The Michigan men, Indiana women, Auburn men and women, and Notre Dame men and women met in South Bend, IN for a weekend of fast swimming. On Friday night, Notre Dame hosted the Dennis Stark Relays as a warm up for the tri-dual meets on saturday. The Dennis Stark Relay Meet featured all of the above mentioned teams, as well as Cleveland State University and Valparaiso University. The meet included traditional NCAA relays, as well as 3×100 relays of stroke, the 4×100 IM relay, the 2×100 IM relay, the 2×500 freestyle relay, the 2×200 freestyle relay, as well as 1m and 3m diving “relays.”
On Saturday, the Michigan Wolverines beat out the men’s teams from Auburn and Notre Dame to win the meet. On the women’s side, the Auburn Tigers topped Indiana and Notre Dame to win the meet. We saw some fantastic early season times all around, but the men really stood out. From this meet alone, the men posted the fastest time of the season in the 200 medley relay, the 1,000 freestyle, the 200 freestyle, the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle, and the 400 freestyle relay. The depth in the freestyle events at this meet was incredible, and several swimmers were able to step up and prove what they were capable of.
Connor Jaeger won both the 500 and 1000 freestyle with a 4:24.56 and a 9:02.54, respectively. His 1000 freestyle time will put him on top of the NCAA top times list. He was only the first to individually swim the fastest time in the nation. Jaeger’s teammate, Michael Wynalda fought to the end in a very close race with Notre Dame’s Frank Dyer. Both were faster than the Joao De Lucca’s swim from friday night, posting 1:37.31 and 1:37.42 to take the top two times in the country so far. Auburn’s Marcelo Chierighini dropped a bomb in the 50 freestyle, beating Derek Toomey’s season best time of 19.99, touching the wall for the win at 19.93. Chierighini had another great race leading off the 400 freestyle relay. He touched the wall just behind Michigan’s Bruno Ortiz splitting 44.06 and 44.09. The Michigan men closed out the meet with the final Nation’s top time in the men’s 400 freestyle relay. They won with a 2:56.97 and Auburn finished second with a 2:57.69, earning the number two spot in the country.
Although none of the women posted the nations best time in any event, there were several great swims that put them in the top 5 in the country. Auburn won the women’s 200 medley relay with a 1:41.97. Notre Dame was just behind them at 1:42.84.
The Michigan men earned their other top time in the men’s 200 medley relay. They won the event with a 1:27.85.
Lindsay Vrooman took home a pair of victories for the Hoosiers, winning the 500 and 1000 freestyles at 4:54.57 and 9:56.99.
Indiana’s Haley Lips held of Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney to win the 200 freestyle. They were 1:50.17 and 1:50.40.
The Auburn women finished 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke, which is very impressive with the amount of depth between the three teams in the backstroke events.
Wojciechowski earned his second individual win of the day with a 48.59 in the 100 backstroke. Wojciechowski was almost dead even with Auburns Joe Patching at the 50, but Wojciechowski was slightly faster in the back half, touching out patching for the win.
Emma Reaney ran away from the field in the 100 breaststroke, posting the second fastest time in the country with her 1:00.95. Richard Funk of Michigan also had the second fastest time in the nation in the 100 breaststroke, winning the race at 54.69.
Olivia Barker add another victory for the hoosiers, winning the 200 butterfly in 2:00.75. Dylan Bosch grabbed the 200 butterfly for the wolverines, winning the race in 1:46.38.
The Auburn women swept another event 1-2-3. Allyx Purcell threw down a 22.87 to win the race. She was the only swimmer under 23 seconds. She added her second win on the day in the 100 freestyle, winning with a time of 50.30. Frank Dyer posted a 44.34 to win the individual 100 freestyle, although two faster times were swam leading of the 400 freestyle relay at the end of the meet.
After her third place finish in the 100, Auburn backstroker Sarah Reynolds won a very close race with Indiana’s Brooklyn Snodgrass, touching the wall at 2:00.35 and 2:00.64.
Joe Patching had a strong 200 backstroke after a very close second place finish in the 100. His time of 1:45.85 was the best time of the day by almost a second.
Zach Stephen’s dipped under 2:00 in the 200 breaststroke to bring home a win for the Irish. Stephens’ time is the second fastest time in the country this year. Bronwyn Pasloski of Indiana won the 200 breaststroke at 2:18.90.
Emma Reaney added her second win of the day with her 55.03 in the 100 butterfly.
Wojciechowski ended up winning his second individual event with a victory in the 100 butterfly, swimming to a time of 48.24.
Notre Dame’s Katie Miller took control of the 200 IM, winning with a 2:03.14, more than three seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Kyle Whitaker was 1:48.41 to win the men’s 200 IM.
The Auburn women won the final event of the day, posting a 3:22.92 to win the 400 freestyle relay.