Feb. 25, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Wellness and Recreation Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 10 Teams (738.5 points)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 4 -- at OSU Last Chance Meet (Columbus, Ohio)
IOWA CITY, Iowa. -- The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team led wire to wire en route to capturing its 36th Big Ten championship on Saturday (Feb. 25) inside Iowa's Campus Wellness and Recreation Center. U-M used final-day victories from sophomore Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) in the mile and senior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) in the 200-yard butterfly.
Michigan began its title defense in the mile with a 1-2-3 finish, as Jaeger won the first individual Big Ten championship of his career with a pool record of 14:43.64 after collecting runner-up finishes in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events. He was followed by the 2011 champion, sophomore Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School), who finished in second with a 14:45.08, and junior Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye), who took third with a 14:45.23.
Following Michigan's eighth runner-up finish of the championship by freshman Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Stratchcona) -- in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:56.57) -- Madwed made history, winning the 200-yard butterfly for the third time in his career with a pool-record 1:42.67. He was the lead of a three-headed Michigan monster that went 1-2-3 in the event as sophomores Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy) took second (1:43.50) and third (1:43.83) in the race, respectively, marking the third time at the championships that U-M has swept the top three spots in an event.
Following sophomore Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School) placing eighth on the platform competition with a score of 324.000, U-M sealed Big Ten championship No. 36 with a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as the quartet of freshman Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), junior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), junior Roman Willets (Whitehouse, Ohio/St. Francis deSales) and Madwed clocked a 2:52.96 in Madwed's final race of his illustrious Big Ten Championships career.
Michigan wraps up its regular season with the Ohio State Last Chance Meet on Sunday, March 4, in Columbus, Ohio. The all-day meet will be held at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Final Team Standings
1. MICHIGAN 738.5 2. Ohio State 552.5 3. Indiana 549 4. Minnesota 403 5. Iowa 395 6. Penn State 332 7. Purdue 316 8. Wisconsin 225 9. Northwestern 157 10. Michigan State 113
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 4)
Preliminary time in parentheses if faster than finals time
1,650-yard Freestyle 1. Connor Jaeger, U-M 14:43.64*% 2. Sean Ryan, U-M 14:45.08* 3. Ryan Feeley, U-M 14:45.23* 10. Dane Vanderkaay, U-M 15:12.47# 17. Andrew Novakoff, U-M 15:20.74# 29. Jonathon Ekleberry, U-M 15:41.38 200-yard Backstroke 1. Andrew Elliott, OSU 1:41.70# 13. Jan Konarzewski, U-M 1:45.29# (1:45.07#) 15. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M 1:45.48# (1:44.81#) 16. Connor McCarroll, U-M 1:45.83# (1:45.26#) 100-yard Freestyle 1. Jason Schnur, OSU 43.11# 4. Bruno Ortiz, U-M 43.62# (43.51#) 6. Miguel Ortiz, U-M 43.78# (43.53#) 20. Roman Willets, U-M 44.26# 23. Michael Wynalda, U-M 44.55 35. Evan Gregg, U-M 44.86 39. Justin Glanda, U-M 44.98 200-yard Breaststroke 1. Cody Miller, Indiana 1:54.07*% 2. Richard Funk, U-M 1:56.57# (1:56.48#) 7. Kyle Duckitt, U-M 1:57.65# 25. Casey Sreenan, U-M 2:03.19 200-yard Butterfly 1. Dan Madwed, U-M 1:42.67*% 2. Kyle Whitaker, U-M 1:43.50# (1:43.25#) 3. John Wojciechowski, U-M 1:43.93# Platform Diving 1. Kris Jorgensen, Minnesota 430.65^ 8. Jack Lee, U-M 324.00^ (362.30^) 18. Thomas Jahnke, U-M 268.70 19. Chris Morrison, U-M 265.45 25. James Ross, U-M 231.05 400-yard Freestyle Relay 1. Iowa 2:52.53#% 2. MICHIGAN 2:52.96# (Bruno Ortiz, Miguel Ortiz,
Roman Willets, Dan Madwed) * NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
^ NCAA zone diving qualifying mark % Pool Record
Michigan Big Ten Champions
Dan Madwed (4): 800-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard medley relay, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard butterfly
Miguel Ortiz (2): 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard medley relay
Michael Wynalda (2): 800-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard freestyle
Connor Jaeger (2): 1,650-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle relay
Kyle Whitaker (3): 800-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard individual medley
Richard Funk (2): 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard medley relay
John Wojciechowski: 200-yard medley relay
Ryan Feeley: 500-yard freestyle
Bruno Ortiz: 800-yard freestyle relay
Evan Gregg: 200-yard medley relay
Sean Fletcher: 400-yard medley relay
Big Ten Award Winners
Coach of the Year: Mike Bottom
Swimmer of the Championships: Dan Madwed
Diving Coach of the Year: Jeff Huber, Indiana
Diver of the Championships: Darian Schmidt, Indiana; Kristoffer Jorgensen, Minnesota; Shane Miskiel, Ohio State
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Nate Savoy, Penn State
2012 Michigan All-Big Ten Selections
First Team: Miguel Ortiz, Richard Funk, John Wojciechowski, Evan Gregg, Dan Madwed, Michael Wynalda, Connor Jaeger, Kyle Whitaker, Sean Fletcher, Ryan Feeley
Second Team: Bruno Ortiz, Roman Willets, Sean Ryan
N O T E S
• Michigan won its third Big Ten title under head coach Mike Bottom and its conference-leading 36th overall.
• The Wolverines won 10 of 18 swimming events and scored points on one-meter and platform diving events.
• Michigan collected 10 runner-up finishes on the championship (500 free, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 200 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, mile, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and the 400 freestyle relay).
• Michigan won three of five relays at this year's championship, bringing its all-time total to 112 relay titles.
• Madwed has now made the Big Ten first team on four occasions and has won 14 Big Ten championships in his career.
• The 200-yard backstroke marked the first event at the championships that U-M failed to qualify a swimmer in the top eight of an event.
• Miguel Ortiz placed sixth in the 100-yard freestyle for the second consecutive season.
• Madwed became the third Wolverine in program history to win back-to-back-to-back 200-butterfly championships. The first was Tom Malchow (1997-99) and most recent was Davis Tarwater (2004-06).
• The 1-2-3 finish of Madwed, Whitaker and John Wojciechowski marked the third time of the championships that U-M has gone 1-2-3 in an event. The first was the 500-yard freestyle (Ryan Feeley, Connor Jaeger, Sean Ryan) and the second was the mile (Jaeger, Ryan, Feeley).
• Sophomore Jack Lee became the first Michigan diver since Jason Coben won the 2004 Big Ten platform championship on one-meter and platform to make the finals of any diving event, as he placed eighth with a 324.000.
• The 1-2-3 finish by Jaeger, Ryan and Feeley in the mile marks the second -straight year that U-M has had three finishers in the top five of the race. Ryan won the race last season and was followed by Feeley in second and Dane Vanderkaay in fourth.
• Jaeger won the 1,650-yard freestyle, giving Michigan 19 titles in the event since 1993. He ranks as the fifth-fastest Wolverine (14:43.64) in the race in program history.
• Dan Madwed won the Swimmer of the Championships for the first time in his career and becomes the first swimmer to win the award since 2010 (Tyler Clary). Michigan has won the award four of the last five seasons.
• Head coach Mike Bottom won his second Big Ten Coach of the Year honor, and the second time in his career.