Michigan sophomore Paul Powers just scored a shiny new Big Ten Conference Record in the men’s 50 freestyle, scoring a title-winning time of 18.85 tonight in West Lafayette at the Big Ten Championships.
Paul Powers splashes, dashes to history in the 50 Freestyle. WATCH: https://t.co/xnMLbBAo1b
— Michigan Swim & Dive (@umichswimdive) February 26, 2016
As originally reported by Loretta Race:
50 FREE – FINAL
- Paul Powers, Michigan – 18.85
- Ali Khalafalla, Indiana – 19.27
- Adam Johnston, Purdue – 19.61
Sophomore Paul Powers demolished his personal best from this morning (19.03) and crushed a new Big Ten Conference record time of 18.85 to take the win tonight. Splitting 9.12/9.73, Powers manhandled the men’s 50 freestyle, owning the race from start to finish and touching almost half a second ahead of the next competitor. Remember, Powers won this event in 2015 in a time of 19.30….a time which seems, dare I say, “slow” compared to what the NCAA studs have been throwing down as of late.
With Florida’s Caeleb Dressel and now two NC State swimmers scoring sub-19-second times, Powers chose just the right time to unleash his potential and rock the conference’s fastest time in history.
Knocking .03 of a second off of his own newly-minted school record from this morning, Indiana sophomore Ali Khalafalla touched in 19.27 to win the runner-up spot in the men’s 50 freestyle.
Purdue’s Adam Johnston wrangled in a 3rd place finish with his mark of 19.61 to round out the podium and clear 27 points for the Boilermakers.