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.
A 78-year-old jumping off a 10-meter platform would be great in itself. But what about a 78-year-old riding a bike off a 10-meter platform? Or a 78-year-old doing a belly flop off a 10-meter platform? That would be instant gold. And that’s exactly what former Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball did in the video in this post.
Michigan won its Big Ten leading 12th NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships title and first since 1995 on Saturday night at the IU Natatorium on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in Indianapolis, Ind. The Wolverines totaled 480 team points en route to the national title, while ninth-place Indiana finished in the top 10 with 201 points.
As part of our ongoing series of Big Ten Olympic Journals leading up to and through the 2012 London Olympics, we’ve put together a band of Big Ten swimmers on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team. Michigan graduate and Olympian Peter Vanderkaay dives in with his first post here and introduces the other contributors as we head toward the start of the Olympics on July 27.
A number of Big Ten names nailed down spots on national teams this weekend to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In this post, we present a quick roundup from the official school websites. We’ll continue to track news of any updates with additional posts in our Olympics section at www.BTN.com/2012olympics.
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.