2019 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships: Ian Finnerty Becomes First to Win 100 Breast Four Times

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The penultimate night of the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships was a huge one for the team standings as Indiana is ahead by over 100 points over second place Michigan.

Indiana won five of the seven events on Friday night at the University of Iowa as Zach AppleIan Finnerty and Gabriel Fantoni won titles in the pool and James Connor won in diving.

Finnerty also made history as he became the first man to win the 100 breast four times at the Big Ten Championships. Three men had won it three times but Finnerty became the first to win four.

Michigan did have something to cheer about as Miles Smachlo and Charlie Swanson started the night with wins in the 100 fly and 400 IM.

Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 14                      
 
  1. Indiana University               1144   
  2. Michigan, University of          1026
  3. Ohio State University             823   
  4. Purdue University                 501
  5. University of Minnesota         455.5   
  6. Pennsylvania State University     397
  7. Wisconsin, University of, Madi  393.5  
  8. Iowa, University of               359
  9. Northwestern University           267  
 10. Michigan State University         161

100 Fly

Michigan’s Miles Smachlo upset Indiana senior Vini Lanza in the 100 fly on Friday night at the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Lanza was the defending champion but Smachlo became the first swimmer of the meet to take down a defending champ. Every single 2018 champ had successfully defended their title from last year.

Smachlo swam a 44.82 to just get by Lanza who was a 44.90 from lane seven. Smachlo became the first Michigan Big Ten Champ in this event since Sean Fletcher won in 2013. Smachlo helped Michigan stop the bleeding after Indiana put four guys in the A-Final.

Ohio State’s Noah Lense (45.45) finished just ahead of Indiana’s Bruno Blaskovic (45.46) for the bronze medal. Blaskovic came in to the night as the top seed after prelims but faded to fourth.

Indiana picked up major points with Lanza, Blaskovic, Van Mathias (45.90) and Gabriel Fantoni (46.12) swimming in the final.

Ohio State also picked up points with Michael Salazar (45.63) and Henrique Painhas (45.77) placing fifth and sixth.

 Event 8  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: # 44.79  2/23/2018 Vinicius M Lanza, Indiana-IN
  Pool Record: ! 44.51  3/27/2015 Joseph Schooling, Texas
                 45.24  A A Standard - NCAA
                 47.43  B B Standard - NCAA
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Smachlo, Miles   JR MICH-MI             45.54      44.82 A       32  
     r:+0.67  9.28        20.76 (11.48)
          32.66 (11.90)       44.82 (12.16)
  2 Lanza, Vinicius  SR Ind-IN              45.79      44.90 A       28  
     r:+0.66  9.34        20.85 (11.51)
          32.85 (12.00)       44.90 (12.05)
  3 Lense, Noah J    JR OSU-OH              45.63      45.45 B       27  
     r:+0.66  9.80        20.88 (11.08)
          32.77 (11.89)       45.45 (12.68)
  4 Blaskovic, Brun  SO Ind-IN              45.33      45.46 B       26  
     r:+0.64  9.48        20.92 (11.44)
          32.83 (11.91)       45.46 (12.63)
  5 Salazar, Michae  SR OSU-OH              45.73      45.63 B       25  
     r:+0.68  9.67        21.12 (11.45)
          33.25 (12.13)       45.63 (12.38)
  6 Painhas, Henriq  SR OSU-OH              45.85      45.77 B       24  
    r:+0.69  10.03        21.54 (11.51)
          33.76 (12.22)       45.77 (12.01)
  7 Mathias, Van L   FR Ind-IN              45.91      45.90 B       23  
     r:+0.74  9.68        21.46 (11.78)
          33.28 (11.82)       45.90 (12.62)
  8 Fantoni, Gabrie  SO Ind-IN              45.75      46.12 B       22  
     r:+0.71  9.65        21.29 (11.64)
          33.43 (12.14)       46.12 (12.69)

400 IM

Michigan’s Charlie Swanson led a 1-2-3 finish for the Wolverines as Swanson won his third straight Big Ten title in the 400 IM on Friday night at the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Swanson swam a 3:39.87 as he added a little bit from his 3:39.58 at the Georgia Invite. Swanson currently leads Division I.

