Weekly #9: Wolverines to Host Spartans Saturday for Senior Day

Jan. 31, 2012

2012 Senior Class Bios | Mike Bottom Interview

Saturday, Feb. 4
-- vs. Michigan State (Canham Natatorium), Noon
Live Results

The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (8-0, 3-0 Big Ten) will host a Saturday dual(Feb. 4) with the Michigan State Spartans at noon inside Canham Natatorium. The meet marks the final home meet of the season, as the Wolverines will pay tribute to seniors Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson), Jan Konarzewski(Warsaw, Poland/LO im Andersa), Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton), Casey Sreenan (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus) and Dane Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich./Adams).

U-M remained perfect over the weekend after defeating the likes of No. 8 Ohio State and No. 24 Penn State to improve to 3-0 in Big Ten action as well as 8-0 overall.


100 backstroke
100 breaststroke
100 butterfly
400 individual medley
200 freestyle
50 freestyle
200 individual medley
200 medley relay
200 butterfly
100 freestyle
200 backstroke
500 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 freestyle relay

(As of 1/30)

National Top 10

Evan Gregg -- 50 free (eighth), 19.72
Connor Jaeger -- 500 free (second), 4:15.94; Mile (sixth), 14:55.70
Dan Madwed -- 100 fly (sixth), 47.04; 200 fly (fourth), 1:43.84
Sean Ryan -- Mile (ninth), 15:00.13
Miguel Ortiz -- 100 back (sixth), 46.56
Kyle Whitaker -- 200 IM (sixth), 1:44.83; 400 IM (second), 3:45.17
John Wojciechowski -- 100 fly (fourth), 46.61

400 Free (sixth), 2:54.38
800 Free (fifth), 6:28.09
200 Medley (sixth), 1:26.36

Wolverines Host Spartans
U-M holds an impressive 82-5 (94 percent) record against the Spartans all-time and has not lost to the Spartans in 34 years. Last season, U-M downed the Spartans last season in East Lansing, 167-125, when then No. 13-ranked Michigan capped off its dual season with seven different swimmers winning individual events at Charles McCaffree Pool.

U-M Sweeps Buckeyes, Nittany Lions
Paced by seven of eight swimming wins on day one and three individual wins by junior Miguel Ortiz in the 100-yard freestyle (44.11), 100-yard backstroke (47.72), and 50-yard freestyle (20.21), the Wolverines downed Ohio State, 194-140, and Penn State by a 264-70 count. In addition, sophomore Connor Jaeger earned a pool-record in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 9:03.44, while freshman Richard Funk swept the breaststroke events with a 2:02.15 in the 200-yard and a 49.09 in the 100-yard event.

Swimmer of the Week Domination
After junior Miguel Ortiz was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the second time on the season, marking the sixth honor that the team has collected as a whole this season. In all, the Wolverines have taken six of the 13 weekly awards that have been handed out in 2011-12.

Ortiz collected award No. 2 for his performance at the Ohio State Tri-Meet (Jan. 27-28), winning the 50-yard freestyle (20.21), 100-yard freestyle (44.11) and the 100-yard backstroke (44.72), all three of which are NCAA consideration marks. He previously won the award on Jan. 10.

Wolverine Streaks
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)

Six Straight
500 freestyle (Connor Jaeger 6)
100 butterfly (John Wojciechowski 3, Dan Madwed 2, Sean Fletcher)

Seven Straight
100 backstroke

• U-M has won eight 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, was members of the local Legacy Diving Club, which is based in Canham Natatorium.

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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Sat-Sun., Feb. 11-12 -- at Ohio State Invitational (Columbus, Ohio)

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