Blake Pieroni On 800 Free Relay B1G Win and 1:31.51 Split


Blake Pieroni helped Indiana University kick off their 2018 campaign for another Big Ten Championship victory by providing a 1:31.51 split in the 800 freestyle relay, which Indiana won handily over 2nd-place Michigan, 6:11.50 to 6:16.51. The Hoosier men also shattered the pool record of 6:14.14 set by Arizona in 2007.

In addition to Pieroni’s incredible split, teammates Mohamed Samy, Vini Lanza, and Ian Finnerty all split 1:33’s, even after Lanza and Finnerty had helped the 200 medley relay to victory.

Pieroni will swim in the finals of the 200 IM tonight where he is seeded 6th with a 1:43.92 from Thursday morning prelims.

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3 years ago

Dean was faster tho

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3 years ago

I love Dean as much, if not more, than anyone else on this site, but Dean’s probably a little more rested and a little less hairy than Blake

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3 years ago

So? It doesn’t take away anything from Blake

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3 years ago

Blake had about 100% more facial hair tho

3 years ago

The 200 free at the NCAAs is going to be one of the best Races to Watch.

The top 4 finalists (and more) will be there. Blake tied for 2nd, and has been swimming well all year.

Maybe they will push each to break the 1:30 barrier. I could see it happening.

3 years ago

Felix split the same time. Also, no mention of Bowen Becker? Who is this guy, he split 18.24 in the medley and 18.69 for prelims of individual. Get ready for a big boy swim- 18.5 or less is possible, maybe the only competition to Dressel ever.

3 years ago

Bowen Becker’s split was mentioned in the recap last night. It was a great swim and he looks ready to swim very fast tonight. This post is specific to Pieroni’s split, not Auboeck’s, because this post is of Blake’s video interview. You can find more in-depth coverage in our recaps and other B1G-related posts, but the reason those swims are not mentioned here is because the post is about the swimmer giving the interview.

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