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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 44

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Olympic Medalists
A number of Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have gone on to compete in various Olympic games, including 41 Olympic medal winners. Twenty-one Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won gold medals in the Olympics, including Indiana swimmer Jim Montgomery who won three golds and a bronze at the 1976 Games in Quebec. Ohio State women's basketball player Katie Smith won three straight gold medals in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games, while four men's basketball players have earned gold medals, including Indiana's Steve Alford (1984), Iowa's Charles Darling (1956) and Ohio State's Jerry Lucas (1960) and Bill Hosket (1968).   

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 38

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NCAA Team Champions
Over 130 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned NCAA team champions, including a few who won national titles all four years they competed. Indiana's Chuck Thomson (1972) and Gary Hall (1973) were both part of the Hoosier swimming & diving team that won six straight NCAA crowns from 1968-73. Ed Banach (1983) was on an Iowa wrestling team that won nine straight titles from 1975-86, while fellow Hawkeye Jeff McGinness (1998) started Iowa's run of six consecutive NCAA crowns from 1995-00. Northwestern's Christy Finch (2008) won four national lacrosse titles from 2005-08.

As the Big Ten continues to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, senior student-athletes Jillian Smith and John Wojciechowski were named the 2013-14 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients for the University of Michigan, which was announced on Tuesday evening at the Academic Awards Banquet held at Crisler Center. Smith is a member of the women's cross country and track and field teams and Wojciechowski swam on the men's swimming and diving squad.

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100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 33

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NCAA Individual Champions
At least 96 Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have been crowned NCAA individual champions during their career, which includes athletes in the sports of men's and women's cross country, men's and women's fencing, men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, men's and women's track & field and wrestling. Men's track & field and wrestling have both produced over 20 national champion Medal of Honor winners.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 27

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Big Ten Individual Champions
At least 280 Medal of Honor recipients have been crowned individual Big Ten Champions during their careers. Two men's cross country runners were victorious each year they competed - Illinois' Craig Virgin (1977) and Michigan's Kevin Sullivan (1998), while Iowa's Ed Banach (1983) took home four straight wrestling crowns. Wisconsin's Kathy Butler (1997) was a 16-time Big Ten Champion in track & field, while Michigan's Carl Johnson (1920) was an eight-time winner in his day. Indiana swimmer Gary Hall (1973) won 10 conference titles and Michigan gymnast Beth Wymer (1995) earned 15 crowns.

2013-14 Men's Swimming & Diving Season in Review

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The Big Ten men's swimming & diving season concluded at the NCAA Championships on March 29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas, as Michigan swam to a fourth-place finish. The Wolverines also took home their fourth consecutive Big Ten Championship this season, earning 889 points at the conference meet.

NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten men's swimming & diving season concluded with 11 top-ten finishes on the final day of the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas, including two national crowns. Michigan's Connor Jaeger and Dylan Bosch both won the national title in the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:29.27) and 200-yard butterfly (1:39.33), respectively. The Wolverines placed fourth overall with 310 points throughout the three-day event, followed by Indiana in 10th place with 141 points, Penn State in 17th place with 63 points and Ohio State in 18th place with 54 points. Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin also received points at the event. For full coverage of the meet, click here.

NCAA Championships Qualifiers: Forty-six Big Ten student-athletes from nine men's swimming & diving schools represented the conference at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, from March 27-29. The complete list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found here.

Bring Home the Hardware: The Big Ten announced the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Year awards following the NCAA Championships, as voted on by the conference coaches. Michigan's Connor Jaeger was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while Indiana's Darian Schmidt was tabbed the Big Ten Diver of the Year. Both recipients earned the honor for the second consecutive year. For the complete release, click here.

We Are the Champions: Michigan captured the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming & Diving Championship, which were held at the Donald B. Canham Natatorium on the campus of Michigan. The title marks the Wolverines' fourth consecutive crown and 38th overall. Michigan compiled 889 points throughout the four-day event. Indiana finished second after collecting 564 points and Ohio State was third with 515 points. Minnesota finished fourth with 378 points, while Penn State recorded 349.5 points to finish fifth. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click here and here.

