Michigan Swimmers Hit Best Times At First Chance Meet

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February 20th, 2024 Big Ten, College, News, Previews & Recaps

2024 Michigan First-Chance Meet

Courtesy: Michigan Athletics

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan swimming and diving program got off to a strong start on the opening day of the First Chance Meet on Saturday (Feb. 17) at Canham Natatorium.

In the morning session, Ryan Healy posted a personal-best mark in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:24.63. Jack Callan logged a season-best time of 4:24.43 to beat out Healy and take first in the event that featured five Wolverines who all logged new best times in 2023-24 in the race.

In the men’s 200-yard individual medley, Cameron Luarde set a new career-best of 1:46.05 to take the top spot. Maciej Gabrys lowered his personal-best mark by nearly five seconds, touching the wall at 1:48.20, and Ethan Schwab beat his previous best time by more than three seconds, registering a time of 1:48.34 to finish third.

Michigan got the evening session started with three solid times in the men’s 400 IM as Healy, Josean Massucco and Yugo Tsukikawa all posted season-best marks.

Callan and Jaden Ficklen both registered time drops in the 200 free, logging times of 1:37.13 and 1:37.57, respectively. Both marks were two seconds faster than their previous best times in 2023-24.

Four Michigan men posted strong times in the 100-yard breaststroke. Luarde and Matthew Kroll tallied season-best times of 54.03 and 54.69 seconds, respectively, while the freshman tandem of Schwab and Jaeddan Gamillalogged marks of 54.05 and 54.98.

On the women’s side, Taylor Morris posted a new career best in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 54.08 to comfortably finish ahead of two Eastern Michigan swimmers.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Michigan swimming and diving program wrapped up competition at the First Chance Meet on Sunday (Feb. 18) at Canham Natatorium. Eight Wolverines raced in four events to close out the meet.

First up, Taylor Morris posted a season-best mark in the women’s 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 2:01.86, improving her time in the event by more than two seconds.

Next, Jaden Ficklen hit the pool for the men’s 100-yard freestyle and dropped his time by more than a half-second, finishing the four laps of the pool in 45.57 seconds, surpassing his previous best mark of 46.15 set at the Georgia Invitational in November.

After Ficklen’s swim, a trio of Wolverines raced one another in the men’s 200-yard breaststroke. Freshman Ethan Schwab finished with the best time, posting a season-best mark of 1:56.30, eclipsing his previous best by nearly seven seconds. Cameron Luarde dropped his time by nearly two seconds, finishing in 1:57.23. Matt Kroll registered a time of 1:58.59 to tally a new benchmark in the event this season.

Freshman tandem Maciej Gabrys and Josean Massucco closed out the First Chance Meet with a tight race in the men’s 200-yard butterfly. Massucco narrowly out-touched Gabrys, logging a time of 1:46.49 while Gabrys clocked a 1:46.50. Both times were season bests.

Next up, the Wolverine women will battle the best in the conference at the Big Ten Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships from Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 21-24), hosted by Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.

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