Minneapolis — The end of the first day of competition at the women’s Big Ten Swimming Championships saw not one team atop the point board, but two.
Minnesota and Indiana each left the University Aquatic Center with 74 total team points.
The Minnesota relay of Tess Behrens, Haley Spencer, Rebecca Wieland and Erin Caflisch won the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:36.29, while Indiana’s relay of Brooklyn Snodgrass, Ashley Specht, Brenna Maclean and Sara Delay finished second in a time of 1:37.51.
The two team flip-flopped on the 800-yard freestyle relay when Indiana finished first in a conference- and meet-record time of 6:59.48. The relay, made up of Lindsay Vrooman, Cynthia Pammett, Haley Lips and Brooklyn Snodgrass, was the first women’s Big Ten team to ever swim the event faster than seven minutes.
The Minnesota team of Jessica Plant, Tori Simenec, Lauren Weis and Kiera Janzen finished second in the same relay with a time of 7:01.27.
The final team point standings at the end of the first day of competition were as follows:
Indiana, 74; Minnesota, 74; Penn State, 58; Michigan, 56; Ohio State, 56; Wisconsin, 54; Purdue, 50; Nebraska, 42; Northwestern, 36; Iowa, 36; Illinois, 22; Michigan State, 22.
The meet is being held at the University Aquatic Center on the University of Minnesota campus.