Indiana Sets Up Potential Championship Saturday On Last Day of Men’s Big Ten’s

Photo Courtesy: David Wegiel

The final morning of the Men’s Big Ten Championships was a crucial one as Indiana and Michigan were separated by only 10 points going into the final day. The Hoosiers got the job done in the morning with ten championship finalists compared to Michigan’s nine. Michigan will have a lot of points in the 1650 and Indiana will have a lot in diving so the two could cancel each other out. So it will depend on who has the best 100 freestylers, which Indiana has the upper hand.

There is also a battle for fourth place between Purdue, Minnesota and Wisconsin and the ups, mids, downs table is listed below. The teams are in order of the team scores after last night.

Ups, Mids, Downs

  • Indiana, 10, 5, 1
  • Michigan, 9, 6, 1
  • Ohio State, 4, 7, 4
  • Purdue, 2, 2, 5
  • Minnesota, 3, 1, 4
  • Wisconsin, 1, 5, 3
  • Iowa, 2, 4, 6
  • Penn State, 0, 1, 4
  • Northwestern, 0, 1, 2
  • Michigan State, 0, 1, 2

200 Back

The Hoosiers got the morning started with three guys getting in the championship final of the 200 back. Sophomore Mohamed Samy (1:40.91) is seeded first while freshman Gabriel Fantoni (1:42.10) is second and junior James Beckman (1:42.57) is sixth. Michigan only got one swimmer in the championship final with senior Tristan Sanders in fourth (1:42.41).

Wisconsin’s Cameron Tysoe (1:42.49), Iowa’s Kenneth Mende (1:42.36), Purdue’s Joe Young (1:42.88) and Wisconsin’s Justin Temprano (1:42.99) also placed in this morning’s top eight.

 Event 16  Men 200 Yard Backstroke
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  Meet Record: ! 1:38.89  2014      Eric Ress, Indiana
         Pool: # 1:38.37  3/26/2005 Ryan Lochte, FLOR
                 1:39.66  A NCAA A Standard
                 1:46.39  B NCAA B Stanard
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Samy, Mohamed    SO Indiana-IN        1:42.84    1:40.91 qB     
             23.50        49.27 (25.77)
        1:14.97 (25.70)     1:40.91 (25.94)
  2 Fantoni, Gabrie  FR Indiana-IN        1:44.91    1:42.10 qB     
             23.25        48.95 (25.70)
        1:15.71 (26.76)     1:42.10 (26.39)
  3 Mende, Kenneth   JR Iowa-IA           1:43.76    1:42.36 qB     
             23.40        49.07 (25.67)
        1:15.38 (26.31)     1:42.36 (26.98)
  4 Sanders, Trista  SR Michigan-MI       1:43.03    1:42.41 qB     
             23.95        50.40 (26.45)
        1:16.44 (26.04)     1:42.41 (25.97)
  5 Tysoe, Cameron   SO Wisconsin-WI      1:43.70    1:42.49 qB     
             23.71        49.28 (25.57)
        1:15.39 (26.11)     1:42.49 (27.10)
  6 Beckman, James   JR Indiana-IN        1:45.23    1:42.57 qB     
             23.92        49.65 (25.73)
        1:15.60 (25.95)     1:42.57 (26.97)
  7 Young, Joseph A  JR Purdue-IN         1:47.36    1:42.88 qB     
             23.41        48.95 (25.54)
        1:15.59 (26.64)     1:42.88 (27.29)
  8 Temprano, Justi  SO Wisconsin-WI      1:47.62    1:42.99 qB     
             24.39        49.93 (25.54)
        1:16.25 (26.32)     1:42.99 (26.74)

100 Free

Indiana’s Blake Pieroni and Minnesota’s Bowen Becker went toe to toe in the 100 free prelims as Pieroni is the top seed with a 41.89 going into tonight. Becker is swimming in his home pool and already has won the 50 free as he did that upsetting Michigan’s Paul Powers to break his three year winning streak in the event at Big Ten’s. Becker is second at 41.96 and Powers is fourth at 42.67.

IU placed three bodies in the A-final with Pieroni, Bruno Blaskovic (42.26) and Ali Khalafalla (42.93) getting in the top eight. Michigan got two with Powers and James Peek (43.09) in the A-final.

Ohio State’s Matthew Abeysinghe (42.89) and Iowa’s Jack Smith (42.93) also placed in the top eight this morning.

 Event 17  Men 100 Yard Freestyle
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  Meet Record: ! 41.44  2/25/2017 Blake Pieroni, Wisconsin
         Pool: # 41.10  3/24/2011 Nathan Adrian, CAL
                 42.11  A NCAA A Standard
                 44.29  B NCAA B Stanard
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Pieroni, Blake   SR Indiana-IN          42.10      41.89 qA     
              9.56        20.15 (10.59)
          31.17 (11.02)       41.89 (10.72)
  2 Becker, Bowen T  JR Minnesota-MN        43.02      41.96 qA     
              9.48        19.90 (10.42)
          31.08 (11.18)       41.96 (10.88)
  3 Blaskovic, Brun  FR Indiana-IN          43.36      42.26 qB     
              9.57        19.88 (10.31)
          31.03 (11.15)       42.26 (11.23)
  4 Powers, Paul Q   SR Michigan-MI         42.79      42.67 qB     
              9.57        20.39 (10.82)
          31.65 (11.26)       42.67 (11.02)
  5 Abeysinghe, Mat  JR Ohio St-OH          44.04      42.89 qB     
              9.81        20.58 (10.77)
          31.75 (11.17)       42.89 (11.14)
  6 Smith, Jack A    JR Iowa-IA             43.93      42.93 qB     
              9.75        20.39 (10.64)
          31.76 (11.37)       42.93 (11.17)
  6 Khalafalla, Ali  SR Indiana-IN          43.47      42.93 qB     
              9.70        20.40 (10.70)
          31.81 (11.41)       42.93 (11.12)
  8 Peek, James H    SR Michigan-MI         45.03      43.09 qB     
              9.52        20.52 (11.00)
          31.56 (11.04)       43.09 (11.53)

200 Breast

Minnesota’s Conner McHugh put up the top time in the prelims of the 200 breast on Saturday at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in his home pool. McHugh broke the pool record with a 1:51.66 this morning in Minnesota as he broke the 1:52.43 that was set at the 2011 NCAA’s by Texas’ Eric Friedland. McHugh is the top seed by over a second over Michigan’s Thomas Cope (1:52.91) and 100 champ Ian Finnerty (1:53.22) of Indiana.

