MICHIGAN FIRST CHANCE MEET
- Hosted by Michigan
- Saturday, February 17th – Sunday, February 18th
- 25 Yards
- Invite Format
Now that championship season is in swing, Michigan held a first chance meet over the weekend. Though many of their stars weren’t in attendance as they prepare for the upcoming B1G Championships, there were a few swimmers on their roster competing this weekend. Ace sprinter Paul Powers made an appearance on the 200 free relay, putting up a 19.49 leadoff split, but their squad was ultimately disqualified. In addition to some of the Michigan men, the Bowling Green women had a couple of swimmers racing this weekend as well.
One of the top performers for Michigan was Alex King, who dropped half a second from his lifetime best with a 48.69 in the 100 fly in time trials. King knocked a second and a half off his best in the 100 back, touching in 47.84 on day 1. He returned for the 200 back on day 2, dropping over 2 seconds for a 1:46.99.
Jackson Goethe put up his first ever 19, turning in a 19.90 in the 50 free. Seth Kyriakidis also put up a best time, shaving over 7 tenths off his time in 20.33. Joining them was King, who touched 3rd in a personal best 20.48. Kyriakidis later nabbed a best time in the 100 fly by a second with his 47.68. On day 2, he knocked nearly a second and a half off his 200 fly with a 1:47.23 in time trials.
Timmy Hanson also picked up a best in the 200 fly, touching in 1:48.72 to top Kyriakidis in the actual event (Kyriakidis later swam his best time in time trials). Hanson dropped 4 seconds from his mile time this weekend in 15:28.85. He also took over half a second off his 400 IM time with a 3:52.22.
PRESS RELEASE – MICHIGAN MEN:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s swimmers Jackson Goethe, Alex King, Seth Kyriakidis and Tim Hanson swam at least one event on the first day of the Michigan First Chance Meet, held Saturday (Feb. 17) at Canham Natatorium.
With the Big Ten Championships beginning next week, the four swimmers put on their racing suits and tried to go faster than their previous in-season and career bests. Goethe, one of the team’s captains, initially went 20.21 in the 50-yard freestyle, but came back for a time trial later in the day, breaking 20 seconds for the first time in his career (19.90). Kyriakidis (20.33) and King (20.48) also went faster in that event.
King took off a second-and-a-half in the 100-yard backstroke (47.84), while Kyriakidis cut nearly a second in the 100-yard butterfly (47.68). Hanson pulled double-duty in the distance events, going slightly faster in the 400-yard IM (3:52.22).
The Michigan First Chance meet concludes tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 18) at Canham Natatorium. The first race begins at 11 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — University of Michigan men’s swimmers Jackson Goethe, Alex King, Seth Kyriakidis and Tim Hanson were back in the water on the second and final day of the Michigan First Chance Meet, held Sunday (Feb. 18) at Canham Natatorium.
King dropped time in two swims, cutting two seconds in the 200-yard backstroke (1:46.99) and later completing a successful time trial in the 100-yard butterfly (48.69).
Hanson swam two events, taking a second off in the 200-yard butterfly (1:48.72) before coming back and swimming the 1,650-yard freestyle later in the day (15:28.85).
Kyriakidis had two cracks at the 200-yard butterfly and got his time drop in the second swim, going 1:47.23. Goethe also swam the 100-yard freestyle twice, with his best time being 44.52.
The Wolverines head to Minneapolis, Minnesota, later this week for the Big Ten Championships. The meet runs from Wednesday to Saturday (Feb. 21-24) at the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. CST, with finals following at 6:30 p.m. CST.
PRESS RELEASE – BOWLING GREEN WOMEN:
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Two members of the Bowling Green State University swimming and diving team traveled north this weekend for an opportunity to boost their times in advance of upcoming postseason competition. Sophomore Anna Griesbach and senior Caroline Neely competed in multiple events at the Michigan First Chance Meet, which was held at Canham Natatorium on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 17-18). Neely swam in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle races, while Griesbach entered the 100 yard butterfly, 100 yard backstroke, and 200 yard backstroke competitions. Sophomore Meghan Burnard was also scheduled to compete but was a late scratch.
Neely shaved time from her seed mark during both of her swims. In the 200-yard freestyle, she entered with a season-best 1:54.77, which she achieved in the C Final at the 2017 Zippy Invitational. This time, she finished in 1:54.10. Neely knocked nearly five seconds off her 500 freestyle time. Two weeks ago on Senior Day against Toledo, she posted a season-best 5:06.57. In Ann Arbor, she improved that to 5:01.70, which currently ranks 28th in the Mid-American Conference.
Griesbach bested season-best times in two of her three events. She began with the 100-yard butterfly on Saturday, where she finished in 59.94 and eclipsed her previous best by 1.2 seconds. On Sunday, she matched that in the 100-yard backstroke, touching in 59.95 to out-pace her previous best of 1:01.01. Griesbach also swam the 200 backstroke and completed the race in 2:15.13, just short of her seed time (2:13.99).
Neely, Griesbach, and the rest of the BGSU swimming and diving team will now head to Athens, Ohio for this week’s MAC Championships. The four-day event will be held from Wednesday, Feb. 21 through Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Ohio University Aquatic Center. The first events of the meet begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday with two relays; individual events will commence at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. The Falcons finished sixth at the 2017 MAC Championships, breaking a streak of four consecutive third-place finishes.