Big Ten Round-Up Day 3: Michigan Takes 3rd in Team Race as Bruno Ortiz closes out Collegiate Career

by Ian Murphy 1

March 28th, 2015 Big Ten, College, News

STANDINGS:

  • 3. Michigan
  • 12. Indiana
  • 16. Ohio State
  • 17. Purdue
  • 21. Wisconsin
  • 24. Penn State
  • 25. Minnesota
  • 29. Northwestern
  • 35. Iowa

The Michigan Wolverines took third in the team race at the Men’s NCAA Division I Championship Meet on Saturday as Bruno Ortiz closed out a storied career for the Maize and Blue.

Ortiz’s last individual event for Michigan was a 42.46 100 freestyle that took fourth in the field, behind Kristian Gkolomeev, Simonas Bilis, and Christian Quintero. He finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a 51.68, and seventh in the 50 with a 19.32.

Ortiz also anchored the sixth place 400 freestyle relay in 41.36. He will leave the Michigan program as the record holder in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 100 breaststroke. Ortiz’s career included four straight team titles in the Big Ten, and a team NCAA title in 2013, as well as multiple individual accolades. Overall, Ortiz will leave with both one of the most successful careers at Michigan.

Coming up big Saturday for the Wolverines were one of the usual suspects and an unexpected finisher. The Wolverines scored a second place finish from freshman PJ Ransford in the 1650, and a third place finish from Dylan Bosch in the 200 butterfly.  Ransford blasted a 14:34.36 from lane eight to take the silver medal. Bosch Touched out in 1:40.12.

Quick Hits: 

  • Jordan Wilimovsky took a third place spot in the mile in 14:36.64, adding a little over 3 seconds from his Big Ten’s time. He, Ransford, and winner Matias Koski of Georgia will each return for another season, setting up a showdown for next season mile.
  • Ohio State will be in good position moving into next season when it comes to relays. Only senior Michael DiSalle will graduate from the Buckeye 400 freestyle relay that took ninth.
  • Drew Teduits closes out his Wisconsin career with a 1:39.97 in the 200 backstroke, good for a sixth place finish. Teduits saw a return to form this season for the Badgers.
  • Purdue’s star diver, Steele Johnson, won the platform diving on Saturday, his second win on the weekend in a diving event. He won Thursday’s 1 mtr competition as well.
  • The host Iowa Hawkeyes entered the scoring on Saturday thanks to a tenth place finish on the platforms from junior diver Addison Boschult.

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Proud of the Wolverines… they really stepped up big on Day 3. Huge swims in preliminaries and a great finish to the meet… Congrats men on bringing home more NCAA hardware!!