Jan. 18, 2014
Site: Dallas, Texas (Perkins Natatorium)
Event: SMU Classic (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Result: 1st Place of 6 Teams (333 points)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 1 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m.
DALLAS, Texas -- Individual-event wins by senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) and sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa) helped push the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team to a first-place finish at the SMU Classic on Saturday (Jan. 18) inside Perkins Natatorium. The Wolverines, who broke five total pool records over the course of the two days, won the event for the fifth time in the last six years, finishing with 333 points, 12 clear of second-place Florida (321 points).
In a showdown of the nation's top two swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle, Jaeger took down top-ranked Cristian Quintero (USC) in the 500-yard freestyle, getting clocked at 4:16.54. Quintero came in with the nation's fastest time in the event, but Jaeger, the defending national champion, outlasted Quintero by nearly one-and-a-half seconds for the pool record and the victory. Jaeger also won the consolation final of the 200-yard butterfly later in the evening (1:46.40).
Funk continued his torrid streak in the pool with a victory in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:54.75), improving on his season-best time. Bosch also picked up an individual-event win, extending his season-long winning streak in the 200-yard butterfly (pool-record time of 1:43.00), beating fellow South African countryman Sebastian Rousseau (Florida). Bosch also took second in the consolation final of the 200-yard breaststroke but posted the third-fastest overall time in the event (1:55.98).
In other races, junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) took second in the 100-yard freestyle (43.37), senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) claimed third in the 200-yard individual medley (1:45.01), and sophomore Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) came in fifth in the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.48).
Over in the diving well, U-M was represented by sophomore Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill), who turned in a fantastic performance to take third on the three-meter board. His score of 359.45 was a new career best.
Michigan also had good performances on the relays. It started the second night off with a pool-record victory in the 200-yard medley relay, as the team of Brumm, Funk, senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) and Ortiz won by more than a full second over Florida at 1:26.18. Entering the 200-yard freestyle relay, the final race of the night, the Wolverines only needed to avoid a disqualification to win, which they did, as the team of Ortiz, Brumm, Bosch and senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) took fifth (1:20.93).
The Wolverines return to dual-meet action in two weeks, facing rival Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 1, in Columbus, Ohio. The meet will begin at 11 a.m.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On the relay performances ... "We showed some great improvement there. Our 200-yard medley relay team tonight broke the record of the team that won that race at NCAAs last year. Their performance on that race tonight shows that we are working quickly to replace them. We had all sorts of guys stepping up."
On Richard Funk ... "He was outstanding. He had the fastest split on the relays, broke the pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke and came close on the 200. The hard thing about this pool is that it's small and there are fast guys in every lane. Richard was on the wall for the 200. If he were in the middle, I think he could have gone faster, but he still won, which is great."
On other top performances ... "We broke five records this weekend, which is pretty crazy in a pool like this. So many fast swimmers have come before these guys. It says a lot about this team. They understand this is about team. Connor Jaeger, of course, stepped up in the 500-yard freestyle. Timothy Faerber was really good down here and gave us some key points to stay ahead of Florida. Peter Brumm, who was a newcomer to this meet, swam some off events, but swam them very, very well. We put in at the beginning of the 200-yard medley relay, which is a new place for him to be, and put Wojo on the butterfly. In doing that, we had a faster relay. Peter was right there with the fastest split and that's going to be key for us."
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