Three-Peat! Michigan Leads Wire to Wire to Win Big Tens

March 2, 2013

Prelims  | Finals 
Bosch | Turk | Gregg, Feeley, Willets | Bottom
Complete Results | Championships Central

Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Result: 1st of 10 Teams (899 points)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 10 -- at OSU Last Chance Meet (Columbus, Ohio), TBA

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 3-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team captured its third straight Big Ten championship on Saturday (March 2) inside the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.

The Wolverines won 12 Big Ten titles during the four-day session (seven individual, five relay), including event wins from junior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson Fair Haven) in the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:34.87), sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) in the 100-yard freestyle (42.76) and freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) in the 200-yard butterfly (1:41.18) on Saturday. Michigan scored 899 points, beating second-place Indiana by 235 points.

At the conclusion of the meet, head coach Mike Bottom was named Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year, while Bosch claimed Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

The Wolverines placed four 'A' finalists in two races on day four, beginning with the 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) added to the team's list of champions with his finals win (1:41.18), which set new Big Ten, Big Ten Championships, pool and school records. A pair of juniors followed, with John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) taking third (1:43.71) and Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) finishing fourth (1:43.80). Freshman Peter Brumm rounded out the 'A' finalists, finishing sixth (1:45.14).

In the 100-yard freestyle, U-M put four in the 'A' final and four in the 'B' final. Following Bruno Ortiz's win was his older brother, senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), who took fourth (43.18). The team's two other 'A' finalists were graduate student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) in sixth (43.24) and senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) in eighth (43.56). Michigan also had four in the consolation final, spearheaded by sophomore Justin Glanda (Rocherster Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood), who finished 10th (43.70). Senior Roman Willets (Whitehouse, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales) placed 12th (43.93), senior/junior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) took 14th (43.97), and junior Michael Wynalda finished 15th (44.06).

Michigan occupied the first four spots on the podium in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Following Jaeger's win was junior Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School), who took second in 14:50.75, a new season best by more than 30 seconds. Senior Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) had his best performance of the weekend, taking third (14:51.59), and freshman Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) closed out the quartet with a fourth-place finish (14:53.33).

Sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) scored a runner-up finish for Michigan in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:53.32), with junior Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College) taking seventh (1:56.22). Junior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) was the team's other 'A' finalist, finishing eighth in the 200-yard backstroke (1:44.00).

Both Wolverine divers scored points for the team during the consolation final on the 10-meter platform. Freshman Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill) finished 10th (387.25), while junior Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School) finished 14th (356.80). Both scores are career highs.

The Wolverines put an exclamation point on their meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:51.25), giving them a perfect 5-for-5 sweep on relays at the championships for the first time ever. B. Ortiz, Turk, Fletcher and M. Ortiz were on the winning relay.

Michigan now readies for the NCAA Championships at the end of the month. With one more weekend before the field is set, select Wolverines will travel to Columbus, Ohio, next Sunday (March 10) to participate in the OSU Last Chance Meet.

Final Team Standings

 1. MICHIGAN             899
 2. Indiana              664
 3. Ohio State           470
 4. Minnesota            378
 5. Purdue               328
 6. Wisconsin            277
 7. Iowa                 245
 8. Penn State           212
 9. Northwestern         161
10. Michigan State       126

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 4 Finals)

