July 1, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The defending Big Ten and NCAA champion University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team released its competition schedule for the 2013-14 season on Monday (July 1), and it features eight home meets at Canham Natatorium, including the second Michigan Water Carnival (Sept. 28) and the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 26-March 1).
The Wolverines officially open the season on Friday, Sept. 27, vs. Iowa. The following day (Saturday, Sept. 28), they will host the Hawkeyes and nearby Oakland for the second-ever Michigan Water Carnival, a fan-friendly, unique swimming meet, as events can be swum at different lengths and in different ways (ex., flip turns, dolphin kicks, fins).
A pair of double dual meets dot the first half of the schedule, as Michigan will face Notre Dame and Auburn on Oct. 12 in South Bend, Ind., and Texas and Indiana on Oct. 25-26 in Bloomington, Ind. After sending divers and select swimmers to the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 14-16), the Wolverines will host the University of Michigan Open (Nov. 22-24) and travel to the AT&T Winter National Championships (Dec. 5-7) in Knoxville, Tenn., to close out the first half of the season.
Michigan will head on its annual training trip to start January, as the swimmers will compete at the Orange Bowl Classic (Jan. 2) in Key Largo, Fla., and the divers compete at the Mike Pepe Invitational (Jan. 3) in Fort Lauderdale, Ind. The Wolverines have five dual meets scheduled for the second half of the season, including home meets against Eastern Michigan and Oakland (Jan. 17) and Michigan State (Feb. 8) and road meets against Purdue (Jan. 10), Northwestern (Jan. 11) and Ohio State (Feb. 1). Select members of the team will also travel to the SMU Invitational, to be held from Jan. 17-18 in Dallas, Texas.
The Wolverines will attempt to win their fourth consecutive conference title when they host the 2014 Big Ten Championships from Feb. 26-March 1. The divers will compete at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships from March 13-15 in Iowa City, Iowa, before qualified swimmers and divers head to the NCAA Championships, set for March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.
Under the direction of Big Ten and CSCAA Coach of the Year Mike Bottom, Michigan will return a 12-member senior class, headlined by 2012-13 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and U.S. Olympian Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven). Several NCAA All-Americans from last year's title-winning squad return, including seniors Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School), Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville), juniors Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) and sophomores Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) and Anders Lie Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark). The Wolverines have finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships in 13 consecutive seasons and have won the Big Ten championship in five of the last six years.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423