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It was a solid month of competition for the Michigan Wolverines.
Coming off a month of July that saw freshman sensation Maggie MacNeil win Worlds gold in the 100 fly, the Wolverines kept things moving with a huge Charlie Swanson gold at Pan American Games.
Heading into this summer, Swanson’s career-best in the 400 IM was 4:14.01, and that in itself was a two-second drop. Swanson ranked 6th nationally that season. But at Pan Ams, he blasted a 4:11.046 that moves him to #2 in the nation, and won Pan Ams gold by a whopping 8 seconds.
Swanson wasn’t the only Michigan swimmer to shine in August. At U.S. Nationals, Miles Smachlo improved his butterflys from 53.08 and 1:57.64 to 51.93 and 1:55.94. He was the national silver medalist in the 200 fly and ranks #3 among Americans this season.
Meanwhile Miranda Tucker improved her lifetime-best in the 100 breast to 1:07.33, taking U.S. Nationals bronze. Sierra Schmidt took home an 800 free silver and 400 free/1500 free bronze at U.S. Nationals. A Michigan collegiate swimmer, Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas won two bronzes at Pan Ams.
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