Drew Kibler and the University of Texas men enter the 2021-22 NCAA season as the favorites to repeat as champions.
Maggie MacNeil won three individual races and contributed to two relay wins at the SMU Classic to earn Big Ten Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors.
Nick Albiero broke the SMU Classic meet record, which was held by former Michigan swimmer Dylan Bosch.
Casey Chung led off in 52.86, with Letitia Sim splitting 59.38 on breast, Maggie MacNeil splitting 50.88 on fly, and Lindsay Flynn anchoring in 47.36.
The Michigan men return most of the core that earned them a Big Ten Championship last season despite facing several challenges.
The Longhorns’ key to success so far this meet has been getting all 16 swimmers to score, something they have not accomplished in recent years.
The Wolverines put on a show in the 200 medley relay at the Big Ten Champs, breaking the meet record and swimming the fastest time in the NCAA this season.
Max McHugh could become the second man ever under 50 in the 100 breast. But fellow juniors Reece Whitley and Zane Backes are nipping at his heels.
The Louisville Cardinals have a strong quartet that should be in the mix with recent 400 medley champs Cal, Indiana, and Texas.
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.
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.
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.
By the 2021 NCAA Championships, the Big Ten will most likely have the lion’s share of 22-second breast splits as a conference.
Meanwhile, Michigan’s Will Chan (22.67), Purdue’s Trent Pellini (22.82) and Ohio State’s Hudson McDaniel (22.97) were all under the 23-second barrier.