Feb. 27, 2004
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
It would not be an overstatement to claim that no record is safe with Northwestern's men's swimming and diving team is anywhere near the pool. The Wildcats used another series of record-breaking performances to hold onto third place with 351 points after two days of competition at the Big Ten Championships. Minnesota held onto the top spot with 441.50 points, while Michigan stays in second with 391 points.
Senior Tony Swanson swam into the record books again in tonight's finals. Touching the wall in 46.89, Swanson won the 100-yard butterfly and broke his own Big Ten Championship, pool, and NU school record. Swanson first broke the record in this morning's prelim session.
Freshman Matt Grevers continues to litter the Big Ten record books with his name. He broke his own Big Ten, Big Ten Championship, pool, and school records in the 100 backstroke, clocking in at 46.68. He originally broke the 100 back record in the opening leg of last night's 400 medley relay.
Fellow freshman Mike Alexandrov collected second-place finishes in both the 400 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke. He broke his own school record in the 400 IM with a time of 3:48.48. The 100-yard breaststroke record he set this morning also fell, as he finished in 53.44. Indiana's Kevin Swander, who finished fifth in the prelim session, came out of nowhere to stun Alexandrov and the rest of the field to claim the gold.
Mark Hamming, Louis Torres, Steven Petric, Matt Wever and Brian Davis all contributed to the Northwestern cause, providing crucial team points in various events. Hamming placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 48.02, an NCAA "B" time, while Torres finished fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 54.59.
Davis posted a ninth-place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 3:51.33, which was the top "B Final" time. Wever finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:37.40, while Petric contributed a pair of points by finishing 15th with a time of 1:40.27.
Both relay teams finished fourth. The 200 medley relay team, consisting of Swanson, Grevers, Torres and Ben Dexter finished with a time of 1:27.73, which set a Northwestern school record, while the 800-yard freestyle relay team, featuring Davis, Hamming, Alexandrov and Wever touched the wall in 6:35.00.
Northwestern has seven more events to make a run at the top two spots as the meet concludes after tomorrow night's finals session.
For the latest results, live scoring and other meet information, visit Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships or Purdue Men's Swimming and Diving.