Auböck, Powers Reach Podium on Day Two of NCAA Championships
Felix Auböck

March 23, 2017

» The Wolverines sit in 13th place (39 points) after two days at the NCAA Championships.
» Felix Auböck recorded the third-fastest time in school history, finishing third in the 500-yard freestyle (4:08.95).
» Paul Powers became an NCAA All-American for the third year in a row in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing eighth (19.17).

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Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (IUPUI Natatorium)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 2 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 13th Place (39 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 24 -- at NCAA Championships - Day 3 (Indianapolis, Ind.), 10 a.m./6 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Freshman Felix Auböck and junior Paul Powers of the University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team each finished on the podium on Thursday (March 23) at the NCAA Championships, held inside IUPUI Natatorium. After two days, Michigan sits in 13th place (39 points).

"Only two days in and this has already proven to be a crazy fast meet," said head coach Mike Bottom. "We're scoring some points, and our guys are swimming well. Our effort has been there; we just need to go a little bit faster."

Auböck won a bronze medal with a third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle, lowering his career best to 4:08.95, the third-fastest time in school history behind U.S. Olympians Peter Vanderkaay (4:08.60) and Tom Dolan (4:08.75). The Austrian was among a tightly packed field contending for the win and attempted to chase down Clark Smith (Texas) with 50 yards to go but ran out of real estate despite finishing in 23.73, the second-fastest closing split to Townley Haas (Texas), who beat Auböck for second by .03 seconds. Junior PJ Ransford also swam in the morning, finishing 19th (4:14.65).

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Powers became a three-time NCAA All-American in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing eighth (19.17). He is the sixth man in program history to reach the podium in that event in three consecutive seasons, joining Gustavo Borges (1992-95), Dick Weinberg (1947-49), Merton Church (1943-45), Charley barker (1939-41) and Walt Tomski (1937-39).

Junior Evan White led a trio of swimmers in the 200-yard IM, finishing 18th (1:44.02). Senior Chris Klein tied for 27th (1:44.72) and freshman Charlie Swanson was 43rd (1:48.45).

Two relays finished just outside of scoring position. The 400-yard medley relay of junior Tristan Sanders, freshman Jacob Montague, freshman Miles Smachlo and Powers took 19th (3:07.38), while the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Powers, freshman James Jones, Sanders and Montague finished 20th (1:18.18).

The NCAA Championships roll on tomorrow (Friday, March 24) at IUPUI Natatorium. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. with event finals following at 6 p.m.

Team Standings (After Day 2)

  1. Texas                   225.5
  2. California              143
  3. Florida                 138.5
  4. North Carolina State    123
  5. Indiana                 121
  6. Stanford                105
  7. USC                      75
  8. Georgia                  73
  9. Missouri                 71.5
 10. Auburn                   69.5
 13. MICHIGAN                 39

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
Preliminaries time in parentheses if faster than finals time

200-yard Freestyle Relay
  1. Texas                              1:14.59P
    (Brett Ringgold, Jack Conger,
     Tate Jackson, Joseph Schooling)
 20. Michigan                           1:18.18
    (Paul Powers, James Jones,
     Tristan Sanders, Jacob Montague)
500-yard Freestyle
  1. Clark Smith, Texas                 4:08.42ANP
  3. Felix Auböck, U-M                  4:08.95
 19. PJ Ransford, U-M                   4:14.65
200-yard IM
  1. Mark Szaranek, Florida             1:40.67
     Will Licon, Texas                  1:40.67
 18. Evan White, U-M                    1:44.02
T27. Chris Klein, U-M                   1:44.72
 43. Charlie Swanson, U-M               1:48.45
50-yard Freestyle
  1. Caeleb Dressel, Florida              18.23P
  8. Paul Powers, U-M                     19.17 (19.06)
400-yard Medley Relay
  1. Texas                              2:59.22AN
    (John Shebat, Will Licon,
     Joseph Schooling, Jack Conger)
 19. Michigan                           3:07.38
    (Tristan Sanders, Jacob Montague,
     Miles Smachlo, Paul Powers)
A American Record
B Big Ten Record
M School Record
N NCAA Record
P Pool Record

Day 1 Results

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