Women's swimming takes fourth at Big Ten meet

Carly Piper, Susan Johnson shine

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Junior Carly Piper and freshman Susan Johnson pulled out huge wins as the women's swimming and diving team took fourth place in the Big Ten Championships with 503 points. Michigan won the championship with 604.5, followed closely by Penn State with 590.5.


Piper won the mile swim for the third straight year in 16:06.90, just barely beating out Indiana senior Sarah Fiden, who finished in 16:08.14.


Johnson won the 200-yard backstroke while picking up an automatic qualifying time and breaking her own school record with a new time of 1:55.93. She currently holds the third-fastest time in conference history and the fourth-fastest time in the country.


Sophomore Amalia Sarnecki beat out six seniors for first in the 200 breaststroke, finishing in 2:12.37, while senior Bethany Pendleton, meanwhile, finished third in the 100 freestyle in 49.59. Pendleton also swam on the second-place 400 free relay along with sophomore Sarah Hernandez, Piper and Johnson, which earned a NCAA "B" qualifying time by finishing in 3:19.11.

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