Jan. 20, 2013
Site: Dallas, Texas (Perkins Natatorium)
Event: SMU Classic (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Team Standing: 2nd Place of 6 Teams (327 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb. 1-2 -- vs. Ohio State (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m./Noon
DALLAS, Texas -- The top-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team won the 200-yard medley relay and took second place in seven of the other eight events to finish second at the SMU Classic on Saturday (Jan. 19) inside Perkins Natatorium. The Wolverines were denied their fifth straight SMU Classic title, scoring 327 points over the two-day meet and finishing three points behind fifth-ranked Southern Cal.
The meet came down to the final race, the 200-yard freestyle relay. USC finished first at 1:19.08, while the Michigan quartet of sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), junior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville), senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) took second in 1:19.57. Teams get 24 points for winning a relay, while the second-place team gets 20, giving USC the slim margin of victory.
The Wolverines started the night strong, winning the 200-yard medley relay (1:26.48). The team of the Ortiz brothers, freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) and Fletcher outraced the USC trio by less than two tenths of a second (1:26.63).
Individually, Michigan finished second in the 'A' final in the next six events, beginning in the 500-yard freestyle. Senior Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) was less than a tenth of a second shy of first place, touching the wall in 4:17.62. Wynalda won the 'B' final, officially finishing seventh (4:24.32). Other second-place finishers included Migual Ortiz in the 200-yard backstroke (1:45.05), Bosch in the 200-yard butterfly (1:44.58) and junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) in the 200-yard individual medley (1:45.25).
Also finishing second was junior diver Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School), who was runner-up in the three-meter diving competition (332.85). Bruno Ortiz represented the Wolverines in the other event of the evening, scoring a fifth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (44.40).
The Wolverines will be back in the pool in two weeks, squaring off with Big Ten rival Ohio State at Canham Natatorium. The meet will start at 5 p.m. on Feb. 1 and conclude at noon on Feb. 2.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423