U-M Utilizes Depth to Swim Past Purdue for Dual Triumph
Ryutaro Kamiya

Jan. 12, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Scores: #1 Michigan 153, Purdue 90
Records: Michigan (6-0, 4-0 Big Ten), Purdue (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Jan. 18-19 -- at SMU Classic (Dallas, Texas), 6 p.m. CST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team won 10 of 13 events en route to a 153-90 win over the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday (Jan. 12) at Canham Natatorium.

Michigan took the lead with a 1-2 finish in the 400-yard medley relay and never looked back, as the relay 'A' squad of senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and grad student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) clocked a 3:16.63 to earn 11 points for the Wolverines.

Competing in his first race in Maize and Blue, 2012 Olympian freshman Anders Lie (Vanloese, Denmark) blew away the competition in the 1,650-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 15:46.62. Freshman Paul Soley (Lebanon, N.J./Mother of Divine Grace) took second in the race with a 15:53.05.

Following the mile dominance, junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) took an event title in the 200-yard freestyle (1:39.05), while Miguel Ortiz continued his day by tacking on a win the 50-yard freestyle with a 20.12.

Additional wins from John Wojciechowski (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep) in the 200-yard individual medley (1:50.55), Fletcher in the 200-yard butterfly (1:51.01), Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) in the 200-yard backstroke (1:47.64), Sean Ryan (Hickson, Tenn./McCallie School) in the 500-yard freestyle (4:33.71) and Bruno Ortiz in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:05.90) rounded out other event winners for the Wolverines on the afternoon.

Over in the diving well, junior Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School) took top honors on the one-meter board, outlasting three Purdue divers to finish first (336.82). He was also the highest U-M finisher on three-meter (337.05), finishing fourth.

The Wolverines return to action next Friday and Saturday (Jan. 18-19) at the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas.


Michigan Associate Head Coach Josh White
On the meet ... "We worked really hard this week coming into this meet. We're getting into the part of the season where we're really looking forward to Big Tens and NCAAs, and our training will start to change in order to prepare for that. This week was a really high peak of training, as we head into the next segment and get some real fast swimming in there. I told the guys before the meet that we're prepared and ready to go, and that this team is one of the most self-motivated teams that I have been around."


• Michigan improves to 56-0-0 against Purdue in dual-meet competition.

• The Wolverines are now 37-3-2 in dual meets under the direction of Mike Bottom, including a 24-1 record against Big Ten teams. Michigan earned its 100th dual meet win in the last 21 seasons when it beat Indiana back on Oct. 26-27.

• The win in the mile for freshman Anders Lie was the first in his career after joining the team at the beginning of the winter semester. He competed at the 2012 London Summer Olympics in the 4x200-meter relay for team Denmark.

• Associate head coach Dr. Josh White served as head coach, as head coach Mike Bottom was traveling with the Michigan women's swimming and diving team at Notre Dame.