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Michigan swimming team heading to NCAAs

The Detroit News

Michigan's fifth-ranked men's swimming and diving team is sending 16 to the NCAA Championships this weekend in Iowa City, Iowa, including 12 individuals.

The Wolverines, coming off a Big Ten title, are looking for their fourth straight top-five finish, a feat that hasn't been accomplished in the program in 20 years. Michigan, which finished fourth last season, does not have enough qualified swimmers to contest for a national title.

It will be the last meet for seniors Richard Funk, Justin Glanda and Bruno Ortiz. Ortiz will swim in three events, including two relays, today. During their four-year careers, the seniors never lost a dual meet, won four Big Ten titles and were part of a national championship team.

Seven swimmers are ranked in the top 10 in individual events, including Ortiz, who is third in the 100-yard breaststroke. Ortiz was a six-time Big Ten champion this season, including the 100-yard freestyle and breaststroke. He's a 10-time NCAA All-American and was part of the 200-yard medley relay team that won the 2013 national championship..

Overall, the Michigan contingent is fairly young and most will be participating in the NCAA Championships for the first time.

The other swimmers competing in individual events are: Dylan Bosch, Peter Brumm, Chris Klein, Anders Nielsen, Paul Powers, P.J. Ransford, Tristan Sanders, Aaron Whitaker and Evan White.

Jeremy Raisky, Jason Chen, Jack Mangan and Vinny Tafuto qualified for relays.