1,650-yard Freestyle
 1. Connor Jaeger, U-M         14:34.87*%
 2. Sean Ryan, U-M             14:50.75#
 3. Ryan Feeley, U-M           14:51.59#
 4. Anders Lie Nielsen, U-M    14:53.33#
200-yard Backstroke
 1. Drew Teduits, Wisconsin     1:39.98*%
 8. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M         1:44.00# (1:42.72#)
20. Reid Elliott, U-M           1:46.46
100-yard Freestyle
 1. Bruno Ortiz, U-M              42.76#
 4. Miguel Ortiz, U-M             43.18#
 6. Zachary Turk, U-M             43.24# (42.90#)
 8. Sean Fletcher, U-M            43.56# (43.11#)
10. Justin Glanda, U-M            43.70# (43.61#)
12. Roman Willets, U-M            43.93#
14. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M     43.97# (43.82#)
15. Michael Wynalda, U-M          44.06# (43.61#)
200-yard Breaststroke
 1. Cody Miller, Indiana        1:51.03*%+~
 2. Richard Funk, U-M           1:53.32*
 7. Kyle Duckitt, U-M           1:56.22#
20. Matt McNamara, U-M          1:58.76#
200-yard Butterfly
 1. Dylan Bosch, U-M            1:41.18*%@+~
 3. John Wojciechowski, U-M     1:43.71#
 4. Kyle Whitaker, U-M          1:43.80#
 6. Peter Brumm, U-M            1:45.14# (1:44.89#)
30. Daniel Miller, U-M          1:50.87
Platform Diving
 1. Conor Murphy, Indiana        495.55^
10. Timothy Faerber, U-M         387.25^
14. Jack Lee, U-M                356.80^
400-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. MICHIGAN                    2:51.25*%
   (Bruno Ortiz, Zachary Turk,
    Sean Fletcher, Miguel Ortiz)
* NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
^ NCAA zone diving qualifying mark
% Pool record
@ University of Michigan record
+ Big Ten Championships record
~ Big Ten Conference record

• Previous Results: Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1

Michigan Big Ten Champions
Bruno Ortiz (6): 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay
Sean Fletcher (5): 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay.
Miguel Ortiz (4): 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay
Zachary Turk (3): 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay
Anders Lie Nielsen (2): 200-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle relay
Connor Jaeger (3): 500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle relay
Michael Wynalda (1): 800-yard freestyle relay
Kyle Whitaker (1): 800-yard freestyle relay
Richard Funk (1): 400-yard medley relay
Dylan Bosch (1): 200-yard butterfly

Big Ten Award Winners
Coach of the Year: MIKE BOTTOM, MICHIGAN
Swimmer of the Championships: Cody Miller, Indiana
Diving Coach of the Year: Jeff Huber, Indiana
Divers of the Championships: Darian Schmidt, Indiana; Shane Miskiel, Ohio State
Big Ten Freshman of the Year: DYLAN BOSCH, MICHIGAN

2012 Michigan All-Big Ten Selections
First Team: Dylan Bosch, Sean Fletcher, Richard Funk, Connor Jaeger, Anders Lie Nielsen, Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Zachary Turk, Kyle Whitaker, Michael Wynalda
Second Team: Sean Ryan


• During its four days at the Big Ten Championships, Michigan set eight school records, four Big Ten records, six Big Ten Championships records, nine pool records and 53 career-best times/performances. It also posted 20 NCAA 'A' cuts and 44 NCAA 'B' cuts.

• The last time Michigan won three straight Big Ten championships was from 1993-95.

• It is the most points a team has scored in a Big Ten Championships meet since Michigan in 2008 (1,081.5).

• Michigan has won the Big Ten championship in four of the last five years under head coach Mike Bottom. It is the program's 37th title, most by any team in the conference, and fifth in the past six seasons.

Mike Bottom was named Big Ten Head Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. He is the third head coach in Big Ten history to receive the award three years in a row, joining Michigan's Jon Urbanchek (1993-95) and Minnesota's Dennis Dale (2001-03).

Bruno Ortiz became the first U-M swimmer since Tyler Clary in 2010 to win six Big Ten titles in the same meet. He won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle and aided wins on four relays.

• During its three-year title streak, Michigan has won 61 percent (12 in 2013, 11 in 2011, 10 in 2012) of the events at the Big Ten Championships.

• The last time Michigan swept all individual freestyle events (50, 100, 200, 500, 1,650) was 1993. Gustavo Borges won the 50, 100 and 200, while Marcel Wouda won the 500 and 1,650.

• With Dylan Bosch's win in the 200-yard butterfly, Michigan has won that event in nine of the last 10 Big Ten Championships. Dan Madwed won the race each of the last three years.

Connor Jaeger set a new career best in the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:34.68). That time is fourth fastest in school history.

• All eight swimmers in the 100-yard freestyle set new career-best times.

• The old Michigan, Big Ten and Big Ten Championships record in the 100-yard freestyle was held by Dan Madwed (1:41.70 in 2011). The pool record was held by Davis Tarwater (1:43.97 in 2006).

