Michigan Takes the Lead in Day Two Finals of Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
COLUMBUS, Ohio - After a historic opening night, the second session of the 2007 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships finals did not disappoint. More records fell, and after three lead changes, Michigan took over the team lead heading into the final day of competition.
200-yard medley relay | Results
Indiana was gaining on the Wildcats, but Bubolz took the lead for good in the butterfly leg and Barbic closed it out in the last 50 yards with the freestyle portion. The mark reset the Big Ten Championships standard and is the second-fastest time in the nation this year. The Hoosiers followed for silver with an NCAA A-standard time of 1:26.04.
Minnesota, which entered the night with a one-point advantage over Michigan in second, touched the wall at 1:26.86 for third. Ohio State held on - if only momentarily - to its team lead with a fourth-place time of 1:27.19. Penn State and Michigan battled it out to the end, but the Nittany Lions held on to the lead in the last stretch for fifth place at 1:27.86. The Wolverines claimed sixth with a time of 1:27.91.
NU jumped into second place, a mere nine points out of first, but their place in the standings wouldn't last long.
400-yard individual medley | Results
The next fastest is Arizona's Jack Brown's time of 3:47.27. Michigan has claimed gold in the event every year since 1998.
Despite finishing second in the preliminary race, Vanderkaay's lead was never in danger in the final. Second place went to Purdue's Romain Maire with a time of 3:47.33. Ohio State's Nate King took bronze with a 3:48.20-performance.
Michigan jumped to an 18-point lead in first with two more swimmers earning points in the event final. Freshman Andre Schultz (3:48.73) and junior Dane Grenda (3:50.09) combined for 27 team points as they finished fifth and sixth respectively.
100-yard butterfly | Results
The highly competitive field battled closely with the rest of the top eight finishing within 0.5 seconds of each other. Indiana's Nick Walkotten clocked in next at 47.21 for silver, followed by Michigan freshman Chris Brady at 47.44. Michigan's Curtis Dauw stretched past Minnesota's Evan Bernier by 0.01 second for fifth with a time of 47.87.
Hoosiers TP Patrick and Ben Hesen closed out the race at 48.06 and 48.10, respectively.
Michigan held on to its team least, but despite Bubolz's win, Indiana jumped past Northwestern with four swimmers earning points.
200-yard freestyle | Results
Minnesota scored three swimmers in the finals with Tyler Schmidt leading the way in fourth place (1:36.84). Mike Woodson and Igor Cerensek combined for 25 team points. Woodson clocked in sixth at 1:37.45 followed by Cerensek's seventh-place time of 1:37.59. The Wolverines scored again as sophomore Evan Ryser touched the wall at 1:37.99 for eighth.
Indiana's Pat Penoyar clocked in at 53.67 for silver, followed by Iowa's Dragos Agache in third at 53.77. Minnesota again scored with three swimmers as Jason Timmer, Colin Lee-To and Drew Knoechel placed fifth, seventh and eighth, respectively.
100-yard backstroke | Results
Minnesota's Plummer claimed the bronze medal with a time of 47.12, followed by Grevers' teammate Bubolz in fourth (47.60). With Plummer and Dan Berve (sixth, 47.88) leading the Gophers, Minnesota took a two-point lead over the Wolverines in the team standings, while Northwestern moved into third before three-meter springboard finals.
3-meter springboard | Results
Purdue's J.P. Perez was next for bronze with a score of 368.15. The Boilermakers also swept fifth and sixth places with Zach Schultz scoring 347.55 points followed by Dany Cox's total of 344.70.
Joining Harkness on the podium was teammate Hugh Showe, the one-meter springboard winner, in fourth place with a score of 360.75. Nick Hanneman finished eighth for the Buckeyes.
800-yard freestyle relay | Results
Michigan prevailed at the wall for a first-place time of 6:23.20, marking its seventh consecutive gold and 13th in the past 16 championships. The time also qualified the Wolverine unit for the NCAAs with an A-standard mark.
Minnesota earned silver wtih a time of 6:24.63 followed by Ohio State at 6:29.48. The Buckeyes shattered a school record and held onto their team standing of third with fourth-place Northwestern finishing at 6:30.38.
After three lead changes, Michigan heads into the final day of competition as the team-leader with 405 points, but Minnesota sits in striking distance at 403. The hosting Buckeyes are third with 366 points followed by Northwestern in fourth with 339 points. The defending champion Indiana Hoosiers are currently fifth with 325 points. Purdue sits in sixth with 260.5 followed by Penn State (190), Wisconsin (172.50), Michigan State (85) and Iowa (32).
The final day of conference championships action at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion kicks off at noon ET on Sunday with preliminary races followed by finals at 7:00 p.m. Check bigten.org for continuous coverage of the 2007 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships.