Ortiz, Lie Nielsen Garner Big Ten Weekly Awards
Anders Lie Nielsen (L) and Miguel Ortiz

Feb. 12, 2013

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Two members of the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team received Big Ten weekly honors on Tuesday (Feb. 12), with senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) being named Swimmer of the Week and Anders Lie Nielsen named Freshman of the Week. Both men receive the honor after aiding Michigan to a 168-61 victory over Michigan State last Saturday (Feb. 9) in East Lansing, Mich.

For the season, 19 of the 48 total weekly conference honors (Swimmer, Diver, Freshman -- including ties) have been given to Michigan student-athletes. In addition, nine different men have received at least one Big Ten weekly honor this season.

Ortiz receives the honor for the fourth time this season (Oct. 30, Dec. 4, Jan. 22). He set three new McCaffree Pool records against the Spartans, including a win in the 100-yard backstroke (47.48). Ortiz also aided the Wolverines to wins in both relays, including the 200-yard medley relay (1:29.74) and the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:21.21), the latter of which he swam his 50-yard split in 19.69.

Lie Nielsen gets the Freshman of the Week award for the second consecutive week. He also set a pool record against Michigan State, beating the field in the 500-yard freestyle by 15 seconds (4:22.23) and besting the old pool record that was held by former U-M star Tom Dolan since 1995 (4:25.12). Lie Nielsen also finished second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:50.07) and swam on one of Michigan's relay teams in the 200-yard freestyle relay that was exhibitioned (1:25.64).

Lie Nielsen will be one of several Michigan student-athletes that are scheduled to compete at the Michigan First Chance Meet this Saturday (Feb. 16) and Sunday (Feb. 17) at Canham Natatorium.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423