2020 B1G MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- When: Wednesday, February 26th to Saturday, February 29th | Prelims 11am | Finals 6:30pm
- Where: Indiana University (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: Indiana Hoosiers (3x) (results)
- Streaming: here
- Championship Central: here
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- Live Results
- Saturday AM (Prelims) Heat Sheets
- Saturday 1650 Free (Timed Finals) Heat Sheets
TEAM SCORES THROUGH DAY 3
- Michigan – 1063
- Ohio State – 865
- Indiana – 857.5
- Wisconsin – 569
- Purdue – 422
- Minnesota – 420
- Northwestern – 407.5
- Penn State – 379
- Iowa – 360
- Michigan State – 218
The final prelims session of the 2020 Big Ten Championships is underway this morning, featuring heats of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, and 200 200 fly. The early heats of the 1650 and preliminary/consolation rounds of platform diving will be held this afternoon.
Michigan has a 198 point lead heading into today, making it overwhelmingly likely the Wolverines will hold on to snap a 3-year win streak by Indiana. There is a tight battle for 2nd between Ohio State and Indiana, who are separated by just 7.5 points after last night. Wisconsin is sitting solidly in 4th, while Purdue, Minnesota, and Northwestern are locked in a battle for 5th.
Ohio State senior Andrew Loy has already won the 200 IM and 200 free this weekend, and will look to make it 3-for-3 with the 100 free today. Bruno Balskovic (IU), the 50 free champion, is the top seed in the 100 free. Minnesota’s Max McHugh is looking to complete a sweep of the breaststroke events after winning the 100 breast yesterday. McHugh is the top seed in the 200 breast this morning.
MEN’S 200 BACK – PRELIMS:
- Meet Record: Eric Ress – 1:38.89
- Pool Record: Andrew Teduits – 1:39.98
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:39.16
- NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:45.04
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Cameron Tysoe (WISC) – 1:40.62
- Michael Daly (PSU) – 1:41.42
- Manuel Bacarizo (NU) – 1:41.56
- Thomas Watkins (OSU) – 1:41.83
- Colin McDermott (OSU) – 1:41.85
- Gabriel Fantoni (IU) – 1:41.95
- Robert Zofchak (MICH) – 1:41.98
- Jonah Cooper (OSU) – 1:42.05
In an interesting tun of events, none of the swimmers from the final heat made it into the A final. It was Wisconsin’s Cameron Tysoe that led the pack by nearly a second this morning, establishing his top time of the season. Tysoe has a personal best of 1:39.80, which he swam at last year’s NCAAs.
Ohio State had a strong showing, earning 3 of the A finals spots. Thomas Watkins and Jonah Cooper are both Buckeye freshmen, and both swam lifetime bests this morning. 100 back champion from yesterday Gabriel Fantoni (IU) made it through with the 6th fastest time this morning. Fantoni is a threat for the title tonight, coming in with a personal best of 1:39.53.
MEN’S 100 FREE – PRELIMS:
- Meet Record: Blake Pieroni – 41.43
Pool Record: Zach Apple – 42.55
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 41.71
- NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 43.80
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Bruno Blaskovic (IU) – 41.49
- Andrew Loy (OSU) – 42.30
- Mohamed Samy (IU) – 42.71
- Jack Franzman (IU) – 42.72
- Aleksey Tarasenko (IOWA) – 42.90
- Gus Borges (MICH) – 42.93
- Matthew Abeysinghe OSU) – 42.96
- Sem Andreis (OSU) – 43.08
IU’s Bruno Blaskovic had another stellar prelims swim this morning, blowing away his previous best time with a 41.49. Blaskovic had previously been as fast as 41.99, which he swam back in 2018. Blaskovic’s mark also broke the pool record, which was held by former Indiana teammate Zach Apple at 42.55. The record was actually broken first by Ohio State’s Andrew Loy, in the first of the circle seeded heats. The 1-2 finish by Blaskovich and Loy this morning sets up an interesting dynamic for tonight’s final. Blaskovic has been swimming faster in prelims than finals so far at this meet, while Loy has been dropping from prelims to finals in his events. Blaskovic was the champion in the 50 free, while Loy won the 200 free and 200 IM.
Indiana and Ohio State both had excellent showings in the race, advancing 3 swimmers each to the A final. IU also picked up 3rd and 4th seeds for tonight with Mohamed Samy and Jack Franzman. Ohuio State took the 7th and 8th spots with Matthew Abeysinghe and Sem Andreis. Andreis continued to have a great meet, dropping half a second from his personal best this morning.
MEN’S 200 BREAST – PRELIMS:
- Meet Record: Ian Finnerty – 1:50.30
- Pool Record: Cody Miller – 1:51.03
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:52.61
- NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:58.43
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Paul DeLakis (OSU) – 1:52.39
- Max McHugh (MINN) – 1:52.44
- Tommy Cope (MICH) – 1:52.55
- Jason Mathews (OSU) – 1:52.76
- Charlie Swanson (MICH) – 1:52.88
- Jeremy Babinet (MICH) – 1:54.11
- Daniel Swanepoel (IOWA) – 1:54.54
- Jian Mao (WISC) -1:54.78
Ohio State continued to have a great morning session, with Paul DeLakis taking the top seed for tonight’s final. DeLakis has already finished runner-up in the 200 IM and 200 free at this meet, and will be looking for his first title tonight. 100 breast champion Max McHugh has the fastest best time in the field, coming in at 1:49.41.
Michigan’s breaststroke squad came through, with 3 Wolverines earning spots in tonight’s A final. The Wolverines also picked up 3 B finalists in the event. Notably, Indiana had no swimmers make the A final in the event.
MEN’S 200 FLY – PRELIMS:
- Meet Record: Vini Lanza – 1:39.28
- Pool Record: Dillon Bosch – 1:41.18
- NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 1:40.76
- NCAA ‘B’ Cut: 1:46.69
Top 8 Qualifiers:
- Federico Burdisso (NU) – 1:42.45
- Brendan Burns (IU) – 1:42.47
- Miles Smachlo (MICH) – 1:42.55
- Noah Lense (OSU) – 1:43.18
- Van Mathias (IU) – 1:43.56
- Michael Tenney (IOWA) – 1:44.18
- Joseph Milinovich (WISC) – 1:44.44
- Christian Bathurst (IU) – 1:44.45
Two freshmen led the way this morning. Federico Burdisso picked up Northwestern’s first top seed of the meet, swimming a personal best 1:42.45 to narrowly take the top time in the event. IU freshman Brendan Burns, the top seed coming into the race swam a1:42.47 for 2nd. Burns has been 1:41.45 this season. Miles Smachlo has a personal best of 1:41.84, but came in 3rd this morning in 1:42.55.
IU had another strong showing, picking up 3 A finalists, all of whom are underclassmen. Sophomore Van Mathias was th this morning in 1:43.56, and Christian Bathurst, a freshman, swam a lifetime best by 3 seconds to get the 8th spot.