August 31 ILLINOIS at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill. IOWA at Western Illinois Early Bird Open - Macomb, Ill. # 12 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich. # 17 MICHIGAN STATE at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mount Pleasant, Mich. PENN STATE at Lock Haven Dolan Duals - Lock Haven, Pa. PURDUE at Valparaiso Crusader Invitational - Valparaiso, Ind.
September 1 NEBRASKA at Creighton/UNO Classic - Omaha, Neb. OHIO STATE at Flyer 5K Challenge - Dayton, Ohio
August 31 ILLINOIS at Illini Challenge - Urbana, Ill. IOWA at Western Illinois Early Bird Open - Macomb, Ill. # 19 MICHIGAN at Michigan Open - Ann Arbor, Mich. MICHIGAN STATE at Jeff Drenth Memorial - Mount Pleasant, Mich. PENN STATE at Lock Haven Dolan Duals - Lock Haven, Pa. PURDUE at Valparaiso Crusader Invitational - Valparaiso, Ind.
September 1 NEBRASKA at Creighton/UNO Classic - Omaha, Neb. OHIO STATE at Flyer 5K Challenge - Dayton, Ohio
August 31 #11 Stanford at MICHIGAN STATE - 3 p.m. #15 OHIO STATE at #25 American - 3 p.m. Missouri State at INDIANA - 4 p.m. #20 NORTHWESTERN at #16 California - 5 p.m. #9 PENN STATE at #6 Connecticut - 7 p.m.
September 1 Delaware at #10 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m.
September 2 #15 OHIO STATE at #1 Maryland - 1 p.m. Missouri State at #12 IOWA - 2 p.m. #22 Maine at #10 MICHIGAN - 2 p.m. Lafayette at #9 PENN STATE - 2 p.m. #20 NORTHWESTERN at Pacific - 4 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at MICHIGAN STATE - 4 p.m.
August 31 #25 NORTHWESTERN def. Kentucky (2-1, OT) Washington def. WISCONSIN (3-2) MICHIGAN def. Vermont (3-0) PENN STATE def. Duquesne (1-0) # 16 Coastal Carolina tied OHIO STATE (1-1, 2OT) #10 INDIANA def. Clemson (3-0)
September 2 #25 NORTHWESTERN tied South Carolina (0-0, 2OT) # 21 Georgetown def. PENN STATE (2-1) San Diego State tied # 10 INDIANA (0-0, 2OT) OHIO STATE def. Davidson (3-2, OT) Cleveland State def. MICHIGAN (3-0) WISCONSIN tied Portland (1-1, 2OT)
August 31 #7 PURDUE vs. #12 Washington  - 1 p.m. WISCONSIN vs. James Madison  - 2 p.m. IOWA vs. Eastern Illinois  - 4:30 p.m. MICHIGAN STATE (rv) vs. Fairfield  - 5 p.m. OHIO STATE (rv) vs. Binghamton  - 5 p.m. NORTHWESTERN vs. Drake  - 6 p.m. #7 PURDUE vs. Rice  - 6 p.m. Cleveland State at INDIANA  - 7 p.m. - www.btn.com Central Michigan at #22 MICHIGAN  - 7 p.m. #15 Iowa State at #19 ILLINOIS  - 8 p.m. - www.btn.com WISCONSIN vs. Cal State Northridge (rv)  - 8 p.m. #9 Stanford at #4 PENN STATE  - 8 p.m. - BTN Long Island at #16 MINNESOTA  - 9 p.m.
