Feb. 17, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 3 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 7th Place of 12 teams (173 points) after Day 3
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 18 -- at Big Ten Championships - Day Four (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 had three 'A' finalists and eight more 'B' finalists that sparked a jump to seventh place after the conclusion of the third day on Friday (Feb. 17) at the Big Ten Championships, held at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The team scored 95 points during the third day of competition and trails sixth-place Purdue by just 1.5 points. Minnesota (456) maintains its lead over the field.
The highest finisher of the day came from senior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) in the 100-yard butterfly. The reigning Big Ten champion in that race, she came up just short of winning her second conference crown, finishing second to Penn State's Mackenzie Powers at 52.66. Dauw will receive an All-Big Ten second team honor for her runner-up finish.
Senior Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) scored points via the diving well after her sixth-place finish off the three-meter springboard (331.40). Sophomore Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) represented the Wolverines in the 100-yard breaststroke, coming in eighth place (1:01.36). Chokran and Dauw each had NCAA consideration times.
The Wolverines finished seventh in the only relay of the day -- the 400-yard medley relay (3:38.39, an NCAA consideration time), but seven swimmers and one diver earned team points in 'B' finals. Sophomore Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) won the 'B' race to earn ninth in the 400-yard individual medley, improving on her time from this morning's preliminaries by almost three seconds. Her finals time of 4:13.63 is an NCAA consideration time and new career best, and also makes her the seventh-fastest Wolverine in that race all-time. Senior Kristyne Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) took 15th in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:49.42, while sophomore Nikki Hubbard (Granger, Ind./Penn) was 16th in the 100-yard butterfly (55.53).
The Wolverines were represented in the 'B' final of the 100-yard backstroke, led by junior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), who finished in 10th (54.56, an NCAA consideration time). She was joined by sophomore Erin Cameron (Rockwood, Mich./Oscar A. Carlson), who finished in 14th (55.71), and freshman Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School), who finished in 16th (56.36). Junior Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) finished 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.69). The last 'B' finalist of the day came from freshman Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) after she finished 16th in the three-meter diving competition (261.60).
The Big Ten Championships conclude from Iowa City on Saturday (Feb. 18), beginning with preliminaries at 11 a.m., with finals at 6:30 p.m. (both CST). Among the events scheduled include: the 1,650-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard butterfly, the 400-yard freestyle relay and platform diving.
Team Standings (After Day Three)
1. Minnesota 456 2. Indiana 416 3. Ohio State 401 4. Wisconsin 289 5. Penn State 260.5 6. Purdue 174.5 7. MICHIGAN 173 8. Northwestern 164 Iowa 164 10. Illinois 66 11. Nebraska 59 12. Michigan State 55
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Three)
Preliminaries time in parenthesis if faster than finals time
400-yard Medley Relay 1. Penn State 3:33.50#+ (Paige Whitmire, Merritt Krawczyk, Mackenzie Powers, Samantha Palser) 7. MICHIGAN 3:38.39# (Claudia Lau, Angela Chokran, Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan) 400-yard Individual Medley 1. Allysa Vavra, Indiana 4:01.41* 9. Courtney Beidler, U-M 4:13.63# 29. Val Barthelemy, U-M 4:22.54 30. Adrienne Bicek, U-M 4:22.84 100-yard Butterfly 1. Mackenzie Powers, Penn State 52.25# 2. Caitlin Dauw, U-M 52.66# 16. Nikki Hubbard, U-M 55.53 (54.59#) 36. Linnea Johnson, U-M 56.44 40. Deirdre Jones, U-M 56.74 55. Kayla Douglas, U-M 58.92 19. Alexa Mehesan, U-M 54.80 (preliminary swim) 24. Ashley Cohagen, U-M 55.27 (preliminary swim) 200-yard Freestyle 1. Hannah Whitehead, Minnesota 1:45.77# 15. Kristyne Cole, U-M 1:49.42 (1:48.09#) 41. Michelle Stefandl, U-M 1:51.67 47. Liz Koselka, U-M 1:52.26 50. Katherine Carl, U-M 1:52.53 56. Megan Craig, U-M 1:53.20 100-yard Breaststroke 1. Ashley Wanland, Wisconsin 59.17*+ 8. Angela Chokran, U-M 1:01.36# 11. Julia Andracki, U-M 1:01.69# (1:01.56#) T17. Melissa Lang, U-M 1:02.91# 24. Nikki Hubbard, U-M 1:05.34 (1:03.37) 100-yard Backstroke 1. Tess Behrens, Minnesota 52.35*+ 10. Ashley Cohagen, U-M 54.56# 14. Erin Cameron, U-M 55.71 (55.12#) 16. Claudia Lau, U-M 56.36 (54.96) 24. Liz Johnson, U-M 55.73 33. Sam Pearson, U-M 56.73 37. Kayla Douglas, U-M 56.94 Three-meter Diving 1. Bianca Alvarez, Ohio State 410.65^ 6. Amanda Lohman, U-M 331.40^ 16. Carey Chen, U-M 261.60 (313.20^) 20. Marina Nazario, U-M 283.70^ 37. Erin Bridgewater, U-M 235.75 * NCAA automatic qualifying time # NCAA consideration time ^ NCAA zone diving qualifying mark d elected not to swim in finals + Facility Record
N O T E S
The Wolverines achieved 10 NCAA consideration times and three NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores on Friday. Additionally, 13 student-athletes set new career-best times.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423