Last Updated Sept. 2, 2014
2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships (Aug. 27-31)
Freshman Paul Powers won three gold medals at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, held Aug. 27-31, in Maui, Hawaii. Powers was the best sprint freestyle swimmer at the meet, taking first in the 50-meter freestyle (22.20) and the 100-meter freestyle (50.29). He also helped Team USA to a first-place finish in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
Powers established a new meet record in the 50-meter freestyle and was one hundredth-of-a-second off of the records in both the 100-meter freestyle and on the 4x100-meter freestyle relay.
2014 Pan Pacific Championships (Aug. 21-24); 2014 European Championships (Aug. 18-24); 2014 Youth Olympic Games (Aug. 17-22)
For one week, current and former University of Michigan swimmers were stretched across three continents at the Pan Pacific Championships (Gold Coast, Australia), at the European Championships (Berlin, Germany) and the Youth Olympic Games (Nanjing, China).
At the Pan Pacific Championships, former U-M swimmer Connor Jaeger claimed three medals, taking gold in the 1,500-meter freestyle (14:51.79) and claiming bronze medals in the 400-meter freestyle (3:45.31) and the 800-meter freestyle (7:47.75). Another former swimmer, Tyler Clary, also won three medals -- gold in the 200-meter backstroke (1:54.91), silver in the 400-meter IM (4:09.03) and bronze in the 200-meter butterfly (1:55.42). Senior Richard Funk was also there, finishing fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:00.36) and sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:13.75) for Canada.
At the European Championships, brothers Bruno Ortiz and Miguel Ortiz (2010-13) swam for Spain, helping set a national record in the preliminaries of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay (3:17.47). Miguel swam three events -- 16th in the 50-meter backstroke (25.60), 22nd in the 50-meter freestyle (22.83) and 59th in the 100-meter freestyle (51.27) -- while Bruno was 47th in the 100-meter freestyle (50.64). Junior Anders Nielsen swam for Denmark, finishing 10th in the 400-meter freestyle (3:50.62) and 14th in the 200-meter freestyle (1:48.94), while also swimming the leadoff leg on the country's 4x200-meter freestyle relay team that finished 11th (7:21.53).
At the Youth Olympic Games, freshman PJ Ransford took sixth in the 800-meter freestyle (8:04.46) and 12th in the 400-meter freestyle (3:56.31).
2014 Phillips 66 National Championships (Aug. 6-10)
2014 Commonwealth Games (July 24-29)
Junior Dylan Bosch won a pair of bronze medals for South Africa at the Commonwealth Games, held July 24-29 in Glasgow, Scotland. Bosch earned the first of the two on the 4x200-meter relay team and the second during the preliminaries of the 4x100-meter relay team (though he did not swim during finals).
He also finished ninth in the 200-meter butterfly and 13th in the 200-meter IM.
Senior Richard Funk and freshman Evan White were also in Glasgow representing Canada. Funk was sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke, eighth in the 50-meter breaststroke and 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke. White was ninth in the 200-meter IM, 11th in the 200-meter breaststroke and 12th in the 200-meter butterfly.
2014 Bulldog Grand Slam (July 10-13)
A pair of Olympians stood out at the 2014 Bulldog Grand Slam, held July 10-13 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., as Tyler Clary recorded five top-three finishes (two wins) and Connor Jaeger posted an additional two (one win).
Clary was one of the meet's busiest swimmers, winning both the 400-meter IM (4:21.66) and 200-meter backstroke (2:00.92), while taking second in the 200-meter butterfly (1:58.96) and third in both the 100-meter backstroke (55.41) and 200-meter IM (2:01.32). Jaeger won the 400-meter freestyle (3.45.34) in an impressive performance, shaving close to 10 seconds off his time from the preliminaries (3:55.22). He also took third in the 200-meter freestyle (1:47.94).
Two other ex-swimmers posted a pair of top-10 performances. Kyle Whitaker took fifth in both the 200-meter butterfly (2:00.89) and the 200-meter IM (2:02.17), while Charlie Houchin was sixth in both the 200-meter freestyle (1:50.10) and 400-meter freestyle (3:55.37).
Four current Wolverines also shined. Senior-to-be Justin Glanda was eighth in the 200-meter freestyle (1:51.03) and 10th in the 100-meter freestyle (50.53). A trio of rising juniors also had top-10 finishes: Paul Corbae was sixth in both the 100-meter breaststroke (1:05.12) and 200-meter breaststroke (2:22.49); Peter Brumm was fifth in the 100-meter butterfly (54.46) and 10th in the 200-meter butterfly (2:02.73); and Will Raynor was ninth in the 200-meter IM (2:04.96). Lastly, incoming freshman Paul Powers was ninth in the 50-meter freestyle (23.16).
2014 Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara (June 19-22)
Connor Jaeger won a pair of events to lead a contingent of current, past and future Michigan swimmers at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara, held June 19-22 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif.
