March 30, 2013
• Prelims | Finals | Congratulate the Wolverines | U-M's 54th National Title
• Postmeet Video (YouTube): Trophy Presentation | Celebration
• Postmeet Interviews (YouTube): Whitaker | Jaeger | Seniors | Bottom | Bosch
Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (IU Natatorium at IUPUI)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place (480 points)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team led wire to wire to claim its 12th national title on Saturday (March 30) at the NCAA Championships, held inside the IU Natatorium. The Wolverines finished with 480 points, beating second-place California by 73.5 points (408). It is the program's first national championship since 1995.
The Wolverines were dominant in the pool from beginning to end. Junior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) swept the distance races, winning national titles in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday (March 30) and the 1,650-yard freestyle on Saturday, while the 200-yard medley relay -- consisting of Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison), sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and graduate student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) -- won gold on Friday (March 29) for the first time in program history. Fifteen of the team's 17 swimmers at the championships combined to receive 51 NCAA All-America honors or NCAA All-America honorable mentions. Mike Bottom was also named CSCAA Swimming Head Coach of the Year following the meet.
The final night started with four fast swims by the distance group in the 1,650-yard freestyle, highlighted by Jaeger. The 2012 Olympian was neck and neck with 2011 NCAA champion Michael McBroom (Texas) but slowly built up speed down the second half to close out the win. Jaeger was close to an NCAA record time for most of the race but still finished with a career high and the second-fastest time in program history. Two others earned All-America honors, as junior Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School) took fourth (14:46.29), and senior Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) finished sixth (14:49.05). Freshman Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) picked up an NCAA All-America honorable mention, as well, finishing ninth (14:51.40). The four U-M swimmers collected 57 points in the race, while California did not pick up any, extending the Wolverines lead to start the evening.
Another high-scoring event was the 200-yard butterfly, where U-M had three swimmers get team points. Freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) won the preliminaries in the morning and finished third in the finals (1:41.33). Junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) was also an 'A' finalist, taking eighth (1:43.84), while freshman Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) finished 15th (1:45.02) represented the Wolverines in the consolation final.
Michigan had two swimmers score points in the 100-yard freestyle --one in each final -- and one additional finalist in the 200-yard breaststroke. In the 100-yard freestyle, B. Ortiz finished eighth (42.74), while Turk finished 16th (43.56). In the 200-yard breaststroke, sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) finished seventh (1:54.15) to earn his third All-America honor of the championships. Junior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) was the team's lone representative in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing 19th (1:42.47). His time is a new career high and the sixth fastest in program history.
With no divers for either team, the Wolverines had a 57.5-point lead heading into the final race of the championships, the 400-yard freestyle relay. All Michigan had to do to clinch the championship was to finish the race, which they did, as the quartet of M. Ortiz, Fletcher, Turk and B. Ortiz finished second (2:50.18), giving the Wolverines, who also won the Big Ten Championships last month, the university's 54th NCAA team championship.
Final Team Standings (Top 10)
1. MICHIGAN 480 2. California 406.5 3. Arizona 313.5 4. Southern Cal 289 5. Texas 288 6. Florida 285.5 7. Stanford 282 8. Auburn 226.5 9. Indiana 201 10. Georgia 163
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Three)
(Preliminary time in parentheses if faster than finals time)
1,650-yard Freestyle 1. Connor Jaeger, U-M 14:27.18 4. Sean Ryan, U-M 14:46.29 6. Ryan Feeley, U-M 14:49.05 9. Anders Lie Nielsen, U-M 14:51.40 200-yard Backstroke 1. Andrew Teduits, Wisconsin 1:38.27 19. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M 1:42.47 100-yard Freestyle 1. Vlad Morozov, Southern Cal 40.76 8. Bruno Ortiz, U-M 42.95 (42.74) 16. Zachary Turk, U-M 43.56 (42.91) 38. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M 44.00 40. Justin Glanda, U-M 44.07 41. Michael Wynalda, U-M 44.13 200-yard Breaststroke 1. Kevin Cordes, Arizona 1:48.68 7. Richard Funk, U-M 1:54.15 200-yard Butterfly 1. Tom Shields, California 1:39.65 3. Dylan Bosch, U-M 1:41.33 (1:41.37) 8. Kyle Whitaker, U-M 1:43.84 (1:43.51) 15. Peter Brumm, U-M 1:45.02 (1:44.22) 24. John Wojciechowski, U-M 1:44.65 Platform Diving 1. Nick McCrory, Duke 495.90 400-yard Freestyle Relay 1. Southern Cal 2:48.33 2. MICHIGAN 2:50.18 (Miguel Ortiz, Zachary Turk, Sean Fletcher, Bruno Ortiz)
