Wolverines on Cusp of Fourth Straight Big Ten Title
Richard Funk

Feb. 28, 2014

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 3 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 10 Teams (599 points) after Day 3
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 1 -- host Big Ten Championships - Day 4 (Canham Natatorium), 11 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team moved to the cusp of its fourth straight Big Ten Championship with a dominating performance on Friday (Feb. 28) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines won three of the six swimming events, led by senior Kyle Whitaker's (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) third conference crown, this time in the 400-yard individual medley.

The Wolverines finished 1-2-4 in the 'A' final. Whitaker won the title with a pool-record time of 3:38.51, clocking the third-fastest time in U-M and Big Ten history. Sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) was runner-up with a career-best time of 3:39.07 followed by senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) in fourth place at 3:43.84. Freshman Cameron Stitt (Portland, Ore./Sunset) placed fourth in the 'B' Final and 12th overall with a personal-best time of 3:50.45.

The Wolverines continued to rack up the points with three top-seven finishes in the 'A final of 100-yard butterfly. Senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) placed third with a time of 46.25, sophomore Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) finished fifth at 46.45 and freshman Vinny Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) was seventh at 47.74. Junior/sophomore Jeremy Raisky (Birmingham, Mich./Berkley) won the 'B' final with a personal-best time of 47.79, the identical time clocked in the morning preliminaries.

The Wolverines dominated the 200-yard freestyle, with four of the top six finishers, and racked up 65 points. Senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) won the Big Ten title with a time of 1:32.52. Junior Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) was the runner-up with a career-best time of 1:33.98. Sophomore Anders Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) placed fourth at 1:34.43, and fifth-year senior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) was sixth at 1:34.78. The 1-2-4-6 finish by the Wolverines pushed the lead to more than 200 points in the championships.

Junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) won the Big Ten title in the 100-yard breaststroke with a career-best and pool-record time of 51.75 seconds. Funk's victory is the first for the Wolverines in the event in six years. In the process, Funk eclipsed his previous personal-best mark of 51.84 set at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) finished third at 52.15 seconds, and sophomore Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit) was sixth with a time of 53.43.

In the three-meter diving finals, sophomore Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill) placed fourth with a career-best score of 401.4 points. Faerber shattered his previous career best by 42 points. He tallied a score of 359.45.

In the first event of the evening, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the Wolverines posted a time of 1:18.02 to finish in fourth place. U-M moved into the third spot after Minnesota was disqualified for its fourth swimmer leaving early. Michigan's relay team consisted of Tafuto, Ortiz, Brumm and Wynalda.

The 2014 Big Ten Championships conclude tomorrow (Saturday, March 1) with preliminaries at 11 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m. The events include the 1,650-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard butterfly, the 400-yard freestyle relay and platform diving.

Team Standings (After Day 3)

 1. MICHIGAN                     599
 2. Indiana                      406
 3. Ohio State                   354
 4. Penn State                   265
 5. Purdue                       219.5
 6. Minnesota                    208
 7. Wisconsin                    207
 8. Iowa                         130
 9. Northwestern                 107
10. Michigan State                84.5

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

200-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. Ohio State                   1:17.93
 3. MICHIGAN                     1:18.02*
   (Vinny Tafuto, Bruno Ortiz,
    Peter Brumm, Michael Wynalda)
400-yard Individual Medley
 1. Kyle Whitaker, U-M           3:38.51*~
 2. Dylan Bosch, U-M             3:39.07*
 4. Connor Jaeger, U-M           3:43.84# (3:43.49#)

12. Cameron Stitt, U-M 3:50.45# -- Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M DQ (3:44.11#)   100-yard Butterfly 1. Tim Phillips, Ohio State 45.62 (45.57*~) 3. John Wojciechowski, U-M 46.25# 5. Peter Brumm, U-M 46.45# (46.28#) 7. Vinny Tafuto, U-M 47.74# (47.18) 9. Jeremy Raisky, U-M 47.79#   200-yard Freestyle 1. Michael Wynalda, U-M 1:32.52* (1:32.14*!&~) 2. Justin Glanda, U-M 1:33.98# 4. Anders Nielsen, U-M 1:34.43# 6. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M 1:34.78# (1:34.71#)   100-yard Breaststroke 1. Richard Funk, U-M 51.75*~ 3. Bruno Ortiz, U-M 52.15 (51.92*~) 6. Matt McNamara, U-M 53.43# (52.05) 10. Chris Klein, U-M 53.35# 13. Kyle Duckitt, U-M 53.91# (53.81#)   100-yard Backstroke 1. Shane Ryan, Penn State 45.13*~ 8. John Wojciechowski, U-M 47.51#   Three-Meter Diving 1. Darian Schmidt, Indiana 451.90 4. Timothy Faerber, U-M 401.40   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 ~ Pool Record

