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In rematch, Michigan
falls behind Louisville


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By TED JANES for the Wolverine
Daily Sports Writer Bosch, who al
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In a swim meet that gave no
credit to foreign swimmers,
the Michigan internationals
overshadowed the rest. But they
could not help the Wolverines
against Louisville.
In their first multi-day meet
that included both preliminary
andchampionshipraces, theNo.
5 Michigan men's swimming
and diving team placed second
at the AT&T Winter National
Championships in Greensboro,
North Carolina.
The meet, hosted by USA
Swimming, included many
professional swimmers as well
as collegiate athletes.
The structure and scoring
of the meet only hurt the
Wolverines, as international
swimmers were not awarded
any points.
Michigan finished behind
No. 8 Louisville, though the
second-place finish did not
make much of an impression on
Michigan coach Mike Bottom.
"At this meet, it's not about
the team championship,
because it's not a team
championship," Bottom said.
"It's only the U.S. guys on your
team that count. (Junior) Dylan
Bosch did not score a point for
us. Neither did (senior) Richard
Funk. Those were our two
wins. It's really hard to call that
a team championship, and it's
hard to say that Louisville beat
us, because if they had scored
all of our team, we would've

medal in the 200
on the final day
He swam a pleth
for the Wolverin
for the champio
in both the
medley , and
the 500-yard
elected to
only swim the
200-yard IM
and Bosch,

and out of the other four
chigan. was swimmers in the pool, three
Nielsen, who came from Louisville.
for Denmark "It added to my mindset
Short Course of wanting to win that race,
ships in Doha, because so manyswimmers had
wouldn't have affiliations to both schools,"
g in any points Funk said. "It translated into
as, either. a great race. There was a lot of
lso swims for energy on the deck. Both teams
ook the gold were going crazy."
-yard butterfly In late October, Michigan
of the meet. and Louisville met in a four-
hora of events team meet in Ann Arbor, and
es, qualifying the Wolverines took the victory.
nship rounds For this recent weekend, the
rested up,
"There was alot lightening
the training
of energy on the in hopes a top
deck. Both teams performance
in this meet.
were going crazy." Bottom
didn't give
his squad
this kind of

Freshman Alec Pantaleo finished second in the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, but the team placed seventh out of 37.
Pantalco leads 'M'5

reached the
podium, finishing second in the
"This is a middle-season
meet, and we're trying to
determine what events they're
going to be swimming at the
end of the year," Bottom said.
"We realized his advantage is
going to be in the 200 IM, so we
were able to drop the 500 free
and let him practice."
Funk, a Canadian, was
Michigan's other victor,
taking gold in the 100-yard
breaststroke. The race pitted
Funk up against his former
teammates Kyle Whitaker and
Zach Hayden, who swim for
Club Wolverine, an elite-level
training program.
In a race that could have
easily been mistaken as a dual
senior teammate Bruno Ortiz,

break, opting
to save the rest for later in the
"When we swam against
them in the quad meet, both
teams were in heavy training
and not really prepared to race
at their peak performances,"
Funk said. "At this, there were
differing levels of preparation
in terms of rest. Down the
road, by having different
preparations we'll go into
racing our best.
"We'll have some more rest.
We're on track to be great at
the end of the season. At this
point, we're not geared toward
putting up our fastest times, it
showed this weekend."
Regardless of the score
this weekend, Michigan and
Louisville will certainly see
each other again. Next time,
the stakes will be even higher.

Daily Sports Writer
This trip to Las Vegas did not
involve going to a casino, waking
up with a tiger in the hotel room
or getting punched by Mike
Though the Wolverines came
into the two-day Cliff Keen Las
Vegas Invitational ready to dazzle
their competition, they slumped
to a seventh-place finish out of 37
"I was not happy, and I don't
think the other coaches were
happy with finishing seventh,"
said Michigan coach Joe
McFarland. "We thought we
could make a lot of noise at this
No. 16 Michigan (86 points)
finished behind Big Ten
competitors No. 2 Minnesota
(146 points), No. 6 Ohio State (120
points) and No. 8 Nebraska (89
points), who finished first, second
and sixth, respectively.
The Wolverines fell just
short in crucial point-getting
opportunities, including
sophomore Adam Coon's first loss
of the season, a 5-3 decision to

