May 12, 2010
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan head men's swimming and diving coach Mike Bottom announced today (Wednesday, May 12) the addition of six swimmers and six divers to the team for the 2010-11 school year. This group will join the eight swimmers that signed National Letters of Intent in the fall.
Joining the Wolverines for the 2010-11 year are swimmers D'Voreaux Cann (Tacoma, Wash./Stadium), Grant Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Riley Cole (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Northern), Zach Kelch (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), David Moore (Holland, Mich./Holland) and Adam Oxner (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon). Divers coming to Ann Arbor are Chris Ervasti (Madison Heights, Mich./Lamphere), Chris Fraga (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion), Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), John Lee (North Egremont, Mass./ Berkshire School), Nate Rietberg (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) and James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School).
"We are really happy with the additions to the Michigan swimming and diving program with this group of men," Bottom said. "We added more depth to both our swimming and diving teams while keeping the top talent in the state of Michigan from leaving."
Cann is the No. 2 rated swimmer in the state of Washington, picking up three runner-up finishes at the state finals this past February. He placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (1:41.78) and 100-yard butterfly (50.95) while helping Stadium to a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:15.47).
Grant Cole won the 50-yard freestyle (21.27) and placed fourth in the 100-yard freestyle at the 2010 MHSAA Division I state finals to lead Ann Arbor Pioneer to a runner-up finish. Cole, first team all-state water polo selection, led Pioneer to a third-place finish at the MWPA State Championships.
Riley Cole won the 100-yard butterfly at the MHSAA DII state finals, touching the wall in 49.85 while picking up a runner-up finish in the 50-yard freestyle (21.00) as Walled Lake Northern finished ninth.
Kelch, a high school teammate of current U-M swimmer Eric Huffman (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), helped Upper Arlington to a third-place finish at the 2010 OHSAA Division I state finals. Kelch finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle (4:38.36) and eighth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.34) while swimming on UA's third-place 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:08.53).
Moore helped Holland to a third-place showing at the DII state finals, winning the 100-yard breaststroke (57.25) and placing fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (21.72). His time of 57.25 in the 100-yard breaststroke set a DII record.
Oxner is another 2010 Michigan state champion to join the Wolverines, winning the 100-yard breaststroke (58.12) at the DI state championships. He was also part of South Lyon's eighth-place 200-yard medley relay team (1:38.65), leading South Lyon to an 11th-place finish.
Ervasti finished third on the one-meter springboard (426.30) for Lamphere at the MHSAA DIII state championships. He was named an All-American by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. The divers chosen for the honor represent the top one percent of all divers in the nation that compete in diving while in grades 9-12.
Fraga placed ninth on the one-meter (356.45) at the MHSAA DI finals, helping Lake Orion to a 14th-place finish. He was also honored as an Academic All-American at Lake Orion.
Jahnke had the highest score (262.35) and set a record in winning the boys' 15-17 age group at the Washtenaw Interclub Swim Conference last summer.
Rietberg finished sixth on the one-meter at the Division II MHSAA finals, scoring a 375.55 to help Jenison to a 10th-place finish.
Ross won the one-meter dive for the second year in a row at the Virginia Independent High School State Championships, racking up a score of 453.20 as Collegiate took second place. In 2009, he scored a 417.60 for the first of his two state titles.
Michigan also adds Lee, an honor roll student from the Berkshire School, to its diving corps for the 2010-11 season.
U-M is coming off a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships, with Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) winning his second consecutive national title in the 400-yard individual medley. The Wolverines lost eight seniors to graduation.
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