Off the Blocks #12: Morrison Heads to Zone C Diving Regionals

March 8, 2010

Fri-Sun., March 12-14
-- at NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals (West Lafayette, Ind.), 1 p.m./11 a.m.
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University of Michigan sophomore diver Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) will be U-M's lone participant at this weekend's (Fri-Sun., March 12-14) Zone C Diving Regionals, held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. Morrison will compete in the one-meter, three-meter and platform diving events for the Wolverines.

Morrison at Zone C Regionals -- Sophomore diver Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) will be U-M's lone participant at the Zone C Regionals this weekend (March 12-14) at Purdue University. Morrison will compete in all three diving events. The three-meter is scheduled for Friday (March 12) at 1 p.m., the one-meter will take place on Saturday (March 13) at 1 p.m., with 10-meter platform diving wrapping up the competition on Sunday (March 14) at 11 a.m. Each of the five zones receive four automatic qualifying berths to the NCAA Championships (March 25-27), with the other bids determined by 2009 NCAA finishes. Zone C will receive an additional five bids, bringing the total to nine from the region heading on the national championships.

On the Year -- Chris Morrison had his best weekend of the season 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. His season-best in the one-meter came in the home finale against Michigan State (Feb. 6), when he scored a 289.64, while his three-meter best was against Oakland (Nov. 13), a score of 319.51.

Familiar With The Boilermaker Aquatic Center -- For Chris Morrison, this weekend's competition will mark the second time this season he has competed at Purdue. The sophomore picked up a sixth-place finish in the 10-meter platform (226.0) at the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 20-22). Morrison also competed in the one-meter (227.85) and the three-meter (236.00) at the three-day invitational.

Runner-up at Big Tens -- The Wolverines took second at the 2010 Big Ten Championships (Feb. 24-27), winning 10 events over the course of the four-day meet. Junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) swept the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and Swimmer of the Championships awards for the second consecutive year after winning the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard individual medley. U-M won all but one relay, setting a new school and Big Ten record in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:15.80).

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.

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.

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. Chris Bergère is in his eighth year as the head diving coach. He coached U-M's first NCAA platform champion in Jason Coben (2003) and this past summer, coached at the 2009 World University Games.

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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.

Thu-Sat., March 25-27
-- at NCAA Championships (Columbus, Ohio)