Men's Swimming and Diving Final Release
April 4, 2008
Five Big Ten teams finished in the top 20 and seven placed in the top 30 at the 2008 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on the University of Washington campus, March 27-29. Big Ten athletes also took home individual championships in five different events.
With 271.5 total team point,s Michigan recorded the best conference finish, coming in sixth, while Indiana was not far behind in 10th, scoring 166 points. Minnesota came in 11th (137.5), followed by Northwestern in 12th( 85) and Ohio State in 16th (63) to round out the top 20.
Racking up individual titles for Michigan were sophomore Scott Spann and senior Alex Vanderkaay. Spann claimed top honors in the 100-yard breaststroke, timing in at 52.71, and also clocked at 1:54.16 in the 200 breaststroke to take second. Vanderkaay was the Wolverines' other event champion as the senior picked up gold in the 400 individual medley, touching the wall in 3:41.58. Michigan scored four times in the race, placing first, eighth, ninth and 16th. Vanderkaay also took home fourth-place honors in the 200 individual medley, posting a 1:44.57.
After taking runner-up honors at last year's NCAA meet, Indiana's Ben Hesen garnered the top podium spot this year in the 100 backstroke in a time of 44.72. Ohio State freshman Sean Moore set a new NCAA meet record in the platform competition, scoring 478.20. Penn State's Patrick Schirk claimed the Big Ten's fifth individual honor, touching the wall at 1:40.22 in the 200 backstroke.
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 all five relay races.