Nov. 13, 2012
Fri-Sun., Nov. 16-18 -- at Purdue Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.), 10 a.m./6 p.m.
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The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (4-0, 3-0 Big Ten) will send 16 student-athletes to the Purdue Invitational this weekend, which runs from Friday to Sunday (Nov. 16-Nov. 18) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. each day, with finals commencing at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Other teams at the invitational include Purdue, Cincinnati, Louisville, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Utah.
Swimmers slated to represent the Wolverines are freshman Paul Corbae (Madison, Wis./Westlake), junior/sophomore Jonathon Ekleberry (Rochester, Mich./Avondale), freshman Connor Herman (Atlanta, Ga./Marist), junior/sophomore Zach Kelch (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), freshman Nick Killeen (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier), freshman Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit), junior/sophomore David Moore (Holland, Mich./Holland), senior Andrew Novakoff (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Pine Crest), junior/sophomore Adam Oxner (South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon), freshman Will Raynor (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep) and freshman Matt Zimmerman (Maumee, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales). Five divers will also be in action, including juniors Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School), James Ross (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School), and Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Nate Rietberg (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) and sophomore Kevin Bain (Northville, Mich./Northville).
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. Finals are at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
|Friday, Nov. 16
200-yard individual medley
400-yard medley relay
|Saturday, Nov. 17|
200-yard medley relay
400-yard individual medley
800-yard freestyle relay
Sunday, Nov. 18|
400-yard freestyle relay
Platform diving (Begins at noon).
Following its double-dual sweep over then-No. 5 Texas and then-No. 8 Indiana back on Oct. 26-27, Michigan was unanimously selected as the new No. 1 team in CSCAA's D-I Men's Team Rankings last Tuesday (Nov. 6). The Wolverines are also ranked No. 1 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25, which was released last Wednesday (Nov. 7). [ Rankings: CSCAA | CollegeSwimming.com ]
Last Thursday (Nov. 8), junior Kyle Whitaker was added to the U.S. roster for the 2013 World University Games, to be held July 6-17, 2013, in Kazan, Russia. Whitaker is the third current member of the Michigan swimming team to make the roster, joining juniors Sean Ryan and Michael Wynalda. [ Release ]
Three different Michigan swimmers have been named Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Week so far this season. Junior Connor Jaeger won the award on Oct. 2, sophomore Richard Funk won it on Oct. 9, and senior Miguel Ortiz won it on Oct. 30. Additionally, freshman Dylan Bosch is already a three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week recipient. In the diving well, junior Jack Lee was named Big Ten Diver of the Week on Oct. 2.
Following are rankings for Wolverine swimmers nationally:
* has yet to swim 1,650-yard freestyle
U-M swimmers have already received 15 NCAA 'B' standards in individual swimming events. Three divers have scored NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores, including two from junior Jack Lee (one-meter, three-meter) and one each from juniors James Ross (one-meter) and Thomas Jahnke (one-meter).
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Q: Talk about the honor you received in being named to U.S. roster for the FINA Short Course World Championships (Dec. 12-16 in Turkey) and how unique that experience will be given that you'll be there with one of your coaches.
A: That's a huge accomplishment for me; however, it's just another incremental step in the process. I've been getting better with skills, and Josh White is a huge part of that. He's been there every step of the way. I'm glad he's there. It shows by us having one of the best distance groups in the country. He deserves a spot on this team, and the experience will be that much more rewarding knowing that Josh will be there with me.
Q: A strong start to the season pushed Michigan into the No. 1 ranking. It's early, and every team strives to be No. 1 at the end of the season, but how do you build off that?
A: We have a lot of experience. We were No. 1 after we beat Texas last year, but we're not letting it get to our head. We remember where we finished last year, and it wasn't No. 1. We have to continue to sacrifice in the right areas and maintain our status. It's a great position to be in, but we need to keep moving forward and getting better. That's our goal.
Q: You aren't even halfway through the college season yet, but you're at a point where you have a few weeks off between meets. In terms of the training cycle, where is the team at?
A: Right now, the team is split between the guys going to the Purdue Invitational and the guys training for the Hawkeye Invitational after Thanksgiving. We want our guys going to Purdue to step up and race fast. The training is pretty heavy right now, and some of the guys are starting to notice it pay off.
Q: Where does this team compare to other Michigan teams you've been on in years past?
A: This actually is not the most talented team I've been on. My freshman year, we had a tremendous group of talent. However, this team is the most skilled. We make sure we get the details right. We want our hands on the wall first. At Texas, Mike told us that we won 10 out of 11 close races. We're not the most talented, but we put in the hard work and we all have the common goal to get better. We didn't win the Big Ten championship my freshman year, but we learned from that. We'll check ourselves when we get a little too high on our horses.
Q: Lastly, through your swimming career, why did you end up choosing distance?
A: Distance is the path I've been selected to go on. It was chosen for me rather than me choosing it. I'm a freestyle specialist. The long, grueling races are just the ones where I perform the best. I want to outperform the next guy. They'll crack, before I crack. That's what I like about it. I take pride in knowing that I'm one of the hardest workers in the pool, and that goes the same for everyone in our group. We show up to the pool and train hard.
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan won a total of 12 events to defeat then-No. 5 Texas and then-No. 8 Indiana in a double-dual meet back on Oct. 26 in Austin, Texas. The Wolverines also won 11 events in a non-scored portion on Oct. 27. [ Recaps: Day One | Day Two ]
Fri-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2 -- at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
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