This Week in Michigan Men's Swimming & Diving
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Nov. 26, 2012

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THIS WEEK
Fri-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2
-- at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa), 10 a.m./6 p.m. CST
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The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (4-0, 3-0 Big Ten) returns to the pool this weekend for the Hawkeye Invitational, running from Friday (Nov. 30) to Sunday (Dec. 2) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa. Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. CST each of the three days. Event finals will begin at 6 p.m. CST on both Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. CST on Sunday.

Michigan will send 23 swimmers and two divers to the three-day meet, which will also include student-athletes from Iowa, Denver, Notre Dame, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. CST. Finals are at 6 p.m. CST on Friday and Saturday, and at 4 p.m. CST on Sunday.

Friday, Nov. 30
200-yard freestyle relay
500-yard freestyle
200-yard individual medley
50-yard freestyle
400-yard medley relay
One-meter diving (women)
Three-meter diving (men)
Saturday, Dec. 1
200-yard medley relay
400-yard individual medley
100-yard butterfly
200-yard freestyle
100-yard breaststroke
100-yard backstroke
800-yard freestyle relay
One-meter diving (men)
Three-meter diving (women)
Sunday, Dec. 2
1,650-yard freestyle (Begins at 1:45 p.m.)
200-yard backstroke
100-yard freestyle
200-yard breaststroke
200-yard butterfly
400-yard freestyle relay
Platform diving (men & women)

NATIONAL RANKINGS

Name NCAA B1G Event
Michael Wynalda 5th 1st 200-yard freestyle
Connor Jaeger 1st 1st 1,000-yard freestyle
Miguel Ortiz 4th 1st 100-yard backstroke
Richard Funk 5th 2nd 100-yard breaststroke
Richard Funk 8th 1st 200-yard breaststroke
John Wojciechowski T-10th 3rd 100-yard butterfly
Dylan Bosch 2nd 1st 200-yard butterfly
Kyle Whitaker 5th 2nd 400-yard individual medley
M. Ortiz, Wynalda, Willets, B. Ortiz 6th 1st 400-yard freestyle relay
M. Ortiz, Funk, Fletcher, Turk 2nd 1st 200-yard medley relay

Seven student-athletes have times that rank among the top 10 in the nation, including a pair by sophomore Richard Funk (100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke). Junior Connor Jaeger is the only one to lead an event (1,000-yard freestyle). The 400-yard freestyle relay (Miguel Ortiz, Michael Wynalda, Roman Willets, and Bruno Ortiz) and the 200-yard medley relay (Ortiz, Funk, Sean Fletcher and Bruno Ortiz) also rank in the top 10.

The Wolverines also lead the Big Ten in nine events: 100-yard freestyle (M. Ortiz), 200-yard freestyle (Wynalda), 500-yard freestyle (Jaeger), 1,000-yard freestyle (Jaeger), 100-yard backstroke (M. Ortiz), 200-yard breaststroke (Funk), 200-yard butterfly (Dylan Bosch), 400-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay.

WOLVERINE BITES

• This marks the second straight year that Michigan will compete at the Hawkeye Invitational. The Wolverines took the crown last season, winning 15 event titles and acquiring more than 20 NCAA 'B' cuts. [ Recap ]

• Michigan is ranked No. 1 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for the third consecutive week. The Wolverines reached the top spot on Nov. 6 following their double-dual meet victory over Texas and Indiana Oct. 26-27 in Austin, Texas. The CSCAA poll is released every two weeks. [ Poll ]

• Junior Jack Lee has secured NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying scores in all three diving events. He also has set new career bests on each board -- one-meter (331.50), three-meter (342.05) and platform (326.35)

• U-M swimmers have already received 15 NCAA 'B' standards in individual swimming events, while three divers have a total of five NCAA Zone Diving Regionals qualifying scores.

• Senior Ryan Feeley will compete for Team USA at the 2012 FINA Short Course World Championships, to be held Dec. 12-16 in Istanbul, Turkey. He will swim the 1,500-yard freestyle. Associate head coach Josh White is on the coaching staff.

• Freshman Matt McNamara was the team's top swimmer at the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 16-18). He qualified for the event finals each day, taking fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:03.33), fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke (56.30) and eighth in the 200-yard individual medley (1:51.17).

• Former U-M diving coach Dick Kimball (1960-2002) was selected as part of the 57th induction class for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, announced on Nov. 12. Kimball was part of five NCAA national championship teams and 33 Big Ten championship teams as diving coach for the U-M men and women. Kimball dove for Michigan from 1957-59. Additionally, he is a two-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1984 - men, 1988 - women) and coached on five U.S. Olympic Diving Teams. [ Release ]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Kyle Whitaker
Junior
Individual Medley
Chesterton, Ind.

Q: You guys won the Hawkeye Invitational last year and took home a lot of NCAA 'B' times in the process. Is that the goal this time around, too?
A: Yeah, I definitely think so. When looking back and seeing how we did, it's something we want to do again, if not go beyond. That's pretty important. We also want to show the underclassmen, specifically the freshmen and sophomores, how a championship meet is run, because that is the format this meet will take. We want to get them used to it. Lastly, we want to go out and have some fun.

Q: Talk about the motivation you have personally coming into this season. You've finished runner-up at NCAAs the last two years in the 400-yard IM and narrowly missed out on making the Olympic team this past summer.
A: Something the coaches and I have talked about is the training. It's been different. It's a lot more endurance-based and more focused on the longer event. That in itself is motivating. Early in the season, a lot of guys were swimming faster than last year. It's interesting to see where we'll be at in this meet. Knowing how the guys did at the Purdue Invitational two weeks ago and seeing that improvement was motivating. It's working. We've got to be patient and keep up with it. If we can do that, we'll get faster as the year goes on.

Q: You were recently named to the USA roster for the 2013 World University Games. Talk about what an honor it is for you personally, and specifically, how special it will be knowing that you'll be going through it with two teammates?
A: It's something that I've never been a part of and being able to share that experience with Mike and Sean is going to be awesome. It's a great honor, obviously, to not only represent the University of Michigan on the world stage but also the United States of America. It doesn't happen too often. I'm excited for it and can't wait.

Q: When looking over the roster, the junior class jumps off the page. There's a lot of guys there that can score points at Big Tens and NCAAs. How do you view yourselves in the scheme of the whole team?
A: We definitely view ourselves as the guys that will take over the team next year. At the same time, we have to pay attention to leadership and recruiting roles, because that will be asked of us in the future, if not right now. We'll be leading this team next year. In the short term, we want to help out this senior class as best we can. A lot of us live together, obviously swim together, take classes together. That has to continue. Some of us can score at Big Tens and NCAAs, and that's great, but we have to teach the other guys how to do that, too.

LAST TIME OUT
Select members of the Wolverines swam at the Purdue Invitational, held Nov. 16-18 in West Lafayette, Ind.
[ Recaps: Day One | Day Two | Day Three ]

UP NEXT
Thursday, Jan. 3
-- at Mike Pepe Invitational - Divers Only (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Noon
Thursday, Jan. 3 -- at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.), 2 p.m.

OTHER RELATED LINKS
Wolverines Add Eight Swimmers, One Diver for 2013-14

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423


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