U-M Adds Three More Titles to Maintain Lead at Big Tens
Bruno Ortiz

Feb. 28, 2013

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Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 2 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 10 Teams (316 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 1 -- at Big Ten Championships - Day 3 (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team won three more titles to pad its lead during day two of the Big Ten Championships on Thursday (Feb. 28) at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) won the 50-yard freestyle and swam the anchor leg on the winning 400-yard medley relay team, while junior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) won the 500-yard freestyle. U-M leads the competition with 316 points.

The Wolverines added to their streak of dominance in the 500-yard freestyle thanks to some depth and fast swims from the team's two Olympians. Jaeger won the second individual Big Ten title of his career, taking first with a time of 4:13.44, the fastest time in the country heading into the weekend. Freshman Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) led most of the race but ended up taking third (4:14.15) after Jaeger turned it loose over the last 200 yards, improving on his splits in each of the last four 50-yard segments. Both times were NCAA 'A' cuts. With a fourth-place finish (4:16.83) from Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) and a sixth-place finish (4:17.48) from junior Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School), Michigan had four of the six fastest times in the 'A' final.

Three others scored points in the consolation final, led by senior/junior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) in ninth (4:17.20), sophomore Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) in 14th (4:22.69) and senior Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) in 15th (4:23.03).

The 200-yard individual medley 'A' final consisted of four swimmers from Michigan and four from Indiana. IU's Cody Miller won the race, knocking off two-time defending champion Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton). Freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) just out-touched Whitaker to take second (1:42.59), giving Bosch the second-fastest time in school history and third in Big Ten history. Whitaker was third (1:42.61). Both men met the NCAA automatic-qualifying standard and improved on their times from the morning's preliminaries. Michigan's other two 'A' finalists were junior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) in sixth (1:44.87) and freshman Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) in eighth (1:47.27). Sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) also scored points for the team with a 13th-place finish (1:46.77).

No Michigan swimmer had won a conference title in the 50-yard freestyle in 20 years, but that streak was ended on Thursday by B. Ortiz. He was fourth in the morning's preliminaries but zoomed past the field in 19.27 -- an NCAA 'A' cut, a time that establishes a new school record and one that is also third fastest in Big Ten history. Graduate student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) finished fifth (19.49), with Bruno's older brother, senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), finishing eighth (19.76). The team's lone 'B' finalist was senior Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) in 11th (19.96).

The Wolverines capped off a fantastic evening with a win in the 400-yard medley relay, a performance that met the NCAA 'A' standard and set new school and pool records. M. Ortiz started it off in record-setting fashion by himself, breaking his own previously held school record with a time of 46.05 on the leadoff leg. Following a 100-yard split of 51.77 by Funk, senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) swam his 100-yard butterfly leg in 45.61, putting a little distance between Michigan and Indiana before B. Ortiz closed out the relay with a 41.99 split in the freestyle. The Wolverines' winning margin was larger due to Indiana and Penn State, the original second- and third-place finishing teams, getting disqualified.

On the diving side, Michigan was represented by junior Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School) and freshman Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill). Lee was the higher finisher of the two, scoring points for the team via his 11th-place finish (333.15). He was 14th after preliminaries but moved up three spots in the consolation final. Faerber finished 24th (270.50) in his first Big Ten Championships appearance.

The third day of the Big Ten Championships commences tomorrow (Friday, March 1). Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m., with event finals starting at 6:30 p.m. Among the events are the 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, three-meter diving and the 200-yard freestyle relay.

Team Standings (After Day 2)

 1. MICHIGAN               316
 2. Indiana                237
 3. Ohio State             170
 4. Purdue                 144
 5. Minnesota              133
 6. Wisconsin              101
 7. Iowa                    86
 8. Penn State              75
 9. Northwestern            70
10. Michigan State          60

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2 Finals)

500-yard Freestyle
  1. Connor Jaeger, U-M            4:13.44*
  3. Anders Lie Nielsen, U-M       4:14.15*
  4. Michael Wynalda, U-M          4:16.83#
  6. Sean Ryan, U-M                4:17.48#
  9. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M     4:17.20#
 14. Justin Glanda, U-M            4:22.69# (4:20.42#)
 15. Ryan Feeley, U-M              4:23.03# (4:19.62#)
 17. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M           4:23.40#
 42. Daniel Miller, U-M            4:31.04
200-yard Individual Medley
  1. Cody Miller, Indiana          1:41.85*%+
  2. Dylan Bosch, U-M              1:42.59*
  3. Kyle Whitaker, U-M            1:42.61*
  6. John Wojciechowski, U-M       1:44.87#
  8. Peter Brumm, U-M              1:47.27# (1:45.03#)
 13. Richard Funk, U-M             1:46.77# (1:46.27#)
 28. Kyle Duckitt, U-M             1:49.18#
 40. Matt McNamara, U-M            1:50.55
50-yard Freestyle
  1. Bruno Ortiz, U-M                19.27*@
  5. Zachary Turk, U-M               19.49# (19.39#)
  8. Miguel Ortiz, U-M               19.76# (19.56#)
 11. Evan Gregg, U-M                 19.96#
T24. Roman Willets, U-M              20.39
400-yard Medley Relay
  1. MICHIGAN                      3:05.42*%+
    (Miguel Ortiz, Richard Funk,
     Sean Fletcher, Bruno Ortiz)
One-Meter Diving
  1. Darian Schmidt, Indiana        432.15^%
 11. Jack Lee, U-M                  333.15^
 24. Timothy Faerber, U-M           270.50
* NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
^ NCAA zone diving qualifying mark
% Pool record
@ University of Michigan record
+ Big Ten Championships record

Day 1 Results


• Michigan had six NCAA 'A' times, 14 NCAA 'B' times and 15 career-best swims on Thursday.

