Michigan Sweeps Iowa, Nebraska In Season Opener

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IOWA CITY, Iowa, October 4. THE University of Michigan women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams swept the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska this afternoon as the three teams wrapped up a two-day dual meet at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool in Iowa City.

The Michigan men defeated Iowa 173-119, while the Wolverine women topped Iowa, 188.5-105.5, and Nebraska, 182-112. The Iowa women also defeated Nebraska, 191-109.

Michigan Men’s Press Release

The University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team won 12 of 14 events — including a pair from senior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) and two from junior Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) — on day two of its season-opening dual meet Saturday (Oct. 4) to top Iowa, 173-119, at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool.

The Wolverines brought a 20-18 lead into today’s action from the two scoring events on Friday (Oct. 3) and started pulling away two events in with wins in the 200-yard medley relay and a win in the 200-yard freestyle by Anders Nielsen (Farum, Denmark). U-M’s depth shone through during the meet, with senior Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) and sophomore Jack Mangan (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) taking second and third, respectively, behind Nielsen.

The Maize and Blue pulled another 1-2-3 finish in the 50-yard freestyle. Vinny Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) outpaced the competition and was followed closely by senior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary’s International) and freshman Paul Powers (Gainesville, Ga./North Hall).

Funk won both breaststrokes, taking the 100 in 54.18 and the 200 in 2:01.08. Bosch claimed the 200-yard butterfly (1:46.88) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:49.37).

Freshman Aaron Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) came away with his first collegiate win by touching first in the 100-yard butterfly (48.21); his time is a NCAA provisional mark. Funk (100-yard breaststroke), Nielsen (200-yard freestyle), Bosch (200-yard butterfly) and Tafuto (20.08) each secured NCAA provisional times as well.

In the diving well, senior Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) followed up his third-place finish during Friday’s three-meter competition with another third-place finish in today’s one-meter (294.25).

Michigan will next compete in a co-ed quad meet against Indiana, Louisville and Texas on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at Canham Natatorium. Friday’s portion of the meet begins at 6 p.m., and both sessions are free to attend.

Michigan Women’s Press Release

The University of Michigan women’s swimming and diving team won 11-of-14 events during day two of a tri-meet on Saturday (Oct. 4) — including a pair of wins from junior Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) and freshman Clara Smiddy (Miami, Fla.) — to pick up wins over Big Ten foes Iowa, 188.50-105.50, and Nebraska, 182-112, at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

The Wolverines held leads of 28-10 over Iowa and 25-13 over Nebraska following Friday night’s (Oct. 2) opening session and built on those leads today from the get-go. The Wolverines won the first three events, including the 200-yard medley relay to begin Saturday’s session and then finished by taking the final seven.

Smiddy and Oldershaw were both part of the 200-yard medley relay along with juniors Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville). Smiddy also closed the meet with a win in the 400-yard medley relay along with DeLoof, Mattingly and sophomore Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae).

In both of her individual wins, Smiddy earned NCAA provisional times. She won the 100-yard backstroke in 54.40, and later took first in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.99.

Oldershaw bested the field in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.30) and in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.04).

In the diving well, junior Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland), senior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) and freshman Juliette Corboy (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) placed second, third and tied for fourth on the three-meter.

Other event winners included freshman Gillian Ryan (Kutztown, Pa./Kutztown Area) in the 200-yard freestyle, DeLoof in the 100-yard freestyle, freshman Emily Kopas (Davie, Fla./University School) in the 200-yard breaststroke, freshman Hannah Moore (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) in the 500-yard freestyle, and Mattingly in the 100-yard butterfly.

Michigan will next compete in a co-ed quad meet against Indiana, Louisville and Texas on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at Canham Natatorium. Friday’s portion of the meet begins at 6 p.m., and both sessions are free to attend.

Iowa Women’s Press Release

The University of Iowa women’s swimming and diving team defeated Nebraska, 191-109, in its season-opening double dual Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool. Iowa fell to Michigan, 188.5-105.5.

“Anytime we can get a win over a Big Ten opponent, it’s huge,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “The win over Nebraska is outstanding; we’re happy about that. We had some good swims against Michigan with Emma Sougstad and Becky Stoughton swimming well. Overall, we had some great racing.”
Sophomore Emma Sougstad recorded the Hawkeyes top finish, winning the 100 breast with a winning time of 1:03.26. The Forest City, Iowa, native also recorded runner-up finishes in the 100 fly (56.90) and as a member of the 200 medley relay alongside freshman Meghan Lavelle, and juniors Ashley Horodyski and Olivia Kabacinski. The quartet posted a time of 1:44.57.

Iowa collectively had nine runner-up finishes with Senior Becky Stoughton posting three of them. The Peoria, Illinois, native swam as a member of the second-place 400-free relay (3:30.10) alongside freshmen Carly O’Brien and Nikol Lagodzinska, and Kabacinski. Stoughton also took second place in the 200 free (1:50.30), and 500 free (4:54.72).

