This Week in Michigan Men's Swimming & Diving
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Oct. 23, 2012

THIS WEEK
Fri-Sat., Oct. 26-27
-- at No. 5 Texas, vs. No. 8 Indiana (Austin, Texas), 3:30 p.m./10 a.m. CDT [ Live Results ]

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The No. 2-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (2-0, 2-0 Big Ten) looks to keep its dual-meet record perfect, facing No. 5 Texas (0-0) and No. 8 Indiana (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) in a two-day double-dual meet this weekend at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The meet, which will also feature the women's swimming and diving teams from all three schools, will begin at 3:30 p.m. CDT on Friday (Oct. 26) and conclude at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday (Oct. 27).

The Longhorn Network (ESPN) will broadcast Friday's session beginning at 4 p.m. CDT. John Naber and six-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen will be on the call. Saturday's session will not be scored.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, Oct. 26
1,000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Backstroke
100-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
50-yard Freestyle
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
500-yard Freestyle
100-yard Butterfly
400-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Women's One-Meter Diving
Men's Three-Meter Diving
Women's Three-Meter Diving
Men's One-Meter Diving
Saturday, Oct. 27
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Freestyle
50-yard Butterfly
50-yard Backstroke
50-yard Breaststroke
50-yard Freestyle
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Butterfly
100-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Freestyle
50-yard Butterfly
50-yard Backstroke
50-yard Breaststroke
50-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley

OPPONENT PREVIEW
Michigan is 6-8 all-time against Texas in dual meets. The Longhorns opened their season last weekend, taking first at the Southwest Collegiate Plunge in Mansfield, Texas. They won five events on the final day of the competition, beating second-place Texas A&M by more than 100 points.

Michigan is 43-30-3 all-time against Indiana in dual meets. The Hoosiers also had their first action of the season last weekend, beating Kentucky (196-104) and Tennessee (183-117) in a double-dual meet in Lexington, Ky.

WOLVERINE BITES

• The three teams have met in a double-dual meet setting in four of the last five seasons. Michigan won last season's double-dual in Ann Arbor, beating Indiana, 216-84, and Texas, 150.5-149.5. The Wolverines also beat Indiana, 166-130, on Jan. 7 in Ann Arbor.

• Michigan has gone 34-3-2 in dual meets under Mike Bottom, including a 22-1 record against Big Ten teams. The Wolverines are 99-3 against Big Ten teams in the past 21 seasons.

• Associate head coach Josh White, senior Ryan Feeley, and former U-M swimmer and current U.S. Olympian Charlie Houchin (2007-10) will represent the United States at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships, to be held Dec. 12-16 in Istanbul, Turkey. Feeley and Houchin were named to the roster on Oct. 3, while White was named to the staff as an assistant on Oct. 10.

• Michigan has six NCAA B times so far this season: Zachary Turk (20.14, 50-yard freestyle), Miguel Ortiz (48.45, 100-yard backstroke), Richard Funk (54.93, 100-yard breaststroke), Sean Fletcher (48.22, 100-yard butterfly), Dylan Bosch (1:46.77, 200-yard butterfly) and on the 200-yard medley relay (Ortiz, Funk, Fletcher, Turk -- 1:27.40).

• Junior Jack Lee has achieved NCAA Zone Diving Regional scores on both one-meter (331.50) and three-meter (336.25). Juniors James Ross (300.90) and Thomas Jahnke (300.38) also have qualifying scores on the one-meter board.

• Junior Connor Jaeger has yet to be defeated in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyles, winning both races against Wisconsin on Sept. 29 and Minnesota on Oct. 5. He improved on his time each time, cutting off close to 10 seconds in the 1,000-yard freestyle (from 9:18.16 to 9:08.33) and nearly four seconds in the 500-yard freestyle (from 4:30.32 to 4:26.88). Jaeger has the nation's top time in the 1,000-yard freestyle and fifth-best time in the 500-yard freestyle.

• Sophomore Richard Funk won the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke against both Wisconsin on Sept. 29 and Minnesota on Oct. 5. He was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 9. Funk has the nation's second-fastest time in the 100-yard breaststroke and fourth-fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke.

• Freshman Dylan Bosch has been named Big Ten Freshman of the Week in back-to-back weeks on Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. He has won three individual events over the first two meets and has yet to be defeated in the 100-yard butterfly. Bosch ranks third in the nation in the 200-yard butterfly, eighth in the 100-yard butterfly and 20th in the 200-yard individual medley.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Dylan Bosch
Freshman
Butterfly/IM
Johannesburg, South Africa

Q: You've had a real strong start to the season. What's been the key?
A: We've been coming together as a team, which has been really good. It's obviously a lot of change coming from back home, like different technique and different weights. It's a lot to get used to, but I think it's working for me. It also helps that the team has been great and the guys have been very welcoming.

Q: You know the success, history and expectations of the program, but Ann Arbor is obviously a long way from Johannesburg. How did you end up here?
A: Initially, I was actually pushed away by the cold, but Mike [Bottom] is a fantastic recruiter. Plus, Kyle Duckitt is here, and that made it easier, knowing someone else from South Africa. He's fine, so I know I'll be fine. I looked at the team's success and the group of guys coming in, and I knew I wanted to be a part of that. Distance wasn't a factor. I was coming to America no matter what.

Q: Talk about what it was like to compete in the first-ever Michigan Water Carnival. Had you ever participated in an event like that before?
A: No, that was the first time. It was nice to get away from the intense, competitive stuff we do most of the time. It gave a break to everyone, so that was good, and I think everyone really enjoyed it.

Q: You'll compete in your first collegiate road meet this weekend against two pretty good teams. With the training you guys have been doing the past few weeks, is there anything specific you're looking to do this weekend?
A: Winning is a top priority. We won last year, so it's a big thing for us, and we'll make an even bigger statement if we can win it this year, too. It's obviously a good time to get to know the guys more. Plus, since it will be a different environment, hopefully I can take away something that I didn't know before.

Q: The first part of the season, there will sometimes be weeks in-between meets. As a swimmer, is it hard to maintain that competitive edge if a gap like that does come up?
A: Actually, I don't think so. Training is always competitive. You're always racing guys in the pool. For instance, in training last Saturday, I went up against [Connor] Jaeger and got totally destroyed. Having all these top athletes next to you, it's always a competition.

LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines won their second dual meet in as many weeks on Oct. 5, winning every swimming race in a 170-124 victory over Minnesota. The Michigan men's and women's teams returned to the pool the next day (Saturday, Oct. 6) to host the first-ever Michigan Water Carnival inside Canham Natatorium. [ Recaps: Minnesota | Michigan Water Carnival ]

UP NEXT
Fri-Sun., Nov. 16-18
-- at Purdue Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)

OTHER RELATED LINKS
The Deck Pass: Blog/Podcast
Connor Jaeger Feature -- "From London to A2"
Feature -- "Pooling Their Resources" (M-Magazine)

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423