Jan. 11, 2014
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On the team's performances over these two days... "This was a meet we were waiting for. Last year, Notre Dame beat us and Northwestern was very tough, as well. To go through these three teams and win the way we did with a lot of people contributing was awesome to see.
On Courtney Beidler... "Yesterday, it was her show. She won the 500-yard freestyle, won the IM and swam the 200-yard butterfly. Today, she was beat up. She won the 200-yard freestyle and had a good 200-yard butterfly which really lit us up. Her last event, she was just out of gas. Before the 500, I looked at her and said, 'You don't have to carry the team today.' Kelsey was very strong in the 500 and the 1,000 and Jessica Wolf stepped up there, too, which is what we needed. And Ali DeLoof's swims were great and scored some big points for us.
U-M Senior Courtney Beidler
On her response to the team when talking about fatigue... "Mike asked me to explain what I thought the biggest difference was between my races last year and this year. To me, it's learning to trust my body when my mind is telling me I'm tired. Our bodies are pretty amazing. The amount of work we do, every day, every week. You don't even think about it adding up to anything. Standing behind those blocks and being able to trust your body to do what it is trained to do is stronger than what your mind will tell your body. A lot of people say that sports are 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical. While that is true, you have to trust your body. If you sit there and think that you're tired, you're going to be. But if you flip it and trust your training, your body is going to be able to do it."
On bouncing back from a relay DQ at Purdue on how the team responded... "That was a pretty substantial DQ. We kept morale up and kept the meet close the whole time. We were still able to contend and took a few first and second-place finishes, as well. I thought we had a great meet against Purdue. Today, we wanted to be able to re-focus and perform the details that we didn't perform the day before. This was great practice for Big Tens and NCAAs when you have finals swims one night and prelim swims the next morning. You've still got to get up and do the details needed in your races. We were excited heading in to today. We knew we'd be able to win. To do it was a big boost for our team."