Vanderkaay, Coben Lead Michigan Past Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. -- University of Michigan men's swimming and diving coach Jon Urbanchek earned his 99th career Big Ten Conference dual meet victory Saturday afternoon (Jan. 31) as the No. 10-ranked Wolverines downed No. 18 Northwestern 165-133 at the Norris Aquatic Center. Leading the way for U-M were sophomore Peter Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich./Adams HS) and Jason Coben (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown HS) as the swimmer-diver duo combined for five event titles.

Vanderkaay posted three victories in the pool as he claimed titles in the 200- and 500-yard freestyles as well as the 400-yard individual medley. The sophomore earned the win in the 200 freestyle when he touched the wall with an NCAA consideration time of 1:37.61 to headline a 1-2 finish with senior captain Dan Ketchum (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore HS) finishing second in 1:39.92.

Vanderkaay's second victory of the afternoon came in the 500-yard free when he clocked in at 4:27.45. Teammate Andrew Hurd (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Trafalger HS) was runner-up in the event with a time of 4:29.50. Vanderkaay added a win in the 400-yard individual medley, leading a 1-2-3 finish in the event by posting a time of 3:54.69 for the top spot.

In the diving well, Coben turned in victories on the one- and three-meter springboards, posting NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks in each event. On the one-meter springboard the 2003 NCAA platform diving co-champion posted a score of 311.05 to win the event by nearly 10 points over Michael Oxman of Northwestern (301.80). Coben duplicated his first-place effort on the three-meter board as he scored 313.60, narrowly topping Oxman (311.35).

Adding event victories were Hurd in the 1,000-meter freestyle and sophomore Davis Tarwater (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School) in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly races. Hurd took the top spot in the 1,000 free with a time of 9:08.74, while Tarwater posted NCAA "B" standard times in both event victories, winning the 100 in 48.14 and the 200 in 1:46.74.

The Wolverines look to give Urbanchek his 100th career Big Ten dual meet victory this Friday (Feb. 6) as they host Michigan State in a Pontiac Challenge Cup meet at 6 p.m. in Canham Natatorium. The meet will be the final dual meet for Urbanchek, who is retiring at the end of the summer swimming and diving season. It is also Senior Day, as U-M will honor its six seniors prior to the meet.

Contact: Gene Skidmore (734) 763-4423