Senior Barbie Viney
Feb. 9, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Senior Barbie Viney swam an NCAA "B" cut in 1:47.96 and led the B final in the 200 free with a ninth-place finish on day two of the 2007 Big Ten Championships at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn., and the Illini finished ninth, heading into the last day of competition.
Fellow senior Caroline Moore came in behind Viney in the 200 free final, placing 16th with a time of 1:50.80. Earlier in the day, Viney recorded a short-lived season-best time (1:49.45) and an NCAA "B" cut in the 200 free prelims, finishing 10th. Moore placed 16th with a time of 1:50.34 in the prelims. Moore qualified as the sixth-fastest 200 free swimmer in school history and joined Viney in the record book. Viney seized first place in Illinois' all-time annals at the 2006 Big Ten Championships with a time of 1:48.16.
Sophomore Ali Keehn scored individual recognition in Friday's prelims and then swam in the third position of the 200 relay team of Meghan Farrell, Leigh Ann Tracy, Keehn and Becca Poetz that placed eighth in the evening session. Previously, Keehn trimmed almost two seconds off her prelims seed time on the way to a career-best time (56.78) and 25th-place finish in the 100 fly. The time is now eighth-fastest in the Orange and Blue record book.
For the second consecutive day, the Orange and Blue surpassed more than 80 percent of their best times, as 20 of the Orange and Blue's 24 prelim swims established either season bests, career bests or school records.
Tracy followed Thursday's career-best performance in the 50 free with another career-best, this time in the 100 breast prelim, putting her in 21st place. The senior's time of 1:05.44 was nearly two seconds better than her seed time and landed her in 10th place in school history.
Also on Friday, Illinois head coach Sue Novitsky nominated Moore as the school's Big Ten Sportsmanship nominee.
Saturday is the last day of the competition. Indiana leads the overall standings with 453.5 points; Illinois ranks ninth with 119.5 points. Prelims begin with the 200 back at 11 a.m. CT.