2011 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Release
Feb. 22, 2011
The University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota will play host to the 2011 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Competition begins Wednesday, Feb. 23, with the 200-yard medley relay and concludes with the 400 freestyle relay on Saturday, Feb. 26. The Big Ten Network will air the meet on tape delay on March 6 at 10 a.m. ET. Additionally, Minnesota will offer live results at gophersports.com.
Last season, Ohio State won its 13th Big Ten Championship, recording 860.5 points over the four-day event. Michigan finished second overall with 715.5 points, and Minnesota was third with 497. Purdue followed closely with 417 points, and Indiana rounded out the top five with 283.
The defending champion Buckeyes return a wealth of seasoned swimmers, including two with individual Big Ten titles from last year's championships. Senior Elliott Keefer will look to seize top honors in the 100 breaststroke once again, while junior Andrew Elliott vie to repeat as champion in the 100 backstroke.
Michigan junior Dan Madwed returns as the 200 freestyle champion, while classmates Hassaan Abdel Khalik and Ryan Feeley look to improve upon their respective runner-up finishes in the 500 and 1,650 freestyles.
Minnesota looks to its talented sprint freestyle swimmer Michael Richards to repeat as champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
In the diving well, Purdue boasts a bevy of talent, highlighted by junior David Boudia. Boudia raked in 2010 Big Ten Diver of the Championships and Diver of the Year laurels after producing crowns in the three-meter and platform diving events.
Last year's relays were dominated by Michigan, as the Wolverines earned top honors in the 400 and 800 freestyles as well as the 200 and 400 medley relays. Ohio State claimed the 200 freestyle relay.
This year's meet marks the 12th time in conference history that Minnesota will play host to the Big Ten Championships and the first since 2005.