The Hawkeyes also got individual runner-up finishes from Lavelle and fellow freshman Shea Hoyt. Lavelle finished second in the 200 back (2:03.48), while Hoyt was second in the 100 breast (2:21.32). Freshman Rowan Hauber tallied a fourth-place finish in the 100 back with a time of 56.07 seconds — a time that ranks ninth in Iowa history.

In the diving well the Hawkeyes picked up a top-five finish from sophomore Lydia Lehnert, who dove to a combined score of 268.30.

“Although our places weren’t quite where we wanted them, there were some bright spots from what we work on daily in practice,” said diving coach Todd Waikel. “As a coach with our development, that’s what I want to see. It was a good weekend, and I like the direction we’re headed.”

The Hawkeyes return to the pool Saturday, October 11, in the team’s annual Black and Gold Intrasquad. The competition is slated to begin at 9 a.m. (CT) at the CRWC.

Iowa Men’s Press Release

The University of Iowa men’s swimming and diving team fell to Michigan, 173-119, on Saturday in day two of the season-opening dual at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool.

The Hawkeyes stole the show in the diving well for the second-straight day taking the top two and four of the top five spots in 1-meter diving competition. UI junior Addison Boschult dove to a first-place score of 310.95, sophomore Brandis Heffner earned a second-place finish, diving to a final score of 303.15. UI freshman Matt Mauser also recorded a fourth-place finish after diving to a score of 294.10.

“Both were a continuation from last night,” said UI diving coach Todd Waikel. “Their performance was great; our freshman Matt Mauser did a nice job, too. I was pleased with some of the things he was able to do for us and the overall performance he put on.”

In the pool, senior Grant Betulius swam to the Hawkeyes lone win in the 100 backstroke. The Naperville, Illinois, native recorded a time of 49.27.

“It was nice for Grant to do well,” said UI head coach March Long. “He has been 11th at NCAA’s before turning All-American, so it was nice to see him get that win.”

Betulius also recorded a runner-up finish in the 400 free relay alongside sophomore Jackson Halsmer and juniors Jackson Allen and Brian Donatelli. The quartet swam to a time of 3:03.55.

The Hawkeyes recorded eight runner-up finishes on Saturday. Junior Roman Trussov accounted for a pair of them in the 100 breast (55.47) and 200 breast (2:03.27).

Two freshmen — Thomas Rathbun and Jerzy Twarowski — also recorded runner up finishes. Rathbun swam to a 4:33.67 finish in the 500 free, and Twarowski sprinted to a 49.69 in the 100 fly. Twarowski, a Krakow, Poland, native also swam to a third-place finish in the 200 fly (1:51.98).

“Coming in we knew this Michigan team was arguably the best program in the country, so we knew we would have our hands full,” said Long. We saw sparks in our young team, and we have a lot of confidence in ourselves. We saw some things we need to work on as well. It’s a broad group of competitors we have, and we’re going to get better.”

Nebraska Press Release

Despite victories from junior Alexandra Bilunas and sophomore Anna Filipcic, the Nebraska swimming and diving team dropped its first two conference battles of the season. The Huskers were outpaced by Iowa 191-109 and Michigan 182-112 on Saturday.

Bilunas earned the Huskers’ first victory of the day swimming to a time of 23.82 in the 50-yard freestyle. The Huskers swept the first two spots of the race with Taryn Collura finishing second behind Bilunas with a time of 23.84. Collura also raced to a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle for the Huskers.

Anna Filipcic captured her second victory of the meet, posting a first-place score of 296.30 in the three-meter dive. Filipcic also earned a victory in the one-meter dive during the first session of the event on Friday.

Nebraska had a trio of third-place finishes in the individual events on Saturday, Julia Roller in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.80), Jordan Ehly in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:22.04) and Katt Sickle in the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.97).

In the relays, the Huskers earned a third-place and fifth place finish. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Collura, Bria Deveaux, Kelly Dunn and Sickle raced to a third-place finish with a time of 3:32.51. The Huskers’ 200-yard medley relay team of Jacqueline Juffer, Ehly, Deveaux and Collura captured a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:46.47.

The Huskers will return to the pool in a week for their regular-season home opener against Nebraska-Omaha. Nebraska is set to take on the Mavericks Saturday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Devaney Natatorium. Check back in to Huskers.com for any and all updates regarding the Nebraska swimming and diving team.

Results: Michigan, Nebraska vs. Iowa

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Author: Emily Sampl

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Emily Sampl, an editorial assistant for Swimming World Magazine, is a freelance writer for USA Swimming and an assistant coach at Boulder High School and Boulder Elks Swim Team in Colorado. Emily graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and master's degree in sport administration from the University of Northern Colorado.

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