Off The Blocks #5: Wolverines Compete at Short Course Nationals
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Alon Mandel
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Nov. 30, 2009

Thu-Sat., Dec. 3-5, 9 a.m./5 p.m. PST -- at AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships (Federal Way, Wash.)
Live Results | Live Web Stream
Sunday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. PST -- at Long Course Invitational (Federal Way, Wash.)

The No. 7-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team looks to wrap up 2009 on a strong note, heading to the AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships in Federal Way, Wash., Dec. 3-5. Following the Short Course Nationals, U-M will participate in the Long Course Invitational, Sunday, Dec. 6.

Wolverine Bites
Going West -- U-M is taking 24 swimmers to defend its 2008 title at the AT&T USA Swimming Short Course National Championships and Long Course Invitational in Federal Way, Wash. The highlight of the first half of the 2009-10 season, the event will feature Olympians and some of the best collegiate swimmers in the 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 the college/university division last year with 517 total team points.

Prelims will begin each day at 9 a.m. PST with finals starting at 5 p.m. PST. Following the short course action, the Wolverines will participate in the Long Course Invitational, marking the first time U-M has swum in meters this season.

Order of Events

Short Course National Championships
Thursday, Dec. 3
200-yard freestyle relay
500-yard freestyle
200-yard individual medley
50-yard freestyle
400-yard medley relay

Friday, Dec. 4
200-yard medley relay
400-yard individual medley
100-yard butterfly
200-yard freestyle
100-yard breaststroke
100-yard backstroke
800-yard freestyle relay

Saturday, Dec. 5
1,650-yard freestyle
200-yard backstroke
100-yard freestyle
200-yard breaststroke
200-yard butterfly
400-yard freestyle relay

Long Course Invitational
Sunday, Dec. 6
Session 1 (9 a.m.)
400-meter individual medley
100-meter butterfly
100-meter breaststroke
100-meter backstroke
100-meter freestyle
400-meter freestyle
800-meter freestyle

Session 2 (one hour after Session 1)
200-meter individual medley
200-meter backstroke
200-meter breaststroke
50-meter freestyle
200-meter freestyle
200-meter butterfly
1,500-meter freestyle

Watch the Wolverines From Home -- For the first time this season, fans will be able to watch the Wolverines in action without having to be at the meet. Footage from the event will air nationally on NBC, Saturday, Dec. 12, from 2-3 p.m. All three days of prelims and finals will also be available for viewing on-demand at swimnetwork.com.

Seeded on Top -- Heading into this weekend's event, the Wolverines have six of the top seeds in the competition. Junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) leads the way with the best times in the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley, 400-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle for the Wolverines. Senior Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant) has the top mark in the 100-yard butterfly, while U-M boasts the best time in the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Polls are Out --
In the first CSCAA poll of the season (Nov. 17), the Wolverines snagged a No. 7 ranking with 434 total points. Texas is the front-runner in the inaugural vote of the 2009-10 season, grabbing 12 first-place votes for a total of 546 points. Stanford (527), California (590), Florida (586), Auburn (475) and Arizona (435) are all ranked ahead of Michigan.

Last Time Out -- The Wolverines sent 11 swimmers to the TYR Invitational at Northwestern University (Nov. 20-22), placing fifth out of six teams in their first look at Big Ten competition this year. Freshman Miguel Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International) led the way for U-M, coming away with two individual wins in the 50-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle to go along with a runner-up finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

Wolverines Add Eight for 2010-11 -- Head coach Mike Bottom added eight swimmers during the early signing period. The Wolverines will welcome Kyle Duckitt (Johannesburg, South Africa/St. John's College), Jonathon Ekleberry (Rochester, Mich./Avondale), Connor Jaeger (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven), Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary's International), Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School), Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton), John Wojciechowski (Scottsdale, Ariz./Phoenix Brophy Prep) and Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) to the team next year.

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.

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.

TWITTER-TASTIC
Michigan men's swimming and diving is now on Twitter. Sign up and follow the Wolverines (Michigan_swim) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond. Twitter is a free casual, online social network that is designed to connect businesses, organizations and individuals. Each Twitter post (or "tweet") can be received on a user's cell phone via text or on the web.

2009 YEARBOOK & RECORD BOOK
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, 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. 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. [ Check out both in our new publications section! ]

CANHAM NATATORIUM
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.

UP NEXT
Saturday, Jan. 2
-- at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.)