Off the Blocks #3: Wolverines Split Up for Pair of Weekend Events

Nov. 9, 2009

Friday, Nov. 13, 5 p.m. -- vs. Oakland University (Canham Natatorium)
Live Results
Fri-Sun., Nov. 13-15, 9 a.m. CST -- at Minnesota Grand Prix (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Live Stats

This weekend will see the University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team split up for competition, with 10 Wolverines going to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Minnesota Grand Prix Friday through Sunday (Nov. 13-15) and the remaining swimmers hosting Oakland University on Friday (Nov. 13) at 5 p.m. at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines hold a perfect 12-0 advantage in dual-meet competition against Oakland but have not squared off against the Grizzlies since the 1991-92 season, a 170-73 U-M victory.

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A lot on the line -- When the Wolverines square off against Oakland University, they will put its perfect 1-0 season mark and 12-0 all-time record against the Grizzlies on the line. In addition to those records, the Wolverines will be competing for a spot on the travel squad for the upcoming USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Dec. 3-6).

Heading to the Grand Prix -- The Minnesota Grand Prix is a short-course preliminary/finals meet, with the top 24 swimmers in each event advancing to the finals. Each event during the finals will consist of bonus, consolation and championship final heats, except the 1,000-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle and all relays, which will be conducted as timed final events. The Wolverines are taking 10 swimmers to the meet: Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate), Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant), Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly), Adam DeJong (Holland, Mich./Holland), Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe), Neal Kennedy (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska), Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson), Alon Mandel (Netanya, Israel/Eldad), Evan Ryser (Katy, Texas/James E. Taylor) and André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) all representing Michigan at the prestigious event.

Minnesota Grand Prix Order of Events

Friday, Nov. 13
1,000-yard freestyle
100-yard breaststroke
200-yard freestyle
100-yard butterfly
200-yard individual medley
800-yard freestyle relay
Saturday, Nov. 14
400-yard individual medley
50-yard freestyle
200-yard breaststroke
100-yard backstroke
500-yard freestyle
400-yard medley relay
Sunday, Nov. 15
200-yard backstroke
100-yard freestyle
200-yard butterfly
1,650-yard freestyle
400-yard freestyle relay

On the Road Again -- After Friday's dual meet at home against Oakland, the Wolverines will not return to competition in Canham until the calendar flips to 2010. U-M will host three more dual meets, welcoming Indiana (Jan. 8-9), Eastern Michigan (Jan. 16) and Michigan State (Feb. 6) to Canham next year. The five home meets during the 2009-10 season more than double the amount of time spent at home last year, when the Wolverines hosted only two home events.

Toronto Rewind -- In the first dual-meet action of the season, the Wolverines put together a dominating performance against the University of Toronto, earning a 186-99 victory. Junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) won three events on the evening -- the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley and 400-yard individual medley. Four other swimmers had multiple wins, with seniors André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares), Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe), Evan Ryser (Katy, Texas/James E. Taylor) and Alon Mandel (Netanya, Israel/Eldad) all winning two events for the Maize and Blue. In the diving well, freshman Kasey Allen (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) had the top scores in both the one- and three-meter dives.

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), 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 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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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 this weekend's events, the Wolverines will be back in the pool next weekend, Nov. 20-22, when they travel to Evanston, Ill., for the TYR Invitational at Northwestern University. U-M will then end the 2009 calendar year with a cross-country trip to Federal Way, Wash., to participate in the USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Dec. 3-6).

Fri-Sun., Nov. 20-22 -- at TYR Invitational (Evanston, Ill.)
Thu-Sun., Dec. 3-6 -- at USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Federal Way, Wash.)