Haughey, Auboeck Shine As Michigan Powers Past Ohio State

Michigan vs Ohio State

  • Full Results
  • Friday, January 27th
  • Hosted by Michigan
  • 25 yards
  • Dual Meet Format
  • Men’s Score: Michigan 186, Ohio State 114
  • Women’s Score: Michigan 212, Ohio State 88

The Michigan Wolverine men and women hosted the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday night, coming away with decisive wins on both sides. The women topped the Buckeyes by a score of 212-88, while the men topped Ohio State 186-114.


Leading the way for the women was Siobhan Haughey, who picked up three wins in the 200 free, 100 free and 200 IM. Rose Bi (500, 1000 free), Emily Kopas (100, 200 breast) and Clara Smiddy (100, 200 back) each won two events in the pool, and Kristen Hayden nailed down two wins herself in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events.

Ohio State only mustered two wins on the women’s side, both going to Zhesi Li who took down the 50 free and 100 fly.

Michigan came away with both relay wins, winning the 200 medley narrowly to start off the meet before winning the 400 free easily to close the meet out.


The Michigan men found similar success, getting two wins each from Austrian freshman Felix Auboeck and senior Chris Klein. The highlight of the meet came in the 200 free, where Auboeck out-touched Ohio State’s Josh Fleagle by one one-hundredth of a second. Auboeck also won the 500 free, while Klein won the 200 breast and 200 IM.

Michigan got six other individual wins, including PJ Ransford taking the 1000 free, Evan White the 100 fly and Paul Powers the 50 free.

Fleagle came away with a victory for Ohio State in the 100 free, and Matt McHugh also emerged victorious in the 100 back. Zhipeng Zeng gave them two more wins in the diving events.

Both McHugh and Fleagle were part of the Buckeye relay that finished off the meet with a win in the 400 free, while Michigan took the 200 medley relay at the beginning of the meet.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team won 11 of 16 events — getting two each from senior Chris Klein and freshman Felix Auböck — in a 186-114 victory over No. 17 Ohio State on Senior Night on Friday (Jan. 27) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines have now won their last 20 dual meets with the Buckeyes.

Auböck, a freshman from Austria, provided the highlight of the meet for the men’s side, out-touching Ohio State’s Josh Fleagle by the slimmest of margins (one one-hundredth) to win the 200-yard freestyle (1:36.85). He later won the 500-yard freestyle (4:24.14), combining with junior PJ Ransford (4:25.32) and senior Cameron Stitt (4:27.19) on a 1-2-3 finish. Ransford won the 1,000-yard freestyle by nearly eight seconds earlier in the meet (9:01.10).

Klein made an impact from the first race, giving Michigan a lead in the opening 200-yard medley relay that it did not relinquish (1:27.31). The Ann Arbor native guided Michigan to a dominant 1-2-3-4 showing in the 200-yard breaststroke — its best event of the night — taking first (1:57.20) ahead of freshmen Jacob Montague (1:57.37), Charlie Swanson(2:01.45) and Tommy Cope (2:01.77). Klein also won the 200-yard IM (1:48.05) ahead of Swanson (1:48.38) and Montague (1:49.05).

The Wolverines showed its resiliency several times on Friday. After the Buckeyes won the 100-yard backstroke, Michigan responded with a 1-2-3 finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, highlighted by Montague (54.04), Klein (54.44) and Swanson(55.19). Ohio State later took the 100-yard freestyle, but Michigan again answered yet again with a 1-2-4-5 finish in the 200-yard backstroke, engineered by junior Tristan Sanders (1:45.72).

Other individual winners included junior Evan White in the 200-yard butterfly (1:46.84), junior Paul Powers in the 50-yard freestyle (19.80) and senior Vinny Tafuto in the 100-yard butterfly (47.45).

Two of the team’s three divers picked up NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores: freshman Jake Herremans in a third-place finish on three-meter (335.25), and sophomore Collin DeShaw in a fourth-place finish on one-meter (303.25).

Michigan finishes out the dual-meet slate next Saturday (Feb. 4), facing Michigan State in East Lansing. The meet will begin at noon.

The seventh-ranked Wolverines won 14 of 16 events in a decisive 212-88 win over No. 21 Ohio State — with Siobhán Haughey winning three events and Yirong Bi setting a pool record.

Ohio State

Ann Arbor, Mich.— Ohio State and Michigan met in a battle of Top 20 teams on Friday night at Canham Natatorium, with the Wolverines coming away with the victory while handing the Buckeyes their first dual meet loss of the season.


OSU swimmers and divers claimed five events at the meet: three in the pool and two on the diving boards. Colin Zeng and Christo Law had great performances, going 1-2 in both diving events. Zeng’s score on one-meter was 431.70, the best of the bunch, and he won on three-meter with a mark of 432.75. Law placed second behind his teammate with scores of 389.65 on one-meter and 408.75 on three-meter.