Swanson finished ahead of Michigan sophomore Ricardo Vargas (3:40.24) and junior Thomas Cope (3:41.68) as the Wolverines scored 126 points in the entire 400 IM. The Wolverines also had Will Roberts (3:47.03) place seventh in the A-Final.

Swanson is the first three-time winner since Michigan’s Kyle Whitaker won in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Penn State freshman Michael Daly (3:42.48) improved another second off his prelim time as he came in to the meet with a 3:49 and got all the way down to a 3:42.

Indiana’s Mikey Calvillo (3:46.12), Wisconsin’s Joseph Milinovich (3:46.23) and Penn State’s Hayden Harlow (3:47.90) also placed in the top eight.

 Event 9  Men 400 Yard IM
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: # 3:38.03  2009      Tyler Clary, Michiigan
  Pool Record: ! 3:36.37  3/27/2015 Will Licon, Texas
                 3:39.37  A A Standard - NCAA
                 3:51.46  B B Standard - NCAA
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Swanson, Charle  JR MICH-MI           3:44.34    3:39.87 B       32  
    r:+0.69  23.55        50.98 (27.43)
        1:19.82 (28.84)     1:47.98 (28.16)
        2:18.07 (30.09)     2:48.65 (30.58)
        3:14.99 (26.34)     3:39.87 (24.88)
  2 Vargas Jacobo,   SO MICH-MI           3:43.36    3:40.24 B       28  
    r:+0.71  24.16        51.48 (27.32)
        1:19.67 (28.19)     1:47.28 (27.61)
        2:18.85 (31.57)     2:49.90 (31.05)
        3:15.65 (25.75)     3:40.24 (24.59)
  3 Cope, Thomas E   JR MICH-MI           3:43.89    3:41.68 B       27  
    r:+0.67  23.03        49.97 (26.94)
        1:19.58 (29.61)     1:47.93 (28.35)
        2:17.97 (30.04)     2:48.96 (30.99)
        3:15.59 (26.63)     3:41.68 (26.09)
  4 Daly, Michael C  FR PSU-MA            3:43.60    3:42.48 B       26  
    r:+0.85  23.92        51.12 (27.20)
        1:19.64 (28.52)     1:47.34 (27.70)
        2:19.04 (31.70)     2:51.48 (32.44)
        3:17.36 (25.88)     3:42.48 (25.12)
  5 Calvillo, Micha  FR Ind-IN            3:47.02    3:46.12 B       25  
    r:+0.72  24.38        51.73 (27.35)
        1:20.51 (28.78)     1:48.45 (27.94)
        2:21.29 (32.84)     2:54.70 (33.41)
        3:21.29 (26.59)     3:46.12 (24.83)
  6 Milinovich, Jos  JR WISC-WI           3:45.25    3:46.23 B       24  
    r:+0.68  24.08        51.33 (27.25)
        1:20.35 (29.02)     1:48.33 (27.98)
        2:20.33 (32.00)     2:52.89 (32.56)
        3:20.11 (27.22)     3:46.23 (26.12)
  7 Roberts, Willia  SO MICH-MI           3:46.50    3:47.03 B       23  
    r:+0.73  24.46        52.02 (27.56)
        1:21.43 (29.41)     1:50.48 (29.05)
        2:22.74 (32.26)     2:55.56 (32.82)
        3:21.87 (26.31)     3:47.03 (25.16)
  8 Harlow, Hayden   SO PSU-MA            3:47.23    3:47.90 B       22  
    r:+0.75  24.58        53.11 (28.53)
        1:22.35 (29.24)     1:51.35 (29.00)
        2:22.83 (31.48)     2:54.58 (31.75)
        3:21.83 (27.25)     3:47.90 (26.07)

200 Free

Indiana senior Zach Apple won the 200 free title as he won the Hoosiers’ fourth straight 200 free Big Ten title after Blake Pieroni won three in a row. Apple swam a 1:32.68 on Friday night at the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Iowa as he finished ahead of Ohio State’s Paul DeLakis (1:33.15) and Michigan’s Felix Aubock (1:33.34).

