Off the Blocks #8: U-M Sends Off Seniors While Hosting Big Ten Quad Meet

Jan. 25, 2011

Fri-Sat., Jan. 28-29, 5 p.m./11 a.m.-- vs. No. 11 Ohio State/Northwestern/Penn State (Canham Natatorium)
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The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (4-2-1, 1-1 Big Ten) welcomes No. 11-ranked Ohio State (7-0, 1-0 Big Ten), Northwestern (7-4, 1-3 Big Ten) and Penn State (3-4, 0-1 Big Ten) for the Big Ten Quad Meet Friday and Saturday (Jan. 28-29) at Canham Natatorium. Friday's session will begin at 5 p.m. and Saturday's 11 a.m. session will be preceded by a senior day presentation.


Friday will feature free pizza for fans (supplies limited) and t-shirts tossed into the crowd during the breaks in action. On Saturday, fans can enjoy free pizza (supplies limited) and get an autograph from your favorite Wolverine immediately following the meet on the pool deck.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Jan. 28 - 5 p.m.
400-yard Medley Relay
1,000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle
50-yard Freestyle
One-meter Diving
100-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Jan. 29 - 11 a.m.*
200-yard Medley Relay
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
Three-meter Diving
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Freestyle Relay

* The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving will also be competing on Saturday (Jan. 29) with events interspersed throughout the day.

Senior Sendoff -- Michigan will recognize its six-member senior class during this weekend's home finale. The class of Chris Douville (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter), Neal Kennedy (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska), Jared Miller (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East), James Ridgeway (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick), Tony Wahl (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Jesuit) and Sam Wensman (Durham, N.H./Oyster River) have helped the Wolverines to a pair of Big Ten Championship crowns and a 19-4-1 record in dual-meet action. The class has collected five All-America honorable mention selections, a Big Ten champion, an All-Big Ten first team honoree and three Academic All-Big Ten distinctions.

Big Ten's Best -- Junior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) earned his second Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award of the season (Jan. 18) after scoring two victories at the SMU Classic (Fri-Sat., Jan. 14-15) and a third against No. 21-ranked Purdue (Jan. 16). Madwed won both butterfly events in Dallas and claimed the 200-yard race, his lone individual event of the day, against Purdue. The honor is the third of Madwed's career, joining his Nov. 9, 2010, and Jan. 12, 2010, accolades.

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 remained at No. 13 in the fourth CSCAA Coaches Poll of the season, released on Jan. 25. The Wolverines, who began the season ranked No. 6, share the second-highest ranking of six Big Ten teams in the top 25. [ Complete Rankings ]

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)

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.

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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.

Saturday, Feb. 5, Noon -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.)
Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 12-13, Time TBA -- at OSU Winter Invitational (Columbus, Ohio)
Wed-Sat., Feb. 23-26, Time TBA -- at Big Ten Championship (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423