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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7 years ago

Projected Scores after the 200 Free Relay (Scored as seeded and includes diving):

IU: 1004
OSU: 919


7 years ago

IU 10-5-6 vs Michigan 11-7-6. Michigan had a great morning but still won’t be enough to overtake IU tonight. Michigan will be down 60-70 points going into the last day. Diving is really hurting Michigan…and also not winning Relays. I can’t believe their best finish in a relay so far is 2nd in the 200 Medley Relay! Then to finished 3rd in the 800 free relay and 4th in the 400 Medley Relay…..that is unlike them to be finishing 3rd and 4th in relays. Big ups to the rest of the conference!

If IU sweeps the relays that will definitely put a sour taste in the mouth of the Wolverines. Who is the last B1G team to sweep the… Read more »

Reply to  FreeStyle4799
7 years ago

OSU 12-8-4

JP input is too short
Reply to  FreeStyle4799
7 years ago

It’ll be a good race for the 200 free relay. Indiana seems to have the depth – Khalafalla, Pieroni, Tavcar, Lorentz.

Nobody else has four good 50 guys – Michigan has Becker, Fair, Turner, then has to choose Pokkinen or Busch. Though Becker has absolutely no excuse not to bust out a huge split as he doesn’t have any other swims tonight.

Michigan has Powers, and Tafuto is a good relay swimmer, but they have to hope Jones goes more like the 46 fly this morning than the 20.2 free yesterday morning and then choose Sanders or Papendick or maybe Smachlo.

Ohio State has McHugh and Fleagle and Chavez and Trace – that may be number 2 right now.

7 years ago

Entertaining conference meet to follow. Fast swims in the morning AND night unlike some other conference.

7 years ago

Penn State looking to make a big move tonight

Reply to  papi
7 years ago

We Are!!!!

7 years ago

Wow, B1G ups for both IU and UM tonight. Keep an eye on OSU too tonight, the Buckeyes are showing huge upside at home and are going to have solid dive points

B1G Poppa
7 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.

7 years ago

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

Joel Lin
7 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
7 years ago

They do have Matt Anderson.

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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