Off The Blocks #4: Swimmers Head to Northwestern, Divers Travel to Purdue

Nov. 17, 2009

Fri-Sun., Nov. 20-22, All Day -- at TYR Invitational (Evanston, Ill.)
Fri-Sun., Nov. 20-22, 10 a.m./6 p.m. -- at Purdue Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
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The Wolverines once again head to a three-day invitational this weekend, traveling to Evanston, Ill., for the TYR Invitational Friday through Sunday (Nov. 20-22). U-M is taking a group of 11 swimmers to the event in preparation for the USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Dec. 3-6). U-M's two divers will also be in action this weekend, heading to West Lafayette, Ind., to participate in the Purdue Invitational, Friday through Sunday. The event at Purdue has morning sessions beginning at 10 a.m. and evening sessions starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.


Heading to Northwestern -- For the second consecutive weekend, the Wolverines are only taking a small group of swimmers to an event. Freshmen Drew Coffin (Holland, Mich./Zeeland), Sam Hoekstra (Grandville, Mich./Grandville), Eric Huffman (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), Demetri Karedis (Orfield, Pa./Parkland), Andrew Novakoff (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Pine Crest), Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), Kevin Wilson (Short Hills, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), sophomore Casey Sreenan (Miami, Fla./Christopher Columbus), juniors James Ridgeway (Chicago, Ill./Saint Patrick), Tony Wahl (Detroit, Mich./Detroit Jesuit) and senior Jon Hiett (Federal Way, Wash./Todd Beamer (Auburn)) will represent the Wolverines at the TYR Invitational.

Divers Go to Purdue -- The diving tandem of sophomore Chris Morrison (Fenton, Mich./Fenton) and freshman Kasey Allen (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend to participate in the Purdue Invitational. The duo is coming off a strong performance against Oakland, where Allen swept the one- and three-meter dives with Morrison coming away with a runner-up finish in the three-meter.

Stepping Up -- With nine Wolverines, mostly upperclassmen, in action at the Minnesota Grand Prix last weekend (Nov. 13-15), there was an opportunity for the younger members of the team to step up against Oakland (Nov. 13). The group did not disappoint, as the Wolverines had the top mark in all 16 events to easily defeat the Golden Grizzlies, 168-101. In addition, every swimmer who won an individual event recorded his first career victory as a Wolverine. Freshmen Connor McCarroll (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) and Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and junior Jared Miller (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East) all won two events on the night to lead the Wolverines. McCarroll swept the backstroke events (100- and 200-yard), Feeley took both distance events (500- and 1,000-yard) while Miller won the 200-yard individual medley and 200-yard butterfly.

Making a Splash at the Grand Prix -- U-M competed with some of the best swimmers in the country at last weekend's Minnesota Grand Prix (Nov. 13-15) and came away with five victories. The Wolverines won all three relays, the 400-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley, setting new meet records in all three. In addition to the relay dominance, the Wolverines came away with two individual wins. Senior André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) won the first event of the competition, the 1,000-yard freestyle, in a time of 9:05.01. Sophomore Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) came away with a victory in the 200-yard butterfly on the final day of competition, winning by almost three seconds with a time of 1:46.44.

Bring on the Invites -- With last weekend's dual-meet win against Oakland, the Wolverines will not have another dual-meet competition until Jan. 8-9 when U-M hosts Indiana. Michigan will compete in the TYR Invitational (Nov. 20-22), USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Dec. 3-6) and the Orange Bowl Classic (Jan. 2) before returning to dual meet competition against the Hoosiers to open up Big Ten Conference action.

Consideration All Around -- It might only be November, but the Wolverines are already rounding into mid-season form. At the Grand Prix, U-M racked up 15 NCAA 'B' standard times. All three relay teams achieved the 'B' standard while senior André Schultz (Sao Paolo, Brazil/Colegio Palmares) led the way with four individual marks, coming in the 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke. Seniors Adam DeJong (Holland, Mich. /Holland) -- 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle - and Alon Mandel (Netanya, Israel/Eldad) -- 100- and 200-yard backstroke -- and sophomore Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) -- 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly -- came away with two 'B' standards. Seniors Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant) and Charlie Houchin (Raleigh, N.C./William G. Enloe) each had one consideration mark, with Brady's coming in the 100-yard butterfly and Houchin's in the 500-yard freestyle.

See You Next Year -- The Wolverines will not return to competition in Canham Natotrium 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 doubles the amount of time spent at home last year, when the Wolverines hosted only two home events.

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.

Thu-Sun., Dec. 3-6 -- at USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Federal Way, Wash.)