Jan. 7, 2014
Podcast: Thursday Morning Taper
Friday, Jan. 10 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 6 p.m.
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Saturday, Jan. 11 -- at Northwestern, vs. Notre Dame (Evanston, Ill.), 1 p.m. CST
The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) begins the second half of the season with a pair of road Big Ten meets this weekend in conjunction with the women's team. The Wolverines will first square off with Purdue (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) at 6 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 10) at Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind., before heading to Northwestern for a 1 p.m. meet on Saturday (Jan. 11) at Norris Aquatics Center in Evanston, Ill. Notre Dame will also swim in the Northwestern meet.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
400-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Junior Bruno Ortiz was named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday (Jan. 7). At the Orange Bowl Classic last Friday (Jan. 3), he took first in the 50-meter freestyle (23.10) and 50-meter breaststroke (28.07) and swam on two champion relays. [ Release ]
Since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, the Wolverines have gone 45-3-1 in dual meets under the direction of head swimming coach Mike Bottom, including a 27-1 mark in Big Ten action.
Two Wolverines broke records at the AT&T Winter Nationals from Dec. 5-7 in Knoxville, Tenn.: senior Michael Wynalda in the 200-yard freestyle and Dylan Bosch in the 200-yard butterfly. Wynalda finished fourth in the race, trailing the last two NCAA champions in the 200-yard freestyle in Joao De Lucca (2013 - Louisville) and Dax Hill (2012 - Texas) as well as former Olympic gold medalist Darian Townsend of South Africa. His time of 1:32.91 became a new Big Ten and University of Michigan record, breaking the old time of 1:33.10, originally set in 2009 by former U-M swimmer and Olympic gold medalist Tyler Clary (2008-10). Bosch improved on his previously held Big Ten and U-M records in the 200-yard butterfly, racing to the wall in 1:41.01, a time which still ranks as No. 1 in the nation. Like Wynalda, he was the previous record holder in both places from his time of 1:41.18 set at the 2013 Big Ten Championships.
Michigan continues to be ranked No. 1 in the CSCAA D-I rankings, last released on Nov. 20. The rankings are released every two weeks, alternating between men and women. [ Rankings: CSCAA ]
Through the first half of the season, four divers have achieved NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifying scores, led by sophomore Timothy Faerber, who has two (one-meter, three-meter). The divers spent the winter break training trip in Coral Springs, Fla. [ Diving Bests ]
Dylan Bosch (200-yard butterfly) and Connor Jaeger (500-yard freestyle) enter this weekend's meets having not been defeated in either of those events all season. Jaeger also won the 1,650-yard freestyle at the AT&T Winter Nationals back on Dec. 7 but likely will not swim that event again until the Big Ten Championships.
Listed below are the swimmers that have times that rank in the top 10 at both the national and conference level. Michigan swimmers lead the Big Ten in 10 events, including four from sophomore Dylan Bosch.
|Bruno Ortiz||50-yard Freestyle||19.53||T-9th||1st|
|Michael Wynalda||200-yard Freestyle||1:32.91||2nd||1st|
|Connor Jaeger||500-yard Freestyle||4:14.05||2nd||1st|
|Anders Nielsen||1,650-yard Freestyle||14:47.88||2nd||2nd|
|Richard Funk||100-yard Breaststroke||52.89||4th||1st|
|Dylan Bosch||100-yard Butterfly||46.57||9th||1st|
|Kyle Whitaker||200-yard Butterfly||1:43.81||2nd||2nd|
EYE ON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Through four meets, the following U-M swimmers and divers have automatically or provisionally qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championships, set to be held March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. In total, in individual events, U-M has achieved eight NCAA 'A' times, 51 NCAA 'B' times and six NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores. In addition, four relay teams -- 400-yard freestyle relay, 800-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay -- have also automatically qualified to the NCAA Championships:
Hassaan Abdel Khalik
* NCAA automatic qualifying standard
The Boilermakers are 5-1 in dual meets this season, including victories in Big Ten competition over Iowa (173-127) and Northwestern (209.5-90.5) back on Nov. 8. Purdue was most recently in Hawaii for their winter semester training trip, where it defeated host Hawaii, 134-103, in Honolulu. The two swimmers to watch for Purdue are sprinter Danny Tucker and breaststroker Lyam Dias. Tucker is tied for third in the Big Ten in the 50-yard freestyle (19.87), while Dias is ranked third in both the 100-yard breaststroke (53.75) and the 200-yard breaststroke (1:55.60). The Boilermakers also have one of the best diving contingents in the Big Ten, led by Layne Rogers, an NCAA All-America honorable mention on both one-meter and platform as a freshman last season.
Series: Michigan is 56-0 all-time against Purdue in dual meets. The two teams met in Ann Arbor on Jan. 12 of last season, with Michigan winning, 153-90.
The Wildcats are 5-2 on the season and 1-2 in Big Ten dual meets, dropping decisions to Purdue and Ohio State on Nov. 8 but beating Wisconsin, 165-135, on Nov. 15 in Evanston. One of Northwestern's key swimmers in Jordan Wilmovsky, who ranks third in the Big Ten behind Connor Jaeger and Anders Nielsen in the 1,650-yard freestyle. He is also 10th in the 500-yard freestyle. Chase Stephens is one of the conference's top sprinters, currently tying for third in the Big Ten (19.87).
Series: Michigan is 40-4 all-time against Northwestern in dual meets. The two teams first met in the 1922-23 season, in what was the program's third-ever dual meet (Northwestern won 56-12). Michigan and Northwestern previously met on Jan. 29, 2011, in Ann Arbor, with the Wolverines winning, 272.5-61.5, as part of a quad meet with Ohio State and Penn State.
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan closed out its annual winter break training trip by winning the Orange Bowl Classic for the fifth consecutive season back on Jan. 3 in Key Largo, Fla. [ Recap ]
Fri-Sat., Jan. 17-18 -- at SMU Invitational (Dallas, Texas), 6 p.m. CST
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