Zane Backes (above) is racing in tonight’s 200 breast A-final for IU, as the Hoosiers are gunning for a B1G title in an extremely close race with Michigan.
After scoring prelims and 1650 FR seeds, Michigan will have just ONE point over Indiana on paper, leaving it to the 400 FR relay to decide the 2021 champion.
Swimming has given us another down-to-the-wire conference championship meet on the final day of the Big Ten Men’s Swimming Championships. Above: Brendan Burns
A big story of the night came in the 200 fly, where the race wasn’t competitive, but the time out of winner Brendan Burns was.
Tonight, Max McHugh could become the second man under 50 seconds in the 100 breast, while Michigan and Indiana are locked in a cutthroat team race.
Indiana is now projected to jump Michigan by 8.5 pts with their 1-2 prelims seeds in the 100 BK and 1-2-3 seeds in the 200 FL, led by Brendan Burns (1:40.36).
This morning will run prelims of the 100 back, 100 breast and 200 fly, with a deep breaststroke field is finally able to get some individual swimming in.
This year’s Big Ten schedule makes Brendan Burns’ choices more difficult, with the 100 back and 200 fly coming on the same day of the meet.
Racking out another solid 3-event morning session were the Michigan Wolverines, whose projected 250+ points will boost them into the lead.
After a 44.8 fly leg on Indiana’s winning 400 medley relay last night, Brendan Burns will try to snag the top seed in the 100 fly A-final.
West Virginia University transfer Hunter Armstrong led off OSU’s medley in 44.92, which was an enormous best for the sophomore.
It’s hard to gauge the firepower for the top five teams or so this year with the truncated season, but Indiana looks to have a slight edge.
Jason Mathews swept the breaststrokes for OSU today, edging out Purdue’s Trent Pellini in the 100 breast, 53.19 to 53.41, in a new season-best.
The Hoosier men were hard to stop, powered by a triple from sophomore Brendan Burns. The IU women’s breaststrokers were a strong point as they also won.
Brendan Burns won both butterfly events as the IU men got the job done over Michigan and Northwestern, while Wolverine Maggie MacNeil went a 200 free PR.