September 1 IOWA vs. Toledo  - 10 a.m. MICHIGAN STATE (rv) vs. Dartmouth  - 10 a.m. Miami (Oh) at #16 MINNESOTA  - 11 a.m. UMBC at #22 MICHIGAN  - 11 a.m. OHIO STATE (rv) vs. Seton Hall  - 11 a.m. NORTHWESTERN vs. Cincinnati  - Noon Bowling Green at INDIANA  - Noon #7 PURDUE at LSU  - 2 p.m. #15 Iowa State at #19 ILLINOIS  - 5:30 p.m. - www.btn.com #1 NEBRASKA vs. Colgate  - 6 p.m. IOWA at Oakland  - 7 p.m. Georgia Tech at INDIANA  - 7 p.m. #2 Texas at #4 PENN STATE  - 7 p.m. Arkansas at #22 MICHIGAN  - 7:30 p.m. MICHIGAN STATE (rv) at Connecticut  - 7:30 p.m. OHIO STATE (rv) at Maryland  - 7:30 p.m. Albany at #16 MINNESOTA  - 9 p.m. NORTHWESTERN at New Mexico State  - 9 p.m. WISCONSIN at Long Beach State (rv)  - 10 p.m. #1 NEBRASKA at UC Irvine  - 11 p.m.
Legend  - Tiger Classic - Baton Rouge, La.  - Long Beach State Invitational - Long Beach, Calif.  - Oakland Tournament - Rochester, Mich.  - University of Connecticut Classic - Storrs, Conn.  - Maryland Tournament - College Park, Md.  - New Mexico State Tournament - Las Cruces, N.M.  - Indiana Invitational - Bloomington, Ind.  - adidas/Michigan Challenge - Ann Arbor, Mich.  - Fighting Illini Classic - Champaign, Ill.  - Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic - University Park, Pa.  - Diet Coke Classic - Minneapolis, Minn.  - Irvine, Calif.
Indiana men's soccer player, Eriq Zavaleta, was named Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week, it was announced on Wednesday. The sophomore forward scored three goals last weekend en route to two wins and a team title at the Billiken Classic. Zavaleta, A MAC-Hermann Trophy Watch List player, was the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week.
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Indiana women's swimming standout Margaux Farrell has been tabbed a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, which celebrates outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.
Farrell is an 11-time All-American and two-time captain for Indiana. The Hoosier recently won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics as a member of France's 4x200 freestyle relay team.
In September, three finalists will be chosen from each NCAA division to form nine finalists and the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Oct. 14.
Penn State and Wisconsin appear in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings poll released today. The Nittany Lions (3-1-0) check in at No. 8, while the Badgers (3-0-0) jump six spots from their last ranking to No. 14.
Illinois, Michigan, and Minnesota also received votes.
Four Big Ten women's cross country teams garnered rankings in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches' top 30 poll, released on Tuesday. Michigan tops the list of ranked conference teams, standing at No. 12. Michigan State joins Michigan in the top 20, checking in at No. 17. Minnesota holds No. 27, followed by Wisconsin at No. 29. Iowa, Northwestern and Penn State all received votes to begin the campaign.
Click here to see the complete national preseason poll.
Four Big Ten men's cross country teams have earned spots in the preseason USTFCCCA national coaches' top 30 poll, announced on Tuesday. Defending national and Big Ten Champion Wisconsin tops the poll at No 1. Indiana checks in as the next conference team ranked, coming in at No. 13. Minnesota and Michigan also appear in the top 20, as the Golden Gophers stand at No. 18 and the Wolverines open the season at No. 19. Other conference squads receiving votes were Ohio State and Michigan State.
Six Big Ten volleyball teams appear in this week's AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, led by No. 1 Nebraska. The Huskers received 32 first-place votes and sit atop the poll after taking down former No. 1 UCLA on Saturday. Nebraska is followed by No. 4 Penn State and No. 7 Purdue in the top-10. Minnesota sits at No. 16, while Illinois is No. 19 and Michigan is No. 22. Ohio State and Michigan State are also receiving votes in the poll.
The USTFCCCA released its Division I women's cross country regional rankings on Monday. The entire list of the Big Ten teams' regional rankings can be found below, while the complete rankings can be found here.
GREAT LAKES 1. Michigan 2. Michigan State 5. Wisconsin 6. Indiana 8. Ohio State
The USTFCCCA released its Division I men;s cross country regional rankings on Monday. The entire list of the Big Ten teams' regional rankings can be found below, while the complete rankings can be found here.