Previous Results
Day 3 Prelims | Day 2 Finals | Day 2 Prelims | Day 1



• The announced crowd for tonight's sixth session was 1,004 fans.

• Michigan won three of the six 'A' Final events swam during the evening session.

Michael Wynalda won his second Big Ten title in the 200-yard freestyle; he claimed the conference crown at the 2012 championship. He has the three-fastest times in the event in Big Ten history.

John Wojciechowski placed eighth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 47.51. It is his second event of the evening.


• U-M will return 15 up/4 down to tonight's finals. On the same day last year, U-M went 15 up/2 down.

Kyle Whitaker enters tonight as the top seed in the 400-yard IM (3:38.93). He broke his career high by two seconds (3:40.94) and set the new pool record by just over four seconds (3:43.03), previously set by Alex Vanderkaay in 2008. It is also the third-fastest time in U-M and Big Ten history. Whitaker swam 3:43.75 in the preliminaries at last year's championship and finished second in the finals (3:40.94).

• Joining Whitaker in the championship heat of the 400-yard IM is Dylan Bosch (3:41.56), Connor Jaeger (3:43.49) and Ryutaro Kamiya (3:44.11). Bosch's time was an NCAA 'A' cut, while Jaeger missed it by .01 seconds. Cameron Stitt will swim in the consolation final (3:50.52).

Michael Wynalda re-established his Big Ten and program records in the 200-yard freestyle, as he will enter tonight as the top seed at 1:32.14. That time is also an NCAA 'A' cut, Big Ten Championships and pool record. Wynalda previously set the Big Ten and U-M records at Winter Nationals back in December (1:32.91). He won the race in 2012.

• Wynalda will be joined in the championship heat by Hassaan Abdel Khalik (1:34.71), defending champion Anders Nielsen (1:34.95) and Justin Glanda (1:34.96).

• Four men will return to the finals of the 100-yard butterfly, including three in the 'A' final -- Peter Brumm (46.28), John Wojciechowski (46.45) and Vinny Tafuto (47.18). Jeremy Raisky will swim in the consolation final (47.79).

• Michigan will be well represented in the 100-yard breaststroke. Bruno Ortiz (51.92) and Richard Funk (52.05) will enter tonight as the top two seeds, respectively, while Matt McNamara will join them in the championship final (53.58). Kyle Duckitt (53.81) and Chris Klein (54.10) will swim in the consolation final.

John Wojciechowski is the team's lone representative in the 100-yard backstroke, as he will swim in the championship heat after posting a career and season-best swim of 46.66.

Career Bests (Feb. 28)
Kyle Whitaker - 400-yard IM (3:38.93)
Dylan Bosch - 400-yard IM (3:39.07)
Connor Jaeger - 400-yard IM (3:43.49)
Cameron Stitt - 400-yard IM (3:50.45)
Ryutaro Kamiya - 400-yard IM (3:44.11)
John Wojciechowski - 100-yard Butterfly (46.25)
Vinny Tafuto - 100-yard Butterfly (47.18)
Jeremy Raisky - 100-yard Butterfly (47.79)
Michael Wynalda - 200-yard Freestyle (1:32.14)
Justin Glanda - 200-yard Freestyle (1:33.98)
Richard Funk - 100-yard Breaststroke (51.75)
Bruno Ortiz - 100-yard Breaststroke (51.92)
Matt McNamara - 100-yard Breaststroke (52.05)
Chris Klein - 100-yard Breaststroke (53.35)
John Wojciechowski - 100-yard Backstroke (46.66)
Timothy Faerber - 3-Meter Diving (401.40)

Contact: Brad Rudner (brudner@umich.edu)