King’s NCAA Title Highlights Indiana’s Night at NCAA ChampionshipsNDIANAPOLIS – The No. 15-ranked Indiana University women’s swimming and diving team had a record-breaking night at the 2017 NCAA Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. on Friday.After three days of competition, the Hoosiers sit in eighth place at the NCAA Championships with a total score of 125 points.Lilly King was once again dominant in the Championship Final of the 100 breaststroke, winning here second-straight NCAA title in the event with a NCAA meet record time of 56.71. King’s time ranks as the second-fastest time in history and second all-time at IU.In winning back-to-back NCAA crowns in the 100 breast, King is the first woman in Big Ten history to win consecutive national championships in league history. The Evansville, Ind. native is also the first swimmer or diver to win three individual NCAA titles in Big Ten history.Also with King’s championship, Indiana becomes the first women’s swimming and diving program in Big Ten history to win a NCAA title four-straight years – King in 2017 and 2016, Jessica Parratto in 2015 and Brooklyn Snodgrass in 2014.In the Championship Final of the 100 butterfly, Gia Dalesandro took eighth place with a time of 51.59. Her mark is the third-best in school history and gives the senior the top-10 times in the event at Indiana.Dalesandro is the first swimmer in program history to earn a spot in the Championship Final of the 100 fly at a NCAA Championships and her eighth-place finish is the best for any IU swimmer in the event.The Hoosiers put an exclamation point on a terrific night, as the team of Ali Rockett, King, Dalesandro and Holly Spears placed fourth overall in the 200 medley relay with a school and Big Ten record time of 1:35.26.All four swimmers had terrific splits for the Hoosiers, highlighted by King’s 50 breast time of 25.62 which was the fastest in the field.IU’s fourth place finish in the 200 medley relay is the best in Indiana history, surpassing the eighth place finish for the Hoosiers in 2008.In the 3-meter dive Consolation Final, Jessica Parratto placed sixth to finish 14th overall with a total of 311.20. Parratto, who placed 10 in the 1-meter dive on Thursday, will look reclaim her platform dive title she won as a freshman in 2015 on Saturday. Parratto did not participate in the NCAA Championships in 2016 after taking an Olympic redshirt season.With their performances on Friday, Dalesandro earned her eighth All-America honor, King her seventh, Parratto her fourth, while Rockett and Spears each notched their second.The Indiana University women’s swimming and diving team will continue competition at the 2017 NCAA Championships on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET with the prelims of the 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform dive and 1,650 freestyle.Be sure to keep up with all the latest news on the Indiana men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams on social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.100 Butterfly8. Gia Dalesandro – 51.59 (All-America)100 Breaststroke1. Lilly King 56.71 – (NCAA Meet Record, All-America)200 Medley Relay4. Ali Rockett, Lilly King, Gia Dalesandro, Holly Spears – 1:35.26 (Big Ten Record, School Record, All-America)3-Meter Dive14. Jessica Parratto – 311.20 (Honorable Mention All-America)FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement to continue the Asian Soybean Rust Pest Information Platform for Education and Extension (PIPE). ASA has been working with USDA and Congress to secure federal funding for PIPE because the system helps protect the U.S. soybean crop valued at more than $30 billion and saves soybean producers millions of dollars annually.”ASA is pleased that USDA will be providing over $750,000 in funding for the soybean rust sentinel plot and diagnostic network in FY09,” said ASA Chairman John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “These USDA funds will be leveraged with approximately $500,000 in federal and state checkoff investments and available state funding to maintain a scaled-down soybean rust sentinel plot and diagnostic network.”As a result of ASA’s successful advocacy efforts, PIPE has been funded with more than $2 million of federal money for each of the last four years. PIPE is a coordinated framework that has been highly effective in helping growers make informed decisions about fungicide application. The system includes a surveillance and monitoring network, a Web-based information management system, criteria for deciding when to apply fungicides, predictive modeling, and outreach. The development of the web-based tracking and early-warning system has greatly enhanced the ability of farmers to manage risk and avoid unnecessary fungicide applications.”While ASA is pleased that USDA will be providing this funding to allow for a continuation of the sentinel plot system and diagnostic network in 2009, ASA believes that an increased funding amount should be made part of USDA’s regular budget for FY2010 and subsequent years,” Hoffman said. “The threat and reality of soybean rust is not going to go away, so we need a long-term funding pipeline for this important program.”ASA strongly supported the President’s budget request last fall for $2.3 million for soybean rust monitoring and control, and contacted Congressional appropriations leaders for funding support. ASA efforts included organization of a coalition of more than 50 diverse stakeholders that urged Congress to provide funding for PIPE.”Approval of these 2009 funds follows ASA efforts to secure continued USDA funding for the system after Congress failed to complete and pass an agriculture appropriations bill in the last Congress,” Hoffman said. “For 2010 and beyond, ASA is urging USDA to increase and make permanent funding for this program.”Soybean rust was first discovered in the U.S. in 2005, and has spread each year to key soybean producing regions. USDA’s Economic Research Service has found that rust management due to PIPE saved farmers an estimated $299 million in 2005. Surveys conducted by land grant universities estimate a $299 million savings in 2006 and another $209 million in 2007. PIPE is administered by the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).”ASA’s joint efforts with USDA in preparing for and now monitoring the advancement of soybean rust have been highly effective,” Hoffman said. “ASA commends the Department for its early recognition of the dangers posed by soybean rust and for the many agencies that have reached out to growers to work together in fighting it.”For more information about PIPE, go to www.sbrusa.net to view the national system of real-time soybean rust monitoring and forecasting that is in place to help growers with prevention management decisions.