Jan. 29, 2013
Fri-Sat., Feb. 1-2 -- vs. No. 10 Ohio State (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m./Noon [ Live Results ]
The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan swimming and diving team (6-0, 4-0 Big Ten) returns to the pool after a two-week break from competition, hosting No. 10 Ohio State (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten) in a two-day dual meet inside Canham Natatorium. The meet will begin on Friday (Feb. 1) at 5 p.m. and pick up on Saturday (Feb. 2) at noon.
Prior to competition Saturday, Michigan will honor its nine-member senior class: graduate student Zachary Turk, Ryan Feeley, Sean Fletcher, Roman Willets, Evan Gregg, Connor McCarroll, Andrew Novakoff, Miguel Ortiz and team manager Tim Hochradel.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
|Friday, Feb. 1|
400-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Feb. 2|
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
|Michael Wynalda||4th||1st||200-yard freestyle|
|Connor Jaeger||1st||1st||500-yard freestyle|
|Connor Jaeger||2nd||1st||1,650-yard freestyle|
|Connor Jaeger||9th||2nd||400-yard individual medley|
|Ryan Feeley||5th||2nd||1,650-yard freestyle|
|Miguel Ortiz||4th||2nd||100-yard backstroke|
|Miguel Ortiz||T-5th||T-2nd||100-yard butterfly|
|Richard Funk||8th||1st||100-yard breaststroke|
|Richard Funk||5th||1st||200-yard breaststroke|
|Dylan Bosch||4th||1st||200-yard butterfly|
|John Wojciechowski||7th||3rd||200-yard butterfly|
|Kyle Whitaker||5th||1st||200-yard individual medley|
|Kyle Whitaker||4th||1st||400-yard individual medley|
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. Other Big Ten leaders are junior Michael Wynalda (200-yard freestyle) and freshman Dylan Bosch (200-yard butterfly).
The following student-athletes have automatic or provisional-qualifying times for the 2013 NCAA Championships, to be held March 28-30 at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind. Swimming selections will be made for the meet on Wednesday, March 13, while divers will be determined following the results of the NCAA Zone Diving Regionals, which take place March 16-18.
This season, 18 swimmers have compiled 51 NCAA automatic or provisional-qualifying times (in individual events only), while four divers have achieved nine NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores. Michigan has seven automatic qualifying times: one on each of the five relays and two from junior Connor Jaeger (500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle).
[ Stats: Swimming (Top Times) | Diving | Qualifying Standards ]
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* Automatic-qualifying time
Michigan is 66-11-2 all-time against Ohio State, including a 194-140 win last season in Columbus. The Wolverines have not lost to their rival since the 1990-91 season. Ohio State is 8-1 on the season in dual meets, including an even 1-1 mark against Big Ten opponents. On Jan. 19, Ohio State defeated Iowa, 183-105, and lost to Indiana, 150-148, in Bloomington, Ind. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 10 in the most-recent CSCAA poll. They are led in the pool by senior Jason Schnur, the reigning Big Ten champion in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle.
Eleven student-athletes from the state of Michigan are on the 2012-13 roster, while four are from Ohio. Thirty-three percent of the roster (15 of 45) hails from the states of Michigan and Ohio.
Kevin Bain (Northville)
Jonathon Ekleberry (Rochester)
Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills)
Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor)
Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods)
Daniel Miller (Lambertville)
David Moore (Holland)
Adam Oxner (South Lyon)
Jeremy Raisky (Birmingham)
Nate Rietberg (Jenison)
Michael Wynalda (Wyoming)
The other 30 members of the team come from 17 states (Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin) and five countries (Canada, Denmark, Japan, South Africa, United States).
In six dual meets this season, Michigan has won 84 percent of the events (66 of 79). In the four dual meets at Canham Natatorium (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Eastern Michigan, Purdue), U-M has won 86 percent of the events (54 of 63).
