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Georgia’s Chase Kalisz smashed one of the most impressive American records on the books with a 3:34.50 in the 400 IM that won him his second NCAA title in the event.
USC’s Cristian Quintero is one of a bunch of men in hot pursuit of the 200 free title – Quintero cruised to a prelims heat win after taking the 500 free last night.
Michigan broke the NCAA record in this event at Big Tens, and while a second record-breaking swim is unlikely, the Wolverines hope this event can power them to a repeat NCAA team title.
In absence of a clear favorite, we’re sticking with our guns and going Tyler Messerschmidt and the Cal Golden Bears for the win, but we’re much more confident in our lack of confidence than we were during the women’s meet.
In the 200 free, Joao de Lucca will try to defend his NCAA title, break the NCAA record and perhaps even top his 2013 post-race celebration.
Cristian Quintero stayed on a roll this week, taking the 200 free in 1:32.81.
This season has seen the 200 free stakes continually raised, and Michigan managed to top all of it with their record-setting 800 free relay that was the fastest ever on American soil.
Mitch Bowmile is back with his weekly roundup of swimming competition. This week, Mitch tackles the college conference championships that happened across the country last weekend including the men’s ACCs, men’s Big Tens and women’s Pac-12s.
Kyle Whitaker dropped another four tenths off his 400 IM for another Big Ten title. Meanwhile Ohio State and Penn State tied in a crazy 200 free relay that saw 4 teams go down to the wire.
Michael Wynalda broke the Big Ten record in the 200 free and is knocking on the door of the second 1:31 in the NCAA this season.
Michael Wynalda’s 200 yard free split in the 800 relay converters to a 1:43.16 in 200 meters! See Reaney, Kalisz, Larson and Deborde’s conversion times here.
Michigan’s Michael Wynalda had one of the all-time great yards relay splits to begin the 2014 Big Ten Championships, en route to the fastest ever 800 yard free relay.
Michigan hit things hard in front of their home crowd at the Big Ten Championships, crushing the NCAA, Big Ten and US Open records in the 800 free relay with a blazing 6:09.85.
A clash of Big Ten rivals led to comeback wins for the Ohio State women and Michigan men, and the Wolverine coaching staff live-tweeted the meet to offer their candid, mid-meet thoughts.