April 8, 2010
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Four Big Ten programs earned top-15 team finishes at the 2010 NCAA Championships as the Ohio State Buckeyes played host from thier own McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan led all Big Ten squads with 204 team points to finish in seventh place for the second consecutive season. The top-10 finish marked the 10th consecutive for the Wolverines at the national meet.
Ohio State picked up a ninth-place finish, scoring 136.5 points, while Purdue (97) and Minnesota (82) placed 13th and 14th, respectively. Rounding out the conference contingent was Wisconsin (12) in 30th place, followed closely by Indiana (4) and Northwestern (2), which occupied the 31st and 34th spots in the final team standings.
Texas was crowned champion with 500 points, while California (469.5), Arizona (387), Stanford (369) and Florida (364) rounded out the top five.
The Big Ten saw two student-athletes capture national crowns at the 2010 event. Michigan’s Tyler Clary swam his way to the top of the winner’s podium in the 400-yard individual medley while David Boudia of Purdue collected a pair of national titles in the diving well.
Clary set a new pool record when he touched the wall in 3:38.89 to earn his second-consecutive title in the 400 IM. The two-time NCAA champion opened up a half-a-pool-length lead after the backstroke leg, finishing as the only swimmer under the 3:40.00 mark.
Boudia scored 494.90 points from the three-meter springboard to break the meet and facility records while defending his 2009 title. His score broke his meet record of 493.10 set at last season’s NCAA Championships, and also took down his facility record of 485.35 set at the 2010 Big Ten Championships.
The Noblesville, Ind., native also highlighted the opening day of the championships with a gold-medal finish in the one-meter springboard event on the strength of a meet-record mark of 468.65. With the win, the Boilermaker sophomore became the first diver in NCAA history to win at least one title from all three boards, and the first to sweep both springboard events at one championship since Georgia’s Chris Colwill in 2006. His sweep marked the 35th time in NCAA history that one diver won both springboard events and makes him the 24th different individual to accomplish the feat.
In the final tuneup before the NCAA meet, Ohio State captured its 13th Big Ten Conference championship, and its first since 1956, in front of a home crowd at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes earned the conference crown with 860.5 points – 355 more than second-place Michigan. Minnesota finished the meet in third place with 497 tallies, followed by Purdue (417) and Indiana (283) rounding out the top five in the overall team standings.
Buckeye skipper Bill Wadley earned Coach of the Year honors while Purdue’s Adam Soldati picked up his second straight Diving Coach of the Year award. Michigan’s Tyler Clary and Purdue’s David Boudia repeated their sweep over the yearly individual honors. Clary was lauded Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and of the Championships, while Boudia capped off his stellar sophomore campaign by claiming Diver of the Year and of the Championships laurels. Michigan State newcomer Jacob Jarzen was tabbed Freshman of the Year.