Off the Blocks #1: U-M Travels to Notre Dame for Dennis Stark Relays

Oct. 6, 2009


Friday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m. -- at Dennis Stark Relays (South Bend, Ind.)
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The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will begin the 2009-10 season at the Dennis Stark Relays hosted by the University of Notre Dame. The teams are scheduled to hit the water Friday (Oct. 5) at 5 p.m. inside the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Wolverines are coming off a stellar 2008-09 season in which they captured their second consecutive Big Ten Conference title and placed seventh at the NCAA Championships.


Trio Voted Captains -- Seniors Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./ Mount Pleasant), André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) and Shaun Weinberg (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) were voted by their teammates as captains for the upcoming season.

Intrasquad recap -- In Saturday's (Oct. 3) intrasquad scrimmage, the Blue team came away with a 156-146 victory over the Maize squad. The Wolverines divided into two teams to compete in 17 events, which included two relays, one- and three-meter diving and 13 individual events. André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) and junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) both won three events on the day, with Schultz winning the 200-yard freestyle, backstroke and individual medley while Clary hit the wall first in the 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle. The duo combined for 54 points to help the Blue team to a narrow victory.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation -- If you are like the men's swimming and diving team, you spent it overseas competing against some of the finest swimmers in the world. Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly), sophomore Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) and senior Alon Mandel (Netanya, Israel/Eldad) all participated at the 13th FINA World Championships in Rome, with Clary earning a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley and Madwed taking home a relay gold in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Mandel and Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant) traveled to Serbia for the World University Games where Brady came away with three medals. Mandel, freshman Andrew Novakoff (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Pine Crest) and Shaun Weinberg (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) also competed in the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Head coach Mike Bottom served on the coaching staff for the United States at the World Championships while head diving coach Chris Bergère was the U.S. diving coach for the World University Games.

New faces -- There are a lot of new faces around Matt Mann pool these days. The Wolverines welcomed 14 new swimmers and one diver to the team this year, along with two new support staff members, volunteer assistant Mark Hill and video manager Scott Cameron. Joining the Wolverines for their first collegiate action are: Hassan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate), Kasey Allen (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual), Drew Coffin (Holland, Mich../Zeeland),  Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye), Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison), Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg), Sam Hoekstra (Grandville, Mich./Grandville), Alexander Hoff (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), Eric Huffman (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Demetri Karedis (Orfield, Pa./Parkland), Connor McCarroll (Portland, Ore./Jesuit), Andrew Novakoff (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Pine Crest), Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), Mike Swain (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron), Roman Willets (Whitehouse, Ohio/St. Francis deSales) and Kevin Wilson (Short Hills, N.J./Seton Hall Prep).

2008-09 Rewind -- U-M is coming off a very successful 2008-09 season, finishing the year with an 8-1 record and a perfect 7-0 Big Ten mark. The Wolverines won the Big Ten title for the second consecutive season, defeating second-place Ohio State by 308 points. At the NCAA Championship meet, Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) won the 400-yard individual medley and the 200-yard backstroke to lead Michigan to a seventh-place showing, marking the ninth straight year that U-M notched a top-10 finish. All told, nine swimmers earned All-America citations in head coach Mike Bottom's first year at the helm.

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 7-0 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.

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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 the yearbook in our new publications section, with the Record Book coming soon!

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.

A Look Ahead -- Following Friday's action, the Wolverines will take a week off before making their 2009 Canham Natatorium debut. Michigan will welcome the University of Toronto to Matt Mann pool, in a meet with the University of Michigan women. The meet against Toronto marks the first of five home dual meets for the Wolverines this season.

Fri., Oct. 23, 3 p.m. -- vs. Toronto (Canham Natatorium)
Fri., Nov. 13, 5 p.m. -- vs. Oakland (Canham Natatorium)
Fri.-Sun., Nov. 13-15 -- at Minnesota Grand Prix (Minneapolis, Minn.)