Ann Arbor, MI – In front of the largest crowd of the season, the ninth-ranked University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team pulled off an upset victory over second-ranked Stanford University with a 136-106 victory on Saturday (Jan. 15) at Canham Natatorium.
After Stanford turned in first-place finishers in three of the first four events, the Wolverines rallied back to take seven of the final nine events to pull away with the victory. Michigan improves to 4-2 overall, while Stanford drops to 2-2 on the season. U-M defeated Stanford for the first time since the 1990-91 campaign, ending a streak of five-consecutive losses to the Cardinal.
The top individual performance for Michigan was turned in by senior tri-captain Josh Trexler (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook HS), who finished with a team-high two first-place finishes. Trexler, a Big Ten Conference two-time Diver of the Week winner, had NCAA zone diving qualifying marks in both the one-meter (295.95) and three-meter (342.60) diving events to take first-place.
Five other Wolverine swimmers turned in first-place performances in individual competition. Senior tri-captain and All-American Mike McWha (Windsor, Ontario/Kennedy Collegiate Institute) placed first in the second event of the day — the 800-meter freestyle Ð with a time of 8:04.56. Junior All-American Scott Werner (Haymarket, Va./Paul VI HS) finished first in the 200-meter breaststroke at 2:13.44. Sophomore All-American Tim Siciliano (San Marcos, Calif./San Marcos HS) turned in a time of 2:00.47 in the 200-meter individual medley to take first-place.