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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.

The 2014 National Collegiate Men's Gymnastics National Championships qualifier selections were announced on Tuesday by the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Committee, with all seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams earning a spot.

The national qualifier, which consists of two pre-qualifying sessions, will be conducted April 10 at the Crisler Center on the campus of Michigan. Three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each pre-qualifying session to the finals session. Final competitions will take place April 11-12, also at Michigan.

Michigan won the 2013 title with a team score of 443.200.

For qualifying teams, individuals and scores, click here.

Minnesota Tops Florida State to Move onto NIT Final

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Minnesota posted a 67-64 overtime win over Florida State in the NIT semifinals, moving onto Thursday's championship game, where the Gophers will face SMU.

Tuesday, April 1
NO. 1 MINNESOTA 67, No. 1 Florida State 64

Sheehey, Crawford to Compete in Reese's All-Star Game

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The NABC announced that Indiana's Will Sheehey and Northwestern's Drew Crawford will both compete in the Reese's Division I College All-Star game, which will be played as part of the Final Four Friday at the NCAA Tournament.

The All-Star game will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. The teams are comprised of senior student-athletes in NCAA Division I.

Sheehey will be a member of the East team, while Crawford will compete for the West squad. The game will be telecast on tape delay on Saturday, April 5, from Noon-2 p.m. ET on CBS Sports.  

Penn State's Taylor Wins Hodge Trophy

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Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler David Taylor, firmly established as one of collegiate wrestling's all-time greats, has been named the 2014 Dan Hodge Trophy Winner, collegiate wrestling's Heisman Trophy. Taylor, who recently capped off a stellar collegiate career with an unbeaten season and his second NCAA individual title, won the award for the second time. For just the third time in the 20-year history of the Dan Hodge Trophy, college wrestling's top award will go to same individual more than once in a career. Taylor dominated the official ballots in the same way he did opponents on the mat, winning 38 of the 43 official votes from the Hodge Trophy Voting Committee. Taylor joins his coach and three-time winner Cael Sanderson (2000-2002) and Missouri's Ben Askren (2006-07) as the only multiple-time winners in the two-decade history of the award, as he also won the Hodge in 2012. A wrestler from a Big Ten school has taken home the honor on eight occasions, including six out of the last seven years.

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Seven Big Ten Gymnasts Earn All-America Honors

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Seven Big Ten women's gymnasts earned All-America honors by the National Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches Association. Gymnasts are chosen based on their final individual ranks in all four positions and the all-around entering NCAA Regional competition. The top eight gymnasts in each event based on Regional Qualifying Scores are given first-team honors, while gymnasts ranked ninth through 16th are given second-team honors. Michigan's Joanna Sampson and Austin Sheppard, Minnesota's Lindsay Mable and Nebraska's Emily Wong were named to the first team, while Illinois' Amber See, Nebraska's Jessie DeZiel and Penn State's Kassidy Stauder earned second-team honors.

First Team
All-Around
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Joanna Sampson, Michigan
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota

Vault
Austin Sheppard, Michigan

Floor
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota
Joanna Sampson, Michigan

Second Team
Vault
Jessie DeZiel, Nebraska
Lindsay Mable, Minnesota

Bars
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Joanna Sampson, Michigan

Balance Beam
Emily Wong, Nebraska
Kassidy Stauder, Penn State

Floor
Amber See, Illinois

 

 

Six Teams Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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In the latest GymInfo Top 25 poll, six Big Ten women's gymnastics teams are ranked. Michigan checks in at No. 7, followed by No. 9 Nebraska, No. 11 Illinois and No. 14 Minnesota. Penn State and Ohio State are ranked No. 15 and No. 22, respectively.

For the complete poll, click here.

All Seven Teams Ranked in Latest GymInfo Poll

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All seven Big Ten men's gymnastics teams appear in the latest GymInfo Top 15 poll, including three squads among the top five. Ohio State leads the way at No. 2, followed by third-ranked Michigan and fifth-ranked Illinois. Penn State checks in at No. 6, followed by No. 7 Minnesota, No. 8 Iowa and No. 11 Nebraska.

For the complete poll, click here.

Minnesota Takes on Florida State in NIT Semifinals

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Minnesota and Florida State will collide in Tuesday's second NIT semifinal at Madison Square Garden. The Golden Gophers defeated the Seminoles during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 3. 

Tuesday, April 1
NO. 1 MINNESOTA vs. No. 1 Florida State, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)

All times Eastern

2013-14 Big Ten Wrestling Season in Review

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The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013-14 wrestling season, highlighted by Penn State's fourth-straight NCAA and Big Ten titles, six individual national crowns and a three teams earning a share of the Big Ten Dual-Meet Championship - Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State.

Four-Peat: Penn State won the 2014 NCAA Wrestling Championship title on March 22 at the Chesapeake Energy Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. The crown marked the fourth straight national title for the Nittany Lions and the eighth year in a row that a Big Ten school has taken home the NCAA Championship. Prior to Penn State's run of four straight crowns, Iowa claimed three consecutive titles from 2008-10 and Minnesota won the championship in 2007. In a tightly contested team race, Penn State tallied 109.5 points to finish 5.5 points ahead of second place Minnesota (104.0 points). Oklahoma State, Iowa and Edinboro rounded out the top five with 96.5, 78.5 and 62.0 points, respectively. Ohio State and Northwestern also finished in the top 10, as the Buckeyes took sixth place (57.0 points) and the Wildcats finished in ninth (46.0). For more on the NCAA Championships, click HERE.

