Jan. 11, 2014
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Norris Aquatics Center)
Score: #24 Michigan 172, Northwestern 128; #24 Michigan 168, #25 Notre Dame 132; #24 Michigan 219, Rutgers 81
Records: U-M (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten), Northwestern (6-5, 1-4 Big Ten), Notre Dame (6-4), Rutgers (3-4)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Jan. 31-Feb. 1 -- at Ohio State, vs. Nebraska (Columbus, Ohio), 6 p.m./11 a.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team added three more victories to its dual-meet record today (Saturday, Jan. 11), downing host Northwestern (172-128), No. 25 Notre Dame (168-132) and Rutgers (219-81) behind six event wins at the Norris Aquatics Center.
The Wolverines faced a quick turnaround today following a meet against Purdue on Friday (Jan. 10). It is the first time this season U-M competed in dual meets on back-to-back days.
U-M's 200-yard medley relay started the meet by setting a new pool record of 1:41.26, shaving .62 seconds off the previous standard. The team of sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae) touched more than three seconds faster the Notre Dame's runner-up relay (1:44.33).
The Wolverines received a big boost from DeLoof, who won two individual events -- 100-yard freestyle (career-best 50.13) and 100-yard backstroke (53.85).
Just one day after a three-win performance against Purdue, senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) touched first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.31). It marked the first time she had competed in that event since the first meet of the season (Sep. 27 vs. Iowa).
Sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) came away with Michigan's last individual win, taking the 400-yard individual medley in 4:19.59, nearly four seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Meanwhile, junior Kelsey Cummings (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) provided consistency in the distance events, placing second in both the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyles.
Sophomore diver Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland) gave the team a lift with her winning performance from the three-meter springboard. The sophomore took home a score of 299.45 to top the competition.
The Wolverines will not compete again until the end of the month (Fri-Sat., Jan. 31-Feb. 1) when they travel to a Big Ten double-dual meet against Ohio State and Nebraska at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
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