After cracking the top 15 in the NCAA Championships last year,
the women’s swimming team welcomed its 30th season Friday night at
the O’Connell Center Natatorium in Gainesville, Fla. The team swam
to a split at the tri-meet on Friday, and finished second of four
teams on Saturday.

The Wolverines earned a second-place finish in the Florida
Invitational on Saturday, beating Florida Atlantic University and
Indian River Community College, but losing to the host 238-92. The
Wolverines finished first in four of 10 events, with freshman
Kaitlyn Brady winning her second event of the weekend in the
100-yard backstroke, senior Anne Weilbacher placing first in the
100-yard butterfly and the Michigan “A” relay teams taking top
honors in the 200-yard Medley and Freestyle Relays.

The Wolverines lost 133-93 to the Gators, but defeated FAU
178-59 in Friday night’s tri-meet. Youth is often considered a
drawback in athletics; however, the youth of this year’s Michigan
swimming and diving team proved an advantage in its first event of
competition this season. Brady and classmate Susan Gilliam had
strong debuts, as Brady earned the Wolverines’ first victory with a
time of 2:06.08 in the 200-yard backstroke and Gilliam won the
500-yard freestyle with an NCAA consideration time of 4:53.26.
Senior Kelli Stein also had a great night, posting an NCAA
consideration time of 16.29 in a first-place performance in the
200-yard breaststroke

The Wolverines are coming off a 3-3 season in which they
finished 14th in the nation and are lead by captains Weilbacher and
senior Sara Johnson. The squad returns three All-Americans:
Weilbacher and Abby Seskevics in the 200-yard freestyle relay and
junior Amy McCullough in the 200-yard freestyle. Also returning is
Stein, the Big Ten 200-yard breaststroke champion.

The Wolverines continue their season tomorrow, taking on Toledo
in a 7:30 p.m. dual meet in Toledo, Ohio.

– Beth Adelson

 

 

 

 

 

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