Late Rally Propels Michigan Past Northwestern, Notre Dame

Jan. 15, 2011

Complete Results

Site: Evanston, Ill. (Norris Aquatic Center)
Score: Michigan 155, Northwestern 145; Michigan 182, Notre Dame 117
Records: U-M (4-5, 2-2 Big Ten), Northwestern (5-4, 0-4 Big Ten), Notre Dame (2-5)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 21 -- vs. Ohio State (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team won three of the last four events to edge Northwestern (155-145) and Notre Dame (182-117) in a double-dual meet on Saturday (Jan. 15) at the Norris Aquatic Center. With the two wins, Michigan improves to 4-5 in dual meets on the season and 2-2 in the Big Ten.

Sophomore Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) was the meet's top performer, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:08.29), the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.92) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.15).

The Wolverines kicked the meet off with a win in the 400-yard medley relay, as the team of sophomore Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview), freshman Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), junior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and senior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) collectively touched the wall at 3:44.97.

Bicek then won the 1,000-yard freestyle, before Northwestern won the 200 freestyle and Notre Dame picked up back-to-back victories (100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke).

However, after Bicek captured first in the 200 butterfly, junior Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) outpaced the field in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 23.36, for her first win in that event this season.

Another string of Wildcat and Irish wins followed, before Bicek (500 freestyle), Dauw (100 butterfly, 55.12), who is one of five Michigan swimmers from the state of Illinois, and Kukors (400 IM, 4:19.76) won back-to-back-to-back races to sew up the Wolverine triumphs.

Junior Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) was the Wolverines' top performer in the diving well, taking second on the three-meter springboard (307.20) and fourth on the one-meter board (272.25).

Michigan will hold a home meet for the first time since October next Friday (Jan. 21), hosting arch rival Ohio State at 5 p.m. inside Canham Natatorium.

Team Scores

MICHIGAN 182, Notre Dame 117
MICHIGAN 155, Northwestern 145
Northwestern 189.5, Notre Dame 110.5

