Michigan Leads Wire to Wire to Win Hawkeye Invite
Richard Funk

Dec. 2, 2012

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Hawkeye Invitational (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 5 Teams (1,150 points)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 3 -- at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.), 2 p.m.; at Mike Pepe Invitational - Divers Only (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Noon

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The top-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team won six events on the final day to cruise to its second consecutive Hawkeye Invitational team title on Sunday (Dec. 2), held inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Wolverines won 19-of-21 events for a total of 1,150 points, achieving seven NCAA 'A' times, 40 NCAA 'B' times and two NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying scores.

The Wolverines had a pair of NCAA 'A' times on Sunday, the first coming from junior Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Jaeger, a 2012 U.S. Olympian in the same event, won the race on Sunday, clocking in at 14:43.73. His time bested the NCAA automatic-qualifying standard by four seconds and was a tenth-of-a-second off his own pool record of 14:43.64, set at the Big Ten Championships last February. The other NCAA 'A' time came in the 400-yard freestyle relay to close the meet, as the team of sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison), graduate student Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) and senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) touched the wall at 2:53.78.

Those four were also part of a six-person U-M contingent in the 'A' final of the 100-yard freestyle. B. Ortiz claimed top honors (43.44), with older brother Miguel tying Fletcher in second (43.82). Filling out the 'A' final was Turk in fifth (44.07), sophomore Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) in sixth (44.77) and senior/junior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) in eighth (45.14). The first four times were all of NCAA consideration variety.

U-M also placed three in the top five of the 'A' final in the 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) won the race (1:43.61), with junior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) following behind in second (1:44.89). Junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) took fifth (1:48.34).

The Wolverines only had two men swim in the 200-yard breaststroke, but both made the 'A' final. Sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) took first (1:54.39), with junior Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College) finishing fourth (1:59.13). The other 'A' finalist of the evening was junior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), who finished third in the 200-yard backstroke.

In the diving well, junior James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) capped off an impressive weekend with a win in the 10-meter platform competition (326.40). Fellow junior Nate Rietberg (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) took seventh (228.45).

Michigan's next competition will be Thursday, Jan. 3, as it wraps up its annual training trip with the Orange Bowl Classic, held in Key Largo, Fla. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. The divers will also be in action on that day, as they compete at the Mike Pepe Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. That meet will begin at noon.

Final Team Standings

 1. MICHIGAN             1,150
 2. Notre Dame             794
 3. Iowa                   606.5
 4. Denver                 478
 5. Wisconsin-Milwaukee    260.5

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

1,650-yard Freestyle
  1. Connor Jaeger, U-M           14:43.73*&
  2. Ryan Feeley, U-M             14:55.86#
  4. Sean Ryan, U-M               15:24.42#
 11. Paul Soley, U-M              15:44.15
 20. Daniel Miller, U-M           16:04.96
200-yard Backstroke
  1. Kyle Milberg, Denver          1:43.06#&
  3. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M           1:44.87#
  9. Kyle Whitaker, U-M            1:46.87
 10. Connor McCarroll, U-M         1:48.01
100-yard Freestyle
  1. Bruno Ortiz, U-M                43.44#
 T2. Miguel Ortiz, U-M               43.82#
 T2. Sean Fletcher, U-M              43.82#
  5. Zachary Turk, U-M               44.07#
  6. Justin Glanda, U-M              44.77
  8. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M       45.14
 13. Michael Wynalda, U-M            45.31
 17. Roman Willets, U-M              44.98
 18. Evan Gregg, U-M                 46.04
 27. Jeremy Raisky, U-M              46.69
 33. Daniel Miller, U-M              47.39
200-yard Breaststroke
  1. Richard Funk, U-M             1:54.39#&
  4. Kyle Duckitt, U-M             1:59.13#
200-yard Butterfly
  1. Dylan Bosch, U-M              1:43.61#&
  2. John Wojciechowski, U-M       1:44.89#
  5. Kyle Whitaker, U-M            1:48.34
Platform Diving
  1. James Ross, U-M                326.40^
  7. Nate Rietberg, U-M             228.45
400-yard Freestyle Relay
  1. MICHIGAN 'A'                  2:53.78*%
    (Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher,
     Zachary Turk, Miguel Ortiz)
  3. MICHIGAN 'B'                  2:58.12
    (Roman Willets, Justin Glanda,
     Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Michael Wynalda)
  6. MICHIGAN 'D'                  3:00.60
    (Dylan Bosch, John Wojciechowski,
     Kyle Whitaker, Ryan Feeley)
  8. MICHIGAN 'C'                  3:01.97
    (Ryutaro Kamiya, Evan Gregg,
     Jeremy Raisky, Connor Jaeger)
* NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
^ NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying score
& meet record

• Previous Results: Day 2 | Day 1


Kyle Whitaker did not qualify to the 'A' final of the 200-yard backstroke, finishing ninth, but he did have the fifth-fastest finals time (1:46.87).

• In addition to his win on the platform, James Ross won the three-meter competition on Friday (Nov. 30) and finished second on one-meter on Saturday (Dec. 1).

• All five of Michigan's relays at the Hawkeye Invitational received NCAA automatic-qualifying times.


Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On Connor Jaeger and the 1,650-yard freestyle ... "Connor set the pace. He was only a couple tenths off his pool record from last year. That's pretty good considering he's rest. He's Connor Jaeger. He does it all. We were pretty exciting about Ryan Feeley's swim. Sean Ryan wasn't too far behind. And Paul Soley, he was a newcomer in the final; he swam his best time by quite a bit. That's a good group."

On the performances from the sprint group ... "The great thing about our crew, we're not sure who's getting their hand on the wall first. As they get faster racing each other, we'll be faster racing against the rest of the country. I'm not sure where we fit in the grand scheme of things. We're not the fastest, but we've got a whole group of fast guys that are moving up together. Look at Justin Glanda. He's a newcomer that's stepping into the event and performing well, which is always nice to see. We need to identify young guys who can come and replace all these seniors. We're losing a big crew next year, and we're going to feel it. Having a guy like Justin Glanda in the final, finishing behind four of our guys, bodes well."

On Richard Funk ... "An amazing race. It was the event of the evening. His time was so close to a pool record and was several hundredths off the NCAA 'A' cut. That's going to be a great swim for him, and with him being so close to the 'A' cut, he'll be pulled into the NCAA Championships for sure. That had to be his best time by probably a few seconds. Again, another young guy, but it's good to see our younger swimmers come up in the rankings to keep the tradition going."

On the performances by the relays ... "The relays are a good indication that you're moving forward. When you have five relays make the 'A' standard, you know you're team is on the right track. Tonight's relay was not too far behind what we did at Big Tens last year, and that was an unshaved, midseason meet. We've got a lot to look forward to with performances like that. If you look at our other relay teams tonight, they were all close to the three-minute mark or under, which is pretty cool. It shows the depth of our sprint program."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423