Whitaker, Madwed, Wynalda Claim Big Ten Titles on Day Three
Dan Madwed

Feb. 24, 2012

Prelims  | Finals  | Connor Jaeger & Michael Wynalda

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Wellness and Recreation Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 3 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 10 Teams (516.5 points) after Day 3
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 25 -- at Big Ten Championships - Day Four (Iowa City, Iowa) 11 a.m./6:30 p.m. CST

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team extended its 2012 Big Ten Championships lead with a trio of conference title wins on Friday night (Feb. 24) inside Iowa's Campus Wellness and Recreation Center.

Sophomore Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) took the 400-yard individual medley, senior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) won the 100-yard butterfly and sophomore Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) topped the medal stand in the 200-yard freestyle to aid in Michigan (516.5) holding a 136.5-point lead over Ohio State (380) going into the final day of competition.

Day three of finals began with the 200-yard freestyle relay, where Michigan took third with a 1:17.84. Junior Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) swam the leadoff leg of the race, followed by brothers junior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and freshman Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), with Gregg and Miguel Ortiz leading the way with identical splits of 19.27. Madwed anchored the swim, which was won by the host institution, Iowa, with a pool-record time of 1:18.81.

Whitaker successfully defended his 400-yard individual medley title, notching a pool-record and career-best 3:41.04 to take home his second Big Ten championship in the event.  Senior Dane Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich./Adams) rounded out the Michigan scorers on the final heat, as the co-captain clocked a 3:52.55 to earn an eighth-place finish.

Michigan picked up its second individual win of the night, in the 100-yard butterfly, as Madwed collected his 11th Big Ten championship with a pool-record 46.02. Junior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison), who set the pool record in the event during the preliminary competition, took third with a 46.16, while sophomore John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy) took fifth with a 46.56 to round out the 50-point event for the Wolverines.

The Maize and Blue collected a 1-2 finish in the 200-yard freestyle, as Wynalda claimed the first Big Ten championship of his career with a career-best 1:34.10 finals time after a 1:34.08 in prelims. Classmate Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) followed with another career best of 1:35.30 for second place.

The Ortiz brothers then closed out the night with back-to-back second-place finishes, beginning with Bruno's NCAA automatic-qualifying finish of 52.72 in the 100-yard breaststroke, while freshman Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Stratchcona) earned a third-place finish in the race with a 53.15. Miguel followed and held down the No. 2 spot in the 100-yard backstroke with a 46.33, which broke his school record that he set earlier in the day.

Michigan looks to defend its 2011 Big Ten championship on the final day, day four of the Big Ten Championships tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 25) at Iowa's Campus and Recreation Center. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. CST, with the finals set to begin at 6:30 p.m. CST.

Team Standings (After Day 3)

 1. MICHIGAN              516.5
 2. Ohio State            380
 3. Indiana               369
 4. Iowa                  274
 5. Penn State            235.5
 6. Minnesota             235
 7. Purdue                204
 8. Wisconsin             165
 9. Northwestern          118
10. Michigan State         86

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 3)
Preliminary time in parenthesis if faster than finals time

200-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. Iowa                   1:17.61*%
 3. MICHIGAN               1:17.84#
   (Evan Gregg, Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Dan Madwed)
400-yard Individual Medley
 1. Kyle Whitaker, U-M        3:41.04*%
 8. Dane Vanderkaay, U-M      3:52.55# (3:48.90#)
100-yard Butterfly
 1. Dan Madwed, U-M             46.02#%
 3. Sean Fletcher, U-M          46.16# (46.10#)
 5. John Wojciechowski, U-M     46.56#
11. Evan Gregg, U-M             47.98# (47.63#)
200-yard Freestyle
 1. Michael Wynalda, U-M      1:34.10# (1:34.08)
 2. Connor Jaeger, U-M        1:35.30#
 9. Ryan Feeley, U-M          1:35.81#
11. Sean Ryan, U-M            1:36.60# (1:36.43#)
15. Roman Willets, U-M        1:37.46# (1:36.77#)
16. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M       1:37.56# (1:36.87#)
19. Justin Glanda, U-M        1:37.30 (did not swim in final)
30. Andrew Novakoff, U-M      1:38.67
100-yard Breaststroke
 1. Cody Miller, Indiana        52.34*%
 2. Bruno Ortiz, U-M            52.72*@
 3. Richard Funk, U-M           53.15#
12. Kyle Duckitt, U-M           54.67# (54.40#)
15t. Casey Sreenan, U-M          55.14#
100-yard Backstroke
 1. James Wells, Indiana        46.30#
 2. Miguel Ortiz, U-M           46.33#
 7. Jan Konarzewski, U-M        47.51# (47.47#)
 8. Sean Fletcher, U-M          48.62 (47.25#)
21.Connor McCarroll, U-M        49.14  
Three-Meter Diving
 1. Darian Schmidt, Indiana      459.30^
10. Jack Lee, U-M                355.30^
14. Chris Morrison, U-M          328.90^
18. Thomas Jahnke, U-M           310.20
19. James Ross, U-M              304.30  

* NCAA automatic qualifying time # NCAA consideration time % Pool Record @ University of Michigan Record

• Previous Results: Day 2 | Day 1


• Michigan earned 19-of-23 swimmers in the final heat of competition after an outstanding prelim round.

Sean Fletcher began his defense of his 2011 Big Ten 100-yard butterfly title with a prelim-best and pool-record 46.10 before placing third overall in the final heat.

• U-M qualified three swimmers -- Sean Fletcher, Dan Madwed and Jon Wojciechowski -- in the 100-yard butterfly finals after qualifying only two in the event a year ago (Sean Fletcher, Neal Kennedy).

• Last season's 2011 Big Ten 200-yard freestyle champion Dan Madwed did not swim the event after swimming the 100-yard butterfly earlier in the morning.

Michael Wynalda's 1:34.08 in the 200-yard freestyle prelims was faster than Madwed's event-winning 1:34.36 a year ago.

• Ortiz's time of 46.35 in the 100-backstroke broke Alon Mandel's school-record of 46.47, which was set in 2009. He later broke his own record in the finals with a 46.33.

• Ortiz entered the evening session seeded first in the 100-yard backstroke after placing sixth last season in the race. Fletcher entered with a five seed after placing third in the final race last year (47.05).

Chris Morrison scored in three-meter diving for the second-straight year, as he took 16th. Sophomore Jack Lee took 11th on the event, the highest U-M placing in the event since Kyle Schroeder placed 12th at the 2007 Big Ten Championships.

Kyle Whitaker becomes the second Wolverine to win the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard individual medley in back-to-back years in the last five seasons. He joins Tyler Clary, who won both in 2009 and 2010, and is the seventh Wolverine in school history to take the race in back-to-back seasons.

• Whitaker's time of 3:41.04 is an NCAA automatic-qualifying time and makes him the fourth-fastest Wolverine in the 400 IM all-time.

• Whitaker's win in the 400-yard IM marks the sophomore's second straight year of winning both the 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM. He previously accomplished the feat during his freshman season in 2011.

• Wynalda's win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:34.10) is a new career best for the sophomore. The Big Ten Title is also the first of his career.

• Madwed extended U-M's winning streak in the 100-yard butterfly to four in pool-record fashion. Chris Brady was the 2009 and 2010 champion, while Fletcher won the 2011 title.

• Last season, the Wolverines led Indiana by 57 points (491-434) heading into the final day of competition prior to capturing its 35th Big Ten championship.