Wolverines Achieve 15 NCAA Cuts at Michigan First Chance Meet
Paul Corbae

Feb. 23, 2014

Complete Results: Day 1 | Day 2

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: Michigan First Chance Meet
Score: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Wed-Sat., Feb. 26-March 1 -- host Big Ten Championships (Canham Natatorium), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In a final tune-up before next week's Big Ten Championships, select members of the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team competed in the First Chance Meet hosted by the Wolverines on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 22-23) at Canham Natatorium.

It was a meet dominated by Michigan, as swimmers raced to make NCAA Championships cuts and earn spots on the team's roster for the Big Ten Championships. Joined in the water by other swimmers from Michigan State, Purdue and Eastern Michigan, the Wolverines won every event during the two-day meet and achieved a total of 15 NCAA 'B' cuts.

Freshman teammates Jack Mangan (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and Jason Chen (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) busted out with several sharp swims. Mangan won three events on the weekend, taking first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:21.73), 200-yard freestyle (1:35.70) and 200-yard backstroke (1:45.28), while Chen won the 50-yard freestyle (20.05) and 100-yard butterfly (47.74). All five of those swims were NCAA 'B' cuts, while Chen added a sixth during the first half of the 200-yard backstroke, going out in 46.93, which is the fastest swim of anyone on the team so far this season.

Two sophomores also won two races each, including Paul Corbae (Madison, Wis./Westlake) in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.97) and the 200-yard breaststroke (1:57.41) and Will Raynor (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) in the 100-yard backstroke (49.21) and 200-yard individual medley (1:47.88).

Other winners included sophomore/freshman Keltan Lawler (Los Gatos, Calif./Los Gatos) in the 400-yard IM (3:51.82), sophomore/freshman Aaron Ghiglieri (Central Point, Ore./Cascade Christian) in the 100-yard freestyle (44.77), freshman Bryan Hughes (Modesto, Calif./Amador Valley) in the 200-yard butterfly (1:46.86), and sophomore Paul Soley (Lebanon, N.J./Mother of Divine Grace) in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:39.36).

The postseason will begin this week as Michigan hosts the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships from Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 26-March 1) inside Canham Natatorium. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The first six sessions of the meet will be streamed live online via the Big Ten Digital Network (for a fee), while the final session on Saturday night will be shown live through BTN2Go online and on mobile devices.

Contact: Brad Rudner