And the Awards Go To: Following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships, Michigan head coach Mike Bottom picked up Swimming Coach of the Year laurels for the fourth consecutive year. Penn State's Shane Ryan was named the Swimmer of the Championships, while Indiana's Darian Schmidt was tabbed the Diver of the Championships. Minnesota's Jakub Maly was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Indiana diving coach Drew Johansen was named the Diving Coach of the Year. For more on the awards and a complete list of All-Big Ten honorees, click here.

Academic Excellence: On March 26, the conference recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 143 men's swimmers and divers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. The list of swimmers included 76 repeat winners, including 44 two-time honorees and 32 three-time honorees. To read more on the Academic All-Conference team, click here.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 23

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At least 579 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have been a part of teams that have won Big Ten Championships, including at least 44 who won conference titles all four years they competed. Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won four straight crowns in the sports of men's basketball, men's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's and women's tennis, men's track & field and wrestling.

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 19

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At least twenty-one Big Ten Medal of Honor winners have won gold medals in the Olympics, including Illinois' Robert E. Richards (1947, track & field), Indiana's Steve Alford (1987, basketball), Jim Montgomery (1977, swimming), Ken Sitzberger (1967, diving) and Michelle Venturella (1995, softball), Iowa's Ed Banach (1983, wrestling) and Charles Darling (1952, basketball), Michigan's Mike Barrowman (1991, swimming), Brent Lang (1990, swimming) and Davis Tarwater (2006, swimming), Minnesota's Bill Baker (1979, hockey) and Jack McCartan (1958, hockey), Northwestern's Ralph Breyer (1925, swimming) and Harold Osborn (1915, track & field), Ohio State's Bruce Ira Harlan (1950, diving), Bill Hosket (1968, basketball), Jerry Lucas (1963, basketball), Sarah Josephson (1985, synchronized swimming), Katie Smith (1996, basketball) and Harry Dwight Steel (1924, wrestling) and Wisconsin's Carla MacLeod (2005, ice hockey). 

The Big Ten Conference on Wednesday recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who have been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 143 men's swimmers and divers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

The list of players included 76 repeat winners, including 44 two-time honorees and 32 three-time honorees. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here. The full list of Academic All-Big Ten men's swimmers and divers is below.

