Big Ten Championships: Day 1 Recap

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Amanda Miller earned Big Ten bronze at the conference championship meet Thursday.
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Amanda Miller earned Big Ten bronze at the conference championship meet Thursday.
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Feb. 8, 2007

Results

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A combination of faster swimmers and stronger divers at this year's Big Ten Championships has Purdue head coach Cathy Wright-Eger feeling fortunate her team's still in the thick of things following the first day of competition.

The Boilermakers are in seventh place with 75 points, 13 points behind Northwestern for sixth. Michigan leads the pack with 215 points.

"Historically, the first day has never been our best, but today was rougher than normal," said Wright-Eger. "We need to battle over the next two days and get out of this hole."

Purdue claimed two individual finalists, divers Amanda Miller and Ashley Karnes. Miller placed third off the 1-meter springboard with 311.30 points and Karnes, at her first Big Ten Championship, was eighth with 254.70 points.

The Boilermakers scored with two relays. The 200 freestyle relay of Rachel Sitarz, Kimbre Vogel, Jenae Gill and Susan Hentschel placed eighth with a season best and NCAA provisional cut of 1:33.13; Sitarz' appearance today was her first on an 'A' relay.

Purdue's 400 medley relay of Gill, Jennifer Lavers, Carlene Takaki and Hentschel finished sixth with another season best and NCAA 'B' cut of 3:43.70. Takaki's butterfly split of 53.70 was a personal record.

Nicole Weatherman did not qualify for a night swim in the 500 freestyle, but Wright-Eger was still very pleased with her 23rd-place and lifetime best mark of 4:54.04.

 

 

The Big Ten Championships resume Friday at noon EST with prelims. Finals kick off at 8 p.m.