Jaeger, Whitaker, Relay Team Help Extend U-M's Lead at Big Tens
Connor Jaeger

Feb. 27, 2014

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Championships Central

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 2 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 10 Teams (308 points) after Day 2
Attendance: 890
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 28 -- host Big Ten Championships - Day 3 (Canham Natatorium), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team extended its lead during day two of the 2014 Big Ten Championships, as seniors Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) and Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and the 400-yard medley relay team each won titles during the second day of competition on Thursday (Feb. 27) inside Canham Natatorium.

The Wolverines have amassed 308 points after two days of competition, 92 points ahead of second-place Indiana (216 points).

U-M showcased its strength and dominance in the distance races by holding six of the eight spots in the 500-yard freestyle -- including first-through-third -- as Jaeger repeated as champion (4:12.52). Senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) and sophomore Anders Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) finished behind Jaeger in second (4:13.91) and third (4:14.66), respectively, all earning NCAA automatic qualifying times. Senior Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School) had his best swim of the season to finish fifth (4:16.13). Fifth-year senior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) went out hard in the morning's preliminaries to garner the top seed, eventually taking seventh (4:19.71), while junior Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) closed out the 'A' finalists in eighth (4:21.65). Junior/sophomore Daniel Miller (Lambertville, Mich./St. Francis de Sales) and senior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) also scored points in the consolation final, finishing 10th (4:19.12) and 14th (4:21.80), respectively.

After a one-year absence, Whitaker returned to the top of the conference in the 200-yard IM, winning the title for the third time in his four-year career. In the morning's preliminaries, Whitaker set new Big Ten, Big Ten Championships, U-M and Canham Natatorium records (1:41.14), earning the top seed for the finals, which he won with a nearly identical time to the morning (1:41.30). A pair of sophomores were also 'A' finalists in this event, as Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) finished second (1:41.66) and Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) finished sixth (1:45.20). Junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) also scored points, taking 12th (1:46.12).

The other individual swimming event of the night was the 50-yard freestyle, where defending champion Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) took third (19.46). Freshman Vinny Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) took 11th overall, finishing third in the consolation final (19.97).

One of the biggest performances of the day came in the diving well, as sophomore Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill) became the first U-M diver to advance to the championship finals of the one-meter springboard in 10 years. After a low score on his fifth dive of the preliminaries, Faerber hit his sixth to squeeze into the final spot in the championship final at 320.45, less than four points clear of Bryce Ogden (Indiana). In the championship final, Faerber finished eighth, scoring 325.75, a new career high. The other U-M diver in action was senior James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School), who finished 22nd (283.15).

The last event of the night was the 400-yard medley relay, as freshman Jason Chen (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley), Funk, senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) and Ortiz took home the crown. The Wolverines fell behind early on the backstroke, but got back into the race thanks to a 50.92 split over 100 yards of breaststroke by Funk during the second leg. Ohio State made a strong push during the third leg, but Ortiz split 41.89 down the stretch in the freestyle to hold off the Buckeyes and finish at 3:06.08.

The third day of action at the Big Ten Championships commences tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 28) with preliminaries at 11 a.m. and event finals at 6:30 p.m. The events contested include the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 400-yard IM, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and three-meter diving.

Team Standings (After Day 2)

 1. MICHIGAN                     308
 2. Indiana                      216
 3. Ohio State                   158
 4. Penn State                   154
 5. Minnesota                    141
 6. Wisconsin                    118
 7. Purdue                       113
 8. Northwestern                  79
 9. Iowa                          68
10. Michigan State                52

Event Winners/U-M Finishers
Preliminaries time in parentheses if faster than finals time

500-yard Freestyle
  1. Connor Jaeger, U-M          4:12.52*~
  2. Michael Wynalda, U-M        4:13.91*
  3. Anders Nielsen, U-M         4:14.66*
  5. Sean Ryan, U-M              4:17.78# (4:16.13)
  7. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M   4:19.71# (4:15.11*)
  8. Justin Glanda, U-M          4:21.65# (4:18.89#)
 10. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M         4:19.12#
 14. Daniel Miller, U-M          4:21.80# (4:21.01#)
 22. Cameron Stitt, U-M          4:22.95#
 34. Jack Mangan, U-M            4:27.08
200-yard IM
  1. Kyle Whitaker, U-M          1:41.30* (1:41.14M*!&~)
  2. Dylan Bosch, U-M            1:41.66*
  6. Peter Brumm, U-M            1:45.20# (1:45.00)
 12. Richard Funk, U-M           1:46.12#
 17. Chris Klein, U-M            1:47.08#
 25. Matt McNamara, U-M          1:48.28#
 28. Kyle Duckitt, U-M           1:48.68#
 48. Paul Corbae, U-M            1:50.67
50-yard Freestyle
  1. Derek Toomey, Minnesota       19.14* (19.05*~)
  3. Bruno Ortiz, U-M              19.46#
 11. Vinny Tafuto, U-M             19.97# (19.94#)
 18. Jason Chen, U-M               20.03#
T27. Jeremy Raisky, U-M            20.44
One-Meter Diving
  1. Darian Schmidt, IU           381.30^
  8. Timothy Faerber, U-M         325.75^
 22. James Ross, U-M              283.15
400-yard Medley Relay
  1. MICHIGAN                    3:06.08*~
    (Jason Chen, Richard Funk,
     John Wojciechowski, Bruno Ortiz)
M University of Michigan record
N NCAA record
U U.S. Open record
* NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
^ NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score
! Big Ten record
& Big Ten Championships record

