Anders Lie Nielsen
Feb. 9, 2013
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (McCaffree Pool)
Result: #2 Michigan 168, Michigan State 61
Records: U-M (8-0, 6-0 Big Ten), MSU (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sat.-Sun., Feb. 16-17 -- host Michigan First Chance Meet (Canham Natatorium), noon/4 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team won 14 of 16 events and set seven McCaffree Pool records to defeat in-state rival Michigan State, 168-61, on Saturday (Feb. 9).
The first record to fall came in the meet's opening race, as the Wolverines' quartet of senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison), sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona), senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) won the 200-yard medley relay (1:29.74). Miguel Ortiz and Funk followed up their relay performances with record-setting wins in the races to follow, first by Ortiz in the 100-yard backstroke (47.48) and then by Funk in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.51).
Three more Michigan swimmers set records in the second half of the meet, but the performance of the afternoon belonged to mid-year enrollee and Danish import Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark). Lie Nielsen won the 500-yard freestyle (4:22.23) in convincing fashion, beating the field by nearly 15 seconds and shattering the pool record held by former Michigan standout Tom Dolan (4:25.12), a mark that stood for 18 years. Lie Nielsen also finished second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:50.07.).
The two other Wolverines to break records in individual races were both juniors: John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) in the 100-yard butterfly (47.69) and junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) in the 200-yard individual medley (1:47.85). The seventh and final record to fall on Saturday came in the meet's final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay. The senior-driven team of Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards), Miguel Ortiz, Fletcher and Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) touched the wall first at 1:21.21. Ortiz, in particular, had a blistering fast split of 19.69 during the second leg of the relay.
Other individual winners included freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) in the 400-yard individual medley (3:54.79), freshman Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.89), B. Ortiz in the 50-yard freestyle (20.95), sophomore Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) in the 100-yard freestyle (45.71) and junior Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College) in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.30).
Junior Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School) swept both diving boards for the second consecutive week, finishing first on one-meter (357.60) and three-meter (367.12).
Michigan has one more meet until the Big Ten Championships, hosting the Michigan First Chance Meet next Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 16-17) at Canham Natatorium. Select members of the Wolverines will swim in the meet, with preliminaries scheduled to start at noon and finals at 4 p.m. each day.
N O T E S
Michigan improves to 83-5 all-time against Michigan State. The Wolverines have won 36 consecutive dual meets in the series.
Michigan State won only two races on Saturday: 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard backstroke.
Miguel Ortiz defeated Michigan State's Jacob Jarzen in the 100-yard backstroke. Jarzen is one of the conference's top backstrokers and held the facility record in that race (49.04) until Ortiz broke it today by nearly two full seconds.
The second-fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle belonged to Ryutaro Kamiya (4:37.06), who swam exhibition. Michigan State swimmer Jake Austerman officially finished second (4:42.68).
John Wojciechowski set the pool record in the 100-yard butterfly by just one-hundredth of a second (47.69). The previous record holder was Michigan alum Chris Brady (47.70), who set the record back in 2009.
Dylan Bosch missed the pool record in the 400-yard individual medley by .07 seconds.
Reid Elliott swam in three races on Saturday, taking second in the 100-yard backstroke (50.27) and recording the second-fastest time in the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.99). He also swam on the 'B' team of the 200-yard medley relay.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On Anders Lie Nielsen ... "He was the standout. Breaking Tom Dolan's record is huge, especially in that pool. Everyone knows who Tom Dolan is and what he accomplished. For Anders to break that record is a big accomplishment."
On the team's other record-breaking performances ... "We set seven pool records today, which is probably more than this pool had seen in a while. Miguel Ortiz is swimming really fast. He had a great 100-yard backstroke, but his relay splits were outstanding, his fastest by far. Richard Funk had a great swim in the 100-yard breaststroke and broke a very good record. Kyle Whitaker took another step with his record. His performance in the 200-yard IM came not long after he swam the 200-yard breaststroke, so that shows where he is at right now. And then both our relays set records, which was a really strong point. That last relay, we had all seniors, so that was cool."
On the team's goals heading into the Big Ten Championships in two and a half weeks ... "We need to start getting ready. We're swimming fast, but when you look at us against the other top teams in the country, we need to be faster in order to bring our team to NCAAs. We have a few guys that will be picked up right now with times, but very few. We have to be fast at Big Tens in order to send as many guys as we can, which is our goal."
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