Record-Setting Relay Highlights Day One of First Chance Meet
Bruno Ortiz

Feb. 16, 2013

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: Michigan First Chance Meet (Day 1 of 2)
U-M Team Result: No Team Scoring
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 17 -- host Michigan First Chance Meet (Canham Natatorium), Noon/4 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team set new school and Canham Natatorium records in the 200-yard medley relay to highlight the first day of the Michigan First Chance Meet on Saturday (Feb. 16). On the first day, Michigan student-athletes had one NCAA automatic-qualifying time (200-yard medley relay), nine provisional-qualifying times and four Zone Diving qualifying scores (all on platform).

"We did some pretty exciting things," head coach Mike Bottom said. "We were able to finally break that school record and pool record in the 200-yard medley relay, which is why we had them swimming in the first place. Anders (Lie Nielsen) was dynamic once again in the 200-yard freestyle. He swam a great race, certainly one of the better performances in the country there this year. Matt McNamara had a good day of swimming, winning a pair of races. Dan Miller was powerful in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Jeremy Raisky did well. We had a lot of 'B' cuts today and a lot of guys swimming personal bests, so that was exciting."

The relay quartet of senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and graduate student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) was the only team in the pool swimming the race but got both records anyway, getting clocked at 1:24.69. The 200-yard medley relay was the only relay record not held by Michigan, as Indiana had the old mark (1:25.85, set in 2008). The old school record was 1:24.98, set by former Wolverines Alon Mandel, Jonathan Hiett, Chris Brady and Bobby Savulich in 2009. The Wolverines' time on Saturday was also a season best (old time was 1:25.55) and an NCAA 'A' cut. That effort gives the Wolverines the No. 1 time in the nation in that race coming into the weekend. The previous national best was held by Arizona (1:24.84).

The second of the day's best performances came from freshman Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) in the 200-yard freestyle. Lie Nielsen was just .03 seconds off the automatic-qualifying standard, settling for a time of 1:33.66 and a provisional-qualifying time. That was the second-fastest time in the country to date (Louisville's Joao De Lucca is the leader at 1:32.57) and tops in the Big Ten, surpassing teammate Michael Wynalda's 1:34.46, which was the previous leader.

Michigan got three NCAA 'B' times before the end of the first session. Sophomore Daniel Miller (Lambertville, Mich./St. Francis de Sales) was one of seven Michigan swimmers in the 500-yard freestyle, taking top honors at 4:20.90. The other two provisional-qualifying times came from freshmen in the 200-yard individual medley, as Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) finished first (1:47.92), and Will Raynor (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) finished second (1:48.06).

Sophomore/freshman Jeremy Raisky (Birmingham, Mich./Berkley) opened up the afternoon session with an NCAA 'B' cut in the 100-yard butterfly (47.76). Following Lie Nielsen, two more swimmers met the provisional-qualifying standard in the 200-yard freestyle, including Miller at 1:36.11 and freshman Matt Zimmerman (Maumee, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales) at 1:37.81. McNamara and fellow freshman Paul Corbae (Madison, Wis./Westlake) also swam NCAA provisional-qualifying times in the 100-yard breaststroke: McNamara at 54.73 and Corbae at 55.11.

All six U-M divers were also in action on Saturday. Freshman Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill) and junior Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) finished 1-2 in the platform diving competition, but more importantly, both earned NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying scores, with Faerber scoring 337.40 and Jahnke scoring 330.70. Juniors James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) and Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School)­ finished right behind in third (326.20) and fourth (323.90), respectively. Both had previously qualified for Zone Regionals on platform earlier this season. Lee was also the team's highest finisher on three-meter, taking fourth (316.35).

The Wolverines are back in the pool tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 17) for the second and final day of the Michigan First Chance Meet. Sessions will begin at noon and 4 p.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423