Event Winners/U-M Finishers

400-yard Medley Relay
 1. Michigan 'A'                                3:44.97
   (Mattie Kukors, Angela Chokran,
    Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie)
 5. Michigan 'B'                                3:49.42
   (Liz Johnson, Julia Andracki,
    Alexa Mehesan, Deirdre Jones)
 7. Michigan 'C'                                3:53.30
   (Ashley Cohagen, Melissa Lang,
    Linnea Johnson, Katherine Carl)
 8. Michigna 'D'                                3:58.99
   (Erin Cameron, Nikki Hubbard,
    Val Barthelemy, Courtney Beidler)
One-meter Diving
 1. Felicitas Lenz, Northwestern                 292.50
 4. Amanda Lohman, U-M                           272.25
 7. Rachael Ropeik, U-M                          255.10
 9. Erin Bridgewater, U-M                        231.75
11. Brianna Maroukis, U-M                        203.35
Three-meter Diving
 1. Felicitas Lenz, Northwestern                 314.75
 2. Amanda Lohman, U-M                           307.20
 5. Rachael Ropeik, U-M                          274.25
 9. Erin Bridgewater, U-M                        251.30
11. Brianna Maroukis, U-M                        226.55
1,000-yard Freestyle
 1. Adrienne Bicek, U-M                        10:08.29
 8. Megan Craig, U-M                           10:33.06
200-yard Freestyle
 1. Jacqueline Powell, Northwestern             1:50.50
 2. Liz Koselka, U-M                            1:51.62
 6. Kristyne Cole, U-M                          1:52.44
 9. Liz Johnson, U-M                            1:54.40
10. Deirdre Jones, U-M                          1:54.42
100-yard Backstroke
 1. Kim Holden, Notre Dame                        55.93
 2. Mattie Kukors, U-M                            56.02
 3. Ashley Cohagen, U-M                           57.03
 6. Sam Pearson, U-M                              58.59
 7. Erin Cameron, U-M                             59.32
100-yard Breaststroke
 1. Samantha Maxwell, Notre Dame                1:03.38
 3. Julia Andracki, U-M                         1:04.38
    Angela Chokran, U-M                         1:04.38
 7. Melissa Lang, U-M                           1:05.90
 8. Nikki Hubbard, U-M                          1:06.35
200-yard Butterfly
 1. Adrienne Bicek, U-M                         2:00.92
 2. Caitlin Dauw, U-M                           2:02.25
 7. Val Barthelemy, U-M                         2:06.07
 9. Courtney Beidler, U-M                       2:06.39
--  Linnea Johnson, U-M                         2:11.48
50-yard Freestyle
 1. Alexa Mehesan, U-M                            23.36
 3. Natasha Moodie, U-M                           23.68
 6. Deirdre Jones, U-M                            24.20
 8. Katherine Carl, U-M                           24.32
100-yard Freestyle
 1. Jacqueline Powell, Northwestern               51.56
 5. Natasha Moodie, U-M                           51.84
T7. Liz Johnson, U-M                              53.11
 9. Deirdre Jones, U-M                            53.25
10. Kristyne Cole, U-M                            53.75
200-yard Backstroke
 1. Kim Holden, Notre Dame                      2:00.20
 2. Mattie Kukors, U-M                          2:00.32
 3. Ashley Cohagen, U-M                         2:02.15
 5. Sam Pearson, U-M                            2:04.51
 9. Erin Cameron, U-M                           2:11.81
200-yard Breaststroke
 1. Samantha Maxwell, Notre Dame                2:18.36
 2. Angela Chokran, U-M                         2:18.85
 7. Melissa Lang, U-M                           2:22.81
 8. Julia Andracki, U-M                         2:23.10
10. Val Barthelemy, U-M                         2:27.91
11. Courtney Beidler, U-M                       2:27.97
500-yard Freestyle
 1. Adrienne Bicek, U-M                         4:57.15
 3. Liz Koselka, U-M                            5:00.54
 7. Kristyne Cole, U-M                          5:03.29
T8. Megan Craig, U-M                            5:06.08
100-yard Butterfly
 1. Caitlin Dauw, U-M                             55.12
 2. Alexa Mehesan, U-M                            55.23
10. Nikki Hubbard, U-M                            57.91
11. Linnea Johnson, U-M                           57.94
400-yard Individual Medley
 1. Mattie Kukors, U-M                          4:19.76
 6. Courtney Beidler, U-M                       4:29.86
 7. Val Barthelemy, U-M                         4:32.16
10. Linnea Johnson, U-M                         4:42.22
400-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. Northwestern 'A'                            3:25.03
   (Jacqueline Powell, Marybeth Hall,
    Liza Engstrom, Taylor Reynolds)
 2. Michigan 'A'                                3:25.52
   (Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw,
    Adrienne Bicek, Natasha Moodie)
 4. Michigan 'B'                                3:30.11
   (Liz Koselka, Kristyne Cole,
    Liz Johnson, Katherine Carl)


Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On his team's performances against Northwestern and Notre Dame ... "I thought we competed really well. The three weeks after we come back from Puerto Rico are always extremely difficult weeks in terms of our training cycle. These meets, traditionally, have not been easy meets to perform well in, but I thought we raced well. There were a number of races that could have gone either way."

On the start of the meet ... "The key thing is we won the opening medley relay and we probably were not favored to do that. We thought about splitting our relays so we could finish second and third to pick up six points, but if we had decided to do that, our meet with Northwestern would have ended in a tie. The people on the relay said they were going out there to win it and they did a great job. At the end of the day, that opening relay set a big tone for us."

On Adrienne Bicek ... "She swam really tough. She trains that way and when you see her race, it's no surprise. Her performances are a very accurate description of how she trains. I told the team halfway through the meet to not pat themselves on the back because it could go down to the last relay. Mattie [Kukors] won the 400 IM and that kind of closed out the meet for us, that event. Like last year with Northwestern, it came down to the last race."

On Ohio State, which Michigan faces next week ... "Ohio State is always a good team. It's the rivalry. If Ohio State is on our schedule, it's on. The key to it, for us, is to respect our training paradigm for the week. We swim on Friday afternoon, so we won't be recovered as if it were on a Saturday, but that's life. You have to learn to step up and compete. When you are fatigued and beat up, which has been a recurring theme for us this year, you have to find a way to compete, and that will really help us come the Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships."

On returning home next week for the first time since October ... "We need a weekend at home badly. We hadn't had a full weekend at home in a long time. We're really looking forward to swimming on Friday in front of our own fans. It'll be a welcome sight."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423