Welcome to the 2012 MVC Swimming and Diving Championship Central. For complete results from every event in the 2012 MVC Championships, click HERE.

    Live Updates
    SATURDAY, FEB. 18 -- DAY THREE
    8:30 p.m. - Here is a complete list of awards that were handed out after the meet:

    FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
    Evansville - Alex Howard, Michelle Tipton, and Sadie Wells
    Illinois State - Tori Alland, Cecilia Holmes, Valerie Jones, Katherine Nelson, Danielle Schumacher, Wenting Zhang, Jeanette Holte, and Erica Halley
    Missouri State - Anna Ahlin, Roni Balzam, Janke Engelbrecht, Megan Holthoff, Melissa Oishi, Renata Sander, Ali Stauffer, Andrea Uzcategui, Brianna Willoughby, Dimitra Drakopoulou, and Suzanna Van Rensburg
    Southern Illinois - Anna Beeck, Pamela Benitez, Isabela Castro, Charlotte Davies, Kristin Geppert, Kirsten Groome, Hannah Pinion, Luisa Silveira, Brittany Weigel

    SECOND-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
    Evansville - Samantha Montgomery and Caroline Lee
    Illinois State - Morgan Buechele, Maureen Doyle, April Livingston, Sarah Rendek, Samantha Schuckles, Brittany Tazzioli, Arica Woolbright, Lauren Pojman, and Polly Hirt
    Missouri State - Lindsey Conway, Hannah Molden, Marta Nogueroles, Laura Peterson, Dawn Richerson, Kaylee Steffen, Brynne Bvell, Katie Lindeman, and Paige Koebbe
    Northern Iowa - Natalie Johnson, Bethany Olson and Chelsea Hartman
    Southern Illinois - Rachael Barry, Melissa Larocque, Marcella Otto and Jessica England

    Swimming Coach of the Year - Rickey Perkins, Evansville
    Diving Coach of the Year - Phil Hoffmann, Illinois State
    Swimmer of the Year - Renata Sander, Missouri State
    Diver of the Year - Wenting Zhang, Illinois State
    Elite 18 Award - Danielle Schumacher

    7:05 p.m. - For complete results from every event in the 2012 MVC Championships, click HERE. If you just want results from Saturday's final session, click HERE.

    6:30 p.m. - Limited updates from here in the next hour as I work on my release and content, but I'll post All-Conference members, Swimmer of the Year, Diver of the Year and Coach of the Year when I get the chance. Thanks for following along.

    6:15 p.m. - Illinois State won the 400 free relay, as well. Congratulations to the Missouri State Bears, who have won their fifth consecutive MVC Championship, tying Southern Illinois' record for most consecutive MVC titles. The Bears have won nine of the last 10 MVC Championships. Illinois State finished second for the fourth consecutive year.

    FINAL TEAM STANDINGS

    Missouri State - 977

    Illinois State - 725

    Southern Illinois - 705

    Evansville - 440

    Northern Iowa - 298

    6:10 p.m. - Wenting Zhang set a Championship record in the three-meter dive and put Illinois State in second, enough points ahead that SIU can't catch them. Zhang scored a 313.15, which she needed to beat Anna Beeck's (SIU) score of 291.45, which would have been a Championship record if she had won.

    5:40 p.m. - We're in the three-meter dive right now. Team scores getting interesting. Southern Illinois is in second place by only four points over Illinois State. But ILS has three divers to Southern's two. Basically, second place is likely to be decided by the final event of the Championship, the 400 freestyle relay. As if relays needed any extra gusto.

    5:30 p.m. - Isabela Castro defends her title in the 200 butterfly and breaks the MVC Championship record in the process. She broke her own record that she set this morning in preliminaries, and she needed to. MSU's Roni Balzam also broke the previous record, but Castro beat her in the final by about a half second.

    5:10 p.m. - Another MVC Championship record falls. Missouri State's Renata Sander just won the 200 breaststroke and broke the Championship and pool records in the process.

    4:55 p.m. - Michelle Tipton (UE) won the 100 freestyle, taking her second event of the Championships. Should be a close vote for MVC Swimmer of the Year. So far, three girls, representing three different schools, have all won two individual events. Two of those, Anna Ahlin (MSU) and Hannah Pinion (SIU), set MVC records in one of their wins.

    4:40 p.m. - Anna Ahlin (MSU) led the backstroke start to finish and earned her second win the these Championships. Ahlin broke the MVC record set in 2009.

