To commemorate this Independence Day, BTN LiveBIG is looking back on some of the incredible stories we’ve shared recently. Read the articles below to learn more about the interesting, important work that your fellow Americans (and Big Ten students, alums and faculty) are doing. Rutgers students put in long-term effort to help Jersey Shore recover from Hurricane Sandy Northwestern alumnus launches start-up business incubator for veteran entrepreneurs Michigan State alumna shows perseverance as she breaks a swimming record and beats breast cancer Penn State grad and Marine vet intends to make his mark in journalism Illini Paralympian Josh George rises above
The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center on the campus of the University of Iowa will play host to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday. Preliminary sessions begin at 11 a.m. CT each day, with nightly finals slated for 7 p.m. This year’s championships will feature 54 Big Ten student-athletes from nine different schools. Big Ten institutions have won 487 individual titles, including a conference-leading 167 crowns from Michigan student-athletes. Seven Big Ten squads are ranked in the top 25 of the latest national polls. Michigan appears at No. 5, followed by No.
Indiana and Jessica Parratto paced the Big Ten at the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday-Saturday in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Hoosiers finished in 10th place, with 126 points, behind Parratto’s championship in platform diving. Following Indiana, was Minnesota (12th), Wisconsin (13th), Penn State (20th), Michigan (22nd), Purdue (30th), Iowa (38th) and Ohio State (40th). The Gophers’ Kierra Smith earned the Big Ten’s other individual championship, taking first-place in the 200-yard breaststroke. Indiana’s Brooklynn Snodgrass earned an eighth-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:52.523, while teammate Gia Dalesandro came in sixth in the
The Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C., will play host to the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, which begins Thursday and concludes Saturday. Preliminary sessions begin at 11 a.m. ET each day, with nightly finals slated for 7 p.m. This year’s championships will feature 70 Big Ten student-athletes from 10 different schools. Big Ten institutions have won 30 individual titles, including a conference-leading 10 crowns from Michigan student-athletes. Six Big Ten squads are ranked in the top 25 of the latest national polls. Minnesota appears at No. 14, followed by No. 15 Indiana and No. 17 Michigan. Purdue
No. 5 Michigan claimed its fifth Big Ten title in as many seasons on Saturday , capping off a wire-to-wire performance inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.
The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team led wire to wire to capture its fourth consecutive Big Ten Conference championship on Saturday in front of the home crowd at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines tallied 889 points over the four-day of competition, blowing by second-place Indiana (564 points) and third-place Ohio State (515 points). The Big Ten Network will show Saturday night’s finals tomorrow morning (Sunday, March 2) at 10:30 a.m. During the four-day competition, every member of the team scored points, winning a total of 11 Big Ten titles (seven individual, four relay) while breaking one
The University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team moved to the cusp of its fourth straight Big Ten Championship with a dominating performance on Friday (Feb. 28) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines won three of the six swimming events, led by senior Kyle Whitaker’s (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) third conference crown, this time in the 400-yard individual medley. The Wolverines finished 1-2-4 in the ‘A’ final. Whitaker won the title with a pool-record time of 3:38.51, clocking the third-fastest time in U-M and Big Ten history. Sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) was runner-up with a career-best time of
Minnesota claimed its third consecutive Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championship Saturday night, dominating the four-day meet. The Gophers finished with a score of 760 points while Indiana was a strong second with 649 points. Penn State was third with 484 points and Ohio State was fourth with 374. The Gophers relied on great depth and posted at least one finalist in every event to rack up their sixth overall team title, which ranks second overall behind Michigan’s 14. Wisconsin’s Ivy Martin was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships after winning the 50 and 100 freestyles, breaking
Minnesota took another step toward a third consecutive Big Ten championship Friday night, taking a 129-point lead after the third day of competition at University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Minnesota relied on great depth, qualifying 15 athletes for the championship finals, while posting two individual champions. The Gophers have 526 points while Indiana is second with 397 points and Penn State is third with 314 points. Michigan is fourth with 272 points and Ohio State is fifth with 261 points. Purdue is sixth with 253 and Wisconsin seventh with 230. [ MORE: Track the action, get results at the Championship
As a dual citizen of the U.S. and France, Indiana swimmer Margaux Farrell is competing for France in the 2012 Summer Olympics. In her latest Big Ten Olympic Journal entry, Farrell details her latest travels, her training, and how she felt was handed her first official Olympic swim cap. “I realized, “This is it,” Farrell writes. “It’s here!” Read her journal entry among others in our Big Ten Olympic section. Here’s what Farrell sent us Wednesday afternoon. “So July 18 was our first official day of our final training camp in Dunkerque, France. Seeing as how my last post was