Wynalda's Record Swim Pushes U-M into Lead at Winter Nationals
Michael Wynalda

Dec. 6, 2013


Site: Knoxville, Tenn. (Allan Jones Aquatic Center)
Event: AT&T Winter National Championships (Day 2 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 24 Teams (230 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 7 -- at AT&T Winter National Championships - Day 3 (Knoxville, Tenn.), 9 a.m./5 p.m.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) of the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team set new Big Ten Conference and program records in the 200-yard freestyle (1:32.91) on Friday (Dec. 6) on the second day of the AT&T Winter National Championships, held inside the Allan Jones Aquatic Center. The Wolverines are in first after two days (230 points), ahead of SwimMAC Carolina (215 points), California (148.5 points) and Louisville (81 points).

Wynalda finished fourth in the race, trailing the last two NCAA champions in the 200-yard freestyle in Joao De Lucca (2013 - Louisville) and Dax Hill (2012 - Texas), as well as former Olympic gold medalist Darian Townsend of South Africa. In addition to automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships, Wynalda's time of 1:32.91 is a new Big Ten and University of Michigan record, breaking the old time of 1:33.10 that was set by former Michigan swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary in 2009. Wynalda was also a part of the winning 800-yard freestyle relay team at the end of the night as he, sophomore Anders Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark), freshman Jack Mangan (Winnetka, Ill./New Trier) and junior Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) automatically qualified for NCAAs with a time of 6:21.70.

Five others scored points in the 200-yard freestyle. Joining Wynalda in the event final was Nielsen in sixth (1:35.49) and senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) in eighth (1:37.52). Three more were in the consolation final, including Glanda in 10th (1:36.26), senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) in 11th (1:36.41) and fifth-year senior Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) in 13th (1:36.58). Those six swimmers contributed 56 points to the team score in that race alone.

The Wolverines continued to showcase their depth in the 400-yard individual medley, placing five in the top 14, including three in the event final. Sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) led the charge with a third-place finish (3:45.31), followed by Whitaker in fifth (3:48.76) and Jaeger in sixth. Jaeger was actually third during the morning's preliminaries, getting clocked at 3:45.50, a new career high. Senior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) also got an NCAA 'B' time, finishing third in the consolation final (11th overall) at 3:51.81. Freshman Cameron Stitt (Portland, Ore./Sunset) swam the race for the first time in his collegiate career, taking 14th (3:55.24).

Senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) shaved four tenths off his time from the preliminaries to the finals of the 100-yard butterfly, finishing fourth (46.72), one spot ahead of former U-M swimmer -- and current Club Wolverine member -- Sean Fletcher in fifth (46.81). Bosch, who had just gotten out of the water moments earlier, won the consolation final (ninth overall) with a time of 46.57, a time that would have put him fourth in the 'A' final. Additionally, sophomore Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) won the 'C' final (47.61).

Wojciechowski also was the team's highest finisher in the 100-yard backstroke, making the NCAA 'B' standard with a 14th-place finish (48.02).

Junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) was the highest college finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke, taking sixth (52.89). Five of the six men that swam the race for U-M met the NCAA 'B' cut, including career-best swims from a pair of underclassmen in sophomore Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods, Mich./Univ. of Detroit Jesuit) and freshman Chris Klein (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer). McNamara was 13th (54.48), while Klein was 20th (54.67). Junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and senior Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College) also had NCAA 'B' times, finishing 12th (54.37) and 22nd (54.86), respectively.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Wojciechowski, Ortiz, Brumm and Wynalda were just four tenths-of-a-second off of the NCAA 'A' cut, finishing fourth at 1:26.47.

Michigan will be in the water for the final time in the 2013 calendar year on Saturday (Dec. 7) at the AT&T Winter National Championships. Preliminaries start at 9 a.m., with event finals at 5 p.m.

Team Standings (Top 10)

 1. MICHIGAN                      230
 2. SwimMAC Carolina              215
 3. California                    148.5
 4. Louisville                     81
    Nation's Capital Swim Club     81
 6. Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics   52
 7. Pittsburgh                     46
 8. Club Wolverine                 45
 9. Indiana                        39
10. Queens University              26

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two)
Preliminaries times in parenthesis if faster than finals

200-yard Medley Relay
  1. SwimMAC Carolina                             1:23.02A
    (Nick Thoman, Eric Knight,
     Tim Phillips, Cullen Jones)
  4. Michigan 'A'                                 1:26.47#
    (John Wojciechowski, Bruno Ortiz,
     Peter Brumm, Michael Wynalda)
  8. Michigan 'B'                                 1:29.50
    (Jason Chen, Chris Klein,
     Jeremy Raisky, Ian Richardson)
400-yard Individual Medley
  1. Andre Seliskar, Nation's Capital Swim Club   3:41.19
  3. Dylan Bosch, U-M                             3:45.31#
  5. Kyle Whitaker, U-M                           3:48.76# (3:47.56#)
  6. Connor Jaeger, U-M                           3:50.28# (3:45.50#)
 11. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M                          3:51.81#
 14. Cameron Stitt, U-M                           3:55.24
100-yard Butterfly
  1. Matt Grevers, Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics     44.94
  4. John Wojciechowski, U-M                        46.72#
  9. Dylan Bosch, U-M                               46.57#
 17. Peter Brumm, U-M                               47.61#
 18. Bruno Ortiz, U-M                               47.86
 24. Jason Chen, U-M                                48.97
 33. Jeremy Raisky, U-M                             49.00
200-yard Freestyle
  1. Joao De Lucca, Louisville                    1:31.65@
  4. Michael Wynalda, U-M                         1:32.91*$B
  6. Anders Nielsen, U-M                          1:35.49#
  8. Connor Jaeger, U-M                           1:37.52# (1:35.32#)
 10. Justin Glanda, U-M                           1:36.26# (1:36.10#)
 11. Kyle Whitaker, U-M                           1:36.41#
 13. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M                    1:36.58#
 17. Peter Brumm, U-M                             1:36.59#
 25. Jack Mangan, U-M                             1:37.98
 35. Daniel Miller, U-M                           1:38.96
 48. Sean Ryan, U-M                               1:40.58
100-yard Breaststroke
  1. Damir Dugonjic, Unattached                     51.93
  6. Richard Funk, U-M                              52.89#
 12. Bruno Ortiz, U-M                               54.37#
 13. Matt McNamara, U-M                             54.48#
 20. Chris Klein, U-M                               54.67#
 22. Kyle Duckitt, U-M                              54.86#
 40. Paul Corbae, U-M                               56.04
100-yard Backstroke
  1. Nick Thoman, SwimMAC Carolina                  44.07@A
 14. John Wojciechowski, U-M                        48.02#
T21. Jason Chen, U-M                                48.68
 39. Will Raynor, U-M                               49.91
 53. Jeremy Raisky, U-M                             50.95
 56. Jack Mangan, U-M                               51.31
800-yard Freestyle Relay
  1. Michigan 'A'                                 6:21.70*
    (Michael Wynalda, Connor Jaeger,
     Jack Mangan, Justin Glanda)
 --  Michigan 'B'                                      DQ
    (Dylan Bosch, Anders Nielsen,
     Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Ryutaro Kamiya)
* NCAA automatic-qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
@ Meet record
$ Michigan Record
A American record
B Big Ten Conference record

Day 1 Results

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