NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Preview
March 13, 2007
Seventy student-athletes will represent nine of the conference's 10 men's swimming and diving squads at the 2007 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by the University of Minnesota on March 15-17, at University Aquatic Center.
This year's Big Ten Champion and the host of the 2007 NCAAs, Minnesota boasts the most conference representatives with 13 swimmers and one diver entered in the meet. Igor Cerensek, Ales Volcansek and Mario Delac will each be making their fourth trips to nationals and own a combined 21 All-America honors. Fourteen student-athletes is the third-highest total sent by any single school this year.
Big Ten runner-up Michigan will send an even dozen swimmers to Minneapolis, including Big Ten individual champions Bobby Savulich, Matt Patton and Alex Vanderkaay. This marks Michigan's conference-leading 71st appearance in the NCAA Championships. Michigan was the last Big Ten team to win an NCAA championship, doing so in 1995. The Wolverines are also the last conference squad to have placed in the top five at nationals, coming in fifth in 2004.
Also sending 12 student-athletes, Ohio State is making its fifth straight NCAA appearance. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten with three diving entries, including Co-Divers of the Big Ten Championships, Kellen Harkness and Burkley Showe. Showe was also named Co-Freshman of the Year with Purdue's Danny Cox, who will also be making his first appearance at the NCAAs.
Penn State boasts the next-best total with nine representatives to nationals, while Indiana is close behind, sending eight swimmers. Wisconsin will send six swimmers in its eighth consecutive appearance while Northwestern will send five, including Swimmer of the Year Matt Grevers and Swimmer of the Big Ten Championships Mike Alexandrov. Purdue will send two divers and one swimmer, while swimmer Dragos Agache will be Iowa's lone representative.
For more information on the 2007 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, visit the NCAA's web site at ncaasports.com, or check Minnesota's site at gophersports.com.