Sophomore Peter Vanderkaay won the national title in the
400-meter freestyle yesterday with the world’s fourth-fastest
time this season of 3:40.78. This was the Rochester native’s
first national title, and Michigan’s first since 2001.
Vanderkaay finished ahead of second-place swimmer and fellow
Wolverine Dan Ketchum by just over four seconds. Michigan’s
Andrew Hurd placed fourth with a time of 3:45.51.
Vanderkaay’s effort led the Wolverines into sixth place
after the first day of the NCAA Championships at the Nassau County
Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y. Michigan currently ranks behind
Auburn, Stanford, Texas, Arizona and Florida in the team standings.
The event finishes tomorrow.
— From Staff Reports