Weekly #1: Michigan to Open Season with Two Events at Notre Dame
Dane Vanderkaay

Oct. 11, 2011

Friday, Oct. 14 -- at Dennis Starks Relays (South Bend, Ind.), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 15 -- vs. Notre Dame, Texas Christian and Oakland (South Bend, Ind.), 11 a.m.
Live Results

The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (0-0) kicks off the 2011-12 campaign by competing in the Dennis Starks Relays on Friday (Oct. 15, 5 p.m.) at the Rolfs Aquatic Center in South Bend, Ind. The Wolverines will follow up with a meet against Notre Dame (0-0), Texas Christian (0-0) and Oakland (0-0) on Saturday (Oct. 15) at 11 a.m. inside the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Wolverines were 8-2-1 in dual meets last season, including a 5-1 Big Ten dual meet record.

Dominant in Dual Meet Openers -- The Wolverines have won 42 of their last 43 season-opening duals. Michigan started the nearly flawless string with a 98-25 defeat of Minnesota in the opening meeting of the 1968-69 season. The only loss during the stretch came in the 2006-07 opener when U-M fell to Florida (135-106) at Canham Natatorium. Last season, the Wolverines defeated Notre Dame (172-120) and Oakland University (185-105) in the season opener.

Season Opens in South Bend -- The men's swimming and diving team will open the 2011-12 season in South Bend, Ind., with two days of competition at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on the University of Notre Dame campus. The Wolverines will swim in the Dennis Starks Relays on Friday evening (Oct. 14, 5 p.m.) and face Notre Dame and Oakland in dual meet competition on Saturday (Oct. 15, 11 a.m.).

Coach Bottom on This Weekend's Meet
"We are excited to compete against Notre Dame. The relay meet is something we did last year with the hopes of scheduling Notre Dame in dual competition. They are a great traditional rival and this will be a good test for our team to start the season."

Bottom Begins Fourth Season -- Mike Bottom begins his fourth season at the helm of the Michigan men's swimming program. The Wolverines have compiled a 23-3-1 record under Bottom, including a 15-1 mark against Big Ten opposition. Bottom has guided the program to a pair of Big Ten Championships crowns (2009 and 2011) and a second-place finish during the 2010 season. He has led the team to three straight top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Li Directing Divers -- KZ Li starts his second season as the head diving coach. He spent two years as the co-head coach of the U.S. Elite Diving Academy in Columbus, Ohio, before accepting the U-M coaching position. Li, who coached Minnesota's divers from 1996-2003, is a two-time Big Ten Diving Coach of the Year, winning the honor in 2001 (men) and 1998 (women).

Madwed and Vanderkaay Selected Co-Captains -- Seniors Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson HS) and Dane Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich./Adams HS) have been named co-captains for the 2011-12 men's swimming and diving team. Madwed is a four-time NCAA All-American and fourth-time Big Ten champion. Vanderkaay earned All-Big Ten second team last season, placing second in the 500-yard freestyle, fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle and 11th in the 400-yard individual medley at the conference championship.

Returning Big Ten Champions -- The Wolverines claimed their league-leading 35th Big Ten championship last season. U-M led wire to wire en route to a 74-point win over Indiana. Head coach Mike Bottom was named the Coach of the Year and Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton HS) was named the rookie of the championship. The Wolverines won 11 of the 18 swimming events and scored points in both springboard events. Overall, U-M had 10 swimmers claim individual conference titles.

Six NCAA All-Americans Return in 2011-12 -- Michigan has six returning All-Americans from last season's team that finished ninth nationally. The Wolverines are led by four-time All-American Dan Madwed, three-time honoree Kyle Whitaker and two-time Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School). In addition, Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye HS), Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison HS) and Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) earned All-America accolades for the Wolverines.

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Saturday, Oct. 22 -- vs. Toronto, Club Wolverine Elite, Canadian National Training Center (Canham Natatorium), 4 p.m.