Off the Blocks #7: Wolverines Travel to SMU, Host EMU and Purdue
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Jan. 11, 2011

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Fri-Sat., Jan. 14-15, 7:30 p.m. CST -- at SMU Classic (Dallas, Texas)
smumustangs.com
Saturday, Jan. 15, Noon -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Canham Natatorium)
Live Results | emueagles.com
Sunday, Jan. 16, 5 p.m. -- vs. No. 21 Purdue (Canham Natatorium)
Live Results | purduesports.com

The No. 8-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming team (2-2-1, 0-1 Big Ten) will take part in three events this week, including its home opener. The Wolverines will kick off the crowded schedule with the SMU Invitational on Friday and Saturday (Jan. 14-15) at 7:30 p.m. CST at the Perkins Natatorium in Dallas, Texas. The remaining swimmers will host Eastern Michigan (1-2) on Saturday (Jan. 15) at noon inside Canham Natatorium before the a full complement of Wolverines clash with No. 21-ranked Purdue (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) on Sunday (Jan. 16) at 5 p.m. in Ann Arbor.

Schedule of Events

Saturday vs. Eastern Michigan
400-yard medley relay
1,000-yard freestyle
200-yard freestyle
50-yard freestyle
200-yard individual medley
one-meter diving
200-yard butterfly
100-yard freestyle
200-yard backstroke
500-yard freestyle
three-meter diving
200-yard breaststroke
200-yard freestyle relay
Sunday vs. Purdue
200-yard medley relay
1,000-yard freestyle
200-yard freestyle
50-yard freestyle
200-yard individual medley
one-meter diving
200-yard butterfly
100-yard freestyle
200-yard backstroke
500-yard freestyle
three-meter diving
100-yard breaststroke
200-yard freestyle relay

FLIP TURNS
SMU Classic -- The Wolverines will look for their third consecutive SMU Classic title this weekend in Dallas, Texas. U-M will take eight swimmers and one diver to the event with seniors Neal Kennedy (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska), Jared Miller (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East) and James Ridgeway (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick), juniors Jan Konarzewski (Warsaw, Poland/LO im Andersa), Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) and Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton), sophomores Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) and Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) and freshman Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) representing Michigan.

High Flyer -- Junior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) sits amongst the top 10 nationally in both butterfly events according to collegeswimming.com. 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.

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 ]

NCAA QUALIFIERS TO DATE
Hassaan Abdel Khalik: 500-yard freestyle (consideration)
Ryan Feeley:
500-yard freestyle (consideration); 1,650-yard freestyle (consideration)
Sean Fletcher: 100-yard butterfly (consideration)
Connor Jaeger: 500-yard freestyle (consideration)
Neal Kennedy: 100-yard butterfly (consideration); 200-yard individual medley (consideration)
Dan Madwed:
200-yard freestyle (consideration); 100-yard butterfly (consideration); 200-yard butterfly (consideration); 200-yard individual medley (consideration)
Jared Miller:
400-yard individual medley (consideration)
Miguel Ortiz:
50-yard freestyle (consideration)
Sean Ryan: 500-yard freestyle (consideration); 1,650-yard freestyle (consideration)
Tony Wahl: 500-yard freestyle (consideration); 200-yard butterfly (consideration)
Kyle Whitaker: 200-yard butterfly (consideration); 200-yard individual medley (consideration); 400-yard individual medley (consideration)
Roman Willets: 200-yard freestyle (consideration)
Michael Wynalda: 200-yard freestyle (consideration)
Relays: 200-yard freestyle (consideration), 400-yard freestyle (consideration), 800-yard freestyle (automatic), 200-yard medley (consideration), 400-yard medley (consideration)

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.

GET SOCIAL
Michigan men's swimming and diving is also on Facebook. Connect with the program, alumni and fans by clicking the "Like" button at facebook.com/michiganmensswimming. Facebook is a social network service and website with more than 500 million active users.

2010-11 YEARBOOK RECORD BOOK
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 ]

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.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Fri-Sat., Jan. 28-29, 5 p.m./11 a.m. -- vs. Northwestern/Ohio State/Penn State (Canham Natatorium)
Saturday, Feb. 5, Noon -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.)
Sat-Sun., Feb. 12-13, Time TBA -- at OSU Winter Invitational (Columbus, Ohio)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423


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