Off the Blocks #6: U-M Returns for Orange Bowl Classic, Indiana

Jan. 3, 2011

Tuesday, Jan. 4, Noon -- at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.)
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Saturday, Jan. 8, 11 a.m. -- at No. 14 Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.)
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The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming team (2-1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) conclude it's winter training trip with the Orange Bowl Classic on Tuesday (Jan. 4) at noon at the Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo, Fla., before opening up the Big Ten slate at No. 14-ranked Indiana (1-2-1, 0-0 Big Ten) on Saturday (Jan. 8) at 11 am inside IU's Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. The Wolverines are undefeated in their last 20 conference dual meets dating back to Jan. 27, 2007.

The Wolverine Knot -- Michigan and Indiana have a score to settle after swimming to a 150-150 tie on Nov. 5 in Bloomington, Ind., as part of a non-conference double-dual with Texas. The deadlock was the fifth in U-M program history and third to come against Indiana. The two schools also battled to a tie during the 2006-07 season and the 1923-24 season.

Bottom at the Top of the Big Ten -- Head coach Mike Bottom has not dropped a Big Ten dual meet since taking over at Michigan for the 2008-09 campaign. In his first two seasons, he led the Maize and Blue to an unblemished 11-0 record against the Big Ten.

High Flyer -- As the calendar turns to 2011, junior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) finds himself amongst the top 10 nationally in both butterfly events according to Madwed posted a 47.41 in the 100-yard event at the USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Dec. 3-5), the 10th fastest run this season. His time of 1:44.50 in the 200-yard race, set a day later, ranks eighth in the country.

FINA Short Course Championships -- Michigan was well represented as seven former and current Wolverine swimmers and coaches took part in the 10th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships on Dec. 15-19 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Former Wolverine Tyler Clary (2008-10) took home a trio of medals to pace the Maize and Blue effort. Peter Vanderkaay (2003-06) posted a pair of top ten finishes at the championships while current Wolverine freshman Sean Ryan (Hixson, Texas/McCallie School) notched a ninth-place showing in the 1,500-meter freestyle. Vanderkaay swam on the silver medal winning 4x200-meter freestyle relay after Charlie Houchin (2007-10) swam the qualifying round of the event. Sophomore Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) collected a top 25 finish for Canada and swam on a top ten relay. Michigan head coach Mike Bottom and former U-M head coach Jon Urbanchek led the United States. [ U-M Results ]

The Next Generation -- Michigan head coach Mike Bottom announced the signing of three swimmers to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 22. Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta), Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan) will join the Wolverines for the 2011-12 season. [ Press Release ]

Rank and File - Michigan slipped to a No. 8 ranking in the second CSCAA Coaches Poll of the season, released on Dec. 15. The Wolverines, who began the season ranked No. 6, are the second-highest rated of six Big Ten teams in the top 25. [ Complete Rankings ]

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The University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. Each of our varsity athletic teams will have a Record Book and a Yearbook. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. [ Publications ]

Considered one of the finest college-owned swimming and diving facilities when it was constructed in 1988 at a cost of approximately $8.5 million, a renovation in 1998 upgraded Canham to a state-of-the-art swimming and diving facility. The 59,000-square foot natatorium houses a 50-meter pool, eight lanes wide, that can be divided into two separate 25-yard pools by movable bulkheads. The Dick Kimball Diving Pool, located at the west end of the facility, features an Olympic Tower, one- and three-meter springboards and a hot tub. On the east end of the mezzanine level is one of two full-service training rooms on the U-M athletic campus. One of Michigan's three weight training and conditioning facilities is also located in the natatorium.

Fri-Sat., Jan. 14-15, 6 p.m. CST -- SMU Invitational (Dallas Texas)
Saturday, Jan. 15, Noon -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Canham Natatorium)
Sunday, Jan. 16, 5 p.m. -- vs. Purdue (Canham Natatorium)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423