February 20, 2018

Big Ten Championships Begin Wednesday in Minnesota


Feb. 20, 2018

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Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s swimming and diving team is set and ready to compete at the 2018 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. The four-day event begins Wednesday night and will conclude on Saturday evening. The whole meet will be streamed on BTN Plus.

Seven sessions will be contested throughout the week. The first session begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday with the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays. The schedule for Thursday, Friday and Saturday will feature a prelims session each morning at 12 p.m. ET, and the qualifying athletes will return for the finals session each evening at 7:30 p.m. ET. On the diving boards, the one-meter will be contested on Thursday, the three-meter on Friday and platform diving will be on Saturday. Diving will begin each day at 2 p.m. ET.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Thursday, Feb. 22

Friday, Feb. 23

Saturday, Feb. 24

200 medley relay

500 freestyle

100 butterfly

200 backstroke

800 freestyle relay

200 IM

400 IM

100 freestyle


50 freestyle

200 freestyle

200 breaststroke


One-meter diving

100 breaststroke

200 butterfly


400 medley relay

100 backstroke

Platform diving



Three-meter diving

1,650 freestyle



200 freestyle relay

400 freestyle relay

Top Events
Ohio State has 21 times that currently rank inside the top 10 of the Big Ten from the 2017-18 season for events that will be contested this week. The Buckeyes roll deep with five of the top 10 spots in the 200 butterfly highlighted by Noah Lense’s season best of1:42.22 which ranks No. 2 in the Big Ten. Michael Salazar (1:44.72), Henrique Painhas (1:45.43), Daniel Gloude (1:46.25) and Alex Dillman (1:46.38) are the other four swimmers in the top 10 of that event.

Vice versa in the 100 butterfly, Salazar owns the second-best readout in the conference with a 45.98 that he recorded at the 2017 USA Swimming Winter National Championships. Lense’s season best in the event came at the same event as him and Salazar went two-three in the 100 butterfly.

Brayden Seal and Nick Hogsed will hold down the distance events for the Scarlet and Gray. The duo has top-10 times in both the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle. Ohio State will look to get points from the diving contingent in the form of Christo Law and Stephen Romanik. Law swept three titles on these exact diving boards back in November.

Mark Belanger and Thomas Trace, both seniors, will look to have a solid showing in the backstroke events. Belanger’s season-best readout of 47.21 is the second-fastest time in the Big Ten this year in the 100 backstroke. Trace has top-10 times in both the 100 (47.48) and 200 backstroke (1:44.64).

Gloude clocked a career-best time of 3:49.25 just a couple of weeks ago at the Ohio State Winter Invite enters the meet as the No. 3 seed in the event. Andrew Loy owns top-10 times in three separate events – 100 freestyle (43.57), 200 freestyle (1:36.26) and 200 individual medley (1:47.14). Freshman Paul DeLakis will have a great chance of making the A finals in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke. Ching Hwang Lim enters his final B1G meet ranked No. 8 in the 400 individual medley with a qualifying time of 3:50.70.

Ohio State at Big Ten Championships
Ohio State has won 13 Big Ten titles with the last coming in 2010. As a team, the Buckeyes have finished in the top-5 every year since 2006 including nine-consecutive top-three finishes. The Buckeyes’ 13 team titles are the third-most in conference history. Ohio State has won 210 program gold medals at the conference meet: 99 in individual swimming events, 28 relays and 83 in diving.