Off the Blocks #2: Wolverines Host University of Toronto in Home Opener

Oct. 19, 2009

Friday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. -- vs. University of Toronto (Canham Natatorium)
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The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team will make its 2009-10 Canham Natatorium debut, playing host to the University of Toronto, Friday, Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. Friday's meet marks the first dual meet of the 2009-10 season for the Wolverines. U-M is a perfect 14-0 against Toronto in dual-meet action, but the two teams have not squared off since the 1985-86 season, an 83-36 U-M victory.


Back Home -- When the Wolverines host Toronto, it will mark the 2009-10 season home debut for the team. It is also the first time the Wolverines have competed at Canham Natatorium during the 2009 calendar year. The last home meet for U-M was a double-dual meet against Indiana and Texas, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2008, marking a 357-day span in between competition at Matt Mann Pool.

Dominant in Dual Openers -- Since defeating Minnesota, 98-25, in the opening meet of the 1968-69 season, the Wolverines have won 40 of their last 41 season-opening duals. The lone loss during that time came in the 2006-07 opener when the Maize and Blue fell to Florida, 135-106, at Canham Natatorium. Last season, Michigan knocked off Florida, 182-115, in the season opener.

Relay Rewind -- The last time the Wolverines were in the pool, they turned in a dominating performance at the Dennis Stark Relays (Oct. 9) by winning all 10 relays and setting seven new meet records en route to winning the event. The Wolverines had seven swimmers who were part of three fastest relay teams: Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly), Adam DeJong (Holland, Mich./Holland), Jon Hiett (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer (Auburn)), Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe), Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) and André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares).

Houchin Honored -- After last week's dominating performance at the Dennis Stark Relays, senior Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe) was selected Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the first time in his career. Houchin was part of three victorious relay teams at the relays, helping set new standards in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:22.49), 400-yard freestyle relay (3:05.32) and 800-yard freestyle relay (6:48.14). His opening split (1:40.26) of the 800 relay gave the Wolverines a six-second advantage, allowing U-M to be the only team under the seven-minute mark.

Head First -- The diving tandem of freshman Kasey Allen (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) and sophomore Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) took runner-up honors in both the diving relay and the synchronized diving events at the Dennis Stark Relays. It marked the first time in their collegiate careers that the pair competed as a duo in a synchronized event.

Frosh Make a Splash -- Big things are expected of this year's freshman class and the group did not disappoint in its first collegiate action. Eight freshmen were part of winning relays, while Kasey Allen (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) earned 34 points with two runner-up finishes in the diving well. Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate), Sean Fletcher (Vienna, Va./James Madison) and Evan Gregg (Blacksburg, Va./Blacksburg) each picked up two relay wins, while Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye), Alexander Hoff (Mercer Island, Wash./Mercer Island), Eric Huffman (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Connor McCarroll (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) and Mike Swain (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) all were victorious in their collegiate debuts.

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.

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), sophomoreDan 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 4x100-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.

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 some time off from dual-meet competition and get back to training. The next competition weekend will be Nov. 13-15 as U-M will see the squad split up for two separate events. Several Wolverines will head up to Minneapolis, Minn., for the prestigious Minnesota Grand Prix (Fri-Sun., Nov. 13-15). The rest of the team will stay in Ann Arbor and play host to Oakland University on Friday, Nov. 13.

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