Michigan men's swimming in position for 35th Big Ten title and more Friday college results
Michigan junior Dan Madwed successfully defended his back-to-back 200-yard freestyle conference championships and the Wolverines added two more individual titles on Friday to take a 57-point lead over Indiana heading into Saturday’s fourth and final day of the Big Ten Championships.
Madwed led his race from the blocks at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis and beat teammate Hassaan Abdel Khalik by a body length to three-peat in the event, according to MGoBlue.com.
“I was really nervous going into the race. But like we always say, it's good to be nervous because that means you're expecting something good,” said Madwed, who won in 1:34.36. “We're in the fight for a team battle right now. It is pretty important to get three guys in that final and then all of us to do like we did. Winning is very nice, but having Hassaan (finish second) and Ryan (Feeley) come in sixth is probably the best part."
Michigan’s other wins came from freshman Kyle Whitaker in the 400 medley and sophomore Sean Fletcher in the 100 butterfly. Whitaker was the Wolverines’ only top seed heading into the day’s finals.
Michigan has won a total of five individual titles and three relay championships for a total of 491 points. Indiana is second with 434, followed by Ohio State (386) and Minnesota (318).
The Wolverines will attempt to wrap up their 35th Big Ten title beginning with Saturday’s noon preliminaries. The finals will begin at 7:30 p.m. Live results are available on GopherSports.com.
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