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BTN LiveBIG: Celebrate great Americans throughout the Big Ten

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

54 Big Ten student-athletes seek national titles at NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships

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.

Michigan wins men's swimming and diving championships

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

Michigan leads B1G swim championships after Day 3

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

Gopher women win Big Ten swimming and diving crown

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

Gopher women lead swim championships after Day 3

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

NU's Grevers Wins Swimming Gold

Former Northwestern swimmer Matt Grevers set an Olympic record and won gold in the men’s 100 backstroke Monday in the London Olympics.Grevers is part of a team of Big Ten swimmers blogging for BTN.com. You can send him your congratulations here. The one-time Wildcat swimmer swam the race in  52.16, and U.S. teammate Nick Thoman was second, .76 seconds back. The old Olympic record was 52.54 set by American Aaron Peirsol in 2008. Grevers now has five Olympic medals. You can follow him on Twitter @MattGrevers

Olympic Journal: NU's Grevers Checks In

The latest update to our Big Ten Olympic Journal is in, and it comes from Northwestern swimmer and U.S. Olympian Matt Grevers, who details a fun race he had with a U.S. teammate at practice. You should also know that Grevers likes cantaloupe – lots and lots of it. Earlier this week, U.S. swimmer and Michigan student-athlete Connor Jaeger posted about life leading up to the Olympics before some team introductions from Peter Vanderkaay and Davis Tarwater’s first post. Here is what Grevers sent us on Friday. “This is Matt Grevers from Northwestern University class of 2007, blogging from my

Olympic Journal: Getting Ready To Make A Splash

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. Want to bookmark the swimmer’s journals? We’ll be archiving them here. And now, here’s what Vanderkaay sent in Wednesday morning. “I am Peter Vanderkaay, former Michigan swimmer and 2012 Olympic team member. I will be