Wolverines Thunder to Program's 35th Big Ten Championship

Feb. 26, 2011

• Photos: Prelims  |  Finals 

Notes & Quotes | Championships Central

Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Result: 1st of 10 teams (678 points)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 6 -- at Ohio State Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier (Columbus, Ohio), Noon

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The No. 9-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team led wire to wire en route to its 35th Big Ten championship on Saturday (Feb. 26) at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center. Michigan racked up 678 points, beating out second-place Indiana by 74 points.

Freshman Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School) and sophomore Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) went 1-2 in the mile, before junior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) and freshman Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) finished 1-2 in the 200-yard butterfly, helping U-M to 11 (four relay, seven individual titles) conference titles at the four-day meet.

Whitaker was named Rookie of the Championships and head coach Mike Bottom was named Coach of the Year.

Madwed blasted through the five-year-old Big Ten and Michigan record to claim his second title in the 200-yard butterfly on a time of 1:41.70. Ryan claimed his first individual title, pacing the field in the mile.

Madwed was making good time through his first 150 yards with Whitaker and two other swimmers staying within a stroke of him. Coming out of the turn on the final 50 yards, Madwed surged ahead to win by a comfortable margin of almost two seconds. In the process, he re-wrote the conference and school record books, beating out Whitaker, who touched the wall second.

Michigan reestablished its dominance of the mile, placing first, second and fourth. Ryan was first to the wall in 14:50.20, battling solely with runner-up Feeley for the final 250 yards. Junior Dane Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich./Adams) swam in an early heat but finished with the fourth-best time, shaving more than six seconds off his career best.

The Wolverines will be back in the pool on Sunday (March 6) at the Ohio State Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier meet in Columbus, Ohio. The meet will take place at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion beginning at noon.

Final Team Standings

 1. MICHIGAN             678.0
 2. Indiana              604.0
 3. Ohio State           593.0
 4. Minnesota            505.5
 5. Purdue               343.5
 6. Penn State           250.5
 7. Iowa                 227.5
 8. Wisconsin            224.0
 9. Northwestern         212.5
10. Michigan State       180.5

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Four)
Preliminary time in parenthesis if faster than finals time

1,650-yard Freestyle
 1. Sean Ryan, U-M             14:50.20*
 2. Ryan Feeley, U-M           14:52.09#
 4. Dane Vanderkaay, U-M       15:06.07#
36. Chris Douville, U-M        15:44.99
200-yard Backstroke
 1. Andrew Elliot, OSU          1:41.69#
10. Ryutaro Kamiya, U-M         1:45.62# (1:45.35#)
11. Jan Konarzewski, U-M        1:45.64#
14. Connor McCarroll, U-M       1:46.30# (1:46.08#)
22. Chris Douville, U-M         1:48.11
23. Alexander Hoff, U-M         1:48.37
100-yard Freestyle
 1. Michael Richards, Minn        43.20# (42.98#)
 6. Miguel Ortiz, U-M             43.64# (43.49#)
12. Hassaan Abdel Khalik, U-M     44.31#
13. Evan Gregg, U-M               44.33# (44.29#)
21. Roman Willets, U-M            44.44
200-yard Breaststroke
 1. Cody Miller, IU             1:54.16*
 9. Jared Miller, U-M           1:58.19#
11. James Ridgeway, U-M         1:59.92# (1:57.85#)
13. Kyle Duckitt, U-M           1:59.10#
24. Sam Wensman, U-M            2:02.35
200-yard Butterfly
 1. Dan Madwed, U-M             1:41.70*!$@%
 2. Kyle Whitaker, U-M          1:43.52#
 9. Tony Wahl, U-M              1:45.85#
18. John Wojciechowski, U-M     1:47.41#
32. Connor Jaeger, U-M          1:50.31
Platform Diving
 1. David Boudia, Purdue         556.90^%!$
17. Jack Lee, U-M                253.00
18. Chris Morrison, U-M          241.00
400-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. Ohio State 'A'              2:52.00*
 3. MICHIGAN 'A'                2:52.50#
   (Sean Fletcher, Neal Kennedy,
    Miguel Ortiz, Dan Madwed)
* NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
% Pool Record
$ Big Ten Meet Record
! Big Ten Conference Record
@ University of Michigan Record

