Big Ten – Men
- Wednesday, February 24 – Saturday, February 27
- Boilermaker Aquatic Center, West Lafayette, IN (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: Michigan (5x) (results)
- Live results (Will be here once meet starts)
- Live Video
- Championship Central
Competition at the 2016 men’s Big Ten championships kicks off tonight at Purdue University with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. The Michigan men will look to defend their streak of wins in the Big Ten, racing for a 6th consecutive title this year.
200 MEDLEY RELAY:
- Michigan- 1:24.12
- Indiana- 1:24.63
- Ohio State- 1:25.37
Michigan got the ball rolling with a victory in the 200 medley relay. The team of Jason Chen (21.34), Christopher Klein (23.56), Jeremy Raisky (20.22), and Paul Powers (19.00) got to the wall in 1:24.12 to set a new pool record.
Indiana came in 2nd, just .5 behind Michigan. Tanner Kurz kept them in the race with his 23.27 breaststroke split. Their anchor, Ali Khalafalla, secured second place for them with a sub-19 split. He swam an 18.80 freestyle leg while trying to close the gap on Michigan.
3rd went to Ohio State, who got the fastest backstroke split of the field from Matt McHugh (21.34). They were just ahead of Iowa (1:25.67) and Minnesota (1:25.76). Minnesota’s relay capitalized off a 19.00 freestyle split from freshman Bowen Becker to claim a spot in the top 5.
800 FREE RELAY:
- Michigan- 6:15.04
- Indiana- 6:16.28
- Wisconsin- 6:18.27
Michigan successfully swept the relays tonight, taking the 800 free relay title to close the session. Anders Nielsen (1:32.36), Mokhtar Al-Yamani (1:35.63), Jack Mangan (1:33.64), and Dylan Bosch (1:33.41) combined for the win in 6:15.04.
Indiana picked up another 2nd place finish, getting a 1:32.71 flat start split from Blake Pieroni. They touched the wall in 6:16.28. Closing out the podium was Wisconsin, getting a 1:32.85 anchor from Brett Pinfold.
Ohio State was also under the 6:20 mark. They got an impressive 1:33.88 anchor split from Andrew Appleby and ended up 4th in 6:19.68.