Backstrokers, Beidler Shine in Dual-Meet Loss at No. 20 Purdue
Courtney Beidler

Jan. 10, 2014

Complete Results

Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
Score: # 20 Purdue 164.5, # 24 Michigan 135.5
Records: U-M (2-4, 1-3 Big Ten), Purdue (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 11 -- at Northwestern, vs. Notre Dame, vs. Rutgers (Evanston, Ill.), 1 p.m. CST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 24 University of Michigan women's swimming and diving dropped a narrow dual meet on the road today (Friday, Jan. 10) at No. 20 Purdue 164.5-135.5 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. U-M was within 22 points of the Boilermakers going into the final three events, but Purdue's 1-2-3 finish from the one-meter springboard and win in the 400-yard freestyle relay widened the gap.

Several Michigan swimmers turned in strong performances of their own, led by senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South). She won a trio of events: the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.12), the 400-yard IM (4:19.07) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:50.86). Her time in the 500 free is a new personal best.

U-M swimmers swept the backstrokes with sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) touching first in the 100-yard backstroke and sophomore Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst) taking the 200. In each race, junior Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Dicoesan Girls' School) placed second.

Junior Kelsey Cummings (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a season-best time of 9:57.31. Senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) took a first-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.27). She also placed second in the 200-yard breaststroke, part of a 2-3-4 finish with teammates Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) and Erin Cameron (Rockwood, Mich./Oscar A. Carlson).

Diver Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) turned in a career performance from three meters, setting a new personal best of 316.73. However, her score only earned her a third-place finish behind Purdue's defending NCAA three-meter champion Casey Mathews (351.75) and her Boilermaker teammate All-American Michelle Cabassol (339.45). Chen was also U-M's highest finisher from the one-meter springboard, placing fourth with a score of 274.73.

The Wolverines face a quick turnaround as they will be back in the pool on tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 11) for a quad meet hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., at the Norris Aquatics Center. The Maize and Blue will also compete against No. 25 Notre Dame and Rutgers. The meet kicks off at 1 p.m. CST.


• Michigan is now 8-2 all-time against Purdue. The meeting was just the second dual between the two squads since the 1998-99 season.

• U-M's 200-yard medley "A" relay was disqualified for an early start in the opening event of the meet.

Claudia Goswell cut nearly two seconds off of her career best in the 200-yard freestyle, dropping to 1:51.17 from 1:53.12 (Nov. 22, 2013).

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