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    No. 15 Northwestern Hosts No. 6 Michigan Saturday

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Northwestern's Kyle Bubolz won the 2005 Big Ten title in the 100 fly, out-touching Michigan's Davis Tarwater. The two will square off again Saturday.
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    Northwestern's Kyle Bubolz won the 2005 Big Ten title in the 100 fly, out-touching Michigan's Davis Tarwater. The two will square off again Saturday.
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    Feb. 3, 2006

    Watch the Meet!

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 15 Northwestern closes the dual meet season at 1 p.m. Saturday when it welcomes No. 6 Michigan to the Norris Aquatics Center for a battle between top-15 foes.

    The Wildcats and Wolverines have boasted the best individuals in the Big Ten for the past couple of years. In 2004, NU's Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay shared conference Swimmer of the Year honors. In 2005, Grevers earned Swimmer of the Championships accolades while Vanderkaay again was Swimmer of the Year.

    Northwestern has claimed the last two Big Ten Freshmen of the Year honors, with Grevers winning in 2004 and sophomore Kyle Bubolz (Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha North) earning the nod in 2005. Michigan won the award the three previous years.

    Even the Coach of the Year honors have been monopolized by the Wildcats and the Wolverines. NU head coach Bob Groseth won the award in 2005 and shared it in 2002, while Michigan head coach Jon Urbanchek won in 2004 and shared the honor in 2003.

    Northwestern and Michigan combined to win nine-of-13 individual events and four-of-five relays at the 2005 Big Ten Championships. Every one of those champions will be in action Saturday.

    Going into the weekend, Grevers has the fastest times in the conference in the 50 free (19.98), 100 free (43.68) and the 100 back (47.16). Junior Mike Alexandrov (Champaign, Ill./Centennial) owns the fastest time in the Big Ten in the 100 breast with a 53.65.

    The meet will be streamed live on NUsports.com via CSTV's All-Access. To watch live, visit the audio/video page on NUSports.com, or follow the link at the top of this page.