2016 Men’s Big Ten Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap

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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:

  1. Michigan- 1:24.12
  2. Indiana- 1:24.63
  3. 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:

  1. Michigan- 6:15.04
  2. Indiana- 6:16.28
  3. 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.

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Nostradamus

Iowa was the only team to use ALL foreigners for their medley. Interesting, and kind of funny. Guess the Hawkeyes from the mid 90’s to mid 2000’s are back. Also, thought Powers would be a little quicker on the anchor leg. Indiana looking really dangerous now that they have a sprint program (go Dennis! Minnesota misses you).

swimz14

Crazy slow reaction time by Powers… 0.72

grrr

This is why simply comparing times between different meets is an incomplete story. Powers is standing on the blocks with over a half second lead. It makes sense in that context to slow the exchange secure the win and an A cut for NCAAs.

Joel Lin

Still early but ACC a faster conference than B1G now?

Displaced Wolverine

Joel Lin, to be fair the only thing we’ve seen is the relays… I know for a fact that NCSU is pretty freakin dominant in sprint races so relays shouldn’t surprise anybody.

Steve

The best Big 10 school would have gotten 5th at ACCs in the medley and 3rd in the 800

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