Apple was hurting on the last 50 as he closed in a 24.52, the seventh fastest final 50 split in the whole field. Aubock came home in a 23.45 for the fastest last 50.

Michigan closed the gap to within six points as they had freshman Patrick Callan place fifth at 1:33.77 and senior Mokhtar Al-Yamani (1:35.10) place eighth.

Ohio State’s Andrew Loy (1:33.66), Indiana’s Mohamed Samy (1:33.96) and Ohio State’s Ruslan Gaziev (1:34.83) also placed in the top eight.

 Event 10  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: # 1:31.14  2/23/2018 Blake J Pieroni, Indiana-IN
  Pool Record: ! 1:32.03  3/27/2015 Cristian Quintero, Southern Cal
                 1:32.13  A A Standard - NCAA
                 1:36.32  B B Standard - NCAA
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Apple, Zachary   SR Ind-IN            1:33.21    1:32.68 B       32  
    r:+0.65  21.51        44.71 (23.20)
        1:08.16 (23.45)     1:32.68 (24.52)
  2 DeLakis, Paul J  SO OSU-OH            1:33.62    1:33.15 B       28  
    r:+0.76  22.23        45.75 (23.52)
        1:09.36 (23.61)     1:33.15 (23.79)
  3 Auboeck, Felix   JR MICH-MI           1:34.06    1:33.34 B       27  
    r:+0.74  22.55        46.06 (23.51)
        1:09.89 (23.83)     1:33.34 (23.45)
  4 Loy, Andrew D    JR OSU-OH            1:33.83    1:33.66 B       26  
    r:+0.67  21.92        46.06 (24.14)
        1:10.19 (24.13)     1:33.66 (23.47)
  5 Callan, Patrick  FR MICH-MI           1:34.96    1:33.77 B       25  
    r:+0.67  21.77        45.58 (23.81)
        1:09.53 (23.95)     1:33.77 (24.24)
  6 Samy, Mohamed    JR Ind-IN            1:33.90    1:33.96 B       24  
    r:+0.75  21.68        45.43 (23.75)
        1:09.48 (24.05)     1:33.96 (24.48)
  7 Gaziev, Ruslan   FR OSU-OH            1:34.84    1:34.83 B       23  
    r:+0.66  22.54        46.79 (24.25)
        1:10.91 (24.12)     1:34.83 (23.92)
  8 Al-Yamani, Mokh  SR MICH-MI           1:34.17    1:35.10 B       22  
    r:+0.62  21.67        45.63 (23.96)
        1:10.19 (24.56)     1:35.10 (24.91)

100 Breast

Indiana senior Ian Finnerty successfully won his fourth straight Big Ten title in the 100 breast on Friday night at the University of Iowa. Finnerty swam a 50.77 as he was slightly faster this morning in the heats, going a 50.60. Finnerty had a hard time shaking off Minnesota freshman Max McHugh (51.08) finished in the runner-up position.

Finnerty is the fastest man in Division I currently as he is looking to defend his NCAA title from a year ago in four weeks. Finnerty is also the first man to ever win the 100 breast at Big Tens all four years. Indiana’s Cody Miller (2011-13), Michigan’s Stu Isaac (1972-74) and Michigan’s Paul Scheerer (1965-67) each won three titles but Finnerty is now the first to win four.

Indiana had two others in the A-Final as Zane Backes (51.73) finished in third as the freshman out-touched in-state rival Trent Pellini of Purdue (51.76). Pellini lowered his best time and Purdue’s school record in the process. IU sophomore Gary Kostbade (52.83) placed eighth for the Hoosiers.

Michigan’s Jeremy Babinet (52.18), William Chan (52.36) and Jacob Montague (52.61) also placed in the top eight.

