Jaeger, Relays Propel U-M to Lead at Hawkeye Invitational
Connor Jaeger

Nov. 30, 2012

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Hawkeye Invitational (Day 1 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 5 Teams (387 points) After Day 1
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 1 -- at Hawkeye Invitational - Day Two (Iowa City, Iowa), 10 a.m./6 p.m. CST

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Junior Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), the 200-yard freestyle relay team and the 400-yard medley relay team each swam NCAA automatic-qualifying times to stake the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team to a commanding first-day lead at the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday (Nov. 30). The Wolverines lead the five-team competition with 387 points at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

The Wolverines won both relays on the first day, starting and finishing the meet with fast swims. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the meet's first event, Michigan turned to four seniors for the winning effort, led by graduate student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) and Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International). Both Turk and Ortiz turned in blazing-fast splits, with Turk going 19.03 on the third leg, and Ortiz going 19.13 on the fourth. The quartet, which also featured Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) and Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison), was clocked at 1:17.79. Michigan also met the NCAA automatic-qualifying standard on the 400-yard medley relay to end the meet, as the foursome of Ortiz, sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona), Fletcher and Turk was timed at 3:08.97.

Individually, Jaeger was in midseason form in the 500-yard freestyle, blowing away the field in 4:14.84 (NCAA 'A' time). Ortiz and junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) followed Jaeger with wins of their own, with Ortiz winning the 50-yard freestyle (19.83), and Whitaker winning the 200-yard individual medley (1:44.40). Both were NCAA consideration times. The other individual victor came from the diving well, as junior James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) took top honors in the three-meter diving competition with a score of 346.25, meeting the NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying standard.

The distance group had a great showing in the 500-yard freestyle. In addition to Jaeger, who won the race, junior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) took third (4:21.19), senior/junior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) was fourth (4:22.02), senior Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) was fifth (4:22.47), junior Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School) was sixth (4:22.77), sophomore Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) was seventh (4:24.15), and junior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) closed out the group in eighth (4:27.64).

Following Whitaker in the 200-yard individual medley was freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) and junior John Wojciechowski (Scottscale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep), who finished second (1:46.39) and third (1:48.02), respectively. Funk was sixth (1:48.22), and freshman Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) was eighth (1:50.19).

The Wolverines finished first through fifth in the 50-yard freestyle, with seniors once again leading the way. Ortiz, Gregg (19.97) and Turk (19.99) each recorded times under 20 seconds to occupy first through third, while Fletcher and sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) finished within one-hundredth-of-a-second of each other in fourth (20.17) and fifth (20.18), respectively.

Joining Ross in the 'A' final of the three-meter diving competition was junior Nate Rietberg (Jenison, Mich./Jenison), who took seventh (290.90).

Michigan continues the Hawkeye Invitational tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 1) at the Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. (CST), with finals beginning at 6 p.m.

Team Standings (After Day One)

1. MICHIGAN             387
2. Notre Dame           205.5
3. Iowa                 138.5
4. Denver               114
5. Wisconsin-Milwaukee  102

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day One)
(Times in preliminaries are in parenthesis if faster than finals)

200-yard Freestyle Relay
  1. MICHIGAN 'A'                       1:17.79*&
    (Evan Gregg, Sean Fletcher,
     Zachary Turk, Miguel Ortiz)
  3. MICHIGAN 'B'                       1:20.40
    (Bruno Ortiz, John Wojciechowski,
     Michael Wynalda, Roman Willets)
  5. MICHIGAN 'D'                       1:21.47
    (Ryan Feeley, Peter Brumm,
     Dylan Bosch, Connor Jaeger)
 T7. MICHIGAN 'C'                       1:22.20
    (Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Kyle Whitaker,
     Jeremy Raisky, Justin Glanda)
500-yard Freestyle
  1. Connor Jaeger, U-M                 4:14.84*&
  3. Michael Wynalda, U-M               4:21.19#
  4. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M          4:22.02#
  5. Ryan Feeley, U-M                   4:22.47#
  6. Sean Ryan, U-M                     4:22.77#
  7. Justin Glanda, U-M                 4:24.15# (4:23.22)
  8. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M                4:27.64
 12. Daniel Miller, U-M                 4:28.84
 17. Paul Soley, U-M                    4:29.09
 23. Connor McCarroll, U-M              4:33.15
200-yard Individual Medley
  1. Kyle Whitaker, U-M                 1:44.40#&
  2. Dylan Bosch, U-M                   1:46.39#
 T3. John Wojciechowski, U-M            1:48.02#
  6. Richard Funk, U-M                  1:48.22#
  8. Peter Brumm, U-M                   1:50.19
 22. Kyle Duckitt, U-M                  1:52.46
50-yard Freestyle
  1. Miguel Ortiz, U-M                    19.83#
  2. Evan Gregg, U-M                      19.97# (19.79)
  3. Zachary Turk, U-M                    19.99# (19.82)
  4. Sean Fletcher, U-M                   20.17#
  5. Bruno Ortiz, U-M                     20.18#
 11. Roman Willets, U-M                   20.84 (20.79)
T12. Michael Wynalda, U-M                 20.92 (20.64)
 19. Justin Glanda, U-M                   20.92 (20.87)
 20. Jeremy Raisky, U-M                   21.00 (20.99)
T27. Ryan Feeley, U-M                     21.13
400-yard Medley Relay
  1. MICHIGAN 'A'                       3:08.97*&
    (Miguel Ortiz, Richard Funk,
     Sean Fletcher, Zachary Turk)
  3. MICHIGAN 'B'                       3:14.31
    (Evan Gregg, Bruno Ortiz,
     John Wojciechowski, Roman Willets)
  7. MICHIGAN 'C'                       3:18.87
    (Connor McCarroll, Kyle Duckitt,
     Dylan Bosch, Peter Brumm)
 10. MICHIGAN 'D'                       3:22.28
    (Ryutaro Kamiya, Connor Jaeger,
     Jeremy Raisky, Dan Miller)
Three-meter Diving
  1. James Ross, U-M                     346.25^
  7. Nate Rietberg, U-M                  290.90
* NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
^ NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying score
& meet record


