Feb. 18, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 8th Place of 12 Teams (241 points)
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., March 8-10 -- at NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals (Bloomington, Ind.)
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A trio of 'A' finalists propelled the No. 17-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team on Saturday (Feb. 18) at the final day of the Big Ten Championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Wolverines finished eighth at the event, scoring 241 points, while Minnesota won the team crown with 680.5 points. Michigan finished the weekend with 24 career-best swims, 22 NCAA consideration times and seven NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores.
Senior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) led the 'A' finalists, claiming fifth place in the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.75, an NCAA consideration time), while junior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) finished sixth in the 200-yard backstroke (1:56.43, an NCAA consideration time). Senior diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) placed in the top eight for the third straight night, this time on the platform (8th, 273.45).
Senior tri-captain Kristyne Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) closed out her meet with a 15th-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:32.09, a new career best). She took more than 12 seconds off her previous career best, which was set Dec. 4 in the same pool at the Hawkeye Invitational.
The Wolverines were well represented in the 200-yard backstroke, led by Cohagen. Though they did not score team points, four others swam in the 'C' final, including freshman Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School), who finished 17th with an NCAA consideration time of 1:58.06.
Sophomore Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) won the 'B' final of the 200-yard breaststroke, touching the wall at 2:12.49, an NCAA consideration time. Juniors Melissa Lang (Edison, N.J./Bishop George) and Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) each swam in the 'C' final and each earned NCAA consideration times, finishing one-hundredth of a second apart from each other in 20th (2:15.79) and 21st (2:15.80), respectively.
With the postseason in full swing, the Michigan divers will now ready for the NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals, to be held from March 8-10 at the Councilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. Seven divers from the region will move on to the NCAA Championships.
Final Team Standings
1. Minnesota 680.5 2. Indiana 651 3. Ohio State 560 4. Wisconsin 411 5. Penn State 379.5 6. Purdue 285 7. Northwestern 258 8. MICHIGAN 241 9. Iowa 201 10. Illinois 84 11. Nebraska 82 12. Michigan State 65
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Four)
Preliminaries mark in parenthesis if better than finals mark
1,650-yard Freestyle 1. Lindsay Vrooman, Indiana 16:00.44#+ 15. Kristyne Cole, U-M 16:32.09 23. Adrienne Bicek, U-M 16:41.52 24. Kally Fayhee, U-M 16:41.56 27. Michelle Stefandl, U-M 16:47.84 31. Savannah Hatt, U-M 17:00.06 39. Megan Craig, U-M 17:09.49 200-yard Backstroke 1. Tess Behrens, Minnesota 1:53.34*+ 6. Ashley Cohagen, U-M 1:56.43# (1:55.80#) 17. Claudia Lau, U-M 1:58.06# 21. Liz Johnson, U-M 1:59.56 22. Sam Pearson, U-M 2:00.60 (1:59.93) 24. Kayla Douglas, U-M 2:06.40 (2:00.49) 46. Erin Cameron, U-M 2:05.79 100-yard Freestyle 1. Becky Thompson, Wisconsin 48.28#+ 32. Alexa Mehesan, U-M 50.62 50. Deirdre Jones, U-M 51.34 54. Katherine Carl, U-M 51.90 75. Liz Koselka, U-M 52.73 200-yard Breaststroke 1. Haley Spencer, Minnesota 2:07.58*+ 9. Angela Chokran, U-M 2:12.49# 20. Melissa Lang, U-M 2:15.79# 21. Julia Andracki, U-M 2:15.80# (2:15.55#) 200-yard Butterfly 1. Shannon Draves, Ohio State 1:56.35#+ 5. Caitlin Dauw, U-M 1:57.75# 21. Courtney Beidler, U-M 2:02.57 (2:01.78) 22. Kally Fayhee, U-M 2:02.63 (2:01.83) 31. Val Barthelemy, U-M 2:03.35 34. Linnea Johnson, U-M 2:04.32 42. Savannah Hatt, U-M 2:06.50 400-yard Freestyle Relay 1. Wisconsin 3:16.12#+ (Becky Thompson, Rebecka Palm, Laura Miller, Aja Van Hout) 11. Michigan 3:22.60# (Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw, Deirdre Jones, Kristyne Cole) Platform Diving 1. Chey Cousineau, Ohio State 326.10^ 8. Amanda Lohman, U-M 273.45^ T13. Carey Chen, U-M 251.20^ (256.40^) T13. Erin Bridgewater, U-M 251.20^ 24. Marina Nazario, U-M 193.40 * NCAA automatic qualifying time # NCAA consideration time ^ NCAA zone diving qualifying mark + Facility Record
Big Ten Award Winners
Freshman of the Year: Becky Stoughton, Iowa
Swimmer of the Big Ten Championships: Alyssa Vavra, Indiana
Swimming Coach of the Year: Kelly Kramer, Minnesota
Diving Coach of the Year: Vince Panzano, Ohio State
Diver of the Championships: Maggie Keefer, Minnesota
N O T E S
The Wolverines' eighth-place finish is its lowest finish at a conference meet in school history.
