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Posted on Sun, Mar 25, 2012 : 8:30 a.m.

Michigan swimming finishes fifth at NCAA Championships

By Staff

The Michigan men's swimming team wrapped up a fifth-place finish at the 2012 NCAA Championships on Saturday night, giving the Wolverines their best finish since 2004 and their 11th consecutive top 10 finish.

A third-place finish in the mile freestyle by sophomore Connor Jaeger was one of three All-America performances by Wolverines on the third and final day of competition at Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.

Michigan senior Dan Madwed finished fifth in the 200 butterfly, giving him five All-America times this season.

"I'm pretty excited about where the team's going. We're not really losing anyone but me, so we should definitely be able to at least repeat, if not take it to the next step forward and bring back some hardware to Ann Arbor," Madwed said in a video interview with

"Fifth place is a good stepping stone, but where we want to go is the top."

California repeated as national champions, scoring 535.5 points behind a 1-2 finish from teammates Will Hamilton and Tom Shields in the 200 butterfly. Texas (491) finished second for the fourth time in seven years.

Madwed was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and swam legs on Michigan's All-America 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.

Kyle Whitaker’s second-place finish in the 400-yard individual medley on Day 2 was Michigan’s best finish.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.