South Africa’s Michael Takes First Place at US College Swim Meet

At a recent competitive meet between the Universities of Tennessee and South Carolina, Michael Houlie clinched a decisive victory in the 100 and 200m Breaststroke.

With a time of 1:03.48 minutes in the 100m, the 19 year old Tennessee freshman was well ahead of 2nd place rival, South Carolina’s 24 year old Lionel Khoo.

Khoo came in with a time of 1:04.99 minutes.

In third place, with a time of 1:05.55 minutes, was 19 year old Jarel Dillard, who is also a Tennessee freshman and the first African American to be a member of the university’s swimming team.

In the 200m, Michael swam a time of 2:22.95 minutes followed by Lionel Khoo with 2:27.17 and Tennessee’s Brett Champlin with 2:27.19.

Michael also performed well in the similar meets throughout the year, taking first place in the 100m in meets against the Universities of Georgia, and Virginia, while taking second place against Florida.

Michael began studying and swimming at Tennessee this year and for his second event earlier in the year, he set the ninth-fastest 100 breaststroke time in the history of the university.

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