Michigan Men, Women Win Round 1 Of Tripleheader Meet With Louisville


  • Day 1 Results
  • Hosted by University of Michigan
  • Friday, October 7th-Saturday, October 8th
  • 25 yards
  • Triple-Header format

The Michigan Wolverines hosted the Louisville Cardinals to kick off the 2016-17 season at home, with the first session of their 2-day dual meet taking place on Friday. The teams have put an interesting twist on this meet, making it a “tripleheader” that features 3 separately scored sessions. The team that wins 2 of the 3 sessions will win the meet.

You can read more about the tripleheader format and event schedule here.


  • Men: Michigan- 246.5, Louisville- 188.5
  • Women: Michigan- 257, Louisville- 179

On the women’s side, Wolverine distance standout Rose Bi, an NCAA All-American in the 500 and 1650 freestyles, was the only double event winner of the day. Bi first won the 800 yard freestyle in 7:39.09 before going on to collect another 1st place finish in the 200 free (1:47.75).

Also for the Wolverines, Clara Smiddy and Siobhan Haughey each had a dominant performance. Smiddy’s big win came in the 200 back, where her 1:56.97 put her 2 seconds ahead of the field. Haughey won the 100 IM in 55.14, also getting to the wall 1st by 2 seconds.

Grace Oglesby and Andee Cottrell picked up a pair of sprint wins for the Cardinals. Cottrell raced to 1st place in the 50 breast with a 28.25, while Oglesby won the 50 fly in 24.76.

On the men’s side, distance specialist PJ Ransford separated himself from the field by 5 seconds in the 800 yard free, hitting the wall in 7:11.91 for the win. Following that race, the Wolverines went on the sweep tonight’s stroke 50 races, with Vinny Tafuto (21.71) taking the 50 fly and Jacob Montague (25.36) taking the 50 breast.

Louisville’s Trevor Carroll and Grigory Tarasevich put on a show for the Cardinals, each winning an individual event. Carroll picked up a victory in the 200 free, touching the wall in 1:37.51. Tarasevich battled with Michigan’s Tristan Sanders in the 200 back, getting his hand on the wall just 6 hundredths ahead to win the race in 1:45.48.



ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Five student-athletes (four swimmers, one diver) won individual events to propel the University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team to a 246.5-188.5 victory over Louisville in the first of a best-of-three series on Friday (Oct. 7) at Canham Natatorium. In keeping with the meet’s “tripleheader” format, a roll of the dice determined the distances of the session’s events, producing some rare races.

The distance group set the tone early, going 1-2-3-4 in the 800-yard freestyle. Junior PJ Ransford took top honors (7:11.91), followed by freshmen Felix Auböck (7:16.55) and Charlie Swanson (7:25.39) and senior Cameron Stitt(7:25.43). Other upperclassmen to take home victories included senior Vinny Tafuto in the 50-yard butterfly (21.71) and senior Chris Klein in the 100-yard individual medley (50.28).

Members of the team’s heralded freshman class also made impacts right away. A pair of Michigan natives were among the night’s event winners: Jacob Montague (Grosse Pointe Farms) touched first in the 50-yard breaststroke (25.36), while diver Jake Herremans (Rockford) won the one-meter springboard competition with an NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score (300.45). Montague also took second to Klein in the 100-yard IM (50.50).

The Wolverines proved to be the deeper team on Friday, piling up points in events they did not win. In the 200-yard freestyle, senior Jack Mangan and Auböck went 2-3, respectively, while junior Tristan Sanders and fifth-year senior Luke Papendick held the same spots in the 200-yard backstroke. On relays, U-M went 2-3-5-6 in the 400-yard mixed medley relay and 2-3-4 in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

The tripleheader continues tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 8) at Canham Natatorium with the meet’s second and third sessions at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. Admission is free.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Behind two wins from sophomore Yirong Bi, the University of Michigan women’s swimming and diving team took the first session in a best-of-three series against Louisville on Friday (Oct. 7), downing the Cardinals, 257-179, inside Canham Natatorium. In keeping with the meet’s “tripleheader” format, a roll of the dice determined the distances of the session’s events, producing some rare races.

Bi was arguably the best swimmer in the pool on Friday, touching first in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.75) and the 800-yard freestyle (7:39.09), the latter of which came by a 10-second margin. The sophomore from China also recorded the meet’s fastest split on the 800-yard freestyle relay (1:47.87), helping secure the win (7:17.02) alongside junior Gabby DeLoof, sophomore Siobhán Haughey and junior Clara Smiddy.

Haughey and Smiddy looked sharp in individual action. In her first competitive races since representing Hong Kong in Rio, Haughey won the 100-yard individual medley by nearly two seconds (57.11), while Smiddy led a 1-2-3 effort in the 200-yard backstroke. She touched at 1:56.97 — well under the NCAA ‘B’ standard — and was followed by DeLoof (1:58.92) and freshman Jacqui Schafer (1:59.66).

It was a great night for the divers, as three women secured NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores on the three-meter springboard. Freshman Kristen Hayden took top honors (312.37), while seniors Allie Murphy (283.35) and Keegan McCaffrey (281.70) also hit the standard in their first opportunity.

