This Week in Michigan Men's Swimming & Diving #9

Feb. 5, 2013

Connor Jaeger Interview

Saturday, Feb. 9
-- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), Noon
Live Results 

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With the Big Ten Championships three weeks away, the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (7-0, 5-0 Big Ten) faces its second rival in as many weeks, taking on Michigan State (3-4, 1-2 Big Ten) on Saturday (Feb. 9) in East Lansing, Mich. The meet will begin at noon inside McCaffree Pool.


Name NCAA B1G Event
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 9th 2nd 500-yard freestyle
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

Five swimmers rank among the top 10 in the nation in multiple events, led by junior Connor Jaeger (three - 500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley). Others include senior Ryan Feeley (500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle), senior Miguel Ortiz (100-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly), sophomore Richard Funk (100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke) and junior Kyle Whitaker (200-yard IM, 400-yard IM).


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, 19 swimmers have compiled 54 NCAA automatic or provisional-qualifying times (in individual events only), while five divers have achieved 11 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 ]

Hassaan Abdel Khalik
200-yard Freestyle (1:36.88#)
500-yard Freestyle (4:22.02#)
800-yard Freestyle Relay (6:22.90*)

Dylan Bosch
200-yard Breaststroke (1:58.39#)
100-yard Butterfly (48.01#)
200-yard Butterfly (1:43.61#)
200-yard IM (1:46.39#)
400-yard IM (3:50.70#)

Peter Brumm
200-yard Freestyle (1:37.50#)
100-yard Butterfly (48.16#)
200-yard IM (1:48.99#)

Kyle Duckitt
100-yard Breaststroke (55.22#)
200-yard Breaststroke (1:59.13#)

Timothy Faerber
One-meter diving (302.90^)

Ryan Feeley
500-yard Freestyle (4:17.62#)
1,650-yard Freestyle (14:55.86#)

Sean Fletcher
50-yard Freestyle (20.17#)
100-yard Freestyle (43.82#)
100-yard Backstroke (48.20#)
100-yard Butterfly (47.18#)
200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:17.79*)
400-yard Freestyle Relay (2:53.78*)
200-yard Medley Relay (1:25.55*)
400-yard Medley Relay (3:08.97*)

Richard Funk
100-yard Breaststroke (53.08#)
200-yard Breaststroke (1:54.39#)
200-yard IM (1:48.22#)
200-yard Medley Relay (1:25.55*)
400-yard Medley Relay (3:08.97*)

Justin Glanda
200-yard Freestyle (1:36.87#)
500-yard Freestyle (4:23.22#)
800-yard Freestyle Relay (6:22.90*)

Evan Gregg
50-yard Freestyle (19.79#)
200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:17.79*)

Connor Jaeger
200-yard Freestyle (1:36.65#)
500-yard Freestyle (4:14.84*)
1,650-yard Freestyle (14:43.73*)
400-yard IM (3:47.43#)
800-yard Freestyle Relay (6:22.90*)

Thomas Jahnke
One-meter diving (302.90^)
Three-meter diving (321.97^)

Ryutaro Kamiya
200-yard Backstroke (1:44.87#)

Jack Lee
One-meter diving (336.82^)
Three-meter diving (321.65^)
Platform diving (326.35^)

Anders Lie Nielsen
200-yard Freestyle (1:36.99#)
500-yard Freestyle (4:23.46#)

Bruno Ortiz
50-yard Freestyle (20.06#)
100-yard Freestyle (43.44#)
100-yard Breaststroke (53.54#)
100-yard Butterfly (47.45#)
400-yard Freestyle Relay (2:53.78*)

Miguel Ortiz
50-yard Freestyle (19.83#)
100-yard Freestyle (43.41#)
100-yard Backstroke (46.67#)
200-yard Backstroke (1:45.05#)
100-yard Butterfly (46.79#)
200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:17.79*)
400-yard Freestyle Relay (2:53.78*)
200-yard Medley Relay (1:25.55*)
400-yard Medley Relay (3:08.97*)

Nate Rietberg
One-meter diving (318.45^)
Three-meter diving (350.10^) 

James Ross
One-meter diving (321.65^)
Three-meter diving (346.25^)
Platform diving (326.40^)

Sean Ryan
500-yard Freestyle (4:22.77#)
1,650-yard Freestyle (15:24.42#)

Zachary Turk
50-yard Freestyle (19.82#)
100-yard Freestyle (43.60#)
200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:17.79*)
400-yard Freestyle Relay (2:53.78*)
200-yard Medley Relay (1:25.55*)
400-yard Medley Relay (3:08.97*)

Kyle Whitaker
200-yard Butterfly (1:46.71#)
200-yard IM (1:44.40#)
400-yard IM (3:44.68#)

John Wojciechowski
100-yard Butterfly (47.05#)
200-yard Butterfly (1:44.89#)
200-yard IM (1:47.76#)

Michael Wynalda
200-yard Freestyle (1:34.46#)
500-yard Freestyle (4:21.19#)
800-yard Freestyle Relay (6:22.90*)

* Automatic-qualifying time
# Provisional-qualifying time
^ Zone Diving qualifying score


• Michigan is 82-5 all-time against Michigan State and has won 35 consecutive meetings between the two schools. The two teams first met in the 1922-23 season. Michigan's last loss to Michigan State came in 1977. Saturday's meeting will be the 88th dual meeting between the two teams. The Wolverines are a combined 149-16-2 against their two biggest rivals (Michigan State, Ohio State) and have not lost to either team since 1991 (Ohio State).

