Women's Swimming

Junior Barbie Viney is the Big Ten Champion in the 100 freestyle.
Junior Barbie Viney is the Big Ten Champion in the 100 freestyle.

Feb. 18, 2006

COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Orange and Blue finished ninth at the 25th annual Big Ten Championships hosted by Ohio State University and junior Barbie Viney edged out last years runner up Andrea Hupman from Northwestern in the 100 free for a first place finish.

Barbie Viney came into the 100 free finals with the fastest seed time and the coveted fifth lane. Viney did not disappoint, capturing the title in a time of 49.12. Viney already secured her championship slot in Athens, Georgia in her preliminary swim earlier this morning, swimming a NCAA `A' cut time of 49.06. The last time the Illini had a Big Ten champion was back in 1982 when Laurie Peterson took home honors in the 100 free. Meghan Farrell joined Viney in the championship final, finishing seventh overall and improving on her time (50.27).

In a 200-breast championship final consisting of five freshmen, the Illini's very own stand out freshman Marissa Clapp finished sixth (2:18.17) in her first Big Ten Championship final. In consolation action, Kathryn Easey finished fifth and thirteenth overall in a time of 2:19.13.

The 400 free relay consisting of Farrell, Rebecca Poetz, Christina Brunka and Viney placed sixth setting a school record in 3:22.36, this is also in NCAA `B' cut time.

In women's platform preliminaries freshman Marina Mendoza finished 24th with a score of 157.70.

The Fighting Illini leave Columbus with 95% of swims being personal bests (77/81), including eight life-time bests.

Final Team Rankings

1. Penn State University 552
2. University of Minnesota 536.5
3. University of Michigan 509
4. Indiana University 495
5. Purdue University 428
6. University of Wisconsin 358
7. Ohio State University 258
8. Northwestern University 244.5
9. University of Illinois 207
10. University of Iowa 163.5
11. Michigan State University 102.5