Jan. 21, 2012
Site: Columbus, Ohio (McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion)
Score: #17 Ohio State 164.5, #22 Michigan 132.5
Records: U-M (4-6, 2-3 Big Ten), Ohio State (8-0, 2-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Jan. 27 -- vs. Michigan State (Canham Natatorium), 6 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team had its three-meet winning streak snapped on Saturday (Jan. 21), falling at No. 17 Ohio State, 164.5-132.5, inside the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Wolverines lost to the Buckeyes for only the third time ever but received a pair of race wins from senior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and junior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North).
Ohio State started the meet off hot, winning four of the first five races. The Wolverines' lone victor in that stretch was Bicek, who won the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:51.62). Other top-three finishers in that stretch included senior Kristyne Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.29, third), and freshman Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) and junior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), who finished second (56.13) and third (56.46), respectively, in the 100-yard backstroke.
Dauw added to her season-long dominance in the butterfly after finishing in a rare tie with Ohio State's Shannon Draves for top honors in the 200-yard butterfly (1:58.87). Fellow senior Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) put her undefeated streak on the line in the 50-yard freestyle but was handed her first loss of the season by Ohio State's Megan Detro, who touched the wall five-hundredths of a second faster than Mehesan at 23.16. Mehesan was timed at 23.21.
The Wolverines closed the meet on a positive note, winning five of the final six races. Cohagen started it off with a victory in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.01). Bicek and Dauw followed her effort with wins of their own; Bicek in the 500-yard freestyle (4:53.18) and Dauw in the 100-yard butterfly (53.77 - an NCAA consideration time). Junior Val Barthelemy (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) won the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.84), while the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Mehesan, Dauw, Bicek and junior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) closed the meet out with a triumph at 1:34.15.
Senior Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) continued to lead the charge in the diving well for the Wolverines. The reigning Big Ten Diver of the Week the last two weeks, Lohman won the one-meter competition with a 319.43 score, and finished second on the three-meter board (349.50).
Michigan closes out the dual-meet portion of the schedule next Friday (Jan. 27) when it hosts in-state rival Michigan State at 6 p.m. on Senior Night inside Canham Natatorium.
N O T E S
Michigan falls to 20-3 all-time against Ohio State in dual meets. The Buckeyes have won two of the last three meetings, with both of those wins coming in Columbus.
Mehesan was 7-0 in the 50-yard freestyle prior to her loss on Saturday.
Amanda Lohman scored above a 345.00 on three-meter board for the third straight meet. She received a 360.60 against Indiana on Jan. 7, and 347.50 last Saturday (Jan. 14) against Northwestern/Notre Dame.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On the outcome of the meet ... "The meet stacked up as potentially being very close, but if you went by best times, they should win. We thought we could have made it interesting along the way. We weren't quite as sharp as we were at home the last couple of weeks, and they were. That was the difference."
On the performances of Caitlin Dauw and Adrienne Bicek ... "As we've talked about all week, our distance group is very solid. Both of Adrienne's swims were tough. She came from way behind to win the 1,000-yard freestyle going away, and also won the 500-yard freestyle in impressive fashion. She did a very nice job. Both of Caitlin's swims were fantastic, as well. Those were some of the fastest in-season times she's had here."
On the senior class, who will be honored prior to next week's regular season finale against Michigan State ... "They are everything you want in a senior class. They lead by example, both in and out of the pool. You never have to worry about them. They have it together, and they both know and have what it takes to be senior leaders at the University of Michigan."
U-M Senior Caitlin Dauw
On her performances ... "As Jim alluded to, those were probably two of the best in-season times I've ever had. I'm pretty happy with where I am at right now. I still need to work on my walls and a little bit of splitting in the 200-yard butterfly, but there are always things you can improve upon. I'm trying to push myself harder so I can go faster."
On the team's overall performance ... "I think we swam a really good meet for where we are at. A lot of people are tired, and we're feeling it. January is a tough month. I was happy that nobody went down without a fight. Everybody used what they had to the best of their ability. Even though we didn't come out with a win, we handled ourselves well and gave it the best they had."
On what being a senior at Michigan has meant to her ... "I think training and spending my past four years at Michigan as a student-athlete has meant the world to me. It changed me as a person, and I've definitely become a better athlete and student because of the experiences I've had here and the people I've spent it with."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423