Michigan stepped up big in the 200 breast with four total A-finalists. Cope led the way ahead of Charlie Swanson (1:53.49), Jacob Montague (1:54.18) and Jeremy Babinet (1:55.31). Indiana got two in the championship final with Finnerty and Levi Brock (1:53.57) dropping eight seconds on his seed time.

The two-time defending champion from Purdue, Marat Amaltdinov is in lane 1 for tonight’s final and swam a 1:55.15 this morning.

 Event 18  Men 200 Yard Breaststroke
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  Meet Record: ! 1:51.03  2013      Cody Miller, Indiana
         Pool: # 1:52.43  3/25/2011 Eric Friedland, TEX
                 1:52.94  A NCAA A Standard
                 1:59.79  B NCAA B Stanard
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 McHugh, Conner   SR Minnesota-MN      1:54.12    1:51.66#qA     
             25.05        53.02 (27.97)
        1:21.82 (28.80)     1:51.66 (29.84)
  2 Cope, Thomas E   SO Michigan-MI       1:53.72    1:52.91 qA     
             25.08        53.24 (28.16)
        1:22.43 (29.19)     1:52.91 (30.48)
  3 Finnerty, Ian J  JR Indiana-IN        1:55.95    1:53.22 qB     
             25.07        53.39 (28.32)
        1:22.55 (29.16)     1:53.22 (30.67)
  4 Swanson, Charle  SO Michigan-MI       1:56.10    1:53.49 qB     
             25.63        54.37 (28.74)
        1:23.61 (29.24)     1:53.49 (29.88)
  5 Brock, Levi B    SR Indiana-IN        2:01.85    1:53.57 qB     
             25.49        54.10 (28.61)
        1:23.39 (29.29)     1:53.57 (30.18)
  6 Montague, Jacob  SO Michigan-MI       1:53.23    1:54.18 qB     
             25.55        54.67 (29.12)
        1:23.58 (28.91)     1:54.18 (30.60)
  7 Amaltdinov, Mar  SR Purdue-IN         1:54.27    1:55.15 qB     
             26.57        55.77 (29.20)
        1:25.19 (29.42)     1:55.15 (29.96)
  8 Babinet, Jeremy  SO Michigan-MI       1:58.74    1:55.31 qB     
             25.88        55.25 (29.37)
        1:25.00 (29.75)     1:55.31 (30.31)

200 Fly

Indiana’s Vini Lanza was just off the meet record this morning with a 1:40.88 at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Minnesota. Lanza is in the lead by over a second over Ohio State’s Noah Lense (1:42.10) and Michigan’s Miles Smachlo (1:42.44). Michigan and Indiana each got two A-finalists.

The Hoosiers were led by Lanza and Cory Gambardella (1:44.53) and Michigan had Smachlo plus Evan White (1:42.93) get in the top eight.

Ohio State’s Henrique Painhas (1:42.75), Michael Salazar (1:44.35) and Minnesota’s Matthew Thomas (1:44.60) will also swim in tonight’s championship final.

 Event 19  Men 200 Yard Butterfly
==================================================================
  Meet Record: ! 1:40.37  2014      Dylan Bosch, Michigan
         Pool: # 1:40.60  3/26/2011 Mark Dylla, UGA
                 1:41.44  A NCAA A Standard
                 1:47.99  B NCAA B Stanard
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Lanza, Vinicius  JR Indiana-IN        1:41.50    1:40.88 qA     
             22.44        48.34 (25.90)
        1:14.50 (26.16)     1:40.88 (26.38)
  2 Lense, Noah J    SO Ohio St-OH        1:42.22    1:42.10 qB     
             22.88        48.22 (25.34)
        1:14.74 (26.52)     1:42.10 (27.36)
  3 Smachlo, Miles   SO Michigan-MI       1:43.31    1:42.44 qB     
             22.73        48.50 (25.77)
        1:14.97 (26.47)     1:42.44 (27.47)
  4 Painhas, Henriq  JR Ohio St-OH        1:45.43    1:42.75 qB     
             22.86        49.03 (26.17)
        1:15.43 (26.40)     1:42.75 (27.32)
  5 White, Evan S    SR Michigan-MI       1:44.30    1:42.93 qB     
             22.87        48.85 (25.98)
        1:15.52 (26.67)     1:42.93 (27.41)
  6 Salazar, Michae  JR Ohio St-OH        1:44.72    1:44.35 qB     
             22.40        48.37 (25.97)
        1:15.01 (26.64)     1:44.35 (29.34)
  7 Gambardella, Co  FR Indiana-IN        1:46.41    1:44.53 qB     
             23.01        49.60 (26.59)
        1:16.28 (26.68)     1:44.53 (28.25)
  8 Thomas, Matthew  SO Minnesota-MN      1:46.76    1:44.60 qB     
             23.39        50.16 (26.77)
        1:17.07 (26.91)     1:44.60 (27.53)
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