March 2, 2012
The Big Ten Conference office announced Friday its 2012 men’s swimming & diving individual award winners. Minnesota’s Kristoffer Jorgensen was tabbed Co-Diver of the Championships along with Ohio State’s Shane Miszkiel and Indiana’s Darian Schmidt.
Jorgensen was crowned champion in platform diving after posting a program-record score of 430.65. With the win, the senior became the first Big Ten diving champion in any event for the Gophers since 2001.
Minnesota’s Andy Knaak was named an honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. Out of nine candidates, one will be chosen at the end of the school for the award.
Michigan’s Dan Madwed was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships, while Freshman of the Year went out to Nate Savoy of Penn State. Michigan head coach Mike Bottom was named Swimming Coach of the Year, and Indiana diving coach Jeff Huber earned Diving Coach of the Year accolades.
Gophers Receive CSCAA Scholar All-America Recognition
Both the men's and women's teams earned academic distinction from the coaches association.
Former swim coach Eckelkamp Passes Away
Gopher Athletics is saddened to learn that former assistant men's swimming and diving coach Steve Eckelkamp has passed away at his home on June 10, in Mount Juliet, Tenn.
LeBlang Takes Learned Leadership to Next Season
Junior diver Alan LeBlang discusses his leadership role for the upcoming season with GopherSports.com.