George Andrews, IND (3)
Ian Boggs, IND (2)
Curtis Goss, IND
Andrew Hull, IND
Mike Hurley, IND (2)
Tanner Kurz, IND
Cody Miller, IND (2)
Michael Mohler, IND (3)
Bryce Ogden, IND
Joe Powell, IND (2)
Eric Ress, IND (3)
Steve Schmuh, IND (2)
Grayson Smith, IND
John Winck, IND
Manuel Belzer, IOWA (3)
Addison Boshult, IOWA
Matthew Boyd, IOWA
David Ernstsson, IOWA
Charles Holliday, IOWA
Maverick Hovey, IOWA
Mike Nelson, IOWA
Tyler Nichols, IOWA
Kyle Noser, IOWA (3)
Andrew Parker, IOWA
Dustin Rhoads, IOWA (3)
Luke Snow, IOWA
Hassaan Abdel Khalik, MICH (3)
Kevin Bain, MICH (2)
Dylan Bosch, MICH
Peter Brumm, MICH
Kyle Duckitt, MICH (3)
Richard Funk, MICH (2)
Justin Glanda, MICH
Connor Jaeger, MICH (3)
Ryutaro Kamyia, MICH
Zach Kelch, MICH (3)
Nick Killeen, MICH
Dan Miller, MICH (2)
David Moore, MICH (3)
Bruno Ortiz, MICH (2)
Henry Parker, MICH
Jeremy Raisky, MICH
Will Raynor, MICH
Nate Rietberg, MICH (2)
James Ross, MICH (2)
Sean Ryan, MICH (2)
Paul Soley, MICH
John Wojciechowski, MICH (3)
Jake Austermann, MSU (3)
Eric Chisholm, MSU
Jacob Cook, MSU
Pat Falconer, MSU (3)
Drew Goins, MSU (3)
Nick Grider, MSU (2)
Adam Marsh, MSU
Charles Mauer, MSU
Nick McGowan, MSU (3)
Rob McGowan, MSU (2)
Nick Roberts, MSU (3)
Sam Schulze, MSU (3)
Michael Uggeri, MSU (3)
Bryan Williams, MSU (2)
David Zoltowski, MSU (2)
Benjamin Bravence, MINN
Alejandro Cisneros, MINN
Jason Hartbarger, MINN
Christopher Johnson, MINN
Erik Larsen, MINN (2)
Garin Marlow, MINN (2)
Ryan Miksch, MINN
Carl Newenhouse, MINN (2)
Emanuel Pollard, MINN
Logan Redondo, MINN
Derek Toomey, MINN (3)
Sandy Whitaker, MINN (2)
John Andrade, NU
Uula Auren, NU (2)
Van Donkergoed, NU
Brien Gerber, NU (3)
Ross McAuliffe, NU
Nick Pinkerton, NU (3)
Will Rosler, NU (2)
Aaron Sears, NU
Andrew Seitz, NU (2)
Tim Smith, NU (3)
Chase Stephens, NU (3)
Matt Wilcox, NU (2)
Jordan Wilimovsky, NU
Ian Betts, OSU (2)
Andrew Braun, OSU
Ryan Bubb, OSU
Keller Callahan, OSU
Chris Cowley, OSU (2)
Chris DePietro, OSU
Daniel DiSalle, OSU
Michael DiSalle, OSU (2)
Dmitry Dolgov, OSU (2)
Michael Gallagher, OSU (3)
Tamas Gercsak, OSU (2)
Peter Lyon, OSU
DJ MacDonald, OSU (2)
Connor McDonald, OSU
Alex Miller, OSU (2)
Jovan Mitrovic, OSU
Sean Monahan, OSU
Ray Osterhage, OSU (2)
Dominic Pecze, OSU (2)
Tyler Stevenson, OSU
David Stone, OSU
Garrett Trebilcock, OSU (3)
Gavin Trebilcock, OSU (2)
Rowan Williams, OSU (2)
Gunnar Wolfe, OSU
John Zucca, OSU (2)
Nicholas Ankosko, PSU
Shane Austin, PSU (2)
Jonathan Ekstrom, PSU (2)
Peter Fittin, PSU
Matthew Grillo, PSU
Scott Heil, PSU
Lucas Kachurick, PSU
Kyle Madley, PSU
Matthew Salig, PSU (3)
Nathaniel Savoy, PSU (2)
Timothy Schenkel, PSU (2)
Jonathan Seiferth, PSU
Andrew Sideras, PSU (3)
Collin Baker, PUR
Evan Barta, PUR
Jamie Bissett, PUR (2)
Matt Friede, PUR (3)
Eduard Galdeano, PUR (3)
Manuel Gutierrez, PUR (2)
Nate Hopkins, PUR
Bo Ilgenfritz, PUR
Jacob McGough, PUR (3)
Jan Karel Petric, PUR (2)
Jim Riegger, PUR
Jes Stephens, PUR
Luke Trimmer, PUR (3)
Nicholas Caldwell, WIS
Ryan O'Donnell, WIS
Drew teDuits, WIS (2)

100 Days of the Big Ten Medal of Honor: Day 15

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At least 632 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipients have also earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition, including 308 three-time and 80 four-time honorees. Football has the most Academic All-Big Ten selections (132), followed by track & field (84), swimming & diving (69), basketball (61), tennis (37), gymnastics (35), cross country (34), soccer (32) and volleyball (30).
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