Off the Blocks #4: Divers Join U-M Women's Team at Purdue Invitational

Nov. 15, 2010

Fri-Sun., Nov. 19-21, 1 p.m./6 p.m/Noon -- at Purdue Invitational - Diving Only (West Lafayette, Ind.)
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Divers from the No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team (2-1-1) will travel with the U-M women's swimming and diving team to the Purdue Invitational (Fri-Sun., Nov. 19-21) in West Lafayette, Ind. Friday's one-meter competition and Saturday's three-meter diving preliminaries will begin at 1 p.m., with both swimming and diving finals slated for a 6 p.m. start. Platform diving will begin at noon on Sunday with only a final round of competition.

Meter Master -- Sophomore Kasey Allen (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) has been the Wolverines' top performer off the springboard during U-M's first two double-dual meets. Allen opened the season with a solid performance against Oakland and Notre Dame on Oct. 23, taking runner-up finishes in both diving events. Allen gave the Wolverines second-place points in the one-meter (307.85) and the three-meter (321.00) springboard events. He placed sixth in a tough field against Indiana and Texas on Nov. 5 with a score of 310.00 off the one-meter board.

Elder Statesman -- As Michigan's lone diving upperclassmen, junior Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) is the most experienced Wolverine off the springboard. Morrison led the Wolverines' diving efforts a year ago, finishing 10th in the platform (557.90) at the Zone C Diving Championships (March 12-14, 2010). He scored a 342.30 off the three-meter board against Indiana and Texas on Nov. 5.

Leading of the Wolverines -- Head diving coach KZ Li is in his first season with the Wolverines 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).

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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.

Thu-Sun., Dec. 2-5, 9 a.m./5 p.m./10 a.m. -- at USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Columbus, Ohio) (TV: NBC)
Friday, Dec. 31 -- vs. Marist - Exhibition, Diving Only (San Juan, Puerto Rico.)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423