Jan. 31, 2014
Site: Columbus, Ohio (McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion)
Score: #20 Michigan 95, #16 Ohio State 91 (After Day 1 of 2)
Records: U-M (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten), Ohio State (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 1 -- at Ohio State - Day 2 (Columbus, Ohio), 11 a.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team holds a 95-91 edge over No. 16 Ohio State after Friday's (Jan. 31) first night of competition at the two-day dual held at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. The two squads will be back in the water on Saturday (Feb. 1) for nine more events.
Nebraska had to cancel its appearance at the meet due to some travel complications, turning the double dual into a straight dual between the Wolverines and Buckeyes. A release on Huskers.com indicated weather caused problems with Nebraska's flight. Michigan and Nebraska have yet to meet as Big Ten Conference opponents.
Michigan put 13 points on the board in the first event of the night with a first and a third-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. The first-place relay of sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), Senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae) finished in 3:41.71, nearly three seconds faster than OSU's second place relay (3:44.59).
Michigan's backstroke depth shown through in the 100-yard backstroke. DeLoof touched first at 54.02, and was followed closely by teammates junior Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Dicoesan Girls' School) in second and Mattingly in third.
The meet was tight throughout, with ties of 37 points after four events and 75 points after eight events.
U-M kept pace with several other first-place finishes. Chokran won an individual event of her own, taking the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.75. Senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) bested the field in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.74) with sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) right behind her (2:01.02) for second place. Oldershaw then outraced everyone else to take top honors in the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.37).
Michigan climbed into the lead at the end of day one thanks to its divers, who went 1-3-4 in the three-meter springboard competition. Junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) setting the pace; her score of 300.08 edged OSU's Taylor Ford, who scored a 297.38. Junior Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Herricks) and sophomore Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) placed third and fourth, respectively.
The Wolverines conclude the double dual tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 1) with Ohio State at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion. The No. 1 Michigan men's swimming and diving team will also be competing against the No. 9 Ohio State men's team. The meet begins at 11 a.m. Follow @umichswimdive on Twitter for in-meet "Aquatics Analysis" from the Michigan coaching staff. Use the hashtag #UMDeckPass.
N O T E S
Claudia Lau swam a season best in the 100-yard backstroke at 55.61 (previous: 56.07 at the US Winter National Championships). Her career best is 54.96.
Ali DeLoof won the 100-yard backstroke for the fifth time this season in a dual meet. The only time she did not take the top spot was at a double dual against Indiana and Texas on Oct. 25, 2013.
Courtney Beidler has now won at least one event in six of Michigan's seven dual meets.
Carey Chen won from three meters for the first time in a dual meet this season. She previously won from three meters at the Pitt Panthers Invitational (Nov. 23).
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (email@example.com)