 Event 11  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: # 50.60  3/1/2019  Ian J Finnerty, IND-IN
  Pool Record: ! 50.25  3/27/2015 Kevin Cordes, Arizona
                 51.73  A A Standard - NCAA
                 54.27  B B Standard - NCAA
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Finnerty, Ian J  SR Ind-IN              50.60      50.77 A       32  
    r:+0.67  10.69        23.72 (13.03)
          36.98 (13.26)       50.77 (13.79)
  2 McHugh, Maxwell  FR MINN-MN             51.39      51.08 A       28  
    r:+0.70  10.85        23.77 (12.92)
          37.26 (13.49)       51.08 (13.82)
  3 Backes, Zane V   FR Ind-IN              52.42      51.73 A       27  
    r:+0.74  11.06        24.25 (13.19)
          37.94 (13.69)       51.73 (13.79)
  4 Pellini, Trent   SO PUR-IN              51.85      51.76 B       26  
    r:+0.73  10.95        24.10 (13.15)
          37.92 (13.82)       51.76 (13.84)
  5 Babinet, Jeremy  JR MICH-MI             52.02      52.18 B       25  
    r:+0.71  11.46        24.64 (13.18)
          38.37 (13.73)       52.18 (13.81)
  6 Chan, William E  FR MICH-MI             52.46      52.36 B       24  
    r:+0.65  10.92        24.39 (13.47)
          38.29 (13.90)       52.36 (14.07)
  7 Montague, Jacob  JR MICH-MI             52.65      52.61 B       23  
    r:+0.64  11.02        24.61 (13.59)
          38.50 (13.89)       52.61 (14.11)
  8 Kostbade, Gary   SO Ind-IN              52.55      52.83 B       22  
    r:+0.75  11.52        24.96 (13.44)
          38.84 (13.88)       52.83 (13.99)

100 Back

Gabriel Fantoni of Indiana continued the Hoosiers’ streak on Friday night at the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Iowa with a 44.91 in the 100 backstroke final. Fantoni successfully defended his title he won last year as he also broke 45 for the first time in the process. He now sits fourth in Division I right now.

Fantoni is the first man to repeat in this event at Big Tens since Penn State’s Shane Ryan won in 2014 and 15.

Fantoni went 1-3 with Indiana sophomore Jacob Steele (46.13) coming up for third place. Steele was just out-touched at the finish by Ohio State’s Henrique Painhas (46.06) who finished second. Purdue’s Joe Young (46.14) finished in fourth as he was also in the mix for second place at the wall.

Michigan’s Alex King (46.38), Indiana’s Mohamed Samy (46.64), Wisconsin’s Cameron Tysoe (46.68) and Ohio State’s Colin McDermott (47.21) also placed in the A-Final.

 Event 12  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: # 44.65  2/24/2017 Shane P Ryan, Penn State
  Pool Record: ! 44.17  3/26/2015 Ryan Murphy, California
                 45.12  A A Standard - NCAA
                 47.77  B B Standard - NCAA
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Fantoni, Gabrie  SO Ind-IN              45.46      44.91 A       32  
             10.41        21.51 (11.10)
          33.17 (11.66)       44.91 (11.74)
  2 Painhas, Henriq  SR OSU-OH              46.43      46.06 B       28  
             10.80        22.24 (11.44)
          34.10 (11.86)       46.06 (11.96)
  3 Steele, Jacob A  SO Ind-IN              46.24      46.13 B       27  
             10.70        22.20 (11.50)
          34.18 (11.98)       46.13 (11.95)
  4 Young, Joseph A  SR PUR-IN              46.50      46.14 B       26  
             10.93        22.13 (11.20)
          34.02 (11.89)       46.14 (12.12)
  5 King, Alex M     SO MICH-MI             46.83      46.38 B       25  
             10.75        22.48 (11.73)
          34.60 (12.12)       46.38 (11.78)
  6 Samy, Mohamed    JR Ind-IN              46.57      46.64 B       24  
             11.02        22.66 (11.64)
          34.83 (12.17)       46.64 (11.81)
  7 Tysoe, Cameron   JR WISC-WI             46.81      46.68 B       23  
             11.15        22.67 (11.52)
          34.63 (11.96)       46.68 (12.05)
  8 McDermott, Coli  SO OSU-OH              47.00      47.21 B       22  
             10.89        22.56 (11.67)
          34.99 (12.43)       47.21 (12.22)

