Michigan Honors Former Swimmer with Ian Miskelley Memorial Meet Against Grand Valley State

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Jared Daigle -- Photo Courtesy: Michigan Athletics

Michigan Honors Former Swimmer with Ian Miskelley Memorial Meet Against Grand Valley State

The University of Michigan men’s team held the Ian Miskelley Memorial Meet, hosting Grand Valley State while honoring former Wolverine Ian Miskelley, who took his own life last year after a long struggle with anxiety and depression. The memorial meet is meant to raise awareness for individuals struggling with mental health issues and remove the stigma associated with seeking help.

“That is the stigma that we have to break,” Ian’s father Steve Miskelley told Swimming World last year. “It can happen to anyone. People constantly equate sadness and depression, and those are not the same thing. People wonder what you have to be depressed about when you have so much going for you, but that is not what this is.”

This is not the first time that Michigan has honored Miskelley in early November. Last year, that meant a memorial time trial when Big Ten schools were not holding swim meets.

Michigan won the meet, 142-95. Check out full results here, and read the full press release from Michigan below:

The No. 6-ranked Michigan men’s swimming and diving team returned to action Saturday morning (Nov. 6) and defeated visiting Grand Valley State 142-95 in the Ian Miskelley Memorial Meet in Canham Natatorium.

The meet kicked off with the Maize and Blue taking the top two spots in the 200-yard medley relay and never looking back. Jared Daigle, Cameron Luarde, Cam Peel and Will Chan turned in the top time of 1:30.90, while the team of Noah Yarian,JamesLeBuke, Wyatt Davis and Spencer Carl finished second in 1:33.50.

Sophomore Yugo Tsukikawa kept the Wolverines winning, taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1:42.27. In the 50-yard freestyle, U-M took the top three spots; Sophomore Bence Szabados touched the wall first in 20.19, followed closely by freshman Niklas Eberly (20.62) and senior Patrick Callan (21.10).

Michigan (4-0) secured the dual victory over GVSU (4-2) in the 200-yard IM, sweeping the top four spots. Senior Daigle led the way with a 1:47.74, while freshman Gal Groumi came in second in 1:50.01. Sophomore Davis finished third in 1:52.42 and fellow sophomore Jake Mitchell rounded out the quartet with a 1:54.86.

From there, the Wolverines only took scores from their top finishers, posting wins in the 100-yard butterfly (Peel, 49.49), 100-yard freestyle (Niklas Eberly, 45.38), 100-yard backstroke (Groumi, 50.92), 500-yard freestyle (4:31.82) and 100-yard breaststroke (Eric Storms, – 57.00).