Nov. 1, 2011
The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will get back into scored competition, hosting Indiana and Texas on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 4-5) for a double dual meet inside Canham Natatorium. Friday begins at 6 p.m. and Saturday starts at noon. U-M is 41-30-3 all-time against Indiana and 5-8 all-time against Texas.
The meet will feature three NCAA individual champions in the Longhorns' Michael McBroom (mile, 2011), Eric Friedland (200 back, 2011) and Austin Surhoff (200 IM, 2010). Texas also won the 800 freestyle relay national title in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Schedule of Events
Session One - Friday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m.
500-meter Individual Medley
300-meter Individual Medley
100-meter Individual Medley
Session Two - Saturday, Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m.
Men's and Women's Diving (Platform Exhibition)
Men's Short Course Meet - 16 Event NCAA Format
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
We Meet Again
The Wolverines have raced against Texas and Indiana in a double dual meet in each season since 2007-08, with a break in 2009-10. U-M tied IU and fell to Texas last season, after beating the Hoosiers and losing to the Longhorns in 07-08 and 08-09.
First of Many with You IU
When the Wolverines and Hoosiers meet this weekend, it will be the first of four competitions between the conference elite. The two square off next in a conference dual meet on Jan. 7 at Canham Natatorium, before both teams compete in the Big Ten and NCAA Championships.
Ten's the Magic Number
The Wolverines have posted 10 wins in each of their first two scored meets -- Dennis Stark relays on Oct. 14 and quad meet at Notre Dame on Oct. 15.
We Like Relays
In three meets this season (two scored, one not scored), U-M has won the 400-yard freestyle relay all three times and the 200-yard medley relay in both meets it was contested. Overall, Michigan has touched the wall first in 11 of 13 relays during the current campaign, including winning the past six.
Wolverines Host Alumni Meet on Homecoming
Although last week was a bye week in terms of NCAA competition, the Wolverines hosted their annual alumni meet on Saturday (Oct. 29). Nearly 50 former team members were on hand for the meet that consisted of several current and former Wolverines hitting the pool for competition. Additionally, members of the 1961 national championship team were on hand for the meet and were honored at halftime of the Michigan-Purdue football game.
Feeley, Madwed Earn Pan-Am Games Medals
Two current men's swimmers took part in the 2011 Pan-American Games (Oct. 15-21), representing the United States in Guadalajara, Mexico. Junior Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and senior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) were each members of the 4x200m freestyle relay gold medalist quartet. Additionally, Feeley participated in the 1,500m freestyle and garnered a silver medal, while Madwed collected a silver medal in the 200m butterfly.
Ortiz Leads Wolverines in Season's First Home Meet
In the squad's first home meet, U-M hosted the University of Toronto, Club Wolverine and the Canadian National Training Center on Saturday, Oct. 22. Junior Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) captured the 100-yard backstroke title in the first event of the afternoon, clocking a time of 48.64.
Michigan closed out the meet with a narrow victory in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as Ortiz, sophomore Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandeville), junior Evan Gregg (Edmonton, Alberta/Stratchcona) and junior Roman Willets (Whitehouse, Ohio/St. Francis deSales) edged the Canadian National Training Center by .38 seconds, turning in a time of 2:58.16.
Sophomore Jaeger Named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week
Sophomore Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) was named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week this week after his performance at the Dennis Stark Relays and Michigan's quad meet victory over Notre Dame, Oakland and TCU.
Madwed and Vanderkaay Selected Co-Captains
Seniors Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) and Dane Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich./Adams) have been named co-captains for the 2011-12 men's swimming and diving team. Madwed is a four-time NCAA All-American and fourth-time Big Ten champion. Vanderkaay earned All-Big Ten second team last season, placing second in the 500-yard freestyle, fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle and 11th in the 400-yard individual medley at the conference championship.
Returning Big Ten Champions
The Wolverines claimed their league-leading 35th Big Ten championship last season. U-M led wire to wire en route to a 74-point win over Indiana. Head coach Mike Bottom was named the Coach of the Year and Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) was named the rookie of the championship. The Wolverines won 11 of the 18 swimming events and scored points in both springboard events. Overall, U-M had 10 swimmers claim individual conference titles.
Six NCAA All-Americans Return in 2011-12
Michigan has six returning All-Americans from last season's team that finished ninth nationally. The Wolverines are led by four-time All-American Dan Madwed, three-time honoree Kyle Whitaker and two-time Sean Ryan. In addition, Ryan Feeley, Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) and Miguel Ortiz earned All-America accolades for the Wolverines.
Bottom Begins Fourth Season
Mike Bottom is in his fourth season at the helm of the Michigan men's swimming program. The Wolverines have compiled a 26-3-1 record under Bottom, including a 15-1 mark against Big Ten opposition. Bottom has guided the program to a pair of Big Ten Championships crowns (2009 and 2011) and a second-place finish during the 2010 season. He has led the team to three straight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.
Li Directing Divers
KZ Li is in his second season as the head diving coach. He spent two years as the co-head coach of the U.S. Elite Diving Academy in Columbus, Ohio, before accepting the U-M coaching position. Li, who coached Minnesota's divers from 1996-2003, is a two-time Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, winning the honor in 2001 (men) and 1998 (women).
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