Michigan Wolverines swimming and diving

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Michigan Wolverines swimming and diving
Michigan Wolverines logo.svg
Head coachMike Bottom
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationAnn Arbor, MI
Home poolDonald B. Canham Natatorium
ColorsMaize and Blue[1]
Men's NCAA12 (1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1995, 2013)[2]
Men's pre-NCAA7 (1927,[3] 1928,[4] 1931,[5] 1932,[6] 1934,[7] 1935,[8] 1936[9]);
Women's NCAA0
Men's Big 1038 (1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1945, 1948, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Women's Big 1014 (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004)

The Michigan Wolverines swimming and diving program has both a men's and women's team. The University of Michigan swimming program is one of the most highly respected college swimming programs in the country. The men's and women's teams, which had been coached separately, were combined in August 2012 by the University of Michigan Athletic Department under the leadership of head coach Mike Bottom.[10]

Men's swimming[edit]


The University of Michigan Men's Swimming and Diving team has a rich tradition of producing quality swimmers and being one of the nation's top programs. Men's swimming and diving has been a varsity sport at Michigan since 1921.[11] With 19 total national championships[12][13]—12 NCAA championships and seven unofficial national championships—[14] including the 2013 NCAA championship, the Michigan men's swimming and diving team has won more national championships than any other varsity sport in the history of the university. In addition, Michigan holds 38 Big Ten Titles in its history with its most recent title coming in the 2013-14 season. The team has won more Big Ten titles than any other program. Michigan has enjoyed great success as of late, finishing as a top-10 team in the NCAA's nine out of the last ten seasons, with its best finish coming in the 2012-13 season, in which they won the national championship. Michigan's total of 19 National Championships in Swimming and Diving is the most of any team in history.

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Drulard founded the Michigan swim team in 1920
1920 "Informal Varsity Swim Team"
1922 Michigan swim team

The University of Michigan Men's Swimming program began in 1921 and has had nine coaches in its history. The current coach is Mike Bottom, who became head coach after the departure of Bob Bowman in 2008. In five years at Michigan, Bottom has compiled dual-meet record of 40-3-1 (25-1 against Big Ten opponents) while winning four Big Ten Championships (2009, 2011-13) and an NCAA Championship (2013). He is a three-time Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year (2011-13) and was the 2013 CSCAA Swimming Coach of the Year.[15]

The coaching history is as follows:

  • Mike Bottom (2008–present)
  • Bob Bowman (2004 to 2008)
    • Record 30-8-1 in dual meets, including 21-1-1 against Big Ten opponents, Big Ten Championships: 1.[16]
  • Jon Urbanchek (1982-2004)
    • Record 163-34-0, Big Ten Championships: 13, National Championships: 1
  • Bill Farley (1979–81)
    • Record 14-4-0
  • Gus Stager (1954–79,1981–82)
    • Record 188-40-1, Big Ten Championships: 3, National Championships: 4
  • Matthew Mann (1925–54)
    • Record 203-25-3, Big Ten Championships: 16, National Championships: 13
  • Gerald Barnes (1924–25)
    • Record 4-0-0
  • William Brown (1922–24)
    • Record 3-4-1
  • John Jerome (1921–22)
    • Record 0-1-0


There are many notable alumni that have come from the University of Michigan Swimming program. These include many Olympians and NCAA Champions.

Women's swimming[edit]


The University of Michigan Women's Swimming program has been a varsity sport since 1974. The current coach is Mike Bottom, who took over in August 2012, when the men's and women's teams were combined. He took over the post from head coach Jim Richardson who had been head coach of the Women's swim team for 27 years. Richardson announced his retirement on May 16, 2012. His teams won 12 consecutive Big Ten Conference titles from 1987 to 1998.