Virginia Tech's Ty Walz.
"We lost some close matches,
and it was frustrating,"
McFarland said.
Added freshman Alec Pantaleo:
"Our team looked really great the
first day and then hit a road block,
so we lost a little momentum."
Despite the team's struggles,
Pantaleo was a standout in the
fifth meet ofhis career. He became
the story of the tournament as an
unranked wrestler who won his
first four matches, including wins
against the second, seventh and
third seeds, respectively. He lost
in the 149-pound championship
match to top-ranked Chris
Villalonga of Cornell, 4-0.
Pantaleo was not fazed by the
competition or experience he
faced en route to the finals.
"I just take it one match at a
time," Pantaleo said. "I knewthat
I could beat anyone at this meet.
I didn't let the seeding affecthow
I was thinking. And in my eyes,
I'm right up there with the top
McFarland was pleased with
the freshman and the other
wrestlers in his class. Davonte
Mahomes finished sixth in

his weight class, and redshirt
freshman George Fisher finished
with a 3-2 record.
"Overall, we had good
individual performances, but
as a team, we underachieved,"
McFarland said.
While McFarland may be
disappointed in his team's result,
Pantaleo said he sees nothing but
"I think that in this year or a
couple of years, we could win a
national title," Pantaleo said. "I'm
looking forward to being a part of
With young talent such, as
Coon and Pantaleo - junior Rossi
Bruno earned a runner-up finish
as well - the Wolverines may be
able to achieve their goals. If not,
they hope to at least come away
with unexpected victories, as
Pantaleo did, when they take care
of business.
Having had little in the way of
fun in Las Vegas, the Wolverines
now have a lot of work ahead.
"This was more of a business
trip than a vacation," Pantaleo
said. "We were -in bed by 9:30
every night. This is a business.
That's what we do."

Michigan shatters
records, expectations

swimming team
sets five new
school records
For the Daily
After completing three of the
most grueling workouts of the
season last week, coming off
just four days of rest; it would've
been easy for the Michigan
women's swim' team to treat
its next meet as just another
midseason checkpoint.
There wasn't any hint of
complacency though, as the
team left the AT&T Winter
Championships in Greensboro,
North Carolina, with a second-

the relay races were where the
excitement really picked up.
On the first day of
competition, the 800-yard
relay team composed of Ryan,
Smiddy, freshman Hannah
Moore and sophomore Claudia
Goswell took second place,
finshing less than three seconds
after Indiana.
On day two, Smiddy and
Kopas were joined by juniors
Zoe Mattingly and Ali DeLoof
to take first in the 400-yard
relay. Their time of 3:33.91 broke
the previous school record from
While the relay swimmers
have worked tirelessly in the
past weeks after a grueling
stretch in the season, they still
weren't expecting to be the first
team in Michigan history to
swim a sub- 3:34 relay.

place finish,
personal bests,
three golds in
relays and five
new school
Gillian Ryan
began the
trend by
smashing the
school record
in the 550-yard fre
the second day of co
following it up with
record-breaking swi
200-yard freestyle
Freshmen Clara Sn
Emily Kopas joined R
record books, both
program bests on the i
final day of competitio
clocked a 1:52.24
backstroke, coming
than two seconds ah
previous record hole
Kopas broke the scho
in the 200-yard br
with a time of 2:09.70
As impressive
individual performan

being in
"It tells the the warm-
up poo1,
world that thinking
about the
M ichigan is splits from
i the record
one team." that, was set
my freshman
estyle on said. "I was like, 'There might
mpetition, be an outside chance of doing
h another that,' but it was just something
m in the in the back of my mind."
the next But when she saw their time
on the board after DeLoof
middy and finished the freestyle leg of the
yan in the race, Mattingly knew right away
recording that they had beaten the record.
fourth and "We just gave each other all a
n. Smiddy huge hug," Kopas said. "I was so
200-yard shocked and excited because we
in more had each done so well."
ead of the The celebration, though,
der, while was not limited to the four
ool record swimmers on the relay team.
eaststroke Michigan coach Mike Bottom
. has emphasized the team aspect
as the of swimming to such an extent
ices were, that Mattingly says she doesn't

even consider swimming to be
an individual sport anymore.
"The officials were telling us
that they were having dreams
about us yelling 'Go Blue!' "
Kopas said. "There wasn't a
single race that there wasn't
someone cheering and putting
forward that positive energy."
The momentum created
by their enthusiasm and
impressive performances
carried on into day three when
Mattingly, DeLoof, Smiddy,
and sophomore Madeline
Frost took gold in the 200-yard
freestyle relay, clocking in at
"We would have one good
swim and it would be like a
domino effect," Mattingly said.
"We would all get even more
excited and be cheering even
louder, and the energy just
really pushed us all to do the
best for our team."
Unlike for the Big Ten or
NCAA Championships, the
men's and women's teams
traveled and competed together
for the meet. Individually,
both teams finished in second
place, behind Louisville and
UCLA, respectively. However,
when scores were combined,
Michigan took home the
combined team title.
"It tells the world that
Michigan is one team," Bottom
said. "That's what we're going
for and that's how we're going
to look at it for the future."
The Wolverines return to
action in 2015 at the Orange
Bowl Classic in Florida, with
even higher expectations.
With DeLoof closing in on
the 100-yard freestyle school
record and the continued
success of the relay teams,
Kopas is anticipating more
record-breaking races this
"With the work we've been
putting in every day at practice,"
Kopas said. "There's no way we
could possibly fail."

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