U-M Squeezes Out Competition for Orange Bowl Classic Title
Marni Oldershaw

Jan. 3, 2014

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Site: Key Largo, Fla. (Jacobs Aquatic Center)
Event: Orange Bowl Classic
U-M Team Standing: 1st Place of 6 Teams (280 points)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 10 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 6 p.m.

KEY LARGO, Fla. -- The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team swept all 12 swimming events today (Friday, Jan. 3) and set five new meet records on its way to a resounding victory at the Orange Bowl Swim Classic held at the Jacobs Aquatic Center. The meet marks the zenith of U-M's annual training trip between semesters.

This is the second consecutive Michigan appearance at the Orange Bowl Classic and its second consecutive victory.

The team piled up 280 points, led by two relay wins -- and a pair of new meet records -- in the 200-meter medley relay and the 200-meter freestyle relay.

Freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiea) and sophomores Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) swam on both relays, with senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) assisting on the medley relay and freshman Madeline Frost (Saline, Mich./Saline) assisting on the freestyle relay.

DeLoof went on to win two more individual events: the 50-meter backstroke (28.69) and the 50-meter freestyle (26.60). Her time in the backstroke is a new Orange Bowl Swim Classic record. DeLoof's wins also demonstrated U-M's depth as the squad finished 1-2-3 in both events.

The Maize and Blue also took the top three spots in the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter breaststroke, with Chokran and sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge) winning those events, respectively. The sophomore also touched first in the 200-meter individual medley (2:16.47) while establishing a new meet record.

Meanwhile, Mattingly set a new meet record with her individual-event victory, besting the competition in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 28.23.

The Wolverines will be back in the pool on Friday (Jan. 10) to compete against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. The meet begins at 6 p.m.


Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On the Orange Bowl Classic meet ... "It was fun for the coaching staff to watch the teams swim tired but still be excited, to make choices during the races and make mistakes -- but correct those mistakes and get better. That is the theme of our training trip -- to get better. We all have this opportunity to get to know one another, not just socially, but help each other as a team get better in the water and out of the water."

On the benefits of swimming tired ... The margin from when they become fatigued and exhausted becomes so narrow that we get to see them make choices in that time frame. When they become fatigued they make choices and push that fatigue out so they become exhausted, but they still have to make choices because the race isn't over. As coaches we see who needs to be motivated to make different choices when they are at those points. It's easy to encourage people when they are playing in the sun, it's more difficult when they are fatigued or exhausted."

On the training trip as a whole ... What I've observed about this trip is that the energy level has been consistently high. It isn't always coming from the same person; it's coming from the sprinters one day, the distance swimmers the next, the mid-distance swimmers the next. On this trip all the coaches get to work with all of the different groups. There is always a churning energy and those who get fatigued get caught up in that energy. It's fun to watch that -- when someone is tired and beat up and then they are excited and energized."

On who has stepped up during the training trip ... "You have your leaders, like Connor Jaeger -- he has solidified his leadership here in a positive and then you have up-and-coming leaders like Justin Glanda, who is a junior this year. And on the women's side, you have your senior leaders in Courtney Beidler, Erin Cameron and Angie Chokran. Then you have Marni Oldershaw step up in the 200 IM. It's a delight, she made some great changes in the water. She gets out of the water and she's bubbly. I could go through the whole roster and think how each individual on the team has motivated someone else -- again it comes back to the fact that the team is churning and heating up those who are cold."

On coordinating the program through the training trip ... "Kudos to our staff, we are running multiple practices per day plus dry land training. The staff is moving around to pools and weight rooms and organizing the movement of the people. The staff is amazing -- Rick Bishop, Dr. Josh White, Mark Hill, Danielle Tansel -- and the support staff is great with Katelyn Haycock running conditioning and athletic trainers Zach Brown and Mattie Taylor. It's such a dynamic environment here which I think helps in the water."

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (mkasibor@umich.edu)