Sept. 23, 2013
Friday, Sept. 27 -- vs. Iowa (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28 -- host Michigan Water Carnival (Canham Natatorium), 11 a.m.
The defending national champion University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team opens up its 93rd season of varsity competition with a pair of events inside Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines first host Big Ten foe Iowa on Friday (Sept. 27) at 5 p.m. in a combined dual meet with the women's swimming and diving teams from both schools before returning on Saturday (Sept. 28) for the second annual Michigan Water Carnival at 11 a.m. That event, which will feature Michigan's men's and women's swimming and diving and water polo teams, will also have teams from Iowa and Oakland as participants.
MICHIGAN WATER CARNIVAL
In its second year, the Michigan Water Carnival is a unique two-hour event designed to celebrate the aquatic sports of swimming, diving and water polo and increase awareness and exposure to the sports. It features swimming events that are both familiar and unique (i.e. 50-yard underwater dolphin kick, 200-yard freestyle with fins), a diving show featuring former U-M diver and head coach Dick Kimball and three-on-three water polo games.
Members of the Michigan band and cheerleaders will be in attendance. T-shirts, pom-pons and several gift cards to the M-Den will be given away throughout the course of the event. Following the event, several members of both squads will sign autographs for fans.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
** Women will swim first, followed by the men.
Friday, Sept. 27 (vs. Iowa)
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Sept. 28 (Michigan Water Carnival)
300-yard Medley Relay
Dive 50-yard underwater freestyle with fins
Knockout 25-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke with two pullouts
50-yard Butterfly with flip turn
200-yard Freestyle with fins
250-yard Medley Relay (25-yard fly; 50-yard fly, back; 75-yard fly, back, breaststroke; 100-yard IM)
100-yard Kick with board
500-yard Freestyle Relay (200-150-100-50)
50-yard Breaststroke with flip turn
200-yard IM swum in any order
50-yard Backstroke from the blocks
400-yard Relay (Toss-Up Relay)
The diving show will be split into three segments, beginning at 11:15 a.m., 11:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Water polo scrimmages will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.
The Wolverines enter the season after a magical 2012-13 season in which they won their 12th national championship (first since 1995) and 37th Big Ten championship (including the program's third in a row). Michigan returns 10 swimmers who received at least one NCAA All-America honor last season: Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Dylan Bosch, Richard Funk, Connor Jaeger, Anders Nielsen, Bruno Ortiz, Sean Ryan, Kyle Whitaker, Michael Wynalda and John Wojciechowski. Jaeger is the defending national champion in both the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle, while Ortiz won a national relay title as part of the 200-yard medley relay. In addition, Jaeger was named the 2012-13 University of Michigan Male Athlete of the Year and 2012-13 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, while Bosch was named the 2012-13 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Head coach Mike Bottom won a pair of honors, being named 2012-13 Big Ten and CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year.
The Wolverines have won 44 of their last 45 season-opening dual meets, a streak that began in 1968. The only loss during that stretch came in 2006, a 135-106 loss to Florida at Canham Natatorium.
Since the beginning of 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, 2011, 2012, 2013) and five straight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including last season's national championship.
Seniors Connor Jaeger (400-meter freestyle, 1,500-meter freestyle), Sean Ryan (1,500-meter freestyle, open water 10k), Kyle Whitaker (200-meter IM) and Michael Wynalda (200-meter freestyle) were named to the 2013-14 USA Swimming National Team on Sept. 3. Additionally, six other swimmers who have ties to the program or with Club Wolverine made the national team, including former men's swimmers Tyler Clary (2008-10), Charlie Houchin (2007-10) and Dan Madwed (2009-12), former women's swimmers Emily Brunemann (2006-10) and Justine Mueller (2005-08) and former Texas swimmer Michael Kleuh (2005-09). Brunemann, Clary and Kleuh all train with the Club Wolverine post-graduate group.
Several Wolverines represented their countries on the international stage over the summer. Connor Jaeger won long-course national titles in the 400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle and 1,500-meter freestyle at the Phillips 66 National Championships and U.S. World Championships Trials in June and later won a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle at the FINA World Championships on July 28 (Barcelona, Spain). At the World University Games (Kazan, Russia), Sean Ryan won a gold medal in the 1,500-meter freestyle and later competed in open-water swimming at the World Championships, while Michael Wynalda won two medals -- a silver as part of the 4x200-meter freestyle relay team and a bronze as part of the 4x100-meter medley relay team. Like Ryan, Funk swam at both the World University Games and at the World Championships. Kyle Whitaker (USA - World University Games) and Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Canada - World Championships) also represented their countries in competition.
There are seven divers on the squad this season, including four seniors: Thomas Jahnke, Jack Lee, Nate Rietberg and James Ross. Those four, along with sophomore Timothy Faerber, competed at last year's NCAA Zone C Diving Championships. Both Faerber and Lee scored points at last year's Big Ten Championships.
Michigan has a 10-member freshman class this season. The newcomers include Julian Ballestas (Miami, Fla.), Jason Chen (Pleasanton, Calif.), Colin Eaton (Greshman, Ore.), Jackson Goethe (Midland, Mich.), Bryan Hughes (Modesto, Calif.), Chris Klein (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Jack Mangan (Winnetka, Ill.), Ryan O'Donnell (Clarendon Hills, Ill.), Cameron Stitt (Portland, Ore.) and Vinny Tafuto (Hummelstown, Pa.). Aaron Ghiglieri, Keltan Lawler and Henry Parker all redshirted last season and will be redshirt freshmen this year.
The Wolverines also added a transfer from D-III Kenyon College in Ian Richardson. He was a four-time NCAA D-III national champion and 15-time All-American, helping lead Kenyon to the D-III national championship last season. Richardson is a graduate student in the College of Engineering, pursuing a degree in biomechanical engineering. He is the second transfer Michigan has added from Kenyon College in as many seasons, following in the footsteps of Zachary Turk, who was a member of last season's national championship squad, winning a national relay title in the 200-yard medley. Turk also received four NCAA All-America honors and was on three Big Ten championship-winning relay teams last season.
The Hawkeyes finished seventh in the Big Ten last season and 32nd at the NCAA Championships. They sent six swimmers to last year's national championships. Iowa's 200- and 400-yard medley relay teams received NCAA All-America honorable mentions. The Hawkeyes are led by junior Grant Betulius, who swam on both of those relays and also earned a third NCAA All-America honorable mention in the 100-yard backstroke. Iowa is coached by Marc Long.
Saturday, Oct. 5 -- host Alumni Meet (Canham Natatorium), 9 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 -- at Dennis Stark Relays (South Bend, Ind.), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 -- at Notre Dame, vs. Auburn (South Bend, Ind.), 11 a.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423