Off the Blocks #9: Wolverines and Spartans Clash in Season's Final Dual Meet

Jan. 31, 2011

Saturday, Feb. 5, 2 p.m. -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.)

The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (7-2-1, 4-1 Big Ten) travels to Michigan State (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) on Saturday (Feb. 5) at 2 p.m. inside the Charles McCaffree Pool in East Lansing, Mich. The meet marks the end of the 2010-11 dual-meet season and begins the Wolverines' final push at the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships.

Series Rivalry -- Michigan has faced the Spartans every year since the 1944-45 season, with the Maize and Blue holding an 80-5 advantage in the all-time series. The rivalry, which dates back in the pool to 1922-23, has been dominated by U-M since the 1976-77 campaign. The last time the Wolverines were vanquished by MSU came in a 63-60 Spartan victory that season.

High Divers -- The KZ Li era reached another milestone by sweeping the springboard competitions at the Big Ten Quad (Jan. 28-29). Junior Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) tallied a career-high 315.65 off the one-meter board to earn a first-place finish. Freshman Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School) was the top finisher in the three-meter, tallying 310.30 points. Morrison (one-meter, three-meter) and Lee (platform) have both qualified for the NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals, taking place on March 10-12 in Columbus, Ohio.

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. 26. The Wolverines, who began the season ranked No. 6, are the third-highest rated of six Big Ten teams in the top 25. [ Complete Rankings ]

Race Streak Notes
• U-M has won its past two attempts in the 400 medley relay.

• The Wolverines have come in first in their last four 100 butterfly races, including Dan Madwed winning his last three.

• Michigan has won its last four 200 butterfly races, with Dan Madwed coming in first in his last two.

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 (consideration), 200-yard medley (consideration), 400-yard medley (consideration)

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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.

Sat-Sun., Feb. 12-13, Time TBA -- at OSU Winter Invitational (Columbus, Ohio)
Wed-Sat., Feb. 23-26, Time TBA -- at Big Ten Championship (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Sunday, March 6, Noon -- at Ohio State Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier (Columbus, Ohio)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423