Michigan in 10th Place after Day One of Big Ten Championships
Kristyne Cole

Feb. 15, 2012

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 1 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 10th Place of 12 Teams (26 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., Feb. 16-18 -- at Big Ten Championships (Iowa City, Iowa), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m. CST

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 17-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team opened competition at the Big Ten Championships on Wednesday (Feb. 15) and sits in 10th place after the first day of action at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

The Wolverines did not get off to a great start, as the quartet of junior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), sophomore Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), senior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and senior Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) was disqualified in the 200-yard medley relay, the first race of the championships. The disqualification occurred as the result of a bad exchange between Dauw and Mehesan heading into the final leg of the relay.

Michigan got its first points of the competition in the 800-yard freestyle relay, the only other race of the night. The team of junior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), senior Kristyne Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), junior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) and senior Liz Koselka (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) finished in sixth place with an NCAA consideration time of 7:13.50, a time that ranks eighth on the school's all-time list. The relay team's time on Wednesday also shattered its previous season best by more than seven seconds.

The Big Ten Championships continue Thursday (Feb. 16) with five events scheduled: 200-yard freestyle relay, 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley, 50-yard freestyle and one-meter diving. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. CST inside the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, with finals commencing at 6:30 p.m.

Team Standings (After Day One)

 1. Wisconsin           72
 2. Indiana             68
 3. Minnesota           66
 4. Ohio State          64
 5. Penn State          54
    Purdue              54
 7. Northwestern        46
 8. Iowa                40
 9. Illinois            32
10. MICHIGAN            26
11. Michigan State      24
    Nebraska            24

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day One)

200-yard Medley Relay
 1. Wisconsin                            1:37.34#+
   (Amie Osten, Ashley Wanland,
    Rebecka Palm, Rebecca Thompson)
--  MICHIGAN                                  DQ
   (Ashley Cohagen, Angela Chokran,
    Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan)
800-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. Indiana                              7:00.82*!&+
   (Brittany Strumbel, Lindasy Vrooman,
    Jessica White, Margaux Farrell)
 6. MICHIGAN                             7:13.50#
   (Adrienne Bicek, Kristyne Cole,
    Kally Fayhee, Liz Koselka)
* NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
! Big Ten record
& Big Ten Championships record
+ Facility Record


• The Wolverines' top time in the 200-yard medley relay coming into the meet was 1:39.18, which ranks second on the school's all-time list. It is also an NCAA consideration time, meaning the quartet could get a chance to swim the race again at the NCAA Championships next month.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423