Jan. 18, 2013
Site: Dallas, Texas (Perkins Natatorium)
Event: SMU Classic (Day 1 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 6 Teams (166 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 19 -- at SMU Classic - Day 2 (Dallas, Texas), 7:30 p.m. CST
DALLAS, Texas -- The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team got wins from senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) in the 100-yard backstroke and from the 400-yard medley relay to sit in first place (166 points) after the opening day of the SMU Classic on Friday (Jan. 18) at Perkins Natatorium. Thirteen points separate the top three teams in the standings, with USC (162 points) and Florida (153 points) behind Michigan in second and third place, respectively.
Ortiz won the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall by nearly two full seconds (46.77). He also finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (20.10) and led off the winning 400-yard medley relay team (3:10.64). He was joined on the relay by sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona), senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International). Funk ended up finishing second in the 100-yard breaststroke (53.33), while Fletcher won the consolation final in both the 100-yard backstroke (49.30) and in the 100-yard butterfly (47.24), recording the fastest time of any swimmer in either final in the latter.
Joining Funk as second-place finishers were juniors Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville). Whitaker took second in the 400-yard individual medley (3:46.89), while Wynalda was second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:35.08). Wynalda came up just short of the win, as Joao De Lucca (Louisville) touched the wall two-hundredths of a second faster (1:35.06).
Other top performers on Friday included freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) in the 100-yard butterfly (third, 48.01), B. Ortiz in the 100-yard breaststroke (seventh, 53.89) and in the 50-yard freestyle (eighth, 20.50), and junior diver Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School) on the one-meter board (296.75). Michigan also finished third in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:31.71) to close the evening.
The SMU Classic wraps up Saturday (Jan. 19) at 7:30 p.m. CST.
N O T E S
Michigan has won the previous four SMU Classic titles.
Each of the six teams at the SMU Classic has eight swimmers and one diver. Each swimmer may swim three events per day but must swim in one relay. There is a championship final and consolation final for each event.
Michigan won the 400-yard medley relay by five-hundredths of a second (3:10.64) ahead of USC (3:10.69).
Dylan Bosch took second in the 'B' final of the 400-yard individual medley (3:51.70) but had the fifth-fastest time overall. He officially finished eighth.
Marcin Cieslak (Florida) officially won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 47.78 in the 'A' final. Sean Fletcher's time in the 'B' final was 47.24.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423