Feb. 12, 2013
Sat-Sun., Feb. 16-17 -- host Michigan First Chance Meet (Canham Natatorium), Noon
Select members of the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will hit the pool one final time before the postseason, competing at the Michigan First Chance Meet this weekend at Canham Natatorium. The meet will be split into four sessions on Saturday (Feb. 16) and Sunday (Feb. 17), with events beginning at noon and again at 4 p.m. on each day.
Michigan is scheduled to have 16 swimmers and six divers compete this weekend. Participants include sophomore Kevin Bain (Northville, Mich./Northville), freshman Paul Corbae (Madison, Wis./Westlake), junior/sophomore Jonathon Ekleberry (Rochester, Mich./Avondale), freshman Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill), freshman Connor Herman (Atlanta, Ga./Marist), junior Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), junior/sophomore Zach Kelch (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), freshman Nick Killeen (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier), freshman Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark), junior Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./The Berkshire School), senior Connor McCarroll (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), freshman Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit), sophomore Dan Miller (Lambertville, Mich./St. Francis de Sales), junior/sophomore David Moore (Holland, Mich./Holland), senior Andrew Novakoff (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Pine Crest), junior/sophomore Adam Oxner (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon), sophomore/freshman Jeremy Raisky (Birmingham, Mich./Berkley), freshman Will Raynor (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep), junior Nate Rietberg (Jenison, Mich./Jenison), junior James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School), freshman Paul Soley (Lebanon, N.J./Mother of Divine Grace) and freshman Matt Zimmerman(Maumee, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales).
In addition to Michigan, other teams scheduled to compete include Purdue, Eastern Michigan, Notre Dame, Michigan State (diving only), Toledo (women's divers only), and Findlay.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
A total of 21 events will be contested over the two-day meet. No team scoring will be kept. Time trials for all events will be run during the afternoon session on Sunday.
Saturday, Feb. 16
Sunday, Feb. 17
|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 12 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
Anders Lie Nielsen
* Automatic qualifying time
# Provisional qualifying time
^ Zone Diving qualifying score
This weekend's First Chance meet is the last meet of the regular season. With their dual-meet win over Michigan State last Saturday (Feb. 9), the Wolverines finished the regular season with an 8-0 mark in dual meets, giving them a 40-3-1 record in five years under head swimming coach Mike Bottom.
The Wolverines will go for their third-straight (and 37th overall) conference title at the 2013 Big Ten Men's Swimming & Diving Championships, running from Feb. 27-March 2, at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. The championships will begin at 6:30 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, Feb. 27, with two relays. Preliminaries on the remaining three days will start at 11 a.m., with finals commencing at 6:30 p.m. Live video and live results will be available on www.iuhoosiers.com. Additionally, the final day of the championships will televised on Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. (ET) on the Big Ten Network.
[ Championships Central ]
Michigan won last year's championships (held in Iowa City, Iowa) with 738.5 points, beating Ohio State (552.5) and Indiana (549). Five U-M swimmers won Big Ten individual titles last season: Dan Madwed in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard butterfly; Kyle Whitaker in the 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM; Michael Wynalda in the 200-yard freestyle; Connor Jaeger in the 1,650-yard freestyle; and Ryan Feeley in the 500-yard freestyle. The Wolverines also won the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay and 800-yard freestyle relay.
The Wolverines set seven new McCaffree Pool records in their win over Michigan State last Saturday (Feb. 9) in East Lansing. The new record-holders include freshman Anders Lie Nielsen in the 500-yard freestyle and junior John Wojciechowski. Lie Nielsen finished first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:22.23), breaking the pool record held by former Michigan standout Tom Dolan (4:25.12) that stood for 18 years, while Wojciechowski set the record in the 100-yard butterfly by one hundredth-of-a-second (47.69) that was previously held by former U-M swimmer Chris Brady (47.70). Other record holders included junior Kyle Whitaker in the 200-yard IM (1:47.85), senior Miguel Ortiz in the 100-yard backstroke (47.48), sophomore Richard Funk in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.51), the 200-yard medley relay team (1:29.74 - Sean Fletcher, Richard Funk, Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz) and the 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:21.21 - Zachary Turk, Miguel Ortiz, Sean Fletcher, Evan Gregg).
