Michigan Freshmen Drop Big Lifetime Bests at First Chance Meet

Michigan First Chance Meet

  • February 23rd-24th, 2019
  • Canham Natatorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Meet Results

A pair of best times and near-miss NCAA Championship qualifiers from Michigan freshman Mason Hunter highlighted the Michigan First Chance meet over the weekend.

Hunter swam a 52.77 in the 100 breaststroke and 1:55.19 in the 200 breaststroke at the meet. Neither time would have been invited last year, and Andrew Mering estimates that qualifying in both events will get faster this season, but both times give Hunter a shot at A-Final poinnts at Big Tens (if he’s on Michigan’s travel squad – they’re very deep in breaststrokes this season). His 100 breaststroke time ranks him 4th in the Big Ten so far this season, while his 200 time ranks 6th.

Hunter’s previous best times were 54.28 and 2:01.14, respectively.

Other Highlights from the meet:

  • Michigan freshman David Cleason won the 200 fly in 1:48.77, with Timmy Hanson taking 2nd in 1:48.86.
  • Michigan freshman Jared Daigle swam a 1:44.60 in the 200 back. His previous best-time was 1:45.52 from the Georgia Fall Invite mid-season. He also swam a best time of 1:47.53 in the 200 IM, which undercut his previous best time of 1:48.79.


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800 IM
1 year ago

Mason hunter was 54.28 and 2:07.31 before arriving at Michigan. Over 12 seconds dropped in the 2 breast!

New England swimmer
1 year ago

Daigle- from high school to freshman year
200back 1:47.53 to 1:44.60
100 back 49.78 to 48.48
200 IM 1:51.95 to 1:47.53
400IM 3:56.64 to 3:50.66

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