    4:20 p.m. - Missouri State swimmer Dimi Drakopoulou led the mile start to finish. Two-time defending champion Kirsten Groome held with her for a while and made a run at the end, but Drakopoulou's lead was too much.

    4 p.m. - SIU Assistant Coach Scott Olson surprised head coach Rick Walker and honored him before we got underway. Each of the current athletes came out in a custom shirt and gave him a diet Coke. So he got about 50 Cokes. That should last him until about Tuesday. They also presented him with a banner signed by the current team and a framed picture with the name of every athlete he's coached. And there have been a lot of them. This is Coach Walker's 25th year at Southern Illinois. Under his watch, SIU has had 52 All-America selections, 162 All-Conference selections, three MVC Swimmers of the Year, eight conference championships, and five Olympians.

    3:50 p.m. - We're 10 minutes away from getting the final session underway. They're honoring all the senior on all five teams before we get started.

    3:35 p.m. - Awards will be handed out after the finals tonight. Individuals who place in the top three in an individual event or are part of a winning relay team earn first-team All-Conference honors. Those who place fourth through eighth in an individual event or finish second on a relay team earn honorable mention All-Conference honors. Swimmer and Diver of the Year and Coach of the Year will be voted on by the head coaches.

    3:30 p.m. - SIU head coach Rick Walker just told me a few facts, which explain why he's smiling. Even before these last seven events, SIU swimmers have set one school record, two MVC Championship records and have swimmers among the five fastest in school history in five events. Not bad.

    3:20 p.m. - Swimmers are in the pool warming up. About 40 minutes to the start of the final session. We have seven events for the session: Mile, 200 back, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, three-meter dive and 400 freestyle. SIU coaches are smiling and loose. Everyone is excited to get this underway.

    1 p.m. - Three hours away from the final seven events. Should be a great last session. I'll be back with updates and results then. Complete results from the preliminaries this morning are posted below.

    12:05 p.m. - We're halfway through the first heat of the mile. In the meantime, you can check out a PDF of tonight's heat sheet HERE.

    11:35 p.m. - There will be two mile heats now, starting at Noon. The final heat--based on the fastest 1000-yard times from the season--will swim tonight. Kirsten Groome (SIU) has won the event each of the last two years, and her 1000 free time from the season is more than 10 seconds better than the next fastest time, which is held by teammate Jennifer Kwok.

    11:30 a.m. - Castro will be going for her second straight MVC crown in the 200 fly tonight in the final. She's the second Saluki swimmer to set an MVC record during the Championships, joining Hannah Pinion. Now we're in a half-hour break until the mile starts.

    11:25 a.m. - Saluki Isabela Castro just broke the MVC record in the 200 fly by a full second. She swam a 2:02.40, breaking last year's mark of 2:03.38 set by Illinois State's Sarah Rendek. Fourth and final heat is going on now.

    11:15 a.m. - Renata Sander posted the top time in the 200 breaststroke by more than three seconds. SIU placed two women in the top four, including last year's champ in the event, Kristin Geppert, who finished with the second-best time. Melissa Larocque continued her great Championship run for SIU with a fourth-best time in the preliminary. Now we're on to the 200-yard butterfly. After the fly, we'll have a half hour break before running the 1650-yard freestyle--the mile--which concludes the prelims.10:50 a.m. - Missouri State's Andrea Uzcategui posted the top time in the 100 freestyle prelims, but not by much. Michelle Tipton (UE), who won the 200 freestyle yesterday, and Pamela Benitez (SIU) tied for second place, just two hundredths of a second behind Uzcategui. There were three ties among the top eight. Tipton and Benitez tied for second, Katherine Nelson (ILS) and Ali Stauffer (MSU) tied for fifth, and Janke Engelbrecht (MSU) and Hannah Molden (MSU) tied for seventh. Now we have five heats of the 200 breaststroke.

    10:35 a.m. - MSU's Anna Ahlin posted the top time by more than three seconds (1:59.36). Ahlin won the event last year. She was followed by a pair of SIU swimmers, who were followed by four more MSU swimmers in the A Final. Evansville's Alexandra Howard will round out the top eight. Results posted below.

    10:20 a.m. - We had a false start in the fourth heat, so we're taking a 10-minute break before we run the heat again. We should have results by about 10:30. Then we're going to run right into the 100 freestyle instead of having the usual a five-minute break.

