March 29, 2011
Park Ridge, Ill. -
The conference office announced on Tuesday the 2011 Big Ten Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Year award winners as voted on by the conference's coaches. Indiana's Eric Ress captured Swimmer of the Year honors, while Purdue's David Boudia was a unanimous pick for Diver of the Year after winning the award the past two seasons.
Ress finished runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships in a time of 1:38.96, setting a new school record. This marks the first runner-up finish by a Hoosier in the event since Bill Schulte achieved the feat in 1975. Ress ended his junior year as the Big Ten 100-yard backstroke champion, touching the wall in 45.11 at the Big Ten Championships, and earned first team All-Big Ten honors for the first time in his career. The Hebron, Conn., native's Swimmer of the Year award is the second in Hoosier history and first since Ben Hesen accomplished the feat in 2008.
After earning national titles in the one and three-meter springboards last season, Boudia captured the two diving crowns during this year's NCAA Championships. With a score of 472.30 on the three-meter, Boudia became only the fourth diver in Big Ten history to win three consecutive three-meter crowns. The six-time NCAA champion has won two diving events at each of his three appearances at the national event and was also named the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Diver of the Championships for the third year in a row. The first-team All-Big Ten honoree also earned Diver of the Championships accolades at the Big Ten Championships earlier this season as he took conference titles in each diving event.