Feb. 28, 2015
Location: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 4 Finals)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 10 Teams (760 points)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 7 -- host Michigan Last Chance Meet (Canham Natatorium)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team claimed its fifth Big Ten title in as many seasons on Saturday (Feb. 28), capping off a wire-to-wire performance inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Wolverines got individual event wins from senior Bruno Ortiz (100-yard freestyle), junior Dylan Bosch (200-yard butterfly) and a record-setting victory from the 400-yard freestyle relay team on the final day and accumulated 760 points over the four days, beating second-place Ohio State by a 137-point margin.
The Wolverines have won five consecutive Big Ten titles for the first time since 1991-95 under Jon Urbanchek. During this four-day meet, U-M won 11 titles (six individual, five relay), set or tied three school records and established seven new pool records. As a team, Michigan received 15 NCAA 'A' times and 49 NCAA 'B' times.
Bosch was named Swimmer of the Championships after winning five titles, while Evan White was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year, sharing the honor with Indiana's Blake Pieroni. He was one of 13 Wolverines to earn All-Big Ten distinction, 11 of whom were on the first team.
Ortiz capped his impressive four-day performance with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle (42.63). Counting the preliminaries and the 400-yard freestyle relay, Ortiz actually swam the 100-yard freestyle three times on Saturday, recording fast swims at each turn. During the morning's preliminaries, he tied Gustavo Borges' school record (42.46) in that event. In the evening's final, Ortiz was in fourth at the halfway point but took over in the third 25-yard segment (10.98 split) and out-touched Ohio State's Josh Fleagle by a little more than a tenth-of-a-second. Joining Ortiz in the final was freshman Paul Powers, who was seventh (43.32). Two others swam in the consolation final, including senior Justin Glanda (10th, 43.54) and sophomore Vinny Tafuto (16th, 44.31).
Bosch followed his earlier wins in the 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM to claim his third consecutive Big Ten title in the 200-yard butterfly (1:40.75). He went nearly a full second-and-a-half faster in the evening, setting a new pool record. Freshman Evan White picked up an NCAA 'A' cut with a second-place finish to Bosch (1:42.32), while sophomore Julian Ballestas scored points in the consolation final with a 12th-place finish (1:46.74).
With the meet in hand, Michigan went all out for the 400-yard freestyle relay, as the quartet of Powers, Glanda, junior Anders Nielsen and Ortiz set a new Big Ten, Big Ten Championships and U-M record to take first (2:50.14). It was an NCAA 'A' time, as Ortiz, as he did all weekend, brought the relay home with another incredibly fast split (41.62).
Four swimmers combined for 49 points in the 1,650-yard freestyle, led by freshman PJ Ransford, who took second (14:49.63). Ransford went out fast before settling into his race, taking a firm runner-up position to Northwestern's Jordan Wilimovsky. U-M had two others finish in the top eight, including Nielsen in fourth (14:57.38) and freshman Ian Rainey in seventh (15:09.59). Sophomore Cameron Stitt also scored points, taking 12th (15:12.58).
The Wolverines were represented by three underclassmen in the 200-yard backstroke, each of whom finished in the top 10. The most impressive performance came from freshman Aaron Whitaker, who took fourth (1:41.39) despite swimming that event for the first time all season. He was not seeded coming into Saturday and earned a spot in the championship final out of lane eight in the first heat. Also in the final was freshman Tristan Sanders, who was the top seed after going 1:40.90 in the morning's preliminaries. Though he was not as fast in the final, he still managed to finish sixth (1:42.19). Sophomore Jack Mangan also finished in the top 10, finishing ninth (1:43.39). All three men now find themselves on the school's all-time list for that event.
Two swimmers finished in the top 10 of the 200-yard breaststroke, led by senior Richard Funk, who was fifth (1:54.77). Sophomore Chris Klein had a great swim in the consolation final, finishing ninth (1:55.08). Klein actually had the seventh-fastest time of the finals.
