Off the Blocks #7: U-M to Compete in SMU Classic, EMU Invite

Jan. 12, 2010

This Week
Fri-Sat., Jan. 15-16, 7:30 p.m. CST -- at SMU Classic (Dallas, Texas)
Saturday, Jan. 16, 11 a.m. -- vs. Eastern Michigan (Canham Natatorium)

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will compete at two events this weekend as eight swimmers and one diver will travel to Dallas, Texas, Friday and Saturday (Jan. 15-16) for the SMU Classic. Both days of competition begin at 7:30 p.m. CST at Perkins Natatorium. Meanwhile, the remaining Wolverines will swim in a non-scored relay meet with Eastern Michigan at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Canham Natatorium.

Wolverine Bites

SMU Classic -- The Wolverines will look for their third invitational title of the season when they head to Dallas, Texas, for the annual SMU Classic. U-M will take eight swimmers and one diver to the event with Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly), Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe), Neal Kennedy (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska), Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson), Alon Mandel (Netanya, Israel/Eldad), Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton), Evan Ryser (Katy, Texas/James E. Taylor) and André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) representing Michigan. The Wolverines will be competing against No. 6 Florida, No. 13 Southern California, No. 19 Purdue, SMU and the Mecklenburg Elite Team. Action will kick off from Perkins Natatorium at 7:30 p.m. CST both days.

Relay Meet with Eastern Michigan -- The meet with Eastern Michigan will be a non-scored relay meet where swimmers from both teams are split into two combined teams. Eastern Michigan is currently 3-1 in dual-meet action and the No. 3-ranked team in's Mid-Major poll. The two teams competed in a meet similar to this last season, with the White team defeating the Blue team, 77-55.

Hoosier Rewind --- The last time the Wolverines were in the pool, they came away with a dominant 158-82 win over No. 20 Indiana to kick off Big Ten competition. U-M won the first six swimming events and only dropped the 100-yard freestyle to the Hoosiers to coast to the victory. Dan Madwed and Tyler Clary were multiple-event winners for the Wolverines, with Madwed winning both the 200-yard freestyle and butterfly and Clary winning the 200-yard medley relay and 500-yard freestyle.

Morrison Makes A Splash...Or Is It No Splash? -- Sophomore diver Chris Morrison had a solid weekend against Indiana, taking runner-up finishes in all three diving events. Morrison gave the Wolverines second-place points in the one-meter (277.50) and the three-meter (316.65) springboard events. But Morrison's best showing was in the non-scored 10-meter platform event, where he racked up a score of 337.81, just four points behind the first-place diver. With his platform score, Morrison qualified for the NCAA Diving Regionals (March 12-14).

Brady and Madwed Pick Up Conference Honors -- Senior Chris Brady became the fourth Wolverine to be honored by the Big Ten Conference as Swimmer of the Week following his performance at the Orange Bowl Classic (Jan. 2). Brady won the 50-meter freestyle (22.95) and the 50-meter butterfly (24.41) to help the Maize and Blue to a dominant win. Sophomore Dan Madwed then picked up the weekly accolade a week later after helping U-M take down Indiana. Madwed won the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.24) and 200-yard butterfly (1:48.15) while also winning the 100-yard butterfly (48.46) in Friday's non-scored exhibition. In addition to Brady and Madwed, Tyler Clary, Charlie Houchin and André Schultz have all won the weekly award this season.

Still Lucky No. 7 -- In the second CSCAA poll of the season (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.

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 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, André Schultz and Shaun Weinberg 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.

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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. 29-30
- at Ohio State with Northwestern and Penn State (Columbus, Ohio), 6 p.m./Noon