Feb. 1, 2014
Site: Columbus, Ohio (McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion)
Score: #1 Michigan 151, #9 Ohio State 147
Records: U-M (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten), Ohio State (9-1, 3-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 8 -- vs. Michigan State (Canham Natatorium), Noon
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Led by multiple-event winners Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) and sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College Sandton), the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team eked out a road victory on Saturday (Feb. 1), taking down No. 9 Ohio State, 151-147, inside the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Ohio State got up early, taking first in the 200-yard medley relay, thanks to an explosive leadoff leg. Junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) attempted to rally the group with a blistering split of 19.40 in the anchor spot, but the gap was too wide. The Wolverines began to pick up steam in the 1,000-yard freestyle, as Jaeger shattered a nine-year-old pool record to take first (9:04.27). He broke the record by more than 19 seconds and was seven seconds clear of second-place finisher Alex Miller (Ohio State). That win was followed by a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle from senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) and junior Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood), who were clocked in at 1:35.34 and 1:36.71, respectively.
Ohio State pushed back, though, grabbing 25 of 38 points across the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard breaststroke, despite junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) extending his recent winning streak in the former (54.61). That momentum was halted after Michigan took the top four spots in the 200-yard butterfly, led by Bosch. The South African was clocked in at 1:45.44, followed by senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) in 1:47.02, senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) in 1:48.07 and Jaeger in 1:48.34. Ortiz collected another win in the 50-yard freestyle (20.27) as Michigan led, 62-50, heading into the break.
Michigan was shut out on wins in each of the next three races coming out of the break but kept pace thanks to depth, including a 2-3-4 finish in the 100-yard freestyle, led by Glanda (44.49). Senior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and Funk were second in both the 200-yard backstroke (1:45.65) and 200-yard breaststroke (1:59.04), respectively. The two teams were tied 94-94 heading into the 500-yard freestyle.
U-M went back in the lead for good after taking 14 of 19 points in the 500-yard freestyle, courtesy of another victory from Jaeger (4:24.94). Back-to-back 1-2 performances extended the lead further, led by Bosch, as the sophomore pulled a difficult double to take first in the 100-yard butterfly (46.63) and second in the 200-yard individual medley (1:46.96); Whitaker won the 200-yard IM (1:46.71).
The final race of the night was the 400-yard freestyle relay, and even though Ohio State won the race, Michigan teams took second and third, once again utilizing depth to secure valuable points and the eventual team victory.
Sophomore Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill) was one of two U-M divers in action in the diving well, taking second on one-meter (305.40) and third on three-meter (309.38). Senior James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) was the other, taking fourth on both one-meter (269.03) and three-meter (284.18).
The Wolverines return to Canham Natatorium for a competition next Saturday (Feb. 8) for the first time since late November, when they welcome in-state foe Michigan State for Senior Day. The meet will begin at noon.
Contact: Brad Rudner (email@example.com)