Feb. 1, 2014
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On his impressions of the women's meet ... "Courtney (Beidler) was right there, and in the 200 butterfly she was great. Claudia Lau in the 200 backstroke kept us in the meet, she kept us right there. Ali DeLoof did her thing and almost won the 100 freestyle, which is an off event for her. At any point if we had won the 100 free or 100 fly, we would've been in the same situation as the men (with a close win). It turned out the way it turned out, and it was a battle. It came down to the last relay and our sprinters stepped up and did a great job, but it just wasn't enough. It was a great battle."
On the performance of Michigan's divers ... "It was really exciting to see our women's diving program, and see a glimpse of the future. We had Carey, Sarah and Nicole really do well, and then we took a lot of other placements. It just shows that our diving program is coming around and it will be putting some points on the board at Big Tens. The women's program is more balanced as a result of that and it is a great thing to have that."
On Courtney Beidler stepping up to provide leadership in the pool ... "Court has grown into a valiant leader, and I think valiant is the word for it. She leads with emotion and passion. She leads with her heart but also her actions. Her relationship with Marni Oldershaw is a really good one. She is leaving a lot of herself in Marni and is working with her. They battle together in a lot of those events."
On battling on the road and what it can do leading into championship season ... "I think for the women, even though it was a disappointing loss, they are competing. In the past we didn't compete against OSU. We beat them last year in a surprise win at home. Ohio State is a top team, they should be a top team at Big Tens and we will be battling them. To be in it until that last relay, it gave our women some confidence heading into our travel meets at Minnesota"