," said head coach Mike Bottom. "We accomplished what we set out to do and everybody contributed to that. This team grew up a lot this week. I couldn't be prouder of their effort and performance."

Ryan picked up their second individual title of the weekend, setting new Michigan and Big Ten Championships records in the 1,650-yard freestyle, taking control around the 300-yard mark and beating Wisconsin's Cierra Runge by nearly seven seconds. The old school record-holder, sophomore Yirong Bi, finished eighth (16:07.31). Two others scored points from earlier heats, including senior Celia Keany (14th, 16:23.80) and sophomore Katie Duggan (19th, 16:36.91).

For the second day in a row, all seven breaststrokers returned for finals, combining for 88 points. Junior Emily Kopas led the charge once again, finishing fifth (2:09.09). Several swimmers stepped up considerably, including freshman Annalisa Perez, who finished 22nd (2:14.30) after entering the morning as the only swimmer in the field without a seed time. Also of note was sophomore Jamie Yeung, who snuck into the evening's C final in 24th place but dropped nearly 2.5 seconds to win it from lane eight, officially finishing 17th (2:12.83).

All five divers scored on platform to provide some insurance in the form of 61 points, and four made the consolation final with NCAA Zone Diving scores. Sophomore Dani VanderZwaag led the way, improving 22 places over last year to finish 11th with a career-best and NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score of 264.45. Seniors Allie Murphy (12th, 261.25) and Keegan McCaffrey (13th, 261.00) and freshman Kristen Hayden (16th, 249.35) rounded out the consolation final. Freshman Lucy Roberts added five points with a 20th-place finish (218.10).

Gabby DeLoof joined Smiddy in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing fourth (1:52.86), while freshman Jacqui Schafer (13th, 1:55.78) and Postoll (15th, 1:57.14) swam in the consolation. Gabby's younger sister, Catie, swam with Haughey in the final of the 100-yard freestyle, taking sixth (48.89). A pair of seniors in their final Big Ten Championships also scored in that event -- Julia Fiks Salem in 14th (49.87) and Maddy Frost, who came in as the 39th seed, in 21st (50.20).

Also of note on Saturday was sophomore Astrid Swensen, who finished third in the 200-yard butterfly behind Krause in 1:56.02, the second-fastest time in school history.

A select number of swimmers will attempt to improve on their NCAA qualifying times next Sunday (Feb. 26) at the OSU Last Chance Meet in Columbus, Ohio. The official psych sheet for the NCAA Championships will be released on Wednesday, March 1.

Final Team Standings

 1. MICHIGAN              1,287
 2. Indiana               1,125
 3. Wisconsin             1,101.5
 4. Minnesota             1,086
 5. Ohio State              837
 6. Purdue                  656
 7. Northwestern            534
 8. Penn State              453
 9. Rutgers                 446
10. Nebraska                385
11. Iowa                    357
12. Illinois                197
13. Michigan State          195.5

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 4)

1,650-yard Freestyle
 1. G Ryan, U-M                     15:44.93*^!M
 8. Yirong Bi, U-M                  16:07.31#
14. Celia Keany, U-M                16:23.80#
19. Katie Duggan, U-M               16:36.91
200-yard Backstroke
 1. Kennedy Goss, Indiana            1:50.95*!
 2. Clara Smiddy, U-M                1:51.39*
 4. Gabby DeLoof, U-M                1:52.86#
13. Jacqui Schafer, U-M              1:55.78# (1:55.71#)
15. Becca Postoll, U-M               1:57.14# (1:56.48#)
32. Emily Eastin, U-M                1:59.29#
100-yard Freestyle
 1. Liz Li, Ohio State                 47.50*^!
 2. Siobhán Haughey, U-M               47.70#
T6. Catie DeLoof, U-M                  48.89#
14. Julia Fiks Salem, U-M              49.87# (49.61#)
21. Maddy Frost, U-M                   50.20 (49.80#)
200-yard Breaststroke
 1. Lilly King, Indiana              2:04.03*^B!
 5. Emily Kopas, U-M                 2:09.09#
10. Carolyn McCann, U-M              2:11.79#
11. Samantha Yeo, U-M                2:12.34#
13. Madison Horton, U-M              2:12.51# (2:12.17#)
17. Jamie Yeung, U-M                 2:12.83#
21. Millie Macdonald, U-M            2:14.03#
22. Annalisa Perez, U-M              2:14.30#
200-yard Butterfly
 1. Gia Dalesandro, Indiana          1:53.67*B!M
 2. Vanessa Krause, U-M              1:55.74#
 3. Astrid Swensen, U-M              1:56.02#
27. Monica Babits, U-M               2:00.99
Platform Diving
 1. Jessica Parratto, Indiana         378.60&
11. Dani VanderZwaag, U-M             264.45&
12. Allie Murphy, U-M                 261.25& (262.45&)
13. Keegan McCaffrey, U-M             261.00&
16. Kristen Hayden, U-M               249.35&
20. Lucy Roberts, U-M                 218.10
400-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. Wisconsin                        3:13.33*
    (Chase Kinney, Emmy Sehmann,
     Marissa Berg, Cierra Runge)
 2. MICHIGAN                         3:13.59*
    (Catie DeLoof, Siobhán Haughey,
     Becca Postoll, Gabby DeLoof)
& NCAA Zone Diving cut
^ Pool Record
M School Record
B Big Ten Record
! Big Ten Championships Record

G Ryan (2): 500-yard Freestyle, 1,650-yard Freestyle
Siobhán Haughey (1): 200-yard Freestyle
800-yard Freestyle Relay: Yirong Bi, Siobhán Haughey, Gabby DeLoof, G Ryan

Swimmer of the Championships: Lilly King, Indiana
Diver of the Championships: Yu Zhou, Minnesota
Freshman of the Year: Tevyn Waddell, Minnesota
U-M Sportsmanship Award Honoree: Allie Murphy

First Team: Yirong Bi, Gabby DeLoof, Siobhán Haughey, G Ryan
Second Team: Catie DeLoof, Vanessa Krause, Becca Postoll, Clara Smiddy

1,650 Freestyle -- G Ryan (15:44.93)
1,650 Freestyle -- Celia Keany (16:23.80)
200 Backtroke -- Gabby DeLoof (1:52.86)
200 Backstroke -- Jacqui Schafer (1:55.71)
100 Freestyle -- Siobhán Haughey (47.70)
100 Freestyle -- Julia Fiks Salem (49.61)
100 Freestyle -- Maddy Frost (49.80)
200 Breaststroke -- Annalisa Perez (2:14.30)
200 Breaststroke -- Millie Macdonald (2:14.03)
200 Breaststroke -- Madison Horton (2:12.17)
200 Breaststroke -- Samantha Yeo (2:12.34)
200 Breaststroke -- Jamie Yeung (2:12.83)
200 Butterfly -- Vanessa Krause (1:55.74)
200 Butterfly -- Astrid Swensen (1:56.02)
200 Butterfly -- Monica Babits (2:00.99)
Platform -- Kristen Hayden (233.35)
Platform -- Dani VanderZwaag (260.25)
Platform -- Lucy Roberts (218.10)

Previous Results: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3

Communications Contact: Brad Rudner