• Junior Connor Jaeger set a new Canham Natatorium record in the 1,000-yard freestyle against Ohio State last Friday (Feb. 1). His time of 8:59.17 broke former Wolverine Chris Thompson's 13-year-old record of 8:59.59, set back in 2000. The 200-yard medley relay team of Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zachary Turk came within .04 seconds of setting another facility record (1:25.89). The record in that race is 1:25.85, set by Indiana back in 2008.

• All six divers set new season-high scores on both one-meter and three-meter against Ohio State last weekend. Junior Nate Rietberg became the fifth U-M diver to qualify for the NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals, scoring 350.10 on three-meter and 318.45 on one-meter against Ohio State last weekend. The other U-M divers that have previously qualified are juniors Jack Lee, James Ross and Thomas Jahnke, and freshman Timothy Faerber.

• Last weekend against Ohio State, in what was his third meet as a Michigan swimmer, freshman Anders Lie Nielsen received two NCAA consideration times: one in the 200-yard freestyle (1:36.99, finished second to Michael Wynalda) and one in the 500-yard freestyle (4:23.46, had second-fastest time to Connor Jaeger). Lie Nielsen joined Michigan at semester back in January. He swam for Denmark at the 2012 London Olympics as part of the 800-meter freestyle relay.

• Michigan swept all three Big Ten weekly awards on Tuesday (Feb. 5). Graduate student Zachary Turk was named Men's Swimmer of the Week, junior Jack Lee was named Diver of the Week and Anders Lie Nielsen was named Freshman of the Week.

• Eleven student-athletes from the state of Michigan are on the 2012-13 roster, which comprises only 24 percent of the roster (11 of 45). The other 34 members of the team come from 18 states (Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin) and five countries (Canada, Denmark, Japan, South Africa, United States).

• In seven dual meets this year, Michigan has won 85 percent of the events (83 of 97). In the five dual meets at Canham Natatorium (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Eastern Michigan, Purdue, Ohio State), U-M has won 88 percent of the events (71 of 81).

• The Wolverines are 39-3-2 in dual meets under the direction of Mike Bottom, including a 25-1 record against Big Ten teams. They have not lost a dual meet to a Big Ten opponent in more than two years (Jan. 8, 2011, at Indiana). Following last weekend's win over Ohio State, the win streak is now up to 15.

• Michigan fell to No. 2 in the latest rankings released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Wednesday morning (Feb. 6). Prior to the drop, the Wolverines spent most of the regular season at No. 1, being ranked in the top spot since early November. The CSCAA poll is voted on by nine CSCAA-member coaches and one media member. It is the poll officially recognized by the NCAA. Released every two weeks, the results of the poll are based on which teams would win head-to-head in a dual meet. The Wolverines also dropped to No. 2 in the Endless Pools/ poll. Texas is the new No. 1 in both polls. [ Polls: CSCAA  | Endless Pools/ ]


Zachary Turk
Graduate Student
Akron, Ohio

Q: You won two individual races and swam on four winning relays vs. Ohio State over the weekend, leading to you being named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week. Is it safe to say that was one of your better performances this season?
A: Yeah, I think it was. It was a great experience to race against Ohio State, and it gave our team a big boost in morale. I went to undergrad near Columbus, so to come here and beat them felt really good. I think the team is moving along real well.

Q: You were a 14-time NCAA champion at the D-III level at Kenyon College. Besides the level of competition, is there any major difference between the two? You're still training hard and swimming just as fast as you did at Kenyon.
A: Well, I do think that is the biggest change. In Division I, you're competing every day. This is Michigan. You're swimming next to the best swimmers in the country every day and competing against the best teams every week. The level is much more heightened. It's great to train with some of the best guys in the country and world, and to compete against them, too.

Q: You've given the sprint group a big boost. What's the training atmosphere like being coached by Mike [Bottom] and Mark [Hill] and also swimming alongside the likes of Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher, and Evan Gregg?
A: It's awesome training under Mike and Mark. They're both great coaches. They each have different techniques to keep you moving and excited about practice. Once you get into practice, it's one big friendly competition. I think that makes for a great training atmosphere. We push each other all the time. That only makes us better in the end.

Q: This is your last year of eligibility. Why did you decide to transfer and why did you pick Michigan?
A: It wasn't a hard decision at all, really. Unfortunately, I wasn't at the right level to come to Michigan right out of high school. I always wanted to give it a try. I always wanted to go abroad, too, and when that opportunity presented itself, I wanted to work it in. I wanted to do the public policy program here. From a swimming side, the best coaches in the country are here, it's the best team, and it's the best school. Everything has been incredible. I really like it.

Q: You're pursuing your master's degree at the Ford School of Public Policy as a grad student. Why public policy?
A: I'm interested in working for the government, whether through a humanitarian agency or the state department. I'm not really sure yet. Public policy offers a great variety of tracks and focuses. There are lots of opportunities to get your name out there and get involved in your field of interest. It's a world-renowned program, and that's a big plus.

Michigan won 17 of 18 events over the two-day meet to crush No. 10 Ohio State, 251-75, last weekend at Canham Natatorium. [ Ohio State: Day One | Day Two :: Video Highlights: Day One | Day Two ]

Sat-Sun., Feb. 16-17
-- host Michigan First Chance Meet (Canham Natatorium), Noon

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423