Weekly #6: Michigan to Return to Dual-Meet Action Against Hoosiers
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Connor Jaeger
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Jan. 4, 2012

THIS WEEK
Saturday, Jan. 7 -- vs. Indiana (Canham Natatorium), Noon
Live Results

The No. 4 University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team return to the pool after an extended holiday break to take part in the squad's first home dual in more than two months, hosting the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday (Jan. 7) at Canham Natatorium. Earlier in the week, the Wolverines took part in a holiday primer meet, the Orange Bowl Classic, in Key Largo, Fla., winning all 12 events at the Jacobs Aquatic Center and earning 320 team points to defeat George Mason (105.5), St. Leo (52.5), Calvin College (21) and PSU-Behrend (19).

Schedule of Events
200-yard Medley Relay
1,000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Backstroke
100-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
50-yard Freestyle
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
500-yard Freestyle
100-yard Butterfly
400-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
One-meter Diving
Three-meter Diving

WOLVERINE BITES

We Meet Again
The last time the Hoosiers and Wolverines matched up was on Nov. 5, as the Wolverines earned victories over the Hoosiers and perennial power Texas at Canham Natatorium, defeating Indiana 216-84 and narrowly edging the Longhorns 150.5-149.5. The Nov. 5 meeting between the two schools marked the first of four competitions between the two schools. Saturday will represent the second competition, followed by Big Ten and NCAA Championships. The Hoosiers also figure to be in competition for the Big Ten Championship again this season after placing second at last year's championship, 74 points behind the Wolverines.

Races to Watch
A pair of races Saturday -- the 500-yard freestyle and the 800-yard freestyle relay -- will feature top-10 national performers from both schools. Michigan's Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), ranked No. 2 (4:15.94) in the country in the 500-yard freestyle, will face off against Indiana's Eric Hinshaw, who is ranked ninth (4:19.01) nationally in the event. The 800 freestyle relay will pit the fifth-ranked Wolverines relay squad (6:28.09) against the No. 10 Hoosiers (6:33.20).

Wolverines in the National Top 10 (as of Dec. 15)

NAME                  EVENT        NAT'L RANK      TIME
Evan Gregg            50 free          5          19.69
Connor Jaeger         200 free        10        1:37.21
                      500 free         2        4:15.94
                      1650 free        6       14:55.70
Dan Madwed            100 fly          6          47.01
                      200 fly          3        1:43.88
Sean Ryan             1650 free        9       15:00.13
Miguel Ortiz          100 back         6          46.56
Kyle Whitaker         200 IM           6        1:44.83
                      400 IM           2        3:45.17
John Wojciechowski    100 fly          4          46.61
400 Free Relay                         7        2:54.38
800 Free Relay                         5        6:28.09
200 Medley Relay                       6        1:26.36

Historically Speaking
Michigan holds a 42-30-3 all-time record against the Hoosiers, dating all the way back to the 1922-23 season. Prior to the win over the Hoosiers earlier in the season, Indiana and Michigan tied 150-150 on Nov. 5, 2010 in Bloomington, Ind., while the Hoosiers defeated the Wolverines in dual meet action on Jan. 8 of last season by a 163-137 tally.

Break Out the Brooms
In individual events at the Orange Bowl Classic, eight different Wolverines earned wins. Freshman Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Stratchcona) earned wins in the 50-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter backstroke and Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), junior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and junior Roman Willets (Whitehouse, Ohio/St. Francis deSales) were members of both the 200-meter medley relay and the 200-meter freestyle relay teams that placed first.

Additionally, sophomore Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) (400-meter freestyle), junior Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) (50-meter butterfly), senior Jan Konarzewski (Warsaw, Poland/LO im Andersa) (100-meter backstroke), Willets (100-meter freestyle), sophomore John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy) (100-meter butterfly), Miguel Ortiz (50-meter backstroke), junior Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) (50-meter freestyle), and sophomore Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) (200-meter individual medley) all earned individual event wins on the afternoon.

In the 200-meter medley relay, the Ortiz brothers, Fletcher and Willets combined to clock a time of 1:41.32 for the event win. The second relay victory of the day came in the final event of the meet, as Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Willets, and Gregg touched the wall with a time of 1:33.53 in the 200-meter freestyle relay.

