Feb. 7, 2014
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Score: #20 Michigan 164, Michigan State 107
Records: U-M (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten), MSU (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Wed-Sat., Feb. 19-22 -- at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team sent its seniors off with a decisive 164-107 victory over intrastate rival Michigan State Friday (Feb. 7) in the final home dual meet of the season at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines won all but two of the meet's 15 events on Senior Night, including a pair of wins from sophomores Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst).
DeLoof outraced the competition in both the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke. Her wins marked just the second time she has competed in each event in dual meets this season and the second time she won both (previous: 50-yard freestyle vs. Iowa on Sept. 27, 2013, and the 200-yard backstroke at Toledo on Nov. 1, 2013).
Georger took first in the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard individual medley. Her win in the 400-yard IM was her first win in that event this season. Combined with Claudia Lau's (Hong Kong, China/ Diocesan Girls' School) win in the 100-yard backstroke, U-M's backstrokers have now won seven of the last eight backstroke events in dual meets.
Two of the event winners notched significant personal wins. Freshman Claudia Goswell (Sydney, Australia/Baker College) won her first dual meet event of her collegiate career when she touched first in the 200-yard freestyle. Senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) took top honors in the 100-yard freestyle, marking the fifth different individual event she has taken first in during a dual meet this season (others: 200 and 500-yard freestyles, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard IM).
Junior diver Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) continued her strong surge in the second half of the dual-meet season. She won the one-meter competition (299.78) and turned in a second-place finish from three meters while setting a new personal best (317.93). Her three-meter score marks the second time she has set a new personal best this season.
Other event winners included senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) in the 100-yard breaststroke, junior Kelsey Cummings (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) in the 500-yard freestyle and sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Michigan also had bookend relay victories in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The Wolverines will be off until the Big Ten Championships, to be held Feb. 19-22 at the University Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
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