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Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay successfully defended his 500-yard freestyle NCAA championship.

Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay successfully defended his 500-yard freestyle NCAA championship.

April 6, 2006

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The Big Ten added three more individual national champions to its storied history at the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships held March 23-25 at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga. Michigan teammates Davis Tarwater and Peter Vanderkaay, and Northwestern's Matt Grevers each defended their NCAA titles from a year ago. Tarwater swam his way to his second-consecutive national crown in the 200-yard butterfly, clocking in at a pool record 1:41.84. Fellow Wolverine Vanderkaay successfully defended his 500-yard freestyle title, also in pool record fashion, as he touched the wall first in 4:08.6. NU's Grevers is now a two-time 100-yard backstroke champion as he finished in 45.90.

Tarwater helped the U-M 800-yard freestyle relay tally a new pool record and place second in 6:18.11. He also finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 46.33, repeating his performance from a year ago.

Vanderkaay has now won four NCAA individual medals in his career as the senior also claimed titles in the 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle events in 2004. The Rochester, Mich., repeated as runner-up in the 200- and 1,650-yard freestyle events for the second straight year as he notched two more pool records and finished in 1:33.31 and 14:33.76, respectively, while contributing to the Wolverine 800-yard freestyle relay second-place finish.

Grevers is the only Wildcat to give Northwestern two consecutive NCAA swimming individual championships since Bill Heusner won the 1,500-meter freestyle in 1948 and 1949.

Michigan led all Big Ten squads with an eighth-place finish in the team standings followed by Northwestern (10th), Minnesota (11th), Indiana (12th), Purdue (16th), Ohio State (T21st) and Penn State (49th).

Also highlighting the three-day event were top-three finishes by Indiana's Kevin Swander, who posted a pool record and a runner-up time in the 100-yard Breaststroke in 52.54 and Purdue's Steve LoBue took home third in the platform diving event with 349.6 points. Overall, Big Ten student-athletes set 19 new pool records.