Feb. 1, 2014
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On what a close meet teaches the teams heading into championship season ... "We had two close meets, both with a lot of emotion -- the same emotions are being shared throughout the team -- the women didn't quite get there and the men got there. It wasn't a pretty win, it was a tough win. The whole suit issue was a difficult issue. They suited up in two events back-to-back, one in the backstroke their suited person almost one it, but Ryutaro Kamiya out-touched him at the last moment but was out-touched by the guy next to him. The following race, their suited breaststroker beat Richard Funk, who hadn't been beaten all year. There was a dynamic that went on there that we had to rally around. We put suits on for the next race (100 butterfly) to show how much time we could drop. We only had three guys who wore suits in the whole meet, and they dropped their times into real nationally-competitive times. That shows how it can change the whole game."
On Kyle Whitaker and Dylan Bosch stepping up in the 200-IM after the back-and-forth with the suits ... "They were fighting, they knew they needed to step up in the last race, the 200-IM, and they did (1-2 finish). We didn't have suits on for that."
On battling on the road and what it can do leading into championship season ... "For the men, they are smarter and understand what it's like to be the champion and have everybody shooting at you. They know it's not going to be easy, but now they know it from experience. They have to fight and every point is going to matter and every swim is going to matter, just like it did in this meet."