Jan. 15, 2013
Richard Funk Interview (M Magazine)
Fri-Sat., Jan. 18-19 -- at SMU Classic (Dallas, Texas), 7:30 p.m. CST
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Facility: Canham Natatorium
Select members of the top-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (6-0, 4-0 Big Ten) are back in action this weekend, competing at the SMU Classic on Friday (Jan. 18) and Saturday (Jan. 19) in Dallas, Texas. The meet will begin at 7:30 p.m. CST both days.
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. 5 USC, No. 7 Florida, No. 16 Louisville and Purdue. Representing the Wolverines will be Dylan Bosch, Richard Funk, Ryan Feeley, Sean Fletcher, Jack Lee, Bruno Ortiz, Miguel Ortiz, Kyle Whitaker and Michael Wynalda.
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.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Jan. 18
400-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
800-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Jan. 19
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
Michigan swimmers have the Big Ten's fastest time in eight events. Junior Connor Jaeger leads the nation with the fastest time in the 500-yard freestyle and is second in the 1,650-yard freestyle. He also has the Big Ten's fastest time in both races. Sophomore Richard Funk and junior Kyle Whitaker lead the Big Ten in the breaststroke and individual medleys, respectively.
Michigan is searching for its fifth straight SMU Classic title, having won the event the last four years. The Wolverines scored 318 points last season. Ryan Feeley, Richard Funk, Bruno Ortiz, Miguel Ortiz, Kyle Whitaker and Jack Lee competed in last year's competition.
Seven different men have received Big Ten weekly honors this season, led by Dylan Bosch, who is a five-time recipient of the Big Ten Freshman of the Week award this season (Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Dec. 4, Jan. 8). The Wolverines have had two Divers of the Week -- Jack Lee on Oct. 2 and James Ross on Jan. 8 -- and four different Men's Swimmers of the Week, including Connor Jaeger (Oct. 2), Richard Funk (Oct. 9), Miguel Ortiz (Oct. 30, Dec. 4) and Sean Fletcher (Jan. 8).
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 ]
Four Michigan divers have achieved NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying scores this season. Juniors Jack Lee and James Ross lead the group, as both have qualifying scores on all three boards. Lee set new career-high scores over the weekend in wins against Eastern Michigan and Purdue, scoring 336.82 on one-meter and 362.85 on three-meter. The other divers who have qualifying scores are junior Thomas Jahnke (one-meter and three-meter) and freshman Timothy Faerber (one-meter).
Michigan swimmers set eight new U.S. records for swims in a 20-yard pool last Friday (Jan. 11) against Eastern Michigan. The last year in which records for 20-yard swimming races were kept was 1967. The records collected prior to last Fridays' meet were confirmed by the International Swimming Hall of Fame. The new record holders are Ryan Feeley (500-yard freestyle), Kyle Whitaker (100-yard breaststroke), John Wojciechowski (100-yard butterfly), Bruno Ortiz (100-yard freestyle), Richard Funk (200-yard breaststroke), Dylan Bosch (200-yard butterfly), Michael Wynalda (200-yard freestyle) and Miguel Ortiz (100-yard backstroke).
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan won a pair of dual meets over the weekend, downing Eastern Michigan, 196-133, last Friday (Jan. 11) and Purdue, 153-90, last Saturday (Jan. 12). [ Eastern Michigan: Recap | Highlights :: Purdue: Recap | Highlights | Photo Gallery ]
Fri-Sat., Feb. 1-2 -- vs. Ohio State (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m./Noon
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423