The Big Ten men’s swimming & diving season concluded at the NCAA Championships on March 25 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. Indiana led the Big Ten at No. 7, followed by No. 13 Purdue, No. 17 Michigan, No. 18 Wisconsin and No. 19 Ohio State ranking among the top 20. The Hoosiers also claimed the Big Ten Championship this season, marking the 25th Big Ten Championship in program history and first since 2006.
NCAA Championships Central: The Big Ten was well-represented in the 2017 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships. The Big Ten saw first-place finishes in Purdue’s Steele Johnson in the one- and three-meter events. For complete coverage of the NCAA Championships, click here.
NCAA Championships Qualifiers: This year’s championships featured 46 Big Ten competitors from eight different schools. Going into the NCAA Championships, Big Ten institutions have won 490 individual titles, including a conference-leading 167 crowns from Michigan. The list of Big Ten qualifiers can be found here.
Bringing Home the Hardware: The Big Ten announced on Tuesday the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Swimmer, Diver, Swimming Coach and Diving Coach of the Year awards, as voted on by the conference coaches. Michigan’s Felix Auböck was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while Purdue’s Steele Johnson was the unanimous pick for Big Ten Diver of the Year. Indiana’s Ray Looze secured Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year honors, and Purdue’s Adam Soldati earned Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year plaudits. For the complete postseason honors release, click here.
Hoosiers Win Gold: Indiana captured the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday night at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University. The Hoosiers claimed eight individual titles and four relay crowns en route to the 25th Big Ten Championship in program history and first since 2006.
Indiana compiled 1,504 points throughout the four-day event. Michigan and Ohio State tied for second after collecting 1,382 points. Minnesota finished fourth with 879 points, while Wisconsin recorded 763 points to finish fifth.
The Hoosiers took home Big Ten titles in the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, one-meter diving, 200-yard individual medley, three-meter diving, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay, 400- yard freestyle relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay.
For more information about the 2017 Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, including All-Big Ten and individual award honorees, click here and here.
Academic Excellence: On March 22, the conference recognized winter sports athletes who had been named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 147 men’s swimmers and divers. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, students must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. For more on the Academic All-Big Ten selections, click here.