GREAT LAKES 1. Wisconsin 2. Indiana 3. Michigan 5. Michigan State 6. Ohio State 13. Purdue
Forty-Six Big Ten players were named to the Senior Bowl watch list, it was announced this week. The Big Ten has the second highest amount of players on the watch list. Nebraska is tied for the lead among all schools with nine players on the list, while Ohio State is one of six schools with eight or more players.
The list of Big Ten players named to the Senior Bowl watch list can be found below:
Michael Buchanan, Illinois Terry Hawthorne, Illinois Graham Pocic, Illinois Keenan Davis, Iowa James Ferentz, Iowa Micah Hyde, Iowa James Vandenberg, Iowa Kenny Demens, Michigan JT Floyd, Michigan Jordan Kovacs, Michigan Denard Robinson, Michigan Craig Roh, Michigan Roy Roundtree, Michigan Johnny Adams, Michigan State Dan Conroy, Michigan State Anthony Rashad White, Michigan State Mitchell White, Michigan State Rex Burkhead, Nebraska Will Compton, Nebraska Ben Cotton, Nebraska Sean Fisher, Nebraska Brett Maher, Nebraska Cameron Meredith, Nebraska Kyler Reed, Nebraska Daimon Stafford, Nebraska Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska Brian Mulroe, Northwestern Zach Boren, Ohio State Reid Fragel, Ohio State Travis Howard, Ohio State Orhian Johnson, Ohio State Etienne Sabino, Ohio State John Simon, Ohio State Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State Nathan Williams, Ohio State Jordan Hill, Penn State Gerald Hodges, Penn State Pete Massaro, Penn State Mike Mauti, Penn State Matt Stankiewitch, Penn State Michael Zordich, Penn State Kawann Short, Purdue Montee Ball, Wisconsin Devin Smith, Wisconsin Mike Taylor, Wisconsin Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin
Thirteen Big Ten women's soccer players were recently named to Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100 Upperclassmen list. Nine of the 12 conference schools were represented on the list, including Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
The list of Big Ten standouts is below. The complete list can be found HERE.
2. Christine Nairn, PSU 10. Vanessa DiBernardo, ILL 13. Maya Hayes, PSU 22. Cloe Lacasse, IOWA 31. Olivia Stander, MSU 33. Taylor Schram, PSU 47. Jordan Jackson, NEB 55. Taylor Uhl, MINN 63. Danica Wu, OSU 68. Annie Steinlage, MSU 76. Cara Walls, WIS 83. Cat Parkhill, MINN 95. Nkem Ezurike, MICH
Penn State, Wisconsin and Illinois appear in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire National Rankings poll released today. The Nittany Lions (2-0-0) jumped three spots from their preseason ranking to No. 6, while the Badgers (2-0-0) came in at No. 20. The Illini (1-0-1) clocked in at No. 22.
Five Big Ten schools were tabbed among the top 25 in the preseason Associated Press poll. Michigan led the way for the conference at No. 8 overall. Two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin appeared at No. 12, while reigning Legends Division Champion Michigan State was rated No. 13. Nebraska and Ohio State rounded out the conference contingent at No. 17 and 18, respectively.
Two Big Ten women's basketball teams will appear on ESPN2's 2013 Big Monday schedule, it was announced Thursday, as Penn State and Purdue will square off in State College, Pa. on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. ET.
Ranked in the top 20 in a preseason poll by ESPN.com, No. 7 Penn State and No. 18 Purdue face off in a rematch from last season's semifinal round of the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue knocked out the Lady Lions, the regular season Big Ten Champions, on a last second layup en route to its Big Ten leading eighth tournament crown.
Five Big Ten teams were tabbed among the top 25 in the Sports Illustrated preseason college football poll, including a pair of conference teams among the top 10. Two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin led the way at No. 6 overall, while reigning Legends Division Champion Michigan State was ranked No. 8 overall. The Badgers and Spartans met in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game last December, with Wisconsin earning the victory and a second-straight trip to the Rose Bowl Game. Other Big Ten programs among the Sports Illustrated top 25 are No. 13 Michigan, No. 19 Nebraska and No. 22 Ohio State.
