B1G Ten Weekend Recap: Michigan Sweeps Quad With Wisconsin, Penn State and Minnesota

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November has officially hit the 2017-2018 season as the Big Ten is starting to get into conference matchups as we close in on the November invitationals at the end of the month. Here is how the Big Ten fared this weekend.

Minnesota vs. Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin

Michigan swept Minnesota, Penn State and Wisconsin in the Big Ten quad in Minneapolis, where the men’s Big Ten and NCAA meets will be held. Minnesota men and women both beat Wisconsin and Penn State and Wisconsin swept Penn State in the two-day quad.

The Minnesota and Michigan women traded blows on Friday night as the Wolverines started the meet with a win in the 200 free relay (1:30.80) as they lead the Big Ten in that event this season so far. Michigan also got wins from Siobhan Haughey in the 200 IM (1:56.62), Rose Bi in the 500 (4:41.26) and Catie DeLoof in the 100 free (49.73).

Minnesota won all the other women’s events but one on Friday night with Tevyn Waddell in the 100 back (53.25), Lindsey Kozelsky in the 200 breast (2:12.87) and the 400 medley relay team of Waddell (53.49), Kozelsky (1:00.85), Danielle Nack (53.76) and Zoe Avestruz (49.85) for a 3:37.95. Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson won the other event on Friday night with a 1:58.01 in the 200 fly.

The Badger women showed up more on Saturday as they won four of the nine pool events on Saturday afternoon. They started with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:39.88) and got individual wins from Emmy Sehmann in the 50 (23.16) and Beata Nelson in the 200 back (1:55.06) and the 100 fly (53.95). Nelson tied with Minnesota’s Nack in the 100 fly for the win. The Gophers lone win on Saturday came from Kozelsky in the 100 breast (1:00.74) as she beat Michigan sophomore Miranda Tucker in both breaststroke events on the weekend.

Michigan’s Bi won the 400 IM (4:15.44) and the 1000 (9:45.54) and Haughey won the 200 free (1:45.86) and finished the meet with a win in the 400 free relay (3:19.62).

The Michigan men had a similarly dominant performance in Minneapolis as they opened up Friday with wins in every single pool event except two. Their individual Friday wins came from Evan White in the 200 IM (1:46.99), Felix Auboeck in the 500 (4:21.34), Paul Powers in the 100 free (44.00) and Miles Smachlo in the 200 fly (1:47.08). The Wolverines also won the 200 free relay (1:19.37) and the 400 medley relay (3:14.54).

Wisconsin and Minnesota each got one win on Friday night as the Badgers’ Matt Novinski won the 100 back (48.04) and the Gophers’ Conner McHugh won the 200 breast (1:56.79).

On Saturday, the Wolverines won six of the nine events. Charlie Swanson won the 400 IM (3:54.53), Felix Auboeck won the 200 free (1:37.22), Evan White won the 100 fly (47.63) and Ricardo Vargas won the 1000 (9:06.55) for the Wolverines on Saturday afternoon. They also swept the relays with wins in the 200 medley (1:27.84) and the 400 free (2:57.92).

The Gophers got two wins on Saturday from Bowen Becker in the 50 (20.06) in a slight upset over Michigan’s Powers, and Conner McHugh in the 100 breast (54.47). Wisconsin’s Todd McCarthy also won the 200 back at 1:47.01.

 Iowa vs. Purdue

The Iowa men finished first and second on the final 400 free relay to steal a victory in West Lafayette from Purdue 152-148. Iowa’s Kenneth Mende and Jerzy Traworski starred for the Hawkeyes as Mende won the 100 (48.85) and 200 back (1:46.56). Twarowski won both butterfly events (47.85, 1:48.65) and split a 45.51 in the final 400 free relay.

Iowa closed out the meet with a 3:01.06 in the 400 free relay thanks to Joe Myhre anchoring at 44.40, which was the fastest after Iowa’s other anchor Jack Smith swam last on the B relay with a 44.33. Iowa is coming off a big win against Minnesota last week and has continued that momentum into this week with another conference win over Purdue.

Purdue also had good swims from seniors Marat Amaltdinov and Adam Noens in the 200 breast (1:59.17) and the 200 IM (1:50.27) respectively. Amaltdinov also won the 100 breast ahead of freshman Trent Pellini (54.73) to Pellini’s 54.75.

The Purdue women beat Iowa 176-123 as senior Kaersten Meitz was the star of the night with wins in the 1000 (9:39.42) and 500 (4:44.29). Meitz leads the Big Ten in the 1000 and is fourth nationally in that event. Junior Taite Kitchel also swam well for the Boilermakers as she won three events, the 200 fly (1:59.76), 100 fly (54.17) and the 200 IM (2:03.70).

In Non-Conference Action

Ohio State beat Denison and Akron in a co-ed meet between the in-state rivals. Molly KowalMeg Bailey and Genevieve Angerame had two wins each. Bailey had a good day winning the 200 fly (1:59.13) and the 200 IM (2:01.08) as she sits fourth and fifth in those events respectively in the Big Ten. Freya Raymer (22.87) and Macie McNichols (22.88) went 1-2 in the 50 free to sit third and fourth in the Big Ten this year in that event.

Noah Lense and Nick Hogsed came up big for the Buckeye men as Lense won both butterfly events (48.56, 1:48.87) in the Buckeyes win over Division III Denison. Hogsed won the 200 free (1:38.47) and the 200 IM (1:52.65) while Brayden Seal won the 500 (4:30.57) and the 200 free (1:39.13).

Northwestern men beat Southern Illinois and lost to SEC opponents Kentucky and Missouri in the two day Saluki Invitational in Carbondale. The Wildcats are a young team with a good freshman class at the front. Lyon Zhang had the fastest 400 IM (4:06.74) and the 200 breast (2:06.22), Liam Gately in the 200 (1:43.73) and the 500 free (4:36.07), and Dongjin Hwang had the fastest 1000 (9:29.17) for the Wildcats.

Illinois lost on the road at Florida International 251.5-166.5 in a two-day duel meet. Sam Stratford won five events on the weekend with the 200 fly (2:00.72), the 200 free (1:49.16) the 100 IM (57.66), the 100 free (51.50) and the 400 IM (4:22.66). The Illini also got wins from Michelle McCord in the 200 IM (2:06.00) and Monica Guyett in the 1000 (10:20.12).

The Cornhuskers of Nebraska dropped a 154-84 decision to Arkansas in Fayetteville as the Huskers lone win came from Jordan Ehly in the 200 breast (2:15.74).

Rutgers defeated Georgetown and Seton Hall and lost to Pittsburgh in the Penta-meet on Friday night. The Scarlet Knights had wins from Francesca Stoppa in the 200 fly (2:00.89) and Francesca Bertotto in the 500 (4:57.51).