February 19, 2014
• Complete Results
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The Wisconsin women’s swimming and diving team made a splash early at the 2014 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, picking up its first ticket to the NCAA championships on Wednesday evening.
"This was a great start to the meet for us," UW head coach Whitney Hite said. "I thought both relays were very good."
The women’s 200-yard medley relay squad of sophomore Annie Tamblyn, sophomore Anna Meinholz, senior Rebecka Palm and junior Ivy Martin swam to a second-place finish in the event. The team’s time of 1:36.81 bested their former season-best by two seconds and earned them an NCAA ‘A’ qualifying mark. An NCAA ‘A’ time automatically qualifies a competitor for the NCAA meet.
"Obviously, the (200-yard) medley relay was great. I believe that is the seventh-fastest time in the country right now. We certainly had some really good splits, highlighted by Ivy (Martin)'s 21.18, which I think is the fastest relay split in the country right now. She did that with a pretty average-to-slow relay exchange, so moving forward, we know that relay can be better. But that's a good thing."
The 800-yard freestyle relay featured the quartet of R. Palm, junior Aja Van Hout, junior Caroline Palm and freshman Dana Grindall, who swam to an NCAA ‘B’ qualifying mark and sixth-place finish in the event. The team’s time of 7:09.73 tops their previous season-best by nearly eight seconds.
"In the 800-yard freestyle relay, we had some really nice splits. Dana Grindally really stepped up with the fastest split of the relay.
"I'm just really proud of the way the girls competed. It's a good start."
The Badgers are currently in third place through the meet’s first two events with a score of 60. Indiana leads all teams (74), followed by Minnesota in second (72).
The 2014 Big Ten Women’s Championships will continue on Thursday, Feb. 20 with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. C.T. and finals at 6:30 p.m. C.T.
Complete information for the four-day event can be found here.