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Michigan grinds out win

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Led by multiple-event winners Connor Jaeger and sophomore Dylan Bosch, No. 1-ranked Michigan eked out a road victory on Saturday, taking down No. 9 Ohio State 151-147.

Ohio State got up early, taking first in the 200-yard medley relay, thanks to an explosive leadoff leg. Junior Bruno Ortiz attempted to rally the group with a blistering split of 19 minutes, 40 seconds in the anchor spot, but the gap was too wide. The Wolverines began to pick up steam in the 1,000 freestyle, as Jaeger shattered a nine-year-old pool record to take first (9:04.27). He broke the record by more than 19 seconds and was seven seconds clear of second-place finisher Alex Miller. That win was followed by a 1-2 finish in the 200 freestyle from senior Michael Wynalda and junior Justin Glanda, who were clocked in at 1:35.34 and 1:36.71, respectively.

Ohio State pushed back, though, grabbing 25 of 38 points across the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, despite junior Richard Funk extending his recent winning streak in the former (54.61). That momentum was halted after Michigan took the top four spots in the 200 butterfly, led by Bosch. He clocked in at 1:45.44, followed by senior Kyle Whitaker in 1:47.02, senior John Wojciechowski in 1:48.07 and Jaeger in 1:48.34. Ortiz collected another win in the 50 freestyle (20.27) as Michigan led, 62-50, heading into the break.

U-M went back in the lead for good after taking 14 of 19 points in the 500-yard freestyle, courtesy of another victory from Jaeger (4:24.94). Back-to-back 1-2 performances extended the lead further, led by Bosch, as the sophomore pulled a difficult double to take first in the 100 butterfly (46.63) and second in the 200 individual medley (1:46.96); Whitaker won the 200 IM (1:46.71).

The final race of the night was the 400 freestyle relay, and even though Ohio State won the race, Michigan teams took second and third, once again utilizing depth to secure valuable points and the eventual team victory.

No. 2 Texas 194, No. 5 Arizona 153

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Texas (8-1) won five events and finished off a 194-153 victory against No. 5 Arizona Saturday in the teams' two-day dual meet.

Arizona opened the morning with a win in the 200-yard medley relay, but Texas offset the Wildcats' gain with a one-two-three finish in the 1,000 freestyle. Freshman Clark Smith took the win in 9 minutes, 11.94 seconds while sophomore Sam Lewis took second in 9:22.44. Junior Nick Munoz placed third in 9:36.94.

UT junior Clay Youngquist ran down Arizona's Matt Barber in the final 50 yards and claimed the 200 freestyle in 1:40.38.  Freshman P.J. Dunne added three points with his third-place time of 1:42.35. Freshman Jack Conger led a one-two Texas finish atop the 200 butterfly where Conger was victorious in 1:46.59. Sophomore John Martens followed in second at 1:47.93.

Sophomore John Murray edged Arizona's Brian Stevens and captured the 50 freestyle and nine first-place points in 20.51. With the team victory in hand, Texas declined its points allotment in the final two events, the 200 individual medley and the 400 freestyle relay. Texas' Murray, Kip Darmody, Conger and Youngquist won the event in 2:59.75.  

The Texas divers also competed in an unscored platform diving exhibition event on the five and seven-meter boards. Will Chandler took third at 337.28 and Michael Hixon placed fourth at 293.93.

No. 3 Florida 179, Tennessee 121

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida (8-0, 5-0 SEC) completed a perfect dual meet season for the third consecutive season with a 179-121 win against No. 18 Tennessee (5-4, 3-2 SEC) on Senior Day for the Volunteers.

Florida men dominated the meet with wins in 10 of the 16 events. The Gators were led by senior and the only UF men’s two individual event winner Brad deBorde. He swept the sprint events and led off the first place 400 freestyle relay.

No. 9 Auburn 170, South Carolina 124

AUBURN, Ala. --- Auburn cruised to a sweep of the South Carolina Gamecocks on Senior Day at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on Saturday. Auburn's men downed the Gamecocks 170-124.

Auburn's senior class added wins throughout the day as Zane Grothe took the men's 500 freestyle. James Disney-May collected a first-place finish in the men's 50 free at 19.87.

The Auburn men (3-3, 2-1 SEC) and women (4-2, 2-1 SEC) both won 12 of the 16 events on Saturday. Joe Patching was double winner for the Auburn men. The freshman took the 100 back and 200 IM with times of 48.35 and 1:49.94. Auburn's freshman combined to earn seven individual wins on the day in eight events, respectively.

No. 10 Georgia 164.5, Alabama 116.5

ATHENS, Ga. -- In Georgia's final dual meet of the season, the swimming and diving teams swept Alabama and honored the 11 seniors on Saturday.

The Bulldogs defeated the Crimson Tide 164.5-116.5 and now boast a 9-2 record (5-1 SEC), while the Alabama men fall to 3-3 and 1-2.

The Bulldogs claimed the winning points in the first six events of the day. Taylor Dale, Nicolas Fink, Pace Clark and Michael Trice took the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:28.21. In the longest event of the meet, Gemmell finished at 9:09.30 in the 1,000 freestyle. Conor Sweeney clocked in at 1:38.70 in the 200 freestyle. Dale claimed the 100 backstroke with his time of 47.68. Fink finished first with a 55.88 in the 100 breaststroke. Kalisz's victory in the 200 butterfly was the final piece in the Bulldogs' opening run.

Other winners for the Bulldogs were Jared Markham, Matias Koski, Yousef Alaskari and Ty Stewart. Markham took first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:48.65. Koski swam to a winning time of 4:26.02 in the 500 freestyle. Alaskari's 48.45 was enough to claim first in the 100 butterfly, and Stewart posted a first-place time of 1:46.86 in the 200 individual medley. The team of Koski, Alec Cohen, Fink and Trice closed the meet for Georgia, stopping the clock at 2:58.42 in the 400 freestyle relay.