Men’s Big Ten Championships: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


The IU Hoosiers are looking to seal their 3rd-consecutive B1G title with Gabriel FantoniZach AppleIan FinnertyVini Lanza all in contention for individual titles.

However, looking to intimidate the Hoosiers are Minnesota’s Bowen Becker, who broke the pool record in the 100 free this morning, and Max McHugh, top seed in the 200 breast from prelims.

Lanza is also to face off with the rest of the top 3 from Friday’s 100 fly final: Ohio State’s Noah Lense (3rd place finisher) and Michigan’s Miles Smachlo, who took the top time in the NCAA in the event.

While IU currently has a strong lead for the team title, the Michigan Wolverines are also closely behind. IU and Michigan have 21 and 20 scoring swims tonight, not including diving and the relay. However, 14 of IU’s scoring swims are in the A-final.


  • Meet Record: 14:29.25, Felix O Auboeck- 2017
  • Pool Record: 14:32.38, Matias Koski- 2015
  • Estimated NCAA Invite Time: 14:54.38
  1. Felix Auboeck (Michigan)- 14:29.58
  2. Michcael Brinegar (IU)- 14:31.73
  3. Ricardo Vargas Jacobo (Michigan)- 14:31.76

The lead trio of the 1650 free were almost dead-even throughout the whole race until the last 150. Felix Auboeck broke off from the pack to win his 3rd-consecutive title. In a 23.38 last 50, IU freshman Michael Brinegar stopped a Michigan 1-2 finish as he took out Michigan’s Ricardo Vargas Jacobo by 0.03.

The trio of swimmers also achieved an NCAA A cut and were all under the Iowa pool record. Auboeck’s new Iowa pool record time, which just missed his 2017 B1G record, is now #2 in the NCAA this year behind Flordia’s Bobby Finke. Brinegar and Vargas Jacobo are also ranked #3 and #4 behind Auboeck.


  • Meet Record: 1:38.89, Eric Ress- 2014
  • Pool Record: 1:36.77, Ryan Murphy- 2015
  • Estimated NCAA Invite Time: 1:41.01
  1. Gabriel Fantoni (IU)- 1:39.53
  2. Cameron Tysoe (Wisconsin)- 1:41.29
  3. Jacob Steele (IU)- 1:41.52

Gabriel Fantoni has swept the backstroke events and become the 3rd Hoosier to win the event in the last 3 years (Samy 2018, Glover 2017). Fantoni split the race 48.53/51.00 to be the only swimmer under 1:40. He now ranks #4 in the NCAA this year.

Sneaking in for runner-up was Wisconsin’s Cameron Tysoe, who held off IU’s Jacob Steele. 2018 champion Mohamed Samy (1:41.93) finished in 5th place behind Michigan’s Kai Williams (1:41.77).


  • Meet Record: 41.43, Blake Pieroni- 2018
  • Pool Record: 41.53, Bowen Becker– 2019
  • Estimated NCAA Invite Time: 42.63
  1. Bowen Becker (Minnesota)- 41.71
  2. Zach Apple (IU)- 41.97
  3. Andrew Loy (OSU)- 42.65

Bowen Becker closed his senior year making Minnesota history, becoming the first Gopher to win this event in 8 years. Becker also closed his B1G career with a sprint free sweep after winning the 50 free on Thursday. Becker pulled away from runner-up Zach Apple in the 2nd 50 to upset the Hoosier.

Taking third place was Ohio State’s Andrew Loy, who took 2nd in the 50 free and 4th in the 200 free.

After 3 events, IU is now 200 points ahead of Michigan in the team standings.


  • Meet Record: 1:50.78, Ian Finnerty– 2018
  • Pool Record: 1:49.48, Will Licon- 2015
  • Estimated NCAA Invite Time: 1:54.28
  1. Ian Finnerty (IU)- 1:50.30
  2. Max McHugh (Minnesota)- 1:52.40
  3. Charlie Swanson (Michigan)- 1:52.94

Ian Finnerty finished his B1G career in style, breaking his own B1G record by over half a second. Finnerty also snagged the top time in the NCAA this year.

Taking second place was Minnesota freshman Max McHugh, who held off 400 IM champ Charlie Swanson of Michigan. Both McHugh and Swanson swam A cut times and now rank #4 and #8 respectively in the NCAA this season.