    9:55 a.m. - Today, we have five swimming preliminaries. The events are the 200 backstroke (5 heats), 100 freestyle (7 heats), 200 breaststroke (5 heats), 200 butterfly (4 heats) and the mile (3 heats), in that order.

    9:50 a.m. - We're back for the final day of the MVC Championships. First up: the preliminaries get under way in about 10 minutes. I'll be updating this live blog section with winners and notes, and results from each event will be posted below as soon as I get them. If you have any questions or comments, email me (John Lock) at jtlock2@siu.edu, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

    FRIDAY, FEB. 17 -- DAY TWO
    8:35 p.m. - That's a wrap from Day Two at the MVC Championship. Tomorrow prelims start at 10 a.m., and the finals start at 4 p.m. I'll be back with updated results and notes. Missouri State is in first place with 635 points. Illinois State and Southern Illinois continue to go back and forth; Illinois State holds a nine-point advantage over the Salukis for second place. Evansville has 304 points and Northern Iowa has 203.

    8:25 p.m. - After seven and a half minutes in the pool, Illinois State won by less than two tenths of a second. The Redbirds broke last year's MVC record that Missouri State set--and Missouri State beat last year's mark, too. Great swims for both schools.

    8:10 p.m. - And we're back. Only event left: the 800 freestyle relay. Southern Illinois won the event five straight years between 2006 and 2010, but Missouri State ended that streak at set an MVC record last year to take the title.

    7:40 p.m. - We're now in the diving for the evening. It's the consolation final for the three-meter dive. The finals for the event will be held tomorrow night. After the diving is over, we'll have only one more event to go, the 800 freestyle relay.

    7:35 p.m. - Anna Ahlin takes the 100 backstroke for the second consecutive year. In the battle between Illinois State and Southern Illinois, the Redbirds have taken a one-point lead.

    7:20 p.m. - Starting the 100 backstroke finals now. As for team scores, Missouri State has put some distance between itself and the rest of the field. Southern Illinois and Illinois State have been back and forth for each of the last two days. For now, it's SIU in second place with 399 points. Illinois State is just 12 points behind.

    7:15 p.m. - Renata Sander knocks off the two-time defending MVC Champ and nearly set a conference record in the process. Sander finished a hundredth of a second away from breaking the conference record. Geppert finished second.

    7:10 p.m. - Coming up on the 100 breaststroke final. Saluki senior Kristin Geppert is a two-time defending MVC Champion in the event.

    7 p.m. - Evansville's Michelle Tipton won the 200 freestyle with a 1:49.98. She edged out Illinois State's Danielle Schumacher (1:50.29) and SIU's Pamela Benitez (1:50.30) to take the crown. Schumacher beat Benitez by one hundredth of a second.

    6:40 p.m. - We're through the 100 butterfly and moving on to the 200-yard freestyle. Roni Balzam won the 100 fly. SIU swimmers Isabela Castro and Charlotte Davies finished 2-3, respectively.

    6:30 p.m. - Hannah Pinion wins easily in the 400 IM. She flew out to a lead after the breaststroke and won by 10 or 15 yards. SIU has won the event three years in a row now. Pinion beat the swimmer who had won each of the last two years: Kirsten Groome. Groome still holds the MVC record in the event, which she set two years ago. But Pinion's time (1:21.41) was the second-fastest time in MVC Championship history, behind Groome.

    6:25 p.m. - We're about to start the A Final here. They're walking out. In the meantime, here's a Photo Gallery of some SIU swimmers. We'll add a bunch more pictures tomorrow.

    6:15 p.m. - Just finished up presenting the awards for the 400 medley relay and the one-meter dive. Now we're set for the 400-yard individual medley. Hannah Pinion, who set the Championship record for the 200 IM yesterday, was more than three seconds faster than everyone else in prelims.

    6:05 p.m. - Missouri State takes the first event, the 200 medley relay. The atmosphere was just as crazy and loud as it was yesterday, if not more so. It's a circus in here. In a good way.

    5:50 p.m. - Just finished up with my favorite pre-meet routine; the UNI athletes and parents jump and dance around for about three minutes, then scream in joy. Evansville joined in today. We'll try to get a photo to you sometime. In a wrinkle that's new today, eight UNI dads ripped off their shirts to reveal PANTHERS painted on their chests. (Probably won't share a picture of that, though.) Not to be outdone, four Evansville dads ripped off shirts and had ACES spelled out on undershirts. "This is why the Missouri Valley Conference is the best conference in America!" one UNI parent yelled afterwards.

