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Vanessa Krause is part of another Big Ten Championship.

The Chesterton product and Michigan sophomore was brilliant on Saturday at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

Krause captured the 200-yard butterfly, setting Big Ten, Big Ten Championships, and school records with a time of 1 minute, 53.54 seconds as the Wolverines clinched their third straight conference championship. Indiana, with a couple Region athletes on board, was a distant second followed by host Ohio State at third.

Krause saved her best for the last day, crushing the Big Ten mark in the event and punching her ticket to next month’s NCAA Championships. She is the first Michigan swimmer to win the 200 butterfly in almost a decade.

Additionally, Krause was fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (52.42) and was on the school-record setting 200-yard medley relay, which finished in 1:36.92. As if that wasn’t enough, Krause was also a part of a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:29.90).

Fifth-ranked Michigan is just coming off its first undefeated dual-meet slate in 20 years.

• Michigan State’s Racheal Bukowski (Crown Point) helped the Spartans break the school record in the 400 medley relay by three seconds, clocking in at 3:39.51 at the Big Ten Championships in Columbus, Ohio.

The senior also helped the 200 medley relay team break the school record on Wednesday night in 1:39.67.

Bukowski also won the C Final in the 50 free, finishing in 22.57 seconds. She was just seven hundredths of a second short of tying her record in the event from last season.

• Indiana University’s Holly Spears (Lake Central) was second in the C Final in the 50 free (18th overall) with a personal-record 22.78 seconds at the Big Ten Championships.

Spears also helped the 400 freestyle relay take fifth with an NCAA B cut time of 3:15.76, and was 12th overall in the 100 free B Finals.

• Auburn’s Aly Tetzloff (Crown Point) was second overall in the 50 free in 21.94 seconds at the Southeastern Conference Championships in College Station, Texas. She also was third in the 100 butterfly with a personal-record 51.32 seconds — the fourth-fastest time in Auburn history.

• Purdue’s Jackie Smailis (Highland) helped the team finish fourth overall in the 200 medley relay at the Big Ten Championships. Smailis also scored in the C Finals of the 100 back as she established a Purdue season-best time of 53.60 seconds in the prelims.

The junior was also a part of the 400 medley relay in a program-record time for sixth place.

Men’s basketball

Northern Illinois sophomore Eugene German (21st Century) was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week.

German scored a game-high 28 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds in a win over first-place Buffalo. It was the team’s first victory over the Bulls since 2006. German hit the game-winning basket with four seconds left in the 90-88 victory.

Earlier in the week, German scored a career-high 30 points in a loss to Toledo.

• Cedarville’s Conner TenHove (Valparaiso) had 17 points, eight rebounds, and three steals in an 84-56 loss to Findlay.

The freshman has scored in double figures in three straight games and in five of his last six outings.

Women’s basketball

South Carolina Upstate’s Riley Popplewell (South Central) recorded her third career double-double and first of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds in a 69-64 victory over Stetson.


Michigan’s Stevan Micic (Hanover Central), ranked fifth at 133 pounds, handed Ohio State’s No. 2-ranked Luke Pletcher his first loss of the season in a an 11-5 decision in the visiting Buckeyes’ 18-15 victory over No. 4 Michigan in front of 8,303 fans.

Men’s swimming

Wabash’s Wesley Slaughter (Chesterton) helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team finish fourth in 1:22.78, which is the second-fastest time in school history at the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Championships.

Additionally, Slaughter also teamed up with Ben Klimczak (LaPorte) to finish fourth in the 400 medley relay in 3:22.59 — also second-quickest in school history.

Men’s track

Trine University’s Jacob Payne (LaPorte) was named the Field Athlete of the Week after his fourth-place finish in the pole vault at the Mike Lints Alumni Meet at Grand Valley State.

Payne, a junior, reached a school-record leap of 15 feet, 11 inches (4.85 meters) at the event. His mark is tied for 10th best in all of NCAA Division III this season.

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