Off The Blocks #11: Wolverines Look for Third Consecutive Big Ten Title
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MGOBLUE Chris Brady
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Chris Brady
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Feb. 22, 2010

THIS WEEK
Wed-Sat., Feb. 24-27 -- at Big Ten Championships (Columbus, Ohio), Noon/7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 28 -- at Ohio State Last Ditch (Columbus, Ohio), Noon
Live Stats | Web Stream | Big Ten Championships Information

The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (7-0, 5-0 Big Ten) heads to Columbus, Ohio, in search of its third consecutive Big Ten title. The four-day meet will run from Wednesday to Saturday (Feb 24-27) and take place at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the campus of Ohio State University. The Big Ten Network will air the meet on a tape delay on March 7 at noon. In addition, Ohio State will offer live streaming of the event on its website.

WOLVERINE BITS
Going for 3 and 35 -- The Wolverines are in search of their third consecutive conference crown and 35th overall at this year's meet. U-M convincingly won last year's title, racking up 829 points to Ohio State's second-place total of 521. The Wolverines won 13 events (nine individual, four relays) with junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) sweeping the Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of the Championships awards. Overall, Michigan's 34 titles are tops in the conference, with Indiana coming in second with 24 team championships. Individually, the Wolverines have 423 Big Ten titles (swimming, relay and diving), while IU is second with 282. Following is the 2010 Big Ten Championships schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Finals - 7 p.m.
200-yard Medley Relay
800-yard Freestyle Relay

Thursday, Feb. 25
Trials - Noon
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
One-meter diving (trials and consolation finals)
Finals - 7 p.m.
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
One-meter diving
400-yard Medley Relay

Friday, Feb. 26
Trials - Noon
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
Three-meter diving (trials and consolation finals)
Finals - 7 p.m.
200-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
Three-meter diving

Saturday, Feb. 27
Trials - Noon
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
Platform diving (trials and consolation finals)
1,650-yard freestyle (all but last heat)
Finals - 7 p.m.
1,650-yard freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
Platform diving
400-yard Freestyle Relay

Nothing Beats Experience -- U-M features four swimmers with individual Big Ten titles, as all four won at least one title at last year's championships. Senior Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant) won the 100-yard butterfly, Tyler Clary won the 200-yard individual medley, 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley, sophomore Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) won the 200-yard freestyle and senior Alon Mandel (Netanya, Israel/Eldad) won the 100-yard backstroke last season. In addition to the swimmers with individual titles, Brady, Clary, senior Jon Hiett (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer (Auburn)), junior James Ridgeway (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick), senior Evan Ryser (Katy, Texas/James E. Taylor) and senior André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) have all been part of Big Ten champion relay teams.

Simply Brilliant -- The Wolverines lead the conference in both team (34) and individual titles (423). Of the 423 individual titles, 312 are individual swimming victories, 93 are relay wins and 18 have come in the diving well. The 200-yard breaststroke (38 titles) has been U-M's most successful individual event, while the 400-yard freestyle relay has been the most decorated relay team (31 titles). U-M has captured seven platform titles, six one-meter diving titles and three three-meter diving crowns. The Michigan Men hold eight Big Ten Championships records, with current swimmers Tyler Clary (200- and 400-yard individual medley), Chris Brady (100-yard butterfly) and Dan Madwed (200-yard freestyle) all setting a new standard last year. Clary and André Schultz were also part of the record-setting 800-yard freestyle relay team in 2009.

Rank and File -- U-M boasts seven of the top individual and one of the top relay times by a Big Ten team this season. A Wolverine has the fastest time in 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard individual medley. The 800-yard freestyle relay team has the conference's top time by almost three seconds, while André Schultz has the best performance in the 1,000-yard freestyle, but that is not an official NCAA event. [ Season-Best Times ]

All Things Considered -- Heading into the conference championships, the Wolverines have hit an NCAA consideration time in all 18 swimming events. U-M has seven swimmers that have achieved the mark in the 500-yard freestyle, while the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke races feature only one swimmer that has hit the time.

Back to Ohio State...Again -- For the third time this season, U-M is off to Columbus for an event. Michigan has already competed in a Big Ten quad meet at Ohio State (Jan. 29-30) and the Ohio State Winter Invitational (Feb. 13-14). It is not the last time the Wolverines will compete at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion either. After the conference championships completes, Ohio State will hold a 'Last Ditch' meet on Sunday (Feb. 28) to give swimmers another chance to achieve a time. Following a last-chance meet of their own at Canham Natatorium (March 7), the Wolverines will return for the NCAA Championships (March 25-27). The Maize and Blue will participate in almost as many events at Ohio State (five total) as it did all season at Canham Natatorium (six total).

Wolverines Rack Up the Awards -- Michigan had a Big Ten Swimmer of the Week seven times this season, marking the highest single-season total in school and Big Ten history. Chris Brady and Tyler Clary have both won the award twice, while senior Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe), Dan Madwed and André Schultz have all been honored by the conference.

Unbeaten Again -- With its win over Michigan State (Feb. 6), U-M finished the dual-meet season with a perfect 7-0 mark (5-0 Big Ten). It is the first time since the 2005-06 season that the Wolverines did not drop a dual meet and the 26th time in history the Wolverines have been unbeaten. U-M has 24 perfect seasons to go along with two seasons (1934-35 and 1938-39) that featured ties but no losses.

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 has an 11-0 Big Ten record to go along with his 15-1 dual meet record in Ann Arbor.

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.

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
Sunday, March 7
-- host Michigan Last Chance (Canham Natatorium), Noon


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