Frankel Medals Twice on Thursday Night Hoosiers Within Striking Distance of Team Lead


The No. 8-ranked men’s swimming team remains in second place, but trails No. 11 Michigan by only 3.5 points after three days of competition at the 2021 Big Ten Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.



Freshman Tomer Frankel earned his first-career Big Ten individual championship with a dominant performance in the A Final of the 100 Butterfly. He was the only swimmer to go sub-45 seconds, winning with a career-best time of 44.91.


Sophomore Brendan Burns took the second spot on the podium clocking a time of 45.26. Junior Van Mathias secured the fourth-fastest time in the field at 46.22, while senior Corey Gambardella earned a sixth-place finish at 46.75.


400 IM

Senior Spencer Lehman brought in 22 points for the Hoosier team score with an eighth-place finish out of the Championship Final in the 400 IM with a time of 3:50.74.


Junior Mikey Calvillo earned 12th out of the Consolation Final with a time of 3:48.07, while freshman Maxwell Reich claimed 16th out of the same heat with a career-best mark of 3:49.76.


Redshirt sophomore Michael Brinegar won the C Final (17th overall) with a time of 3:48.65. Junior Ben McDade rounded out the Hoosier scoring in the event with a 22nd-place effort and a time of 3:52.85.



Frankel earned his second medal of the evening with a bronze finish in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:33.27 in a difficult double attempt.


Junior Jack Franzman led a foursome of Hoosiers in the C Final, placing 18th with a time of 1:35.78. Senior Thomas Vanderbrook (1:36.42) claimed 19th, sophomore Jacob Destrampe (1:36.47) nabbed 20th, and senior Griffin Eiber (1:37.74) took 24th.


  1. Michigan – 767 pts.
  2. INDIANA – 763.5 pts.
  3. Ohio State – 748 pts.
  4. Purdue – 483.5 pts.
  5. Wisconsin – 444 pts.
  6. Northwestern – 413 pts.
  7. Penn State – 360.5 pts.
  8. Iowa – 325.5 pts.
  9. Minnesota – 287 pts.
  10. Michigan State – 107 pts.



  • Frankel becomes the 16th Hoosier champion in the 100 Butterfly, and the first since Vini Lanza (2018). His time of 44.91 ranks as the seventh-fastest performance in program history. He also swam the eighth-quickest mark (45.08) in school history in the preliminary heats.
  • His time in the 100 Butterfly currently ranks as the fifth-fastest time in the country, matching the times set by Shaine Casas (Texas A&M) and Alvin Jiang (Texas).
  • The freshman from Jerusalem gave the Hoosiers back-to-back bronze medals in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:33.27, his fastest non-relay split of the season. Mohamed Samy earned a third-place finish in the event last season.
  • The career-best time swam by Burns in the 100 Butterfly ranks as the ninth-fastest time nationally. He also moves up a spot to the third-fastest performer in program history in the event.
  • Just 19 points separate the top three schools after both Michigan and Indiana jumped Ohio State in the team standings.




  1. Tomer Frankel – 44.91 (NCAA A Cut, Career Best)
  2. Brendan Burns – 45.26 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)
  3. Van Mathias – 46.22 (NCAA B Cut)
  4. Corey Gambardella – 46.75 (NCAA B Cut)


400 IM

  1. Spencer Lehman – 3:50.74 (NCAA B Cut)
  2. Mikey Calvillo – 3:48.07 (NCAA B Cut)
  3. Max Reich – 3:49.76 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)
  4. Michael Brinegar – 3:48.65 (NCAA B Cut, Career Best)
  5. Ben McDade – 3:52.85



  1. Tomer Frankel – 1:33.27 (NCAA B Cut)
  2. Jack Franzman – 1:35.78 (NCAA B Cut)
  3. Thomas Vanderbrook – 1:36.42
  4. Jacob Destrampe – 1:36.47
  5. Griffin Eiber – 1:37.74





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