Off the Blocks #8: U-M Heads to Columbus to Race Big Ten Trio

Jan. 25, 2010

Fri-Sat., Jan. 29-30, 6 p.m./Noon
-- at No. 9 Ohio State with Northwestern and Penn State (Columbus, Ohio)
Live Results

The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (3-0, 1-0 Big Ten) travels to Ohio State for a two-day quad meet with the No. 9-ranked Buckeyes, Northwestern and Penn State. The four teams will square off on Friday (Jan. 29) at 6 p.m. from McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. Saturday's (Jan. 30) events are slated for a noon start.

Back to Big Ten Action -- U-M returns to Big Ten Conference action this weekend, taking on No. 9 Ohio State, Northwestern and Penn State in Columbus, Ohio. Michigan will come away with three different scores against each opponent, essentially resulting in three separate dual-meet scores. It is only the second dual meet of the season against Big Ten opponents, as the Wolverines won their only other Big Ten dual meet, 158-82, over Indiana (Jan. 9). After this weekend's meet, the Maize and Blue has only one dual meet remaining on the schedule, a matinee against Michigan State at Canham Natatorium (Feb. 6).

Schedule of Events

Friday, Jan. 29 - 6 p.m.
400-yard Medley Relay
1,000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle
50-yard Freestyle
One-meter Diving (20 minute break)
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
10 minute break
400-yard Freestyle Relay

Saturday, Jan. 30 - Noon
200-yard Medley Relay
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
Three-meter Diving (20 minute break)
100-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
400-yard Individual Medley (time trial)
200-yard Freestyle Relay

Ohio State Becomes a Second Home -- This weekend's meet at Ohio State marks the first of five events that U-M will participate in at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Michigan will make the drive to Columbus four more times after this weekend, traveling to OSU for the Ohio State Invitational (Feb. 12-13), Big Ten Championships (Feb. 24-27), Ohio State Last Ditch (Feb. 28) and the NCAA Championships (March 25-27). The Wolverines will participate in almost as many events at Ohio State (five total) as they did all season at Canham Natatorium (six total).

Movin' On Up -- For the first time this season, Michigan is not ranked No. 7 in the CSCAA poll. The Wolverines moved into a tie for No. 6 with Florida (555 points) after their winning performance at the SMU Classic (Jan. 15-16). Texas (692) remains in first place with Stanford (638), Arizona (635), California (620) and Auburn (594) rounding out the top five.

Meet the Wolverines after Michigan State -- Following the Michigan State meet on Feb. 6, the men's swimming and diving team is inviting everyone in attendance for a meet and greet session. In addition to the Wolverines signing autographs, head coach Mike Bottom and assistant coach Dr. Josh White will offer some insight to everyone in attendance. Bottom will discuss motivation and how it relates to swimming, while White will address the physiological aspects of swimming.

Last Time Out -- Despite not winning a championship final on the second day of competition, the Wolverines picked up their second consecutive title at the SMU Classic, Jan. 15-16. U-M accumulated 307.5 points to beat SwimMAC Carolina, No. 6 Florida, No. 13 Southern California, No. 19 Purdue and Southern Methodist in the two-day event. Junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) won the 400-yard individual medley, while senior Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant) won the 100-yard butterfly on the first day of competition to lead the Wolverines. Michigan also won five consolation finals over the course of the event, which allowed each team to select one swimmer to participate in the championship heat and one swimmer to compete in the consolation heat. Team points were awarded for finishes in each heat.

Clary Named National and Big Ten Swimmer of the Week -- After leading U-M to its second consecutive title at the SMU Classic, Tyler Clary was selected as the Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer and Big Ten Swimmer of the Week. Clary, a two-time NCAA champion in 2009, touched first in the championship final of the 400-yard individual medley (3:50.09), before recording runner-up finishes in the 200-yard backstroke (1:44.21) and 200-yard individual medley (1:48.60). In addition, the junior won the consolation final of the 100-yard backstroke (49.07). On the relay front, Clary led off the second-place 800-yard freestyle relay team (6:31.43) with a split of 1:39.37. All but one of his times (100-yard backstroke) were NCAA consideration marks. It was the second time this season he was tabbed as the conference winner.

Wolverines Rack Up the Awards -- Since the calendar turned to 2010, Michigan has had a monopoly on the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week awards. Until this past week, when the Wolverines did not compete, U-M had won every weekly award in January. Chris Brady started off the month with the honor after his performance at the Orange Bowl Classic, followed by Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) winning it after leading the Wolverines past Indiana before Tyler Clary won it following the SMU Classic. Overall, Michigan has had a student-athlete named Swimmer of the Week six times this 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. In his two seasons, he sports a 7-0 Big Ten record. Overall, he has an 11-1 dual meet record in Ann Arbor.

Morrison Makes A Splash...Or Is It No Splash? -- Sophomore diver Chris Morrison had a solid weekend against Indiana (Jan. 8-9), 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).

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 year.

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 season leading the Wolverines. Last season, he led the Maize and Blue to an 8-1 overall record to go along with a perfect 6-0 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.

Saturday, Feb. 6
-- vs. Michigan State (Canham Natatorium), Noon