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L. Colby Ward
L. Colby  Ward


Rochester Hills, Mich.

High School:


Getting To Know Colby Ward

Where were you born?
San Jose, Calif.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I was ten I wanted to be ... James Bond. Now I want to be ... DR. Ward.

What is your favorite movie?
Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Die Hard

Why did you choose Michigan State University?
I like the trees and team

Who is your favorite MSU athlete of all time?
Magic Johnson

Name one person living or dead, that you would most like to compete against?
Ian Thorpe

Top 5 songs on your iPod?
Helena, Dead, Freebird, Welcome to the Black Parade and Famous last words.

Your favorite moment in the outdoor pool?
When I ran into Sasha during the test set.


Who is the best at guitar hero on the team?
1. Colby 2. Laroque 3. Sho 4. Ricky 5. Poosey

Junior Season: Academic All-Big Ten ... Posted the team's fastest times of the season in the 500 free (4:27.21), 1000 free (9:23.31) and the 1650 free (15:33.78) ... Finished second in the 1650 against Notre Dame ... Won the 1000 free against Oakland with a 9:23.31 ... Swam the 400 IM with a time of 4:10.73 at TYR Invitational ... At the Big Ten Championships he swam the 200 free (1:39.82), 500 free (4:27.21) and the 1650 free (15:33.78) ... At the 2010 USA Swimming National Championships he competed in the 400 free (4:04.08) and the 200 free (1:54.17).

Sophomore Season: Swam to two first-place finishes vs. Oakland (1/31) in the 500 free (4:33.83) and 1,000 free (9:21.57) ... Took second in the mile swim with a 15:50.86 vs. Michigan (2/8) ... Placed third in the 1,650 with a 16:03.1 vs. Purdue (1/17) ... Swam his fastest times of the year in the 200 free (1:40.27) and 500 free (4:29.08) at the Big Ten Championships (2/27) ... His 15:28.25 in the mile swim at the Big Ten Championships is the fifth fastest time in school history.

Freshman Season: Won the 1,000 free (9:17.36) and 500 free (4:37.29) vs. Oakland (1/25)...Competed in the 1,650 free (15:31.22) at the Big Ten Championships...Took second in the 1,000 free in the 1,000 free (9:34.07) against Iowa in his first collegiate meet. Ward was MSU's top performer in the distance free, placing 17th in the mile with a time of 15:31.22.

High School: Two-time High School All-American and three-time all-state honoree under coach Tim Hickey ... Competed in Junior Nationals as a junior and senior ... Posted a 500 free time of 4:34 and clocked a 4:05 in the 400 IM during senior season ... Recorded top times in the 1,000 free (9:23) and mile free (15:36) as a junior ... Placed third at state meet in 500 free during sophomore season ... Finished sixth in the state in the 500 free and placed second in the mile free at the USS State meet as a freshman ... Named to National Honor Society and Academic All-State team.

Personal: Born Oct. 29, 1988 in San Jose, Calif. ... Son of Lawrence and Ginna Ward ... Biology major.

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