Big Ten Announces First Swimming and Diving Honors of 2009-10

Oct. 13, 2009

The conference office announced on Tuesday the first weekly men’s swimming and diving award winners for the 2009 season.  Michigan’s Charlie Houchin was tabbed Swimmer of the Week and Wisconsin’s Caleb Percevecz garnered his fourth career weekly diving laurel.

Men’s Swimmer of the Week:
Charlie Houchin, Michigan
Sr. - Raleigh, N.C. - William G. Enloe

Charlie Houchin was instrumental in aiding Michigan to three record-setting relay finishes over the weekend as the Wolverines opened the season with a sweep of all 10 events at the Dennis Stark Relays, hosted by the University of Notre Dame. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Houchin led off for the Wolverines with a split of 1:40.26 to give U-M nearly a six-second advantage, as Michigan was the only team to break the 8-minute barrier. The Raleigh, N.C., native then anchored the 200-yard freestyle relay team with a time of 20.58, as the Wolverines set yet another meet record with a time of 1:22.49. In the final meet of the evening, Houchin swam the third leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay, turning a two-second Wolverine advantage into a four-second lead as U-M touched the wall in 3:05.32 for its seventh meet record on the evening.

Last Michigan Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Bobby Savulich (January 20, 2009)

Men’s Diver of the Week:
Caleb Percevecz, Wisconsin
Jr. - Scottsdale, Ariz. - Desert Mountain

Wisconsin’s Caleb Percevecz easily swept the diving events as the Badgers opened their season with a 177.5-64.5 win over in-state rival Milwaukee, claiming the top spot in the 1-meter and 3-meter events. On the one-meter board, Percevecz scored 381.08 points to shatter Wisconsin’s 28-year-old record in the event. With the score, the Scottsdale, Ariz., native completed his sweep of the Badgers' dual-meet records in both springboard events and championship records in all three diving events. The honor marks the fourth career weekly accolade for Percevecz, who was also the last Badger diver to take home the honor in November, 2008.

Last Wisconsin Men’s Diver of the Week: Caleb Percevecz (November 4, 2008)