2020 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships Day 3 Heats: Michigan Scores 5 Up in 4IM, McHugh Swims 50.7 Breast

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Tommy Cope. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships

Bloomington, Indiana 2020

The 2020 Big Ten men’s swimming and diving championships continued from the campus of Indiana University with the heats of the 100 fly, 400 IM, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. Michigan scored big in the 400 IM with five A-finalists as they look to win their first conference title since 2016 as they want to end Indiana’s three year winning streak in their home pool.

The biggest individual swim of the day was Max McHugh in the 100 breast heats as he was a 50.7 to lead the way for the Golden Gophers.

The full ups, mids, downs report is below. The teams are in order of the scores from last night.

Details

Men - Ups, Mids, Downs - Through 100 back                       
 
  1. Michigan, University of         11, 6, 4   
  2. Ohio State University            7, 6, 3
  3. Indiana University               8, 8, 5   
  4. Wisconsin, University of, Madi   7, 3, 5
  5. Purdue University                1, 2, 2   
  6. Pennsylvania State University    1, 2, 8
  7. University of Minnesota          3, 1, 4   
  8. Northwestern University          1, 6, 5
  9. Iowa, University of              0, 6, 3  
 10. Michigan State University        1, 0, 1

100 Fly

Indiana junior Bruno Blaskovic has been on fire this week in Bloomington, Indiana as he leads the 100 butterfly heats with a 45.29. He won the 50 free last night and also anchored both of Indiana’s winning medley relays. He leads a group of three Hoosiers that advanced to the championship final with freshman Brendan Burns (45.97) and sophomore Van Mathias (45.97).

Michigan’s Miles Smachlo (45.56) is the second seed as he was the only Michigan swimmer to advance to the championship final.

Wisconsin’s Jian Mao (46.08), Ohio State’s Noah Lense (46.08), Minnesota’s Matthew Thomas (46.26) and Wisconsin’s Wesley Jekel (46.29) also qualified for the championship final.

 Event 8  Men 100 Yard Butterfly
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     B1G Meet: # 44.79  2/23/2018 Vinicius M Lanza, Indiana
  Pool Record: ! 45.29  2/28/2020 Bruno Blaskovic, Indiana
                 45.05  A NCAA Qualifying
                 47.43  B NCAA Provisional
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Blaskovic, Brun  JR Indiana-IN          47.52      45.29!qB     
     r:+0.60  9.33        20.73 (11.40)
          32.85 (12.12)       45.29 (12.44)
  2 Smachlo, Miles   SR Michigan-MI         46.15      45.56 qB     
     r:+0.63  9.52        21.00 (11.48)
          33.18 (12.18)       45.56 (12.38)
  3 Burns, Brendan   FR Indiana-IN          46.12      45.97 qB     
    r:+0.65  10.13        21.68 (11.55)
          33.75 (12.07)       45.97 (12.22)
  4 Mathias, Van L   SO Indiana-IN          46.33      46.02 qB     
    r:+0.77  10.13        21.29 (11.16)
          33.52 (12.23)       46.02 (12.50)
  5 Mao, Jian        JR Wisconsin-WI           NT      46.08 qB     
     r:+0.65  9.67        21.47 (11.80)
          33.59 (12.12)       46.08 (12.49)
  5 Lense, Noah J    SR Ohio St-OH          47.00      46.08 qB     
    r:+0.69  10.19        21.81 (11.62)
          33.83 (12.02)       46.08 (12.25)
  7 Thomas, Matthew  SR Minnesota-MN        46.81      46.26 qB     
     r:+0.59  9.79        21.55 (11.76)
          33.93 (12.38)       46.26 (12.33)
  8 Jekel, Wesley B  FR Wisconsin-WI        47.67      46.29 qB     
     r:+0.56  9.78        21.64 (11.86)
          33.77 (12.13)       46.29 (12.52)

400 IM

Michigan’s Charlie Swanson (3:42.07) is leading a group of five Michigan swimmers that will completely take over the 400 IM A-Final as Ohio State and Indiana advanced zero to the A-Final. This may have put the meet away for the Wolverines, who have a big lead through seven events already. This will only add to the lead as Tommy Cope (3:43.00), Ricardo Vargas (3:43.09), Daniel Berlitz (3:46.34) and William Roberts (3:46.52) will swim in tonight’s championship final.

Wisconsin got two to the final with Caleb Aman (3:43.32) and Joseph Milinovich (3:45.70). Penn State’s Michael Daly (3:44.06) also advanced to the championship final.

