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August 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BY JOHN BORTON R ecruiting serves as the life- blood of any college ath- letic program, and men's sports at Michigan are alive and well. U-M coaches go across the nation to bring talent to Ann Arbor. Some- times, they reach across borders to other countries in keeping the Wol- verines among the nation's "Leaders and Best." Here's a look at 10 of the top incoming men's Olympic sports athletes: Felix Aubock; Vienna, Austria; swim- ming and diving — Aubock is the high- est-ranked member of an absolutely loaded 10-swimmer, two-diver class put together by Michigan head coach Mike Bottom. The import from Vienna earned a No. 14 national ranking from He's already on the international circuit, as a freestyler competing for the Austrian National Team. Aubock took 20th in the 400-meter freestyle and 29th in the 200-meter freestyle at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. He also competed on the 800-meter freestyle relay squad. Aubock has recorded times of 51.22 in the 100 freestyle, 1:47.60 in the 200 freestyle, 3:50.04 in the 400 freestyle, 7:57.33 in the 800 freestyle and 15:05.48 in the 1,500 freestyle. Anthony Berry; Traverse City, Mich.; cross country/track and field — Berry rewrote the record book at Traverse City, but has the talent to make an im- pression going far beyond his prep achievements. He posted a school record of 15:11 in a 5,000-neter cross country race, and his fifth-place at the state meet in a time of 15:20 also marked a school record for that event. He has racked up eight all-region and all-conference honors, and proved the fastest performer in his class all four years of the state meet. In track, Berry posted the fifth- fastest time ever in Michigan in the 1,600-meter run (4:09.03), in a junior season during which he ranked No. 6 in the nation for his class. He finished ninth in New York City in the Distance Medley Relay National Race, and fig- ures to make an immediate impact at Michigan. Tommy Cope; Dayton, Ohio; swimming and diving — Cope was ranked No. 12 in the nation among prep swimmers by, giving the Wolverines a pair in the top 15 nation- ally. He excels in the breaststroke and freestyle events. He finished second in the 100-yard BIG CATCH Men's Olympic Sports Feature High-Level Recruits

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