Maize & Blue Breaks U.S. Records in Victory over EMU
John Wojciechowski

Jan. 11, 2013

Complete Results | Highlights

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Score: #1 Michigan 196, Eastern Michigan 133
Records: U-M (5-0), EMU (2-2)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 12 -- vs. Purdue (Canham Natatorium), 2 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The top-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team swam against Eastern Michigan in a 20-yard pool on Friday (Jan. 11) at Canham Natatorium, winning 16 of 18 events to defeat the Eagles, 196-133. Nine previously held United States records for the 20-yard pool length were broken, including eight by Michigan swimmers.

Michigan won five of the first six events before the first break, including three new records. Senior Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) was one of the new record holders, taking first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:27.55). The others were junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.21) and junior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) in the 100-yard butterfly (47.81). In the 40-yard freestyle, graduate student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) won in a close finish, touching the wall at 15.36, just ahead of senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) at 15.49. The other win was in the 160-yard medley relay, with the 'A' squad of Ortiz, sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona), senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and senior Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) winning at 1:07.74.

Four more records fell after the diving break. Sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) won the 100-yard freestyle (44.41), while Funk won the 200-yard breaststroke (1:58.12). Freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) took first in the 200-yard butterfly (1:46.78). The last record breaker was M. Ortiz, who took first in the 100-yard backstroke (47.81).

Fletcher won a pair of events, including the 40-yard backstroke (17.29) and 40-yard butterfly (16.52). Funk and Wojciechowski each won their second race after the break; Funk in the 40-yard breaststroke (19.18) and Wojciechowski in the 160-yard individual medley (1:25.25). Junior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) was the other individual winner, taking the 200-yard freestyle (1:36.06). The last event was the 160-yard freestyle relay, with the team of Turk, Whitaker, senior/junior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) and Wynalda winning at 1:02.70.

Over in the diving well, freshman Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill) took top honors on the one-meter board, finishing at 297.75, just ahead of Andrew Saunders (Eastern Michigan), who scored 297.29. Junior Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School) finished second on the three-meter board (362.85) and had the highest score on one-meter (311.55) despite being exhibitioned.

Michigan returns to Canham Natatorium tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 12), facing Big Ten foe Purdue at 2 p.m. Admission is free.


500-yard Freestyle 4:27.55, Ryan Feeley 4:55.7, M. Garibaldi (1965)
100-yard Breaststroke 54.21, Kyle Whitaker 1:00.8, Richard Nesbit (1964)
200-yard Backstroke 1:45.82, Jacob Hanson, EMU 2:04.0, Pete Siebert (1964)
100-yard Butterfly 47.81, John Wojciechowski 52.8, Fred Schmidt (1961)
100-yard Freestyle 44.41, Bruno Ortiz 46.3, Steve Clark (1965)
200-yard Breaststroke 1:58.12, Richard Funk 2:15.0, Thomas Kovacs (1962)
200-yard Butterfly 1:46.78, Dylan Bosch 1:57.6, Bill Mettler (1965)
200-yard Freestyle 1:36.06, Michael Wynalda 1:44.1, D. Schollander (1965)
100-yard Backstroke 47.81, Miguel Ortiz 54.5, R. Goettsche (1961)


• The last year in which records for 20-yard swimming races were kept was 1967. The records collected by Michigan prior to Friday's meet were confirmed by the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

• Several races had no previously kept record: 160-yard medley relay, 40-yard freestyle, 40-yard backstroke, 160-yard individual medley, 40-yard breaststroke, 40-yard butterfly and 160-yard freestyle relay.

• Michigan is now 30-0-0 all-time against Eastern Michigan in dual meets. The Wolverines are 37-3-2 in dual meets under Mike Bottom.

• The Wolverines had 35 top-three finishes against Eastern Michigan, including 10 1-2 finishes and four 1-2-3 finishes.

• In five dual meets this season, Michigan has won 56 of a possible 66 events (85 percent). In the three home meets, Michigan has won 44 of 50 (88 percent).

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423