The distance group was particularly strong, led by Jaeger, who won the 400-meter freestyle (3:47.98) and 1,500-meter freestyle (15:00.97), while taking second in the 800-meter freestyle (7:50.59). Sean Ryan, who qualified for the U.S. Open Water National Team just a week ago, finished third in the 1,500-meter freestyle (15:07.82) and fifth in the 800-meter freestyle (7:59.31). Ryan Feeley was fourth in the 1,500-meter freestyle (15:21.61), eighth in the 400-meter freestyle (3:54.20) and ninth in the 800-meter freestyle (8:03.86).
Senior Richard Funk appeared in two event finals, taking fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.19) and seventh in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:15.77).
Other ex-Michigan swimmers with event finals appearances included Tyler Clary (second in the 200-meter backstroke, sixth in the 400-meter freestyle), Kyle Whitaker (eighth in the 400-meter IM) and Charlie Houchin (ninth in the 200-meter freestyle). Additionally, Paul Powers, who will be a freshman this fall at U-M, was sixth in the 50-meter freestyle (22.89).
2014 U.S. Open Water National Championships (June 13, 15)
Ex-Wolverine Sean Ryan (2011-14) tied for third in the 10K (1:51:30.28) at the 2014 U.S. Open Water National Championships on Friday (June 13) in Castaic Lake, Calif., ensuring his spot on Team USA's roster for the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, to be held from Aug. 21-25 in Gold Coast, Australia. Ryan also kept his spot on Team USA's Open Water National Team.
Mel Zajac Canada Cup (May 22-25)
Senior Richard Funk had one of the most impressive performances at the Mel Zajac Canada Cup (held May 22-25 in Vancouver, B.C.), sweeping all three distances of the breaststroke. He took first in the 50-meter (28.55), 100-meter (1:02.48) and 200-meter (2:16.21).
Incoming freshman Evan White swam in six events, appearing in the championship finals in five of them. He won the 200-meter IM (2:05.40), took third in the 200m butterfly (2:04.05), fifth in the 400-meter IM (4:35.33), sixth in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:25.32) and eighth in the 200-meter backstroke (2:10.57). He also finished 15th in the 1,500-meter freestyle (17:00.65).
Two former Wolverines were also in action swimming four events each. Sean Fletcher (2010-13) finished as high as second in the 50-meter butterfly (24.84) and fourth in the 100-meter butterfly (55.81), while Hassaan Abdel Khalik (2010-11, 2013-14) was sixth in the 100-meter butterfly (56.74), seventh in the 100-meter freestyle (52.39) and eighth in both the 50-meter freestyle (23.87) and 50-meter butterfly (25.90).
2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte (May 15-18)
Dozens of current, past and future Wolverines were in action at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte from May 15-18, hosted by SwimMAC Carolina and USA Swimming.
Among the meet's big winners included former U-M swimmer Connor Jaeger (2011-14). After a terrific college campaign, Jaeger cemented himself as the top distance swimmer in the country heading into the summer, sweeping the distance freestyle races, finishing first in the 400-meter freestyle (3:48.89), 800-meter freestyle (7:58.59) and 1,500-meter freestyle (15:11.46). He also was fifth in the 200-meter freestyle (1:50.92) and seventh in the 400-meter IM (4:30.04).
U-M was well represented in the distance races throughout the weekend. Sean Ryan (2011-14) was in three championship finals, taking third in the 1,500-meter freestyle (15:27.23), fifth in the 800-meter freestyle (8:08.30) and seventh in the 400-meter freestyle (3:57.15). Ryan Feeley (2010-13) and current junior-to-be Anders Nielsen each had two top-10 finishes, as Feeley was fourth in the 1,500-meter freestyle (15:31.39) and sixth in the 800-meter freestyle (8:09.03), while Nielsen was third in the 200-meter freestyle (1:49.88) and fifth in the 400-meter freestyle (3:53.76).
Another rising junior, Dylan Bosch, had a productive weekend, scoring a second-place finish in the 200-meter butterfly (1:58.34) and sixth-place finishes in both the 200-meter freestyle (1:51.23) and the 100-meter butterfly (54.05).
Other top performances included Tyler Clary (2008-10) in a quartet of events: the 400-meter IM (2nd, 4:19.57), the 200-meter backstroke (2nd, 1:58.03), the 200-meter freestyle (4th, 1:50.44) and the 200-meter IM (5th, 2:03.78); Miguel Ortiz (2010-13) in the 50-meter backstroke (5th, 25.84); Michael Wynalda (2011-14) in the 200-meter freestyle (7th, 1:51.51); Kyle Whitaker (2011-14) in the 200-meter IM (2:04.37); junior-to-be Peter Brumm in the 200-meter IM (8th, 2:05.33); incoming freshman Paul Powers in the 50-meter freestyle (9th, 23.18) and senior-to-be Bruno Ortiz in the 50-meter freestyle (10th, 23.19).