Oct. 3, 2012
Friday, Oct. 5 -- vs. Minnesota (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 -- host Michigan Water Carnival (Canham Natatorium), Noon
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Facility: Canham Natatorium
The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) continues its season-opening homestand with a pair of meets this weekend at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines will swim against Minnesota (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday (Oct. 5) at 5 p.m. in a co-ed dual meet before hosting the first-ever Michigan Water Carnival on Saturday (Oct. 6) at noon. The Water Carnival will feature men's and women's teams from Michigan and Minnesota, as well as the men's team from Oakland (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten). Admission is free to both events. The weekend is the first regular-season action for both of U-M's opponents.
MICHIGAN WATER CARNIVAL
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host the Michigan Water Carnival on Saturday (Oct. 6). The Carnival will feature a 13-event schedule, featuring swimming, diving and water polo. Appearances will be made by the U-M Dance Team, the U-M Fanfare Band and the Friars a-capella group. In addition, there will be a stroke clinic conducted by U.S. Olympian (and former U-M swimmer) Peter Vanderkaay, and an autograph session following the meet.
The meet will be streamed live on SwimUtopia.com.
The meet will be scored like a collegiate tri-meet. There will be two heats of all swimming events and one heat of each relay. The women will swim first, followed by the men. Below is the tentative schedule:
4x75-yard Medley Relay
Dive 50-yard underwater freestyle with fins
3x550-yard Freestyle Relay
300-yard Breaststroke with fly kick
50-yard Butterfly with flip turn
200-yard Freestyle with fins
250-yard Medley Relay (25-yard Butterfly, 50-yard Butterfly/Backstroke, 75-yard Butterfly/Backstroke/Breaststroke, 100-yard Individual Medley)
200-yard Backstroke from a dive
200/150/100/50 Freestyle Relay
50-yard Breaststroke with flip turn
200-yard Individual Medley swum in any order
Stroke technique with Peter Vanderkaay
50-yard Freestyle with fins
16x25-yard Freestyle Relay
• Michigan is 36-2 all-time in dual meets against Minnesota. The two teams first met in the 1926-27 season but have not faced each other in a dual meet since the 1995-96 season. The Golden Gophers are led in the pool by two-time NCAA All-American Ben Griggs and in the diving well by NCAA All-America honorable mention Mikey Ross.
• Following last week's season-opening win, U-M has now gone 33-3-2 in dual meets under Mike Bottom and will look to go 21-1 under his guidance in Big Ten dual meets this Friday. In fact, over the past 21 seasons, U-M has dropped just three conference dual meets compared to 98 victories.
• On Tuesday (Oct. 2), juniors Connor Jaeger and Jack Lee and freshman Dylan Bosch were named Big Ten Men's Swimmer, Diver and Freshman of the Week, respectively. Each won two events in the Wolverines' season-opening win against Wisconsin last Saturday (Sept. 29). For Lee, it is the first weekly honor for a U-M diver since 2007.
• In addition to Bosch, Peter Brumm won the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.75), while Paul Soley and Reid Elliott took second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:33.60) and 100-yard backstroke (50.25), respectively. Matt Zimmerman, Paul Corbae, Timothy Faerber, Matt McNamara, Will Raynor, and Connor Herman also made their collegiate debuts against Wisconsin.
• One of the big additions to Michigan's sprint group has been Zachary Turk. In his first meet as a Wolverine, Turk won the 50-yard freestyle (20.23) and had the second-fastest time in the 100-yard freestyle (45.69). He was a 14-time NCAA Division III national champion at Kenyon College (2009-12), and transferred to Michigan for his final year of eligibility. He sat out his junior season at Kenyon to study abroad in Argentina.
In the Spotlight
Q: You've been at Michigan for a few years now, but this is the first year where you're on the staff in a full-time capacity. Talk about the transition you've made from volunteer to assistant coach?
A: It's actually not much of a transition. It proves even more the saying, "Those Who Stay Will Be Champions." I'm glad I stayed. I had other opportunities, and I chose to stay here because of how much I love Michigan. It's paid off. I love what I do and haven't changed much about it. The only thing that's different about it is that I'm on full-time staff now.
Q: Anyone that's been around you knows that one of the biggest attributes you bring to the deck is your energy. Where do you get that from?
A: I was a volunteer assistant here for three years. I continued to do that because I really liked it. Being a swim coach is something I really wanted to do because I enjoy being able to help these guys. Being on deck and being around the guys is a really energizing experience. My own personal experience wasn't that great, honestly. It was boring and it wasn't that fun. It's not like that here and that's the great thing about Michigan. You know that as a coach, these guys are going to do the work. I just have to keep it light and make sure that they still love it.
Q: The men's team scored an impressive season-opening win against Wisconsin. From a coaching standpoint, how do you think the team did?
A: I think they did great. The freshmen really stepped it up big time. The relays came together really well, and that's an important thing. I really think that there was a lot of execution in the details. This team is talented. Sometimes it's easy to go out and win based solely on talent, but we've also seen that fail. I thought we executed well from a team aspect. From a personal standpoint, I hope the guys felt like they got two victories. It was fun for me to watch them cheer for the women's team. I think that the guys seeing the girls succeed and swim hard made them swim better. I hope they walked away feeling like they won twice.
Q: Let's talk about the big event of the weekend, the Michigan Water Carnival. How did this idea come about?
A: This idea came from Mike [Bottom]. It was one of his creative spurts. We wanted to do something exciting in a post-Olympic year. With Dave Brandon handing down a list of initiatives about filling the stands and providing "wow" experiences, this event fit both of those things. We want to fill our stands, and we want to bring some more attention to the sport. I think we can do that. It's a fun thing, but in the future, we can have that same kind of attention for more normal meets.
Q: For the fans that are coming out for the carnival, what can they expect to see?
A: They can expect to see a lot of things they've never seen before. We're trying to break some world records. There's fin swimming that does happen around the world, so we're going to look up those records and see if our guys can break those. They can expect to see a great diving show. I know Dick Kimball is running that, along with KZ (Li). They're going to be doing some tower diving, which not many people get a chance to see. And we'll include water polo. They're going to do some three-on-three matches to keep it interesting. Our whole philosophy with this is to make it like a three-ring circus -- swimming, diving and water polo. This brings a lot of attention to what we do here but in a fun and creative way. I'm personally looking forward to the 50-yard underwater dolphin kick because let's face it, that is totally awesome. A guy going as fast as he can for 50 yards underwater, while flipping the turn. In my opinion, it doesn't get cooler than that.
Last Time Out
Michigan opened the 2012-13 season last Saturday (Sept. 29), beating Wisconsin, 172.5-115.5, inside Canham Natatorium. Connor Jaeger, Richard Funk, Dylan Bosch and Jack Lee each won two individual events, while U-M also got individual wins from Kyle Whitaker, Zachary Turk, Bruno Ortiz, and Peter Brumm and on both relays. [ Recap ]
Saturday, Oct. 13 -- Alumni/Intrasquad Meet (Canham Natatorium), 10:30 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Oct. 26-27 -- at Texas, vs. Indiana (Austin, Texas)
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423