Feb. 25, 2015
The 2015 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships began with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay
IOWA CITY – The Golden Gophers kicked off the 2015 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships tonight with the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay. With ten teams competing in Iowa this week, Minnesota will look to continue their 26-year streak of placing in the top four at the Big Ten Championships. After night one, Minnesota sits in third place tied with the Indiana Hoosiers with 58 points. Michigan, the defending Big Ten Champion, is in first with 80 points, Ohio State is in second with 64.
In the 200 medley relay, the team of Daryl Turner, Conner McHugh, Paul Fair and Ian Gordonfinished with a time of 1:25.71 for a NCAA B cut and fourth place. The all-underclassmen relay was seeded last going into the event and dropped nearly five seconds.
The University of Michigan picked up their first win of the night with a time of 1:23.47 in the 200 medley relay – the Wolverines are favored to win the meet and will look to collect their fifth-straight Big Ten Championship title. Ohio State took home the silver with a 1:25.18, and Iowa finished third with a time of 1:25.53.
Ahead of Minnesota in the 800 free relay were four NCAA A cuts from Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio State. Michigan broke the pool record with a 6:12.20 and swept tonight’s events with first-place finishes in both relays.
Competition resumes tomorrow at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium. Preliminary heats of the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free will begin at 11:00 a.m. CT. One-meter diving prelims will follow at 1:00 p.m.
Team Standings After Day 1
1. Michigan, 80
2. Ohio State, 64
3. Minnesota, 58
3. Indiana, 58
5. Wisconsin, 56
6. Northwestern, 54
9.Michigan State, 32
10.Penn State, 22