The Classic at SMU brings together 6 teams with an interesting format twist – each “team” is made up of 8 swimmers and 1 diver. Each event runs an A final and a B final, with each team allowed to enter one swimmer in each final.
This year’s Men’s Classic features a whole host of highly-ranked teams from our most recent power rankings – #3 Florida, #4 Michigan, #6 USC, #10 Louisville, #18 Purdue and the hosting SMU Mustangs round out the 6-team field for the two-day meet, which the Wolverines currently lead by 21.
Michigan opened up day 1 with a 400 medley relay win in 3:07.76. That’s a season-best, about a half-second faster than the Wolverines were at Winter Nationals. This was the same relay on three legs – John Wojciechowski swimming back, Richard Funk on breast, and Bruno Ortiz anchoring with freestyle. This relay swapped out Dylan Bosch, who’s really more of a distance butterflyer, for Pete Brumm.
Florida was second in 3:09.75, about a half-second off a season-best. Louisville took third, just ahead of USC.
Dan Wallace went 3:42.11 to win the 400 IM for Florida, a season-best by .07. That was enough to best Michigan’s Kyle Whitaker in the A final. Whitaker went 3:43.51, and Purdue’s Guillermo Blanco was third in 3:44.32. Wallace’s swim beat Tyler Clary’s old Pool Record, one of a handful of really impressive names who were taken off the board on this night.
In the B heat, the Wolverines and Gators traded places, with Dylan Bosch going 3:42.94 to beat Florida’s Connor Signorin (3:44.95).
Defending NCAA champ Joao de Lucca was on his game again for Louisville, winning the top heat of the 200 free in 1:33.66 – bettering Matt Grevers’ Pool Record. Michigan’s Michael Wynalda took second with a 1:34.18 and USC’s Dimitri Colupaev was third. Cristian Quintero won the B heat for the Trojans with a 1:34.57, beating out Connor Jaeger of Michigan.
The 50 free was a huge showdown and an incredibly tight race between Florida’s Bradley de Borde and Bruno Ortiz of Michigan. Both men got under 20 seconds, with de Borde winning in 19.83 to Ortiz’s 19.89. Santo Condorelli was third for USC, and Trojan freshman Dylan Carter won the B heat with a 20.28.
The host Mustangs got a win from Devin Burnett in the 1-meter diving event. The junior scored 371.70 to beat USC’s Collin Pollard (353.05) and Michigan’s Timothy Faerber (305.65).
Marcin Cieslak won the 100 fly for Florida in yet another Gator-Wolverine head-to-head. Cieslak’s 46.73 was enough to beat Dylan Bosch, who went 47.00 for Michigan. Freshman Michael Domagala was 47.97 for USC, just a hundredth ahead of Louisville’s Pedro Coutinho.
Southern Cal got a win in the B heat from Chase Bloch – he went 48.13, and Michigan’s Kyle Whitaker was 48.19. Florida’s Bradley de Borde took third in the heat, 9th overall, with a 48.47.
A pair of freshmen battled it out for the 100 back win – Grigory Terasevich won for Louisville, going 47.41. Trojan rookie Dylan Carter was just behind in 47.72, and Florida’s Corey Main went 47.85 for third. Michigan took 7th, winning the B final with Pete Brumm. Florida’s Sebastien Rousseau was just behind Brumm for 8th.
Michigan swept the wins in the 100 breast. Richard Funk went a season-best 52.31 to win by over a second. That’s also the second-fastest time in the NCAA so far this season. He beat Louisville’s Kameron Chastain (53.62) and Florida’s Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez (53.78). In the B heat, Bruno Ortiz went 53.17 to take 7th overall. He got in ahead of Matt Elliott of Florida (53.94) and Louisville’s Thomas Dahlia (54.46).
Funk’s time also cleared Vlad Morozov’s Pool and Meet Record, which had previously beaten Brendan Hansen’s marks.
Finally, Michigan capped things off with a win in the 800 free relay. The team of Michael Wynalda, Kyle Whitaker, Connor Jaeger and Dylan Bosch went 6:21.07, a new season best. That easily outdid USC (6:24.22) and Florida (6:24.62).
Team Scores after Day 1
1. Michigan 175
2. Florida 154
3. USC 149
4. Louisville 136.5
5. Purdue 116.5
6. SMU 106