Off the Blocks #13: U-M Eyes 11th Straight Top-10 Finish at NCAAs

March 21, 2011

Coach Bottom Pre-Meet Interview

Thu-Sat., March 24-26, Noon/7 p.m. CDT -- at NCAA Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Live Results | Meet Information | Ticket Information
Live Video (Thursday) | (Friday and Saturday)
TV: ESPN2 (tape delay, April 6 at 1:30 p.m.)

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (8-2-1, 5-1 Big Ten) will send 11 representatives and one alternate to the 2011 NCAA Championships, running Thursday through Saturday (March 24-26) at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Each day will begin with preliminaries at noon CDT to set up finals, which begin at 7 p.m. CDT each night. Michigan has placed seventh in each of the last two seasons.

Live video of the second and third day of competition (Fri-Sat., March 25-26) will air live on A recap of the entire event will air on ESPN2 on April 6 at 1:30 p.m.

All-session tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Golden Gopher Ticket Office at 1-800-UGOPHER. Ticket prices for the Big Ten Championships are $65 for an all-session adult ticket and all seats are general admission. [ Tickets ]


Thursday, March 24
200-yard Freestyle Relay
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
One-meter Diving
400-yard Medley Relay
Friday, March 25
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
Three-meter Diving
800-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, March 26
1,650-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
Platform Diving
400-yard Freestyle Relay

Competitors for the NCAA Championships -- The Wolverines will send 11 swimmers, along with one alternate, to the NCAA Championships. The following swimmers qualified for the national championships:

Individual Events

Swimmer Event Time Rank
Hassaan Abdel Khalik 100-yard Freestyle 44.31 63
  200-yard Freestyle 1:35.39 20
  500-yard Freestyle 4:18.96 20
Ryan Feeley 200-yard Freestyle 1:36.22 34
  500-yard Freestyle 4:19.01 21
  1,650-yard Freestyle 14:52.09 7
Sean Fletcher 100-yard Freestyle 43.38 28
  100-yard Butterfly 45.69 3
  100-yard Backstroke 47.05 22
Neal Kennedy 200-yard Individual Medley 1:45.06 19
  100-yard Butterfly 46.81 22
  100-yard Breaststroke 53.77 25
Jan Konarzewski 100-yard Backstroke 47.76 34
  200-yard Backstroke 1:45.64 33
Dan Madwed 100-yard Butterfly 47.45 42
  200-yard Butterfly 1:41.70 4
  200-yard Individual Medley 1:44.41 11
Miguel Ortiz 50-yard Freestyle 19.83 34
  100-yard Freestyle 43.49 31
  100-yard Backstroke 47.46 30
James Ridgeway 100-yard Breaststroke 54.03 31
  200-yard Breaststroke 1:57.85 33
  200-yard Individual Medley 1:48.94 61
Sean Ryan 200-yard Freestyle 1:36.80 37
  500-yard Freestyle 4:17.91 11
  1,650-yard Freestyle 14:50.20 6
Dane Vanderkaay 500-yard Freestyle 4:18.53 16
  1,650-yard Freestyle 15:06.07 23
  400-yard Individual Medley 3:50.07 28
Kyle Whitaker 200-yard Butterfly 1:43.52 9
  200-yard Individual Medley 1:43.23 2
  400-yard Individual Medley 3:41.06 2


Event Swimmers Time Rank
400-yard Freestyle Relay Sean Fletcher, Neal Kennedy, Miguel Ortiz, Dan Madwed 2:52.50 10
800-yard Freestyle Relay Dan Madwed, Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Connor Jaeger *, Kyle Whitaker 6:20.11 4
200-yard Medley Relay Miguel Ortiz, James Ridgeway, Sean Fletcher, Neal Kennedy 1:25.39 3
400-yard Medley Relay Jan Konarzewski, Neal Kennedy, Dan Madwed, Miguel Ortiz 3:09.23 9
* Will not compete

In addition, U-M will take freshman Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) as a relay alternate.

U-M at the NCAA Championships -- The Wolverines have racked up 160 NCAA titles while winning 11 team championships. U-M last won a team championship in 1995, making Michigan the only school to win NCAA Championships under three different coaches -- Matt Mann (6), Gus Stager (4) and Jon Urbanchek (1). Michigan has had a swimmer or diver win a national title at the past eight NCAA Championships and at 11 of the last 12.

