SwimmingMichigan Sets Two Pool Records, Tallies Four Wins in Wisconsin Tri-Meet

Michigan Sets Two Pool Records, Tallies Four Wins in Wisconsin Tri-Meet

Michigan Sets Two Pool Records, Tallies Four Wins in Wisconsin, Minnesota Tri-Meet

The University of Michigan left the first meet at Wisconsin’s Soderholm Family Aquatic Center to have fans in attendance with a pair of pool records and four wins across men’s and women’s competition in a tri-meet with Minnesota Saturday.

The No. 7 ranked Michigan men (6-0, 2-0 Big Ten) picked up wins of 182-116 over the hosts and 188.5-110.5 over Minnesota. The women, ranked third, downed No. 14 Wisconsin, 198-111, and No. 20 Minnesota, 179-121.

Men’s Scores

  • Michigan 182, Wisconsin 116
  • Michigan 188.5, Minnesota 110.5
  • Wisconsin 148, Minnesota 143

Women’s Scores

  • Michigan 189, Wisconsin 110
  • Michigan 179, Minnesota 121
  • Wisconsin 170, Minnesota 130

Michigan set pool records in both women’s relays to bookend the meet. The foursome of Maggie MacNeil, Letitia Sim, Olivia Carter and Lindsay Flynn set the 200 medley relay mark in 1:38.90. The 400 freestyle squad (MacNeil, Flynn, Claire Newman, Carter) went 3:18.49 to edge Wisconsin, which was also under the old record.

MacNeil was involved in the marquee matchup of the afternoon, the Olympic showdown with Wisconsin’s Phoebe Bacon. The Canadian got the better of her neighbor to the south both times, MacNeil winning the 100 backstroke in 52.73 to Bacon’s 53.67, then besting Bacon over the 200 back with a 1:54.88 to 1:55.68. Bacon would end up winning the 200 IM in 1:58.76.

Sim picked up a pair of wins, going 1:01.02 to win the 100 breast. She also claimed the 200 breast and was third in the 200 individual medley. Flynn won the 50 freestyle and was second in the 100 free. Carter claimed the 100 butterfly and 200 fly. Kathryn Ackerman added a win in the 500 free.

Joining Bacon among the winners for the Badgers was Abby Carlson, who captured the 200 free in 1:49.50 and was second in the 500. Paige McKenna was the only one to break 10 minutes in winning the 1,000 free.

Minnesota’s Hannah Cornish prevailed in the 100 free, by .01 over Flynn, after runner-up finishes in the 50 and 200 free. Fellow Golden Gopher Megan Van Berkom pulled an impressive triple by finishing third in the 200 breast, second in the 200 IM and second in the 200 fly.

On the boards, Minnesota’s Joy Zhu and Michigan’s Lucy Hogan took home a silver and a gold each. Zhu won the 1-meter. Hogan prevailed on 3-meter.

The Wisconsin men topped Minnesota, in the process overwriting a pair of pool marks. Both came courtesy of Turkish swimmer Yigit Aslan. He won the 1,000 free in 8:59.35, a margin of more than 12 seconds over the runner-up, then captured the 500 free in 4:21.06.

Michigan had the better of things, though, thanks to their sprint depth. It showed in a 400 free relay that won by more than 2.5 seconds, the foursome of Bence Szabados, Cam Peel, Gal Cohen and Jake Mitchell dominating in 2:55.90.

Cohen won the 200 fly (narrowly edging teammate Jared Daigle by .07 seconds) before capturing the 100 fly. Szabados won the 100 free in 44.32, was third in the 100 fly and tied for second in the 50 free behind … Peel, who was third in the 50. Mitchell was second in the 500 and third in the 1,000.

Patrick Callan won the 200 free. Daigle won the 200 back and the 200 IM.

Wes Jekel picked up Wisconsin’s third win by claiming the 100 back in 47.43. He was also third in the 200 back and second in the 200 IM. Jake Newmark was second in the 100 free and the 200 free.

Minnesota’s three wins came with Max McHugh in the pool. The NCAA breaststroke champion helped the Golden Gophers edge out a win in the medley relay with Casey Stowe, Kaiser Neverman and Lucas Farrar. McHugh went 52.28 to win the 100 breast then made a mockery of the field in the 200 by more than five seconds in 1:56.23. Neverman was second in the 100 fly and third in the 200 fly. Gavin Olson was second in the 200 back and third in the 100 back.

Cameron Gammage earned big points for Michigan by winning 1-meter diving. Second was Wisconsin’s Tazman Abramowicz, who won 3-meter.

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