• Through seven events, Michigan has five champions (three relay, two individual). Indiana has the other two (200-yard IM, one-meter diving).

• The last U-M swimmer to win a conference title in the 50-yard freestyle was Gustavo Borges in 1993.

• The previous school record in the 50-yard freestyle was 19.36, set by Brent Lang in 1990.

• Prior to Indiana's win in the 200-yard individual medley, Michigan had won the last five Big Ten titles in the race dating back to 2008 (Kyle Whitaker won in 2011 and 2012).

• It was Michigan's 26th title in the 500-yard freestyle (19th in the last 21 Big Ten Championships meets) and 20th in the 50-yard freestyle.

Connor Jaeger was the third different U-M swimmer on the active roster to win the Big Ten title in the 500-yard freestyle, joining Sean Ryan (2011) and Ryan Feeley (2012).

• Two school records went down in the 400-yard medley relay. Miguel Ortiz's previous school record in the 100-yard backstroke was 46.33, set last season. He set the new record by virtue of leading off the relay (46.05). The old school record on the relay was 3:07.16, set by Alon Mandel, Jon Hiett, Chris Brady and Bobby Savulich back in 2009.


Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On the team's performance during day two, specifically the 400-yard medley relay ... "You have to start with the ending. That relay some something else. It was special. You've got a guy like Bruno Ortiz, who won the 50-yard freestyle, which nobody expected. He breaks a school record then anchors our school record, which is crazy. His brother started off our relay. Richard Funk was battling the best breaststrokers in the country. Sean Fletcher put the hammer down. Going 45 in the butterfly is crazy. I know most people don't understand times, but that's crazy. That's so fast."

On the 500-yard freestyle ... "Those guys battle. It was nice to see a battle between all those Maize hats. Dave Brandon got to give out the award at the end, and he commented, 'A lot of Maize and Blue out there, Mike,' so I feel pretty good about that. When you talk about the 500-yard freestyle, you talk about Michigan."

On the 200-yard individual medley ... "You know, it's hard going against the best of the best and only getting second and third. When you still do best times, what can you say? School records, this and that, and you're getting beat. That's okay by me. As long as they get better when they get in the water, we'll eventually get those."

On the 50-yard freestyle ... "The way it works is that it's the team. Bruno is there because Zachary Turk joined us. He's there because Miguel Ortiz was here teaching him along the way. Sean Fletcher is in that group. They all work together. They all help each other. And they're all getting better."

U-M Junior Connor Jaeger
On the preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle ... "The preliminaries were so fast. It's ridiculous how fast this meet has gotten over the past few years. For the guys in this race, we had a sense of urgency going in, especially with it being the first individual race of the meet. We knew we had to counteract IU's diving. I was in the last heat of prelims. Seeing the previous heats and our guys do great times, it only increased that. I wasn't very happy with my performance, to be honest, and I wasn't sure how it would go at night but having half the heat be Michigan guys took a lot of pressure off."

On the finals ... "I tried to turn the jets on at the 150-yard mark. Anders was so far ahead from the start. It was hard for me to see around him, but I was able to see around the other guys, and that's what I was going for. I didn't care about beating Anders. I just wanted to stay ahead and continue with my strategy."

On the win ... "It feels good. At the time, I was worried about the team scoring. The 500-yard freestyle is one of our stronger events, so scoring big in that event was crucial. I was happy to be able to score points for the team. At first, I was a little too preoccupied with team standings to be happy, but now, I'm a little more happy. Losing is never fun. I'm just going to take this win and gain some momentum going into NCAAs."

On how he felt the team performed at the meet ... "I think some places in the 500-yard freestyle, we could have been better, but overall, everyone really stepped up. The guy from Indiana swam so well, but we went 2-3-6-8. In the 50-yard freestyle, those guys stepped up. Bruno won. It was the same way in the relay. We're doing it. We're taking it one day at a time. We'll try to touch people out when we can and keep fighting for Michigan."

U-M Senior Sean Fletcher
On the 400-yard medley relay ... "It was definitely a good race. We were already motivated knowing that IU had a bunch of divers in the finals. We were under some pressure to perform well, but I thought we performed. Having Bruno close it out, I think that made us more comfortable. We were all really fired up to swim fast."

On his butterfly split on the relay ... "I was fairly happy with it. I think I could fix a few things. I didn't swim anything all day so I was a little wired and ready to go after sitting around all day. I was ready to swim fast. I think I let it get the best of me a little bit, but I'm happy overall. I've just got to carry it over to the rest of the meet."

On the rest of the meet ... "I think tomorrow, just like today, our focus will be on getting guys into finals during the morning. The preliminaries are where we're going to win the meet. Everyone knows what they need to do. We're going to focus on the little things and execute."

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