Grit. Hustle. Ingenuity. Passion. Those are the qualities you find in the heart of a true champion. The Badgers and Spartans have displayed those characteristics on their journey to the 2015 Final Four — the second-straight year they’ve made deep runs in the NCAA tournament. But those traits are hardly limited to those respective basketball teams. They’re regularly seen among the student body, faculty and staff, and alumni of both Wisconsin and Michigan State. When you’re not watching the games today, take a few minutes to read recent examples from BTN LiveBIG of how people from those universities apply talent,
When someone tells Amanda Mercer she can’t do something, that’s exactly when she decides she’ll do it, no matter what. Mercer graduated from Michigan State in 1990, but her Spartan spirit is still strong, and it helps her face challenges every day. The most notable example of that spirit was Mercer’s record-breaking swim across the English Channel with five friends on July 27, 2012. They swam the 42 miles across the channel and back in a relay that lasted 18 hours and 55 minutes. That sounds like a long time — and it is, when you’re swimming in cold, choppy
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.
Five swimmers and one relay team earned NCAA All-America honors on the second day to lead the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team on day two of the NCAA Championships on Friday (March 28) inside the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Among those five were four men split across the 400-yard IM and the 100-yard breaststroke. Junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona), who won a swim-off just to get into the championship final, shot all the way up to third (51.96). He was joined in the final by classmate Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary’s International),
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
The Big Ten posted 10 top-ten finishes on the final day of the NCAA Championships on Sunday. Michigan paced the Big Ten with a fifth-place finish (271 points), Indiana finished 10th (140) and No. 12 Ohio State (106), No. 17 Purdue (56) and No. 24 Minnesota (37) followed in the standings. Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin also received points. See all the results. Michigan’s Connor Jaeger and Dan Madwed took home top-five finishes on the final day. Jaeger finished third in the 1,650 freestyle (14:35.14) and Madwed placed fifth in the 200 butterfly (1:42.61). In the diving well, Indiana’s Conor
The Michigan men’s swimming and diving team won the Big Ten title Saturday night at the University of Iowa Recreation and Wellness Pool. The Wolverines’ victory marked their second consecutive and 36th all-time. Read the full recap at MGoBlue.com. Also, view the Championship Central page. BTN will re-air the championships at 10 a.m. ET Saturday, March 3. Final Men’s Team Standings 1. Michigan – 738.5 2. Ohio State – 552.5 3. Indiana – 549 4. Minnesota – 403 5. Iowa – 395 6. Penn State – 332 7. Purdue – 316 8. Wisconsin – 225 9. Northwestern – 157 10.