When word came that two-time team captain and All-American heavyweight Adam Coon was returning for his final year of eligibility following an injury-riddled season, Joe McFarland knew it would be a huge bonus for his team both on and off the mat.
What the Michigan coach wasn’t yet aware of was the bonus the fifth-year senior would provide in the form of extra team points in nearly every match.
Hallie Thome looked around and realized there were no other options. The shot clock was winding down, there was nobody near her and — with Northwestern having pulled within single digits to start the final quarter — the pressure was on. For the first time all year, the junior center rose and fired from beyond the arc. She nailed it.
Canham Natatorium was filled with waves of talent and excitement on Friday night. The No. 3 Michigan women’s swimming and diving team finished its season with a 10-0 record, beating in-state rival Michigan State with a final score of 187-89. The Wolverines claimed their first undefeated season in 20 years.
The women took first place in 13 of the 15 events. The Wolverines dominated the meet early on with 1-2-3 touches in the first two events of the meet – the 200-yard IM and 400-yard medley relay.