Last Time at the NCAA Championships -- Michigan earned its 10th consecutive top-10 finish when it placed seventh at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Tyler Clary (2008-10) won the national title in the 400-yard individual medley as part of three top-five finishes at the championships. Sophomore Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) was the second-fastest swimmer in the preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle but broke his hand during the touching the wall at the end of the race, effectively ending his season. Junior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) earned All-America status for his individual performances in the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle and as a part of U-M's fifth-place 800-yard freestyle relay.

400 Individual Michigan -- A Wolverine has won each of the last four 400-yard individual medley national championships. Tyler Clary (2008-10) won the last two events, successfully defending a pair of titles won by Alex Vanderkaay (2005-08). Freshman Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) earned the No. 2 seed at the NCAA Championships after winning the Big Ten crown in the event.

Back to the Scene of the Big Ten Championships -- Michigan returns to Minneapolis a month after claiming its 35th Big Ten championship (Feb. 23-26). The Maize and Blue completed the wire-to-wire win thanks to victories in 11 of 18 swimming events, including three relay wins. Kyle Whitaker was named Rookie of the Championships and U-M head coach Mike Bottom was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Senior Neal Kennedy (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska) was also honored as U-M's Big Ten Sportsmanship award winner.

2011 Michigan All-Big Ten Selections
First Team: Hassaan Abdel Khalik, Sean Fletcher, Neal Kennedy, Jan Konarzewski, Dan Madwed, Miguel Ortiz, James Ridgeway, Sean Ryan, Kyle Whitaker
Second Team: Ryan Feeley, Dane Vanderkaay

Michigan Big Ten Champions
Hassaan Abdel Khalik (1): 800-yard Freestyle Relay
Sean Fletcher (2): 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Medley Relay
Connor Jaeger (1): 800-yard Freestyle Relay
Neal Kennedy (2): 200-yard Medley Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
Jan Konarzewski (1): 400-yard Medley Relay
Dan Madwed (4): 200-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Butterfly, 800-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
Miguel Ortiz (2): 200-yard Medley Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay
James Ridgeway (1): 200-yard Medley Relay
Sean Ryan (3): 500-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard Medley Relay
Kyle Whitaker (3): 200-yard Individual Medley, 400-yard Individual Medley, 800-yard Freestyle Relay

What Does That 'M' Stand For? -- Michigan has had great success swimming at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center. Junior Dan Madwed broke his own Minnesota pool standard in the 200-yard butterfly at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 23-26) when he blasted through the five-year-old Big Ten and Michigan record on a time of 1:41.70. Madwed also owns the pool's top time in the 200-yard freestyle (1:33.90, 2009). Minneapolis has been considerably kind to U-M's distance swimmers as Chris Thompson (1998-2001) and Peter Vanderkaay (2003-06) set the 500- (4:12.37, 2001) and 1,650-yard (14:31.15, 2005) freestyle records, respectively, when Minnesota previously hosted the Big Ten Championships. Former Wolverine Chris Brady (2007-10) set the 100-yard butterfly (45.45, 2009) record, while his teammate Tyler Clary (2008-10) established the 200-yard (1:42.68, 2010) and 400-yard (3:38.03, 2009) individual medley marks.

Leaders and Best -- Michigan returns a pair of All-Americans and three more All-America honorable mention selections to this year's NCAA Championships. Dan Madwed was a three-time All-American in 2010, earning the honor in the 200-yard butterfly, 500-yard freestyle and 800-yard freestyle relay. Sophomore Hassaan Abdel Khalik also earned All-America status last year in the 500-yard freestyle. Making up U-M's returning honorable mention selections are seniors Neal Kennedy and James Ridgeway (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) and sophomore Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International).

Rank and File -- Michigan jumped up two spots to a share of the No. 7 ranking in the latest CSCAA Coaches Poll of the season, released on March 15. The Wolverines, who began the season ranked No. 6, are the highest rated of six Big Ten teams in the top 25. [ Complete Rankings ]

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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.

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423