Feb. 18, 2007

Recap |  Results

Matt Patton, Michigan sophomore
Winner 1,650-yard freestyle
“It’s an honor to win it for my team because they really needed it tonight. I’m glad I could do my part for the team.”

Matt Grevers, Northwestern senior
Winner 200-yard backstroke
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to win. I’m following in the footsteps of great swimmers and it’s a dream come true. I put a lot of emotion in this race and I think that is what defines a race.”

Bruno Barbic, Northwestern junior
Winner 100-yard freestyle
“It feels great. I had some bad luck in the 50 (freestyle), so it feels good to be the fastest tonight. This is my first Big Ten championship with the Wildcats, but the team helped me get ready for this meet.”

Mike Alexandrov, Northwestern senior
Winner 200-yard breaststroke
“Tonight I was tight and had a good streamline. I felt myself pulling ahead and once that happened I gained more confidence. It’s hard to put into words what it’s like to win a Big Ten championship. I will always remember the memories of being with my teammates who supported me and I am glad that I was a part of Northwestern.”

Alex Vanderkaay, Michigan junior
Winner 200-yard butterfly
“I just wanted to carry on Michigan’s tradition of winning this event. I went out as hard as I could and everything went well.”

Wes Weiser, Ohio State sophomore
Winner of the platform diving event
“This feels amazing. I knew it was going to be really close towards the end and I knew what I needed to get to get the job done. It’s just unbelievable. I have always had a bit of a problem with my arm stands, but this time I held it. Being at home and seeing everyone here, it’s the best feeling in the world. “

Mike Woodson, Minnesota junior
Member of winning 400-freestyle relay
“I can’t believe how much we put together a team effort tonight. This feeling is awesome. This meet was so close between us and Michigan and to be able to pull together and win is great.” Post Championship Awards
Vince Panzano, Ohio State head diving coach
Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year
“The kids just had a great meet and I am really proud of them. They all had a great year and trained very hard and with the way they performed it says we are a pretty good team that worked and practiced hard.”

Bob Bowman, Michigan head coach
Big Ten Co-Swimming Coach of the Year
“This honor speaks to what our team did and how well they swam. It also recognizes our staff and how hard they worked this year and I am honored to accept it on behalf of them.”

Bob Groseth, Northwestern head coach
Big Ten Co-Swimming Coach of the Year
“I am very excited to have two seniors who made me look good earning the swimmer of the year and the swimmer of the meet awards.”