    5:45 p.m. - Back for the finals tonight. Should be an exciting bunch of swims. Fifteen minutes away from getting things started.

    3:20 p.m. - Just posted the complete results below. Check back at 6 p.m. for live updates from tonight's finals.

    2:10 p.m. - Diving just got over. Wenting Zhang, from Illinois State, took the top spot and will be the favorite going into tomorrow night's finals. Remember, the finals for this event aren't held until tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Every other event held today will have its finals tonight. Brittany Weigel (SIU) posted the second-best score. The other finalists are as follows: Bethany Olson (UNI), Sadie Wells (UE), Anna Beeck (SIU), Paige Koebbe (MSU), Maureen Doyle (ILS) and Polly Hirt (ILS). I'll post results as soon as I get them.

    12:35 p.m. - That's it from me for a while. I'll post diving results as soon as I get them. Every other prelim result is posted below. I'll try to get a few photos posted before we start the finals tonight.

    12:30 p.m. - And that's it for the swimming prelims today. The 100 backstroke is over. Missouri State's Anna Ahlin, the defending champion in the event, posted the time to beat. The Bears placed three swimmers on the top eight; Megan Holthoff and Janke Engelbrecht will join Ahlin in the A Final tonight.

    12:25 p.m. - The 100 backstroke prelim will be the final swimming preliminary today. The three-meter diving prelims will start at 1 p.m. Then we're back tonight at 6 p.m. for the finals of all these events, plus the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.

    12:20 p.m. - Renata Sander posted the top time in the 100 breaststroke prelims. She'll be trying to knock off two-time defending MVC champion Kristin Geppert, who posted the second-fastest time in the event.

    12:05 p.m. - Illinois State's Danielle Schumacher posted the top time in the 200-yard freestyle, swimming more than a second faster than Pamela Benitez (SIU), who finished second. Tori Alland posted the third-fastest time, giving ILS two of the top three times. Missouri State got four swimmers in the A Final. Michelle Tipton (UE) posted the fourth-best time in the prelim. We're on to four heats of the 100 breaststroke.

    11:40 a.m. - MSU swimmer Roni Balzam will lead the A Final in the 100 fly tonight. She had the fastest time coming in, and she swam even faster to claim the top spot. She'll be joined by teammate Ali Stauffer. SIU placed three swimmers in the top eight, led by Isabela Castro and Charlotte Davies, who posted the second and third fastest times, respectively. Sarah Rendek (ILS), Samantha Montgomery (UE), Jeanette Nolte (ILS), Rachael Barry (SIU) and Stauffer (MSU) round out the top eight. On to the 200 freestyle prelims.

    11:35 a.m. - Results are posted below. I'll post results of every prelim as I receive them. After the morning session is over, I'll remove all those individual links and post a link to results from the whole morning session. Halfway through the 100 fly now. After that, we have the 200-yard freestyle.

    11:30 a.m. - Hannah Pinion posted the fastest time in the prelims convincingly in the 400 IM. She swam more than three seconds faster than Brianna Willoughby, who won this event when she was a freshman.

    11:12 a.m. - We have our second tie of the Championship, and this one was for first place. Southern Illinois' Kirsten Groome came from behind to tie Missouri State's Suzanne Van Rensburg for first place in the second heat of the 400 IM prelims. Both swam 4:29.79, just ahead of Illinois State's Valerie Jones. Groome set the Championship record in this event two years ago.

    11:10 a.m. - There will be four heats for the 400 IM, six heats for the 100 fly, six heats for the 200 free, four heats for the 100 breast and four heats for the 100 back. We're in the middle of the second heat of the 400 IM. Rhennetta Bork of Northern Iowa won the first heat.

    10:50 a.m. - Anticipating another exciting day today. Two records fell yesterday in six events. SIU's Hannah Pinion broke the Championship record in the prelim--and she needed to re-break her own record just to win the final. The top four swimmers in the 200 IM would have broken last year's record time. And Missouri State's 400 medley relay team won the MVCs for the fourth consecutive year, setting a record in the process. Today, we have five swimming events in prelims and one diving event. The three-meter diving prelims will start at 1 p.m. The swimming events are the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. Tonight, we'll have the finals of all those events and add in the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.

