The Big Ten Conference was well represented at the 2011 NCAA Championships, hosted by the University of Texas at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The Golden Gophers led all Big Ten teams competing at the national event, tallying 192 points to earn ninth place, collecting their best finish and scoring the most team points at the national meet in Gopher history.
Wisconsin senior Maggie Meyer highlighted the final day of competition with a winning performance in the 200- yard backstroke. Minnesota's Kelci Bryant was the first of three Gophers to claim a national title at this year's championships. Bryant, a product of Chatham, Ill., compiled 349.65 points to win the one-meter title. Gopher senior Jillian Tyler collected her first national title in the 100-yard breaststroke.Teammate Haley Spencer captured the NCAA title in the 200-yard breaststroke, giving the Gophers their third individual title of the championships. Spencer won the event in a career-best time of 2:06.12 seconds.
Penn State newcomer Chelsea Weedman was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Meyer earned the nod as Big Ten Swimmer of the Year. Tyler was named the Swimmer of the Championships while Bryant received Big Ten Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championships laurels after sweeping the springboard events at the conference meet for the second consecutive year. Indiana head general Ray Looze was voted Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year by his peers after guiding the Hoosiers to their third-straight Big Ten Championship and fourth in the past five seasons. Hawkeye mentor Rob Rydze received Diving Coach of the Year recognition from his peers.
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