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.
No team has pulled away after Michigan and Indiana caught up to Ohio State’s diving lead. With just four events left, every point matters more than ever.
Ohio State’s Paul Delakis will swim for the 200 free Big Ten title tonight, following his 200 IM victory last night.
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.
Michigan’s Patrick Callan could lead a Wolverine podium sweep in the 500 free, and he’ll likely get close to, if not go past, the 4:10 barrier.
Michigan picked up 257 returning points after their explosive morning, projecting to jump from 4th to 2nd. Ohio State is still 95.5 points ahead.
Ohio State senior Paul Delakis is one of just two returners from last year’s 200 IM A-final, and he’s the favorite to win it tonight.
Cal’s Ryan Hoffer will aim to defend his conference title in the 100 fly on Day 3 of the Men’s Pac-12 Championships in Houston.
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 Texas Longhorns are still waiting on Austin Katz to perform to previous levels, but if he does, the ceiling for the Texas men is a national championship.
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.
Cal and Texas continue to duel for the nation’s top spot, with veterans like Reece Whitley (pictured) and Drew Kibler leading the way and rookies stepping up.