The Wolverine

January 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Bruno and Thomas are going through — he was thrust into the lineup during his true freshman season at Michigan (1982). "Compared to high school, the workouts are much more intense, sparring partners are much tougher, the season is much longer, and the competition is much more difficult," McFarland said. "We're excited about where they're at, and we have to keep getting them better from day to day." Rounding Out The Lineup Redshirt freshman Camryn Jackson has really taken off at the 141-pound division, posting an 8-2 record through Dec. 14, including a 10-8 win over then No. 2-ranked Mike Mangrum of Oregon State. "Cam has been doing a tremendous job," McFarland said. At 149 pounds, redshirt junior Eric Grajales is 6-2 and ranked No. 13 in the country, but McFarland wants to see more out of him as the Wolverines push toward Big Ten season. "He has a lot of ability," the coach said. "We have to keep him focused on his training to make sure he's ready for the push." At 157 pounds, Michigan unfortunately lost promising redshirt sophomore Jake Salazar at the Cliff Keen Invitational, when he went down with an ACL injury. Redshirt sophomore Mike Carpenter has stepped in, posting a 1-2 record, and has looked promising. "We have high hopes for Mike," McFarland. "He could be a nightmare for some people. We think he could be really good." In the 197-pound division, redshirt sophomore Max Huntley has taken charge, posting a 7-4 record and earning a No. 19 national ranking from Intermat so far. And the Wolverines have two veterans back from shoulder surgery, ready to really get going in the second half of the year: Apland and redshirt junior 125-pounder Sean Boyle. "We just got Ben back in the lineup," McFarland said. "He is excited about it, and he's looking good in the practice room and coming along really well. "Having Sean Boyle back this year helps. We're really working on his mindset so he can go out and dominate. He's working really hard." ❑ 72  the wolverine    January 2013 Winter Sports Preview Men's Swimming And Diving: In the most recent top 25 (released Dec. 5), the Wolverines were ranked No. 1 nationally. Michigan captured its first four dual meets this season, including wins over then-No.  5 Texas (194‑106) and then-No. 8 Indiana (223‑77) Oct. 26 in Austin, Texas. Michigan also won the Hawkeye Invitational Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Senior Miguel Ortiz, who has already been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week twice this season, won three events at the Hawkeye Invitational (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard backstroke), and freshman Dylan Bosch, who has earned four Big Ten Freshman Of The Week honors already this campaign, won the 200-yard butterfly at the Hawkeye Invitational. The Wolverines will swim several dual meets and key invitationals — such as the Mike Pepe Invitational (Jan. 3) and the OSU Winter Invitational (Feb. 16-17) before the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 27-March 2). If they continue on their current dominant path and win the Big Ten title, they should be among the favorites at the NCAA Championships at the end of March. Women's Swimming And Diving: After 27-year coach Jim Richardson retired last season, Michigan men's swimming and diving coach Mike Bottom took over the responsibilities of the women's team. So far, the Wolverines are struggling. They dropped dual meets against Minnesota (196-99), Indiana (223-77) and Texas (217-83) in the early going, and finished last out of seven teams at the Purdue Invitational Nov. 16-18. There have been a few bright spots, however. Senior Adrienne Bicek won a Big Ten Swimmer Of The Week award (Dec. 4) after posting four top-three finishes at the Hawkeye Invitational. Bicek won the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:13.51), placed second in the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.28), and took third in both the 400-yard medley (4:16.04) and 200-yard butterfly (2:01.13) at the event. The Wolverines will have a chance to prove their mettle against the rest of the conference at the Big Ten Championships Feb. 20-23. Men's Gymnastics: The Wolverines will open the 2013 season at the Windy City Invitational Jan. 16. Michigan is ranked No. 2 in the GymInfo preseason top 15. Sophomore all-around specialist Adrian de los Angeles is poised to have a big year. At the Wolverines' annual Maize & Blue Intrasquad Meet, de los Angeles scored at least 14.4 on three different events: 14.8 on floor, 14.4 on vault and 14.5 on parallel bars. Women's Gymnastics: The Wolverines opened the 2013 season with an exhibition meet against Michigan State, and three Wolverines swept the all-around at the event. Senior Katie Zurales won the all-around competition with a score of 39.225. Sophomore Sachi Sugiyama (39.2) and junior Joanna Sampson (38.5) were not far behind. Michigan is deep and talented at each event, and will gunning for a Big Ten championship March 23. Senior Britnee Martinez is part Men's Tennis: Led by senior Evan King, the Wolof a deep and talented Michigan verines have plenty of veteran talent this season. women's gymnastics team that Six of the nine players on the roster are in at least will vie for the Big Ten title. photo courtesy their third year in Ann Arbor: King, junior Shaun michigan athletic media relations Bernstein, junior Alex Buzzi, junior Barrett Franks, junior Spencer Newman and redshirt sophomore Justin Rossi. Women's Tennis: The Wolverines advanced all the way to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 last season and hope to put together a similar run this spring. Although the team is young — Mimi Nguyen is the lone senior on the roster — the Wolverines are deep with young talent. U-M hosts the Michigan Invitational Jan. 19‑21 to get the 2013 slate underway.

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