Individual Accomplishments: The Nittany Lions' Ed Ruth (184 pounds) and David Taylor (165) each won individual titles to push Penn State to the national crown. Ruth becomes the first Nittany Lion to win three NCAA titles, while Taylor took home his second national title. Illinois' Jesse Delgado (125), Iowa's Tony Ramos (133), Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis (149) and Ohio State's Logan Stieber (141) also won national championships to give the Big Ten six of the 10 individual crowns. Stieber's title marked his third NCAA title, while Delgado took home his second national championship.

All-America Awards: Over 40 percent of the All-America honors awarded at the NCAA Championships were given to Big Ten wrestlers, as the conference grapplers earned 34 of the 80 accolades. Minnesota and Penn State led the way with seven wrestlers who were tabbed All-Americans after placing in the top eight in their respective weight classes, followed by Iowa with six and Northwestern with three. Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and Wisconsin each placed two in the top eight, while Illinois, Indiana and Michigan State each had one. Click HERE to see the full list of All-Americans.

Making Hodge History: Penn State's David Taylor was named the 2014 Hodge Trophy Winner for the second time in his career, given to the nation's top wrestler. He becomes just the third grappler to earn the award more than once, joining head coach Cael Sanderson and Missouri's Ben Askren. A wrestler from a Big Ten school has taken home the honor on eight occasions, including six out of the last seven years. Click HERE for more on the Hodge Trophy.

Nationally Noticed: Three Big Ten wrestlers took home awards from the NCAA on Wednesday, as Indiana's Taylor Walsh, Ohio State's Logan Stieber and Penn State's David Taylor earned recognition from the national office. Taylor took home the Most Dominant Wrestler Award, while Taylor earned the award for most pins and Stieber collected the honor for most tech falls. For more on the NCAA awards, click HERE.

We Are The Champions: Penn State won its fourth-straight Big Ten Wrestling Championships title on March 9, claiming first place with a score of 140.5. The Nittany Lions become just the fifth school to win four consecutive conference titles and the first since Iowa won 25 successive crowns from 1974-1998. Penn State took home two individual titles, as Ed Ruth and David Taylor closed their careers as just the 12th and 13th wrestlers to be crowned four-time Big Ten Champions. Iowa finished in second place with 134 points, while Minnesota took third with 114.5. Fourth-place Ohio State (86.5 points) and fifth-place Nebraska (79 points) rounded out the top five. For more on the Big Ten Championships, click HERE and HERE.

And The Big Ten Awards Go To: The 2014 All-Big Ten team, along with the conference's individual award winners, were announced following the conclusion of the Big Ten Championships. Penn State's David Taylor was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Year and Wrestler of the Championships. The senior becomes just the second grappler to be named Wrestler of the Year three times, joining Iowa's Mark Ironside (1996-98). He is also the fourth consecutive Nittany Lion to be named Wrestler of the Championships. Head Coach Cael Sanderson took home Coach of the Year honors for the fourth year in a row, while Northwestern's Jason Tsirtsis was tabbed Freshman of the Year. Tsirtsis becomes the second Wildcat to win the honor, joining Scott Schatzman in 1996. Earning spots on the All-Big Ten team after winning their respective weight class titles were Illinois' Jesse Delgado (125), Iowa's Tony Ramos (133), Minnesota's Tony Nelson (285), Nebraska's James Green (157) and Robert Kokesh (174), Tsirtsis (149), Ohio State's Logan Stieber (141) and Penn State's Ed Ruth (184) and Taylor (165).

Trio Share Big Ten Dual-Meet Title: Iowa, Minnesota and Penn State each finished with a 7-1 record in conference duals en route to shares of the Big Ten regular season dual-meet title. For more on each team's title, click here: Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State.

Gophers Golden At The National Duals Championship: Minnesota won its third consecutive NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals championship, emerging victorious from the 32-team field. The Gophers were able to claim six of the ten bouts, including three majors and a fall, en route to the National Duals championship. Click HERE to read more on the EAS/NWCA National Dual Championship.

Head Of The Class: The Big Ten Conference on March 26 recognized a total of 678 winter sports student-athletes who were named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 97 wrestlers. 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 grapplers included 48 repeat winners, including five-time honoree James English of Penn State. Not only did fellow Nittany Lion and Big Ten Wrestler of the Year David Taylor win his fourth individual conference title this season, he was also named an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the fourth time. Other four-time honorees include Indiana's Ryan LeBlanc, Iowa's Joe DuCharme, Michigan State's Nick Kaczanowski, Minnesota's Kevin Steinhaus and Purdue's Camden Eppert and Kyle Mosier. Twelve of the 97 grapplers who earned Academic All-Conference distinction also collected All-America laurels at the NCAA Championships this season: Iowa's Nathan Burak, Michigan's Steve Dutton, Michigan State's Michael McClure, Minnesota's Scott Schiller, Steinhaus and Danny Zilverberg, Nebraska's Robert Kokesh, Northwestern's Pierce Harger, Penn State's Matt Brown, English, Nico Megaludis and Taylor. For the complete list of honored wrestlers, click HERE.

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