Jan. 3, 2014
Site: Key Largo, Fla. (Jacobs Aquatic Center)
Event: 2014 Orange Bowl Classic
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 4 Teams (299.5)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 10 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 6 p.m.
KEY LARGO, Fla. -- The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team capped the team's annual training trip with another dominant performance at the Orange Bowl Classic, winning 10 of 12 events to win the meet for the fifth consecutive year on Friday afternoon (Jan. 3) outdoors at the Jacobs Aquatic Center.
All 12 events on Friday were held in a 25-meter, short-course meters pool. Junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) was one of those winners, setting a new meet record in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:00.89). He was nearly four full seconds faster than second-place finisher Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College) at 1:04.33. Fellow junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) won a pair of events on the afternoon, taking first in the 50-meter freestyle (23.10) and 50-meter breaststroke (28.07).
Showcasing its depth and speed, U-M swept the top four spots on the podium in four races and finished 1-2 in both the 200-meter medley relay -- 1:40.04 for the 'A' relay, 1:41.72 for the 'B' relay -- and in the 200-meter freestyle relay -- 1:32.33 for the 'A', 1:32.89 for the 'B'.
One of the closest races of the afternoon came in the 100-meter freestyle, as senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) got to the wall just ahead junior teammate Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) at 50.11; Glanda finished at 50.23. Other individual-event winners included senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) in the 400-meter freestyle (3:55.62), senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) in the 50-meter butterfly (24.47), sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College Sandton) in the 100-meter butterfly (54.35) and senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) in the 200-meter individual medley (2:03.37).
Senior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) was the team's highest finisher in the 100-meter backstroke (second, 56.44). Wojciechowski continued to refine his backstroke, contributing a team-high second-place finish in the 50-meter backstroke (26.36).
A few freshmen also put forth good swims on Friday to cap their first collegiate training trip. Vinny Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) took second to Wojciechowski in the 50-meter butterfly (24.84) and swam a leg on the winning 200-meter medley relay team. Elsewhere, sophomore/freshman Aaron Ghiglieri (Central Point, Ore./Cascade Christian) finished second to Ortiz in the 50-meter freestyle (23.62), while Cameron Stitt (Portland, Ore./Sunset) took third behind Jaeger and sophomore Anders Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) in the 400-meter freestyle (3:57.87).
The Michigan swimmers return to Big Ten competition next weekend, beginning with a meet at Purdue next Friday (Jan. 10) at 6 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind. Following that, Michigan heads up north to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern at 1 p.m. CST on Saturday (Jan. 11).
1. MICHIGAN 299.5 2. West Virginia 110 3. George Mason 66.5 4. Saint Leo 42
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
(All events in short course meters)
200-meter Medley Relay 1. MICHIGAN 'A' 1:40.04 (Peter Brumm, Richard Funk, John Wojciechowski, Bruno Ortiz) 2. MICHIGAN 'B' 1:41.72 (Jason Chen, Matt McNamara, Dylan Bosch, Vinny Tafuto) 400-meter Freestyle 1. Connor Jaeger, U-M 3:55.62 2. Anders Nielsen, U-M 3:56.14 3. Cameron Stitt, U-M 3:57.87 4. Sean Ryan, U-M 3:58.85 50-meter Butterfly 1. John Wojciechowski, U-M 24.47 2. Vinny Tafuto, U-M 24.84 3. Jeremy Raisky, U-M 25.19 9. Julian Ballestas, U-M 26.62 100-meter Backstroke 1. Bryce Bohman, WVU 55.89 2. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M 56.44 3. Will Raynor, U-M 58.14 4. Jack Mangan, U-M 58.62 7. Matt Zimmerman, U-M 1:00.57 50-meter Breaststroke 1. Bruno Ortiz, U-M 28.07 T2. Kyle Duckitt, U-M 29.58 T2. Matt McNamara, U-M 29.58 4. Chris Klein, U-M 29.59 100-meter Freestyle 1. Michael Wynalda, U-M 50.11 2. Justin Glanda, U-M 50.23 3. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M 51.52 7. Daniel Miller, U-M 53.04 100-meter Butterfly 1. Dylan Bosch, U-M 54.35 2. Pete Brumm, U-M 55.48 3. Kyle Whitaker, U-M 55.74 4. Keltan Lawler, U-M 58.11 50-meter Backstroke 1. Bryce Bohman, WVU 25.36 2. John Wojciechowski, U-M 26.36 3. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M 26.80 4. Jason Chen, U-M 26.94 5. Jeremy Raisky, U-M 27.14 100-meter Breaststroke 1. Richard Funk, U-M 1:00.89 2. Kyle Duckitt, U-M 1:04.33 3. Chris Klein, U-M 1:04.69 4. Paul Corbae, U-M 1:05.96 50-meter Freestyle 1. Bruno Ortiz, U-M 23.10 2. Aaron Ghiglieri, U-M 23.62 T7. Colin Eaton, U-M 24.12 9. Ian Richardson, U-M 24.22 200-meter Individual Medley 1. Kyle Whitaker, U-M 2:03.37 2. Dylan Bosch, U-M 2:04.31 5. Connor Jaeger, U-M 2:09.66 7. Nick Killeen, U-M 2:11.85 200-meter Freestyle Relay 1. MICHIGAN 'A' 1:32.33 (Bruno Ortiz, Vinny Tafuto, Peter Brumm, Michael Wynalda) 2. MICHIGAN 'B' 1:32.89 (John Wojciechowski, Justin Glanda, Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Anders Nielsen)
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On the Orange Bowl Classic meet ... "It was fun for the coaching staff to watch the teams swim tired but still be excited, to make choices during the races and make mistakes -- but correct those mistakes and get better. That is the theme of our training trip -- to get better. We all have this opportunity to get to know one another, not just socially, but help each other as a team get better in the water and out of the water."
On the benefits of swimming tired ... The margin from when they become fatigued and exhausted becomes so narrow that we get to see them make choices in that time frame. When they become fatigued they make choices and push that fatigue out so they become exhausted, but they still have to make choices because the race isn't over. As coaches we see who needs to be motivated to make different choices when they are at those points. It's easy to encourage people when they are playing in the sun, it's more difficult when they are fatigued or exhausted."
On the training trip as a whole ... What I've observed about this trip is that the energy level has been consistently high. It isn't always coming from the same person; it's coming from the sprinters one day, the distance swimmers the next, the mid-distance swimmers the next. On this trip all the coaches get to work with all of the different groups. There is always a churning energy and those who get fatigued get caught up in that energy. It's fun to watch that -- when someone is tired and beat up and then they are excited and energized."
On who has stepped up during the training trip ... "You have your leaders, like Connor Jaeger -- he has solidified his leadership here in a positive and then you have up-and-coming leaders like Justin Glanda, who is a junior this year. And on the women's side, you have your senior leaders in Courtney Beidler, Erin Cameron and Angie Chokran. Then you have Marni Oldershaw step up in the 200 IM. It's a delight, she made some great changes in the water. She gets out of the water and she's bubbly. I could go through the whole roster and think how each individual on the team has motivated someone else -- again it comes back to the fact that the team is churning and heating up those who are cold."
On coordinating the program through the training trip ... "Kudos to our staff, we are running multiple practices per day plus dry land training. The staff is moving around to pools and weight rooms and organizing the movement of the people. The staff is amazing -- Rick Bishop, Dr. Josh White, Mark Hill, Danielle Tansel -- and the support staff is great with Katelyn Haycock running conditioning and athletic trainers Zach Brown and Mattie Taylor. It's such a dynamic environment here which I think helps in the water."
Contact: Brad Rudner (firstname.lastname@example.org)