This Week in Michigan Men's Swimming & Diving #2
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Oct. 7, 2013

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THIS WEEK
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.

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The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) dips back into the water this weekend, traveling to South Bend, Ind., to compete at the 49th annual Dennis Stark Relays on Friday (Oct. 11) at 5 p.m. and in a double dual meet against host Notre Dame (0-0) and Auburn (0-0) on Saturday (Oct. 12) at 11 a.m. Both meets will be held at the Rolfs Aquatic Center.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 11 -- at Dennis Stark Relays
200-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard Medley Relay
800-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard IM Relay*
300-yard Butterfly Relay#
300-yard Backstroke Relay#
300-yard Breaststroke Relay#
1,000-yard Freestyle Relay%
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Freestyle Relay
One-meter Diving Relay~
Three-meter Diving Relay~

* Four legs. Each swimmer completing a single 100-yard IM.
# Three legs. Each swimmer completing a single 100-yard breaststroke.
% Two legs. Each swimmer completing a single 500-yard freestyle.
~ Two divers performing three dives each. Scores are combined.

Saturday, Oct. 12 -- at Notre Dame, vs. Auburn TBA

WOLVERINE BITES

• This will be Michigan's fourth time competing at the Dennis Stark Relays. The Wolverines were at the event from 2009-11, finishing first each time. In U-M's last appearance in 2011, it won 10 of 12 events, failing to score points in two races due to disqualifications (200-yard freestyle relay, 300-yard breaststroke relay).

• Michigan is 2-0 all-time in dual meets against Notre Dame, winning in 2011 (172-120) and 2012 (174-119). The Wolverines lost their only previous meeting with Auburn in 2003 (130-108).

• Junior Bruno Ortiz and senior James Ross were named Big Ten Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, back on Oct. 1. Ortiz won the 50-yard freestyle (20.50) and 100-yard freestyle (44.88) against Iowa while also contributing to two relay wins. Ross won one-meter (career-best score of 337.05) and was third on three-meter (316.05). [ Release ]

• Since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, the Wolverines have gone 41-3-1 in dual meets under the direction of head swimming coach Mike Bottom, including a 26-1 mark in Big Ten action.

• Four swimmers have already earned NCAA 'B' cuts, achieved on Sept. 27 vs. Iowa: Dylan Bosch (200-yard butterfly), Richard Funk (100-yard breaststroke), Anders Nielsen (200-yard freestyle) and Kyle Whitaker (200-yard IM). Additionally, James Ross (one-meter) and Kevin Bain (three-meter) have NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores so far.

• Six swimmers made their collegiate debuts against Iowa on Sept. 27, including redshirt freshmen Aaron Ghiglieri and Henry Parker and freshmen Julian Ballestas, Colin Eaton, Jack Mangan and Cameron Stitt. Graduate student Ian Richardson also made his Maize and Blue debut.

OPPONENT PREVIEW

Notre Dame
Notre Dame opens its season on Friday at the Dennis Stark Relays. Last season, the Fighting Irish won their sixth Big East championship and finished in a tie for 36th place at the NCAA Championships. They are led in the water by Frank Dyer (2013 Big East champion in 50-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle) and Zach Stephens (2013 Big East champion in 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM, NCAA All-America honorable mention in 200-yard breaststroke). Diver Michael Kreft was named 2013 Big East Co-Diver of the Meet. The Fighting Irish are helmed by Tim Welsh, who was named 2013 Big East Coach of the Year.

Auburn
Auburn is also opening its season this weekend. Last season, Auburn finished second at the SEC Championships and took eighth at the NCAA Championships, its 21st consecutive top-10 finish at the national meet. The Tigers have a loaded roster back this season, led by Marcelo Chierighini, last year's runner-up in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Also back for the Tigers are returning All-Americans James Disney-May, Zane Grothe, Arthur Mendes, TJ Leon, Alex Hancock and Jon Santeiu IV. Auburn also brings in one of the nation's best freshmen in Kyle Darmody, who was ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the country by CollegeSwimming.com.

LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines opened the 2013-14 season back on Sept. 27 with a 182-110 victory over Iowa, winning 15 of 16 events in the meet. They also hosted the second Michigan Water Carnival on Sept. 28. [ Iowa: Recap | Highlights video icon | Photo Gallery Photo :: Water Carnival: Recap | Highlights video icon | Photo Gallery Photo | Michigan Daily | USA Swimming | SwimSwam ]

UP NEXT
Fri-Sat., Oct. 25-26 -- at Indiana, vs. Texas (Bloomington, Ind.), 3 p.m./10 a.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423


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