For their efforts in helping Michigan to a win over Michigan State, senior Miguel Ortiz was named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday (Feb. 12), while Anders Lie Nielsen picked up Freshman of the Week laurels for the second straight week. For the season, 19 of the 48 total weekly honors (Swimmer, Diver, Freshman -- including ties) have been given to Michigan student-athletes. In addition, nine different men have received at least one Big Ten weekly honor this season, including Ortiz (three-time Swimmer of the Week), Dylan Bosch (six-time Freshman of the Week) and Jack Lee (two-time Diver of the Week). Others to receive Big Ten weekly awards include Connor Jaeger, Richard Funk, Sean Fletcher, Zachary Turk and James Ross. [ Release ]
The Wolverines announced the addition of Ann Arbor native Chris Klein (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) to its 2013-14 recruiting class last Friday (Feb. 8). Klein swims for Club Wolverine and is ranked as the fourth-best swimmer in the state of Michigan this year by CollegeSwimming.com. He is the 10th member of the Wolverines' class [ Release ]
Michigan continues to be ranked No. 2 in polls released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) and Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com. The Wolverines were ranked No. 1 most of the season but were surpassed by Texas in both polls last week. The CSCAA poll is the poll that's officially recognized by the NCAA and is released every two weeks. Voted on by nine CSCAA-member coaches and one media member, the results of the poll are based on which teams would win head-to-head in a dual meet. Polls: CSCAA | Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
| Sean Fletcher
Q: You guys are going for your third straight Big Ten championship in a few weeks. What would it mean for you to end your senior year as champions again?
A: For our class, it is really important and would mean a lot. Our freshman year, we expected so much, but we ended up losing Big Tens and not placing as well as we wanted to at NCAAs. We've gone through a lot. To go out with a win would be icing on the cake.
Q: A big part to swimming fast at the Big Ten Championships is the taper. Describe for the fans at home reading this what a taper is and how critical it is to swimming fast at those big meets.
A: I think it's different for every group. Most of the seniors are sprinters, so for us, we want to keep up our aerobic base and do some easy swimming. We'll do a touch of fast stuff, quick swimming, to focus on speed once or twice a week, so we don't lose that aspect. Everything else, we're just trying to relax, rest and get plenty of sleep. You want your body to be ready but also your mind. The mentality aspect is more important for some people, but the bottom line is that you've got to relax and recover.
Q: Talk to me about the team's freshman class. This will be their first taste of a Big Ten meet. What do you tell them in terms of how to prepare?
A: Mark [Hill] always tells us to go into competitions with no expectations. We obviously want to win and swim fast, but per person, you want to swim well for the team and leave it at that. Everything else will take care of itself. The training will pay off and you don't need to worry about, 'Have I done this right?' or 'Have I done that right?' Just focus on swimming well and being calm and relaxed throughout the whole process.
Q: You guys have been a part of some record-breaking swimming this season, whether it's in someone else's pool, your own, or at different lengths. Now, records are made to be broken at some point, but what does Mike [Bottom] do to motivate you guys seemingly ever week to break those records?
A: It's the same message most of the time. We're not swimming fast for ourselves but for Michigan. We're trying to swim fast for the sake of swimming fast. Mike has helped us stay motivated, telling us to keep surprising ourselves. Some people go into meets swimming absolutely horrible and end up doing some of their best swimming. It's not about how you feel. It's about getting into a groove and swimming fast.
Q: The majority of the top teams that finish high at NCAAs come from so-called "warm-climate schools" in the Pac-12 and SEC. Michigan is one of the most (if not the most) successful programs in the history of collegiate swimming, but it's also one of the most northern. In your opinion, do teams that swim in warmer climates have an edge or is that a myth?
A: Maybe for certain individuals, but as a team, it doesn't matter where you train. If you have good team chemistry, you're going to swim well no matter where you're located. It's definitely nicer to swim outside. The change of environment is nice, but that can also be a distraction. You've got trees, beaches and whatever else is out there. Sometimes, that's more of a distraction than it's worth.
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan won 14 of 16 events and set seven pool records in a 168-61 victory over Michigan State last Saturday (Feb. 9).
[ Recap ]
Wed.-Sat., Feb. 27-March 2 -- at 2013 Big Ten Men's Swimming & Diving Championships (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423