Four Big Ten men's soccer teams will travel to Fort Wayne, Ind. to compete in the 12th annual Shindigz National Soccer Festival this weekend. Indiana, Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin will represent the conference in the three-day exhibition event Thursday through Saturday.
Wisconsin will be the first conference squad to take the field, as the Badgers face No. 7 Louisville at 5 p.m. CT on Friday. Michigan State and Ohio State will also see action on Friday, when the Spartans battle host IPFW at 6 p.m. CT and the Buckeyes take on Duke at 7 p.m. CT.
On Saturday, No. 12 Indiana will wrap up Big Ten play at the festival when the Hoosiers face professional Mexican side Chivas de Guadalajara, the most successful club in Mexican football, at 6 p.m. CT. The match will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel.
Since 2000 the Shindigz National Soccer Festival has evolved into a true festival complete with youth clinics, golf outings, live entertainment, food vendors, tailgating parties and giveaway prizes. All games are played at IPFW's Hefner Soccer Complex.
Five Big Ten soccer standouts were named to the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) Hermann Trophy watch list, it was announced on Monday. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in intercollegiate soccer.
The list of Big Ten players on the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list can be found below.
Vanessa DiBernardo, Illinois Maya Hayes, Penn State* Chris Hegngi, Ohio State Christine Nairn, Penn State Eriq Zavaleta, Indiana
The Big Ten leads the country with seven volleyball teams ranked in the AVCA Division I Coaches 2012 Preseason Poll, including four
top-10 squads, which also leads the nation. Penn State leads the conference contingent at No. 3, followed by Big Ten Champion Nebraska at No. 4. After reaching the NCAA
Championship final, Illinois begins the season ranked seventh in the country, while Purdue comes in at No. 9. Minnesota begins the season at No. 16, Michigan is No. 23 and Ohio State is No. 24. Michigan State is also receiving votes in the preseason rankings.
Former Illinois men's basketball player Deron Williams helped Team USA to a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics, becoming just the third athlete in school history to win multiple gold medals. Williams averaged 9.0 points and 4.6 assists as Team USA went 8-0 to win gold for the second straight Olympics. FULL STORY
In preseason rankings released by ESPN and the Sporting News, the Big Ten is one of only two conferences to have five or more teams ranked in each poll's top 25. Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin appear in both rankings' top 25, with the Wolverines leading the way in each at No. 8. The other four teams each boast a top 20 ranking in one or both preseason polls, including Michigan State (No. 12 ESPN/No. 13 Sporting News), Wisconsin (No. 15/No. 12), Ohio State (No. 14/No. 22) and Nebraska (No. 21/No. 17).
Jordan Burroughs (USA, Nebraska) struck gold in London today, defeating Iran's Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi at 74kgs in the men's freestyle. Burroughs, who has now won 38 straight freestyle matches, took down Goudarzi 1-0, 1-0 en route to his first Olympic gold. For the results of today's gold medal match, click HERE.
Jake Herbert (USA, Northwestern) hits the mat tomorrow at 84kg. To see the complete bracket, click HERE.
Deron Williams (Illinois) and the USA men's basketball squad throttled Argentina 109-83, advancing to Sunday's gold medal match against Spain. Williams scored six points with six assists en route to victory. Spain vs. Russia (Replay) | Argentina vs. USA (Replay)
Medalists through Day 14 Betsey Armstrong - women's water polo (gold) Jordan Burroughs - men's freestyle wrestling (gold) David Boudia - synchronized 10M springboard (bronze) Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver) Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold) Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze) Derek Drouin - men's long jump (bronze) Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze) Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver) Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver) Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold) Karina Leblanc - women's soccer (bronze) Erin McLeod - women's soccer (bronze) Carmelina Moscato - women's soccer (bronze) Michael
Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x100 medley relay (gold), 4x200
freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay
(silver) Lauren Sesselman - women's soccer (bronze) Barbara Spotakova - women's javelin (gold) Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold) Brittany Timko - women's soccer (bronze) Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze) Emily Zurrer - women's soccer (bronze)
Betsey Armstrong (Michigan) and the USA water polo squad struck gold today, defeating Spain 8-5 in the gold medal match. The USA women wins its first gold in water polo, after bronze in 2004 and silver in 2008. If you missed it, check it out HERE.