Divers in Action at Fort Lauderdale Invite
A pair of Michigan freshmen took first and second place at the Fort Lauderdale Diving Invitational. Kevin Bain (Northville, Mich./Northville) and Jeff Camalo (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) finished first and second, respectively, in the men's three-meter diving competition Saturday (Dec. 31) at the Fort Lauderdale Diving Invitational. Bain took the victory with a 294.60 total, followed by Camalo in second at 281.31, to conclude the team training during the squad's annual winter break trip.

Jaeger Earns Second Big Ten Weekly Honor
Sophomore Connor Jaeger was named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week on Dec. 6 after his performance at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa. Jaeger earned two individual event titles -- in the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle -- and a relay title (800-yard freestyle) to earn a trio of NCAA consideration marks. Jaeger began his weekend performance on Friday, Dec. 2, with a pool-record win in the 500-yard freestyle, clocking a 4:15.94. The effort ranks as the top time in the Big Ten this season and second nationally.

On Saturday, Dec. 3, he placed third in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:36.86 and closed out the day's effort with a top finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay, combining with sophomore Kyle Whitaker, sophomore Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) and junior Roman Willets to swim a pool-record 6:28.09 and rank fifth in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten.

On Sunday, Dec. 4, Jaeger blew away the competition with a 14:55.70 mile, another pool record, and was nearly five seconds faster than his second-place teammate, sophomore Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School). The mark ranks sixth in the nation and tops in the conference.

The honor was Jaeger's second of the season and second of his career, as he previously earned the plaudit on Oct. 18 for his performance at the Dennis Stark Relays. The honor is the third of the season for the Wolverines, as senior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) earned the honor on Nov. 8.

Divers Take Part in Miami Invitational
Michigan's divers were in action at the Miami Invitational Dec. 1-3 at Corwin M. Nixon Natatorium. Sophomore Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) led the Wolverines on day three with a second-place finish of 406.35. Sophomore Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School) took fourth on day three with a 303.95, while senior Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) placed sixth with a 292.45. Day one and day two featured the Chinese National diving team, as Choa He won the one-meter competition on Friday with a 445.20. The Wolverines took fifth through eighth, as Morrison placed fifth with a 301.30. Sophomore James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) followed in sixth with a 298.60, while Lee took seventh with a 297.15. Jahnke closed out the Michigan performance with a 288.20 to take eighth. Day two featured China's Jun Wu, who blew away competition with a 523.00 in the platform competition. U-M took fourth through seventh in the event, as Lee scored a 289.05, followed by Ross (287.00), Jahnke (265.10) and Morrison (240.75).

Five More Race Wins Solidify U-M's Team Title at Hawkeye Invite
Then No. 1-ranked Michigan collected five event titles on day three of the Hawkeye Invitational on Sunday, Dec. 4, to capture the 2011 Hawkeye Invitational team title with 967 points, outdistancing second-place Iowa (723 points) in the seven-team event held at the Iowa Aquatic Center. The Wolverines earned race wins in the 1,650-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard freestyle relay to close out the three-day competition with 15 event titles over the three-day event. Day two saw the Wolverines earn event wins in the 200-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay in addition to the 400-yard butterfly, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard backstroke and hold 654 points to second-place Iowa's 476. The Wolverines earned a commanding lead on day one of competition on the heels of a trio of individual titles and one relay crown on Friday, Dec. 2. In addition to the individual excellence, Michigan's 400-yard medley relay squad collected a victory with a meet-record time.

Eight Swimmers, Diver Highlight 2012-13 Class
The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving squads announced their 2012-13 signing class Monday, Nov. 21, with the signing of nine prep standouts to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season. The class is composed of swimmer Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College Sandton), Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough), Reid Elliott (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis), Paul Corbae (Austin, Texas/Westlake), Nick Killeen (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier), Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit), William Raynor (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep), Paul Soley (Lebanon, N.J./Berkley) and diver Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill). Five of the eight swimmers rank in the top 130 in the CollegeSwimming.com rankings. Bosch enters as the No. 7 swimmer in the CollegeSwimming.com rankings, while Brumm is the No. 2 swimmer in North Carolina and No. 42 swimmer nationally, while Elliott ranks as the No. 8 swimmer in the state of Texas, and 48th nationally to round out the top 50.

