Quintet of Wolverines Compete on First Day of Michigan Open

Feb. 9, 2013

Site: Rochester, Mich. (Oakland University Aquatic Center)
Event: Michigan Open
U-M Team Result: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Feb. 10 -- at Michigan Open (Rochester, Mich.), 6 p.m.

ROCHESTER, Mich. -- A quartet of athletes from the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team earned top-five finishes across two different events while competing in the Michigan Open today (Saturday, Feb. 9) inside the Oakland University Aquatic Center. A fifth swimmer placed in the top 15 in her event.

In the 100-yard freestyle finals, a trio of Michigan swimmers placed within the top five. Senior Katherine Carl (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) took third place at 52.29, topping her morning preliminary time by .24 seconds (52.53). She was followed by sophomore Geneviève Aubé (LaSarre, Quebec/St. Andres School [Fla.]), who finished fourth with a time of 52.47.

Sophomore Molly Schaefer (West Bloomfield, Mich./Marian) finished .44 seconds behind Aubé and grabbed fifth place in the event (52.91). All three Michigan swimmers finished less than two seconds behind the event winner.

Sophomore Kayla Douglas (Livonia, Mich./Franklin) placed fourth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.70. She was top-seeded backstroker going into the event, having touched first in the morning preliminaries at 2:01.75, nearly four seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

The "B" finals of the 100-yard butterfly featured another Michigan swimmer, sophomore Alisa Zoltowski (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette), who placed fourth in that heat and 13th overall for the event. She swam a 59.38, besting her morning preliminary time of 59.45.

All five swimmers will compete on Sunday (Feb. 10) in the Michigan Open. Zoltowski is scheduled to swim in the 200-yard butterfly and Douglas in the 100-yard backstroke. The trio of Carl, Aubé and Schaefer all plan to enter the 50-yard and 200-yard freestyles.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423