U-M Celebrates Seniors with Victory over Toledo
Julia Andracki

Feb. 8, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Score: #16 Michigan 161, Toledo 80
Records: U-M (5-4), Toledo (2-5)
Next U-M Event: Sat-Sun., Feb. 9-10 -- at Michigan Open (Rochester, Mich.), 9 a.m./6 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- On Senior Night, the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan's women's swimming and diving team won 12 of 13 events against Toledo on Friday (Feb. 8) for a 161-80 victory inside Canham Natatorium.

Senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) won two events, touching first in the 50-yard freestyle with a career-best 23.26 and in the 100-yard freestyle (51.03). In each of those races junior Geneviève Aubé (LaSarre, Quebec/St. Andres School [Fla.]) picked up points, taking second in the 50-yard and third in the 100-yard freestyle.

Sophomore Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School) took first in two distance events, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in a career-best 10:07.33. She also won the 500-yard freestyle (5:56.81), while freshman Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego) placed second (4:58.98) and senior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) placed third (5:00.61).

In seven of Michigan's 10 swimming event wins, Wolverine swimmers finished 1-2. Even when Toledo won its first and only event of the night -- the 200-yard individual medley -- freshman Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) finished second (2:06.73) and junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) placed third (2:07.56).

Two other senior swimmers won the only events they competed in. Senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) touched first in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:51.32, followed closely by junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) in second (1:51.63) and sophomore Molly Schaefer (West Bloomfield, Mich./Marian) in third (1:53.06).

Then senior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) won the 100-yard butterfly in 56.12, followed by Fayhee in third (56.61). That was the sixth swimming event of the night and pushed Michigan beyond the 80 points Toledo collected all night.

In the diving well, Michigan divers followed suit with the swimmers, finishing 1-2 from the three-meter and 1-2-3 from the one-meter.

Sophomore Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) took first from the three-meter and set a career high with a score of 312.00. Junior Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) placed first from the one-meter (292.20), followed by freshman Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) in second (264.45) and Nazario (250.12).

Other Michigan winners included sophomore Kayla Douglas (Livonia, Mich./Franklin), whoplaced first in the 100-yard backstroke (55.44), and junior Nikki Hubbard (Granger, Ind./Penn), who nipped senior Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) by .14 seconds to place first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:04.67).

Select swimmers will compete in the Michigan Open (Sat-Sun., Feb 9-10) in Rochester, Mich., beginning at 9 a.m. each day. The next team event is the Big Ten Championships, which are set for Wed-Sat., Feb. 20-23, in Minneapolis, Minn.


Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On the final home meet of the season ... "We were watching our seniors and hoping that their last meet would be a great one. We got some great swims out of them, and we had some girls vying for a position on the Big Ten team. The whole evening was about the seniors, and it was fun watching them swim their last meet."

On coaching the Class of 2013 in their final season and first with him ... "We are going to miss our seniors. I told Deirdre (Jones) tonight that I wish I had two more years with her. We're still getting to know all of them in some ways and still learning how to coach them. I'm so thankful that this was my senior class, we're going to miss them. They were a great senior class."

On the atmosphere at Canham Natatorium tonight ... "It was great to have the parents there and celebrate the senior meet. Kudos to Toledo for coming up for senior night. Toledo was a great sport to come up and give our seniors this one last meet."

On what comes next ... "Tonight was really about having a great celebration for the seniors, but they all know we have a lot of work to do before Big Tens because we have 12 more days to get ready for that."  


• Michigan is now 6-0 all-time against Toledo in dual meets, with wins in each of the last six seasons. The Wolverines topped the Rockets, 171-121, inside Canham Natatorium on Oct. 21, 2011.

• U-M is now 28-0 in dual meets against teams from the Mid-America Conference.

• Michigan divers repeated their success against Toledo from last season, when Junior Erin Bridgewater took first place from the one-meter, and sophomore Marina Nazario finished first from the three-meter.

• Seniors Ashley Cohagen and Adrienne Bicek finished their careers with three individual wins apiece against Toledo in dual meets in three different events. Cohagen won the 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes in last season's meet (Oct. 21, 2011), and Bicek won the 500-yard freestyle in last season's meet and the 1,000-yard freestyle on Oct. 22, 2010.

• Michigan honored its 10 seniors Julia Andracki, Val Barthelemy, Adrienne Bicek, Katherine Carl, Ashley Cohagen, Kally Fayhee, Linnea Johnson, Deirdre Jones, Melissa Lang and Sam Pearson in a ceremony before the meet.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423