Wolverines Speed Past Michigan State for Dual-Meet Win

Jan. 28, 2011

Complete Results

Site: East Lansing, Mich. (Charles McCaffree Pool)
Score: #15 Michigan 141, Michigan State 93
Records: U-M (6-5, 4-2 Big Ten), Michigan State (3-7, 0-6 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 29 -- vs. Penn State (Canham Natatorium), 11 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team took down another rival on Friday (Jan. 28), crushing Michigan State, 141-93, at the Charles McCaffree Pool. With the win, Michigan is now 32-2 all-time against the Spartans in dual meets.

The Wolverines had the top time in every swimming event of the night; U-M exhibitioned the final two events (100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard freestyle relay), which resulted in automatic victories for the Spartans, regardless of Michigan's times.

Sophomores Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) and Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) each won two events on the night. Fayhee placed first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.10) and the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:18.13), while Bicek took the 400-yard individual medley (4:25.68) and the 100-yard freestyle (52.16).

Other individual event winners included sophomore Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.67), junior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) in the 50-yard freestyle (23.95), junior Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) in the 100-yard butterfly (55.50) and sophomore Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) in the 100-yard backstroke (59.16). The Wolverines also won the 200-yard medley relay to kick off the meet (1:44.62).

Over in the diving well, freshman Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) recorded her highest score (269.54) and place (second) on the one-meter board, while senior Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) scored a career-high 331.13 on the three-meter board to lead the Wolverines. Michigan State diver Sarah Clay took first place off both springboards.

The Wolverines close out the regular season tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 29), when they host No. 25 Penn State inside Canham Natatorium. The meet will serve as Senior Day and begin at 11 a.m. It will run alongside the second day of the men's swimming and diving quad meet.


• The Wolverines have won 22 straight dual meets against the Spartans.

• Michigan has not lost to its in-state rivals since 1986, head coach Jim Richardson's first year in Ann Arbor.

• Bicek swam the 100-yard freestyle for the first time this season. She has now swam in 10 different individual races and on the 200-, 400- and 800-yard freestyle relay teams.


Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On the meet ... "I thought we swam okay. We had a couple swims that were really, really good, and some other people were still feeling the normal fatigue of it being the end of the week. Overall, we swam a pretty solid meet."

On having people swim in different events ... "We needed to move some people around and have them swim some secondary events; events that would contribute to their individual medleys and relays. We did that as a preparation for Big Tens, rather than trying to swim the best meet."

On the quick turnaround and facing Penn State on Saturday ... "I think we're going to have to be on our A-game to even be in the pool with them. They have very good times, better than us in all but one race. The challenge for us is clear, but it's a good opportunity to go up with a team that's swum faster than us this year and see if we can meet that challenge."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423