ANN ARBOR, Michigan. October 17. THE No. 5-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming team opened the 2008-09 campaign with a 182-115 victory over No. 4 Florida at Canham Natatorium. Sophomore Tyler Clary won three individual events for the Wolverines, who won a total of 13 events in the 16-event program.
Clary's first victory came in the 200-yard freestyle, where he led a 1-2 Michigan finish. Clary's 1:38.53 edged out junior teammate Charlie Houchin by two one-hundredths of a second after the pair was dead even at the 150-yard mark.
Clary also led a 1-2 finish in the 200 backstroke with a winning time of 1:44.21. Junior André Schultz took second in 1:44.71. Both Clary's and Schultz's times met the NCAA consideration standard.
Clary closed his impressive evening by being first to the wall in the 400 individual medley. Clary met the NCAA consideration standard by posting a time of 3:51.66.
Junior Chris Brady won a pair of events for the Wolverines, including the 50 freestyle. The Wolverines dominated the splash and dash, taking four of the top five spots. Brady was first in 20.45, senior Bobby Savulich was second in 20.66, senior Jamie Martone took third in 20.72 and senior/junior Evan Ryser was fifth in 21.12.
Brady also won the 100 butterfly, besting freshman Dan Madwed as the Maize and Blue posted another 1-2 finish. Brady led by eight one-hundredths of a second after the first 50 yards and extended his lead in the final half of the race, posting a 48.56 finish. Madwed clocked in at 49.02
Madwed earned his first collegiate victory in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:47.31 as U-M once again went 1-2. Senior Matt Patton entered the final 50 yards in third, 0.43 seconds behind Omar Pinzon of Florida, but closed with a 27.95 split to vault into second.
Patton earned a victory for the Wolverines in the 1,000 freestyle, taking first in 9:18.52. Patton had a 0.72 second lead after the first 50 yards and led wire-to-wire.
Savulich, Brady and Houchin earned a sweep for the Maize and Blue in the 100 freestyle. Savulich led at the turn in 21.98 and came home in 23.30 to take first with a time of 45.28, while Brady and Houchin dueled for second and third. Houchin had the upper-hand after the first 50, but Brady swam the stronger final 50, taking second in 45.91. Houchin's third-place time was 46.05
Schultz earned another victory for the Maize and Blue in the 100 backstroke, taking the lead with a 23.70 opening 50 and winning in 48.68.
Junior Adam DeJong was victorious in the 500 freestyle, touching the wall in 4:29.21. DeJong led from the first split and closed strong, finishing with a 26.05 final 50 yards — his second-best split of the race.
Michigan finished the swimming competition by capturing first in the 400 freestyle relay. Schultz, Houchin, Savulich and Madwed combined for a time of 3:01.27, winning by 3.64 seconds.
In the diving competition, senior Kyle Schroeder swept both the one- and three-meter events. Schroeder posted a score of 323.40 in the one-meter competition, 13.65 points better than Florida's Anthony Lewark. In the three-meter, Schroeder's 324.05 was 12.80 points better than second-place Lewarl.
Special thanks to Michigan for contributing this report.