• Previous Results: Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1

Big Ten Award Winners
Swimmer of the Championships: Michael Richards, Minnesota
Diver of the Championships: David Boudia, Purdue
Rookie of the Championships: Kyle Whitaker, MICHIGAN
Swimming Coach of the Year: Mike Bottom, MICHIGAN
Diving Coach of the Year: Adam Soldati, Purdue
U-M Sportsmanship Recipient: Neal Kennedy

2011 Michigan All-Big Ten Selections
First Team: Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Sean Fletcher, Connor Jaeger, Neal Kennedy, Jan Konarzewski, Dan Madwed, Miguel Ortiz, James Ridgeway, Sean Ryan, Kyle Whitaker
Second Team: Ryan Feeley, Dane Vanderkaay

Michigan Big Ten Champions
Hassaan Abdel Khalik (1): 800-yard Freestyle Relay
Sean Fletcher (2): 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Medley Relay
Connor Jaeger (1): 800-yard Freestyle Relay
Neal Kennedy (2): 200-yard Medley Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
Jan Konarzewski (1): 400-yard Medley Relay
Dan Madwed (4): 200-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Butterfly, 800-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
Miguel Ortiz (2): 200-yard Medley Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
James Ridgeway (1): 200-yard Medley Relay
Sean Ryan (3): 500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard Medley Relay
Kyle Whitaker (3): 200-yard Individual Medley, 400-yard Individual Medley, 800-yard Freestyle Relay


• Michigan won its second Big Ten title under head coach Mike Bottom and its conference-leading 35th overall.

• Michigan has now won a Big Ten championship in nine decades dating back to its first in 1927.

• The Wolverines won 11 of 18 swimming events and scored points in both springboard events.

• Michigan won three of five relays at this year's championship, bringing its all-time total to 112 relay titles.

• Ten different U-M swimmers that won individual titles or were part of championship relays.

Neal Kennedy, James Ridgeway and Dan Madwed all repeated as All-Big Ten first team honorees. Madwed has now made the first team on three occasions.

Sean Ryan won the 1,650-yard freestyle, giving Michigan 18 titles in the event since 1993.

• Ryan became the first freshman to win the 1,650-yard freestyle crown since fellow Wolverine Brendan Neligan claimed the mile in 2002.

• Ryan's new personal-best 14:50.20 in the 1,650-yard freestyle makes him the seventh-fastest U-M miler all-time. Ryan Feeley, who finished second in the mile on a time of 14:52.09, now ranks as the eighth-fastest miler in program history.

• Madwed successfully defended his title in the 200-yard butterfly. He became the seventh Wolverine to win the event crown multiple times.

• On a 200-yard butterfly time of 1:41.70, Madwed broke his own Big Ten Championships record of 1:42.11 set in 2010 and Davis Tarwater's Big Ten and U-M record of 1:41.84 set in 2006.

• Madwed was the only swimmer to break a pool record at the University Aquatic Center this week. He topped Davis Tarwater's 2005 pool record of 1:42.30.


Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On having the lead the whole meet ... "I think that we have a very balanced team this year. There are guys that did not even final last year and they're here in the final, which is really exciting."

On the performance of Michigan's freshmen ... "That's the whole thing. It wasn't just the freshmen; it was the sophomores, the juniors, and the seniors, and they all had to do it. Everybody had to step up."

On what the championship means ... "I think that it means a lot for this team. I'm excited for them. We have a group of seniors that went through a transition, and it was not an easy transition for them. They showed up and supported me as a coach and this team in their pursuits."

U-M Freshman Sean Ryan
On the meet ... "It is just awesome. I can't imagine any other way to come into the Big Tens. We came out here and I was fortunate enough to win two events. I had some great help from my teammates on the side and parents in the stands. It is just like a dream. You can't dream anything better."

U-M Junior Dan Madwed
On taking the lead late ... "I was planning on doing that. Usually, I take it out a little too quick and I don't have enough to come home. I thought I would mix it up and see how it goes."

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