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No. 1 Michigan races past Purdue in road dual meet

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- In its second meet in an eight-day stretch, No. 1-ranked Michigan showed no signs of slowing down as the championships season approaches, downing Purdue 176-124 on Friday. U-M had seven different swimmers win individual events and also took first on one relay.

Two races provided potential previews of showdowns at next month's Big Ten championships. The 100-yard breaststroke was won by junior Richard Funk in 54.67, two spots and nearly two seconds ahead of second-place finishing Lyam Dias. Michigan wasn't quite as fortunate in the 50-yard freestyle, as Purdue's Danny Tucker got to the wall just ahead of U-M junior Bruno Ortiz. Ortiz touched in 20.27, just two hundredths of a second behind Tucker at 20.25.

The Wolverines were in control nearly the entire night, especially in the freestyles. Sophomore Anders Nielsen led from start to finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle, winning the event by a comfortable six-second margin against a short, five-person field (9:19.37). Junior Justin Glanda had a great night in the water, finishing first in the 100-yard freestyle (44.45) and taking second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:37.55). In the latter, Glanda finished in between senior Connor Jaeger, who was first (1:37.52) and fifth-year senior Hassaan Abdel Khalik, who was third (1:38.98).

After Funk collected his second win of the night in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:00.59), Jaeger followed suit, taking the 500-yard freestyle (4:27.02). U-M went 1-2-3 in the 100-yard butterfly, headlined by senior John Wojciechowski. He took first (48.98), followed by Ortiz in second (49.70) and freshman Vinny Tafuto in third (50.44).

No. 3 California, No. T7 Southern California at the Bruin Diving Invitational

LOS ANGELES -- Sophomore Peter Cyr had the top performance for California, placing fourth in the three-meter board. Cyr led the Golden Bear contingent and had one of the best results of his college career, finished with a score of 621.95 in the three-meter competition after tallying a mark of 298.00 in the prelims.

Other Cal competitors included seniors Tyler Pullen and team captain Grayson Huston. Pullen placed seven with a total score of 601.70 (293.40 in prelims), while Huston was 10th with a score of 499.85 (226.00).

The Trojans took home first in the men's 3-meter competition, as sophomore Collin Pollard, who also won the prelims, finished atop the standing with a score of 722.75. Sophomore Adam Payne rounded out the top five in 3-meter, finishing with a score of 606.80.

No. 10 Georgia 173, Texas A&M 127

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Nicolas Fink, Matias Koski and Ty Stewart all won three events for the Bulldogs. Fink swept the breaststroke races in 55.88 and 2:04.01, respectively. Koski took the 200 freestyle in 1:38.29 and led a 1-2-3 effort by the Bulldogs in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:27.19. Stewart won the 200 butterfly in 1:48.34 and the 400 individual medley in 3:55.47.

Andrew Gemmell claimed the 1,000 freestyle in 9:14.27 to spark a 1-2-3 finish by the Bulldogs. Taylor Dale touched first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 48.92. Jared Markham won the 200 backstroke in 1:48.27. Pace Clark took the 100 butterfly in 49.16. The 200 medley relay of Dale, Fink, Doug Reynolds and Michael Trice won with a time of 1:29.32.