Off the Blocks #5: U-M Looks for Three-Peat at US Short Course Nationals
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Nov. 29, 2010

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Thu-Sat., Dec. 2-4, 9 a.m./5 p.m -- at USA Swimming Short Course Nationals (Columbus, Ohio)
Live Results | Live Video | Time Standards | Psyche Sheet | usaswimming.org
Sunday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. -- at USA Swimming Long Course Invitational (Columbus, Ohio)
Live Results | Time Standards | usaswimming.org | ohiostatebuckeyes.com

The No. 6-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming team (2-1-1) will seek to defend back-to-back titles at the AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships on Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 2-4) at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. NBC will be broadcasting the event in tape delay on Saturday (Dec. 11) at 3 p.m. with Ted Robinson, Rowdy Gaines and Alex Flanagan calling the action. All three days will also be available for viewing on-demand at swimnetwork.com.

The competition will feature Olympians and some of the best collegiate swimmers in a three-day event. Team scores will be kept and awarded during the meet, but foreign athletes (those who cannot represent the United States in international competitions) cannot score team points at the championships. Michigan won last year's competition in Federal Way, Wash., and took home the 2008 crown in Atlanta, Ga. Prelims will begin each day at 9 a.m. with finals starting at 5 p.m. Following the short course action, the Wolverines will participate in the Long Course Invitational on Sunday (Dec. 5).

USA Swimming Short Course Nationals/Long Course Invitational Events
Thursday, Dec. 2 Friday, Dec. 3 Saturday, Dec. 4
200-yard freestyle relay
500-yard freestyle
200-yard individual medley
50-yard freestyle
400-yard medley relay
200-yard medley relay
400-yard individual medley
100-yard butterfly
200-yard freestyle
100-yard breaststroke
100-yard backstroke
800-yard freestyle relay
1,650-yard freestyle
200-yard backstroke
100-yard freestyle
200-yard breaststroke
200-yard butterfly
400-yard freestyle relay
Sunday, Dec. 5 - Session 1 Sunday, Dec. 5 - Session 2*
400-meter individual medley
100-meter butterfly
100-meter breaststroke
100-meter backstroke
100-meter freestyle
400-meter freestyle
800-meter freestyle
200-meter individual medley
200-meter backstroke
50-meter freestyle
200-meter freestyle
200-meter butterfly
1,500-meter freestyle
* - Michigan may opt out of the second session.

FLIP TURNS
You Better, You Better, You Bet -- The Wolverines will be looking to three-peat at the 2010 AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships after claiming the 2008 and 2009 event. Last year's squad rallied to win the college/university division on the final day of competition. Tyler Clary (2008-10) was awarded as the high scorer of the meet, as he took home three individual third-place finishes. The Maize and Blue dominated the college/university division at the 2008 USA Swimming Short Course Nationals, taking the top spot with 517 points, well clear of second-place Auburn (331 points). Matt Patton (2006-09) earned first place finishes in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle, and Michigan also took top relay honors in the 200- and 800-yard freestyle relay.

Behind Blue Times -- Six different Wolverines earned top-eight seeds across six events for the 2010 AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships. Junior Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) leads the way with a pair of No. 3 seeds -- the 200-yard butterfly and freestyle events - to go with a fourth seed in the 500-yard freestyle. Freshman Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) earned a No. 3 seed in the 400-yard individual medley and was seeded sixth in the 200-yard individual medley and seventh in the 200-yard butterfly. Michigan picked up the third seed in both distance swims from sophomores Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) and Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye) in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles, respectively. Senior Neal Kennedy (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska) and junior Dane Vanderkaay (Rochester, Mich./Adams) also earned top heat seeding, with Kennedy earning the No. 8 seed in the 200-yard individual medley and Vanderkaay raking in the No. 6 seed in the mile.

Relay, Hand me Down a Solution -- Michigan's relay squads also earned a large share of top seeds at the 2010 AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships. The Wolverines earned the third and fourth seeds in the 800-yard freestyle relay and the fourth and sixth seeds in the 200-yard medley relay. The Maize and Blue ranks fifth and seventh heading into both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

He's Got Crazy Flipper Fingers -- Ryan Feeley was selected the Big Ten co-Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 16). Feeley was the fastest collegiate swimmer in both distance events at the USA Swimming Minnesota Grand Prix (Fri-Sun., Nov. 12-14). The Wolverine sophomore turned in a time of 4:26.87 in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing fourth overall, and then swam a 15:26.87 run in the mile, earning a fifth-place finish.

Familiar Faces -- Former Wolverines Matt Patton (2006-09) and Bobby Savulich (2006-09) will compete for Club Wolverine and Davis Tarwater (2003-06) will swim for SwimMAC at the 2010 AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships.

It is Your Turn, Step up and Take it -- Michigan head coach Mike Bottom announced the signing of three swimmers to National Letters of Intent on Nov. 22. Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta), Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan) will join the Wolverines for the 2011-12 season. [ Press Release ]

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. [ Full Release ]

Rank and File -- Michigan earned a No. 6 ranking in the first CSCAA Coaches Poll of the season, released on Nov. 10. The Wolverines are the highest rated of five Big Ten teams in the top 25. [ Complete Rankings ]

You Can Not Catch me, I am as Fast as Can Be -- The Wolverines were ranked fourth in the first Avidasports Performance Rankings based on swims from Nov. 1-14. In addition to measuring a team's performance against other programs, the rankings will also account for those programs trending upwards or downwards based on their past season performance. Because U-M was inactive last week, they are not included in the latest analysis. [ Complete Rankings ]

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2010-11 YEARBOOK RECORD BOOK
The University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. Each of our varsity athletic teams will have a Record Book and a Yearbook. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook. [ Publications ]

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, Dec. 31, Time TBA -- vs. Marist - Diving Only (ex.) (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Tuesday, Jan. 4, Noon -- at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.)

Contact: Ryan Sosin (734) 763-4423