Wolverines Add Diver for 2017, Four Athletes for 2018

Nov. 15, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team announced on Tuesday (Nov. 15) the addition of diver Ross Todd (Happy Valley, Australia) to the team's roster in January, while four swimmers -- Luiz Borges (São Paulo, Brazil), William Roberts (Annapolis, Md.), Ricardo Vargas (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and graduate transfer James Peek (Forest Row, England/Duke) -- will join the team next fall.

"The exciting thing about this class is the potential," said head coach Mike Bottom. "It's a small class, but each of these guys are hard workers. Our staff is confident in their ability to come in and compete from day one."

"Ross is a phenomenal athlete," said diving coach Mike Hilde. "He's going to elevate our entire men's program to be more competitive at the Big Ten and NCAA levels. I think he's a guy who can not only qualify for the NCAA Championships, but final in all three disciplines. He's just a great kid with a great work ethic."

Luiz Borges | Freestyle (Sprint) | São Paulo, Brazil (St. Nicholas School/Pinheiros Swim Club)
The son of former U-M swimmer Gustavo Borges, a four-time Olympian and 10-time NCAA champion, Luiz figures to add to Michigan's depth in the sprint freestyle events. He swims for Pinheiros Swim Club in São Paulo.

TOP TIMES: 50m FR (23.30), 100m FR (51.55)

William Roberts | Freestyle (Distance) | Annapolis, Md. (Broadneck Senior/Naval Academy Aquatic Club)
Roberts is a distance freestyle swimmer who trains at the Naval Academy Aquatic Club in Annapolis, Md. His father, Bill, is the head coach at the U.S. Naval Academy. Roberts finished sixth in the 1,000-yard freestyle at the 2016 NCSA Spring Championships and was a three-time finalist at the Speedo Championships Series at Christianburg.

TOP TIMES: 200y FR (1:42.70), 500y FR (4:29.06), 1650y FR (15:28.90), 400y IM (3:58.21)

Ricardo Vargas | Freestyle (Distance) | Cuernavaca, Mexico (Instituto Technologico y De Estudios Superiores de Monterrey/Cdom Mexico)
Vargas is a distance freestyle swimmer from Cdom Mexico. He represented Mexico at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, finishing 25th in the 1,500-meter freestyle (15:11.53). He is the current Mexican national record holder in the 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyles. He also represented Mexico at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships.

TOP TIMES: 400m FR (3:53.39), 800m FR (8:01.60), 1500m FR (15:11.53)

Ross Todd | Diving | Happy Valley, Australia (Reynella East College/Diving South Australia)

Todd, from Happy Valley, Australia, is a current member of the Diving Australia National Squad. He is slated to make his second consecutive appearance for Australia at the upcoming FINA World Junior Diving Championships after winning bronze in the Boys 14/15 one-meter springboard competition in 2014. This year, he'll compete again on one-meter and also on platform. This past summer, he placed third on platform and seventh on three-meter at Australian Olympic Trials.

James Peek | Freestyle (Sprint) | Forest Row, England (Millfield School/Duke University)

Peek will join the team next fall as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining after spending three years at Duke. A two-time NCAA Championships qualifier for the Blue Devils, Peek earned an NCAA All-America honorable mention on their 200-yard medley relay last season. He also swam in two individual events, finishing 28th in the 50-yard freestyle and 46th in the 100-yard freestyle. Peek holds program records in both the 50-yard freestyle (19.54) and 100-yard backstroke (47.94), and is No. 2 in the 100-yard freestyle (43.53).

TOP TIMES: 50y FR (19.54), 100y FR (43.53), 100 BK (47.94)

Communications Contact: Brad Rudner


 



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