April 18, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The national championship-winning University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team was chosen as the recipient of the March BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award. The team was recognized on the field at Michigan Stadium last Saturday (April 13) at the Mott Spring Game.
BASF, the world's leading chemical company, is the creator of the Team Chemistry MVP Award. BASF, which has facilities in Wyandotte and Southfield, Mich., will recognize one group in the athletic department from across all sports at least once a month that represents the best qualities of team chemistry and its importance both on and off the field.
The Wolverines capped off a record-breaking 2012-13 season in spectacular fashion, winning its 12th NCAA championship on March 30 in Indianapolis, Ind., the most of any program in NCAA history. Fourteen Michigan swimmers earned a total of 40 NCAA All-American honors, including 2012 U.S. Olympian Connor Jaeger, who won individual NCAA titles in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle. The 200-yard medley relay team of Miguel Ortiz, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Fletcher and Zachary Turk also won gold, setting new NCAA, U.S. Open, NCAA Championships and program records with their winning swim.
Michigan also won the Big Ten championship for the third straight year (and 37th time in program history), with the Maize and Blue winning 12 of the 15 swimming events, which included a sweep of all five relays for the first time ever. For their efforts in helping guide Michigan to championships, Jaeger was named 2013 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while head coach Mike Bottom received CSCAA Head Swimming Coach of the Year.
Michigan was ranked No. 1 for most of the season, finishing with an 8-0 dual-meet record, including six wins against Big Ten Conference foes. As good as the team is in the pool, it is just as good in the classroom, as 18 of its 45 members received Academic All-Big Ten honors, most of any team at Michigan so far this academic year.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423