Michigan Triumphs over Michigan State on Senior Day

Feb. 8, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Score: #2 Michigan 172, Michigan State 103
Records: U-M (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten), MSU (1-6, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sat-Sun., Feb. 22-23 -- host Michigan First Chance Meet (Canham Natatorium)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- With many of the swimmers in action participating in "off" events, the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team still posted the top mark in every event in a resounding 172-103 victory over in-state rival Michigan State on Saturday (Feb. 8) inside Canham Natatorium on Senior Day. Eleven different athletes won events, including two each from senior swimmer Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and sophomore diver Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill).

On their day, the seniors led the charge. Whitaker had one of the most impressive performances of the day, meeting the NCAA 'B' cut in a win in the 100-yard breaststroke (55.19) and also taking first in the 100-yard butterfly (48.39). Fifth-year senior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) won the 50-yard freestyle from an outside lane (20.86), while senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), normally a distance swimmers, took top honors in the 100-yard freestyle (44.38). Senior Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College) was another winner, taking first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.23).

Several underclassmen also shined on Saturday. Freshman Bryan Hughes (Modesto, Calif./Amador Valley) picked up his first collegiate win -- in the 200-yard butterfly (1:49.64) -- while high school teammate Jason Chen (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) was first in the 100-yard backstroke (49.08). A couple of sophomore internationals also won races, as Anders Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.39) and Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawofrd College, Sandton) won the 200-yard backstroke (1:50.36).

Other winners included junior Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) in the 500-yard freestyle (4:25.99) and freshman Cameron Stitt (Portland, Ore./Sunset) in the 400-yard individual medley (4:00.37). The Wolverines also won both relays to bookend the afternoon, taking first in the 200-yard medley relay (1:29.12) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:20.85).

The men's divers were in action last night as part of the women's meet. Faerber swept both events, taking first on both one-meter (324.68) and three-meter (329.40). In addition, junior Kevin Bain (Northville, Mich./Northville) and senior James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) took second (313.65) and third (312.30), respectively, on three-meter.

With the taper in full effect, Michigan has one meet left until the Big Ten Championships, as it will host the First Chance meet from Feb. 22-23 at Canham Natatorium.

Contact: Brad Rudner (brudner@umich.edu)