    10:45 a.m. - We're 15 minutes away from getting the second day of preliminaries started. Once again, this is John Lock, an SIU media services graduate assistant, live blogging you through the action here at the MVC Championship if you're not able to be here in person. We'll have results for each event as soon as possible after each event. If you have questions or comments, email me at jtlock2@siu.edu and I'll do my best to get back to you as quickly as I can.

    THURDAY, FEB. 16 -- DAY ONE
    8:30 p.m. - That's a wrap here from the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium for tonight. Missouri State is leading with 293 points. Illinois State and Southern Illinois are tight, with 225 and 213 points, respectively. Evansville and Northern Iowa round out the field. Come back tomorrow, and we'll be doing the same thing. Or come to the Natatorium and cheer on the women. The atmosphere for the finals is really great. It's as loud an raucous as any other sport. I'll be back tomorrow with more.

    8:05 p.m. - Missouri State win the 400 medley relay for the fourth year in a row. Ahlin, Sander, Balzam and Sauffer teamed up to swim a 3:44.24--an MVC record. SIU finished in second, four seconds behind Missouri State's record time.

    7:55 p.m. - Just finished up the one-meter dive. Illinois State's impressive sophomore Wenting Zhang won the event with a 266.20. Southern Illinois' Anna Beeck and Brittany Weigel came in second and third, followed by UNI's Bethany Olson. Just one more event to go--the 400 medley relay.

    7:05 p.m. - Illinois State swimmers won all three Finals for the 50 freestyle. Sammy Schuckles won the C Final and Jeanette Nolte took the B Final. Katherine Nelson won the event with a 24.09. Southern Illinois' Luisa Silveira finished second.

    7 p.m. - Hannah Pinion broke her own record seven hours later. Here's the impressive part: The top four swimmers in this 200 IM would have broken last year's MVC record. And all of them are underclassmen. Should be a great event for years to come.

    6:50 p.m. - Evansville freshman Mackenzie Powell (2:09.46) won the C Final for the 200 IM. Another Evansville freshman, Caroline Lee, won the B Final (2:06.49). Not a bad day for freshmen. And remember, another freshman, Southern's Hannah Pinion, set a Championship record in the prelims in this event. But she'll be racing against a senior, Missouri State's Brianna Willoughby, who has won the event three years in a row.

    6:35 p.m. - SIU's Pamela Benitez and Illinois State's Danielle Schumacher were neck-and-neck the whole race. Schumacher took the title by 17 hudredths over Benitez. She swam a 4:52.33, which is the second-fastest time in Championship history.

    6:31 p.m. - How competitive is this final? After 150 yards, the top four swimmers were within five-tenths of a second of each other.

    6:30 p.m. - Before we get started on the final, the Northern Iowa crowd should get a shoutout. Impressive energy and noise coming from the UNI section up above. Good dancers, too.

    6:20 p.m. - Just finished the C Final on the 500 freestyle. Kelly Healy edged out teammate Keely Hunt to take the top time in the heat. She won by six hundredths of a second over her teammate. In the B Final, Marta Nogueroles of Missouri State took the top spot with a time of 5:01.35. MSU teammate Dawn Richerson came in second. Now on to the final.

    6:05 p.m. - Missouri State set the conference record in this event just last year. The environment for the finals has gotten off to a great start. The stands are packed. It was a boisterous finish; Missouri State won the event for the third consecutive year. They swam a 1:34.80 to take the win. Evansville finished second, Illinois State took third, Southern Illinois finished fourth and Northern Iowa finished fifth.

    6 p.m. - One correction from earlier. Hannah Pinion broke a record in the 200 IM in the preliminaries. I said that was a 19-year-old record. It was actually a 29-year-old record. Impressive swim for the freshman.

    5:50 p.m. - We're back for the finals. The swimmers are getting the last of their warm-ups in. We'll have six finals tonight, which are in order as follows: 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, one-meter dive and 400 medley relay.

    2:45 p.m. - Diving prelims are complete. Illinois State's Wenting Zhang ran away with it, scoring a 287.60 on six dives. Northern Iowa's Bethany Olson--a three-time MVC Diver of the Week this year--was second with a score of 262.60. Complete results from today's prelims are linked below. By the way, I'm John Lock, a graduate assistant in the media services office at SIU. If you have any questions or comments, email me at jtlock2@siu.edu, and I'll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can.