The Wolverines also picked up points with key second- and third-place finishes on Friday. Freshman Vanessa Krause swam the butterfly leg on the team’s top mixed medley relay and later finished second in the 50-yard butterfly (24.99). In the next event, juniors Emily Kopas and Jamie Yeung went 2-3 in the 50-yard breaststroke (29.10, 29.71). SophomoreBecca Postoll (second in 200-yard freestyle, third in 100-yard IM) and junior G Ryan (second in 800-yard freestyle, fourth in 200-yard freestyle) combined to provide 29 points. U-M also outscored Louisville in the 400-yard mixed medley relay, going 2-3-5-6.

The tripleheader continues tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 8) at Canham Natatorium with the meet’s second and third sessions at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. Admission is free.


The University of Louisville swimming and diving teams wrapped up the first day of the dual meet against the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Friday night. Louisville fell 246.5-188.5 to the Wolverines in the first of a best-of-three series on Friday (Oct. 7) at Canham Natatorium. In keeping with the meet’s “tripleheader” format, a roll of the dice determined the distances of the session’s events, producing some rare races in the first round of competition in this best-of-three format.

The night started off with the 400-mixed relay ‘A’ team of Grigory Tarasevich, Carlos Claverie, Grace Oglesby, and Mallory Comerford taking first place with a time of 3:26.30. The Cards ‘B’ team of Aaron Greene, Andrea Cottrell, David Boland, and Casey Fanz touched fourth with a time of 3:29.73.

In the women’s 800-freestyle, Marah Pugh (8:00.51) touched third, Maggie Jahns (8:07.19) followed in fifth, and Sophie Cattermole (8:13.92) and Emily Moser (8:18.32) finished seventh and eighth respectively.

In the men’s 800-freestyle, Jarrett Jones (7:31.49), Jake Schultz (7:34.06), Etay Gurevich (7:38.01), and Keegan Foulke (7:41.24) boarded fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth respectively.

Oglesby (24.76) touched first in the women’s 50-butterfly followed by Hannah Magnuson (25.24) in third, Abbie Houck (25.47) in fourth, and Laine Visscher (26.79) in eighth.

In the men’s 50-butterfly, David Boland took second with a time of 21.91, followed by Josh Quallen (22.01) in third, Matthias Lindenbauer (22.35) in fifth, and Zach Harting (22.58) touched seventh.

Cottrell posted a time of 28.25 in the women’s 50-breaststroke to take first, followed by Avery Braunecker (30.45) in fourth, Maggie Patterson (30.51) in sixth, and Silva Guerra (31.33) in eighth.

In the men’s 50-breaststroke, Claverie touched second with a time of 25.68, followed by Carroll (26.07) in fifth, Brennen Berger (26.71) in seventh, and Jonathan Zoucha (27.06) in eighth.

In the women’s 200-freestyle, Comerford posted third with a time of 1:48.14, while Houck (1:50.45), Pugh (1:51.08), and Rachel Grooms (1:52.35) touched fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively.

Carroll took the men’s 200-freestyle, posting a time of 1:37.51. Lindenbauer followed in fourth with a time of 1:39.59, Harting (1:40.41) in sixth, and Andrej Barna (1:42.34) in eighth.

In the women’s 200-backstroke, Sofi Underdahl placed fourth with a time of 2:01.19, while Alina Kendzior(2:01.78) placed fifth, Jahns (2:04.97) placed seventh, and Kenzie Buss (2:06.44) placed eighth.

Tarasevich took first in the men’s 200-backstroke with a time of 1:45.48, followed by Greene (1:49.09) in fourth, Ryan Massey (1:53.06) in seventh, and Jarrett Jones (1:57.92) in eighth.

Cottrell posted a time of 57.11 to take second place in the women’s 100-IM. Manuson (58.53), Lauren James (59.56), and Patterson (59.70) touched fifth, seventh, and eighth, respectively.

In the men’s 100-IM, Quallen led Louisville, touching third with a time of 50.64, followed by Boland (50.75) in fourth, Claverie (51.54) in sixth, and Gurevich (53.00) in eighth.

In the women’s 800-freestyle relay, Louisville’s ‘A’ team of Houck, Comerord, Pugh, and Grooms touched third with a time of 7:23.98. Louisville’s ‘B’ team of Casey Fanz, Underdahl, Alex Sellers, and Kendzior touched fifth with a time of 7:34.97.

Louisville’s ‘A’ team of Carroll, Lindenbauer, Harting, and Tarasevich took first in the men’s 800-freestyle relay with a time of 6:35.45, while the ‘B’ team of Zoucha, Sam Steele, Christian Garkani, and Andrej Barna touched fifth with a time of 6:52.08.

In the women’s 3-meter diving, Andrea Acquista came in second with a score of 305.10, while Molly Fears (263.48) finished in fifth, and Breanna Price (227.10) finished in eighth.

Daniel Fecteau finished second in the men’s 1-meter diving with a score of 289.95, followed by Evan Cooper (256.57) finished in fifth, and Sean Riley (222.00) finished in seventh.

In the best-of-three series format, the University of Michigan took the first round, defeating Louisville’s men’s and women’s teams 246.5-188.5 and 257-179, respectively.

Louisville will finish the best-of-three series tomorrow in a double-header starting at 10 a.m. and at 4 p.m.





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