The Wolverines are 38-3-2 in dual meets under the direction of Mike Bottom, including a 24-1 record against Big Ten teams. Michigan earned its 100th dual meet win in the last 21 seasons when it beat Indiana back on Oct. 26-27. The Wolverines have won 14 straight dual meets against Big Ten teams (last loss Jan. 8, 2011, at Indiana) and 17 straight dual meets at Canham Natatorium (last loss Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2008, vs. then-No. 1 Texas).
Michigan added an important piece at the semester break in freshman Anders Lie, who is a 21-year-old freshman from Vanloese, Denmark, and swam for Denmark at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay. He made his collegiate debut at the Orange Bowl Classic on Jan. 3 in Key Largo, Fla., and won his first collegiate race on Jan. 12 vs. Purdue, winning the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:46.62). Lie will train with the distance group and primarily swim in the distance freestyle categories, along with All-Americans Connor Jaeger, Ryan Feeley and Sean Ryan.
Senior Miguel Ortiz and freshman Dylan Bosch were named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, last Tuesday (Jan. 22). It is the third time this season that both Ortiz and Bosch received the honors in the same week. Bosch is a contender for Big Ten Freshman of the Year, having been honored with the award six times already this season (Oct. 2, Oct. 9, Oct. 30, Dec. 4, Jan. 8). Ortiz was given the award for the third time (Oct. 30, Dec. 4). Five other men have gotten Big Ten weekly honors this season, including former Big Ten Divers of the Week Jack Lee (Oct. 2) and James Ross (Jan. 8) and former Swimmers of the Week Connor Jaeger (Oct. 2), Richard Funk (Oct. 9) and Sean Fletcher (Jan. 8). [ Release ]
Michigan remains ranked No. 1 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) and in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com polls, both released last week. In the CSCAA poll, Michigan and Arizona are tied at the top spot. The Wolverines have held on to their No. 1 ranking since Nov. 6. [ Polls: CSCAA | Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com ]
The Wolverines have two meets remaining before the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 27-March 2 in Bloomington, Ind.): at Michigan State on Feb. 9 and hosting the Michigan First Chance Meet on Feb. 16-17.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
| Michael Wynalda
Q: Talk about the kind of season you are having. Are you happy with where you are in your training right now?
A: Yes, absolutely. I feel like as a team, we're definitely better than we were this point in the season last year. We had a lot of fast times at SMU, and we're showing that we can swim well in season. I think this is going to be a good end of the season for us. We've got guys stepping up everywhere, including the freestyle. It feels good to know that we have the talent and depth to compete with the best teams in the country.
Q: The nine of you that went to SMU two weekends ago performed pretty well but came up a bit short. Was that result a wake-up call to you guys that you had more work to do?
A: I don't think it was so much a wake-up call, but it showed us how good we can be in season without a taper, just putting on the suits and racing. USC, for instance, may not have as much depth as we do, but they have a lot of good top-end guys in races. In dual meets, I think we'd do a lot better because of our depth.
Q: This is Ohio State week. There aren't as many Michigan natives on the team, but you are one of them. Does this rivalry mean a little bit more to you having lived and grown up in the state?
A: I definitely think so. It's more ingrained in my childhood, having grown up in this state. If you are a Michigan fan, you don't like Ohio State, and I'm sure it's just the opposite down there. Ohio State has a great program, one that we'll see at Big Tens and at NCAAs later in the season. It's always exciting to compete against them. I know all of our guys are really looking forward to this weekend.
Q: We're honoring the senior class before Friday's portion of the meet. You still have one year left but having swum next to these guys for three years, how instrumental have they been to keeping Michigan on the national stage?
A: They've been incredibly important. The years they put in building themselves up and building this team shows their dedication. This is their team. They deserve a lot of the credit for where we are now due to leading us the way that they have. It's a strong group. They're real fast, and they'll score big points. It's going to be tough to replace them.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines were denied their fifth-straight SMU Classic title, with their nine-person contingent finishing second to USC at the six-team meet on Jan. 18-19. [ SMU Classic: Day One | Day Two ]
Saturday, Feb. 9 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), Noon
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423