Ortiz, Ross Garner Big Ten Weekly Awards

Oct. 1, 2013

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and senior James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) of the University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team were named Big Ten Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Tuesday (Oct. 1).

Ortiz won the 50-yard freestyle (20.50) and 100-yard freestyle (44.88) against Iowa last Friday (Sept. 27) while also contributing to wins on the 200-yard medley relay (1:28.69) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:58.77). At the Michigan Water Carnival last Saturday (Sept. 28), he was a part of a world record-setting mixed 200-meter (short course) medley relay team (1:43.75) along with women's swimmers Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) and senior John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep). Ortiz also won the 100-yard breaststroke with two pullouts (54.85) and contributed to a win in the 300-yard medley relay (2:22.39).

Ross dove on both boards against Iowa, highlighted by a win on the one-meter with a career-best score of 337.05. It was also an NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score. He also finished third on three-meter (316.05).

The Wolverines are back in the water this Saturday (Oct. 5), hosting their annual alumni/intrasquad meet at Canham Natatorium. The competition will begin at 9 a.m. Michigan's next official competition comes on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Dennis Stark Relays in South Bend, Ind.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423