Jan. 8, 2013
Friday, Jan. 11 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Canham Natatorium), 5:30 p.m.
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Saturday, Jan. 12 -- vs. Purdue (Canham Natatorium), 2 p.m.
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Facility: Canham Natatorium
The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (4-0, 3-0 Big Ten) looks to keep its perfect season intact when it welcomes a pair of opponents this weekend to Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines will face cross-county foe Eastern Michigan (2-1) on Friday (Jan. 11) at 5:30 p.m. and return to the pool on Saturday (Jan. 12) to race against Purdue (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten) at 2 p.m. Admission is free to both meets.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday's meet against Eastern Michigan will take place in a 20-yard pool. The last time that 20-yard records were published was 1967, which has been confirmed by the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Both teams will attempt to set new records during the meet. Saturday's meet against Purdue will be in a traditional 25-yard pool.
|Friday, Jan. 11|
160-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
160-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Jan. 12|
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Nine swimmers rank among the top 10 nationally in one or more events. Junior Connor Jaeger leads the NCAA with the fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle and currently ranks second in the 1,650-yard freestyle. In addition, Michigan swimmers have the fastest times in the Big Ten in nine races.
Michigan is 29-0-0 all-time against Eastern Michigan and 55-0-0 against Purdue in dual-meet competition. The Wolverines last faced both teams in 2011, beating Eastern Michigan, 141-98, on Jan. 15, and Purdue, 134.5-108.5, on Jan. 16.
On Tuesday (Jan. 8), senior Sean Fletcher and freshman Dylan Bosch were named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week, respectively, while junior James Ross was tabbed Men's Diver of the Week. Fletcher won the 50-meter backstroke (25.78) and 50-meter butterfly (24.10) at the Orange Bowl Classic last Thursday (Jan. 3), while Bosch posted three top-four finishes. Ross took first place on one-meter (321.65) at the Mike Pepe Invitational, also held on Jan. 3. For Bosch, it is his fifth Freshman of the Week honor this season.
Michigan remains ranked No. 1 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The last poll was released back on Dec. 4. The Wolverines ascended to the top spot on Nov. 6 following their double-dual meet victory over Texas and Indiana on Oct. 26-27 in Austin, Texas. [ Poll ]
The Wolverines are 36-3-2 in dual meets under the direction of Mike Bottom, including a 23-1 record against Big Ten teams. Michigan earned its 100th dual meet win in the last 21 seasons when it beat Indiana back on Oct. 26-27.
On Dec. 13, head swimming coach Mike Bottom was named to Team USA's coaching staff for the 2013 World University Games, to be held July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. Bottom will serve as head coach of the men's swimming team at the Games. U-M juniors Sean Ryan, Kyle Whitaker, and Michael Wynalda were named to the roster earlier this year. [ Release ]
Senior Ryan Feeley and associate head coach Josh White represented the United States at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships on Dec. 16 in Istanbul, Turkey. Feeley swam the 1,500-meter freestyle, finishing sixth (14:40.08).
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
|| Jack Lee
North Egremont, Mass.
Q: How was the training trip?
A: It went really well. I had a great time. It was pretty similar to the other ones I had been on but coming to Fort Lauderdale was more productive. The facility was better and was closer, which meant we got to get more time in at the pool. We've been working pretty hard. We're hoping that pays off in the upcoming meets.
Q: Outside of training, what did the team do for fun?
A: We went to the beach quite a lot. I brought a slack line with me. Some diving teams use slack lines as a cross-training technique and the beach is a fine place to do that. We enjoyed the sun and the ocean, played a little volleyball. When we had some down time, we tried to rest. We wanted to get the most out of our training.
Q: You've been to diving regionals twice and performed pretty well but making it to NCAAs is the next step. What would it mean to you to represent your team there this year?
A: It would mean so much. That was a big goal of mine last year that I came up just short on. I definitely want to make it there this year. Our team has a good shot of being way up there at NCAAs and it would be a big honor for me to be a part of that team.
Q: What made you become a diver?
A:That's a good question. I was always very acrobatic growing up. It wasn't my idea. I was doing flips in the yard and on the trampoline. My mom decided that I should have water underneath me, so she signed me up for diving lessons. I ended up getting pretty good at it. After a while, it just came natural. I've had a lot of fun doing it.
Q: What makes someone want to jump off a 10-meter platform? You obviously can't be afraid of heights to do that.
A: Every time you go up there, it's scary, especially when you're learning new dives. Fear is something that is a huge factor that you have to overcome. The way I deal with it, I try to be really confident, even if I've never done that certain dive before. I need to understand that I'm capable of doing it otherwise I wouldn't go up there. Really believing in my body's ability to do the dives is what makes me go. Let yourself jump and the body will take over. Once you're off the platform, it's a lot easier.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines wrapped up their training trip with a fourth straight Orange Bowl Classic title last Thursday (Jan. 3), winning all 12 races and setting 10 new meet records. [ Recap ]
Fri-Sat., Jan 18-19 -- at SMU Classic (Dallas, Texas), 6 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423