Women start Big Ten Championship with a bang

by Alexandra Pluym

No. 10 Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team is currently in 2nd place after two events on the first day of the Big Ten Championship, in West Lafayette, Ind. Indiana earned 1st place on the first day with 72 points, while the Gophers finished in second place with 64 points, and Purdue and Wisconsin tied for third earning 62 points each. The Gophers opened the first day of the championship finishing in second in the 200 medley relay. Top performers Hannah Whitehead, Jillian Tyler, Kaylee Jamison and Alison Eggers collectively earned a time of 1:38:50, a season-best, which was also a provisional qualifying time. Although, Wisconsin earned an automatic qualifying time of 1:37.34 and got the win in the event. In the event, the Gophers achieved 34 points next to Wisconsin’s 40. Minnesota’s Lauren Weis, Megan Braun, Kristen Steenvoorden and Marissa Davies finished fourth in the 800 free relay. The women got a season-best and provisional time of 7:09.14, but Indiana came out on top in the event when they finished with a time of 7:06.66.