Swimmer of the Year: Kevin Cordes, Arizona
Diver of the Year: Kristian Ipsen, Stanford
Swimming Coach of the Year: MIKE BOTTOM, Michigan
Diving Coach of the Year: Dr. Rick Schavone, Stanford
MICHIGAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONS (2 INDIVIDUAL, 1 RELAY)
MICHIGAN ALL-AMERICANS (14 WOLVERINES/40 HONORS)
Miguel Ortiz (7): 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay
Bruno Ortiz (5): 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay
Sean Fletcher (5): 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay
Connor Jaeger (4): 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle relay
Zachary Turk (4): 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay*
Dylan Bosch (3): 200-yard IM, 400-yard IM, 200-yard butterfly
Richard Funk (3): 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 400-yard medley relay
Kyle Whitaker (2): 200-yard IM, 200-yard butterfly
Michael Wynalda (2): 200-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle relay
Hassaan Abdel Khalik (1): 800-yard freestyle relay
Ryan Feeley (1): 1,650-yard freestyle
Anders Lie Nielsen (1): 800-yard freestyle relay
Sean Ryan (1): 1,650-yard freestyle
John Wojciechowski (1): 200-yard medley relay*
MICHIGAN ALL-AMERICA HONORABLE MENTIONS (8 WOLVERINES/11 HONORS)
Anders Lie Nielsen (2): 500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle
Bruno Ortiz (2): 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke
Zachary Turk (2): 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle
Hassaan Abdel Khalik (1): 500-yard freestyle
Peter Brumm (1): 200-yard butterfly
Ryan Feeley (1): 500-yard freestyle
Sean Ryan (1): 500-yard freestyle
Kyle Whitaker (1): 400-yard IM
* Attained All-America status after swimming preliminary race leg
N O T E S
• Michigan now has 12 team national championships in program history, most of any team in NCAA swimming and diving history (2013, 1995, 1961, 1957-59, 1948, 1937-41). It is U-M's first since 1995, a meet that was also held at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. The Wolverines were previously tied with Ohio State for first with 11, followed by Texas (10), USC (9) and Auburn (8).
• The Wolverines have scored a top-10 national team finish in 13 consecutive seasons. Prior to Saturday, the Wolverines had not finished in the top three at the NCAA Championships since 1996 (third).
• Michigan had 14 swimmers earn at least one NCAA All-America honor during the NCAA Championships, tied for second most in a single season in program history. U-M had 18 NCAA All-Americans in 1959 and 14 in 1960.
• Connor Jaeger is the first U-M swimmer to win two individual NCAA titles in the same meet since Tyler Clary won the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard IM in 2009. He is also the first U-M swimmer to win the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle at the same NCAA Championships meet since Tom Dolan in 1996.
• Miguel Ortiz came into the NCAA Championships with one NCAA All-America honor, achieved on the 400-yard freestyle relay in 2011. Over the three days at the NCAA Championships, Ortiz claimed seven honors, bringing his career total to eight.
• Bruno Ortiz established a new career best in the 100-yard freestyle during preliminaries (42.74).
• Prior to Michigan's win, California had won back-to-back national championships (2011-12). Since 1974, Michigan is the only team not from the PAC-12 (California, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA, USC), SEC (Auburn, Florida) or the Big 12 (Texas) to win the national championship.
• Peter Brumm set a new career best in the preliminaries of the 200-yard butterfly (1:44.22). It is also the eighth-fastest time in program history.
• John Wojciechowski was also in the water for the 200-yard butterfly, taking 24th (1:44.65).
• Anders Lie Nielsen is now 10th all-time in school history in the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:51.40).
• Ryan Feeley picked up his first NCAA All-America honor in an individual race in what was the last race of his collegiate career. It is also his highest finish in the mile in four NCAA Championships meets (previous high finish was 15th last season).
• Sean Ryan has picked up an NCAA All-America honor in the 1,650-yard freestyle in three straight NCAA Championships meets.
• The men's swimming and diving team is the first Michigan program to win a national crown since men's gymnastics in 2010.
• ESPNU will broadcast the championships in condensed form on Wednesday, April 10, at 8 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423