Coaching history[edit]

The coaching history is as follows:

Johanna High (1975)

  • Record 3-1-0

Stu Isaac (1976-1983)

  • Record 47-7-0, Big Ten Championships: 5

Peter Lindsay (1984-1985)

  • Record 7-10-0

Jim Richardson (1986–2012)

  • Record overall: 175-77-0, Big Ten: 114-25-0, Big Ten Championships: 14

Mike Bottom (2012-present)


U-M in the International Swimming Hall of Fame[edit]

Michigan's rich history in swimming and diving is evidenced by the 18 former student-athletes and coaches enshrined in the International Swimming Hall of Fame, located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Individuals may be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a swimmer, diver, water polo player, synchronized swimmer, coach or contributor. Criteria for selection into the Hall of Fame include achievements at the Olympic, World Championship and national levels, as well as world records held. Athletes must be retired from competition a minimum of four years, or at least one Olympic quadrennial. Individuals who are neither competitors nor coaches may be elected as a "contributor" whose achievements and innovations have had a profound effect on swimming and/or its administration.[17]

ISHOF members[edit]

Club Wolverine[edit]


The USA club swimming team that is affiliated with University team is Club Wolverine. The college swimmers train with the Club Wolverine Elite Team during the summer, but Club Wolverine is a very diverse organization that goes beyond its affiliation with the university. Club Wolverine is a parent run swim team for swimmers of all ages and abilities. It is routinely ranked the #1 club in Michigan and one of the top clubs in the U.S. CW's focus is on the long-term development of swimmers from learn-to-swim (Cubs Group) to local, state, national and international competition.

Professional swimming[edit]

Club Wolverine has always had an impressive squad of professional swimmers including many international superstars in the sport. Most notably, Michael Phelps trained on Club Wolverine for the four years leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.[19]

Summer camps[edit]

The Club Wolverine team in congruence with the University of Michigan Varsity Swimming program runs a week-long stay-away camp in the summer. This camp is intended to be for young, but competitive swimmers that are looking to improve their skills in an environment that provides relatively high intensity. These young swimmers are coached personally on technique, endurance and speed by the Coaching staff of the University's varsity team and by professional and college athletes themselves. Most young swimmers that attend the camps stay in the University dorms. Campers are given opportunities to have fun by playing games, watching movies, and meeting inspiring athletes at the autograph signing and game night.

Diving program[edit]

The University of Michigan Varsity Diving Team is an integral part of both swimming teams. The diving team has a rich history. Dick Kimball, an alumnus and Olympic diving coach, retired as diving coach in 2002.


  1. ^ "Style Guide: Colors". Office of Global Communications, University of Michigan. July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
  2. ^ 2014-15 BIG TEN RECORDS BOOK
  3. ^ "United States Champions for 1927". The Christian Science Monitor. Dec 31, 1927. p. 8. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  4. ^ "United States Sports Champions for the Year 1928". The Christian Science Monitor. Dec 31, 1928. p. 8. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  5. ^ "United States Sporting Champions for 1931". The Christian Science Monitor. Jan 7, 1932. p. 20. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  6. ^ "United States Sporting Champions for 1932". The Christian Science Monitor. Dec 31, 1932. p. 4. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  7. ^ "United States Sporting Champions for 1934". The Christian Science Monitor. Dec 31, 1934. p. 12. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  8. ^ "United States Sporting Champions for 1935". The Christian Science Monitor. Dec 31, 1935. p. 8. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  9. ^ "United States Champions for the Year 1936". The Christian Science Monitor. Dec 31, 1936. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-05-14.
  10. ^ Mike Bottom Bio from the University of Michigan Athletics website: MGoBlue.com. Retrieve 2013-04-21.
  11. ^ "Michigan Men's Swimming and Diving Year-by-Year Results – MGOBLUE.COM – University of Michigan Official Athletic Site". Retrieved 2010-05-04.
  12. ^ "University of Michigan Athletics National Championships". Archived from the original on 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  13. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-02-02.
  14. ^ "College Swim Title Is Won by Michigan, Chicago Daily Tribune, Mar 29, 1931, p. A1". Chicago Daily Tribune. 1931-03-29. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
  15. ^ 2013 Coach of the Year, Mike Bottom from the SwimSwam website: swimswam.com. Retrieve 2013-04-21.
  16. ^ CollegeSwimming.com::Bowman Leaving Michigan to Return to NBAC
  17. ^ Inductees in the International Swimming Hall of Fame from the University of Michigan Athletics website: MGoBlue.com. Retrieve 2013-04-21.
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ teamusa.org::Michael Phelps returns to Michigan

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