Hassaan Abdel Khalik
Sept. 25, 2012
Saturday, Sept. 29 -- vs. Wisconsin (Canham Natatorium), 10:30 a.m.
The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team begins its quest for Big Ten title No. 37 this week, opening the 2012-13 season with a meet against conference foe Wisconsin on Saturday (Sept. 29) inside Canham Natatorium. The meet, which will be a co-ed dual meet, begins at 10:30 a.m.
-- MEET NOTES --
Dual-Meet Dominance ... The Wolverines have won 43 of their last 44 season-opening duals. Michigan started the nearly flawless streak back in 1968, when it beat Minnesota, 98-25.
The only loss during the stretch came in the 2006-07 opener, when U-M fell to Florida, 135-106, at Canham Natatorium. Last season, the Wolverines opened the year by winning the Dennis Stark Relays (Oct. 14, 2011) and winning a quad meet against Notre Dame (174-119), Oakland (190-97) and TCU (178-115).
An Olympian Among Us ... Michigan enters the season with one current U.S. Olympian on its roster in junior Connor Jaeger, who became the 80th U-M swimmer to earn an Olympic berth, as he finished sixth in the 1,500-meter freestyle (14:52.99) at the London Games. As a sophomore, Jaeger earned three NCAA All-America honors and won two Big Ten titles.
Ryan, Wynalda Going International ... On Sept. 4, juniors Sean Ryan and Michael Wynalda were named to Team USA for the upcoming 2013 World University Games, to be held next summer (July 6-17) in Kazan, Russia. Ryan will swim the 1,500-meter freestyle, while Wynalda will swim in the 200-meter freestyle and on the 4x100-meter relay.
Brumm Wins Three ... Freshman Peter Brumm won three medals for Team USA earlier this summer at the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Championships. He won a gold medal as the anchor leg of the 400-meter freestyle relay, a silver medal on the 800-meter freestyle relay and an individual bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle.
Welcome Back ... Former NCAA All-American and Big Ten champion Hassaan Abdel Khalik returns to the Wolverines after taking last season off to train for the Canadian Olympic Team. He redshirted last season and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Transferring In ... Zack Turk joins the Wolverines this season after swimming the last four years at NCAA D-III Kenyon College in Ohio (2009-12). Turk was a 14-time NCAA D-III national champion, winning the 50-yard freestyle three times and 100-yard freestyle twice. He was also named the 2012 NCAA D-III National Swimmer of the Year.
Lee Leads Divers ... Junior Jack Lee is back to headline the U-M men's diving contingent following a solid sophomore season. Last season, Lee became the first diver since 2004 to make the finals of any diving event at the Big Ten Championships, placing eighth on platform. He also took 10th on three-meter. He also finished seventh on platform at the NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals.
-- TEAM NOTES --
A New Era ... On Aug. 10, University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon announced the combination of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs, and that Mike Bottom has been named head swimming coach for both teams. On Aug. 30, Bottom announced his coaching staff, which includes associate head coaches Josh White and Rick Bishop and assistant coaches Mark Hill and Danielle Tansel. Bishop and Tansel are the new additions to the staff, coming from USA Swimming and SMU, respectively, while White and Hill were promoted from their previous positions with the men's swimming and diving team. KZ Li continues to serve as head diving coach. [ Releases: Initial Announcement | Coaching Staff Announcement ]
International Flavor ... The Wolverines have seven international swimmers on their 2012-13 roster. Three represent Japan (Ryutaro Kamiya, Bruno Ortiz, and Miguel Ortiz), while two each are from Canada (Hassaan Abdel Khalik and Richard Funk) and South Africa (Dylan Bosch and Kyle Duckitt).
Returning Firepower ... Four returning letterwinners won individual Big Ten titles last season, including Kyle Whitaker (200-yard IM, 400-yard IM), Connor Jaeger (1,650-yard freestyle), Michael Wynalda (200-yard freestyle) and Ryan Feeley (500-yard freestyle). Michigan also won the 800-yard freestyle relay (Wynalda, Whitaker, Bruno Ortiz), the 200-yard medley relay (Evan Gregg, John Wojciechowski, Richard Funk, Miguel Ortiz) and the 400-yard medley relay (M. Ortiz, Funk, Sean Fletcher).
Additionally, eight returning Michigan swimmers were NCAA All-Americans last season: Jaeger, Whitaker, B. Ortiz, M. Ortiz, Fletcher, Wynalda, Gregg and Sean Ryan.
Fresh Faces ... Michigan welcomes one of its largest freshman classes in recent memory, as 14 true freshmen dot the roster this year. Among them are Nick Killeen (Wilmette, Ill.), Matt Zimmerman (Maumee, Ohio), Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C.), Paul Corbae (Madison, Wis.), Henry Parker (Johns Creek, Ga.), Reid Elliott (Austin, Texas), Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md.), Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods, Mich.), Aaron Ghiglieri (Central Point, Ore.), Paul Soley (Lebanon, N.J.), Connor Herman (Atlanta, Ga.), Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Will Raynor (Omaha, Neb.).
2011-12 Recap ... The Wolverines won their third Big Ten title in four years (and 36th overall) under the direction of head coach Mike Bottom and finished fifth as a team at the NCAA Championships -- their highest finish since 2004. Bottom was named Big Ten Coach of the Year, while Dan Madwed (2009-12) was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year.
Friday, Oct. 5 -- vs. Minnesota (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 -- host Michigan Water Carnival (Canham Natatorium), Noon
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423