Feb. 23, 2010
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Big Ten Championships Central
The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University will play host to the 2010 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Competition begins Wednesday, Feb. 24, with the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays, and concludes with the highly anticipated 400 freestyle relay on Saturday, Feb. 27. The Big Ten Network will air the meet on a tape delay on March 7 at Noon ET. In addition, Ohio State will offer live streaming of the event on ohiostatebuckeyes.com.
Michigan will look to capture its third consecutive Big Ten crown and 35th overall at this year’s event. The Wolverines return a wealth of seasoned swimmers, including four with individual Big Ten titles from last year’s championships. Senior Chris Brady will look to seize top honors in the 100-yard butterfly once again while reigning Big Ten Swimmer of the Year Tyler Clary will be vying to repeat as champion in three individual events
After matching their highest Big Ten finish in 2009, Purdue will look to improve their fourth-place finish from 2009 when it travels to Columbus this weekend. The Boilermakers boast a bevy of talent, highlighted by sophomore diver David Boudia, who raked in 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Diver of the Year and Diver of the Championships laurels after producing a clean sweep of all three diving titles last season.
Championships host Ohio State returns 18 swimmers and divers who scored points at the 2009 event, including 200 breaststroke champion Sam Pelkey. The Buckeyes will also return a pair of veteran divers in 2007 and 2008 Big Ten platform champion Wes Wieser and 2007 one-meter champion Burkley Showe.
Last year's freestyle relays were dominated by Michigan as the Wolverines won the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays before splitting the medley relay events. Minnesota edged U-M for the top spot on the podium in the 200 medley relay but came up just short in the 400 medley competition.
This year’s meet marks the ninth time in conference history that Ohio State will play host to the Big Ten Championships and the first since 2007.