Ohio State Leads Heading into Final Day at Big Ten Championships

Feb. 26, 2010

Ohio State battled its way to the top of the team leader board on Day Three at the 2010 Big Ten Championships in front of a home crowd at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Buckeyes will enter the final day of competition with 592.50 team points with Michigan trailing close behind in second place with 512.50 team tallies.

The pair of frontrunners distanced themselves from the field by 190 points as Minnesota sits in third with 321 points, The Gophers are followed by Purdue (262) and Indiana (193) rounding out the top five.

U-M added three more individual Big Ten titles on Friday to increase its meet total to seven overall. The Buckeyes responded with a trio of top finishes of their own to offset the Wolverine charge. 

Michigan posted a one-two finish in a pair of events, including the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Tyler Clary won the 400-yard individual medley for the second consecutive year, touching the wall in 3:40.27, while senior Andre Schultz (3:44.06) placed second.

Later in the evening sophomore Dan Madwed defended his 2009 title in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 1:34.57 to set a new pool record. U-M freshman Hassan Abdel Khalik was right behind him, touching second in 1:34.97.

The Wolverines picked up their third individual crown of the evening on the strength of a strong performance from Chris Brady in the 100-yard butterfly. The U-M senior claimed top honors in the event for the second consecutive season, hitting his first NCAA automatic qualifying time of the season (45.92).

For the first time at this year’s conference championships, Michigan was edged out for the top podium spot in a relay event. Ohio State nabbed the Big Ten title in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:18.30. Minnesota’s quartet finished the race in the runner-up position  (1:18.37), followed by U-M in third place (1:18.54).

Purdue’s David Boudia successfully defended his Big Ten title in the three-meter competition with a winning score of 485.35.

The Big Ten Championships will conclude Saturday with preliminary action beginning at Noon ET.  The fourth and final day of competition features finals in seven events including the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform diving and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Day Three Team Standings:
1. Ohio State (592.50)
2. Michigan (512.50)
3. Minnesota (321)
4. Purdue (262)
5. Indiana (193)
6. Michigan State (155)
7. Penn State (153)
8. Wisconsin (150)
9. Iowa (149)
10. Northwestern (120)

Day Three Results:
200 freestyle relay
1. Ohio State (Elber, Fahrbach, Olson, Phillips) 1:18.30

400 individual medley
1. Tyler Clary, MICH (3:40.27)

100 butterfly
1.Chris Brady, MICH (45.92)

200 freestyle
1. Dan Madwed, MICH (1:34.57)

100 breaststroke
1. Elliott Keefer, OSU (53.29)

100 backstroke
1. Andrew Elliott, OSU (46.54)

3-meter diving
1. David Boudia, PUR (485.35)

Complete Results: Day Three