Career: A breaststroke specialist, Alexandrov broke the NCAA record in the 100 breast to win the 2007 national championship in the event while also swimming the breaststroke leg on NU's NCAA-record-breaking national title 400 medley relay in the same year ... For his career, Alexandrov recorded three individual podium finishes at the NCAA Championships, 24 total All-America honors, was a part of 14 Big Ten championships and established three conference records ... Four-time All-Big Ten first team ... Alongside classmate Matt Grevers, Mike Alexandrov was part of the greatest 1-2 punch in Northwestern and Big Ten history ... In 2007, he beat out Grevers to be named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships.
2006-07: Claimed the first individual NCAA Championship of his collegiate career, swimming an NCAA record time of 51.56 while claiming victory in the 100 breast ... NU's first breaststroke champion since Don Horn in 1933 ... Swam the breaststroke leg of Northwestern's NCAA Championship relay in the 400 medley relay ... 400 medley relay also set an NCAA record (3:04.40) ... Claimed four All-America honors to bring his career total to 24, the second most in school history ... Finished sixth in the 200 IM at the NCAA Championships, his best-career finish in that event ... Swam on the 200 free relay that finished fourth at the Championships and broke the school record ... Won the Big Ten title in the 100 breast with a 52.24 ... Then won the conference crown in the 200 breast with a 1:52.93, the second-fastest swim this season ... Won the 200 IM conference title with a 1:45.11 ... Named 2007 Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships ... Also swam on three Big Ten-title winning relays ... Leaves Northwestern having played a role in seven different school-record swims ... Named Collegeswimming.com and Swimming World Magazine National Swimmer of the Week for his performance at the Big Ten Championships ... Honored as Collegeswimming.com and Swimming World Magazine National Swimmer of the Week for his performances in the 'Cats double-dual sweep of No. 12 Michigan and No. 13 Ohio State ... Named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week twice throughout the season (Nov. 14 and Jan. 16) ... Won every single breaststroke and IM event he entered during the regular season ... Set a pool record en route to winning the 200 breast in the double dual with Ohio State and Michigan, breaking the old record by over a second and a half ... Dominated at the Dallas Morning News Classic, swimming at least an NCAA `B' cut time in three different events while also setting pool and meet records in all three events (100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM) ... Honored as Swimmer of the Meet at the DMN Classic.
2005-06: Has earned 20 All-America honors through three seasons at Northwestern ... Earned six All-America honors at the NCAA Championships ... Earned a first-place finish during the prelims of the 200 medley relay at the NCAA Championships with a school-record 1:25.75 ... Swam 1:56.19 in the 200 breast preliminary competition to qualify for the finals ... Placed sixth in the 200 breast competition at the NCAA Championships with a 1:56.46 ... Finished fourth with the 200 and 400 medley relays and seventh with the 200 and 400 free relays at the NCAA Championships ... Ended up ninth in the 100 breast at the NCAA meet ... Competed at the Short Course World Championships in Shanghai, China ... Part of the relay team that broke the pool record and won the Big Ten title in the 200 free relay with an NCAA `A' time of 1:18.25 ... First-team All-Big Ten selection ... Part of the relay team that broke the school, pool and Big Ten conference records in the 400 medley relay at the Big Ten Championships ... Won the 200 breast title at the Big Ten Championships ... Recorded team-best times in the 100 Breast, 200 Breast, and 200 IM ... Recorded team-best times in 2005-06 in the 100 breast, 200 breast, and 200 IM ... Named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week in back-to-back weeks on Nov. 8 and Nov. 15.
2004-05: Earned a silver medal in the 200 breast at the NCAA Championships, setting a school-record time of 1:54.04 ... Also won the bronze medal in the 100 breast at the NCAA Championships, breaking the school record with a time of 52.95 ... Swam to a ninth-place finish in the 200 IM at the NCAA Championships, earning honorable mention All-America honors ... Member of the 400 medley relay team that set a then-school-record time of 3:08.33 and placed fourth at the NCAA Championships ... Also a part of the Wildcat quartet that set a school record and placed fifth in the 200 medley relay at the NCAA Championships ... Swam the leadoff leg for the 'Cats' 400 freestyle relay team that earned a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships ... Earned seven All-America honors throughout NCAA Championships ... Also swam the leadoff leg for the Wildcats' 200 freestyle relay team that won the consolation heat at the NCAA Championships to finish ninth ... One of six 'Cats to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors ... Swam on the 'Cats' 200 free relay team at the Big Ten Championships that broke the Northwestern and Big Ten records when it placed first with a time of 1:17.74 ... Also a member of the 400 medley relay squad that set Big Ten and Northwestern records with its victory at the Big Ten Championships ... Won two other Big Ten Championships, one as a member of the 200 medley relay team and the other as an individual in the 100 breast ... Set four school records as an individual (100 and 200 breast, 200 and 400 IM) and was a member of four school-record relays (200 and 400 free relays, 200 and 400 medley relays) ... Named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week twice (11/16 and 2/8).
2003-04: Earned All-America honors as part of then-school-record breaking 400 medley relay ... Swam to three individual honorable mention All-America performances in the 100-meter breast and the 200- and 400-meter individual medley and another as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay ... Named first-team All-Big Ten ... Member of the Big Ten champion 400 medley relay team ... Broke a then-NU record with a time of 53.44 in the 100-yard breaststroke at the conference championships, finishing second ... Finished second in the 400 IM, breaking the then-school record with a 3:48.48 ... Also broke the then-school record in the 200 breast with a 1:55.91 ... Placed fourth in the Big Ten in the 200 IM ... Recorded NU's top season times in the 200 free, 1650 free, 200 IM and with the 800 freestyle relay.
High School: Set school records in seven of his eight events ... Specialized in the backstroke ... All-American, All-State and Team MVP in high school ... In 2003 age 15-17 world rankings, ranked fourth in the 400 individual medley (4:25.27) and fifth in the 200 IM (2:04.93) ... YMCA three-time national record holder ... Seven-time YMCA national champion with nine silvers and five bronze.
Personal: Born Mike P. Alexandrov on 4/9/85 in Sofia, Bulgaria ... Son of Plamen and Kalinka Alexandrov ... Competed for his native Bulgaria at the 2005 World University Games and has been selected to compete again in 2007 ... Swam three events at the 2004 Olympics ... Placed in top 30 at 2003 World Championships ... Has held multiple Bulgarian records ... European Vice Champion ... Father was a 1980 Olympian ... Chose NU over Stanford, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State and Wisconsin ... Majoring in psychology.
ALEXANDROV'S PERSONAL BESTS
|200 IM ||1:44.57 |
|400 IM ||3:45.57|
|100 Breast ||51.56|
|200 Breast ||1:52.93|