Men's Swimming Trails Michigan After Day One

Jan. 9, 2004

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The No. 6 University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team completed the first day of its two-day short-course meters dual meet with No. 3 Stanford with an 87.5-76.5 advantage Friday evening (Jan. 9) at Canham Natatorium.

Stanford took an early lead as the Cardinal jumped out to a 13-4 lead following the first event, the 200-meter freestyle relay. Stanford's 'A' squad of Peter Marshall, Keenan Newman, Bobby O'Bryan and Ben Wildman-Tobriner earned the first-place finish as the quartet combined for a time of 1:40.07.

Michigan came back strong in the second race to take the lead at 20-16 as sophomore Peter Vanderkaay led the way with a first-place showing in the 1,500-meter freestyle, clocking in with season-best and NCAA consideration time of 15:23.86. Cardinal Tobias Oriwol finished fourth to lead the Cardinal in a time of 15:27.60.

Michigan's lead was short-lived though as the Cardinal jumped back to the top 30-25 after a 1-3-4 finish in the 100-meter butterfly. Davis Tarwater and Jayme Cramer battled through the entire 100 meters, but the Stanford junior took first by 0.13, 53.40 to 53.53. Both times earned NCAA consideration status. Junior Matt McDonald placed third, clocking in at 54.16.

Stanford extended its advantage to 45-29 after the 100-meter backstroke as the Cardinal took the top two spots. Seniors Peter Marshall (52.21) Markus Rogan (53.33) finished 1-2 respectively.

The Wolverines cut the deficit to eight at 50.5-42.5 following Christian Vanderkaay's victory in the 100-meter breaststroke. The senior/junior posted a time of 1:03.70, just 0.03 seconds ahead of Stanford's Keenan Newman (1:03.73).

Following its second straight victory, Michigan pulled ahead 56.5-54.5 as senior diver Jason Coben (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown HS) claimed victory on the 10-meter platform with a score of 386.30. Freshman diver Kevin McLean placed second with a score of 257.75 for the Cardinal.

Michigan's Peter Vanderkaay (4:12.29) edged Cardinal Markus Rogan (4:12.62) in the 400 IM as both swimmers posted NCAA automatic qualifying times.

U-M pushed the lead to 16 at 81.5-65.5 following its first-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle relay. The Cardinal team of Jayme Cramer, Shaun Phillips, Andy Grant and Markus Rogan took second in a time of 7:23.65.

Stanford pulled with 10 following the final race of the evening as the Cardinal clocked in with a first-place and NCAA consideration time of 1:29.83 in the 200-meter freestyle relay (Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Bobby O'Bryan, Andrew Schnell, Peter Marshall.

The two teams will return to the pool Saturday (Jan. 10) for the conclusion of their two-day dual meet. Action is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in Canham Natatorium.

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