March 24, 2012
Prelims | Finals
Postmeet Interviews (YouTube): Kyle Whitaker | Mike Bottom
Site: Federal Way, Wash. (Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 2 of 3)
U-M Team Result: 5th Place (199 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 24 -- at NCAA Championships - Day 3 (Federal Way, Wash.), 11 a.m./ 7 p.m. PDT
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -- On day two of the 2012 NCAA Championships on Friday (March 23), the University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team earned 11 All-America citations, highlighted by sophomore Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton), who took second in the 400-yard individual medley, and senior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson), who placed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly. Heading into the final day of action at the Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center, Michigan sits in fifth place with 199 team points; Cal leads (379.5).
U-M kicked off day-two finals in the 200-yard medley relay, where the foursome of junior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison), freshman Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), Madwed and junior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) achieved All-America status, clocking a 1:23.53 to take sixth place in the race and garner 26 team points.
In the second race of the night session, Whitaker repeated as NCAA runner-up in the 400-yard individual medley, clocking a 3:41.37. The sophomore marked the highest individual finish of the championship to date for the Wolverines, and earned All-America honors with the second-place finish behind Arizona's Austen Thompson, who registered a blistering time of 3:39.15.
The 100-yard butterfly ensued, where Madwed claimed fourth place to secure his 12th All-America honor with a time of 45.91. Fletcher then won the 'B' final with a 45.98, replicating his position from the 2011 championships by taking ninth and take home his second All-America honorable mention of the championship.
Sophomore Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) followed in the 200-yard freestyle, where he claimed the first All-America recognition of his career by taking sixth in the race with a time of 1:34.66 after marking a 1:34.37 in the preliminary round.
Miguel Ortiz then took to the 100-yard backstroke 'B' final, an event where that he placed 31st in last year. The junior clocked a 46.63 to place 10th tonight, a 21-place improvement from a year ago, and secured the third All-America honor of his career and the second of the 2012 championships.
The 800-yard freestyle relay for the Maize and Blue highlighted the night, as the quartet of Madwed, Wynalda, sophomore Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) and Whitaker placed fifth with a time of 6:21.55. Junior Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg), who swam in the prelims, also attained All-America status for his efforts, the first citation of his career.
The Wolverines will attempt to finish in the top five at NCAAs for the first time under head coach Mike Bottom on the final day of the 2011-12 campaign when they take to the water for day three of the NCAA Championships. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. PDT and the finals, which will air live on ESPN3.com, will begin at 7 p.m. PDT.
Team Standings (After Day 2)
1. California 379.5
2. Texas 343.5
3. Arizona 283
4. Stanford 277
5. MICHIGAN 199
6. Auburn 178.5
7. Florida 125
8. USC 119
9. Louisville 110
10. Indiana 102
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 2)
(Preliminary time in parentheses if faster than finals time)
200-yard Medley Relay
1. Arizona 1:23.53+
6. MICHIGAN 1:25.30
(Sean Fletcher, Bruno Ortiz,
Dan Madwed, Miguel Ortiz)
400-yard Individual Medley
1. Austen Thompson, Arizona 3:39.15
2. Kyle Whitaker, U-M 3:41.37
1. Tom Shields, California 44.76
4. Dan Madwed, U-M 45.91
9. Sean Fletcher, U-M 45.98
19. John Wojciechowski, U-M 46.99
1. Dax Hill, Texas 1:32.51
6. Michael Wynalda, U-M 1:34.66 (1:34.37)
18. Connor Jaeger, U-M 1:35.57
45. Ryan Feeley, U-M 1:39.02
1. Kevin Cordes, Arizona 51.71 (51.32+)
18. Richard Funk, U-M 53.56
-- Bruno Ortiz, U-M DQ
1. Tom Shields, California 44.86
10. Miguel Ortiz, U-M 46.63
1. Kristian Ipsen, Stanford 469.20
800-yard Freestyle Relay
1. Texas 6:15.55
5. Michigan 6:21.55
(Dan Madwed, Michael Wynalda,
Connor Jaeger, Kyle Whitaker)
+ American record
Day 1 Results
N O T E S
Michigan qualified three swimmers in the 'A' final and a pair in the 'B' final. Additionally, the 200-yard medley relay qualified for the 'A' final in sixth place.
Whitaker repeated as NCAA runner-up and held seed as he qualified second in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 3:44.33. He took second in the event at last season's meet as well, and used a season-best 3:41.37 in the 2012 edition of the finals.
Madwed took fourth in the 100-yard butterfly after taking third in the event last season, while Fletcher won the 'B' heat to take ninth in the race for the second straight season.
Michigan failed to qualify a swimmer in the 100-yard breaststroke for the second straight year.
After placing 31st in the 100-yard backstroke a year ago, Miguel Ortiz qualified 15th in the race to make the 'B' final cut and placed 10th in the 'B' final.
Fletcher's pair of All-America honorable mentions give him a total of 10 on his career.
Seven of the 14 swimmers at this year's championships are swimming for the first time on the national stage.
Contact: Scott Kemps (734) 763-4423