No. 2 Michigan Thumps Michigan State

EAST LANSING, Michigan, February 9. THE No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team won 14 of 16 events and set seven McCaffree Pool records to defeat in-state rival Michigan State, 168-61, on Saturday (Feb. 9).

The first record to fall came in the meet's opening race, as the Wolverines' quartet of senior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison), sophomore Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona), senior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and sophomore Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) won the 200-yard medley relay (1:29.74). Miguel Ortiz and Funk followed up their relay performances with record-setting wins in the races to follow, first by Ortiz in the 100-yard backstroke (47.48) and then by Funk in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.51).

Three more Michigan swimmers set records in the second half of the meet, but the performance of the afternoon belonged to mid-year enrollee and Danish import Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark). Lie Nielsen won the 500-yard freestyle (4:22.23) in convincing fashion, beating the field by nearly 15 seconds and shattering the pool record held by former Michigan standout Tom Dolan (4:25.12), a mark that stood for 18 years. Lie Nielsen also finished second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:50.07.).

The two other Wolverines to break records in individual races were both juniors: John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) in the 100-yard butterfly (47.69) and junior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) in the 200-yard individual medley (1:47.85). The seventh and final record to fall on Saturday came in the meet's final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay. The senior-driven team of Zachary Turk (Akron, Ohio/St. Edwards), Miguel Ortiz, Fletcher and Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) touched the wall first at 1:21.21. Ortiz, in particular, had a blistering fast split of 19.69 during the second leg of the relay.

Other individual winners included freshman Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) in the 400-yard individual medley (3:54.79), freshman Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.89), B. Ortiz in the 50-yard freestyle (20.95), sophomore Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) in the 100-yard freestyle (45.71) and junior Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College) in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:02.30).

Junior Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School) swept both diving boards for the second consecutive week, finishing first on one-meter (357.60) and three-meter (367.12).

Michigan has one more meet until the Big Ten Championships, hosting the Michigan First Chance Meet next Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 16-17) at Canham Natatorium. Select members of the Wolverines will swim in the meet, with preliminaries scheduled to start at noon and finals at 4 p.m. each day.

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