Michigan Dominates Orange Bowl Swim Classic in Key Largo


  • January 3, 2019
  • Key Largo, FL
  • Full results
  • Short course meters (SCM)
    • MEN: Michigan 298, Texas A&M 181, Monmouth 31
    • WOMEN: Michigan 333, Minnesota State-Mankato 135, Monmouth 38

In the midst of winter training trips, men’s and women’s teams from Michigan and Monmouth (NJ), the Texas A&M men, and the Minnesota State-Mankato women came together for the 16th annual Orange Bowl Swim Classic in Key Largo, FL.

The Michigan Wolverines took team wins on the men’s and women’s sides, with the women taking every single event.


Both Maggie Macneil and Siobhan Haughey were perfect, winning two individual events and being on two winning relays. Both women set new meet records in both of their individual races, with Macneil taking the 50 fly (26.87) and the 50 back (27.36). Haughey won the 100 free in 54.39, a whopping four seconds better than the next-best competitor (which was teammate Daria Pyshnenko, who is returning after an injury sidelined her from racing almost all of last semester, at 58.55), and then clocked a 2:14.26 to win the 200 IM.

Also taking home two wins was Catie Deloof, who won the 100 back (1:01.45) in a time just off of Michigan alum Clara Smiddy’s 1:01.12 meet record, and also took the 50 free in 25.68 for a meet record of her own.

Jamie Yeung established a new meet record in the 100 breast (1:09.13) but was bested in the 50, 31.34 to 31.67, by teammate Miranda Tucker.

Other winners included Rose Bi in a meet record 4:14.85 in the 400 free and Emma Cleason at 1:01.79 in the 100 fly. Michigan won both relays, too.


Michigan won the men’s meet handily, although the A&M men did have some great racing of their own.

After the Aggie men edged the Wolverines in the 200 medley relay thanks in part to a 21.75 anchor from Adam Koster, Michigan struck back with a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 400 free, led by Felix Auboeck at 3:49.66.

Michigan went on to sweep the butterfly and breaststroke events. Jacob Montague was 1:01.47 followed by Will Chan (1:01.47) for a Michigan 1-2 in the 100 breast, while Chan, a freshman, was 27.69 to set a new meet record to top Montague for a Michigan 1-2 in the 50. James Jones drilled a 23.82 to break Sean Fletcher’s meet record of 24.10 from 2013 in the 50 fly, while Miles Smachlo went a meet record 53.49 to win the 100 fly.

The only team to have a double winner, though, was Texas A&M, thanks to Koster. The Aggie junior was 22.66 to take the 50 free and 49.58 to win the 100 free, setting a new meet record in the latter. Stud freshman Shaine Casas rolled to a win, too, posting a 54.76 100 back.

Also earning victories were Eric Storms, a Michigan freshman, in the 50 back (25.48) and Tommy Cope, a Michigan junior, with a meet record 2:01.66 in the 200 IM.

While Michigan gave up the 200 medley relay, they secured the 200 free relay at the end of the session.

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Suny Cal
5 years ago

Is this the last Deloof swimming for MI? I thought there was a younger sister but never hear anything about her?? Is she not the caliber of her sisters?

Reply to  Suny Cal
5 years ago

Jackie Deloof is a junior with bests of 24.08/52.03/1:54.99 for freestyle and a 58.15 100 back. She is swimming at Michigan next to her sisters, but she’s just not quite on their level

Human Ambition
Reply to  frizzaly
5 years ago

They will reproduce.
Not sure about the last name though.

Reply to  Human Ambition
5 years ago

Deloof’s are good sibling combo at UM but i still think the Vanderkaays were better. They had 4 also

Suny Cal
Reply to  frizzaly
5 years ago

You must be her mother, reporting all her best times. Lol

5 years ago

Michigan women have a major backstroke problem.

Reply to  Buckeyeboy
5 years ago

MacNeil goes 51.7

Reply to  BSD
5 years ago

Yes but they lose a big advantage if they take her out of the fly spot. What they need is for Garcia to get back to the 51 she used to have. If Deloof could pull out a 52 low that would work too

Reply to  Hannah
5 years ago

MacNeil went 51.3 at mid season invite

Reply to  Hannah
5 years ago

Garcia was 52.4 last year. A little better season would put her around 52.0

5 years ago


Reply to  Swimmswim
5 years ago

Twitter posts show the team in briefs.

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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