It was shaping up to be a banner year for freshmen, led by #1 recruit Kate Douglass – who was on the cusp of a historic freshman scoring effort.
After breaking a 34-yr drought with their 2020 Big Ten title, the Ohio State Buckeyes have now added their 6th team title, tying for the 3rd-most in history.
The Ohio State women will aim to secure their first B1G team title since 1986 while Wisconsin’s Beata Nelson will contest for her final B1G title.
Alongside numerous other races worth watching on Saturday night, Alabama’s Rhyan White’s 200 backstroke is sure to provide an exciting swim.
Ohio State heads into today with a commanding lead over Michigan.
After breaking Northwestern records in the 200 IM and 100 back yesterday, Calypso Sheridan is the heavy favorite to take the 400 IM title tonight.
Ohio State comes in as the early leader, yet Michigan’s MacNeil/Tucker could potentially snag 2 titles later in the evening for the 2nd-place Wolverines.
After an exciting night of relays, let’s get into some individual racing!
Last year, Indiana drew first blood with a win in the 200 medley relay, where they swam a 1:34.71 to win the event for a second year in a row.
Michigan looks set to take the Big ten title back after getting dethroned by IU last year.
Mikey Calvillo swept the distance freestyles for the Hoosiers, winning both by body lengths. His 9:03.65 in the 1000 free was a season best by over a second.
The Indiana men and women beat Purdue on Saturday, with Mohamed Samy (50 free, 200 breast) and Cassy Jernberg (500 free, 1000 free) among the top performers.
A trio of women, including Erika Brown (above), Kate Douglass, and Zoie Hartmann, are in a position to make history on Friday evening in Knoxville.
Georgia freshman Zoie Hartman is now the 5th-fastest freshman in the history of the women’s 100 yard breaststroke and 2nd-fastest 17-18 ever.
Rematch! Erika Brown won two races against Kate Douglass in a dual meet earlier this year. They could meet up to three more times at the Tennessee Invite.