Anders Nielsen (L) and Connor Jaeger
March 27, 2014
Site: Austin, Texas (Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 1)
U-M Team Standing: 4th Place of 28 Teams (109 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 28 -- at NCAA Championships - Day Two (Austin, Texas), 11 a.m./7 p.m. CDT
AUSTIN, Texas -- Six swimmers and both relays scored points to lead the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team to a fourth-place standing after the first day of the NCAA Championships on Thursday (March 27) inside the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Nine points separated the top three teams, led by Texas (146 points), California (145 points) and Florida (137 points).
Though he was unable to defend his title from a year ago, senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) was one of four swimmers to score team points in the 500-yard freestyle, taking third (4:12.67). Two lanes down from him was sophomore Anders Nielsen (Farum, Denmark), as the Dane took eighth to round out the championship final (4:16.88). In the consolation final, senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) took 13th (4:16.40), while senior Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School) was 15th (4:16.59). Together, the foursome combined for 33 points.
The Wolverines had two top-six finishers in the 200-yard individual medley, as senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) finished fourth (1:41.51) and sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) finished sixth (1:42.05). Those two combined for 28 team points.
Both U-M relays made it back for championship finals, as each quartet took seventh. To kick off the night, the team of junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), freshman Vinny Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey), sophomore Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) and freshman Jason Chen (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) took seventh (1:19.14). The Wolverines' foursome of senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep), junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona), Brumm and Ortiz closed the night with the same finish in the 400-yard medley relay (3:07.61).
Ortiz was also the team's lone representative in the 50-yard freestyle, tying for 25th (19.56).
Day two of the NCAA Championships begins Friday (March 28) with preliminaries at 11 a.m. CDT. Among the events contested are the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard IM, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and the 800-yard freestyle relay. Event finals will begin at 7 p.m. CDT.
Team Standings (Top 10 After Day 1)
1. Texas 146 2. California 145 3. Florida 137 4. MICHIGAN 109 5. Georgia 74 6. Arizona 68.5 7. Auburn 54 8. Southern Cal. 51 9. Stanford 46 10. Alabama 40.5
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 1)
Preliminaries time in parentheses if faster than finals time
200-yard Freestyle Relay 1. California 1:15.27 7. MICHIGAN 1:19.14 (1:17.39) (Bruno Ortiz, Vinny Tafuto, Peter Brumm, Jason Chen) 500-yard Freestyle 1. Cristian Quintero, USC 4:10.02 3. Connor Jaeger, U-M 4:12.67 (4:12.37) 8. Anders Nielsen, U-M 4:16.88 13. Michael Wynalda, U-M 4:16.40 15. Sean Ryan, U-M 4:17.08 (4:16.59) 23. Justin Glanda, U-M 4:18.46 27. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M 4:18.83 200-yard Individual Medley 1. Marcin Cieslak, Florida 1:40.58 4. Kyle Whitaker, U-M 1:41.51 (1:41.43) 6. Dylan Bosch, U-M 1:42.05 (1:41.82) 50-yard Freestyle T1. Kristian Gkolomeev, Alabama 18.95 T1. Brad Tandy, Arizona 18.95 T25. Bruno Ortiz, U-M 19.56 400-yard Medley Relay 1. California 3:02.66 7. MICHIGAN 3:07.61 (3:06.52) (John Wojciechowski, Richard Funk, Peter Brumm, Bruno Ortiz)
Peter Brumm (2): 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
Bruno Ortiz (2): 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
Kyle Whitaker (2): 200-yard IM, 200-yard Freestyle Relay*
Dylan Bosch (1): 200-yard IM
Jason Chen (1): 200-yard Freestyle Relay
Richard Funk (1): 400-yard Medley Relay
Connor Jaeger (1): 500-yard Freestyle
Anders Nielsen (1): 500-yard Freestyle
Vinny Tafuto (1): 200-yard Freestyle Relay
John Wojciechowski (1): 400-yard Medley Relay
* Swam on relay in preliminaries
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