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NCAA Div. I Men: Minnesota Leads Big 10; Michigan's Thompson Clocks 4:16 for the 500 -- February 23, 2001

Minneapolis,MN. Feb. 22. THE HOST University of Minnesota took a commanding lead after the first day of competition at the Men's Big 10 Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, despite winning only one event.

Minnesota leads the team scoring with 241 points, followed by Penn State with 170 and Michigan with 162.

Minnesota got the meet off to a satisfying start, winning the 200 freestyle reloay in 1:18.49, more than half a second ahead of Penn State.

Michigan, always strong in the distance events, answered with a one-two finish in the 500 yard freestyle. Chris Thompson, the Olympic bronze medalist and American record-holder in the 1500 meters, clocked 4:16.22 for the 500, the nation's fastest time this season. Teammate Dan Ketchum was a strong second at 4:17.65 with Minnesota's Justin Mortimer right behind (4:17.95).

The 200 IM was a tight battle all the way, with Penn State's Joe Peresan emerging the victor in 1:47.32. Wisconsin's Brenda Coyne touched just five-hundredths of a second later. Bob Molletierre made it two-in-a-row for the Nittany Lions when he won the 50 free in 19.80.

Tom Dvidson of Indiana won a close duel with Minnesota's Dan Croaston to take the one-meter diving in the day'sfinal event.


Team Standings Following Day One
1. Minnesota 241
2. Penn State 170
3. Michigan 162
4. Wisconsin 114
5. Ohio State 109
6. Northwestern 105
7. Indiana 103
8. Purdue 65
9. Michigan State 46
10. Iowa 41


RESULTS

200 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. University of Minnesota 1:18.49
2. Penn State University 1:19.08
3. University of Wisconsin 1:19.99


500 Yard Freestyle
1. Chris Thompson, MICH 4:16.22
2. Dan Ketchum, MICH 4:17.65
3. Justin Mortimer, MINN 4:17.95


200 Yard IM
1. Joe Peresan, PSU 1:47.32
2. Brendan Coyne, WISC 1:47.37
3. Tony Swanson, N'WEST 1:47.87


50 Yard Freestyle
1. Bob Molettiere, PSU 19.80
2. Brain Malich, OSU 19.96
3. Ricardo Dornelas, MINN 19.98


1 Meter Diving
1. Thomas Davidson, IND 369.60
2. Dan Croaston, MINN 357.80
3. Jason Coben, MICH 320.75