Ryutaro Kamiya moves into seventh on the school's all-time performance list for the 200-yard backstroke (1:42.72).

Jack Lee missed out on qualifying for the 'A' final on platform by just 1.60 points. He took eighth in the event last season at the Big Ten Championships.

• Between the 100-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle, Michigan swimmers scored 144 points on Saturday.

• The Big Ten Network will show the final day of the meet next Saturday (March 9) at 10 a.m.


Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On what the win means for Michigan ... "I think you have to understand, and it's really difficult if you haven't been on a team, to understand how being on a team elevates you. We had so many best times, so many people dropping two, three, four, five seconds. You can list a bunch of names, but you can read those. Everyone gets something out of this. Whether you swim for Michigan, play for Michigan or dive for Michigan, this place can drive you to be great. That's what we're trying to do, to show that we can be the leaders and the best. With investment, hard work and working together, you can achieve some things you never thought you could achieve. If we could pass a lesson on to the Michigan faithful, gather together a group of people, go after a goal and you can get it done."

On the seniors' legacy ... "This is our first recruiting group. They've done a great job. We started with a few guys, and we build a culture. It's a culture where they go out and help the community, get high GPAs and go to graduate school. They're going to change the world."

On the team's next step ... "Most of them will get back in the pool tomorrow. We've qualified solidly 16, and we've got two guys that are sitting on the fence, but I think we'll have a full team. That was one of our goals at the beginning of the year. We'll go back to work. We'll work hard. We'll go hard, lift hard and train hard. Again, it's about building up the team. The guys have finals. They have midterms. They have studies they have to catch up on, so they'll go back to that."

U-M Senior Miguel Ortiz
On what the win means to him ... "Our freshman year was a tough year, losing to Ohio State, our main rival. Seeing my big brother at the time, Alon Mandel, I saw his face after losing, and it was not a face I want to see as a senior. I'm glad we won Big Tens during my senior year. To be honest, I just want to call him and tell him that we did it."

On the team's effort ... "We had each other's back. We had our fans and family here. I just hope we can do this again for NCAAs. I just want to see these same swims at NCAAs, actually even faster. I'm excited for it. We've got more to accomplish."

On the performance of his younger brother, Bruno Ortiz ... "It was definitely a surprise, but it was a pleasant surprise. I wasn't expecting that at all. If he wins two individual titles, I'm happy. I'm just happy to see him happy."

U-M Sophomore Bruno Ortiz
On his meet ... "I never thought of going this fast and we weren't even fully tapered compared to where we were last year. I'm just excited for NCAAs. This is acting as a springboard for us."

On what the key is to winning Big Tens ... "I think the most important session is the morning. That determines the meet. We did a pretty good job of four guys up and four guys down in the 100-yard freestyle. In the 200-yard butterfly, we had four up. The milers were so fast. I think just those dominations, making finals in the morning. That's the thing you work on. NCAAs, you have to make the morning session. That's the biggest thing."

On swimming with Miguel ... "I'm glad we won every relay. It was good to swim on some of those with brother. It was my last Big Ten Championship with him, and it couldn't be better."

U-M Junior Connor Jaeger
On the 1,650-yard freestyle ... "Last year, we went 1-2-3. This year, we had two Indiana guys in our heat. It was close with them the whole meet. We wanted to get as many guys ahead of them as we could. I just pushed it the whole time and worried about my own race. It's awesome to come to the wall and see Michigan go 1-2-3-4."

On the team's dominance in the freestyle ... "That is so awesome. I don't know when the last time that happened. That's one of the things we're about. I'm not saying that's what we do every time, but we strive to. Everyone is working hard every day to try and do it. Since I got on the team three years ago, it's been a process. Over the last three years, everyone makes changes and improves, and that's what's led us to be where we are. It's awesome to see."

On preparing for NCAAs ... "First of all, since I've been on the team, we haven't had a full team go to NCAAs, which is 18 swimmers. It's impossible to say if we'll be able to do that now since there are other meets going on. This is the closest we've been in a while to having a full team, and that's an accomplishment within itself. It's something to celebrate. We've just got to keep the team focused like we have all year. We're in this together whether you're going to NCAAs or not. There's no lag time. We'll celebrate this night and then get back to work.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423