Wolverines to be Well Represented at FINA World Championships

Oct. 22, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team head coach Mike Bottom, sophomore Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) and freshman Sean Ryan (Hixson, Texas/McCallie School) will be among seven former and current Wolverines competing at the 10th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships on Dec. 15-19 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Former U-M head coach Jon Urbanchek and Bottom will lead a USA Swimming roster that features Ryan and former Wolverines Tyler Clary (2008-10), Charlie Houchin (2007-10) and Peter Vanderkaay (2003-06). Abdel Khalik will be swimming under the Canadian flag.

Ryan has been part of the USA Swimming scene since earning his first nod on the Senior National Team in 2008. He finished 20th at the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 1,500-meter freestyle and earned a spot at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships after shaving 11 seconds off his personal best in the mile at the 2010 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships. Ryan was a 10-time All-American in high school.

Bottom has long been considered one of the top sprint coaches in the world; he has found himself poolside at each of the last four Olympics. He was one of three coaches with Wolverine ties on the coaching staff at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome. Bottom will serve as an assistant to Urbanchek, who led the Wolverines from 1982-2004 before spending six years as a volunteer coach for the Maize and Blue.

Abdel Khalik represented Canada at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships just five months after breaking his hand while earning All-America status for Michigan at the 2010 NCAA Championships. He was the second-fastest swimmer in the preliminaries of the 500-yard freestyle but broke his hand when touching the wall at the end of the race before settling for eighth in the finals heat. Abdel Khalik won gold for Canada at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in 2009.

Clary was a two-time Big Ten Conference Swimmer of the year (2009-10) and the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, earning 12 Big Ten titles and three national crowns during his career. He claimed three silver medals at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships. Houchin was a member of U-M's two-time All-America 800-yard freestyle relay team (2009-10) and earned honorable mention status in the 500-yard freestyle relay. Vanderkaay, the 2006 Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year, has been a staple on the USA roster, earning his country a pair of Olympic gold medals and a bronze to go with three world championships.

The world championships will be held in a newly constructed, state-of-the-art Dubai Sports Complex, a 15,000-seat multi-purpose sports venue.

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