Jan. 14, 2014
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Fri-Sat., Jan. 17-18 -- at SMU Invitational (Dallas, Texas), 7:30 p.m. CST
Having recently concluded a stretch of three meets in eight days, nine members of the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will be in action this weekend at the SMU Classic in Dallas, Texas. The meet will be held at 7:30 p.m. CST on Friday (Jan. 17) and Saturday (Jan. 18) inside Perkins Natatorium.
Each of the six teams at the SMU Classic will send eight swimmers and one diver. Joining Michigan and SMU at the meet will be No. 3 Florida, No. 6 USC, No. 8 Louisville and Purdue. Representing the Wolverines will be seniors Connor Jaeger, Kyle Whitaker, John Wojciechowski and Michael Wynalda, juniors Richard Funk and Bruno Ortiz and sophomores Dylan Bosch, Peter Brumm and Timothy Faerber. Bosch, Funk, Ortiz, Whitaker and Wynalda all swam at last year's SMU Classic.
The Perkins Natatorium at SMU is a six-lane pool. Each competitor can swim in a maximum of three events per day but one must be a relay. There are two heats for each event, and each team must have one competitor in each heat.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Men's Swimming & Diving Championships will go on sale on Monday, Jan. 20. To purchase, go to MGoBlue.com/tickets or call (866) 296-MTIX.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Jan. 17
400-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
800-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Jan. 18
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
Michigan is swimming at the SMU Classic for the sixth consecutive season. The Wolverines finished second last season, falling short of first place by three points to USC. Prior to last season, U-M had won the previous five SMU Classic titles. [ 2013 Recap ]
Sophomore Dylan Bosch was named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday (Jan. 14). He won five events in last weekend's meets at Purdue and Northwestern, including three individual race wins. [ Release ]
In U-M's last three competitions -- the Orange Bowl Classic (Jan. 3), at Purdue (Jan. 10) and at Northwestern (Jan. 11) -- it has won 34 of 44 events (77 percent).
Michigan continues to be ranked No. 1 in the CSCAA D-I rankings, last released on Dec. 12. 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
# NCAA provisional qualifying standard
^ NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifying score
Saturday, Feb. 1 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m.
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