Duke, Michigan Take Top Honors At Swim Classic
Jan. 3, 2009
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) - Duke's women and Michigan's men took top honors at the Orange Bowl Swimming Classic in the Florida Keys on Saturday.
Duke's women amassed 569 points to edge Rutgers with 554 and George Mason with 477 in the meet at the Jacobs Aquatic Center that pitted eight university teams in the the highlight of the Keys winter training season for collegiate teams.
"We knew coming into the Classic, that Rutgers would be a great meet for us," Duke coach Dan Colella said. "Our young ladies stepped up today and had some really nice swims."
Michigan dominated the men's division, scoring 703 points to easily beat Duke (556) and George Mason (435).
"Wins are always good," Michigan coach Mike Bottom said. "Our guys are tired (from training), but the most important thing is that they had a great time.
Besides 215 collegiate participants, several Olympic swimmers competed in exhibition events including Peter Vanderkaay, winner of a gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle relay at the Beijing Olympics.