Off the Blocks #1: Wolverines Open Campaign Close to Home

Oct. 19, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2 p.m. -- at Oakland, vs. Notre Dame (Rochester, Mich.)
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The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (0-0) kicks off the 2010-11 campaign with a double-dual meet with Oakland (0-0) and Notre Dame (0-0) on Saturday (Oct. 23) at 2 p.m. inside the OU Aquatic Center in Rochester, Mich. The Wolverines were a perfect 7-0 in dual meets last season, including a victory over Oakland, and have not suffered a loss since falling to then-No. 1-ranked Texas on Nov. 1, 2008.

Dominant in Dual Openers -- Since defeating Minnesota, 98-25, in the opening meet of the 1968-69 season, the Wolverines have won 41 of their last 42 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 Toronto, 186-99, in the season opener.

Leaders of the Wolverines -- Head coach Mike Bottom is in his third year at the helm of the Michigan program. The Wolverines have gone 15-1 under Bottom, winning the 2009 Big Ten championship and finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships twice. KZ Li will begin his first season as the head diving coach after spending the last two years as the co-head coach of the U.S. Elite Diving Academy in Columbus, Ohio. 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).

Back Again -- Michigan enters the 2010-11 season one year removed from three straight Big Ten titles. The Wolverines, who finished in second place at the 2010 conference championships, return three league champions and five All-Big Ten performers led by six-time winner Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson).

Captain Duo -- Seniors Chris Douville (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter) and Neal Kennedy (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska) will represent the Wolverines as captains for the 2010-11 campaign. Douville was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree as a junior and Kennedy earned All-America honorable mention four times at the 2010 NCAA Championships.

Fresh Faces -- Michigan will be a youthful team this season, welcoming 18 freshmen into the fold. The six divers and 12 swimmers join 11 sophomores to make underclassmen account for 72.5 percent of the roster. Junior Jan Konarzewski (Warsaw, Poland/LO im Andersa) will be the 19th new face on the U-M squad this season after transferring from Missouri. A two-time Big 12 Swimmer of the Week, Konarzewski was an academic all-conference honoree.

U-M vs. Oakland - 13-0-0
U-M vs. Notre Dame - First Meeting

Top Returning Times & Scores from 2009-10
50-yard Freestyle: Miguel Ortiz , 20.24#
100-yard Freestyle: Roman Willets , 43.97#
200-yard Freestyle: Dan Madwed, 1:33.78#r
500-yard Freestyle: Hassaan Abdel Khalik, 4:15.37*
1,650-yard Freestyle: Ryan Feeley, 14:57.11#
100-yard Butterfly: Neal Kennedy, 47.12#
200-yard Butterfly: Dan Madwed, 1:42.11*
100-yard Backstroke: Jan Konarzewski, 47.05#@
200-yard Backstroke: Jan Konarzewski , 1:42.60*@
100-yard Breaststroke: Neal Kennedy, 54.33#
200-yard Breaststroke: Jared Miller, 1:57.22#
200-yard Individual Medley: Neal Kennedy , 1:44.91#
400-yard Individual Medley: Jared Miller , 3:47.79#
One-Meter Diving (Dual): Chris Morrison , 289.64
Three-Meter Diving (Dual): Chris Morrison , 319.51
Platform Diving (Dual): Chris Morrison, 341.78

* NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
^ NCAA zone diving qualifying mark
r Leadoff leg of relay
@ - Konarzewski swam at Missouri

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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.

Friday, Nov. 5, TBA -- at Indiana, vs. Texas (Bloomington, Ind.)
Fri-Sun., Nov. 12-14, TBA -- at US Grand Prix (Minneapolis, Minn.)

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