Wolverines Win 200 Medley Relay National Title, Lead after Day Two

March 29, 2013

Prelims  | Finals 
• YouTube Interviews: Sean Fletcher audio | Miguel Ortiz audio

Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (IU Natatorium at IUPUI)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 2 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place (336 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 30 -- at NCAA Championships - Day 3 (Indianapolis, Ind.), 11 a.m./7 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A national championship and record-setting performance by the 200-yard medley relay team helped keep the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team in first place after day two of the NCAA Championships on Friday (March 29) at IU Natatorium. The Wolverines have 336 points after two days, leading second-place California by 34.5 points (301.5) heading into tomorrow's final day (Saturday, March 30).

The Wolverines started off the evening on fire, shattering four records in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and graduate student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) set new NCAA, U.S. Open, NCAA Championships and school records, finishing first at 1:22.27. U-M was in command from right off the starting blocks and never seriously threatened, winning the race by nine tenths-of-a-second over second-place California (1:23.17). The splits for each of the four swimmers were extremely fast, including 20.83 from M. Ortiz (backstroke), 23.07 from B. Ortiz (breaststroke), 19.92 from Fletcher (butterfly) and 18.45 from Turk (freestyle).

The Wolverines received points from two swimmers in the 400-yard individual medley, including freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton). Bosch snuck into the final by virtue of finishing eighth in the preliminaries but moved up one spot in the finals, finishing seventh (3:42.95). Michigan also picked up points in the consolation final from junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton), who won the heat, officially finishing ninth (3:43.15).

Just 30 minutes after their win in the 200-yard medley relay, M. Ortiz and Fletcher were back in the water for the finals of the 100-yard butterfly. Fletcher took seventh in preliminaries but moved up four spots to finish third (45.54), which is a new career-best time and also a time that is second-fastest in school history. Ortiz had a big time drop from his seed time (46.79), swimming fast in the preliminaries (45.69 -- a new career high by more than a full second) and eventually finishing fourth in the finals (45.79). Both men pulled double duty on Saturday night, also swimming in the 100-yard backstroke. Ortiz took fourth (45.49), while Fletcher finished 18th (46.75).

Michigan had seven entries in the 200-yard freestyle and got two of them back for the 'A' final. Junior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) took fifth (1:33.38 -- a new career-best time), while junior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) finished eighth (1:33.85).

Sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) led Michigan in the 100-yard breaststroke, taking third (51.84), re-establishing his previously held school record (went 51.91 at 2013 Big Ten Championships). B. Ortiz swam in the 'B' final, taking 16th (55.15).

The Wolverines wrapped up the evening with a second-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:15.54). The quartet of Wynalda, Jaeger, freshman Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) and senior/junior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) each picked up NCAA All-America honors in the race. Florida won at 6:13.27.

Michigan looks to wrap up its 12th national championship tomorrow (Saturday, March 30) during the final day of the NCAA Championships. The events that will be contested include the 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly, platform diving and the 400-yard freestyle relay. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m., with finals beginning at 7 p.m. Finals can be seen live online through ESPN3.com.

Top 10 Teams (After Day 2)

 1. MICHIGAN                  336
 2. California                301.5
 3. Arizona                   234.5
 4. Southern California       212
 5. Florida                   196.5
 6. Texas                     192
 7. Stanford                  169
 8. Auburn                    167.5
 9. Indiana                   151
10. Georgia                   106

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two Finals)
(Preliminary time in parentheses if faster than finals time)

200-yard Medley Relay
1. MICHIGAN                     1:22.27*&#
   (Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz,
    Sean Fletcher, Zachary Turk)
400-yard Individual Medley
 1. Chase Kalisz, Georgia       3:38.05
 7. Dylan Bosch, U-M            3:42.95 (3:42.42)
 9. Kyle Whitaker, U-M          3:43.15
100-yard Butterfly
 1. Tom Shields, California       44.59
 3. Sean Fletcher, U-M            45.54
 4. Miguel Ortiz, U-M             45.79 (45.69)
18. John Wojciechowski, U-M       46.77
200-yard Freestyle
 1. Joao De Lucca, Louisville   1:31.51
 5. Michael Wynalda, U-M        1:33.38
 8. Connor Jaeger, U-M          1:33.85 (1:33.81)
17. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M   1:34.68
20. Peter Brumm, U-M            1:34.94
21. Anders Lie Nielsen, U-M     1:34.95
23. Justin Glanda, U-M          1:35.15
45. Ryan Feeley, U-M            1:38.64
100-yard Breaststroke
 1. Kevin Cordes, Arizona         50.74
 3. Richard Funk, U-M             51.84
16. Bruno Ortiz, U-M              55.15 (53.32)
100-yard Backstroke
 1. David Nolan, Stanford         44.99
 4. Miguel Ortiz, U-M             45.49 (45.48)
18. Sean Fletcher, U-M            46.75
Three-Meter Diving
 1. Kristian Ipsen, Stanford     450.60
800-yard Freestyle Relay
1. Florida                      6:13.27
   (Pawel Werner, Sebastien Rousseau,
    Marcin Cieslak, Dan Wallace)
2. MICHIGAN                     6:15.54
   (Michael Wynalda, Connor Jaeger,
    Anders Lie Nielsen, Hassaan Abdel Khalik)
* NCAA Record
& U.S. Open Record
# NCAA Championships Record

Day 1 Results


• In the 76-year history of the NCAA Championships, no 200-yard medley relay team from Michigan had ever won a national championship.

• It was the 38th national championship relay team in program history and first since the 800-meter freestyle relay in 2004.

• The previous NCAA, U.S. Open and NCAA Championships record in the 200-yard medley relay was 1:22.36, set by Auburn in 2009. The previous school record was 1:23.25, set by the same foursome (M. Ortiz, B. Ortiz, Fletcher, Turk) at the 2013 Big Ten Championships last month.

• The national championship for Zachary Turk in the 200-yard medley is his first at the Division I level. He was a 14-time NCAA champion at the D-III level for Kenyon College.

John Wojciechowski earned his first career NCAA All-America honor as part of the 200-yard medley relay. He swam the butterfly leg during preliminaries. He also swam the 100-yard butterfly, taking 18th (46.77).

Connor Jaeger came into the 200-yard freestyle with a seed time of 1:36.65. He swam the preliminaries in 1:33.81, the sixth-fastest time in program history.

• Others swimming the 200-yard freestyle included Hassaan Abdel Khalik in 17th (1:34.68), Peter Brumm in 20th (1:34.94), Anders Lie Nielsen in 21st (1:34.95), Justin Glanda in 23rd (1:35.15) and Ryan Feeley in 45th (1:38.64).

Miguel Ortiz reset his school record in the 100-yard backstroke for the third time in two days. He entered the championships with a time of 46.05, went 46.01 on the leadoff leg of the 400-yard medley relay during preliminaries, then 45.85 on the leadoff leg during finals. He swam his 100-yard backstroke in 45.48 during preliminaries on Friday (March 28).

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423