Weekly #10: Seven Swimmers to Take Part in Ohio State Invite

Feb. 7, 2012

Sat-Sun., Feb. 11-12
-- at Ohio State Invitational (Columbus, Ohio), Noon/10 a.m.
Live Results

The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (9-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will send a select group of swimmers to the Ohio State Invitational Saturday-Sunday (Feb. 11-12) in a tune-up for the Big Ten Championships. Wolverines slated to take part in the meet include: sophomore/freshman Zach Kelch, sophomore/freshman Jonathon Ekleberry, sophomore D'Voreaux Cann, sophomore/freshman David Moore and sophomore/freshman Adam Oxner as well as Andrew Novakoff and Casey Sreenan. The event will be non-scoring and held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.

Order of Events

Saturday prelims (Noon)
500-yard freestyle
100-yard butterfly
100-yard backstroke
100-yard breaststroke
400-yard individual medley
100-yard freestyle

Saturday finals (6 p.m.)
200-yard medley relay
500-yard freestyle
100-yard butterfly
100-yard backstroke
100-yard breaststroke
400-yard individual medley
100-yard freestyle
200-yard freestyle relay
Sunday prelims (10 a.m.)
200-yard freestyle
200-yard backstroke
200-yard breaststroke
50-yard freestyle
200-yard butterfly
200-yard individual medley
1,650-yard freestyle

Sunday finals (5 p.m.)
400-yard medley relay
200-yard freestyle
200-yard backstroke
200-yard breaststroke
50-yard freestyle
200-yard butterfly
200-yard individual medley
400-yard freestyle relay

(As of 2/6)

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 (fifth), 1:26.36

Ohio State Invite
The event, which has served as a primer for a select amount of athletes in the past few seasons, featured 12 Michigan swimmers a year ago. Of the four swimmers still on the squad, two will return to the event this season in Andrew Novakoff and Casey Sreenan. Novakoff placed third in the in the 200-yard backstroke (1:47.99) and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.67) to highlight his performance, while Sreenan took eighth in the 50-yard freestyle with a 21.03.

Undefeated Dual Seasons Nothing New
With Michigan's win over Michigan State on Saturday (Feb. 4), U-M collected its 26th undefeated season in program history. Over the past two seasons, U-M is 17-2-1 in dual meets and 9-1 in Big Ten competition.

Wolverine Streaks
The Wolverines have won six straight races in the 500 freestyle -- five by Connor Jaeger and one by Dane Vanderkaay -- and the 100 butterfly, and seven straight in the 100 backstroke.

List (winners in parenthesis)

Six Straight
500 freestyle (Connor Jaeger 6)

Seven Straight
100 backstroke
100 butterfly (John Wojciechowski 3, Dan Madwed 2, Sean Fletcher, Miguel Ortiz)

• U-M has won nine 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 Jaeger have won the only two 1,000 freestyle races competed in by the Wolverines.

U-M Crushes Michigan State on Senior Day
Michigan crushed Michigan State, 186-102, on Senior Day (Feb. 4) from Canham Natatorium, as Dan Madwed and John Wojciechowski each captured a pair of victories on the afternoon. Madwed collected wins in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly, while Wojciechowski took the 100-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard freestyle. Madwed was one of three seniors who took event wins on Senior Day, as Jan Konarzewski won the 100-yard breaststroke and Dane Vanderkaay took the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:36.93. In all, nine different Wolverines won events on the afternoon.

Lee Leads Diving Effort Against Spartans, Continues Career Year
Sophomore Jack Lee had the best meet of his career against the Spartans, setting career highs in both three-meter (360.83) and one-meter competition (333.97). Lee entered the season with career bests of 326.17 in the one-meter and 310.30 in the three-meter, which he has eclipsed on five occasions this season.

Break Out the Brooms
U-M swept the 16-event meet against the Spartans, including the diving portion of the competition, marking the second time U-M has won every event in a meet. 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.

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 27-3-1 record under Bottom, including a 16-1 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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Wed-Sat., Feb. 22-25 -- at Big Ten Championships (Iowa City, Iowa)

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