    12:15 p.m. - And just like that, we're done with our first day of preliminary swimming. We still have the one-meter diving preliminaries coming up at 1 p.m., but our three swimming prelims for the day are done. I'll post results of the diving as soon as I get them. Look for a release on the preliminaries on SIUSalukis.com as soon as I get the diving results. There will be a couple updates in the afternoon, but I'll be back with constant updates when the finals start at 6 p.m. Come out to the natatorium at the pool to watch the finals. Tickets are $25 for all sessions and $7 for a single session ($20 and $5 for kids high school age or younger, respectively).

    12:10 p.m. - Illinois State's Katherine Nelson posted the top time in the event with a 23.89. She was the only swimmer to break 24 seconds in the 50 free. Missouri State had another strong showing, posting the next three fastest times. Sarah Rendek will join Nelson in the A final for the Redbirds. Samantha Montomery, a freshman, made the A final for Evansville. Luisa Silveira and Rachael Barry give the Salukis two swimmers in the A final.

    11:55 a.m. - That didn't take long. We have our first Championship record. Southern Illinois freshman Hannah Pinion just swam a 2:03.78 in the 200 IM, breaking a Championship record and a 19-year-old school record. Missouri State posted a remarkable six swimmers in the top eight in the event. The only two other swimmer to get in the A final were Pinion and fellow SIU swimmer Charlotte Davies. Tonight in the final, Missouri State senior Brianna Willoughby will be trying to win the 200 IM for the fourth consecutive year. The only swimmer to win the event four straight years is Diana Roberts from 1994-97. We've taken a five-minute break and are back with eight heats of the 50 freestyle.

    11:45. a.m. - I don't think anyone is going to be able to touch Groome's 500 free MVC record for a long time. Two years ago, as a freshman, she swam a 4:44.48--more than nine seconds faster than any other 500 free winner in MVC Championship history.

    11:40 a.m. - Groome's time held up as the top time from prelims, followed by Schumacher. Missouri State placed three swimmers in the top eight -- Dimi Drakopoulou, Suzanne Van Rensburg and Hannah Molden. Complete prelim results for the 500 free are posted at the bottom of the page. On to the 200 IM prelims now. We'll have six heats.

    11:20 a.m. - Just finished third heat of the 500 freestyle. Southern Illinois' Kirsten Groome, a two-time defending champ in the event, won the heat. Groome set the MVC and pool record two years ago as a freshman, but the event is loaded this year. A pair of freshmen, SIU's Pamela Benitez and Evansville's Michelle Tipton, held the top two times during the regular season in the event. It's going to be a fun and competitive final. Benitez swims in the fourth heat and Tipton swims in the final preliminary. The rest the swimmers have gotten is apparent; Groome and Illinois State's Danielle Schumacher both swam faster than Tipton's regular-season MVC best time in the third heat of the prelim. Schumacher took more than five seconds off her seed time.

    11 am. - And we're off. The first heat of the 500 freestyle is underway. We'll have five heats of the 500 free, six heats of the 200 IM and eight heats of the 50 free. We have 18 divers set to compete in the one-meter prelims at 1 p.m.

    10:40 a.m. - Just talked to meet director Scott Olson. He won't say everything has run smoothly so far because he doesn't want to jinx it. But a smooth operation so far, thanks to a lot of hard work from Olson, SIU swimming graduate assistant Brittany Massengale, facilities people Andy Pettit and Katie Gerlach, aquatics director Jeff Goelz, and the folks at the MVC.

    10:30 a.m. - We're a half an hour from kicking things off. The swimmers are in the pool, warming up. After each event, I'll post the results in the section below. After the whole first session wraps up, I'll post all-session results in the same section and on our schedule page. We'll have two releases per day, one for each session. I'll post comments and records in this space. Should be a quick morning session today; we only have three swimming events to run prelims. There will be six events tonight for finals. Diving prelims will start at 1 p.m. today, and the other two events tonight are relays.

    8 a.m. - It's day one of the MVC Championship. The prelims will start at 11 a.m. The coaches met last night for the annual pre-championship meeting. The only notable change to come out of the meeting: Diving preliminaries will start at 1 p.m. both today and tomorrow. Previously, they had been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. (today) and 11:30 a.m. (Friday) starts.

    WEDNESDAY--Noon - Welcome to the 2012 MVC Championship Central. We'll post observations and notes here periodically as the meet rolls along. Results will be posted after each event, and full-session results will be posted at the conclusion of each session. Updates will also periodically be posted on twitter @SalukiSwimDive.

