Feb. 24, 2011
Michigan continued its dominant efforts to place themselves into first place after three first-place finishes during the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships inside the University Aquatic Center. Through seven completed events, the Wolverines have compiled 259.5 team points and sit just slightly ahead of Indiana (251) and Ohio State (183) in the team standings. With 159;5 points Minnesota occupies the fourth spot while Purdue rounds out the time five with 125.5 overall tallies.
Michigan's Sean Ryan won his first Big Ten title of his career as he touched the wall at 4.17.91 in the 500 freestyle. Freshman Kyle Whitaker added another title after capturing the 200 individual medley in 1:43.23, setting a NCAA provisional time. The Wolverines later returned to the winner's podium after claiming their fourth Big Ten relay title in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:09.23.
Championships host Minnesota picked up its first individual title as Gopher senior Michael Richards set a new Big Ten record of 19.19 in the 50 freestyle. The Falcon Heights, Minn. native, captured his second Big Ten title in the event after earning top honors last year.
"This feel great," Richards said after his win. "I certainly didn't expect to go as fast as I did. I went a lot quicker than I intended."
In the diving well, Purdue junior David Boudia broke his own conference record on his way to setting a new Big Ten record of 467.40 points in the one-meter competition, improving on his runner-up appearance last year. Two-time Diver of the Championships. Boudia has won all 23 events he has entered this school year.
The Big Ten Championships will continue Friday afternoon, with prelimiaries beginning at 11 a.m. CT and finals at 6:30 p.m. CT. Friday's slate includes finals in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and three-meter diving.