 Event 9  Men 400 Yard IM
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     B1G Meet: # 3:38.03  2009      Tyler Clary, Michigan
  Pool Record: ! 3:39.17  2013      Michael Weiss, Wisconsin
                 3:39.16  A NCAA Qualifying
                 3:51.46  B NCAA Provisional
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Swanson, Charle  SR Michigan-MI       3:43.82    3:42.07 qB     
    r:+0.70  22.99        49.98 (26.99)
        1:18.71 (28.73)     1:47.07 (28.36)
        2:17.75 (30.68)     2:48.82 (31.07)
        3:15.96 (27.14)     3:42.07 (26.11)
  2 Cope, Thomas E   SR Michigan-MI       3:43.05    3:43.00 qB     
    r:+0.61  23.03        50.16 (27.13)
        1:19.56 (29.40)     1:48.18 (28.62)
        2:18.40 (30.22)     2:48.91 (30.51)
        3:16.30 (27.39)     3:43.00 (26.70)
  3 Vargas Jacobo,   JR Michigan-MI            NT    3:43.09 qB     
    r:+0.68  23.90        51.02 (27.12)
        1:19.68 (28.66)     1:47.47 (27.79)
        2:19.87 (32.40)     2:51.69 (31.82)
        3:18.05 (26.36)     3:43.09 (25.04)
  4 Aman, Caleb R    SO Wisconsin-WI           NT    3:43.32 qB     
    r:+0.69  24.31        52.38 (28.07)
        1:20.34 (27.96)     1:48.60 (28.26)
        2:19.90 (31.30)     2:51.35 (31.45)
        3:17.94 (26.59)     3:43.32 (25.38)
  5 Daly, Michael C  SO Penn St-MA        3:48.76    3:44.06 qB     
    r:+0.78  23.58        50.38 (26.80)
        1:18.34 (27.96)     1:45.54 (27.20)
        2:18.11 (32.57)     2:51.20 (33.09)
        3:18.42 (27.22)     3:44.06 (25.64)
  6 Milinovich, Jos  SR Wisconsin-WI      3:50.93    3:45.70 qB     
    r:+0.59  24.29        51.70 (27.41)
        1:20.40 (28.70)     1:49.39 (28.99)
        2:19.88 (30.49)     2:52.15 (32.27)
        3:19.38 (27.23)     3:45.70 (26.32)
  7 Berlitz, Daniel  FR Michigan-MI            NT    3:46.34 qB     
    r:+0.75  23.99        51.23 (27.24)
        1:20.46 (29.23)     1:49.23 (28.77)
        2:21.02 (31.79)     2:53.34 (32.32)
        3:20.35 (27.01)     3:46.34 (25.99)
  8 Roberts, Willia  JR Michigan-MI       3:45.49    3:46.52 qB     
    r:+0.67  24.24        51.39 (27.15)
        1:20.40 (29.01)     1:48.89 (28.49)
        2:21.30 (32.41)     2:54.25 (32.95)
        3:20.93 (26.68)     3:46.52 (25.59)

200 Free

Michigan sophomore Patrick Callan put up the top time in the heats of the 200 free on Friday morning at the Big Ten men’s swimming and diving championships with a 1:33.00. Callan ran down Ohio State’s Paul DeLakis (1:33.25) in his heat as the Buckeyes will have him and Andrew Loy (1:33.29) in the middle of tonight’s final.

Michigan will have two other A-finalists with Felix Auböck (1:33.63) and Gus Borges (1:34.44) as the miler and the sprinter converged in the 200 free.

Indiana’s Mohamed Samy (1:34.97) advanced to the final for the Hoosiers in his home pool.

Michigan State’s Aidan Farley (1:35.35) and Minnesota’s Nicholas Saulnier (1:35.56) also advanced to the championship final.

 Event 10  Men 200 Yard Freestyle
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     B1G Meet: # 1:31.14  2/23/2018 Blake J Pieroni, Indiana
  Pool Record: ! 1:32.97  2018      Mohamed Samy, Indiana
                 1:32.05  A NCAA Qualifying
                 1:36.32  B NCAA Provisional
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Callan, Patrick  SO Michigan-MI       1:32.91    1:33.00 qB     
    r:+0.65  21.99        45.90 (23.91)
        1:09.58 (23.68)     1:33.00 (23.42)
  2 Delakis, Paul J  JR Ohio St-OH        1:34.97    1:33.25 qB     
    r:+0.70  22.06        45.52 (23.46)
        1:09.38 (23.86)     1:33.25 (23.87)
  3 Loy, Andrew D    SR Ohio St-OH        1:37.00    1:33.29 qB     
    r:+0.69  21.64        44.72 (23.08)
        1:08.78 (24.06)     1:33.29 (24.51)
  4 Auboeck, Felix   SR Michigan-MI       1:36.52    1:33.63 qB     
             22.31        46.10 (23.79)
        1:10.23 (24.13)     1:33.63 (23.40)
  5 Borges, Luiz Gu  JR Michigan-MI       1:34.44    1:34.44 qB     
    r:+0.65  21.18        44.92 (23.74)
        1:09.26 (24.34)     1:34.44 (25.18)
  6 Hassan, Mohamed  SR Indiana-IN        1:33.65    1:34.97 qB     
    r:+0.78  22.22        46.08 (23.86)
        1:10.54 (24.46)     1:34.97 (24.43)
  7 Farley, Aidan J  JR Michigan St-MI    1:36.58    1:35.35 qB     
    r:+0.73  22.16        46.17 (24.01)
        1:10.40 (24.23)     1:35.35 (24.95)
  8 Saulnier, Nicho  SR Minnesota-MN      1:36.95    1:35.56 qB     
    r:+0.56  22.61        46.85 (24.24)
        1:11.21 (24.36)     1:35.56 (24.35)

100 Breast

We highlighted before the meet started that the 100 breast would be one of the can’t-miss races of the meet and it will certainly live up to expectations. Minnesota sophomore Max McHugh (50.77) posted the top time in the heats on Friday morning of the Big Ten men’s swimming and diving championships as he was right on his 50.74 from the Minnesota Invite.

