Feb. 1, 2014
Site: Columbus, Ohio (McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion)
Score: #16 Ohio State 181, #20 Michigan 172 (Day 2 of 2)
Records: U-M (5-5, 2-4 Big Ten), Ohio State (9-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 7 -- vs. Michigan State (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team dropped a tightly contested dual meet at No. 16 Ohio State today (Saturday, Feb. 1), 181-172, in a meet that was tied going into the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The points were equal at 168-168 inside McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion, and Michigan needed the top two spots to secure a victory. But OSU took first and third place in the relay to wrap up the meet victory.
Senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) and sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) put the Wolverines in striking distance in the second-to-last event of the meet, the 400-yard individual medley. Beidler took first -- her second win of the meet -- and Oldershaw took second, giving U-M some crucial points to eliminate OSU's lead.
A big lift came late in the meet when the diving scores were added in. Just like she had in the three-meter competition on Friday (Feb. 1), junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) outperformed the field to take first place on the one-meter board (292.43). She was followed by teammates sophomore Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) and junior Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Herricks) in third and fourth places, respectively.
The Maize and Blue held a 95-91 advantage over Ohio State following day one of the meet (Friday, Jan. 31). Michigan raced to a win in the opening event today, beating the Buckeyes by 1.5 seconds in the 200-yard medley relay. 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) clocked in at 1:41.37, compared to OSU's second-place relay at 1:42.87.
Junior Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Dicoesan Girls' School) was Michigan's other event winner of the day, taking the 200-yard backstroke in 1:59.20.
The Wolverines wrap up their dual-meet schedule against Michigan State this Friday (Feb. 7) at Canham Natatorium. The meet begins at 5 p.m. ,and there will be a pre-meet ceremony to honor U-M's six seniors: Beidler, Erin Bridgewater, Erin Cameron, Chokran, Nikki Hubbard and Brianna Maroukis.
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