Barbara Spotakova (Minnesota, Czech Republic) can add another gold medal to her collection, as the former Golden Gopher captured gold at her second consecutive Summer Games in the javelin throw. Spotakova notched a distance of 69.55 meters, topping Germany's Christina Obergfoll by over four meters. For the complete standings, click HERE.
Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and the USA women's basketball squad defeated Australia 86-73 on Thursday, advancing to Saturday's gold medal match. The USA found themselves down four points after two periods, with Australia connecting on 61 percent of their field goals in the first half. The USA held the Australian team to only nine field goals after the break, outscoring their opponents 43-28 en route to victory. The USA will face France in the gold medal game. Select the links below to view semifinal action. Russia vs. France (Replay) | USA vs. Australia (Replay)
Head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota) and the USA women's volleyball squad continued their dominant performance in London on Thursday, defeating Korea in straight sets to earn a spot in Saturday's gold medal match. The USA team, featuring Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State), have not dropped a set in five consecutive matches. The USA will now face Brazil in a 2008 gold medal rematch, as the Brazilian squad took down the Americans in 2008.
The Canadian women's soccer team, featuring Emily Zurrer (Illinois), Karina Leblanc (Nebraska), Brittany Timko (Nebraska), Erin McLeod (Penn State), Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue), claimed a bronze medal this morning with their 1-0 win over France. France attempted 25 shots, including four on goal, but goalkeeper McLeod and defenders Moscato and Sesselman helped to hold the Canadian squad scoreless. If you missed this morning's match, click HERE.
Medalists through Day 13 Betsey Armstrong - women's water polo (gold)
ESPN's College GameDay Covered by State Farm returns for its ninth season and will make a stop in Bloomington, Ind., as Indiana hosts Michigan on Feb. 2. The matchup is the only one on the schedule that includes two teams ranked in the top five of ESPN.com's early preseason poll, as the Hoosiers come in at No. 1, and the Wolverines are ranked No. 5. Click HERE for more information.
Former Big Ten track and field athletes Jeff Porter (USA, Michigan), Nicole Sifuentes (Canada, Michigan), Ineta Radevica (Latvia, Nebraska) and Hilary Stellingwerff (Canada, Wisconsin) continue their quests for gold today in London! Click HERE for live action.
Penn State and Illinois have both earned top-25 consideration in the preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA women's soccer rankings.
After winning its 14th consecutive Big Ten Championship in 2011, the Nittany Lions lead the way at No. 9. The Fighting Illini check in at No. 19 after capturing the Big Ten Tournament title last season.
Two Big Ten men's soccer teams have earned top-25 rankings in the NSCAA/Continental Tire preseason poll, released on Tuesday
After capping the 2011 season with its 25th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance, Indiana leads the way at No. 12. After winning both the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Tournament last season, Northwestern comes in at No. 20.
Derek Drouin (Canada, Indiana) won a bronze medal in the men's
high jump on Tuesday, posting a leap 2.29 meters for a third-place
finish. Jeff Porter (USA, Michigan), also qualified through first-round heats of the 110 hurdles and will compete in the semifinals on Wednesday. Barbora Spotakova (Czech Republic, Minnesota) posted the top qualifying distance in the javelin throw, while Ineta Radevica (Latvia, Nebraska) qualified for the women's long jump final.
Goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong (Michigan) and the USA women's water polo squad took down Australia in an 11-9 thriller this morning, advancing to Thursday's gold medal match. Tied 9-9 at the end of regulation, the USA team posted two goals in the first overtime period, while Armstrong held the Australians scoreless in the extra frames. The USA will face the winner of Hungary-Spain in the finals.
Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and the USA women's basketball squad took down Krista Phillips (Michigan), Chelsea Aubry (Nebraska) and the Canadian national team, 91-48, this morning in quarterfinal action. For a replay of USA vs. Canada, click HERE
Four athletes that played men's basketball at current Big Ten schools are in action at the 2012 Olympics.
Illinois' Deron Williams has helped Team USA jump out to a 4-0 start in preliminary round action, and scored 13 points with 11 assists in the squad's record-setting 156-73 win over Nigeria. In addition, Nebraska's Aleks Maric has helped Australia to a 3-2 record, and the Huskers' Ade Dagunduro is 1-3 with Nigeria. Illinois' Robert Archibald and Great Britain are 0-4.
The Big Ten was heavily represented in women's soccer semifinal action today, as the USA took down Canada (4-3) in semifinal action. The Canadian team features six players from Big Ten institutions, including Emily Zurrer (Illinois), Karina Leblanc (Nebraska), Brittany Timko (Nebraska), Erin McLeod (Penn State), Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue). Japan defeated France (2-1) this morning and will face the USA match up in Thursday's gold medal game. Canada will take on France in Thursday's bronze medal match. Follow the links for today's action. Japan vs. France (Replay) | USA vs. Canada (Replay)
Michael Phelps (USA, Michigan) earned the 17th gold medal of his career and 21st overall, placing first in the 100 butterfly in London. Phelps clocked a time of 51.21 to stand atop the podium for the third time in the 2012 Games. Phelps has now captured three golds and two silvers at the London Games.
The USA women's volleyball squad, featuring head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota), Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State), clinched the top seed in Group B with a 3-0 win over Serbia on Friday. Click HERE to watch the replay.
In women's basketball action, Chelsea Aubry (Canada, Nebraska) and Krista Phillips (Canada, Michigan) hit the hard wood against Brazil this morning. Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota) and Team USA continue their quest for gold, as they face the Czech Republic at 4:15 p.m. CT. To watch each match-up, follow the links. Canada vs. Brazil | USA vs. Czech Republic.
The Canadian women's soccer team, featuring Emily Zurrer (Illinois), Karina Leblanc (Nebraska), Brittany Timko (Nebraska), Erin McLeod (Penn State), Carmelina Moscato (Penn State) and Lauren Sesselmann (Purdue), defeated host Great Britain 2-0 to advance to the semifinals. Canada will take on the USA team on Monday, Aug. 6. For the replay, click HERE.
Medalists through Day 7 David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze) Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver) Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold) Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze) Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze) Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver) Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver) Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold) Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 100 butterfly (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver) Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold) Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)
The Big Ten was one of two conferences with four or more teams ranked among the top 16 in the USA Today coaches preseason poll. Michigan led the way for the Big Ten at No. 8 overall after finishing last year at No. 9 following a victory in the Sugar Bowl. Two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin was rated No. 12 overall, followed by reigning Legends Division champion Michigan State at No. 13 and Nebraska at No. 16.
Michael Phelps (USA, Michigan) swam to gold in the 200 individual medley on Thursday, becoming the first man to win the same individual event in three consecutive Olympic Games. Phelps has now tallied an Olympic record 20 medals in his career, including 16 of the gold variety. Fellow Wolverine Tyler Clary (USA) also added to the Big Ten medal count with an Olympic record gold medal performance in the 200 backstroke.
Janine Hanson (Canada, Michigan) captured a silver medal this morning in the women's eight rowing event. Hanson and the Canadian squad stroked to a second place finish in 6:12.06. The USA (6:10.59) and Netherlands (6:13.12) took home gold and bronze, respectively. Watch the full replay HERE.
