Men's Swimming and Diving Final Release
April 6, 2009
With Auburn winning the 2009 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, thus concludes the Big Ten’s competitive season. Michigan paced the conference at the NCAA meet bringing home seventh-place honors, earning 248 points. Sophomore Tyler Clary brought home two individual titles in the 200-yard backstroke and the 400 individual medley. Clary’s time of 3:35.98 in the 400 IM broke the American record which was previously held by 12-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps and his time of 1:37.58 in the 200 back set a new collegiate record which was previously held by four-time gold medalist Ryan Lochte.
Purdue’s David Boudia was the other Big Ten star at the NCAA meet, being crowned event champion in the three-meter dive competition and in the platform. The freshman set new meet records in both events scoring 493.10 off the three-meter board and 530.45 from the platform. The Boilermakers finished 13th overall, racking up 77 total team points.
Minnesota finished two spots ahead of Purdue in 11th place, scoring 108 team points. The Gophers displayed tremendous depth, placing in the top 13 in all five relay events.
Ohio State earned 14th-place honors as the Buckeyes posted 55 total points. Most of OSU’s production came in the diving well from Sean Moore and Hugh Showe III as the two combined to tally quality points in all three diving events.
The Big Ten traveled 49 student-athletes to the NCAA Championship meet with eight programs being represented.