Michigan Off to Strong Start at Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships
Feb. 24, 2010
Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships Central
Championships host Ohio State finished the day in second place with 68 team tallies, followed by Minnesota with 62 points. Penn State sits a mere two points back in fourth place while Michigan State (54) rounds out the top five.
Michigan began the night with a season-best time in the 200-yard medley relay, touching the wall in 1:25.72, improving on their runner-up performance from the 2009 championships. The time bested their previous mark by a full three seconds and was good enough to earn NCAA consideration.
In the second and final relay of the evening, Michigan continued their recent dominance in the 800-yard freestyle relay, capturing its 10th consecutive Big Ten title in the event with a time of 6:15.80.. The U-M quartet of sophomore Dan Madwed, seniors Andre Schultz and Charlie Houchin and junior Tyler Clary garnered its first NCAA automatic qualifying time while setting a Big Ten, Big Ten Championships and pool record.
“We wanted to make a statement this evening in these relays, not just for our group, but for our entire team,” Houchin said. “We wanted to start strong; 6:16 was our goal, so getting that record is even better. We hope that sets the tone for the entire competition."