Men's basketball features six preliminary games today with Robert Archibald (Great Britain, Illinois), Ade Dagunduro (Nigeria, Nebraska), Aleks Maric (Australia, Nebraska) and Deron Williams (USA, Illinois) taking the court. This morning Maric helped Australia to an 81-61 victory over Japan. To see a replay of the game, click HERE. Williams and the USA basketball team throttled Nigeria, 156-73, on a record-breaking night. Williams tallied 13 points as the Americans breezed to a victory, setting Olympic records for points in a game and points in a half (78). The USA is undefeated in preliminary action (3-0) and sits alone atop the Group A standing. Watch a replay of the game HERE.
In a match-up of Group B heavyweights, Matt Anderson (Penn State) and the USA men's volleyball squad thwarted Brazil, 3-1, in a 2008 Olympic Gold Medal rematch. Anderson continued his Olympic success, totaling 14 points in the victory as Team USA became the lone leader in Group B's preliminary standings. To see the full standings, click HERE.
Medalists after Day 6 David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze) Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver) Tyler Clary - 200 backstroke* (gold) Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze) Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze) Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver) Janine Hanson - rowing eight (silver) Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold) Michael Phelps - 200 individual medley (gold), 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver) Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold) Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)
Four athletes that played at Big Ten schools are currently competing in men's basketball at the 2012 Olympics.
Two-time All-Big Ten selection Deron Williams of Illinois has helped Team USA jump out to a 2-0 record in the preliminary rounds and is averaging 6.0 points, 5.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 36 total minutes of play.
Illinois' Robert Archibald (Great Britain) and Nebraska's Ade Dagunduro (Nigeria) both have their teams out to 1-1 starts, and the Huskers' Aleks Maric has logged minutes for 0-2 Australia.
Natalie Dell (USA, Penn State) notched a bronze medal on Wednesday in the women's rowing quadruple sculls event. Dell, along with Kara Kohler, Megan Kalmoe and Adrienne Martelli, finished in 6:40.63 to place third. Ukraine (6:35.93) and Germany (6:38.09) took home gold and silver, respectively. For the full replay, click HERE.
Margaux Farrell (France, Indiana) captured bronze Wednesday afternoon in the 4x200 freestyle relay. Farrell was apart of France's qualifying relay squad. Roger Espinoza (Ohio State) and the Honduras squad battled Japan to a 0-0 tie on Wednesday. After three matches, Japan leads Group D with seven points, followed by Honduras with five. Click HERE for the complete standings.
Goalkeeper Betsey Armstrong (Michigan) and the USA women's water polo squad drew a 9-9 tie on Wednesday against Spain in a Group A match. Through two matches, both teams are tied for first in their group with three points. For the Olympic standings, click HERE.
After defeating No. 2 Brazil on Monday, the USA women's volleyball team took down No. 3 China 3-0 on Wednesday. The USA squad, featuring head coach Hugh McCutcheon (Minnesota), Lindsey Berg (Minnesota), Jordan Larson (Nebraska), Christa Harmotto (Penn State) and Megan Hodge (Penn State), move to 3-0 in Group play. To see the standings, click HERE
Lindsay Whalen (USA, Minnesota) poured in 14 points, with six rebounds and three steals in a 89-58 win against Turkey on Wednesday. The Americans are now 3-0 in pool play and face China (3-0) on Sunday.
Canada's Krista Phillips (Michigan) and Chelsea Aubry (Nebraska) hit the hardwood Wednesday morning against France in Group B action of women's basketball. If you haven't seen the game, check it out HERE.
Medalists after Day 5 David Boudia, synchronized 10M springboard (bronze) Kelci Bryant - synchronized 3M springboard (silver) Natalie Dell - rowing quadruple sculls (bronze) Margaux Farrell - 4x200 freestyle relay (bronze) Matt Grevers - 100 backstroke* (gold), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver) Charlie Houchin - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold) Michael Phelps - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold), 200 butterfly (silver), 4x100 freestyle relay (silver) Davis Tarwater - 4x200 freestyle relay (gold) Peter Vanderkaay - 400 freestyle (bronze)