Fri-Sat., Jan. 27-28 -- at No. 8 Ohio State, vs. No. 24 Penn State (Columbus, Ohio), 6 p.m./Noon [ Live Results ]
The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (6-0-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten), coming off a team win at the SMU Classic on Jan. 14 in Dallas, returns to the pool after a week layoff to head to Columbus to take on No. 24 Penn State (2-4, 0-1 Big Ten) and the host institution, No. 8 Ohio State (7-0, 2-0 Big Ten), at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The two-day event begins on Friday (Jan. 27) at 6 p.m. and concludes on Saturday (Jan. 28), with competition beginning at noon.
ORDER OF EVENTS
Friday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m.
400-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Jan. 28, Noon
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
(As of 1/23)
National Top 10
Wolverines Head to Columbus
Michigan returns the entire squad to competition in Columbus against the Buckeyes, a team that the Wolverines are 66-11-2 against all-time. Last season in Ann Arbor, U-M defeated the Buckeyes, 187-141, on Jan. 28, and has not lost to the Buckeyes since the 1990-91 season. Additionally, the Maize and Blue defeated the Nittany Lions, 262-72. Michigan is a perfect 9-0 against Penn State all-time.
Michigan competed twice last year in Columbus at the Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, first on Dec. 2-5 at the USA Swimming Short Course Nationals and at the OSU Winter Invitational Feb. 12-13. Each competition was of the non-scoring variety.
Swimmer of the Week Domination
After sophomore Connor Jaeger was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the third-time on the season, it marked the fifth honor that the team has collected as a whole this year. In all, the Wolverines have taken five of the 12 weekly awards that have been handed out this season.
Jaeger collected accolade No. 3 for his performance at The Classic @ SMU (Fri-Sat., Jan. 13-14) in Dallas, Texas. Jaeger won the star-studded 500-yard freestyle, an event where he is ranked No. 2 the nation, with a time of 4:19.17, earning NCAA consideration in the process.
Wolverines Take Fourth Straight The Classic @ SMU Title
On Saturday (Jan. 14), the Wolverines defeated the likes of No. 5, No. 13 Florida, No. 16 North Carolina, SMU and Purdue by collecting 315 team points. Aided by the individual win by Jaeger on day two, the Wolverines took second in the 200-yard medley behind USC, while freshman Richard Funk (200-yard breaststroke), and senior Dan Madwed (200-yard butterfly) took runner-up finishes on day two of competition. On day one, junior Miguel Ortiz and Madwed won the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, respectively. Madwed's time of 47.61 marked the second 100 fly win of his career at the race, and Ortiz marked a 46.73 for Michigan's sixth straight 100-yard backstroke of the season.
The Wolverines have won five straight races in the 500 freestyle -- all by Connor Jaegar -- and the 100 butterfly, and six straight in the 100 backstroke.
List (winners in parenthesis)
500 freestyle (Connor Jaeger 5)
100 butterfly (John Wojciechowski 2, Dan Madwed 2, Sean Fletcher)
U-M has won seven 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.
Break Out the Brooms
Prior to the SMU Classic, Michigan had 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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