Feb. 5, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Three members of the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team received Big Ten weekly honors on Tuesday (Feb. 5), with Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards) named Men's Swimmer of the Week, Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School) named Diver of the Week and Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark) named Freshman of the Week. With the awards given to Turk and Lie Nielsen, nine different men have received at least one Big Ten weekly honor this season.
Turk is the fifth Michigan swimmer to be named Swimmer of the Week this season, joining Connor Jaeger (Oct. 2), Richard Funk (Oct. 9), Miguel Ortiz (Oct. 30, Dec. 4) and Sean Fletcher (Jan. 8). Turk won six events over the weekend against Ohio State, receiving NCAA consideration times with victories in the 50-yard freestyle (19.89) and 100-yard freestyle (43.60) while aiding Michigan to wins on all four relays. He swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard medley relay team that achieved an NCAA automatic-qualifying time (1:25.89) and came with .04 seconds of a Canham Natatorium record. Turk also swam on the 400-yard medley relay (3:11.04), 400-yard freestyle relay (2:56.51) and 200-yard freestyle relay (1:19.78).
Lee gets the Big Ten Diver of the Week honor for the second time this season (Oct. 2). He has set career-high scores on all three diving boards this season. Against Ohio State, Lee scored 420.67 on three-meter and 357.75 on one-meter, both career-best marks. He is one of five U-M divers to have already qualified for the NCAA Zone C Diving Regional meet, joining James Ross, Thomas Jahnke, Nate Rietberg and Timothy Faerber.
Lie Nielsen was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after finishing second in the 200-yard freestyle (1:36.99). He also had the second-fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle (4:23.46) and tied for the third-fastest time in the 100-yard freestyle (45.06) despite swimming in both races as an exhibition competitor. The meet against Ohio State was Lie Nielsen's third at Michigan since joining the team at semester. The 21-year-old freshman was a 2012 Olympian for Denmark, swimming the 800-meter freestyle relay.
Michigan returns to the pool for another rivalry this Saturday (Feb. 9), facing Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. The meet will begin at noon.
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