• On the first day of competition, Michigan had three NCAA 'A' times, 14 NCAA 'B' times and one NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying score.

• The 200-yard freestyle relay's time of 1:17.79 on Friday was faster than their time at the 2012 Big Ten Championships last February (1:17.84; Evan Gregg, Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Dan Madwed).

• All four of Michigan's relay teams in the 200-yard freestyle relay scored top-seven finishes.

• Outside of Connor Jaeger, who earned an NCAA 'A' time, five of the other six swimmers in the 'A' final of the 500-yard freestyle had NCAA 'B' times (Michael Wynalda, Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Ryan Feeley, Sean Ryan, Justin Glanda).

• All 10 swimmers who competed in the 500-yard freestyle during the preliminaries swam in the finals. Seven were in the 'A' final, one in the 'B' final, and two in the 'C' final.

Connor Jaeger won the 500-yard freestyle by close to six seconds. His margin of victory in the preliminaries was close to eight seconds.

Kyle Whitaker dropped more than three seconds from his preliminaries time to his finals time in the 200-yard individual medley. His time of 1:44.40 ranks him third in the nation in that race.

Dylan Bosch, John Wojciechowski, and Richard Funk each recorded NCAA consideration times in the 200-yard individual medley.

Michael Wynalda and Justin Glanda each set new career-best times in the 500-yard freestyle. Wynalda went 4:21.19 (down from 4:31.25), while Glanda went 4:24.15 (down from 4:30.86).

Miguel Ortiz's previous season best in the 50-yard freestyle was 20.26. He went 19.83 in that race on Friday. He also had a split of 19.13 on the 200-yard freestyle relay.

• James Ross' score of 346.25 on the three-meter board was not only a new career high but also a team season high. His previous career high was 336.00, set Oct. 10, 2011. The previous team season high was set by Jack Lee (342.05 on Nov. 17 at Purdue Invitational).


Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On his team's performance during day one ... "We had a lot of bests tonight, which is pretty exciting. I didn't know some of them. Some of the guys were coming up to me telling me that they were bests, and it was across the board. This meet is about seeing where our times stack up against some of the best teams across the country at other meets. Some teams are more rested than we are at this point, so to see some of these times is very encouraging. We wanted to see that the work we've done has been paying off, and that a little bit of rest would pay big dividends. It's pretty exciting."

On the 200-yard freestyle relay ... "That performance was faster than what we did at Big Tens last year. We almost broke the pool record. We just slipped a little bit on the front end but still turned in a great performance. All four guys swam pretty fast for where they are at this point in the season."

On Connor Jaeger and the 500-yard freestyle ... "Connor had a great swim this morning, which means he was pushing it. He didn't go easy. He knew he was going to be in the final, but he's practicing racing, which is what we're all doing around here. I thought Mike Wynalda had a fantastic swim. To go 4:21 and place third was a great step in what's a new event for him. Another guy I thought really stepped up was Justin Glanda. He set a new career best by quite a bit."

On Miguel Ortiz and the 50-yard freestyle ... "He was just shy of his school record on that relay, which was pretty special. He went 19.8 in the 50-yard freestyle, which is close to what he went to at Big Tens last year. He's right there. He had a good leadoff on the relay, too, but he'll be a lot faster when he shaves. I told Mark [Hill], I've never had three guys go under 20.00 unshaved this early in the season in my coaching career. It's a good crew."

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