Nov. 28, 2011
Thu-Sat., Dec. 1-3 -- at Miami Invitational (Oxford, Ohio) 2 p.m./5 p.m./7:30 p.m.
Fri-Sun., Dec 2-4 -- at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa) 10 a.m./6 p.m./4 p.m.
The No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will split the squad this coming week, as divers will travel to the Miami Invitational (Thu-Sat., Dec. 1-3), while the swimmers will partake in the Hawkeye Invitational (Fri-Sun., Dec. 2-4).
The diving competition begins on 2 p.m. on each day at the Nixon Aquatic Center in Oxford, Ohio. Platform competition commences on Friday, and is followed by three-meter competition Saturday and one-meter Sunday. Finals start at 5 p.m. on day one and 7:30 p.m. each other day.
Swimming prelims begin on each day at 10 a.m., with finals slated for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Teams in competition at the Hawkeye Invite include Denver, Notre Dame, UW-Green Bay and Iowa. The Iowa meet will run in NCAA Championships format.
Madwed, Feeley, Ortiz, Jaeger Grace National Top 10
Name Event Nat'l Rank Time Dan Madwed 100 fly 3 47.42 Dan Madwed 200 fly 3 1:45.66 Ryan Feeley 1650 free 5 15:12.68 Miguel Ortiz 100 back 7 47.73 Connor Jaeger 200 free 10 1:37.21 John Wojciechowski 100 fly 10 48.01
At the Hawkeye
U-M is 29-2 overall against the four squads at the Hawkeye Invitational, as the Wolverines boast a 28-2 mark against the Hawkeyes. The Wolverines are 1-0 all-time against Notre Dame after defeating the Fighting Irish on Oct. 15 of this season, 174-119, in the first-ever meeting between the two squads. Michigan has never faced Denver or Wisconsin-Green Bay in a dual meet, and has never swam in the Hawkeye Invitational.
All in the Family
The diving trip to Miami will be a family affair for head coach KZ Li, as his brother, KongRong, serves as the head coach for the RedHawks. KongRong has been part of the RedHawk program for five seasons and previously served as co-head diving coach at the U.S. Elite Diving Academy from 2001-07. Following KongRong's departure from the U.S. Elite Diving Academy, KZ took over the reins of the U.S. Elite program prior to his arrival in Ann Arbor.
Eight Swimmers, Diver Highlight 2012-13 Class
The University of Michigan head swimming and diving squads announced their 2012-13 signing class Monday (Nov. 21). The class comprises of swimmer Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College Sandton), Peter Brumm (Cornelius, N.C./Hough), Reid Elliott (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis), Paul Corbae (Austin, Texas/Westlake), Nick Killeen (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier), Matt McNamara (Huntington Woods, Mich./University of Detroit Jesuit), William Raynor (Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep), Paul Soley (Lebanon, N.J./Berkley) and diver Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill). Five of the eight swimmers rank in the top 130 in the CollegeSwimming.com rankings. Bosch enters as the No. 7 swimmer in the CollegeSwimming.com rankings, while Brumm is the No. 2 swimmer in North Carolina and No. 42 swimmer nationally, while Elliott ranks as the No. 8 swimmer in the state of Texas, and 48th nationally to round out the top 50.
Divers Complete Sweep at Pitt
The Michigan divers earned a total of 262 team points in the three-day event and dominated their events, taking first- and second-place finishes in all three competitions. Thomas Jahnke(Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) earned an event title in the one-meter springboard competition on Friday (Nov. 18), while sophomore Jack Lee(North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire) won the three-meter competition on Saturday (Nov. 19).
Morrison Lone Upperclassman
Senior Chris Morrison(Fenton, Mich./Fenton) returns to anchor the diving squad after placing 14th off the platform with a 250.55, 19th in the three-meter (315.85) and 30th in the one-meter (234.55) in the NCAA Championships during his junior campaign. He holds career bests of 315.65 in the one-meter, 342.30 in the three-meter, which was second on the team last season, and a 341.78 in the platform competition.
Young Diving Team
Of the 10 diving team members, five carry freshman eligibility, while four are sophomores. Lee returns after a solid freshman season in which he led the team in the one-meter with a 326.17 and in the platform with a 567.00. Additionally, Jahnke led the team in the three-meter dive with a 367.73 and was third in the platform with a 290.85 at the Big Ten Quad Meet.
Divers Stay Local
Thomas Jahnke, as well as freshman Nate Argetsinger(Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) and Jeff Camalo(Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), all hail for Ann Arbor. The trio, along with freshman Kevin Bain(Northville, Mich./Northville), were members of the local Legacy Diving Club, which is based in Canham Natatorium.
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 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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Saturday, Jan. 3 -- at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.), Noon