BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 4-ranked Indiana University men’s swimming and diving team will have strong representation in Thursday’s finals at the 2020 Big Ten Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center after a strong performance on Thursday morning.
The Hoosiers sent 13 swimmers and divers into the finals of Thursday night’s action with five in Championship Finals, four in Consolation Finals and four in C Finals.
Heading into the second night of finals, the Hoosiers sit in second place with 118.0 overall points. No. 3 Michigan leads the field with 120.0 points, while No. 17 Ohio State rounds out the top-three teams with 108.0 points.
Sophomore Mikey Calvillo turned in the fastest prelim time for the Hoosiers in the 500 Freestyle at 4:19.90. He will swim in the Championship Final later this evening. Both freshman Will Gallant (4:21.75) and freshman Kai Bathurst (4:22.15) will represent Indiana in the Consolation Final, while sophomore Jakub Karl (4:24.41) will compete in the C Final.
Sophomore Van Mathias and senior Mohamed Samy each nabbed spots in the 200 IM Championship Finals with career-best times of 1:43.66 and 1:43.71, respectively. Junior Jacob Steele will swim in the Consolation Final after swimming a time of 1:45.62 in the prelims.
Junior Thomas Vanderbrook (1:46.56) and junior Spencer Lehman (1:47.47) will each be back tonight for the C Final.
Junior Bruno Blaskovic posted the fastest-qualifying time in the 50 Freestyle prelims with a career-best time of 18.96, the quickest time swam in the nation this season. The time ranks fourth in program history and he becomes the fourth swimmer in program history to go under 19 seconds in the event. Sophomore Jack Franzman will join Blaskovic in the Championship Final with a career-best time of 19.30.
Sophomore Cole VanDevender narrowly missed the Championship Final with a ninth-place finish with an NCAA Zone Qualifying score of 306.15. Junior Mory Gould saved his best dive for last, securing 62.00 points to land in scoring position with a finish of 21st-place with a six-dive score of 260.10.
The 2020 Big Ten Men’s Championships continue on Thursday with the second night of finals. The action gets underway at 6:30 p.m. ET with the finals of the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1-meter dive and 400 medley relay.
Mikey Calvillo – 4:19.90 (Championship Final NCAA B Cut)
Will Gallant – 4:21.75 (Consolation Final, NCAA B Cut)
Kai Bathurst – 4:22.15 (Consolation Final, NCAA B Cut)
Jakub Karl – 4:24.11 (C Final)
- Ben McDade – 4:27.22
- Jake Marcum – 4:27.67 (Career Best)
Van Mathias – 1:43.66 (Championship Final, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)
Mohamed Samy – 1:43.71 (Championship Final, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)
Jacob Steele – 1:45.62 (Consolation Final, NCAA B Cut)
Thomas Vanderbrook – 1:46.56 (C Final, NCAA B Cut)
Spencer Lehman – 1:47.04 (C Final, Career Best)
- Gary Kostbade – 1:47.47
- Zane Backes – 1:48.28
t-53. Harry Flanders – 1:50.45
t-53. Corey Gambardella – 1:50.45 (Career best)
- Griffin Eiber – 1:56.22
Bruno Blaskovic – 18.96 (Championship Final, NCAA A Cut, Career Best)
Jack Franzman – 19:30 (Championship Final, NCAA B Cut, Career Best)
- Brandon Hamblin – 20.21
Cole VanDevender – 306.15 (Consolation Final, NCAA Zone Qualifying score)
- Mory Gould – 260.10 (C Final)