Off the Blocks #9: Wolverines Host Michigan State in Home Finale
MGOBLUE Shaun Weinberg
MGOBLUE
Shaun Weinberg
MGOBLUE

Feb. 1, 2010

THIS WEEK
Saturday, Feb. 6
-- vs. Michigan State (Canham Natatorium), Noon
Live Results

The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (6-0, 4-0 Big Ten) hosts Michigan State (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten) in the final dual meet of the season on Saturday (Feb. 6) at noon inside Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines will hold a "Meet and Greet" event with the swimmers and coaches following the day's action.

WOLVERINE BITES
Last Dual Meet -- The Wolverines will participate in their last dual meet of the 2009-10 season this weekend, hosting Michigan State. The Spartans enter the weekend with a 4-2 (0-2 Big Ten) mark but will face St. Bonaventure on Friday (Feb. 5) before coming to Canham. U-M has a commanding 79-5-0 advantage in the series against the Spartans and has not dropped a dual meet to its intrastate rival since the 1976-77 season, a 63-60 MSU victory. The two teams met earlier this year at the TYR Invitational (Nov. 20-22), where Michigan State won the event, while the Wolverines finished fifth after taking only 11 swimmers to the meet.

Meet the Wolverines after Michigan State -- Following this weekend's meet against the Spartans, 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.

Ohio State Recap -- In only its second Big Ten action of the season, Michigan came away with three dominating performances, and more importantly, wins over No. 9 Ohio State, Northwestern and Penn State in a two-day quad meet (Jan. 29-30). U-M topped the Buckeyes, 197.5-137.5, in the closest score of the meet, while defeating Northwestern (261-67) and Penn State (260-72) in impressive fashion. Senior Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant), junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) and sophomore Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) were all multiple-event winners for the Wolverines, who also won two-of-four relay events.

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 10-0 Big Ten record. Overall, he has a 14-1 dual--meet record in Ann Arbor.

Under 2 at Last! -- With his second-place time of 1:59.83 in the 200-yard breaststroke at Ohio State (Jan. 29), junior Jared Miller (Liberty Twp., Ohio/Lakota East) became the first U-M swimmer this season to break the two-minute mark. Miller also picked up Michigan's first consideration time in the 200-yard breaststroke with his swim. The Wolverines have now hit the NCAA 'B' time in every swimming event.

Hoekstra on the Springboard -- For the first time this season, freshman Sam Hoekstra (Grandville, Mich./Grandville) participated in the one- and three-meter dives at Ohio State (Jan. 29-30). In order to receive diving points, the Wolverines had to have at least two divers compete. With only sophomore Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) representing the U-M diving corps, Hoekstra was asked to participate. The freshman answered the call, scoring a 114.20 on the one-meter and 101.35 on the three-meter, allowing U-M to receive points from the diving well. For his part, Morrison placed third in the three-meter (283.60) and fifth in the one-meter (270.40).

Ohio State Becomes a Second Home -- Last weekend's meet at Ohio State marked the first of five events that U-M will participate in at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Michigan will make the drive to Columbus three more times, traveling to OSU for the Ohio State Winter Invitational (Feb. 13-14), 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.

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 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.

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 year 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.

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.

2009-10 YEARBOOK & RECORD BOOK
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, 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. 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. [ Check out both in our new publications section! ]

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.

UP NEXT
Sat-Sun., Feb. 13-14
-- at Ohio State Winter Invitational (Columbus, Ohio), Noon/10 a.m.