Jan. 25, 2013
Site: East Lansing, Mich. (McCaffree Pool)
Score: #25 Michigan 174, Michigan State 120
Records: U-M (4-4, 4-2 Big Ten), MSU (6-3, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 8 -- vs. Toledo (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team won the first six races en route to a 174-120 victory over Michigan State on Friday (Jan. 25) in McCaffree Pool. The win marks the Wolverines' 26th straight victory over the Spartans in dual meets, a streak that dates back to the mid-80s.
The 400-yard medley relay team of freshman Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), freshman Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) started the string of six consecutive victories in the opening event, winning in 3:43.85, six seconds faster than Michigan's number two team.
By the time senior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) touched first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.55) in the meet's sixth race, U-M had built a 90-22 lead. Cohagen also took first place in the 100-yard butterfly (55.61) followed by Mattingly (57.01) and Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) (57.19).
Following a Spartan win the 50-yard freestyle, Michigan reeled in victories over the next seven races to seal the win.
Jones was part of four wins on the night including the 400-yard medley. She swam the opening leg of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay team, along with freshman Sharalynn Missiuna (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Trafalgar), Mattingly and DeLoof (1:34.14). She also took first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.39), followed closely by senior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) in second (1:54.48) and Beidler in third (1:54.96). Plus Jones' time of 50.66 was good for first place in the 100-yard freestyle.
Chokran was a three-time winner and set two pool records. She eclipsed the previous record in McCaffree Pool by winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.28. Freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge) took second in that event (1:03.78) followed by senior Melissa Lang (Edison, N.J./Bishop George) in third (1:06.14). Chokran also set a new pool record with her win in the 200-yard breastroke (2:15.05).
Michigan won 13 of 16 events on the night, and set four new pool records in all.
DeLoof broke the previous pool record with her time of 55.23 in the 100-yard backstroke, to go along with the two medley wins. Sophomore Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School), established a new pool record with her 200-yard backstroke performance (2:00.95). Oldershaw took first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.47).
In the diving well junior Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) finished second on the three-meter (272.85) and third from the one-meter (273.45). Freshman Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) was Michigan's top performer on the one-meter, finishing second (276.82). That mark is a season-best for Kamstra from one meter.
Michigan returns to action for Senior Night on Friday (Feb. 8) to face Toledo inside Canham Natatorium. The meet starts at 5 p.m.
N O T E S
• Michigan improves its series record to 35-2 all-time against Michigan State.
• This is the second dual meet in a row Michigan has won 13 out of 16 events.
• The win is Michigan's fourth over a Big Ten opponent this season (Ohio State, Northwestern, Wisconsin)
• Adrienne Bicek won the 500-yard freestyle, and she continued her streak of finishing first, second or third every time she has particpated in that race this season.
• Jones and Bicek finish their careers with four individual race wins against Michigan State.
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