Dec. 13, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of Michigan head swimming coach Mike Bottom was named to Team USA's coaching staff for the 2013 World University Games, USA Swimming announced. Bottom will oversee the men's team, a roster which features current U-M swimmers Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School), Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville).
Bottom, who spent the past four seasons as U-M's head men's swim coach, is in his first season as the head coach for both Michigan's swimming and diving teams. In the four years prior, Bottom led the Michigan men to three Big Ten championships and four consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. He owns a 32-3-1 overall record (19-1 in Big Ten dual meets), coaching his student-athletes to 44 Big Ten individual and relay titles and 68 NCAA All-America honors. Bottom also has extensive international coaching experience from having served at the past five Summer Olympiads and was also an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy.
The 2013 World University Games will be held July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. Taking place every two years, the event is an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation (FISU). Swimmers on the 2013 World University Games Team roster were selected based upon their performance at the 2012 U.S. Open Championships. All athletes selected for the team must be at least 17 years old and less than 28 years old on Jan. 1, 2013.
This season, Bottom has guided the U-M men to the No. 1 spot in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Top 25 poll, while the women are ranked No. 24. The Wolverines will return the pool after the New Year, concluding their annual semester training trip by competing at the Orange Bowl Classic, held Thursday, Jan. 3, at 2 p.m. in Key Largo, Fla.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423