Weekly #7: Michigan to Go for Fourth Straight SMU Classic Title

Jan. 10, 2012

Fri-Sat., Jan. 13-14
-- at SMU Classic (Dallas, Texas), 7:30 p.m. CST
Live Results

The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (6-0-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) travels to Dallas, Texas, for the SMU Classic after defeating the No. 10 Indiana Hoosiers 166-130 on Saturday (Jan. 7) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines head to the meet for the fourth straight year, and will face top competition in No. 5 USC, No. 13 Florida, No. 16 North Carolina, No. 20 Purdue, and the host institution, SMU. The two-day event will begin at 7:30 p.m. CST both Friday and Saturday (Jan. 13-14) inside Perkins Natatorium.


400 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
200 Free
50 Free
One Meter Diving
100 Fly
100 Back
100 Breast
800 Free Relay

200 Medley Relay
500 Free
200 Breast
200 Back
Three Meter Diving
100 Free
200 Fly
200 Individual Medley
200 Free Relay

(As of 1/9)

National Top 10

NameEventNat'l RankTime
Evan Gregg50 free619.69
Connor Jaeger500 free24:15.94
 1650 free614:55.70
Dan Madwed100 fly647.04
 200 fly31:43.88
Sean Ryan1650 free915:00.13
Miguel Ortiz100 back646.56
Kyle Whitaker200 IM61:44.83
 400 IM23:45.17
John Wojciechowski100 fly446.61
Relay400 Free72:54.38
Relay800 Free56:28.09
Relay200 Medley61:26.36

Nine Wolverines Travel to SMU
The Wolverines will send eight swimmers and one diver to Dallas for the competition. The swimmers include junior Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye), freshman Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Stratchcona), sophomore Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), senior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson), freshman Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), junior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), sophomore Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and sophomore John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy). Sophomore Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School) will represent the divers for Michigan.

Perfect in Dallas
The Wolverines return to the SMU Classic for the fourth straight year of the event, having won the contest between several top-25 teams in the country in all three previous appearances. Last season at Perkins Natatorium, the Wolverines earned 318 team points, while North Carolina (302), USC (300), Florida (272), SMU (242), and Purdue (240) took second through sixth place. Then-junior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) collected wins in the 100 and 200-meter butterfly events to lead U-M to victory. In fact, U-M has prevailed in the 100 fly in each of the past three SMU Classic events, and won the 400 individual medley and 200 medley relay in the two season prior to 2010-11.

Wolverine Streaks
The Wolverines have won two straight in two races, three straight in six events, four straight in four races and five straight in one event. The list does not include competitions against international opponents (Toronto, Club Wolverine Elite, Canadian National Training Center, Oct. 22; US Grand Prix, Nov. 11-13).

List (winners in parenthesis)

Two Straight
200 medley relay
400 IM (Kyle Whitaker 2)

Three Straight
50 freestyle (Miguel Ortiz, Evan Gregg 2)
100 freestyle (Dan Madwed, Roman Willets, Miguel Ortiz)
100 breaststroke (Richard Funk 2, Bruno Ortiz)
500 free (Connor Jaeger 3)
400 freestyle relay
200 medley relay

Four Straight
500 freestyle (Connor Jaeger 4)
200 butterfly (Dan Madwed 3, Kyle Whitaker)
100 butterfly (John Wojciechowski 2, Dan Madwed, Sean Fletcher)
200 IM (Kyle Whitaker 3, John Wojciechowski)

Five Straight
100 backstroke

• U-M has won six straight 100 backstroke races when Miguel Ortiz's win in the Canada meet is included.
Ryan Feeley won the only mile race competed in thus far.
Ryan Feeley and Connor Jaegar have won the only two 1,000 freestyle races competed in by the Wolverines.

Miguel Ortiz Collects Big Ten Swimmer of the Week Honors
Junior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) was named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week for his performance against No. 10 Indiana on Jan. 7. He garnered the accolades with event titles in the 100-yard backstroke (1:38.36) and the 50-yard freestyle (20.33). His mark in the 100-yard backstroke also earned an NCAA consideration time.

As a team, the Wolverines have earned four Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors this season. Previously, Connor Jaeger earned the award on Dec. 6 and Oct. 1, while senior Dan Madwed collected the honor on Nov. 8.

Four Wolverines Double-Up in 166-130 win Over No. 10 Indiana
Freshman Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Stratchcona), junior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), Dan Madwed and sophomore Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) all won a pair of events to propel No. 4 Michigan to a 166-130 win over No. 10 Indiana on Saturday (Jan. 7) at Canham Natatorium.

Lee Sets Season Highs vs. Indiana
Sophomore Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School) set a pair of season high and team high scores in the one- and three- meter diving competition against Indiana (Jan. 7). Lee eclipsed his previous season high in one-meter competition of 302.60 with a 321.23 to take fourth in the event. In the three-meter competition, he notched a third-place 344.25, improving on his previous high of 328.25 that was set on Oct. 15.

Break Out the Brooms
Michigan has won at least 10 events in the past two meets, as the Wolverines won 10 races at the Orange Bowl Classic on Jan. 3 and 12-of-16 events at the Indiana dual on Jan. 7. At the Orange Bowl Classic, Michigan swept the 10-event meet, as eight U-M swimmers collected a combined 10 victories on the final day of the team's winter break trip.

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.

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.

U-M Ranked No. 1 in Nation Following Defeat of Texas
After defeating Indiana and Texas in the tri-meet on Nov. 5 at Canham Natatorium, the Wolverines are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the initial CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Division I Poll. The Wolverines hold the top spot, while Texas is ranked No. 2. Four Big Ten Conference schools join U-M in the top 15, as Iowa comes in at No. 10 and Ohio State is No. 11. No. 14 Indiana, which Michigan also defeated in the Nov. 5 double dual, and No. 15 Minnesota round out the top 15.

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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Fri-Sat., Jan. 28-29 -- at Ohio State, vs. Northwestern, Penn State - Ohio State Quad-Meet (Columbus, Ohio), 6 p.m./Noon

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