Oct. 25, 2013
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center)
Result: #1 Michigan 166, #4 Texas 134; #1 Michigan 203, #9 Indiana 97; #4 Texas 204, #9 Indiana 96
Record: U-M (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten), Texas (2-1), Indiana (0-4, 0-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 26 -- at Indiana, vs. Texas (Bloomington, Ind.), 10 a.m.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team won nine of 16 events to defeat No. 4 Texas, 166-134, and No. 9 Indiana, 203-97, in a co-ed double-dual meet on Friday (Oct. 25) at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. Junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) and senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) each won multiple events to lead the Wolverines, who improved to 45-3-1 (27-1 vs. Big Ten opponents) in dual meets under the direction of head coach Mike Bottom.
Michigan started the meet off right as the quartet of senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep), Funk, sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) and junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) took first (1:27.81) in the 200-yard medley relay, a time four hundredths-of-a-second faster than the previous season best of 1:27.85, which was tops in the nation coming into the meet.
Michigan dominated the 1,000-yard freestyle, occupying three of the top four spots. Jaeger took top honors (9:07.66), while fellow U.S. National Team member Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School) was third (9:16.91). Freshman Cameron Stitt (Portland, Ore./Sunset) also earned points via a fourth-place finish (9:20.04).
Texas swimmer Clay Youngquist won the 200-yard freestyle, but Michigan picked up a load of points behind him, finishing second through fifth. Senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) was second (1:36.61), sophomore Anders Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) was third (1:37.26), junior Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) was fourth (1:37.43) and freshman Jack Mangan (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) was fifth (1:38.62). In the 100-yard backstroke, Wojciechowski, who transitioned to train in the backstroke group over the summer, led the team with a fourth-place finish (49.03).
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Funk bested Indiana's Cody Miller, the reigning three-time Big Ten champion in the race, to take first with an NCAA 'B' time of 54.14. The Wolverines then went 1-2 in the 200-yard butterfly, as both Bosch and second-place finisher Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) recorded NCAA 'B' times at 1:44.17 and 1:46.05, respectively. Right before the break, Ortiz kept the winning going, taking first in the 50-yard freestyle (20.30), winning the race by just one tenth-of-a-second. Freshman Vinny Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa./Hershey) also turned in a solid performance, finishing third (20.44).
Coming out of the break, U-M showcased its depth once again, taking second through fourth in the 100-yard freestyle, led Wynalda (44.40). Behind him were Ortiz (44.57) and Glanda (44.89). Following a third-place finish by senior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) in the 200-yard backstroke (1:46.80), Funk won his second event of the night, this time in the 200-yard breaststroke (NCAA 'B' time of 1:58.82). Filling in behind Funk was senior Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College) in fourth (2:02.46), sophomore Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods, Mich./Univ. of Detroit Jesuit) in fifth (2:03.39) and sophomore Paul Corbae (Madison, Wis./Westlake) in sixth (2:03.59).
Jaeger and Nielsen went 1-2 in the 500-yard freestyle, with Jaeger touching the wall first (4:22.13). In the 100-yard butterfly, Bosch took second (47.71), and Wojciechowski was third (47.84). Both are NCAA 'B' times.
The last individual event of the night was the 200-yard individual medley, where Whitaker was first (1:46.71), Bosch was second (1:48.06) and sophomore Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) in third (1:50.55). The times for both Whitaker and Bosch were both NCAA 'B' times.
Finally, Michigan closed out the night with a victory in the 400-yard freestyle, as the team of Ortiz, Glanda, Nielsen and Wynalda were timed at 2:56.09.
Two divers were in action for Michigan. Senior James Ross (Richmond ,Va./Collegiate School) took ninth (281.25) on one-meter and 12th on three-meter (298.00), while senior Nate Rietberg (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) was 11th on three-meter (302.20) and 12th on one-meter (270.90).
All three teams are back in the pool tomorrow morning (Saturday, Oct. 26) for the Eddie Reese Double Distance Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m. The event is an exhibition and will not be scored.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On the start of the meet ... "We had a good battle. The men started out with that 200-yard medley relay at 1:27.8, which was really, really good. I thought our guys did some great work in the 1,000-yard freestyle today. Connor (Jaeger) did his thing, but Sean Ryan and Cameron Stitt stepped right into it and did really well."
On Kyle Whitaker ... "It was awesome to see him step up. He had great swims for the team in the butterfly and the IM. He won the IM and was right there in the 200-yard butterfly with a great finish. He's an Indiana boy, and his family is here. He's a senior and a strong leader for our team."
On Richard Funk ... "He swam extremely well. If you look at Richard, he has filled out, gotten stronger and changed his stroke. He made some real good changes that's allowed him to do the things he's doing. It's a tribute to what he's done in the water and in practice prior to being here."
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