3m Diving

Indiana picked up massive points with another 1-2 finish in the 3m diving on Friday night at the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Senior James Connor (494.10) won the title for the Hoosiers as he last won the Big Ten title in 2015 as a freshman. Connor finished 1-2 with sophomore teammate Andrew Capobianco (477.60).

The state of Indiana schools continued to dominate the diving events as Purdue sophomore Greg Duncan (454.45) finished in third.

Ohio State actually had the most A-finalists with Jacob Siler (429.40), Joey Canova (406.40) and Aaron Daniels-Freman (361.60) placing fifth, sixth and eighth.

Penn State’s Hector Garcia (441.15) and Michigan’s Ross Todd (392.15) also competed in the final.

Event 13  Men 3 mtr Diving
=========================================================================
  Meet Record: # 540.55  2/23/2018 Steele Johnson, Purdue-IN
  Pool Record: ! 529.10  3/27/2015 Samuel Dorman, Miami (FL)
                 320.00  Z Zone Qualifier
    Name           Year School            Prelims     Finals       Points 
=========================================================================
                       === Championship Finals ===                       
 
  1 Connor, James    SR Indiana-IN         460.30     494.10 Z       32  
  2 Capobianco, And  SO Indiana-IN         452.30     477.60 Z       28  
  3 Duncan, Greg     SO Purdue-IN          394.80     454.45 Z       27  
  4 Garcia, Hector   SR Penn State-MA      411.30     441.15 Z       26  
  5 Siler, Jacob     SO Ohio State-OH      413.95     429.40 Z       25  
  6 Canova, Joey     SO Ohio State-OH      375.20     406.40 Z       24  
  7 Todd, Ross       SO Michigan-MI        392.10     392.15 Z       23  
  8 Daniels-Freman,  SR Ohio State-OH      385.70     361.60 Z       22

200 Free Relay

Indiana closed out the night in style with a 1:16.01 in the 200 free relay to lower the Big Ten meet record on Friday night at the Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Iowa City. Zach Apple (19.29), Bruno Blaskovic (18.88), Vini Lanza (18.91) and Brandon Hamblin (18.93) lowered the old record of 1:16.42 from 2013 when Michigan set it. The Hoosiers also won their first 200 free relay Big Ten title since 2016.

The Hoosiers finished ahead of Ohio State (1:16.36) and Minnesota (1:17.24) as the Buckeyes were also under the old meet record. The Hoosiers now sit fifth in Division I. Minnesota also swam in the earlier heat and had to watch heat 2 from the sidelines to see where they landed.

The fastest splits outside of Indiana came from Ohio State’s Mossimo Chavez (18.77), Ruslan Gaziev (18.85), Iowa’s Jack Smith (18.96) and Minnesota’s Matthew Thomas (19.07).

Iowa (1:17.65), Michigan (1:17.80), Penn State (1:18.26), Wisconsin (1:18.48) and Northwestern (1:19.42) also finished in the top eight.

Purdue originally finished in fourth place but was disqualified for an early take-off by the anchor leg.

