Berlitz, Callan, Daigle Claim Medals as U-M Vaults Into First at Big Tens
3/4/2021 7:55:00 PM
// Brad Rudner
» Behind a strong morning, Michigan leapt into first place at the Big Ten Championships. Just 19 points separate the top three teams with two days of competition to go.
» Danny Berlitz and Jared Daigle went 2-3 in the 400-yard IM, securing their spots in the NCAA Championships. Will Roberts was seventh.
» Patrick Callan led four Michigan finalists in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing second.
Site: Columbus, Ohio (McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 3 of 5)
U-M Team Standing: 1st place of 10 Teams (767 points)
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 5 — at Big Ten Championships – Day Four (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m.
• Complete Results (PDF)
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Medal-winning swims from sophomore Danny Berlitz, junior Patrick Callan and junior Jared Daigle propelled the University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team into the lead at the Big Ten Championships on Thursday (March 4) at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
The Wolverines came into the day 102 points behind Ohio State, who entered the day with the lead in the team race. Michigan eliminated that deficit and surpassed it behind a strong morning session that saw 15 swimmers qualify for finals. At the end of the day, the Wolverines were in first (767 points), followed closely behind by Indiana (763.5 points) and Ohio State (748 points).
The Wolverines dialed it up in the distance events, starting off by bringing all five swimmers back in the 400-yard IM. Berlitz raced to a silver medal and nearly made up a three-second deficit on the freestyle leg before running out of room. His time of 3:41.45 makes him the 10th-fastest performer in school history and puts him at No. 12 in the country, ensuring his trip to the NCAA Championships. Junior Jared Daigle added to his breakout meet with a third-place finish (3:43.24), an 18-place improvement from last year and a near five-second drop from his previous personal best.
Michigan flexed its muscles in the 200-yard freestyle to close the session, putting four swimmers in the top eight. Callan led the way in second (1:33.26), followed by freshman Jake Mitchell in fourth (1:33.56), senior Luiz Gustavo Borges in fifth (1:34.53) and freshman Wyatt Davis in sixth (1:34.81). Of note are Mitchell and Borges, who both move into the top 10 on the program’s all-time performers list.
Sophomore River Wright was seeded second in the 100-yard butterfly, but was disqualified in the final for a 15-meter violation. He swam a 45.25 in preliminaries, bringing him into a tie with Chris Brady for second on the program’s top performers list. Despite the setback, the Wolverines showed their depth, getting great swims in the consolation final from junior Eric Storms (12th, 47.30) and freshman Charlie Morici (T-14th, 47.37). Three others were in the bonus final: freshman Bence Szabados (18th, 47.34), redshirt senior Alex King (T-21st, 47.62) and sophomore Cam Peel (24th, 47.77).
“After that DQ, everyone felt the urgency, and I thought the guys responded really well,” said head coach Mike Bottom. “We were going to be nine points ahead of Indiana if we had done what we did this morning. Now, it’s three and a half points. We have to keep moving and working as a team. As Nadav (Aaronson) said, ‘Keep our eyes on the higher prize’, which is reaching our potential as a team and fighting like hell for Michigan.”
The Big Ten Championships continue Friday (March 5) in Columbus, Ohio. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. with finals following at 6:30 p.m.
100 Butterfly — River Wright, 45.24 (T-No. 2 at U-M)
100 Butterfly — Charlie Morici, 47.12
100 Butterfly — Eric Storms, 47.13
100 Butterfly — Cam Peel, 47.28
100 Butterfly — Bence Szabados, 47.34
400 IM — Danny Berlitz, 3:41.45 (No. 10 at U-M)
400 IM — Jared Daigle, 3:43.24
400 IM — Bora Unalmis, 3:46.69
400 IM — AJ Bornstein, 3:52.16
200 Freestyle — Jake Mitchell, 1:33.56 (No. 7 at U-M)
200 Freestyle — Luiz Gustavo Borges, 1:33.79 (No. 9 at U-M)
200 Freestyle — Wyatt Davis, 1:34.92
200 Freestyle — James LeBuke, 1:37.93
200 Freestyle — Andrew Babyak, 1:39.65