Off the Blocks #3: Wolverines to Take Part in Minnesota Grand Prix

Nov. 9, 2010

Fri-Sun., Nov. 12-14, 9 a.m./6 p.m/5 p.m. -- at USA Swimming Minnesota Grand Prix (Minneapolis, Minn.)
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The University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (2-1-1) will send select group of swimmers to Minneapolis, Minn., for the Minnesota Grand Prix (Fri-Sun., Nov. 12-14). Preliminaries will begin at 9 a.m. CST, with final heats scheduled for a 6 p.m. CST start. Sunday's finals will start an hour earlier, at 5 p.m. CST. 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 1,650-yard freestyle and all relays, which will be conducted as timed final events.

Order of Events

Friday, Nov. 12
200-yard freestyle
100-yard breaststroke
100-yard butterfly
400-yard individual medley
400-yard freestyle relay
Saturday, Nov. 13
200-yard butterfly
50-yard freestyle
100-yard backstroke
500-yard freestyle
200-yard breaststroke
800-yard freestyle relay
Sunday, Nov. 14
1,650-yard freestyle
200-yard individual medley
200-yard backstroke
100-yard freestyle
400-yard medley relay

400-yards to Freedom -- Michigan was dominant in 400-yard races at last year's Minnesota Grand Prix, setting meet records in the 400-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay. The medley relay team of Alon Mandel (2007-10), current senior Neal Kennedy (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska), Chris Brady (2007-10) and Evan Ryser (2006-07, '09-10) turned in a time of 3:15.33 to erase Minnesota's 2008 effort of 3:18.86. The freestyle team of current junior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson), Brady, Kennedy and Riser posted a time of 2:58.24, improving on the Minnesota's old mark of 3:01.18 also set in 2008.

A Mad Good Weekend -- Dan Madwed was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday (Nov. 9) for the second time in his career. Madwed led U-M with two individual wins and two relay victories in double-dual meet with Indiana and Texas (Nov. 5). Madwed collected NCAA consideration times in all four events he participated in, earning four first-place finishes. Madwed owns more than a one-second margin over the rest of the country in the 200 butterfly (1:46.08).

Catch me if you Can -- Freshman Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) remained perfect in the 200-yard individual medley against Indiana and Texas (Nov. 5). Whitaker has taken first place in the event in the first two double-dual meets of his career, missing the NCAA provisional time by a quarter of a second at 1:49.50 last time out. Senior James Ridgeway (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick) has yet to be caught in the 100-yard breaststroke, winning both times out this season. His 55.58 effort against the Longhorns and Hoosiers was seven one-hundreths of a second off the consideration time mark.

FINA Short Course Championships -- Michigan will send head coach Mike Bottom, sophomore Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) and Sean Ryan to the 10th FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships on Dec. 15-19 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Bottom and Ryan will join former U-M head coach Jon Urbanchek and former Wolverines Tyler Clary (2008-10), Charlie Houchin (2007-10) and Peter Vanderkaay (2003-06) with the United States. Abdel Khalik will swim for Canada.

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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.

Fri-Sun., Nov. 19-21, 10 a.m./6 p.m. -- at Purdue Invitational - Diving Only (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Thu-Sun., Dec. 2-5, 9 a.m./5 p.m./10 a.m. -- at USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Columbus, Ohio) (TV: NBC)

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