Weekly #11: Wolverines Seek to Defend Big Ten Title in Iowa
Richard Funk

Feb. 20, 2012

Mike Bottom Interview | Event Notes

Wed-Sat., Feb. 22-25 -- at 2012 Big Ten Championships (Iowa City, Iowa), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m. CST [ Live Results | Championships Central ]

The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (9-0, 4-0 Big Ten) will seek to defend its 2011 Big Ten title and claim its 36th overall at the 2012 Big Ten Championships in Iowa City, Iowa.

Tickets can be purchased for the entire championship by visiting HawkeyeSports.com. Single-session tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 18 and under, while all-session tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children.

The event will be held at $69 million state-of-the-art Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, which opened in the summer of 2010. The facility has 20,000 feet of fitness space over three levels, a 52 1/2 foot climbing wall and a leisure pool among other amenities. Iowa student-athletes have a 50-meter competition pool and a separate diving well, and the facility houses the team locker rooms while boasting a swimming and diving specific training room space.


Wednesday, February 22
6:30 p.m. CST - Finals
200-yard Medley Relay
3M Synchronized Diving (ex.)
800-yard Freestyle Relay

Thursday, February 23
11 a.m. CST - Trials
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
One-Meter Diving

6:30 p.m. CST - Finals
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
One-Meter Diving
400-yard Medley Relay

Friday, February 24
11 a.m. CST - Trials
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
Three-Meter Diving

6:30 p.m. CST - Finals
200-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
Three-Meter Diving

Saturday, February 25
11 a.m. CST - Trials
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
Platform Diving

3:45 p.m. CST
1,650-yard Freestyle (all but last heat)

6:30 p.m. - Finals
1,650-yard Freestyle (final heat)
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
Platform Diving - Final
400-yard Freestyle Relay

(As of 2/20)

National Top 10

Connor Jaeger -- 500 free (second), 4:15.94; Mile (sixth), 14:55.70
Dan Madwed -- 200 fly (fourth), 1:43.74
Sean Ryan -- Mile (tenth), 15:00.13
Miguel Ortiz -- 100 back (seventh), 46.56
Kyle Whitaker -- 200 IM (ninth), 1:44.83; 400 IM (fourth), 3:45.17
John Wojciechowski -- 100 fly (sixth), 46.61

400 Free (seventh), 2:54.38
800 Free (tenth), 6:28.09
200 Medley (ninth), 1:26.36

Previewing the Meet
Michigan is seeking its third Big Ten title under head coach Mike Bottom and enters the meet after 10 different U-M swimmers won individual titles or were part of championship relays at the 2011 edition of the championship.

Last year, U-M led wire to wire, defeating second-place Indiana, 678-604. Michigan won 10 individual championships, as well as the 200-yard medley, 400-yard medley and the 800-yard freestyle relays. Kyle Whitaker won the rookie of the championships after taking the 200 and 400-yard individual medleys, and was a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay. Additionally, Dan Madwed set the Big Ten Conference and meet record in the 200-yard butterfly with a 1:41.70 to highlight the Michigan individual performances. The Wolverines will look to continue their domination in the 1,650-yard freestyle, as Michigan swimmers have won the event 18 times since 1993; Sean Ryan won the event last season.

The Races
Michigan Wolverine and Ohio State Buckeye swimmers rank either first or second on the conference top times list in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley. Ohio State holds the top time in the 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays, while Michigan holds the top time in the 200-yard medley relay with a 1:26.36.

U-M at the Big Ten Championships -- The Wolverines lead the conference in both team (35), individual (461) and relay (111) titles. Of the 461 individual championships, 332 are individual swimming victories, 111 are relay wins and 18 have come in the diving well. The 200-yard breaststroke (38 titles) has been U-M's most successful individual event, while the 400-yard freestyle relay has been the most decorated relay team (32 titles). Michigan Men hold eight Big Ten Championships records, with current senior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) owning the 200-yard freestyle (1:33.90) and 200-yard butterfly (1:41.70) records.

U-M has the following streaks in winning Big Ten titles:

200-yard freestyle -- 11 years
500-yard freestyle -- 1 year
100-yard butterfly -- 3 years
1,650-yard freestyle -- 15 of last 17 years
200-yard butterfly -- 2 years, 7 of last 8 years
200-yard IM -- 4 years
200-yard IM -- 14 years
800-yard free relay -- 11 years
200-yard medley relay -- 2 years
400-yard medley relay -- 4 years

The following Wolverines look to defend Big Ten titles:

200-yard freestyle: Dan Madwed 2009, 10, 11
500-yard freestyle: Sean Ryan, 2011
1,650-yard freestyle: Sean Ryan, 2011
100-yard butterfly: Sean Fletcher, 2011
200-yard butterfly: Dan Madwed, 2010-11
200-yard IM: Kyle Whitaker, 2011
800-yard free relay: 2011
200-yard medley relay: 2011
400-yard medley relay: 2011

NCAA 'A' Cut Times so far for the Wolverines

200-yard IM -- Dan Madwed (1:43.88)

Swimmer of the Week Domination
Junior Miguel Ortiz was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the second time on the season on Jan. 31, 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, held 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.

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, as well as 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.

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.

U-M Crushes Michigan State on Senior Day
Michigan crushed Michigan State, 186-102, on Senior Day (Saturday, 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.

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 28-3-1 record under Bottom, including a 17-1 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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Sunday, March 4 -- Ohio State Last Chance Meet (Columbus, Ohio)

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