Maize & Blue Increases Lead After Day Two in Iowa
Sean Fletcher

Dec. 1, 2012

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Hawkeye Invitational (Day 2 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 5 teams (807 points) After Day Two
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Dec. 2 -- at Hawkeye Invitational - Day Three (Iowa City, Iowa), 10 a.m./4 p.m. (CT)

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) won a pair of individual races, and both relay teams achieved NCAA automatic-qualifying times in its victories to help the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team keep its lead at the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 1) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Wolverines had 15 NCAA 'B' times during the second day of competition and have a commanding 301-point lead over second-place Notre Dame (506 points).

Ortiz kicked off his night by contributing to an NCAA automatic-qualifying time in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of Ortiz, sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona), senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and graduate student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) touched the wall first at 1:25.55. Ortiz went on to win both the 100-yard butterfly (46.79) and the 100-yard backstroke (46.67), both NCAA 'B' times. The Wolverines also received an NCAA 'A' time in the 800-yard freestyle relay to close the evening, as the team of junior Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), senior/junior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate), sophomore Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) and junior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) collectively touched the wall at 6:22.90.

The three Wolverines to reach event finals in the 400-yard individual medley all finished in the top three, led by junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton), who won the race at 3:44.68. Jaeger finished second (3:48.78) and actually won during the morning, but Whitaker dropped six seconds off his preliminaries time in the morning to win in the evening. Freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) finished third (3:50.70). All three men met the NCAA consideration standard.

Michigan had four swimmers in the 'A' final in each of the next two races, all grabbing NCAA 'B' times. M. Ortiz grabbed another individual event win, taking first in the 100-yard butterfly. Ortiz, who came into the meet with the sixth-fastest time on the team, became the fastest after the win (46.79). Fletcher, who was sixth in the preliminaries, finished at second in the finals (47.18). B. Ortiz (47.49) and Wojciechowski (47.88) rounded out the U-M 'A' finalists. All four were NCAA 'B' times. Wynalda won the 200-yard freestyle (1:35.04), followed by Glanda in third (1:36.87), Abdel Khalik in fourth (1:36.88) and freshman Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) in sixth (1:37.66).

Joining M. Ortiz in the 'A' final of the 100-yard backstroke was Fletcher, who took fourth (48.20), and junior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), who was eighth (49.37).

A pair of sophomores led Michigan in the 100-yard breaststroke. Funk and B. Ortiz finished within two-tenths-of-a-second of each other, as Funk touched the wall first (53.33) and B. Ortiz was right behind in second (53.54). Junior Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College) was the other 'A' finalist, finishing eighth (55.62). The races by Funk and Ortiz each were NCAA consideration times.

Junior James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) represented Michigan over in the diving well, taking second on the one-meter board (316.45). Junior Nate Rietberg (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) narrowly missed out on the 'A' final, taking ninth (267.05).

The Wolverines wrap up competition at the Hawkeye Invitational tomorrow (Sunday, Dec. 2). Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. (CST), with finals following at 4 p.m.

Team Standings (After Day Two)

  1. MICHIGAN             807
  2. Notre Dame           506
  3. Iowa                 386
  4. Denver               292
  5. Wisconsin-Milwaukee  214