  • Meet Record: 1:39.95, Vini Lanza– 2018
  • Pool Record: 1:39.62, Joseph Schooling- 2015
  • Estimated NCAA Invite Time: 1:42.37
  1. Vini Lanza (IU)- 1:39.28
  2. Noah Lense (OSU)- 1:40.36
  3. Van Mathias (IU)- 1:42.53

Vini Lanza secured his 3rd consecutive 200 fly win, after taking second in the 100 fly on Friday. Through the first 150, Lanza and Ohio State’s Noah Lense were switching off with the narrow lead. Yet in the last 25 of the race, Lanza took off with the top time in the NCAA this season and a new B1G and pool record. Lense’s runner-up time was good enough for #3 in the NCAA.

Taking third place was IU’s Van Mathias with a 1:42.53, taking out 100 fly champ Michigan’s Miles Smachlo (1:42.73).


  • Meet Record: 557.90, David Boudia- 2011
  • Pool Record: 578.05, David Boudia- 2011
  1. Brandon Loschiavo (Purdue)- 502.30
  2. Ross Todd (Michigan)- 442.60
  3. Ben Bramley (Purdue)- 442.40

After taking 7th on the 1-meter board, Purdue’s Brandon Loschiavo won his 3rd-consecutive platform diving title by a substantial lead.

Taking second place by only 0.20 points over Ben Bramley to stop a Purdue 1-2 finish was Michigan’s Ross Todd.


  • Meet Record: 2:48.29, IU (A Tavcar, A Khalafalla, M Samy, B Pieroni) -2017
  • Pool Record: 2:47.06, USC (C Quintero, S Condorelli, R Tribuntsov, D Carter)- 2015
  1. IU (Apple, Blaskovic, Samy, Franzman)- 2:48.67
  2. OSU (Loy, DeLakis, Abeysinghe, Gaziev)- 2:48.75
  3. Iowa (Tarasenko, Smith, Scott, Myhre)- 2:51.06

IU and Ohio State were neck and neck throughout the entirety of the relay. Despite Ruslan Gaziev‘s 41.45 anchor over Jack Franzman‘s 41.55 split, IU came out on top by 0.08 seconds over Ohio State.

Taking third place were the Iowa Hawkeyes a few seconds behind.


Taking Swimmer of the Meet was IU’s Vini Lanza, who won the 200 IM and 200 fly, both in B1G record-breaking style.

After a dominant meet, the IU Hoosiers won with a 241 point lead over the Michigan Wolverines.

1. Indiana             1705   
2. Michigan            1464
3. Ohio State          1243.5   
4. Purdue              744.5
5. Minnesota           726   
6. Wisconsin           593.5
7. Penn State          563.5   
8. Iowa                560
9. Northwestern        378  
10. Michigan State     209

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Drama King
5 years ago

Has to say, Indiana has a fair shot of winning ncaas. They have really good depth in the swimming squad compares to last year. And they have really really good diving squad.

Reply to  Drama King
5 years ago

If they win, I can’t wait for the Texas fans to suddenly hate diving again lmao.

5 years ago

Mike “Sprint Coach” Bottom has to put 2 4IMer’s and a flyer onto the 4freelay.

Reply to  asdhdsfjhdf
5 years ago

That’s why they won the 200 medley

Ian Finnerty
Reply to  Finnerty
5 years ago

Stealing my name?

5 years ago

FYI Loy came 2nd in the IM not the 50.

Sunny Cal
5 years ago

Wow, MI got spanked!!! – thought this was supposed to be close meet???

Speed Racer
5 years ago

NCAAs is going to be awesome. PACs are left but what last chance meets are left out there as well?

5 years ago

I would also like to know more than the Top 3

Reply to  #MFan
5 years ago

The results link is at the top. There you can see all of the finishers from every event at the meet.

Reply to  Braden Keith
5 years ago

Damn hittin em with the sass. Still for most of these recaps usually yall put the top 8. Even for meets way less competitive than a college conference meet lol.

Country Oldtimer
5 years ago

Swimswam keeps talking about this Close Meet. This meet is not close Indiana is more than 200 points ahead. Michigan strong sprinters is really one in number and Borges is good but he can only score once in each event. It would be nice if we featured a picture of someone other than a Michigan swimmer.

Reply to  Country Oldtimer
5 years ago

Athletes reflect their coaches. What’s it say when Indiana finds a reason to complain even when they sweep the Big Ten titles?

Reply to  ChompChomp
5 years ago

Fans reflect their team..second place is the first loser.

Reply to  Country Oldtimer
5 years ago

Biased IU alum here. Both teams are very good and have swum/dove well…

LAST years meet was close, this one not as much. Great swimming on both sides.

5 years ago

James Brinnegar????

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