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    Alex Tyler
    Alex Tyler

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Birmingham, Mich.

    High School:
    Birmingham Groves

    Height / Weight:
    6-1 / 165

    Event:
    Breast/IM



    TYLER'S PERSONAL BESTS
    Event Personal Best
    100 breaststroke 55.59
    200 breaststroke 1:56.34
    200 individual medley 1:44.64
    400 individual medley 3:47.00
    200 freestyle 1:37.13
    500 freestyle 4:30.75

    2010-11: Qualified for his second-straight NCAA Championships ... Earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 200 IM for the second-consecutive year ... All-Big Ten second team selection ... Ranked on NU's top times list in seven different individual events ... Ranked first for the year in the 200 free, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM ... Also ranked third in the 100 back and 100 fly on the top times list ... Qualified 16th overall for the 200 IM consolation final at the NCAA Championships with a career-best 1:44.64 ... He then moved up four spots to finish 12th overall in the event with a finals swim of 1:45.03, scoring five points for NU ... Took 19th in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships with a 3:47.66 ... Swam a career-best 1:56.34 to finish 23rd in the 200 breast at the NCAA meet ... Finished second overall in the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships after a career-best and NCAA `B' provisional qualifying time of 3:47.00 in the championship final ... Took sixth at the conference meet in the 200 IM after a `B' time of 1:45.29 in the evening session ... Also was sixth in the 200 breast after making the `A' heat with a career-best and `B' cut of 1:56.84 during the preliminary session ... His best 200 breast and 400 IM times at the Big Ten Championships placed him second in both events on NU's all-time top times list ... Earned a season-best and NCAA `B' time of 1:37.68 in the 200 free after leading off NU's 800 free relay at the Big Ten meet ... That relay was the fourth-fastest in school history ... Also swam with Northwestern's top 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays at the Big Ten Championships, earning NCAA `B' times with all of them ... The 200 medley relay was the fifth-fastest in school history ... Won the 100 breast, 200 IM, 400 IM and 100 back at NU's own five-team TYR Invitational (11/19-11/21), earning NCAA `B' cuts with a 1:46.57 in the 200 IM and a 3:51.63 in the 400 IM ... Won the consolation final in the 200 fly and took 16th overall in the 50 free at the TYR ... Placed in the top-3 in every dual meet race of the year with the exception of the Big Ten Quad (01/28-01/29) against No. 11 Ohio State, No. 13 Michigan and Penn State, compiling 15 wins, four second-place finishes and two third-place results ... Established a career-best time in the 100 breast with a first-place 55.59 versus Notre Dame (01/12).

    2009-10: One of Northwestern's top swimmers across the board, ranked on the Wildcats' top times list for the year in seven different events ... Had NU's top times of the year in the 200 free, 100 back, 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM while ranking second in the 100 breast and 100 free ... Earned NCAA `B' provisional qualifying times with NU's top 400 free, 800 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays on the year ... Qualified for his first-career NCAA Championships, winning honorable-mention All-America honors in the 200 IM with a 15th-place finish ... Swam a career-best 1:44.69 in the prelims to make the consolation final of that event before turning in a 1:45.17 in the finals ... His prelim time gave him the No. 3 spot on NU's all-time top performers list in the 200 IM ... Also competed in the 400 IM (23rd) and 200 breast (31st) at the NCAA meet ... Place fourth in the Big Ten in the 200 IM with a `B' cut of 1:44.93 during the championship final ... Qualified for the championship final of the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships with a season-best and `B' time of 3:48.76, ending up eighth overall after a 3:51.93 in the finals ... Won the consolation heat of the 200 breast with a career-best and `B' cut of 1:57.93, a time which places him second all-time in the event at Northwestern ... Won the 200 IM at Northwestern's six-team TYR Invitational ... Took second at the Invite in the 200 breast and 400 IM while finishing fifth in the 100 breast and sixth in the 100 free ... Was undefeated in dual meets in the 200 IM until the OSU Quad at the end of the year ... Won 14 different dual-meet races on the season ... Had four other top-three dual meet finishes.

    2008-09: Important component of the Wildcats' freestyle, breaststroke and individual medley teams ... Swam the team's best times in the 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM, also making the NU top times list in the 100 breast and with the top 800 free relay team ... Swam in three events at the Big Ten Championships, including a fourth-place finish in the 400 IM and a seventh-place spot in the 200 IM ... NCAA `B' time of 3:47.96 in the 400 IM was good for second on NU's all-time top times list ... Notched fourth on NU's all-time top times list in the 200 IM with a `B' cut of 1:46.21 at the Big Ten meet ... Ranks fifth in NU history with a 2:00.01 in the 200 breast, also turned in at the conference meet ... Was first in the 200 IM at the TYR Invitational (11/21) while bringing home second-place marks in the 200 breast and 400 IM as well ... Secured six more first-place finishes for the season, including two at Carthage (1/10) in the 200 free and 200 back ... Swam to top marks for the 200 breast in back-to-back meets against Notre Dame (1/16) and Iowa (1/24) ... Had 25 top-five finishes for the 'Cats during the dual-meet season.

    2007-08: Emerged as part of a strong freshman distance duo for Northwestern along with Peter Park, while also adding depth for the Wildcats in the breaststroke ... Blazed to his first-career NCAA `B' provisional qualifying standard with a 3:52.88 in the prelims of the 400 IM at the Big Ten Championships to qualify for the consolation final, ending up 12th overall after his evening swim of 3:55.44 ... Took 24th overall in the 200 breast at the conference meet with a 2:02.42 ... Ranked first on NU's top times list for the year in the 400 IM, second in the 200 breast and third in the 100 breast, 500 free and 1,000 free ... Best dual-meet finish of the year was a second-place effort in the 100 breast against Illinois-Chicago (10/27) ... Also had a third-place finish in that meet in the 400 IM ... Qualified for the consolation finals in the 200 breast, 500 free and 400 IM at the Georgia Invitational (11/30-12/2).

    High School: All-American and Michigan All-State in the 500 free and 200 IM ... Conference champion in the 200 IM ... Team won three conference and state championships ... Swam club with OLY for two years ... Was the high-scorer at the Buffalo Star Invitational in New York ... OLY men's team won the open title at the 2006 Central Zone Championships ... Honor roll member.

    Personal: Born Alexander Gibbs Tyler ... Son of Scott and Sally Tyler ... Father attended Auburn on a swimming scholarship before earning a 200 free MAC title at Eastern Michigan ... Chose Northwestern over Duke, Louisville and Michigan ... Majoring in environmental sciences.