2017 B1G Men’s Champs: Day 3 Prelims Live Recap


  • When: Wednesday, February 22th to Saturday, February 25th | Prelims 11am | Finals 6:30pm
  • Where: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Michigan Wolverines (results)
  • Live Results
  • Streaming (BTN subscription required)
  • Championship Central: here


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 45.73
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 48.29
  • B1G Conference record: Chris Brady MICH 45.24 (2009)
  1. Matt McHugh OSU 45.29
  2. Vini Lanza IU 45.56
  3. Noah Lense OSU 45.71
  4. Cannon Clifton WISC 46.27
  5. Tuomas Pokkinen MINN 46.28
  6. Miles Smachlo MICH 46.30
  7. Jerzy Twarowski IOWA 46.43
  8. Evan White MICH 46.53

Home team Ohio State got off to a great start this morning, sending swimmers Matt McHugh (45.29) and Noah Lense (45.71) into the final seeded 1-3. McHugh was just hundredths off of the B1G record of 45.24, which has stood since 2009. Sandwiched in between the Buckeyes this morning was Vini Lanza at 45.56– last night Lanza split a 44.6 on the Hoosiers’ medley relay, and this showdown between the top three could be incredibly close.

Michigan had two up in this race, and more depth in the entire event, which should help them catch up a bit to IU tonight.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 3:40.76
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 3:54.49
  • B1G Conference record: Tyler Clary MICH 3:35.98 (2009)
  1. Charlie Swanson MICH 3:44.99
  2. PJ Ransford MICH 3:46.48
  3. Ching Lim OSU 3:46.66
  4. Cameron Stitt MICH 3:47.15
  5. Jakub Maly MINN 3:47.54
  6. Adam Noens PUR 3:48.03
  7. Stephen Holmquist MICH 3:48.10
  8. Joshua Brooks PUR 3:48.39

Michigan really threw it down in the 400 IM, an event in which they have a lot of history. Led by freshman Charlie Swanson (3:44.99), the Wolverines finished 1-2-4-7 this morning, which will amount to a significant points surge tonight. 3rd went to Ching Lim of OSU at 3:46.66, with 5th going to Jakub Maly of Minnesota (3:47.54). This is a fairly compact top heat, and anyone who cruised this morning could surprise with big drops tonight.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 1:32.97
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 1:37.99
  • B1G Conference record: Michael Wynalda MICH 1:32.14 (2014)
  1. Marwan El Kamash IU 1:33.25
  2. Mohamed Samy IU 1:33.55
  3. Joshua Fleagle OSU 1:33.63
  4. Felix Auboeck MICH 1:33.70
  5. Blake Pieroni IU 1:33.72
  6. Brett Pinfold WISC 1:34.03
  7. Jackson Miller IU 1:34.07
  8. Anze Tavcar IU 1:34.32*
  9. Matthew Hutchins WISC 1:34.32*

As advertised, the Indiana freestyle crew went off, and it paid off. They have four guys safely into the A final, with a tie between Anze Tavcar of IU and Matthew Hutchins of Wisconsin at 1:34.32 for 8th. Marwan El Kamash leads the way at 1:33.25, followed closely by Mohamed Samy (1:33.55), Josh Fleagle (1:33.63), Felix Auboeck (1:33.70) and Blake Pieroni (1:33.72).

After Pieroni’s 1:31.9 lead-off in the 800 free relay, expect him to come out firing tonight.

*UPDATE: Wisconsin’s Hutchins won the swim-off with IU’s Tavcar, leaving Hutchins in the A final and Tavcar in the B final.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 51.93
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 55.39
  • B1G Conference record: Richard Funk MICH 51.41 (2015)
  1. Ian Finnerty IU 52.05
  2. Chris Klein MICH 52.62
  3. Jack Barone OSU 52.67
  4. Conner McHugh MINN 52.73
  5. Jacob Montague MICH 52.82
  6. Levi Brock IU 52.88
  7. Eric Sande MINN 53.03
  8. Gunther Casell PSU 53.41

Indiana, Michigan, and Minnesota each got 2 into tonight’s A final, with IU’s Ian Finnerty leading the way at 52.05. Michigan’s Chris Klein sits at #2 at 52.52, with OSU’s Jack Barone close behind at 52.67. As we’ve been seeing in many events at this meet, the top 8 is very close, and in this event, it looks like anyone’s race behind Finnerty.


