Off The Blocks #6: U-M Opens Up Big Ten Action Against Indiana
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Jan. 5, 2010

THIS WEEK
Friday, Jan. 8, 5 p.m.
-- vs. No. 20 Indiana (exhibition) (Canham Natatorium)
Saturday, Jan. 9, Noon
-- vs. No. 20 Indiana (Canham Natatorium)
Live Results

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten) opens Big Ten action Friday and Saturday (Jan. 8-9) against No. 20 Indiana at Canham Natatorium, with Friday being swam exhibition. Competition Friday begins at 5 p.m. with Saturday action starting at noon.

WOLVERINE BITES
A Look at the Hoosiers -- Indiana enters this weekend's dual-meet competition with a 1-2 overall mark and 1-0 Big Ten record. IU knocked off Northwestern, 167-131, to kick off the 2009-10 season before falling to No. 1 Texas (149-179) and No. 17 Kentucky (123.5-175.5). The Hoosiers are currently ranked No. 20 in the latest CSCAA poll.

Weekend Preview -- Originally slated as a two-day dual meet, the two teams will now participate in a non-scoring exhibition meet on Friday. Following Friday's action, several Wolverines will be available for a meet-and-greet session on the pool deck. The Wolverines and Hoosiers will then pair up with women for a traditional 13-event dual meet on Saturday.

Orange Bowl Classic Ends Winter Training Trip -- The Wolverines added their second team title of the season at the Orange Bowl Classic, winning all 12 events to rack up 599 points. Seniors Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant) and André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) each won two individual events to lead the Maize and Blue. Brady touched first in the 50-meter freestyle and butterfly, while Schultz won the 100-meter backstroke and breaststroke. Michigan finished first of six teams at the event to conclude winter training, with Duke placing second with 419 total points.

Back to Dual Meet Competition -- This weekend's dual meet against Indiana marks the first dual meet for the Wolverines since a split-squad competition against Oakland on Nov. 13. Nine swimmers were in action that weekend at the Minnesota Grand Prix, held Nov. 13-15, while the remaining swimmers cruised past Oakland for a 168-101 win to push U-M's record to 2-0. The only other dual meet this season was a 186-99 win over the University of Toronto on Oct. 23 in the first action of the campaign.

Still Lucky No. 7 -- In the second CSCAA poll of the season on Dec. 15, the Wolverines remained seventh in the national poll with 644 total points. Texas remained at No. 1 with 824 points, while Stanford (811), California (806), Arizona (782), Auburn (732) and Florida (686) are all ranked ahead of Michigan.

Duel in the Pool -- Over the holidays break, junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) won the 400-meter individual medley while representing the United States at the Duel in the Pool. Clary touched the wall in 4:02.02, earning his only first-place finish of the meet to help the U.S. defeat the European Select team, 185-76. Former swimmers Alex Vanderkaay (2005-08) and Peter Vanderkaay (2003-06) also swam for the United States at the event. The bi-annual Duel in the Pool is a made-for-TV event designed to showcase the sport's most exciting swimmers in non-Olympic years.

Men's Swimming Tabbed Second in STACK Elite 50 College Rankings -- The University of Michigan was ranked second in the STACK Elite 50 College Rankings in men's swimming and sixth as an entire athletic department. Factors that are considered during the ranking include 2010 U.S. News & World report on America's Best Colleges, Academic Progress Rate (APR), past NCAA Championship finish and the STACK factor, which evaluates the strength of this athletic community, in terms of the level of athletic support and prowess throughout all 21 varsity sports covered. The score is based largely on the number of a school's sports teams that finished in the top 25 nationally.

Two in a Row at the Short Course Nationals -- The Wolverines made it two in a row at the AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships (Dec. 3-5), rallying to win the college/university division on the final day of competition. U-M trailed California by five points entering the final day before putting up 109 points to finish with 281 total points and its second straight title. Junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) was awarded as the high scorer of the meet, as he took home three individual third-place finishes.

Wolverines Add Eight for 2010-11 -- Head coach Mike Bottom added eight swimmers during the early signing period. The Wolverines will welcome Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College), Jonathon Ekleberry (Rochester, Mich /Avondale), Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School), Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton), John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep), Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) to the team next season.

Trio Voted Captains -- Seniors Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant), André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) and Shaun Weinberg (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) were voted by their teammates as captains for the upcoming season.

Leader of the Wolverines -- Head coach Mike Bottom is in his second year leading the Wolverines. Last season, he led the Maize and Blue to an 8-1 overall record to go along with a perfect 7-0 Big Ten mark. His only blemish was a loss to Texas, the No. 1 team in the country. Considered one of the finest sprint coaches in the country, he has led swimmers to national titles in every stroke. This past summer, he was part of the United States' coaching staff at the FINA World Championships in Rome.

TWITTER-TASTIC
Michigan men's swimming and diving is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_swim) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

2009-10 YEARBOOK & RECORD BOOK
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, 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. 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. [ Check out both in our new publications section! ]

CANHAM NATATORIUM
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.

UP NEXT
Fri-Sat., Jan. 15-16
-- at SMU Classic (Dallas, Texas), 6 p.m./Noon CST
Saturday, Jan. 16 -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Canham Natatorium), Noon