Feb. 24, 2016
Columbus, Ohio—We’re just two events into the 2016 Big Ten Championships and Ohio State has already made a significant mark, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 800 freestyle relay.
Steffen Hillmer, Ching Lim, Brayden Seal, and Andrew Appleby combined for a time of 6:19.68, the second-best in school history and comfortably under the NCAA’s A cutline. This will be the second trip for all four swimmers, but the first time they’ll all be there together. Hillmer competed in 2014 while Appleby, Lim, and Seal went last year in 2015.
In the other relay, the championship-opening 200 medley relay, Ohio State’s quartet of Matt McHugh, DJ MacDonald, Lim, and Mossimo Chavez placed third with a time of 1:25.37. The time was over a second faster than the previous season best and ranks as a top-five time in school history. Lim was one of just a handful of swimmers to swim in both relays tonight, and the only to help his team to two top-four finishes. Chavez, making his first Big Tens appearance as a freshman, swam his freestyle leg at 19.24, a big improvement over his previous personal best and one of the fastest 50 freestyle times in the country.
The two high finishes for the Buckeyes put them in third place after day one, with Michigan and Indiana in the top two spots.
Tomorrow will kick off at 11 a.m. prelims followed by 6:30 p.m. finals. A full event schedule, as well as live stream and results information, can be found in our Big Tens preview here.
1 Michigan University of 128
2 Indiana University 112
3 Ohio State University 106
4 University of Iowa 100
5 University Wisconsin 98