Oct. 5, 2012
Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On the team's goal coming into the dual meet ... "Our goal in each of these meets is to get better, and that's what they did. Looking at each of the guys that swam, it was fun to see them make changes from last week, and do what they wanted to do, which is to get better."
On who stood out in Friday's win ... "Justin Glanda, whose brother is the long snapper on the football team, finished second in the 500-yard freestyle to Connor Jaeger, and was close to his career-best time. There's a whole lot of guys. Miguel Ortiz had a couple great swims. Dylan Bosch, again, in the 200-yard butterfly, though he wasn't quite as fast as last week, showed some pretty good stuff on the relays. If you look at the last relay, we had a lot of guys go under 45 seconds, which is really good for this time of year. I told the guys, our relays at the beginning and the end showed how far we've come already, and how much we're improving as a team."
U-M Sophomore Richard Funk
On the victory ... "It was great to see everyone collectively step up after a real hard week of training. We had a tough test last night but to witness everyone come back down for their swims and attacking front-ends was good. We had some real good speed out there today and got another good performance from our freshman class. Overall, it was a great team effort."
On the team's depth ... "We struggled a bit in a few events over the years, but we're moving forward. We're not just winning those races, but we're getting depth, and that's excellent. It shows we're getting better in all aspects of our team."
U-M Freshman Dylan Bosch
On the transition to Michigan from South Africa ... "It's been pretty good. It's hard to be so far. You're always going to miss people, but this team has been great. It's starting to feel like home."
On what the team can improve on ... "There's a lot to improve on. We'll get back in the pool on Monday and continue to train really hard. We're going to have some fun tomorrow and see what we can do there."
U-M Graduate Student Zachary Turk
On the main differences between swimming at D-III Kenyon College and Michigan ... "I think Kenyon prepared me really well. At first, I was worried about going to grad school, just because I thought it would be a harder academic and athletic setting. Michigan is such a great institution and it's a lot more strenuous here, but Kenyon prepared me well. One of Michigan's guiding principles is that academics comes before athletics and the resources here are amazing. I've not had any problems thus far."
On what other strokes he can improve on other than freestyle ... "I really focus on my freestyle. My 50-yard freestyle is my best even, but I fall off a little bit as I go up in length, so something I'm going to focus on is holding my speed. I'm sure we're going to work on that as the season progresses."