Top 3 A Finals Finishes by Fogle, Miskulin & Sheets Highlight Final Day of Big Tens

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Maddie Miskulin took third in platform diving.
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Maddie Miskulin took third in platform diving.
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Feb. 18, 2012

Complete 4-Day Meet Results | Dive-by-Dive Scoring | Championships Central


IOWA CITY, Iowa - Emily Fogle eclipsed her own school record in the 200 breaststroke, her third new record of the week, and Rhiannon Sheets and Maddie Miskulin also posted top three individual finishes in A finals, highlighting the final day of the Big Ten Championships for Purdue women's swimming and diving Saturday.

Fogle was the runner-up in the 200 breast, posting her second NCAA automatic qualifying time of the week with a mark of 2:08.72. She bested her school record from earlier this season by 2.20 seconds. The sophomore out touched Indiana's Allysa Vavra (2:08.79), who was honored as the Swimmer of the Championships.

Fogle was named Second Team All-Big Ten. She also posted new school records in the 100 breast and 200 IM and swam the breaststroke leg on each of the medley relay teams that established new benchmarks.

Sheets posted an A final runner-up finish as well. The freshman finished tied for second in the 200 fly. Ohio State's Shannon Draves (1:56.35) emerged as the Big Ten championship after out touching Sheets and Indiana's Brittany MacLean. Sheets and MacLean both finished with a time of 1:56.77.

Miskulin took third in platform diving. She posted the highest score (289) in the afternoon preliminaries to earn the right to dive last in the finals. Miskulin matched her prelim score in the finals but Ohio State's Cheyenn Cousineau improved on her prelim score by 63.75 points to win the conference title with a score of 326.10.

Also scoring team points for the Boilers Saturday included: Megan Gallagher (11th overall) and Courtney Tumbush (14th overall) in the 1650 free, Lauren Roth (eighth in A final) in the 200 fly, Kristen Gilson (fourth in B final) in the 200 back, and Lauren Gustafson (third in B final) and Carly Mercer (sixth in B final) in the 100 free.

Francesca Marr, Gallagher and Gustafson all posted the second-fastest times in program history in their events Saturday. Marr did so while winning the C final of the 200 breast. Gustafson improved on her B final time in the 100 free with a race-opening split of 49.59 in the 400 free relay.

Carly Marshall was honored as Purdue's representative on the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award team. She qualified for the C final of the 100 free and swam the anchor leg on the 400 free relay team.

Minnesota won the team title to end Indiana's three-year run as Big Ten champs. The Gophers won the conference crown by 29.5 points over second-place IU. The Boilermakers finished sixth with 285 points.

Purdue will host the Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance Meet at 11 a.m. next Saturday (Feb. 25) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Divers Maddie Miskulin and MacKenzie Tweardy will return to action the weekend of March 8-10 for the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships in Bloomington, Ind. The lists of qualifiers for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will be released in early March.

Final Team Scores
1. #15 Minnesota, 680.5
2. #12 Indiana, 651
3. #14 Ohio State, 560
4. #19 Wisconsin, 411
5. #20 Penn State, 379.5
6. Purdue, 285
7. Northwestern, 258
8. #17 Michigan, 241
9. Iowa, 201
10. Illinois, 84
11. Nebraska, 82
12. Michigan State, 65

Purdue Highlights
! - New Program Record
* - New Purdue Season-Best Time
+ - Personal Season-Best Time
(A) - NCAA Automatic Qualifying Time
(B) - NCAA Provisional Qualifying Time

1650 Free
Megan Gallagher, 16:22.49* (B) - Finished 11th, 6 Team Points
Second Fastest Time in Program History
Courtney Tumbush, 16:28.43+ (B) - Finished 14th, 3 Team Points
Fourth Fastest Time in Program History
200 Back
Kristen Gilson, 1:58.32* (B) - Finished 4th in B Final, 4 Team Points
100 Free
Lauren Gustafson, 49.61* (B) - Finished 3rd in B Final, 6 Team Points
Carly Mercer, 49.80+ (B) - Finished 6th in B Final, 3 Team Points
Fifth Fastest Time in Program History
Carly Marshall, 50.50+ (prelim time) - Finished 7th in C Final
200 Breast
Emily Fogle, 2:08.72! (A) - Finished 2nd in A Final, 17 Team Points
Francesca Marr, 2:14.12+ (B) - Won C Final
Second Fastest Time in Program History
200 Fly
Rhiannon Sheets, 1:56.77 (B) - Finished Tied for 2nd in A Final, 16.5 Team Points
Lauren Roth, 2:01.12 - Finished 8th in A Final, 11 Team Points
Platform Diving
Maddie Miskulin, 289.15 - Finished 3rd in A Final, 16 Team Points
400 Free Relay
Gustafson, Sheets, Nichols & Mercer, 3:18.97+ (B) - Finished 5th, 28 Team Points
Fourth Fastest Time in Program History
Gustafson opening 100 free split of 49.59 second fastest in school history