A few members of the team will be back in action on Saturday (March 7) for a Last Chance Meet at Canham Natatorium. A start time has not been announced yet. Those swimmers will attempt to achieve NCAA 'A' or 'B' cuts in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships, to be held next month in Iowa City.
Final Team Standings
1. MICHIGAN 760 2. Ohio State 623 3. Indiana 551 4. Purdue 401.5 5. Wisconsin 382 6. Minnesota 359 7. Penn State 232 8. Iowa 230.5 9. Northwestern 181 10. Michigan State 82
Event Winners/U-M Finishers
Preliminaries time in parenthesis if faster than finals
1,650-yard Freestyle 1. Jordan Wilimovsky, NU 14:33.50*@ 2. PJ Ransford, U-M 14:49.63# 4. Anders Nielsen, U-M 14:57.38# 7. Ian Rainey, U-M 15:09.59# 12. Cameron Stitt, U-M 15:12.58# 200-yard Backstroke 1. Drew Teduits, Wisconsi 1:40.30*@ 4. Aaron Whitaker, U-M 1:41.39# 6. Tristan Sanders, U-M 1:42.19# (1:40.90#) 9. Jack Mangan, U-M 1:43.39# 17. Will Raynor, U-M 1:44.72# 37. Alex Katz, U-M 1:48.09 100-yard Freestyle 1. Bruno Ortiz, U-M 42.63# (42.46*$@) 7. Paul Powers, U-M 43.32# (43.21#) 10. Justin Glanda, U-M 43.54# 16. Vinny Tafuto, U-M 44.31 (43.90#) 20. Peter Brumm, U-M 44.25# 200-yard Breaststroke 1. Lyam Dias, Purdue 1:53.92#@ 5. Richard Funk, U-M 1:54.77# (1:54.05#) 9. Chris Klein, U-M 1:55.08# 23. Matt McNamara, U-M 1:59.38# -- Ryan Sebastian, U-M DQ 200-yard Butterfly 1. Dylan Bosch, U-M 1:40.75*@ 2. Evan White, U-M 1:42.32* 12. Julian Ballestas, U-M 1:46.74# (1:46.65#) Platform Diving 1. James Connor, Indiana 532.45^ 22. Thomas Jahnke, U-M 250.70 24. Kevin Bain, U-M 238.75 400-yard Freestyle Relay 1. MICHIGAN 2:50.14*$&@ (Paul Powers, Justin Glanda, Anders Nielsen, Bruno Ortiz) * NCAA automatic-qualifying time ("A") # NCAA provisional-qualifying time ("B") ^ NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score ! Big Ten record & Big Ten Championships record $ Michigan record @ Pool record
MICHIGAN BIG TEN CHAMPIONS
Bruno Ortiz (6): 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay
Dylan Bosch (5): 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard IM, 400-yard IM, 400-yard medley relay, 800-yard freestyle relay
Paul Powers (4): 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay
Justin Glanda (2): 200-yard freestyle relay, 800-yard freestyle relay
Anders Nielsen (2): 200-yard freestyle relay, 800-yard freestyle relay
Aaron Whitaker (2): 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay
Jason Chen (1): 200-yard freestyle relay
Richard Funk (1): 400-yard medley relay
Jack Mangan (1): 800-yard freestyle relay
Jeremy Raisky (1): 200-yard medley relay
Vinny Tafuto (1): 200-yard freestyle relay
BIG TEN AWARD WINNERS
Swimmer of the Championships: DYLAN BOSCH, MICHIGAN
Diver of the Championships: James Connor, Indiana
Co-Freshman of the Year: EVAN WHITE, MICHIGAN; Blake Pieroni, Indiana
Sportsmanship Award Honoree: Richard Funk
2014-15 MICHIGAN ALL-BIG TEN SELECTIONS
First Team: Dylan Bosch, Jason Chen, Richard Funk, Justin Glanda, Jack Mangan, Anders Nielsen, Bruno Ortiz, Paul Powers, Jeremy Raisky, Vinny Tafuto, Aaron Whitaker
Second Team: PJ Ransford, Evan White
Communications Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423