Big Ten Weekly Recap: Michigan Sweeps Ohio State on Senior Day; Wisconsin, Iowa split


The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan women’s swimming and diving team got seven wins from members from its senior class, leading the way in a dominating 196-104 win over No. 22 Ohio State on Saturday (Jan. 19) at Canham Natatorium.

“Our seniors have been fantastic for four years and they were really good today,” said coach Mike Bottom. “The last few days have been challenging with two meets against two really good teams and some travel in between, but we dug deep, rallied around each other and had some real great in-season swims. The crowd today was incredible, too, really packing our stands in the middle of a snowstorm. We can’t thank them — and our senior class — enough.”

Senior Siobhán Haughey won the same trio of events for the second time this week, but by bigger margins than Thursday’s meet at Indiana. She claimed the 100-yard freestyle by two seconds (48.27), the 200-yard freestyle by three-and-a-half seconds (1:44.99) and the 200-yard IM by two seconds (1:59.91).

Senior Catie DeLoof swept the backstroke events, combining with fellow senior Taylor Garcia on a 1-2 finish in the 100-yard backstroke (53.61/54.57). She also won the 200-yard backstroke by a two-second margin (1:56.18), swimming the event for the first time in a meet this season.

Senior/junior Miranda Tucker and senior Jamie Yeung alternated 1-2 finishes in the breaststroke events. Tucker led a 1-2-4-5 finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.97), while Yeung led wire-to-wire in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:12.41).

Junior Vanessa Krause toughed out a win in the 200-yard butterfly (1:58.49), going for a 1-2 finish with freshman Victoria Kwan. Freshman Maggie MacNeil continued her winning ways, sprinting to a victory in the 50-yard freestyle (22.42) and posting another blistering time to win the 100-yard butterfly by nearly three-and-a-half seconds (51.16).

The Michigan distance crew looked sharp, going 1-3-4-5 in the 500-yard freestyle and 2-3-4 in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Senior Yirong Bi, who did not swim the 1,000-yard freestyle earlier in the meet, controlled the 500-yard freestyle, winning by three-and-a-half seconds (4:46.99).

The Wolverines also won both relays. The foursome of Garcia, Tucker, MacNeil and DeLoof took the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet (1:38.56), while 400-yard freestyle relay team of Haughey, MacNeil, sophomore Daria Pyshnenko and DeLoof were never seriously challenged, winning by almost seven seconds (3:16.63).

Meanwhile, facing its second top-15 team in three days, the No. 4 Michigan men won 14 events in a decisive 202-98 victory over No. 14 Ohio State.

The Wolverines made a statement from the opening race, winning the 200-yard medley relay (1:27.16). They went in front for good thanks to a 23.8 split on the breaststroke leg from freshman Will Chan, while sophomore Luiz Gustavo Borges brought it home in 19.3. Borges was impressive once again, sweeping the sprints by taking the 50-yard freestyle (19.74) and 100-yard freestyle (43.81).

For the second time in three days, the breaststroke group was huge, going 1-2-3 in the 100- and 200-yard races. Junior Charlie Swanson won the 100-yard breaststroke (53.91), while junior Tommy Cope was victorious in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:56.82). Junior Jacob Montague was the third member of that trio and later won the 200-yard individual medley by two seconds (1:49.02).

Junior Miles Smachlo stayed hot, sweeping the butterfly events. He defeated Ohio State’s Michael Salazar by .01 to take the 100-yard butterfly (47.24), then used a strong third 50 to hold on in a winning effort in the 200-yard butterfly (1:45.91).

The distance group was sharp, as sophomore Ricardo Vargas won both the 500-yard freestyle (4:22.12) and 1,000-yard freestyle (9:00.06). In the 200-yard freestyle, junior Felix Auböck held off a late push from Ohio State’s Ruslan Gaziev to win in 1:36.50.

Senior Kai Williams bounced back to take the 200-yard backstroke, winning by more than 2.5 seconds to lead a 1-2-3 Michigan finish (1:46.06).

