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.
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.
The Michigan swimming and diving team — on both the men’s and the women’s side — has a long and rich tradition of training swimmers to compete not only as a Wolverine on the collegiate level, but also at the highest level in the world: the Olympics.
On Friday night, Canham Natatorium was filled with excitement. After all, it was the season’s final meet and a rivalry competition, the No. 6 Michigan men’s swimming and diving team (5-1 Big Ten, 8-1 overall) faced in-state-rival, Michigan State (0-3, 3-6).
The Wolverines not only won, but they dominated the Spartans, taking first place in every single event, in a 212-64 rout. The win helped them improve their long history of winning against the Spartans in dual meets. Michigan has won the past 40.