March 25, 2014
Thu-Sat., March 27-29 -- at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas), 11 a.m./7 p.m. CDT
Looking to defend its national championship, the No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will send 13 swimmers to the NCAA Championships, to be held Thursday (March 27) through Saturday (March 29) at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. Each day, preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. CDT, with event finals commencing at 7 p.m. CDT.
Preliminaries for all three days of the championships, as well as the event finals on Thursday, are scheduled to be streamed via TexasSports.com. ESPN3.com will stream the event finals on Friday and Saturday. ESPNU will show the meet on tape delay on Wednesday, April 9, at 8 p.m.
The following swimmers will represent Michigan at the 2014 NCAA Championships: fifth-year senior Hassaan Abdel Khalik, sophomore Dylan Bosch, sophomore Peter Brumm, junior Richard Funk, junior Justin Glanda, senior Connor Jaeger, senior Ryutaro Kamiya, sophomore Anders Nielsen, junior Bruno Ortiz, senior Sean Ryan, senior Kyle Whitaker, senior John Wojciechowski and senior Michael Wynalda. U-M will also send freshmen Jason Chen, Cameron Stitt and Vinny Tafuto as relay alternates.
Only three teams have more participants at the NCAA Championships than Michigan: Texas (20), California (16) and Florida (14).
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday, March 27
200-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Medley Relay
Friday, March 28
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
800-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, March 29
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Michigan enters the 2014 NCAA Championships as the defending team champion (480 points), winning the program's 19th national championship last season in Indianapolis, Ind. In its storied history, U-M has won 12 NCAA team championships (1937-41, 1948, 1957-59, 1961, 1995, 2013) -- the most of any collegiate swimming and diving program -- as well as an additional seven before the NCAA officially sanctioned the sport beginning in 1937 (1927-28, 1931-32, 1934-36). Michigan is also the only program in the country to win national titles under four different head coaches -- Mike Bottom, Matt Mann, Jon Urbanchek and Gus Stager. The last team to repeat as team champion was California (2011-12). Michigan has not repeated as team champion since 1958-59.
The Wolverines have secured 13 consecutive top-10 team finishes at the NCAA Championships, a stretch that dates back to 2001. Last season's national championship gave U-M its second consecutive top-five team finish (up from fifth in 2012) and first top-three finish since 1996 (third).
In all, 107 U-M athletes have accounted for 163 national individual, diving and relay championships. Last year, senior Connor Jaeger won national titles in the 500-yard freestyle (4:10.84) and 1,650-yard freestyle (14:27.18), while the 200-yard medley relay set NCAA, NCAA Championships and U.S. Open records with its winning swim (1:22.27). The only member of that relay returning is junior Bruno Ortiz (John Wojciechowski swam in preliminaries). Since 1988, Michigan has crowned at least one national champion in 22 of the last 26 NCAA Championships (none in 1998, 2002, 2011, 2012).
Connor Jaeger aims to become the first U-M swimmer since Tyler Clary to win back-to-back individual national championships. Clary won the 400-yard IM at both the 2009 and 2010 NCAA Championships. The last U-M swimmer to repeat in both the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle in consecutive years was Tom Dolan in 1995 and 1996.
Of the 13 participants at the NCAA Championships, 10 have received at least one NCAA All-America honor in the past: Hassaan Abdel Khalik (three), Connor Jaeger (six), Bruno Ortiz (seven), Sean Ryan (five), Kyle Whitaker (eight), Michael Wynalda (four), Dylan Bosch (three), Richard Funk (three), Anders Nielsen (one) and John Wojciechowski (one). Ryutaro Kamiya, Peter Brumm and Justin Glanda are all searching for their first NCAA All-America citation. Last year, 15 U-M swimmers combined for 40 NCAA All-America honors and an additional 11 NCAA All-America honorable mentions.
The program's best event at the NCAA Championships has been the 100-yard freestyle, where 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 the 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 200-yard medley relay team's win in 2013, the last U-M relay team to win a national championship was the 800-meter freestyle relay team in 2004.
Three swimmers enter the 2014 NCAA Championships as the top seed in their respective races: senior Kyle Whitaker in the 200-yard IM (Thursday), senior Connor Jaeger in the 1,650-yard freestyle (Saturday) and sophomore Dylan Bosch in the 200-yard butterfly (Saturday). Whitaker and Jaeger are also ranked second in the 400-yard IM (Friday) and 500-yard freestyle (Thursday), respectively, while Michael Wynalda is ranked second in the 200-yard freestyle (Friday).
Michigan will have the option of having at least one swimmer in every individual race and on every relay (pending John Wojciechowski's inclusion in the 100-yard backstroke - an optional entry). U-M will have the most entries in the distance races with five entries in the 500-yard freestyle (with two more optional swims), four entries in the 200-yard freestyle (with two more optional swims) and three entries in both the 1,650-yard freestyle and 400-yard IM.
All five relays will swim at the NCAA Championships. Michigan is ranked first in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:09.85), fourth in the 200-yard medley relay (1:24.38), sixth in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:51.07), eighth in the 400-yard medley relay (3:06.08) and 17th in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:18.02).
The man at the helm of the Michigan swimming and diving programs is Mike Bottom, the reigning CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year and four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. Under Bottom, the men's team has risen up the national rankings from as low as seventh (2009, 2010) and ninth (2011) to first (2013). The Wolverines have won five Big Ten team championships and one national champion in Bottom's six-year run as head coach. He has coached 26 NCAA All-Americans in his six-year tenure and 68 Big Ten individual or relay champions during his six-year tenure.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines won their fourth consecutive Big Ten championship on March 1 in front of their home crowd at Canham Natatorium. During the four-day competition, every member of the team scored points, winning a total of 11 Big Ten titles (seven individual, four relay) while breaking one NCAA record (800-yard freestyle relay), 12 Canham Natatorium records, five Big Ten Conference records, four Big Ten Championships records and four U-M records. The Wolverines recorded 48 career-best performances during the championships.
At the conclusion of the meet, Mike Bottom was named Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year. Eleven swimmers earned All-Big Ten first team honors: Dylan Bosch, Peter Brumm, Jason Chen, Richard Funk, Justin Glanda, Connor Jaeger, Anders Nielsen, Bruno Ortiz, Kyle Whitaker, John Wojciechowski and Michael Wynalda.
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