Top-ranked Michigan takes fifth consecutive Orange Bowl Classic title
No. 1 Michigan at Orange Bowl Classic
KEY LARGO, Fla. -- Top-ranked Michigan capped the team's annual training trip with another dominant performance at the Orange Bowl Classic, winning 10 of 12 events to win the meet for the fifth consecutive year on Friday afternoon outdoors at the Jacobs Aquatic Center.
All 12 events on Friday were held in a 25-yard, short-course meters pool. Junior Richard Funk was one of those winners, setting a new meet record in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:00.89). He was nearly four full seconds faster than second-place finisher Kyle Duckitt at 1:04.33. Fellow junior Bruno Ortiz won a pair of events on the afternoon, taking first in the 50-meter freestyle (23.10) and 50-meter breaststroke (28.07).
Showcasing its depth and speed, U-M swept the top four spots on the podium in four races and finished 1-2 in both the 200-meter medley relay -- 1:40.04 for the 'A' relay, 1:41.72 for the 'B' relay -- and in the 200-meter freestyle relay -- 1:32.33 for the 'A', 1:32.89 for the 'B'.
One of the closest races of the afternoon came in the 100-meter freestyle, as senior Michael Wynalda got to the wall just ahead junior teammate Justin Glanda at 50.11; Glanda finished at 50.23. Other individual-event winners included senior Connor Jaeger in the 400-meter freestyle (3:55.62), senior John Wojciechowski in the 50-meter butterfly (24.47), sophomore Dylan Bosch in the 100-meter butterfly (54.35) and senior Kyle Whitaker in the 200-meter individual medley (2:03.37).
Senior Ryutaro Kamiya was the team's highest finisher in the 100-meter backstroke (second, 56.44). Wojciechowski continued to refine his backstroke, contributing a team-high second-place finish in the 50-meter backstroke (26.36).
A few freshmen also put forth good swims on Friday to cap their first collegiate training trip. Vinny Tafuto took second to Wojciechowski in the 50-meter butterfly (24.84) and swam a leg on the winning 200-meter medley relay team. Elsewhere, sophomore/freshman Aaron Ghiglierli finished second to Ortiz in the 50-meter freestyle (23.62), while Cameron Stitt took third behind Jaeger and sophomore Anders Nielsen in the 400-meter freestyle (3:57.87).