Week #9: U-M Going for Sixth Straight Big Ten Championship

Feb. 23, 2016

Men's Swimming & Diving

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Wed-Sat., Feb. 24-27 -- at Big Ten Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m.

Meet Information
Championships Central
Live Results: Swimming | Diving
Live Video
• TV: Big Ten Network (Airs Monday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. ET)

The No. 5-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team aims for its sixth consecutive conference title this week at the Big Ten Championships, running Wednesday (Feb. 24) through Saturday (Feb. 27) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Indiana. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m., and finals will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Big Ten Network will air a condensed version of the meet on Monday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. The first six sessions will be streamed online via BTN Plus, while the seventh and final session will be shown live on BTN2Go.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
200-yard Medley Relay
800-yard Freestyle Relay

Thursday, Feb. 25
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard IM
50-yard Freestyle
One-Meter Diving (Preliminaries start at 1 p.m.)
400-yard Medley Relay

Friday, Feb. 26
200-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard IM
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
Three-Meter Diving (Preliminaries start at 1 p.m.)

Saturday, Feb. 27
1,650-yard Freestyle (All but last heat start at 4:15 p.m.)
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
Platform Diving (Preliminaries start at 1 p.m.; Consolation Finals to immediately follow)
400-yard Freestyle Relay

New this season at the Big Ten Championships is a revised-scoring format in which qualifiers for the C finals of the swimming events will also account for team points. Divers that finish 17th through 24th place in the preliminary rounds will also account for team points. Only A & B finals (championship & consolation) will be contested in the diving events. [ Big Ten Top 24 ]

A Final Scoring: 32-28-27-26-25-24-23-22
B Final Scoring: 20-17-16-15-14-13-12-11
C Final Scoring: 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Relay Scoring: 64-56-54-52-50-48-46-44-40-34-32-30-28

Titles: Michigan has won 39 Big Ten Conference team championships, the most of any conference member (Indiana is second with 24). The Wolverines are looking to capture their sixth consecutive title, a streak that last happened from 1990-95 under Jon Urbanchek. In total, U-M has won 505 individual, relay or diving titles -- 359 in individual swimming events, 128 on relays and 18 in diving.

Last Year: The Wolverines won 11 titles (six individual, five relay) at last year's championship meet in Iowa City to win their fifth consecutive team title. Dylan Bosch won three individual events and was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships, while Evan White earned Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Year honors. Thirteen swimmers earned All-Big Ten distinction, including 11 on the first team. [ Recap ]

Awards: A Michigan swimmer has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in 18 of the last 22 seasons: Marcel Wouda (1993), Tom Dolan (1994-95), Derya Buyukuncu (1996), John Piersma (1997), Tom Malchow (1998), Chris Thompson (1999 (co), 2001), Dan Ketchum (2002), Peter Vanderkaay (2004 [co], 2005, 2006 [co]), Alex Vanderkaay (2008), Tyler Clary (2009-10), Dan Madwed (2012), Connor Jaeger (2013-14) and Dylan Bosch (2015). The Big Ten Swimmer of the Year is voted on by the conference coaches after the NCAA Championships and is announced in early April.

Fourteen student-athletes have been named Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Scott Ryan (1988), Gustavo Borges (1992), Royce Sharp (1993), Tom Dolan (1994), Jason Lancaster (1995), Chris Thompson (1998), Jeff Hopwood and Tim Siciliano (1999), Dan Ketchum (2001), Brendan Neligan (2002), Peter Vanderkaay (2003), Kyle Whitaker (2011), Dylan Bosch (2014) and Evan White (2015).

Additionally, 11 Wolverines have been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships: Marcel Wouda (1993), Gustavo Borges (1995), Derya Buyukuncu (1996, 1998), John Piersma (1997), Chris Thompson (1999), Alex Vanderkaay (2008 [co]), Tyler Clary (2009-10), Dan Madwed (2012) and Dylan Bosch (2015).

U-M has never had a Big Ten Diver of the Year, though Jason Coben was named Diver of the Championships in 2003 (shared with Marc Carlton of Indiana) and 2004.

Best Events: The Wolverines have proven to be strong in several events at the Big Ten Championships and have several winning streaks going: 15 in the 800-yard freestyle relay (2001-15), nine in the 400-yard medley relay (2008-15), six in both the 200-yard butterfly (2010-15) and 200-yard medley relay (2010-15).

Relays/Diving: In the diving events, Michigan has won 18 conference titles across all boards. The last U-M diver to win a conference title was Jason Coben, who won both one-meter and platform in 2004. Michigan has not had a student-athlete win three-meter since Matthew Chelich in 1979.

