COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 22. WHILE the Michigan men are known as distance stalwarts, Michigan's Emily Brunemann did what no other Lady Wolverine has done in the history of the program with a triumph in the 1650 free during the NCAA Division I Women's Championships.
Brunemann emerged from a head-to-head battle with North Carolina's Whitney Sprague as she had way more left in the tank to touch in 15:53.69 for the triumph.
The victory also moved Michigan to 10 NCAA titles overall.
Sprague, meanwhile, checked in with a second-place time of 15:57.77, while Texas' Kelsey Ditto finished third from an earlier heat with a 15:59.01. Auburn's Maggie Bird was the hard-luck fourth-place finisher with a 15:59.81 during the final heat.
At the finish of the mile, Arizona stood first with 361 points while Auburn pushed its second-place total to 262. Texas A&M (227), Stanford (218) and California (217) made up the rest of the top five.