Michael Richards
Michael  Richards

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Falcon Heights, Minn.

High School:
Roseville Area HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 170

Position:
Sprint Free

Experience:
1 Letter


CAREER NOTES:
A 12-time All-American • 2010 and 2011 Big Ten champion in the 50 and 100 freestyle events • school record holder in the 50 freestyle (19.05) and 200 free relay • holds the third-best time in the 100 free (42.93) • 2006 U.S. Junior National champion in the 50-meter free • 2008 Olympic Trials qualifier • shattered the school varsity long course record in the 50-meter free at the 2008 U.S. Open at University Aquatic Center with a time of 22.39 in the finals • posted a time of 22.46 in the prelims • ended up with a third place finish, narrowly missing a berth on the USA World University Games team.

2010-11• SENIOR SEASON:
Big Ten Champion in the 50 free, 100 free, and 200 free relay • the first swimmer since Minnesota's Steve Jackman in 1962 and 1963 to repeat in both sprint free events • shattered the Big Ten record in the 50 free with a time of 19.10 in the prelims, and then broke that record swimming a 19.05 split for the Gophers' meet record-setting 200 free relay (1:16.78) • won the 50 free final with a time of 19.19 • won the 100 free with a time of 43.20 • swam a career best 42.93 in the first leg of the runner-up 400 free relay • earned his second individual All-America honor, finishing ninth in the 50 free in 19.39 • an All-American in the 200 free relay for the fourth straight year • also part of the All-American 400 free and 200 medley relays • undefeated in the 50 free in dual meets this season • won the 100 free against Hawaii and Missouri • also won the 100 free at the Minnesota Challenge • finished fourth in the 100 free at the Georgia Invitational • finished fifth in the 50 free and seventh in the 100 free at the Minnesota Grand Prix • letterwinner.

2009-10 • JUNIOR SEASON: Big Ten champion in the 50 free and 100 free becoming the first Gopher since Terry Silkaitis in 2003 to sweep the events and just the third Gopher ever • first Gopher since 2003 to win multiple individual events at the Big Ten Championships • broke the school record in the 50 free in the prelims with a time of 19.41 • won the finals with a time of 19.53 • won the 100 free with a time of 43.29 • swam leg of Big Ten runner-up 400 free relay and 200 free relay • earned first individual All-America honor with a 10th-place finish in the 50 free at the NCAA Championships • earned first team All-America honors on the 400 free relay that placed seventh in 2:54.12 • also earned All-America honors on the ninth-place 200 free relay • also placed 24th in the 100 free at the NCAA Championships • posted four individual event wins during the regular season • posted huge win in the 50 freestyle at the Ohio State Invitational • won the 50 free at Iowa in dual meet action • finaled in the 50 free (sixth) and won the consolation final of the 100 free at the Minnesota Grand Prix • was the runner-up in the 50 free at the Big Ten Triple Duals with Wisconsin and Purdue • won the 50 free and placed second at Missouri • won the 100 free at the Minnesota Challenge and placed second in the 50 free • letterwinner.

2008-09 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Picked up three All-America awards • swam second leg of 200 free relay that finished seventh after breaking the school record with a time of 1:17.10 in the preliminaries • also earned first team All-America honors on the 400 free relay that placed eighth • swam the anchor leg of the 200 medley relay that won the consolation final to finish ninth at NCAAs • also finished 43rd overall in the 50 free in 19.94 • competed at second NCAA Championships • scored twice at the Big Ten Championships • won the consolation final of the 100 freestyle in career-best 43.45 • also placed 11th in the free • swam on the Gopher Big Ten runner-up 400 freestyle relay team and third place 200 free relay team • won four events during the regular season • led Minnesota's 1-2-3-4 finish in the 50 free at North Carolina • took the 50 free against Iowa • placed third in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free at the Ohio State Invitational • won the 50 free at Washington • took the title in the 50 free at the Minnesota Challenge.

2007-08 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Had a breakthrough performance at first Big Ten Championships • clocked three consecutive sub-20 second 50 freestyles • finished third in the 50 free in 19.83 after clocking a 19.72 in the prelims • the 19.72 was the second-best time ever at Minnesota and set a new freshman record • led off the 200 free relay in 19.82 • team placed third in 1:18.55 • posted a lifetime-best 44.19 to reach the consolation final of the 100 free where he ended up 12th • also finished 33rd in the 200 free in 1:39.70 • earned first All-America honor on the 200 freestyle relay that placed seventh in 1:18.19 • Richards clocked an anchor leg of 19.23 • also anchored the 200 medley relay at the NCAA Championships in 19.30 to help Minnesota finish ninth • posted a 19.76 in the prelims of the 50 free to finish 25th • also clocked a career-best 44.17 to finish 39th in the 100 free at NCAAs • captured first career win at Iowa, taking the 50 free in 21.40 (10/19) • clocked a 20.70 to take second in the 50 free against Arizona State (1/19) • letterwinner.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Roseville Area High School • burst on the national scene in 2006, winning the Junior National title in the 50-meter freestyle • held the second-fastest high school time in the nation in the 50-yard freestyle at 20.51 after winning the 2006 Minnesota State Class AA title in the event • crushed the all-time Minnesota state record in the 50 free en route to defending the state crown with a time of 20.22 • broke the record set by Gopher teammate Colin Lee-To of 20.42 • also took second in the 100 free in 45.54 • finished third in the 100 freestyle at the 2006 Minnesota State meet • was the runner-up in the 50 free and took third at the state meet as a sophomore in 2005 • has already achieved an Olympic Trials cut in the 50 free, making him the only high school swimmer in the country with the qualifying time • also competed for the Star Swim Club under head coach Paul Lundsten.

PERSONAL: Majoring in biology, science and environment • son of Tom Richards and Diane Cushman • born July 14, 1989.

Richards's Top Times:
50 free 19.05 2/25/11
100 free 42.93 2/26/11

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