Prior Champions: There are three prior Big Ten individual champions on the roster: Dylan Bosch, Anders Lie Nielsen and Paul Powers.

Host Pool: Purdue is playing host to the Big Ten Championships for the seventh time. In the previous six championships held in West Lafayette, Michigan has won the Big Ten title twice (1939, 2009).

Big Ten Championships Records: Michigan enters this week's conference meet holding 11 Big Ten Championships records:

-- 200-yard Freestyle: Michael Wynalda (1:32.14, 2014)
-- 500-yard Freestyle: Peter Vanderkaay (4:12.37, 2005)
-- 100-yard Butterfly: Chris Brady (45.45, 2009)
-- 200-yard Butterfly: Dylan Bosch (1:40.37, 2014)
-- 200-yard IM: Kyle Whitaker (1:41.14, 2014)
-- 400-yard IM: Tyler Clary (3:38.03, 2009)
-- 200-yard Freestyle Relay: Zack Turk, Miguel Ortiz, Sean Fletcher, Bruno Ortiz (1:16.42, 2013)
-- 400-yard Freestyle Relay: Paul Powers, Justin Glanda, Anders Lie Nielsen, Bruno Ortiz (2:50.14, 2015)
-- 800-yard Freestyle Relay: Anders Lie Nielsen, Michael Wynalda, Justin Glanda, Connor Jaeger (6:09.85, 2014)
-- 200-yard Medley Relay: Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher, Zack Turk (1:23.25, 2013)
-- 400-yard Medley Relay: Kyle Whitaker, Richard Funk, Dylan Bosch, Bruno Ortiz (3:04.92, 2013)


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Three U-M swimmers enter the Big Ten Championships as a top seed: Paul Powers in the 50-yard freestyle (19.37), Anders Lie Nielsen in the 200-yard freestyle (1:34.50) and Dylan Bosch in the 400-yard IM (3:46.46).

This will be the first Big Ten Championships for Virginia transfers Kyle Dudzinski and Luke Papendick. Papendick is a former ACC champion in the 200-yard backstroke (2014), while also finishing second in the same event in 2013. Also in 2014, Papendick was fifth in the 100-yard backstroke and sixth in the 200-yard IM, while Dudzinski took fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and fifth in the 200-yard backstroke.

The Wolverines appear to be in a good position to score plenty of points in the distance events. Among the current Top 24 rankings, Michigan has eight in the 500-yard freestyle, six in both the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard IM (including the top four) and five in the 1,650-yard freestyle (including four of the top eight).

The last three roster spots went to senior Matt Zimmerman and freshmen Mokhtar Al-Yamani and Stephen Holmquist, and were all due to their swims at the Michigan First Chance Meet (Feb. 13-14). Zimmerman, who will swim in his first and only Big Ten Championships, picked up the No. 4 time in the Big Ten in the 200-yard butterfly, while Al-Yamani holds the No. 2 times in both the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Holmquist is ranked highest in the 400-yard IM (fourth). Al-Yamani was named Big Ten Men's Swimmer and Freshman of the Week on Feb. 18 for his efforts. [ Release ]

Freshman Collin DeShaw enters the Big Ten Championships looking to claim NCAA Zone Diving Championships qualifying scores. His season-bests are 295.42 on one-meter (Zone score is 300.00), 298.75 on three-meter (Zone score is 320.00) and 221.75 on platform (Zone score is 300.00).

The Wolverines are not ranked as high in the relays because their season-best times came at meets where they were not rested or suited. They did not swim any relays at its midseason meet in December (AT&T Winter Nationals), which was a long-course (meters) meet. [ Top Times ]


• Michigan moved down two spots to No. 5 in the final CSCAA/TYR Division I Top 25 Poll, released on Feb. 22. [ Rankings ]

• Following the conclusion of the regular season, select swimmers were in action over the last few weeks to race for times. The purpose of the Michigan First Chance Meet (Feb. 13-14) was to improve on season-best times and swim for NCAA cuts, while the goal of the Long Course Time Trial (Feb. 21) was to make U.S. Olympic Trials cuts. [ Recaps: First Chance : Long Course Time Trial ]

• Both the men's and women's teams received Scholar All-America honors for the Fall 2015 semester from the CSCAA on Jan. 27. [ Release ]

Sunday, March 6 -- at Ohio State Last Chance Meet (Columbus, Ohio)
Thu-Sat., March 10-12 -- at NCAA Zone C Diving Championships (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Wed-Sat., March 23-26 -- at NCAA Championships (Atlanta, Ga.), 10 a.m./6 p.m.

Communications Contact: Brad Rudner