Felix Auboeck Adds Fourth-Straight Big Ten Title in 1650 Free to Resume

2020 B1G MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

For the 2nd time at this week’s Big Ten Championships, Michigan senior Felix Auboeck has completed a four-peat of an individual event. He opened Saturday’s concluding session with a 14:30.10 in the men’s 1650 free, which marks his 4th-straight Big Ten title in that event.

Earlier in the meet, he won his 4th-straight Big Ten title in the 500 free as well. Added to a win in the 200 free, he earned a clean-sweep of the 3 longest freestyle events this week.

Auboeck joins fellow Michigan swimmer Chris Thompson (1998-2001) and Indiana’s John Kinsella (1971-1974) as swimmers who have four-peated in the men’s mile. As a team, Michigan has won 25 of the last 28 Big Ten titles in the 1650 free.

The Big Ten first added the 1650-yard freestyle to its schedule in 1963. Prior to that, from 1947-1962, they hosted a 1500 meter free at championship events. Ohio State’s Ford Konno won that race four straight years from 1952 through 1955.

Comparative Splits:

2017 2018 2019 2020
100y 50.61 50.86 51.61 51.55
200y 1:44.21 (53.60) 1:43.96 (53.10) 1:45.24 (53.63) 1:45.65 (54.10)
300y 2:37.22 (53.01) 2:36.33 (52.37) 2:38.73 (53.49) 2:39.71 (54.06)
400y 3:30.22 (53.00) 3:28.69 (52.36) 3:32.13 (53.40) 3:33.44 (53.73)
500y 4:23.14 (52.92) 4:20.81 (52.12) 4:25.52 (53.39) 4:26.57 (53.13)
600y 5:15.99 (52.85) 5:13.10 (52.29) 5:18.78 (53.26) 5:19.44 (52.87)
700y 6:08.97 (52.98) 6:05.87 (52.77) 6:12.27 (53.49) 6:12.24 (52.80)
800y 7:01.63 (52.66) 6:58.88 (53.01) 7:05.51 (53.24) 7:04.87 (52.63)
900y 7:54.42 (52.79) 7:52.21 (53.33) 7:58.45 (52.94) 7:57.34 (52.47)
1000y 8:47.27 (52.85) 8:45.22 (53.01) 8:51.01 (52.56) 8:49.80 (52.46)
1100y 9:40.24 (52.97) 9:38.57 (53.35) 9:44.62 (53.61) 9:42.14 (52.34)
1200y 10:33.30 (53.06) 10:32.10 (53.53) 10:37.41 (52.79) 10:34.63 (52.49)
1300y 11:26.31 (53.01) 11:25.85 (53.75) 11:30.56 (53.15) 11:27.20 (52.57)
1400y 12:19.18 (52.87) 12:20.11 (54.26) 12:23.54 (52.98) 12:20.26 (53.06)
1500y 13:12.05 (52.87) 13:14.36 (54.25) 13:15.76 (52.22) 13:13.57 (53.31)
1600y 14:04.60 (52.55) 14:08.34 (53.98) 14:06.33 (50.57) 14:06.43 (52.86)
Last 50 14:29.25 (24.65) 14:34.10 (25.76) 14:29.58 (23.25) 14:30.10 (23.67)

The Austrian’s splits show that he was out a little faster on Saturday than he was last year, though he didn’t have the same closing kick which cost him another sub-14:30 swim.

Fans of even-splitting in distance races will love the breakdown of Auboeck’s freshman mile, where he was very consistent, even repeating the exact same split for consecutive 100 yard distances. That year’s time remains the Big Ten Meet Record.

Auboeck is the defending NCAA Champion in the men’s mile. Of the 25 occasions where a collegiate swimmer has been faster than 14:30 in this event, Auboeck owns 5 of those times. Nobody else has done so more than twice (Bobby Finke, Connor Jaeger).

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MaizeBlue
9 months ago

💛💙💛💙🔥🔥🔥Congrats Felix!!

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