Sophomore Ross Todd was the best diver in the well Saturday, sweeping the one-meter (357.40) and three-meter (385.20) springboard events.

Ohio State’s Ben Sugar won his first individual event of the season with a 100 Back time of 48.45, beating out Michigan’s Alex King by 0.2 second. Molly Kowal won the 100 free in 9:49.78

Wisconsin women, Iowa men sweep

The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team captured a pair of Big Ten wins over No. 24 Wisconsin and Northwestern on Saturday afternoon at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

The Hawkeyes downed the Badgers, 164-136, and Northwestern, 194-106.  The Iowa women’s team dropped a pair of league duals, falling to No. 12 Wisconsin, 191-109, and Northwestern, 178-122.

The No. 16-ranked Wisconsin women’s team won by scores of 191-109 over Iowa and 166.5-133.5 over Northwestern.

Iowa junior Hannah Burvill captured a pair of wins, swimming to titles in the 200 free (1:49.61) and 50 free (23.40). She also placed second in both the 100 free (50.78) and as part of the 400-free relay.

Senior Will Brenner also dominated the 1-meter springboard board with a score of 362.45. He completed the springboard sweep with a first place finish on the 3-meter with a score of 374.95.

Redshirt freshman Aleksey Tarasenko debuted with a win in the 100 free with a time of 44.71.

The Badgers pushed the pace early, grabbing wins in the men’s and women’s 200-yard medley relay to open the competition. From there, it was no looking back.

Junior Beata Nelson, paving the way for the No. 16-ranked UW women’s team, tallied individual wins in the 100 backstroke (54.20), 200 backstroke (1:54.40) and 200 individual medley (1:59.01).

The Madison native already holds nation-best marks in all three events.

Senior Emmy Sehmann showed no let-up in the pool, notching a first-place mark of 50.11 seconds in the women’s 100 free.

The sprint specialist also took part in the 400 free relay squad’s win in 3 minutes, 23.44 seconds.

Junior Megan Doty polished her day off with wins in the women’s 100 fly (53.97) and 200 fly (1:59.70).

Clocking in at 10 minutes, 6.61 seconds, senior Grace Tierney hauled in a win in the 1000 freestyle.

In the 1-meter diving competition, senior Hazel Hertting took fourth place with a mark of 283.00.

On the men’s side, it was the MJ Mao show. The sophomore showcased his versatility by securing three individual victories in the 100 breast (54.28), 200 breast (2:00.37) and 100 fly (48.41).

Junior Michael Milinovich posted a win in the 200 IM (1:50.84) and took second in the 200 fly (1:48.91).

Sophomore Matt Novinski also had a stellar showing, winning the 100 back with a time of 48.80.

Northwestern’s Sophie Angus secured the win in the 100 breast in a time of 1:02.11.

Michigan State sweeps Oakland

The Michigan State swimming and diving teams beat Oakland today in their final road meet of the season. The men defeated the Golden Grizzlies 164-136 and the women won 180.5-114.5, racking up a total of 21 first-place finishes.

Marie Dickson took the top slot in the 1000 freestyle, (10:30.17), 200 butterfly, (2:07.97), and 500 freestyle, (5:10.34).

Scott Piper placed first in the 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 200 IM. He recorded times of 1:50.87, 1:50.09, and 1:52.20, respectively.

Aidan Farley took first-place in the 200 and 500 freestyle with times of 1:39.01 and 4:34.39, respectively.

The 100 and 200 breaststroke were won on both the men and women’s sides. Jonathan Lee clocked in at 56.09 in the 100 and 2:02.98 in the 200, while Ana Sortland clocked in at 1:01.86 in the 100 and 2:17.67 in the 200.
In the 200 freestyle, Olivia Chick took first with a time of 1:53.54. She also took first in the 100 freestyle as she finished with a time of 51.47

Michael Schwers continues to impress this season as he added another two wins under his belt. He finished the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.13 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.79.

