Off the Blocks #10: Seven Wolverines Travel to Columbus for OSU Winter Invite

Feb. 7, 2011

Sat-Sun., Feb. 12-13, Noon/6 p.m./10 a.m./5 p.m. -- at OSU Winter Invitational (Columbus, Ohio)
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Seven members of the No. 13-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (8-2-1, 5-1 Big Ten) will take part in the OSU Winter Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 12-13) at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. The remaining Wolverines will turn their attentions to Big Ten Championships which take place Feb. 23-26 in Minneapolis, Minn. Michigan has won two of the last three Big Ten crowns and has been amongst the top three finishers every season since 1977-78.

Michigan will be represented by senior Sam Wensman (Durham, N.H./Oyster River), junior Casey Sreenan (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus), sophomores Alexander Hoff (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), Andrew Novakoff (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Pine Crest) and Kevin Wilson (Short Hills, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) and freshmen D'Voreaux Cann (Tacoma, Wash./Stadium) and Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College).

Our Records, Their House -- Both of Michigan's relay squads established new records for the 52-year-old Charles McCaffree Pool when the Wolverines traveled to Michigan State on Saturday (Feb. 5). U-M's 200-yard medley relay team finished in 1:29.75, breaking the record Chris Brady, Adam DeJong, Jonathan Hiett and Bobby Savulich set in 2009. The 200-yard freestyle relay squad also set the new bar at 1:22.05.

Moving the Bar -- Freshmen divers Jack Lee (North Egremont, Mass./Berkshire School) and Thomas Jahnke (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) took another leap forward this weekend at Michigan State (Feb. 5). Lee's 326.17 off the one-meter board and Jahnke's 367.73 were the highest scores for a Wolverine diver since late in the 2008-09 season. The two narrowly missed Kyle Schroeder's (2006-09) performance off both the one-meter (329.99) and three-meter (373.57) springboards set on Feb. 8, 2009, in East Lansing.

Dual for the Crown -- Of Michigan's conference-leading 34 team titles, eight have come when the Wolverines had two or more losses on their dual-meet record. The most recent example came in 2002-03 when the Maize and Blue entered the conference championships with an 8-2 record and knocked off two-time defending champion Minnesota. In 1988-89, the Wolverines claimed the Big Ten Championships crown after going 5-1 in conference during the dual-meet season, the only U-M squad to have a Big Ten loss -- also to Indiana -- and go on to win the crown. That team went on to finish third at the NCAA Championships.

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 ]

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)

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.

Wed-Sat., Feb. 23-26, Noon/7 p.m. CST -- at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Sunday, March 6, Noon -- at Ohio State Last Ditch NCAA Qualifier (Columbus, Ohio)
Thu-Sat., March 10-12, All Day -- at NCAA Zone C Diving Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
Thu-Sat., March 24-26, Time TBA -- at NCAA Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423