Michigan Stays On Top Headed to Final Day of the Big Ten Championships
Feb. 25, 2011
Michigan resumed its place atop the team standings after claiming three individual titles on Day Three of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Wolverines will enter the fourth and final day of competition with 461 points, 55 points ahead of runner-up Indiana. The Hoosiers also compiled two conference titles to amass 406 points.
With seven events remaining, Ohio State currently occupies the third spot with 352 tallies. Behind the Buckeyes, Minnesota's 278.5 points and Purdue's 181.5 total round out the top five.
Michigan posted a one-two finish in the 200-yard freestyle for the second consecutive year. Junior Dan Madwed won his third straight 200 freestyle title, touching the wall in 1:34.36. Michigan sophomore Hassan Abdel Khalik was right behind him, touching second in 1:35.40.
The Wolverines picked up two more individual crowns of the evening on the strength of a strong performance from Kyle Whitaker in the 400 individual medley and Sean Fletcher in the 100 butterfly. Each swimmer earned a NCAA automatic qualifying time.
Indiana garnered two conference titles including a new Big Ten record. Hoosier Eric Ress won the 100 backstroke in a new conference record of 45.11, a six-year-old mark. Their second title came from Cody Miller in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in 52.90.
Minnesota's relay team of Michael Richards, Curt Carlson, Zach Bolin and Derek Toomey crushed the Big Ten record in winning the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:16.78.
Already the one-meter champion, Purdue's David Boudia crushed his own Big Ten and Aquatic Center record in the three-meter diving board with a score of 509.90 breaking his mark of 489.00 set in 2009. He scored six perfect 10s on his fifth dive to secure the title.
The Big Ten Championships will conclude Saturday with preliminary action beginning at 11 CT. The fourth and final day of competition features finals in seven events including the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving and 400 freestyle relay.