 Event 14  Men 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
==================================================================================
  Meet Record: # 1:16.42  2013      Michigan, Michi
                          Turk, M. Ortiz, Fletcher, B. Ortiz
  Pool Record: ! 1:15.79  3/26/2015 NC State
                          S Bilis, R Held, A Schiellerup, D Williams
                 1:17.41  A A Standard - NCAA
                 1:18.11  B B Standard - NCAA
    School                           Seed     Finals       Points 
==================================================================================
  1 Indiana-IN  'A'               1:17.37    1:16.01#A       64  
     1) Apple, Zachary D SR           2) r:+0.28 Blaskovic, Bruno SO  
     3) r:+0.27 Lanza, Vinicius SR    4) r:+0.15 Hamblin, Brandon FR  
     r:+0.62  9.26        19.29 (19.29)
           28.14 (8.85)       38.17 (18.88)
           47.06 (8.89)       57.08 (18.91)
         1:05.92 (8.84)     1:16.01 (18.93)
  2 Ohio State-OH  'A'            1:17.75    1:16.36#A       56  
     1) Loy, Andrew D JR              2) r:+0.19 Gaziev, Ruslan FR    
     3) r:+0.17 Chavez, Mossimo SR    4) r:+0.06 Sugar, Benjamin SO   
     r:+0.67  9.49        19.56 (19.56)
           28.50 (8.94)       38.41 (18.85)
           47.14 (8.73)       57.18 (18.77)
         1:06.07 (8.89)     1:16.36 (19.18)
  3 Minnesota-MN  'A'             1:20.38    1:17.24 A       54  
     1) Becker, Bowen T SR            2) r:+0.21 Thomas, Matthew JR   
     3) r:+0.20 Pokkinen, Tuomas JR   4) r:+0.20 Yudashkin, Eitan SO  
     r:+0.63  9.22        19.10 (19.10)
           28.03 (8.93)       38.17 (19.07)
           47.20 (9.03)       57.62 (19.45)
         1:06.79 (9.17)     1:17.24 (19.62)
  4 IOWA-IA  'A'                  1:18.90    1:17.65 B       52  
     1) Myhre, Joseph A JR            2) r:+0.28 Scott, William JR    
     3) r:+0.28 Smith, Jack SR        4) r:+0.37 Fiolic, Stjepan JR   
     r:+0.68  9.47        19.78 (19.78)
           28.94 (9.16)       39.09 (19.31)
           47.92 (8.83)       58.05 (18.96)
         1:07.25 (9.20)     1:17.65 (19.60)
  5 Michigan-MI  'A'              1:18.07    1:17.80 B       50  
     1) Borges, Luiz Gustavo F SO     2) r:+0.35 Chan, William FR     
     3) r:+0.45 Swanson, Charles JR   4) r:+0.32 Smachlo, Miles JR    
     r:+0.68  9.39        19.51 (19.51)
           28.74 (9.23)       39.09 (19.58)
           48.33 (9.24)       58.58 (19.49)
         1:07.62 (9.04)     1:17.80 (19.22)
  6 Penn State-MA  'A'            1:19.63    1:18.26         48  
     1) Castano, Gabriel SO           2) r:+0.25 Roberson, William SO 
     3) r:+0.07 Dinunzio, Matthew JR  4) r:+0.02 Wilson, Austin JR    
     r:+0.64  9.51        19.59 (19.59)
           28.74 (9.15)       38.96 (19.37)
           48.09 (9.13)       58.44 (19.48)
         1:07.61 (9.17)     1:18.26 (19.82)
  7 Wisconsin-WI  'A'             1:19.43    1:18.48         46  
     1) Zelen, Tyler D SR             2) r:+0.27 Back, Griffin JR     
     3) r:+0.31 Gessner, Erik FR      4) r:+0.21 Braun, Kevin JR      
     r:+0.63  9.42        19.66 (19.66)
           28.71 (9.05)       38.93 (19.27)
           48.28 (9.35)       58.94 (20.01)
         1:08.10 (9.16)     1:18.48 (19.54)
  8 Northwestern-IL  'A'          1:20.84    1:19.42         44  
     1) Bundy, Keegan A SO            2) r:+0.19 Zhang, Andrew FR     
     3) r:+0.15 Hofstadter, Wiliam SR 4) r:+0.16 Gridley, Ryan FR     
     r:+0.63  9.75        20.20 (20.20)
           29.35 (9.15)       39.80 (19.60)
           49.14 (9.34)       59.66 (19.86)
         1:08.94 (9.28)     1:19.42 (19.76)