Previous Results
Day 2 Prelims | Day 1


• U-M recorded seven NCAA 'A' times (Connor Jaeger, Michael Wynalda, Anders Nielsen and Hassan Abdel Khalik in the 500-yard freestyle; Kyle Whitaker and Dylan Bosch in the 200-yard IM; the 400-yard medley relay team), 13 NCAA 'B' times (Sean Ryan, Justin Glanda, Ryutaro Kamiya, Daniel Miller, Cameron Stitt in the 500-yard freestyle; Peter Brumm, Richard Funk, Chris Klein, Matt McNamara and Kyle Duckitt in the 200-yard IM; Bruno Ortiz, Vinny Tafuto and Jason Chen in the 50-yard freestyle) and one NCAA Zone Championships qualifying score (Timothy Faerber on one-meter) during Thursday's meet.

• Michigan student-athletes recorded 17 career-best performances on Thursday.

• The Wolverines are nearly on the same pace as last year's championship team after two days. U-M has 308 points after two days this year, compared to 316 at the same point last season. The Wolverines' lead after two days is 92 points, compared to 79 at the same point last season (also over Indiana). Additionally, U-M has won the same four titles over the first two days in each of the last two seasons: the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard medley relay, the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 500-yard freestyle (U-M won the 50-yard freestyle last year compared to the 200-yard IM this year).

Connor Jaeger went faster in the 500-yard freestyle this season (4:12.52) than he did in the same race last year (4:13.44). He also shaved more than three seconds off his time from preliminaries (4:15.88) to finals.

• The last U-M diver to make the championship finals on one-meter was Jason Coben (2004). Coben won the Big Ten title that season. Additionally, Faerber is the first U-M diver to make any championship final since Jack Lee on platform in 2012.

• Michigan had four finalists in the 500-yard freestyle at last season's Big Ten Championships (Connor Jaeger, Anders Nielsen, Michael Wynalda, Sean Ryan). Those four were in the 'A' final on Thursday along with Hassaan Abdel Khalik (was ninth in 2013) and Justin Glanda (was 14th in 2013). Along with 'B' finalists Daniel Miller and Cameron Stitt, U-M scored 100 points in the 500-yard freestyle alone.

Dylan Bosch took second and Kyle Whitaker took third in the 200-yard IM at last year's Big Ten Championships (Indiana's Cody Miller won the race to dethrone Whitaker, who had won the race in 2011 and 2012). This year, Whitaker took first and Bosch took second, while Miller came in fifth.

• The old U-M and Big Ten Conference record in the 200-yard IM was 1:41.67 from Tyler Clary in 2009. The old Big Ten Championships record was 1:41.85, set by Cody Miller (Indiana) in 2013. The old pool record was 1:43.05, set by Michael Phelps (Club Wolverine) in 2005.

Career Bests (Feb. 27)

Name Event Time/Score
Hassaan Abdel Khalik500-yard Freestyle 4:15.11
Michael Wynalda500-yard Freestyle4:13.91
Justin Glanda500-yard Freestyle 4:18.89
Ryutaro Kamiya 500-yard Freestyle4:19.12
Daniel Miller500-yard Freestyle4:21.01
Cameron Stitt500-yard Freestyle4:22.95
Kyle Whitaker200-yard IM1:41.14
Dylan Bosch200-yard IM1:41.66
Peter Brumm200-yard IM1:45.00
Richard Funk200-yard IM1:46.12
Chris Klein200-yard IM1:47.08
Matt McNamara200-yard IM1:48.28
Kyle Duckitt200-yard IM1:48.68
Vinny Tafuto50-yard Freestyle19.94
Jason Chen50-yard Freestyle20.03
Jeremy Raisky50-yard Freestyle20.44
Timothy Faerber One-meter diving325.75

Contact: Brad Rudner (brudner@umich.edu)