BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
="preview"> February 24, 1998
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW
1998 Big Ten Championships: The 1998 Big Ten Championships are set to begin Thursday, February 26 and finish on Saturday, February 28. The site is the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Hoosier Preview: Indiana will look to improve on its third-place finish a year ago. The Hoosiers are led by Head Coach Kris Kirchner and Diving Coach Jeff Huber. Divers to watch include Mike Collier and Tom Davidson. Swimmers include Ken Ackermann, Tom Davis, Kyle Goodrich, and Rob Iglinski.
Schedule of Events
Thurs., Feb. 26 Fri., Feb. 27 Sat., Feb. 28
Media Information: To access information for the Big Ten Championships,
The Coaching Staff
Head Coach - Kris Kirchner
Coach Kirchner is in his eighth Big Ten Championships with the Hoosiers. He has lead Indiana to five top-20 showings at the NCAA Championships, including last year's 20th place finish. In dual meets, Kirchner has posted a record of 45-32 at IU. Last season at the Big Ten Championships, the Hoosiers added a third third-place finish to a list that includes two fourth, a fifth, and a sixth place in the Big Ten. Kirchner's swimmers have achieved All-American status 30 times, and Academic All-American status four times. There have also been 46 Academic All-Big Ten swimmers. He is assisted by Bruce Zimmerman who is in his is eighth season.
Diving Coach - Dr. Jeff Huber
Dr. Huber is entering his ninth season as diving coach. Last season was a banner year for the divers as Huber was named Men's and Women's Diving Coach of the Year, and Tom Davidson was chosen as Freshman of the Year in the Big Ten. At the Big Ten meet, the Hoosier divers won the men's and women's one and three-meter competitions. In eight seasons, Huber has coached 10 divers that have competed in the NCAA Championships. In his career, starting at Cypress (Calif.) College, then University of Nebraska, and now at Indiana, Huber has coached 17 divers that have earned All-American honors 44 times.
Hoosiers to watch
Ken Ackermann, So. - Backstroke/Freestyle
Top backstroker for the Hoosiers--ranked sixth in the Big Ten in 200 back (1:49.19)I12th in 100 back (:50.71)--ranks second on Indiana's All-Time Best list in the 100 and 200 back--1997 Big Ten finalist in 100 back.
Rob Chelle, Jr. - Freestyle
Holds fastest IU time this season in 1650 free (15:41.64)--also sixth fastest in the Big Ten--ranked second on team in 500 (4:33.57) and 1000 free (9:26.78)--500 free time is ranked 14th in conference--1000 free time is 11th--finished 15th in 1560 free at 1997 Big Ten Championships.
Mike Collier, Jr. - Diving
Member of the U.S. National TeamIAll-American--1997 Big Ten Diver of the Year--1997 Big Ten Champion on one-meter --Posted the highest scores in dual meets on the one ( 342.00) and three-meter(352.12)--undefeated on the one-meter--won both events in three different meets (Indiana Invite, Northwestern, and Purdue)--at All-American Diving Invitational, finished fourth on collegiate one-meter--sixth on collegiate three-meter--third on open one-meter.
Tom Davidson, So. - Diving
1997 Big Ten Freshman of the Year--1997 Big Ten Champion on three-meter--swept both events against Cincinnati--won the three-meter three times (Kansas, Cincinnati, and Michigan State)--at All-American Diving Invite, finished tenth on collegiate one-meter--ninth on collegiate three-meter--fifth on open one-meter--has second-highest marks for the season on the one ( 326.70) and three-meter (349.65)--holds the highest score of the season on the platform (770.85).
Tom Davis, Jr. - Breaststroke
Top breaststroker for IU--also ranks third on team in 200 IM (1:53.02)--has fourth fastest 200 breast time in the Big Ten (2:02.48)--holds Indiana's fifth best All-Time mark in 100 breast (:55.74)--third fastest mark in 200 breast (2:00.56)--at 1997 Big Tens, was a finalist in 100 breast.
Chris Gage, Jr. - Butterfly/Freestyle
Has top five times in four different events for Hoosiers--holds fastest 500 free (4:30.16) time this season on team--also the ninth best in the conference--ranked tenth in Big Ten 1650 free (15:47.90).
Kyle Goodrich, Jr. - Individual Medley
Ranked in top five on team in six different events--fastest 200 IM time (1:50.80)--ranked in top 15 in Big Ten in four different events--13th in 100 back (:50.74)--10th in 200 breast (2:04.27)--ninth in 400 IM (3:57.98)--sixth in 200 IM (1:50.80)--at 1997 Big Ten Championships, placed ninth in 200 IM and 10th in 400 IM--ranked on Indiana's All-Time Best List in three events--10th in 200 breast (2:03.28)--fifth in 400 IM (3:55.29)--third in 200 IM (1:49.49).
Ben Hunter, So. - Freestyle
One of the Hoosiers top distance freestylers--holds team's fastest time this season in 1000 free (9:20.55)--ranked third in Big Ten in 1000 free--11th fastest time in conference in 1650 free (15:50.43)--finished fifth at 1991 Big Ten Championships in same event--also a consolation finalist in 500 free.
Rob Iglinski, Sr. - Individual Medley/Breaststroke
Team's most versatile swimmer--team captain--three-time Academic
All-American--three-time All-American--ranked in top five on team in six
different events--has the fastest times in 200 fly (1:51.99) and 400 IM
(3:57.90)--200 fly time is ranked 13th in Big Ten--eighth in conference in
200 IM (1:51.48) and 400 IM--ranked on IU's All-Time Best List in three
events--fifth in 200 breast (2:01.93)--second in 200 IM (1:48.62)--second in
400 IM (3:49.96)--at 1997 Big Tens, finished fifth in 200 and 400 IM--placed
third in 400 IM and fourth in 200 IM at 1996 Big Ten Championships.
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