ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No. 1 Michigan built upon its already-lengthy lead with seven more wins to topple No. 10 Ohio State for the 22nd consecutive season Saturday, closing out a 251-75 win on Senior Day at Canham Natatorium.
Three seniors combined to help Michigan take first in the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet, as the quartet of senior Miguel Ortiz, sophomore Bruno Ortiz, senior Sean Fletcher and senior Zachary Turk finished at 1:25.89, just .04 seconds off a pool record. The Wolverines’ “A”and “B” relay teams were comprised entirely of seniors to close the meet, as the “A” squad of Turk, Evan Gregg, Fletcher and Miguel Ortiz touched the wall first (1:19.78).
With a big lead already in tow, Michigan exhibitioned every swimmer but winners and seniors, but the Wolverines continued to get fast swims. Junior Connor Jaeger picked up his second win in as many days, taking top honors in the 500-yard freestyle (4:23.17), with senior Ryan Feeley in second (4:28.26). Freshman Anders Lie had the second-fastest time in the race, picking up an NCAA consideration time (4:23.46).
Michigan had two other winners before the first break. Junior Kyle Whitaker won the 200-yard individual medley (1:47.30), before junior John Wojciechowski and Fletcher took first (47.05) and second (47.88), respectively, in the 100-yard butterfly.
Ohio State picked up its only win of the entire meet in the 200-yard backstroke, with senior Connor McCarroll taking second (1:48.03). The dominance resumed in the following race, as Turk, Miguel Ortiz and senior Roman Willets finished 1-2-3 in the 100-yard freestyle. Turk came in at 43.60, followed by Ortiz at 44.11 and Willets at 45.10. Junior Kyle Duckitt was the final individual event winner, in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:01.40).