Brendan Burns Chooses 200 Fly Over 100 Back on Day 4 at Big Tens (Heat Sheets)

2021 BIG TEN MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS

Indiana sophomore Brendan Burns will swim the 200 fly, but not the 100 back, on day 4 of the 5 day Big Ten Men’s Swimming Championship on Friday.

The 2020 Big Ten Freshman of the Year swam both races at last year’s Big Ten Championship meet, along with the 100 fly, but because of the alterations made to stretch the meet to 5 days this season, the races fall on the same day.

Normally, the 100 back is the same day as the 100 fly – a much more plausible double. The 200 free relay is also on Friday, and while the Hoosiers didn’t use Burns in that race last season at Big Tens, he might be one of their top four sprint freestylers this season. The Hoosiers have used him on all three relays so far (200 medley, 400 medley, 800 free relay).

After a 2nd-place finish in the 100 fly on Thursday, plus his 200 fly on Friday, Burns still has either an individual event or two relays left to swim, though. The Saturday individuals of 100 free, 200 back, and 200 breast leaves an obvious choice, the backstroke race, as his third event, though we’ll probably see him switch back to 100 fly/100 back for the NCAA Championships.

In total, Friday’s individual racing will see the 100 back100 breast, and 200 fly races, plus the 200 free relay as a timed final in the evening.

A tight three-team battle sees the top two contenders Michigan and Indiana separated by just 3.5 points, with Ohio State another 15.5 behind in 3rd. Those three are well-separated from the field.

Michigan took a blow on Thursday when River Wright touched 2nd in the 100 fly after being disqualified for kicking past 15 meters underwater on his start, which video confirmed was a correct call. On net, that cost the team 31 points in their battle with Indiana.

Among those top 3 teams, Ohio State has 13 entries on Friday individually, Michigan has 12, and Indiana has 11. After Ohio State had the most divers and diving points coming into the swimming portion of the championship, the other two teams have been clawing positions back, but for the first time all week Ohio State has the most entries and a chance to stem the tide.

TEAM SCORES (THROUGH 200 FREE)

  1. Michigan – 767
  2. Indiana – 763.5
  3. Ohio State – 748
  4. Purdue – 483.5
  5. Wisconsin – 444
  6. Northwestern – 413
  7. Penn State – 360.5
  8. Iowa – 325.5
  9. Minnesota – 287
  10. Michigan State – 107

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Strangest thing
6 months ago

hunter armstrong is feeling dangerous in the 100 back

Dressel_42.8
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6 months ago
Sailing Swimmer
6 months ago

Hunter Armstrong is gonna tear it up. He’s an absolute magician, he’s making people lose the race before it even began. #WE>ME #BOOM #ONETEAMONEDREAM #DAVIDBLAINE #YOLO #SWAG

swimmerinlane9
6 months ago

Totally unrelated but D2 has released the pre selection entires for NCAAs

sailing swimmer
Reply to  swimmerinlane9
6 months ago

shut up

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