    Event Winners

    For complete results from every event in the 2012 MVC Championships, click HERE.

    All distances measured in yards.
    EventNameSchoolTime
    200 Freestyle RelayAhlin, Uzcategui, Engelbrecht, StaufferMissouri State1:34.80
    500 FreestyleDanielle SchumacherIllinois State4:52.33
    200 Individual MedleyHannah PinionSouthern Illinois2:03.32*
    50 FreestyleKatherine NelsonIllinois State24.09
    One-Meter Diving (Six Dives)Wenting ZhangIllinois State266.20
    400 Medley RelayAhlin, Sander, Balzam, StaufferMissouri State3:44.24*
    200 Medley RelayMissouri StateMissouri State1:43.41
    400 Individual MedleyHannah PinionSouthern Illinois4:21.41
    100 ButterflyRoni BalzamMissouri State56.00
    200 FreestyleMichelle TiptonEvansville1:49.98
    100 BreaststrokeRenata SanderMissouri State1:02.35
    100 BackstrokeAnna AhlinMissouri State55.24
    800 Freestyle RelaySchumacher, Alland, Jones, HolmesIllinois State7:30.10*
    1650 FreestyleDimi DrakopoulouMissouri State16:46.50
    200 BackstrokeAnna AhlinMissouri State1:58.17*
    100 FreestyleMichelle TiptonEvansville51.15
    200 BreaststrokeRenata SanderMissouri State2:15.31*
    200 ButterflyIsabela CastroSouthern Illinois2:01.39*
    Three-Meter Diving (Six Dives)Wenting ZhangIllinois State313.15*
    400 Freestyle RelaySchumacher, Halley, Alland, NelsonIllinois State3:26.68
    *MVC Championships record

    Order of Events

    Day 1 - Thursday, February 16
    Preliminaries 11 a.m. -- Finals 6 p.m.

    For complete results from the Thursday's preliminaries, click HERE.

    For complete results from Thursday's finals, click HERE.

    Event NumberEvent2011 Champion2012 Results
    1200 Freestyle RelayMissouri StateResults
    2500 FreestyleKirsten Groome, SIU*Results
    3200 Individual MedleyBrianna Willoughby, MSU*Results
    450 FreestyleAmber Green, MSUResults
    51-Meter DivingBethany Olson, UNI*Results
    6400 Medley RelayMissouri StateResults

    Day 2 - Friday, February 17
    Preliminaries 11 a.m. -- Finals 6 p.m.

    For complete results from Friday's preliminaries, click HERE.

    For complete results from Friday's finals, click HERE.

    Event NumberEvent2011 Champion2012 Results
    7200 Medley RelayMissouri StateResults
    8400 Individual MedleyKirsten Groome, SIU*Results
    9100 ButterflySarah Rendek, ILS*Results
    10200 FreestyleAmber Green, MSUResults
    11100 Breaststroke Kristin Geppert, SIU*Results
    12100 BackstrokeAnna Ahlin, MSU*Results
    13800 Freestyle RelayMissouri StateResults

    Day 3 - Saturday, February 18
    Preliminaries 10 a.m. -- Finals 4 p.m.

    For complete results from Saturday's preliminaries, click HERE.

    For complete results from Saturday's finals, click HERE.

    For complete results from every event in the 2012 MVC Championships, click HERE.

    Event NumberEvent2011 Champion2012 Results
    141650 FreestyleKirsten Groome, SIU*Results
    15200 Backstroke Anna Ahlin, MSU*Results
    16100 FreestyleAmber Green, MSUResults
    17200 BreaststrokeKristin Geppert, SIU*Results
    18200 ButterflyIsabela Castro, SIU*Results
    193-Meter DivingBrittany Weigel, SIU*Results
    20400 Freestyle RelaySouthern IllinoisResults
    *Active for the 2012 MVC Championships.
    Saturday, Jan 17
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Swimming & Diving Carbondale, Ill. 10:00 AM
    Saturday, Feb 7
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Swimming & Diving Carbondale, Ill. 10:00 AM
    Wednesday, Feb 18
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Swimming & Diving Carbondale, Ill. 6:00 PM
    Thursday, Feb 19
    SPORT LOCATION TIME MEDIA
    Swimming & Diving Carbondale, Ill. All Day
    SIU