He is seeded ahead of Indiana’s Zane Backes (51.07) and Michigan’s Jeremy Babinet (51.75) who should also factor into the race tonight but it looks to be McHugh’s to lose.

Purdue’s Trent Pellini (52.01) was also the top man in the nation in November and he should also factor into the top three.

Ohio State’s Jason Mathews (52.08), Wisconsin’s Jian Mao (52.37), Michigan’s William Chan (52.38) and Ohio State’s Hudson McDaniel (52.44) also advanced to the championship final.

 Event 11  Men 100 Yard Breaststroke
==================================================================
     B1G Meet: # 50.60  3/1/2019  Ian J Finnerty, Indiana
  Pool Record: ! 50.77  2/28/2020 Maxwell J McHugh, Minnesota
                 51.67  A NCAA Qualifying
                 54.27  B NCAA Provisional
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 McHugh, Maxwell  SO Minnesota-MN        50.74      50.77!qA     
    r:+0.69  10.82        23.80 (12.98)
          37.36 (13.56)       50.77 (13.41)
  2 Backes, Zane V   SO Indiana-IN          53.33      51.07 qA     
    r:+0.68  10.86        23.90 (13.04)
          37.40 (13.50)       51.07 (13.67)
  3 Babinet, Jeremy  SR Michigan-MI         51.63      51.75 qB     
    r:+0.66  11.35        24.55 (13.20)
          38.13 (13.58)       51.75 (13.62)
  4 Pellini, Trent   JR Purdue-IN           51.81      52.01 qB     
    r:+0.68  11.21        24.49 (13.28)
          38.25 (13.76)       52.01 (13.76)
  5 Mathews, Jason   SO Ohio St-OH          53.56      52.08 qB     
    r:+0.61  11.13        24.34 (13.21)
          38.07 (13.73)       52.08 (14.01)
  6 Mao, Jian        JR Wisconsin-WI        52.71      52.37 qB     
    r:+0.65  11.41        24.78 (13.37)
          38.63 (13.85)       52.37 (13.74)
  7 Chan, William E  SO Michigan-MI         51.91      52.38 qB     
    r:+0.65  11.01        24.26 (13.25)
          38.24 (13.98)       52.38 (14.14)
  8 McDaniel, Hudso  SO Ohio St-OH          54.54      52.44 qB     
    r:+0.68  10.92        24.12 (13.20)
          37.87 (13.75)       52.44 (14.57)

100 Back

Indiana scored three up in the 100 backstroke heats with Gabriel Fantoni leading the way at 45.78 as he is ahead of freshman Brendan Burns (46.04) and junior Jacob Steele (46.45). The Hoosiers will score big points in this event while Michigan had zero up in the 100 back.

Ohio State, who is in a battle for second place with Indiana, put two in the A-Final with Jonah Cooper (46.55) and Colin McDermott (46.68).

Wisconsin’s Cameron Tysoe (46.20) and Wesley Jekel (46.48) as well as Northwestern’s Ryan Gridley (46.70) advanced to the championship final.

 Event 12  Men 100 Yard Backstroke
==================================================================
     B1G Meet: # 44.65  2/24/2017 Shane P Ryan, Penn State
  Pool Record: ! 45.52  2013      James Wells, Indiana
                 44.95  A NCAA Qualifying
                 47.77  B NCAA Provisional
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
==================================================================
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Fantoni, Gabrie  JR Indiana-IN          46.53      45.78 qB     
             10.69        21.94 (11.25)
          33.93 (11.99)       45.78 (11.85)
  2 Burns, Brendan   FR Indiana-IN          47.29      46.04 qB     
             10.85        22.29 (11.44)
          34.38 (12.09)       46.04 (11.66)
  3 Tysoe, Cameron   SR Wisconsin-WI        46.98      46.20 qB     
             10.92        22.26 (11.34)
          34.23 (11.97)       46.20 (11.97)
  4 Steele, Jacob A  JR Indiana-IN          46.10      46.45 qB     
             10.78        22.30 (11.52)
          34.49 (12.19)       46.45 (11.96)
  5 Jekel, Wesley B  FR Wisconsin-WI        48.10      46.48 qB     
             10.65        22.15 (11.50)
          34.21 (12.06)       46.48 (12.27)
  6 Cooper, Jonah L  FR Ohio St-OH          48.58      46.55 qB     
             10.74        22.62 (11.88)
          34.57 (11.95)       46.55 (11.98)
  7 McDermott, Coli  JR Ohio St-OH          48.02      46.68 qB     
             10.93        22.28 (11.35)
          34.41 (12.13)       46.68 (12.27)
  8 Gridley, Ryan T  SO Northwestern-IL     47.92      46.70 qB     
             11.03        22.59 (11.56)
          34.65 (12.06)       46.70 (12.05)

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