March 25, 2013
Thu-Sat., March 28-30 -- at NCAA Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.), 11 a.m./7 p.m.
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Seventeen members of the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will converge on Indianapolis, Ind., this week for the 2013 NCAA Championships, to be held at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. The meet will run Thursday through Saturday (March 28-30), with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and event finals beginning at 7 p.m. each day.
Live video will be available for each session. The preliminary sessions on each of the three days, as well as finals on Thursday, can be seen at iHigh.com. ESPN3.com will stream event finals on Friday and Saturday. ESPNU will also show the meet on tape delay Wednesday, April 10, at 8 p.m.
All-session and single-session (prelims and finals) tickets are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.
The following 17 student-athletes will swim at least one race at the NCAA Championships: senior/junior Hassaan Abdel Khalik, freshman Dylan Bosch, freshman Peter Brumm, senior Ryan Feeley, senior Sean Fletcher, sophomore Richard Funk, sophomore Justin Glanda, junior Connor Jaeger, junior Ryutaro Kamiya, freshman Anders Lie Nielsen, sophomore Bruno Ortiz, senior Miguel Ortiz, junior Sean Ryan, graduate student Zachary Turk, junior Kyle Whitaker, junior John Wojciechowski and junior Michael Wynalda. Michigan has the most swimmers of any team at the championship.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, March 28
200-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Medley Relay
Friday, March 29
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
800-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, March 30
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Michigan has won 11 NCAA championships in its history (1937-41, '48, '57-59, '61, '95), tied for most by a Big Ten school with Ohio State. Prior to 1937 when NCAA championships had not yet become official, Michigan won seven additional titles (1927-28, '31-32, '34-36). Michigan swimmers and divers have won a total of 160 national individual, diving and relay championships.
Michigan has scored a top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships in 12 consecutive years dating back to 2001. The Wolverines finished fifth last season, their first top-five finish since 2004 (fifth). The last time Michigan finished in the top three at the NCAA Championships was 1996 (third).
Since 1988, Michigan has crowned at least one national champion at 21 of the last 25 NCAA Championships (none in 1998, 2002, '11, '12). The last Michigan student-athlete to win a national championship in an individual race was Tyler Clary, who won the 400-yard individual medley in 2010. The last relay team to win was the 800-meter freestyle relay team of Peter Vanderkaay, Davis Tarwater, Andrew Hurd and Dan Ketchum in 2004.
The last time Michigan won the national championship was in 1995 in Indianapolis, which is also the site of this year's meet. That year was also the last time the NCAA Championships were held in Indianapolis.
Prior to Michigan's last NCAA Championships win in 1995, the last Big Ten team to win a national championship was Indiana, which won six consecutive from 1968-73. Only nine teams have won the national championship since 1974, with eight of those teams coming from the Pac-12 (California, Stanford, Arizona, UCLA, USC), SEC (Auburn, Florida) or the Big 12 (Texas).
The program's best event at the NCAA Championships has been the 100-yard freestyle, in which 10 U-M swimmers have won a total of 16 national titles. The Wolverines have had at least one individual national champion in every race but three: 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM. Michigan's most successful relay team has been the 400-yard freestyle relay, winning that race 14 times (last in 1959). Prior to the 800-meter freestyle relay team's win in 2004, U-M won the 800-yard freestyle relay every year from 1993-97. The Wolverines have never won a national championship in the 200-yard medley relay.
Michigan will be represented by at least one swimmer in every individual race and every relay. The Wolverines have the most entries in the 500-yard freestyle with six (excluding two more optional entries). They will also have four entries in the 200-yard individual medley, 1,650-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle (with four more optional entries).
On the relays, Michigan enters the NCAA Championships as the top seed in the 200-yard medley relay (1:23.25), 400-yard medley relay (3:05.42) and 800-yard freestyle relay (6:13.70). It is also seeded second in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:16.42) and sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:51.25).
Since 2007, a Michigan swimmer has either finished first or second in the 400-yard IM. Alex Vanderkaay won in 2007 and '08, Tyler Clary won in 2009 and '10, and Kyle Whitaker took second in 2011 and '12.
The Wolverines finished fifth at the 2012 NCAA Championships, their highest team finish since 2004. Eleven Michigan swimmers grabbed a total of 22 NCAA All-America honors and 14 All-America honorable mentions. Dan Madwed led the team with five All-America honors and was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year for his efforts at both the conference and national meets. California won the national championship for the second year in a row (535.5 points), with Texas finishing second (491).
Michigan has 10 student-athletes on its roster that have received NCAA All-America honors in the past: Hassaan Abdel Khalik (two), Ryan Feeley (one), Sean Fletcher (four), Evan Gregg (one), Connor Jaeger (three), Bruno Ortiz (two), Miguel Ortiz (one), Sean Ryan (four), Kyle Whitaker (six) and Michael Wynalda (two). Additionally, Zachary Turk is a former 14-time NCAA Division III national champion from his three years at Kenyon College (Ohio) and was the NCAA D-III National Swimmer of the Year in 2012.
The Wolverines won 12 individual or relay titles at the Big Ten Championships: 50-yard freestyle (Bruno Ortiz), 100-yard freestyle (Bruno Ortiz), 200-yard freestyle (Anders Lie Nielsen), 500-yard freestyle (Connor Jaeger), 1,650-yard freestyle (Connor Jaeger), 100-yard butterfly (Sean Fletcher), 200-yard butterfly (Dylan Bosch), 200-yard freestyle relay (Sean Fletcher, Bruno Ortiz, Miguel Ortiz, Zachary Turk), 400-yard freestyle relay (Sean Fletcher, Bruno Ortiz, Miguel Ortiz, Zachary Turk), 800-yard freestyle relay (Connor Jaeger, Anders Lie Nielsen, Kyle Whitaker, Michael Wynalda), 200-yard medley relay (Sean Fletcher, Bruno Ortiz, Miguel Ortiz, Zachary Turk) and 400-yard medley relay (Bruno Ortiz, Miguel Ortiz, Sean Fletcher, Richard Funk). Mike Bottom was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the third year in a row, while Dylan Bosch collected Freshman of the Year honors.
During their four days at the Big Ten Championships, Michigan swimmers set eight school records, four Big Ten Conference records, six Big Ten Championships records and nine pool records. The Wolverines won all five relay titles for the first time in school history and swept the freestyle races (50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,650) for the first time since 1993.
Eleven swimmers were named All-Big Ten this season, including first teamers Dylan Bosch, Sean Fletcher, Richard Funk, Connor Jaeger, Anders Lie Nielsen, Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Zachary Turk, Kyle Whitaker and Michael Wynalda. Sean Ryan was named to the second team.
Beginning in the 2008-09 season, the Wolverines have gone 40-3-1 in dual meets under the direction of head swimming coach Mike Bottom, including a 25-1 mark in Big Ten action. In his five years, Bottom has led Michigan to four Big Ten titles (2009, '11, '12, '13) and four straight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a fifth-place finish last season, U-M's highest finish since 2004. Bottom has coached Michigan swimmers to 57 Big Ten individual and relay titles.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423