Jan. 28, 2014
• Podcast: Thursday Morning Taper
Saturday, Feb. 1 -- at No. 9 Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m.
With the Big Ten Championships less than one month away, the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) returns to action this Saturday (Feb. 1), traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to take on rival and No. 9 Ohio State (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten). The meet, which will be run alongside the women's teams from both schools and Nebraska, will begin at 11 a.m. inside the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
During Saturday's meet, the Michigan coaching staff will take over the team's Twitter account, @umichswimdive, to provide running commentary and real-time reactions to the races and events from right there on the deck. To interact, follow @umichswimdive on Twitter and use the hashtag #UMDeckPass during the competition. [ More ]
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKET INFORMATION
All-session tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Championships, hosted by the University of Michigan at Canham Natatorium (Feb. 26-March 1), are on sale now.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Michigan is 67-11-2 all-time against Ohio State, including a dominant 251-75 victory last season inside Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines have won 16 consecutive dual meets in the series and have not lost to the Buckeyes since 1991. Ohio State (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) has not lost a full-team competition this season and host West Virginia on Friday (Jan. 31). The Buckeyes are led in the pool by fifth-year senior swimmer Tim Phillips (a 2013 NCAA All-American in the 100-yard butterfly) and senior diver Shane Miszkiel (two-time Big Ten champion).
Four different Wolverine men have been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week this season: Bruno Ortiz (Oct. 1, Jan. 7), John Wojciechowski (Oct. 15), Richard Funk (Oct. 29, Jan. 21) and Dylan Bosch (Dec. 10, Jan. 14).
Since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, Michigan has gone 47-3-1 in dual meets under the direction of head swimming coach Mike Bottom, including 29-1 in Big Ten competition. In five dual meets this season (Iowa, Auburn/Notre Dame, Indiana/Texas, Purdue, Northwestern), Michigan has won 73 percent of the events (58 of 80).
The Wolverines continue to hold the top spot in the most-recent CSCAA D-I Poll, released on Jan. 21. Michigan is also ranked No. 4 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25, released on Jan. 23. [ Rankings: CSCAA | Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com ]
Sophomore diver Timothy Faerber set a career-high score on the three-meter board at the SMU Classic back on Jan. 18 (359.45). He is one of four divers to have earned NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores, along with Kevin Bain, Nate Rietberg and James Ross. [ Diving Bests ]
On Monday (Jan. 27), Michigan announced the additions of Mitchell Gartland (Newtown Square, Pa.) and Ryan Sebastian (Summit, N.J./Summit) to the team's 2014-15 recruiting class. [ Release ]
Junior Richard Funk has won the 100-yard breaststroke in each of the team's last three competitions; he has also won the 200-yard breaststroke twice but did not swim that event at Northwestern on Jan. 11. He has shaved several seconds off his times in a stretch of just one week (from Jan. 10 at Purdue to Jan. 17 at SMU Classic), going from 54.67 to 52.31 in the 100-yard breaststroke and from 2:00.59 to 1:54.75 in the 200-yard breaststroke. He currently ranks second in the nation in the 100-yard breaststroke and fifth in the 200-yard breaststroke, leading the Big Ten in both races.
Listed below are the swimmers that have times that rank in the top 10 at both the national and conference level. Michigan swimmers hold the conference's top times in 10 individual events, including four alone by 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||500-yard Freestyle||4:15.49||4th||2nd|
|Richard Funk||100-yard Breaststroke||52.31||2nd||1st|
|Dylan Bosch||100-yard Butterfly||46.57||9th||1st|
|Kyle Whitaker||200-yard Butterfly||1:43.81||9th||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, to be held March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. In total, in individual events, U-M has achieved 64 total NCAA 'A' or 'B' times and six NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores:
50-yard Freestyle (1)
200-yard Freestyle (9)
500-yard Freestyle (7)
* NCAA automatic qualifying standard
# NCAA provisional qualifying standard
^ NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifying score
The Wolverines return to Canham Natatorium for the first time since late November on Saturday, Feb. 8, hosting Michigan State at noon. Prior to the meet, 14 seniors will be honored including Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Kyle Duckitt, John Wojciechowski, Kyle Whitaker, Connor Jaeger, Zach Kelch, Ryutaro Kamiya, Sean Ryan, James Ross, Nate Rietberg, Michael Wynalda, Jonathon Ekleberry, David Moore and graduate student Ian Richardson.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines led wire to wire to capture their fifth SMU Classic title in the past six years back on Jan. 18 in Dallas, Texas. [ Recap ]
Saturday, Feb. 8 -- vs. Michigan State (Canham Natatorium), Noon
OTHER RELATED LINKS
Thursday Morning Taper (Podcast) -- Every Thursday
Canham Natatorium Feature
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