11 Nation-Leading Times for Michigan in Intrasquad Meet

Michigan Intrasquad Meet

  • October 18th, 2019
  • Canham Natatorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • SCY (25y)
  • Complete Results

What was planned to be an elite tri-meet against Virginia and Tennessee turned into a Michigan intrasquad on Friday evening in Ann Arbor after concerns over the safety of the water at the Canham Natatorium. But no opponents was no problem for the Wolverines, as they put in 11 NCAA-leading times (based on times coming into the weekend) in the event.

The highlight was the women’s 100 fly, where sophomore Maggie MacNeil, the NCAA runner-up and the 2019 World Champion in the event, swam a new lifetime best. She swam 49.57, which breaks the Big Ten, Michigan, and Canham Natatorium Records and is the 4th-fastest performance in the history of the event (read more here). Through the first month of last season, MacNeil was also the fastest swimmer in the country – with a 51.49.

She also swam a 21.70 to win the 50 yard free, just off her school record of 21.49 set at NCAAs last season.

The highlight of the men’s side was the 500 free, where Michigan swam the top 3 times in the country nationally in the 500 yard free. Junior Ricardo Vargas won in 4:15.90, senior Felix Auboeck finished 2nd in 4:15.91, and sophomore Patrick Callan finished 3rd in 4:17.91.

Vargas also won the 1000 free in 8:47.47, which is within a second of his lifetime best, and is the best time in the world this season by 10 seconds.

Other Top-in-the-nation times:

  • Seniors Tommy Cope and Charlie Swanson posted the nation’s two fastest times in the 200-yard IM (1:45.08/1:45.81). They also both added an individual event win later in the meet: Swanson in the 400-yard IM (3:45.77) and Cope in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:54.82).
  • Miranda Tucker broke 59 seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke to lead the country (58.77). She also now ranks #2 nationally in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.89). At this point last season, she was 3 seconds slower in the 100 breast and almost 7 seconds slower in the 200 breast.
  • Senior Miles Smachlo now ranks No. 1 nationally in the 200-yard butterfly (1:44.37) and is No. 2 in the 100-yard butterfly (46.43).
  • Junior Gus Borges was the king of the sprints, posting NCAA-best times in both the 50-yard freestyle (19.77) and 100-yard freestyle (43.53).
  • Among national ranks, senior Vanessa Krause is #2 in the 200-yard butterfly (1:56.42), freshman Kaitlynn Sims is #3 in the 500-yard freestyle (4:42.02) and sophomore Victoria Kwan is #4 in the 400-yard IM (4:14.04).

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Ol’ Longhorn
3 years ago

Must be that extra clean water.

3 years ago

I root for another team but I have to give kudos to the Michigan kids for dealing with adversity etc and swimming so well at this meet. I don’t think the point of the meet was for NCAA times and all that stated in the comments. I think it was to be strong as a team and unit and rep their beautiful pool. People on this comment board are too happy for other people’s adversities. Does no one any good for someone else to suffer. Most opposing coaches are friends and swimmers are friends with kids on other teams. Just was an unfortunate circumstance.

3 years ago

Jesus. Bottom is not playing around this year.

3 years ago

Must be something in the water…

3 years ago

Did they suit? Was the electronic timing system paired with the starting signal? Were there stroke judges, etc? Were there empty lanes for smoother water? Just curious. If the answers are no, yes, yes and no then well done!!!

Cow Milk
Reply to  volmenusa
3 years ago

Yes, Yes, Yes, No

3 years ago

Michigan Men:
8 #1 times in the country.
Vargas, Aubeock, Callan 1-2-3 in the country in the 500. Cope & Swanson 1-2 in the 200 IM, 1-3 in the 400 IM. Cope, Swanson, and Bornstein 1-2-4 in the 200 Breast. Borges 1st in the 50 and 100 Free.
And thats only a fraction of the impressive swims

3 years ago


3 years ago

Seems like the water is just fine!

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