  • NCAA ‘A’ cut: 45.37
  • NCAA ‘B’ cut: 48.49
  • B1G Conference record: Ben Hesen IU 44.72 (2008)
  1. Matt McHugh OSU 45.25
  2. Shane Ryan PSU 46.08
  3. Bob Glover IU 46.32
  4. Tristan Sanders MICH 46.68
  5. Thomas Trace OSU 46.72
  6. Luke Papendick MICH 47.10
  7. Mark Belanger OSU 47.11
  8. Andrew Appebly OSU 47.19

Ohio State impressed this morning, getting four into the A final including top seed Matt McHugh at 45.25. McHugh performed the 100 fly/100 back double, going nearly the same exact time in both, and earning the top seed in both. Penn State’s Shane Ryan was 2nd in 46.08, but after his 44.9 last night, expect a much closer race between him and McHugh tonight.

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B1G Poppa
4 years ago

Projected 100 Fly Pts
MICH 92 / 553.5
IU 39 / 601

Reply to  B1G Poppa
4 years ago

The Hoosier came to swam this morning! Possibly 5 in the top 8 in the 200 free(Depending on the swim off).

Michigan isn’t winning this meet. They aren’t going to out swim IU first of all and second they have no divers.

IU will shut the door the tonight. The real battle if Ohio State can catch up to Michigan which I doubt it but Ohio State does have divers.


Reply to  Swmr4699
4 years ago

Michigan won’t take the lead tonight but IU will most likely not gain points. MI brought back too many for IU’s divers to imake a difference. Without diving: MI- 11-6-5, IU-8-3-6 (if IU replicates yesterday’s diving 11-4-6)

Reply to  IUfan
4 years ago

Tomorrow is going to be crazy. Ohio State isn’t too far off either…

Reply to  Swmr4699
4 years ago

First of all Michigan has and will continue to outside Indiana. If Indiana wins it will he strictly because of diving, which isn’t as impressive if you ask me

Reply to  Blue
4 years ago


Guhday MahLady
Reply to  Blue
4 years ago

“If Indiana wins it will be strictly because of diving, which is not impressive.”

C’mon dude. Credit to Indiana for actually thinking ahead of B1G’s and having divers in the first place. The swimming argument can be summed up with simply this… Michigan is scrapping for top 4 relay finishes while IU (barring a DQ) will continue to go 5/5

Reply to  Guhday MahLady
4 years ago

If you’re going to use quotation marks, at least get the quote right. You probably got denied from Michigan with those writing skills. I said isn’t *as* impressive. Let’s be real, swimming is what we are focused on here. Good for them if they win, but to not win the swimming part makes it less impressive. Michigan’s squad is fighting hard. Impressive considering how young they are

Body Shots
Reply to  Blue
4 years ago

Blue, you’re more than welcome to come to IU to support a winning team

Reply to  Blue
4 years ago

Its swimming AND diving. Just because Bottom won’t give up any scholarships for diving isn’t Indiana’s fault. It was gonna bit him in the rear at some point.

Reply to  meeee
4 years ago

It’s not one or the other, it’s an accumulated effort. The swimmers can’t do it without the divers and the A finalists can’t do it without the C finalists. It’s about the team, and will forever be about the team. The reason Michigan has gotten to where they are today is because of their depth and reliance on each and every one of their members.

Body Shots
Reply to  B1G Poppa
4 years ago

Indiana ended Michigan’s 15 year dual meet undefeated streak… if i were michigan id be salty tok

B1G Poppa
4 years ago

Projected 400 IM Pts
MICH 109 / 662.5
IU 6 / 607

Wolverine up on IU 201-45 in two events this morning to erase 100 point deficit. More amazing: Only 9 guys swam for MICH to account for those 200 200 points.

Reply to  B1G Poppa
4 years ago

*(cough, cough) IU 200 Freestylers (cough, cough)

outside smoke
4 years ago

PJ Ransford looking good in that 4IM that’s a three second drop, don’t count him out against the big boys in the mile tomorrow just yet

Reply to  outside smoke
4 years ago

Ransford looked solid in the 500 free yesterday as well, about a half second PR over NCAAs last year

Inside Smoke
Reply to  outside smoke
4 years ago

Awesome Job PJ! You make me proud to be your boyfriend!

Sea Monster
4 years ago

Noah Lense very fast. 45.7 as a freshman!!

4 years ago

Indiana gonna get 3rd at NCAA’s in the 800 free relay

Joel Lin
4 years ago

That is quite a staggering row of IU 200 freestylers. Fantastic racing performances and depth. Wow, what a training group that must be.

Reply to  Joel Lin
4 years ago

They do have Matt Anderson.

4 years ago

Pending how diving goes, OSU could outscore both UM and IU tonight…

B1G Poppa
4 years ago

200 Freestyle Projected Pts
IU 130 / 737
MICH 59 / 719.5

100 Breaststroke Projected Pts
IU 66 / 803
MICH 72 / 791.5

100 Backstroke Projected Pts
IU 52 / 855
MICH 61 / 852.5

For the 5 prelim events Friday morning, Michigan’s out-“positioned” IU 391-293.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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