Penn State wins on senior day

Penn State men’s swimming and diving swept five events in a 151-104 win against Bloomsburg Saturday morning in the McCoy Natatorium for Senior Day.

The women won 151-104 .

Senior captain Ally McHugh started the morning’s winning-streak taking first in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:50.12. McHugh also had the top time in the 200 breaststroke completing the race 2:21.66. Penn State saw a first through fifth-place sweep of the 200 free with Marget Shelly leading the pack, taking first place in the race (1:52.60). Senior Aleks Tulacz (1:52.92), reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week Madison Murtagh (1:53.02), Carly Hart (1:53.13) and Kathleen Sheridan (1:55.79) all followed suit.

The Nittany Lions saw their second first through fifth-place sweep of the meet in the 200 back with Stephanie Szekely leading the five ladies in first (2:01.59). Marie Schobel (2:02.26), Heather MacDougall (2:06.25), Sadie Schumann (2:08.78) and Murtagh (2:11.59) rounded out the top five. Szekely also swam the top time in 200 IM (2:05.12).

The Nittany Lions started the men’s races off with a sweep in the 1000 free led by Nathan Schiffmann (9:28.98), and he was followed by freshman William Lulek (9:52.06) and Carlos Vasquez (10:00.41). Schiffmann finished the meet with two first place finishes, including leading a sweep in the 200 fly (1:54.06). The 200 fly sweep was completed by Hayden Harlow (1:55.58) and Alec Peckman (1:56.45).

Gabe Castano also concluded with meet with a pair of first-place sweeps in the 200 free (1:41.07) and the 100 free (45.07). Following Castano in the 200 free was Harlow (1:41.21) and DiNunzio (1:43.13). In the sweep of the 100 free was Eben Krigger (47.06) and Austin Wilson (47.43). On top of a pair of second-place finishes, Harlow also completed the day with a top time in the 500 free (4:37.14).

Minnesota women split; men fall to USC

The University of Minnesota men came up short against USC in tonight’s dual meet in Los Angeles, California as they earned 109 points to USC’s 153. The women’s team went 1-1 on the night as they too lost to the Trojans (114-146) but handily outscored the Oregon State Beavers 218-44.

Chantal Nack had a successful day for the Gophers as she claimed three event wins over the course of the meet. She finished first in the 200-yard Freestyle with a time of 1:47.12 and followed it up by racing the 500-yard Freestyle in 4:50.59 to take the top spot. Her final event win of the night came in the 200-yard Individual Medley, which she swam in 2:00.12.

Bowen Becker recorded a pair of first-place finishes for the men with his wins in the 50 and 100-yard Freestyle races. He swam a 19.89 and a 44.22 respectively to earn his event wins.

Illinois beats Youngstown State

Illinois picked up top times in 11 of 13 swimming events and senior diver Ling Kuhn came away with the second-best 3-meter performance in program history to lead the Orange and Blue past Youngstown State (180-81) and St. Francis (200-56) Friday night at the Beeghly Natatorium. Day two of the meet, scheduled for tomorrow, has been rescheduled to an exhibition between Illinois and Youngstown State.

“Heading into the weekend we talked about taking advantage of all the opportunities to race and compete,” Illinois coach Sue Novitsky said. “I thought we did that through all of the events.”

The Illini got off to a strong start, winning the first three events of the night. The relay team of Olson, Serniute, Vuong and Anderson got things started, posting the top time in the 400 medley relay (3:52.19). Freshman

Abigail Martin and senior Aby Olson won the next two events, touching the wall first in the 1650 freestyle (17:29.69) and 100 backstroke (:56.71), respectively.

Illinois kept rattling off event victories, taking the top spot in the 200 butterfly, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Sophomore Jimena Martinez won the 200 butterfly (2:07.21), freshman Abigail Cabush took the 50 freestyle (:24.47), senior Megan Vuong swam the fastest 100 freestyle (:52.62) and freshman Sarah Cano posted the top time in the 200 backstroke (2:06.18).