Michigan sweeps men’s Big Ten weekly awards after First Chance Meet

The Michigan Wolverine men are in pursuit of their fifth-straight Big Ten title this weekend, and they started the week on a high note, sweeping the Big Ten weekly awards.

The Wolverines hosted their annual “First Chance Meet” last weekend, leading to Big Ten awards for sophomore Julian Ballestas and freshman Paul Powers.

The full press release, courtesy of the Big Ten, is below, along with the full list of Big Ten weekly award-winners for the 2014-2015 season:

Swimmer of the Week
Julian Ballestas, Michigan
So. – Miami, Fla. – Belen Jesuit
•    Collected a first, second and fifth-place finish at Michigan’s First Chance Meet
•    Finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:36.83), second in the 200 butterfly (1:47.19) and fifth in the 50 freestyle (20.74), while lowering his 200 butterfly in a time trial (1:46.10)
•    Claimed NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 200 freestyle and both 200 butterfly swims
•    Earns his first career Swimmer of the Week honor
•    Last Michigan Swimmer of the Week: Dylan Bosch (Jan. 27, 2015)

Freshman of the Week
Paul Powers, Michigan
Fr. – Gainesville, Ga. – North Hall
•    Tallied a first-place finish as the opening leg on the 200 freestyle relay (1:17.06), recording a new pool record
•    Recorded an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 freestyle relay, and an NCAA provisional qualifying time as the leadoff leg in the relay with a time of 19.51 seconds
•    Earns his third Freshman of the Week award
•    Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Paul Powers (Feb. 10, 2015)

2014-15 Big Ten Men’s Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Oct. 7
S: Richard Funk, Sr., MICH
D: Manny Pollard, Jr., MINN
F: Aaron Whitaker, Fr., MICH

Oct. 14
S: Anze Tavcar, So., IND
D: James Connor, Fr., IND
F: Ali Khalafalla, Fr., IND

Oct. 21
S: Matt Hutchins, So., WIS
D/F: Steele Johnson, PUR

Oct. 28
S: Dylan Bosch, Jr., MICH
D: Michael Hixon, So., IND
F: Paul Powers, MICH
F: Steele Johnson, PUR

Nov. 4
S: Anze Tavcar, So., IND
D: Michael Hixon, So., IND
F: Jerzy Twarowski, IOWA

Nov. 11
S: Josh Fleagle, Jr., OSU
D: Steele Johnson, Fr., PUR
F: Evan White, MICH

Nov. 18
S: Drew teDuits, Sr., WIS
D: John Andrade, Sr., NU
F: Lachie McLeish, MSU

Nov. 25
S: Jordan Wilimovsky, Jr., NU
D: Steele Johnson, Fr., PUR
F: Braydon Seal, OSU

Dec. 9
S: Dylan Bosch, Jr., MICH
D: Manny Pollard, Jr., MINN
F: Blake Pieroni, IND
F: Evan White, MICH

Dec. 23
D: Michael Hixon, So., IND
F: Steele Johnson, PUR

Jan. 13
S: Matt Hutchins, So., WIS
D/F: Steele Johnson, PUR

Jan. 20
S: Nate Savoy, Sr., PSU
D: Michael Hixon, So., IND
F: Blake Pieroni, IND

Jan. 27
S: Dylan Bosch, Jr., MICH
D/F: Steele Johnson, Fr., PUR

Feb. 3
S: Josh Fleagle, Jr., OSU
D/F: Steele Johnson, Fr., PUR

Feb. 10
S: Shane Ryan, Jr., PSU
D: Stephen Ettienne, Sr., OSU
F: Paul Powers, MICH

Feb. 24
S: Julian Ballestas, So., MICH
F: Paul Powers, MICH

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