Both Josh Fleagle and Matt McHugh won once apiece as individuals and once as part of a relay. Fleagle won the 100 freestyle, touching the wall at 44.15 to outpace the field. McHugh won the 100 backstroke with a time of 47.64. Those two, as well as Andrew Appleby and Mark Belanger, all combined for a time of 2:56.65 in the 400 freestyle relay, the last event of the meet.


Fleagle and McHugh also swam together in the first race of the meet: the 200 medley relay. Michael Salazar and Jack Barone joined them to record a time of 1:28.26. Fleagle appeared in one other event today, the 200 freestyle; the senior missed out on first place by just .01 seconds. Andrew Loy finished right behind his teammate in that race.

Both Salazar and Brayden Seal posted team-best times in a pair of individual races against the Wolverines. Salazar did so in both butterfly events; in the 100 yard race he posted a time of 47.54 and in the 200 yard race he touched the wall at 1:47.58. Seal, Ohio State’s distance freestyle stalwart, posted a mark of 9:09.04 in the 1000 freestyle before earning a time of 4:30.64 in the 500 free.

In the remaining five events, five different Buckeyes led the team. Barone did so in the 100 breaststroke with his time of 55.53, while Andrew Lindstrom did the same in the 200 breaststroke (2:02.64). Mossimo Chavez, who has the fastest 50 freestyle time for Ohio State this season, was the top finisher on the team today as well, clocking in at 20.74. Thomas Trace was the fastest Buckeye in the 200 backstroke (1:48.73) and Ching Lim earned that title as well in the 200 IM (1:50.35).

Ohio State has one final dual meet on its schedule: a home matchup against Wright State on Friday, Feb. 3 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.

Ohio State Women

Ann Arbor, Mich.— In a battle of two Top 20 teams, Ohio State fell to Michigan on Friday evening at Canham Natatorium, the first loss in a dual meet this season.

Ohio State won a pair of events on Friday, both courtesy of reigning Big Ten Swimmer of the Week Liz Li. She won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.30 and the 100 butterfly (53.39), both events that she won conference titles in last season. She also posted the fastest time on the team in the 100 freestyle today, posting a mark of 49.00

Four Buckeyes posted team-best individual times/marks in events against the Wolverines. Breaststroke expert Taylor Vargo was the top OSU finisher in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, recording times of 1:02.83 and 2:14.48, respectively. Lindsey Clary led the way in both distance freestyle events; the senior led the team with a time of 9:43.59 in the 1000 freestyle and 4:48.97 in the 500 freestyle. Meg Bailey was the fastest Buckeye in the 200 butterfly (1:59.66) and the 200 IM (2:01.67).




Diving-wise, Haley Allen finished in second place on both one and three-meter. The sophomore posted marks of 296.30 on one-meter and 311.60 on three-meter.

Three different Ohio State swimmers led the team in the three remaining individual events. Maria Coy put up a time of 1:50.34 in the 200 freestyle; freshman Marianne Kahmann had the best mark in the 100 backstroke (56.34); and Kaitlyn Ferrara led the team in the 200 backstroke, touching the wall at 2:01.35.

Both relays turned in good performances for Ohio State tonight. Elizabeth Auckley, Molly Washko, Li, and Macie McNichols kicked off the meet with a time of 1:40.48 in the 200 medley relay. In the final event it was Coy, Kathleen Cook, Cheyenne Meek, and Chantel Wynn who combined for a mark of 3:27.00 in the 400 freestyle relay to close out tonight’s competition.

Ohio State has just one more dual meet on its schedule: a home contest against Wright State next Friday, Feb. 3.



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Michigan men looking much better


Women’s meet was a blowout!! Looks like they will have no problem repeating as BIG 10 champs!!

Rainy cal

Lol tends to happen when you rest


Don’t think there was any resting by MI. Just happens when OSU finally gets away from there “soft” schedule & races a team in there league – they lose!!!!

Salty Cal

It amazes me how you always comment on things about OSU but not other schools. If you look at their prior results from the season you see that MI had huge drops in their times from in season meets. You don’t go from 9:59 to 9:42 in the 1000 without resting. Just my thoughts though.

Reasonable Cal

Actually it is very plausible…. going from holding around 1:00 to then holding a little over :58’s is pretty easy to do, especially if you’re talking about G Ryan. Also you have to take into account who Michigan was swimming… OSU vs Michigan is one of the biggest sporting rivals in history and not just in football. I am sure that the energy was through the roof… There are several factors to take into account so to automatically assume this team was rested is a little unfair.

Grammar Cal


Grammar Cal



Michigan men have ZERO chance against IU at Big Tens. ZERO.


Not at all…Michigan men are tremendously deeper. Iu has diving and relays over them, that’s it.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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