Women's swimming seventh at Big Ten Championships

February 27, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Melissa Rodriguez (Chihuahua, Mexico) placed third and Megan Siverling (Chester Springs, Pa.) set a new school record to lead Penn State on the final day of competition at the 2015 Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. As a team, Penn State finished seventh with 334 points.

Alyson Ackman (Montreal, Quebec), Carolyn Fittin (Sea Girt, N.J.), Katelyn Miller (Hershey, Pa.) and Katie Saloky (Bloomsburg, Pa.) earned All-Big Ten second team honors for strong performances throughout the four-day competition, while Siverling was Penn State’s recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

Minnesota won the team title and was followed by Indiana and Michigan in the top three.

Siverling’s performance started the evening off for the Nittany Lions, as she placed sixth in the 1650-yard freestyle in a school-record 16:07.55, breaking her own record from a year ago of 16:08.90. Katelyn Sowinski (Severna Park, Md.) was 15th in 16:23.71 and Casey Francis (East Meadow, N.Y.) was 16th in 16:24.87.

Rodriguez placed third in the 200 breaststroke in 2:09.87, while Taylor Cameron (Burlington, Ontario) was 12th in 2:12.37.

Alyson Ackman (Montreal, Quebec) continued a strong week, placing sixth in the 100 freestyle in 48.87, while Fittin placed 11th in 49.17.

Ackman led off the 400 freestyle relay, and was joined by Fittin, Kaitlin Jones (Midlothian, Va.) and Saloky in a near school-record of time 3:16.48 to place fifth.

Katie Rowe (Glenville, N.Y.) and Sowinski placed consecutively in seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 200 butterfly, while Hannah Harper was 14th in 1:59.61. Additionally, Casey Fazio (Washington Township, Pa.) led the Lions in the 200 backstroke, placing 18th in 1:57.74.

The NCAA Diving A Regional Championships are next, Mar. 9-11, in New Brunswick, N.J., while the NCAA Championships will take place Mar. 19-21 in Greensboro, N.C.

Final Standings
1. Minnesota, 618.5
2. Indiana, 591
3. Michigan, 478.5
4. Wisconsin, 448
5. Purdue, 388
6. Ohio State, 350
7. Penn State, 334
8. Iowa, 223
9. Nebraska, 143
10. Northwestern, 138
11. Rutgers, 112
12. Illinois, 73
13. Michigan State, 65

Swimmer of the Championships
Ivy Martin, Wisconsin

Diver of the Championships
Yu Zhou, Minnesota

Freshman of the Year
Kennedy Goss, Indiana

First Team All-Big Ten
Jessica Parratto. Indiana
Gia Dalesandro, Indiana
Kennedy Goss, Indiana
Haley Lips, Indiana
Rebecca Stoughton, Iowa
Brooklynn Snodgrass, Indiana
Grace Vertigans, Indiana
Clara Smiddy. Michigan
Kierra Smith, Minnesota
Brooke Zeiger, Minnesota
Yu Zhou, Minnesota
Dana Grindall, Wisconsin
Aja Van Hout, Wisconsin
Chase Kinney, Wisconsin
Ivy Martin, Wisconsin
Anna Meinholz, Wisconsin
Annie Tamblyn, Wisconsin

Second Team All-Big Ten
Alexandria Deloof, Michigan
Gabrielle Deloof, Michigan
Madeline Frost, Michigan
Claudia Goswell, Michigan
Emily Kopas, Michigan
Zoe Mattingly, Michigan
Gillian Ryan, Michigan
Katy Etterman, Minnesota
Danielle Nack, Minnesota
Rebecca Weiland, Minnesota
Lindsey Clary, Ohio State
Rachael Dzierzak, Ohio State
Zhesi Li, Ohio State
Ashley Vance, Ohio State
Alyson Ackman, Penn State
Carolyn Fittin, Penn State
Katelyn Miller, Penn State
Kaitlin Saloky Penn State

Sportsmanship
Illinois - Megan Marchuk
Indiana - Samantha Lisy
Iowa - Pam Breitrick
Michigan - Molly Schaefer
Michigan State - Cristee Cordes
Minnesota - Christie Clarke
Nebraska - Ciara Jenkins
Northwestern - Emily Launer
Ohio State - Camey Rabold
Penn State - Megan Siverling
Purdue - Francesca Marr
Rutgers - Greta Leberfinger
Wisconsin - Aja Van Hout

Last Updated February 27, 2015