Jan. 17, 2014
Site: Dallas, Texas (Perkins Natatorium)
Event: SMU Classic (Day 1 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 6 Teams (175 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 18 -- at SMU Classic (Dallas, Texas), 7:30 p.m. CST
DALLAS, Texas -- Junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) won the 100-yard breaststroke and contributed to a win on the 400-yard medley relay to help the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming team to a day-one lead at the SMU Classic on Friday (Jan. 17) at Perkins Natatorium. The Wolverines scored 175 points during the first day of action, leading second-place Florida by 21 points.
The 100-yard breaststroke was the best event of the night for Michigan. Funk took first with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 52.31, which was also a pool record and a season-best time. The previous record holder was Vlad Morozov (formerly of USC) and before that, Brendan Hansen, a former Olympic medalist. His time of 52.31 is also second-fastest in the NCAA this season. Fellow junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) won the consolation final with a time of 53.17, which was the second-fastest time of anyone in the two heats, save for Funk. Both men also contributed to the winning 400-yard medley relay team (3:07.76), along with senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) and sophomore Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough).
Sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa) had a solid night in the pool, finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly (47.00) while also winning the consolation final in the 400-yard individual medley, posting the second-fastest overall time (3:42.94).
Three others had runner-up finishes on Friday: senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) in the 400-yard IM (3:43.51), senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:34.18) and Ortiz in the 50-yard freestyle (19.89), missing out on the win by only six hundredths of a second. Both Wynalda and Whitaker, along with Bosch and senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), helped Michigan win the 800-yard freestyle relay, which, at 6:21.07, was another pool record and faster than the team's previous season best.
In the diving well, sophomore Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill) took third in the one-meter diving competition (305.65).
Wojciechowski finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (48.55), but one of the surprises of the night was Brumm, who won the consolation final and posted the fourth-fastest overall time in the event (48.01).
The SMU Classic concludes on Saturday (Jan. 18) at 7:30 p.m. CST. U-M has won five of the past six titles at the event but placed runner-up in 2013.
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