Weekly #3: Wolverines to Race Next at U.S. Grand Prix

Nov. 8, 2011

Fri-Sun., Nov. 11-13 -- at U.S. Grand Prix (Minneapolis, Minn.), 9 a.m./6 p.m. CST
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The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team gets right back in the pool this weekend (Fri-Sun., Nov. 11-13) as the 2011-12 USA Swimming Grand Prix commences on Friday in Minneapolis, Minn. The event will take place at University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Prelims begin at 9 a.m. CST and finals begin at 6 p.m. each day. The three-day competition is a long-course event.

In the inaugural CSCAA Division I Team Poll, U-M is ranked No. 1, ahead of Texas, Arizona, Stanford and Auburn in that order. [ Complete Poll ]


Top Swimmers Head to Grand Prix
Michigan will send its top athletes to the Grand Prix. Freshman Richard Funk will swim the 100-meter breaststroke seeded 12th, while Dan Madwed is the second-highest seeded individual Michigan swimmer, as he will enter the 100-meter butterfly seeded fourth behind Olympian Michael Phelps, All-American Eugene Godsoe and former Wolverine Chris Brady (2007-10). Madwed will also look to defend his 2010 Grand Prix title in the 200-meter butterfly, where he is seeded fourth. Kyle Whitaker will enter the 400-meter individual medley seeded seventh. The Wolverines will enter a pair of top-seeded relay squads, in both the 400 and 800-meter freestyle relays. Sean Ryan and Ryan Feeley will take part in the 1,500-meter freestyle; Ryan is seeded third and Feeley is seeded seventh. Former Wolverine standout Peter Vanderkaay is the top-seeded swimmer in the event.

Last Year in Minnesota
At last season's Grand Prix in Minnesota, Michigan came away with five victories. U-M dominated the relays, winning the 400-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley all via meet record times. Individually, senior Andre Schultz won the 1,000-yard freestyle, while Dan Madwed won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:46.44.

Michigan Edges Texas, Crushes Indiana
U-M edged the University of Texas 150.50-149.50 and crushed Indiana 216-84 to sweep a double dual meet on Saturday (Nov. 5) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines led by 10 points heading into the final event, a 200 free relay, and held onto the lead with a second-place finish to hold onto the lead and the victory. Junior Evan Gregg, junior Miguel Ortiz, freshman Bruno Ortiz and junior Roman Willets clocked the runner-up time of 1:20.47.

Adding Titles
U-M collected seven wins on the meet, highlighted by sophomore Connor Jaeger defeating Texas All-American Jackson Wilcox in the 500 free as Jaeger took the event with a time of 4:20.15. The win was Jaeger's second victory of the day after capturing a win in the 200 free. Senior Dan Madwed was part of a three-event win streak, which began with junior Miguel Ortiz winning the 100-yard backstroke and continued when Richard Funk won the 100-yard backstroke. Madwed closed out the streak with a win in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:45.6, and also won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 47.42.

Wolverines Host Alumni Meet on Homecoming
Nearly 50 former team members were on hand for the Homecoming 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, representing the United States Oct. 15-21 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Junior Ryan Feeley and senior Dan Madwed 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.

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 in 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 starts 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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Up Next
Fri-Sun., Nov. 18-20 -- at Pittsburgh Invitational - Diving (Pittsburgh, Pa.)