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

200-yard Medley Relay
  1. MICHIGAN 'A'                    1:25.55*&
    (Miguel Ortiz, Richard Funk,
     Sean Fletcher, Zachary Turk)
  2. MICHIGAN 'B'                    1:27.81
    (Evan Gregg, Bruno Ortiz,
     John Wojciechowski, Roman Willets)
  7. MICHIGAN 'C'                    1:29.78
    (Ryutaro Kamiya, Kyle Duckitt,
     Peter Brumm, Michael Wynalda)
 12. MICHIGAN 'D'                    1:33.45
    (Connor McCarroll, Jeremy Raisky,
     Justin Glanda, Hassaan Abdel Khalik)
400-yard Individual Medley
  1. Kyle Whitaker, U-M              3:44.68#&
  2. Connor Jaeger, U-M              3:48.78# (3:47.43)
  3. Dylan Bosch, U-M                3:50.80#
 --  Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M                  DQ
100-yard Butterfly
  1. Miguel Ortiz, U-M                 46.79#
  2. Sean Fletcher, U-M                47.18#
  4. Bruno Ortiz, U-M                  47.49#
  5. John Wojciechowski, U-M           47.88#
T11. Jeremy Raisky, U-M                49.38
T11. Evan Gregg, U-M                   49.38
200-yard Freestyle
  1. Michael Wynalda, U-M            1:35.04# (1:34.16)
  3. Justin Glanda, U-M              1:36.87#
  4. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M       1:36.88#
  6. Peter Brumm, U-M                1:37.66# (1:37.50)
 10. Roman Willets, U-M              1:38.70
 15. Sean Ryan, U-M                  1:40.10 (1:39.94)
 17. Ryan Feeley, U-M                1:40.07
 39. Paul Soley, U-M                 1:44.62
100-yard Breaststroke
  1. Richard Funk, U-M                 53.33# (53.08&)
  2. Bruno Ortiz, U-M                  53.54#
  8. Kyle Duckitt, U-M                 55.62 (55.22)
 13. John Wojciechowski, U-M           55.80 (55.47)
 24. Dylan Bosch, U-M                  57.83
 32. Jeremy Raisky, U-M                59.30
 --  Zachary Turk, U-M                    DQ
100-yard Backstroke
  1. Miguel Ortiz, U-M                 46.67#
  4. Sean Fletcher, U-M                48.20#
  8. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M               49.37
 14. Connor McCarroll, U-M             50.44 (50.00)
 16. Evan Gregg, U-M                   51.55 (50.29)
800-yard Freestyle Relay
  1. MICHIGAN 'A'                    6:22.90*&
    (Connor Jaeger, Hassaan Abdel Khalik,
     Justin Glanda, Michael Wynalda)
  3. MICHIGAN 'B'                    6:30.96
    (Dylan Bosch, Kyle Whitaker,
     Daniel Miller, Ryan Feeley)
 11. MICHIGAN 'C'                    6:48.28
    (Ryutaro Kamiya, Sean Ryan,
     Paul Soley, Connor McCarroll)
One-meter Diving
  1. Nick Nemetz, Notre Dame          333.25
  2. James Ross, U-M                  316.45
  9. Nate Rietberg, U-M               267.05
* NCAA automatic-qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
& meet record

Day 1 Results


• Through two days of competition, Michigan has five NCAA 'A' times, 29 NCAA 'B' times, and one NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying score.

• U-M's 200-yard medley relay team (Miguel Ortiz, Richard Funk, Sean Fletcher, Zachary Turk) recorded a better time on Friday (1:25.55) than it recorded at the 2012 Big Ten Championships last February (1:25.58). It is also a season best (previous season best was 1:27.40).

Kyle Whitaker swam the preliminaries of the 400-yard individual medley in 3:50.91. His finals time was 3:44.68. Connor Jaeger won the preliminaries (3:47.43) and finished second in the finals (3:48.78).

Miguel Ortiz now leads the team in the 100-yard freestyle (44.28), 100-yard backstroke (46.67) and 100-yard butterfly (46.79).


Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On Kyle Whitaker, Connor Jaeger and the 400-yard individual medley ... "Kyle Whitaker is doing very well. He's much better now than he was last year at this time. He knows how much energy to use. We're using the morning session as a training session. We want to go as fast as you can but make smart choices with regards to energy at certain points in the race. Sometimes that's tough to do, but Kyle has mastered that. He's so strong. And Connor, he's having a phenomenal year so far. This is a new event for him, but he's shown he can contribute there."

On Miguel Ortiz ... "He's a senior and a leader. He understands that he needs to step it up in order for us to do what we want to do at the end of the year, and he's leading that charge. He looks real good right now, and again, he's not rested."

On Michael Wynalda ... "He went out crazy in his preliminaries swim, demolished the field. He had a controlled front end and came home real strong. He was dominant. It shows we're training him correctly, moving him up in distance. He's able to swim multiple events. The best part is, he hasn't lost any speed in that transition. He's got speed and endurance, which is going to make him a very strong player for us at the end of the year."

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