2022 Big Ten Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships: Day 1 Finals Live Recap


The 2022 Men’s Big Ten Swimming & Diving Championships kick off Wednesday in West Lafayette, Indiana at Purdue University.

The University of Michigan men will be looking for a third-straight title, but a number of unexplained absences from their roster at different points this season puts that in doubt.

The first night of action will feature just two events: the 200 medley relay and the 800 free relay. All eyes are on Indiana freshman Josh Matheny on the breaststroke leg of the Hoosiers’ 200 medley, as he tries to replace the recently-retired Zane Backes, who had been the incumbent on the medley relays.

This meet will be considerably smaller than prior years – after the elimination of the men’s programs at Iowa and Michigan State, there are only 8 remaining men’s programs in the Big Ten Conference. Even with split lanes, that means only two heats per relay event.

200 Medley Relay – Timed Final

  • Big Ten Championship Record – Michigan, 1:22.35 (2021)
  • Big Ten Record – Michigan, 1:22.27 (2013 NCAA Championships)
  • NCAA “A” Standard – 1:24.22
  • NCAA “B” Standard – 1:24.83

The Ohio State Buckeyes broke the Big Ten Championship and Big Ten Conference Records in the 200 medley relay to open the meet on Wednesday. After their women won their third-straight team title last week, the Ohio State men took the early lead on the hunt for their first team title since 2010.

The relay of Olympian Hunter Armstrong (20.45), Hudson McDaniel (23.04), Alex Quach (19.92), and Sem Andreis (18.72) combined for a 1:22.13.

Armstrong wasn’t on this relay for Ohio State last year. At the 2021 Big Ten Championships, the fastest split was Michigan’s Wyatt Davis, who hasn’t raced for them since the team’s mid-season invite, and the fastest split at NCAAs last year was 20.55 by then-freshman Adam Chaney of Florida.

That was about four-tenths better than Indiana’s runner-up relay of 1:22.51. Bruno Blaskovic, who missed most of last season with a back injury, had the fastest anchor split of the field in 18.51.

Matheny, the Indiana freshman, split 23.43 on his breaststroke leg. That’s about two-tenths slower than Zane Backes split for Indiana at last year’s Big Ten Championship meet.

Michigan returned only one leg from last year’s winning and meet-record setting relay: breaststroker Will Chan. His 22.76 split was the fastest in the field, but Michigan was just 3rd in 1:22.90.

The top four teams all broke the Pool Record and hit NCAA ‘A’ standards. That includes a school record by Northwestern in 1:23.54 for 4th place.

That broke the school record by 1.14 seconds – improving a record that was set earlier this season. The previous record coming into the year was from the legendary 2007 Northwestern team that included Matt Grevers, Mike Alexandrov, and Kyle Bubolz, and the team has now cleared that by a second-and-a-half.

Minnesota and Wisconsin were both disqualified in this relay. Minnesota had two swimmers, Max McHugh (22.36) on the breaststroke leg and Lucas Farrar (18.89) on the freestyle leg register -.01 reaction times by the relay touch pads. Wisconsin’s anchor Dylan Delaney (19.33) registered a -.09. Those teams touched 5th and 6th before their disqualifications.

McHugh’s split would have been the fastest ever, clearing his 22.40 from last year’s Big Ten Championships, had he not left early.

Ohio State had never won a Big Ten Title in this event before.

800 Free Relay – Timed Final

  • Big Ten Championship Record – 6:09.85, Michigan (2014)
  • Big Ten Record – 6:06.01, Indiana (2018 NCAA Championships)
  • NCAA “A” Standard – 6:16.80
  • NCAA “B” Standard – 6:21.32

The Indiana Hoosiers bounced back in the 800 free relay to grab a lead at the end of day 1 of the meet.

The team of Rafael Miroslaw (1:31.89), Tomer Frankel (1:32.74), Van Mathias (1:33.97), and Brendan Burns (1:33.36) combined for a 6:11.96. They won by more than two-and-a-half seconds over the runners-up from Michigan.

Miroslaw’s leadoff leg was the only 1:31 of the field. He turns 21 next month, so he’s older than the traditional freshman, but he is now the second-fastest freshman 200 freestyler in the NCAA this season behind Georgia’s Matt Sates (1:31.16).

Miroslaw’s mid-season time in the 200 free was 1:33.00.

Michigan, the two-time defending champions in this event (and winners of 19 of the last 22 800 free relays) were 2nd in 6:14.59, led by a 1:32.49 second leg by US Olympian Jake Mitchell and a 1:32.47 anchor by freshman and Israeli Olympian Gal Cohen.

Ohio State was 3rd in 6:18.53. That means Indiana takes a 2-point lead into the second day of competition.

Day 1 – Final Points Standings

Mostly what we learned on the first day is that Indiana and Ohio State came prepared to swim fast and should have a dogfight for the title, Northwestern looks in really good shape for 4th place, and Wisconsin and Minnesota relay DQs will shake up the chase for 5th.

We’ll find out a lot more about where each team falls on Thursday at 10AM Eastern, when the first individual events begin.

  1. Indiana – 120
  2. Ohio State – 118
  3. Michigan – 110
  4. Northwestern – 100
  5. Penn Sate – 96
  6. Purdue – 92
  7. Wisconsin – 52
  8. Minnesota – 50

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1 year ago

Watchthe video. Wisco robbed. Not a dq..

Reply to  Hatsandmittens
1 year ago

Youtube doesn’t have a reply and the livestream is off. Where can I find the video replays? I’d love to watch all of it.

1 year ago

Why are the results 2021? Can we leave that year behind for good?

1 year ago

Fishy that Wisconsin and Minnesota got DQ’d after the relays were done and no official was seen raising their hand after the relays had finished? Also no reaction time posted for Michigan’s freestyle leg? If I were Wisconsin or Minnesota I would be confused.

Reply to  Swimmin800
1 year ago

Minnesota had 2 swimmers with a -0.01 reaction and Wisconsin with one at -0.09. The standard for the system is 0.00, so not sure of reason for the confusion.

Reply to  SwimFan49
1 year ago

What would have been fishy is an official raising their hand on a .01 take-off, as if a human could be sure enough of that with their own eyes so as to call it.

Coach Chackett
Reply to  SwimFan49
1 year ago

I don’t think officials raise hands for relay decisions. I think they document good / false start, and then meet to compare notes. Dual confirmed False Start – DQ.

1 year ago

If you take .65 off of Myhre’s split which is equal to Max’s -.01

Would be 22.28

Clearly this “if only he didn’t DQ” is a waste of time

1 year ago

Where is wyatt davis?

B1G Daddy
Reply to  thezwimmer
1 year ago

Has not swum since December.

1 year ago

Given their times were A cuts, gotta think UMN and UW time trial that relay, right?

Last edited 1 year ago by SwimFan49
Reply to  SwimFan49
1 year ago

Just saw that Minnesota did time trial it … 1:24.56. Full second slower.

A cut is 1:24.22.

Former Big10
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1 year ago


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1 year ago

Ouch. Feel like something like this happens every year to Minnesota

Last edited 1 year ago by PVSFree
Joel Lin
Reply to  SwimFan49
1 year ago

That sucks. Hate seeing this happen day 1 in anyone’s conference meet.

DC swim guy
1 year ago

Can we bring back the hunter Armstrong memes for this weekend?

1 year ago

Can we gat an actual live result like other than the Purdue First Chance Meet?

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