Morrison Lone Diving Upperclassman
Senior Chris Morrison returns to anchor the diving squad after placing 14th off the platform with a 250.55, 19th in the three-meter (315.85) and 30th in the one-meter (234.55) in the NCAA Championships during his junior campaign. He holds career bests of 315.65 in the one-meter, 342.30 in the three-meter, which was second on the team last season, and a 341.78 in the platform competition.

Young Diving Team
Of the 10 diving team members, five carry freshman eligibility, while four are sophomores. Jack Lee returns after a solid freshman season in which he led the team in the one-meter with a 326.17 and in the platform with a 567.00. Additionally, sophomore Thomas Jahnke led the team in the three-meter dive with a 367.73 and was third in the platform with a 290.85 at the Big Ten Quad Meet.

Divers Stay Local
Thomas Jahnke, as well as freshmen Nate Argetsinger (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Jeff Camalo all hail for Ann Arbor. The trio, along with freshman Kevin Bain, were members of the local Legacy Diving Club, which is based in Canham Natatorium.

Michigan Edges Texas, Crushes Indiana
U-M edged the University of Texas 150.50-149.50 and crushed Indiana 216-84 to sweep a double dual meet on Nov. 5 at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines led by 10 points heading into the final event, the 200 free relay, and held onto the lead with a second-place finish in the event. Junior Evan Gregg, junior Miguel Ortiz, freshman Bruno Ortiz and junior Roman Willets clocked the runner-up time of 1:20.47.

Adding Titles
U-M collected seven wins in the Nov. 5 double dual against Texas and Indiana, highlighted by sophomore Connor Jaeger defeating Texas All-American Jackson Wilcox in the 500 free as Jaeger took the event with a time of 4:20.15. The win was Jaeger's second victory of the day after capturing a win in the 200 free. Senior Dan Madwed was part of a three-event win streak which began with junior Miguel Ortiz winning the 100-yard backstroke and Richard Funk winning the 100-yard backstroke. Madwed closed out the streak with a win in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:45.6 and won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 47.42.

Feeley, Madwed Earn Pan-Am Games Medals
Two current men's swimmers took part in the 2011 Pan-American Games, representing the United States Oct. 15-21 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Junior Ryan Feeley and senior Dan Madwed were each members of the 4x200m freestyle relay gold medalist quartet. Additionally, Feeley participated in the 1,500m freestyle and garnered a silver medal, while Madwed collected a silver medal in the 200m butterfly.

Madwed and Vanderkaay Selected Co-Captains
Seniors Dan Madwed and Dane Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich./Adams) have been named co-captains for the 2011-12 men's swimming and diving team. Madwed is a four-time NCAA All-American and fourth-time Big Ten champion. Vanderkaay earned All-Big Ten second team last season, placing second in the 500-yard freestyle, fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle and 11th in the 400-yard individual medley at the conference championship.

Returning Big Ten Champions
The Wolverines claimed their league-leading 35th Big Ten championship last season. U-M led wire to wire en route to a 74-point win over Indiana. Head coach Mike Bottom was named the Coach of the Year and Kyle Whitaker was named the Rookie of the Championship. The Wolverines won 11 of the 18 swimming events and scored points in both springboard events. Overall, U-M had 10 swimmers claim individual conference titles.

Six NCAA All-Americans Return in 2011-12
Michigan has six returning All-Americans from last season's team that finished ninth nationally. The Wolverines are led by four-time All-American Dan Madwed, three-time honoree Kyle Whitaker and two-time Sean Ryan. In addition, Ryan Feeley, Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) and Miguel Ortiz earned All-America accolades for the Wolverines.

Bottom in Fourth Season
Mike Bottom is in his fourth season at the helm of the Michigan men's swimming program. The Wolverines have compiled a 26-3-1 record under Bottom, including a 15-1 mark against Big Ten opposition. Bottom has guided the program to a pair of Big Ten Championships crowns (2009 and 2011) and a second-place finish during the 2010 season. He has led the team to three straight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Li Directing Divers
KZ Li is in his second season as the head diving coach. He spent two years as the co-head coach of the U.S. Elite Diving Academy in Columbus, Ohio, before accepting the U-M coaching position. Li, who coached Minnesota's divers from 1996-2003, is a two-time Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, winning the honor in 2001 (men) and 1998 (women).

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NEXT UP
Fri-Sat., Jan. 13-14 -- at SMU Classic (Dallas, Texas)

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