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    No. 18 Northwestern Travels to Michigan for Big Ten Championships

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Kyle Bubolz hopes to be interviewed following a Big Ten title in the 100 fly for the fourth time in his career.
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    Kyle Bubolz hopes to be interviewed following a Big Ten title in the 100 fly for the fourth time in his career.
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    Feb. 26, 2008

    Northestern's Big Ten Championships Notes (PDF Format) Get Acrobat Reader

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 18 Northwestern enters the Big Ten Championships this season with the simple goal of swimming its best times of the year, which will help the Wildcats defend some of the 10 championships they won at last year's event.

    Northwestern begins its post Mike Alexandrov and Matt Grevers Championships era Thursday, Feb. 28, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Big Ten meet will run through Saturday, March 1.

    Without the benefit of the two greatest swimmers in Northwestern -- and possibly Big Ten -- history, the Wildcats will be relying on different swimmers in 2008, several of which are immensely talented in their own rights. Senior Kyle Bubolz (Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha North) is attempting to become the first swimmer in Big Ten history to win four-consecutive conference titles in the 100 fly, while classmate Bruno Barbic (Zagreb, Croatia/V. Gymnazija) is out to defend his 100 free championship from a year ago.

    Junior Eric Nilsson (Weston, Mas./Weston) is capable of challenging for several conference titles this year, coming into the meet ranked in the nation's top 20 in the 200 free, 500 free and 200 fly according to Collegeswimming.com.

    Northwestern returns several big guns from its successful relays, bringing back both Bubolz and Barbic to the four-time defending champion 400 medley relay along with a trio of returners to its three-time defending champion 200 free relay.

    Head coach Bob Groseth also is excited to see the performances of his freshman class, led by Peter Park (Princeton, N.J./Peddie School) and Alex Tyler (Birmingham, Mich./Birmingham Groves) in the distance freestyle events and the 400 IM.

    For live results from the 2008 Big Ten Championships, link to mgoblue.com.

    For Northwestern's complete Championships notes package, click on the .pdf link at the top of the page.