KEY LARGO, Florida Keys, January 5. THE University of Michigan men's swimming team won its third consecutive Orange Bowl Swim Classic in the Florida Keys Tuesday, while the University of Kansas captured the women's division.
Michigan finished the sprint-style competition with 372 points, while second-place George Mason University amassed 187 points.
Michigan coach Mike Bottom said the win wasn't as important as the opportunity to have some serious competition entering the Big Ten collegiate swimming season.
"This is a proving ground, before we go back and start our racing season," said Bottom. "What makes this exciting is that we have guys that get a chance to win an event who have never won before."
Kansas swimmers trounced the competition winning 11 of 12 women's events for 297.5 points. George Mason's lady swimmers placed second with 87 points.
The competition, staged at the Jacobs Aquatic Center, was the culminating event of a month-long winter collegiate training season in the Florida Keys.
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