Men's Swimming and Diving Final Release
March 20, 2007
March 15-17 University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minn. University Aquatic Center
Five Big Ten teams finished in the top 15 and seven placed in the top 30 at the 2007 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on the University of Minnesota campus, March 15-17. Big Ten athletes also took home individual championships in four different events.
Northwestern recorded the best conference finish, coming in sixth, while Michigan was not far behind in seventh. Big Ten Champion Minnesota came in tenth, followed by Ohio State in 12th, Indiana in 15th, Purdue in 24th and Wisconsin in 29th.
With 221 total team points, Northwestern was led by Mike Alexandrov, who finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke by setting new NCAA, American and US Open records with a time of 51.56. Teammate Matt Grevers also scored first-place points for the Wildcats, coming in first in the 200-yard backstroke at 1:38.71. The Wildcats set another NCAA record with their first-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, clocking in 3:04.40.
Overall, Northwestern scored team points 11 times in the championships including twice in the 200-yard individual medley as Grevers finished second and Alexandrov came in sixth.
Michigan's Alex Vanderkaay won the Big Ten's fourth individual national title, touching the wall first in the 400-yard individual medley with an NCAA Championships record time of 3:40.89. Vanderkaay's Wolverines recorded team points on 20 occasions as three different athletes placed in each the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard individual medley.
Overall, Big Ten swimmers, divers or relay squads reached the podium a total of nine times. Indiana's Ben Hesen placed second in the 100-yard backstroke while Northwestern's Grevers came in third. Ohio State's Kellen Harkness recorded the conference's best diving performance with a second-place finish off the three-meter. Northwestern posted another medal-winning relay performance, coming in third with a time of 2:51.14 in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Big Ten athletes scored points in all 21 events at the NCAA Championships and had three or more finishers in 15 of those contests including in all three diving events and all five relay races.