This year's meet marked only the second time in Jim Richardson's 27-year tenure in which Michigan did not crown a conference champion. The only other time that happened was at the 2002 Big Ten Championships.
Kristyne Cole's previous career best in the 1,650-yard freestyle was 16:45.48, set back on Dec. 4 at the Hawkeye Invitational.
The Wolverines had four 'C' finalists in the 200-yard backstroke: Claudia Lau (17th, 1:58.06, an NCAA consideration time), Liz Johnson (21st, 1:59.56), Sam Pearson (22nd, 2:00.60) and Kayla Douglas (24th, 2:06.40).
Mehesan was the team's highest finisher in the 100-yard freestyle (32nd, 50.62).
Amanda Lohman was an 'A' finalist in all three diving events. She finished sixth on both the one-meter and three-meter in earlier sessions.
Erin Bridgewater dove off the tower for the first time in competition this season. She tied for 13th place with teammate Carey Chen, as each scored a 251.20 in the finals. The score was good enough to qualify Bridgewater to the NCAA Zone C Diving meet. Chen had already previously qualified.
The Wolverines finished 11th in the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final race of the meet. Their time was 3:22.60, an NCAA consideration time.
The time trials results from the first three days were released. The Wolverines swam a time trial in the 200-yard medley relay, with the quartet of Ashley Cohagen, Angela Chokran, Caitlin Dauw and Alexa Mehesan swam the race in 1:39.90, an NCAA consideration time. Michigan was disqualified in that race on Wednesday. Three others swam time trials, including Linnea Johnson in the 100-yard butterfly (56.30), Sam Pearson in the 100-yard backstroke (56.45), and Kayla Douglas in the 50-yard freestyle (27.92) and 100-yard backstroke (56.66).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Swimming Coach Jim Richardson
On the team's meet ... "The last couple days, I'd rather put it in the bag and bury it. It is not reflective of the way we trained. I can't remember a Big Ten meet for us being as tough as this one was for us. We jumped a relay that first night that put us in the hole, and I think that made us a little shell-shocked. I thought we came out better last night, but it was a struggle for us at times, no doubt."
On who impressed him the most ... "I thought Courtney Beidler had a breakout meet. Her 200 IM and 400 IM swims were lifetime bests by a lot. Claudia Lau swam a very good meet. Nikki Hubbard is still developing and coming along nicely, but she's got a lot of talent. Angela Chokran, to come out of mono, that's amazing, to do what she did. We had some other people swim well, and hopefully we can build on this."
On Caitlin Dauw ... "I thought she had a very good meet. She wasn't fully rested for this meet. We felt she had already made NCAAs, so we made that decision not to fully rest her. It wasn't easy for her to do what she did. She was second in the 100-yard butterfly and fifth in the 200-yard butterfly. She had an excellent meet given the circumstances."
On what the next step is for this team ... "We're really going to rest the next week and see if we can pick up some neural recovery. We weren't on our 'A' game, and you come to Big Tens, you better have it. We've got some re-wiring to do, and see if we can get this one figured out."
Michigan Head Diving Coach KZ Li
On his divers' performance ... "Compared to where we were last year, I thought we did pretty well. Amanda (Lohman) obviously did a very good job, making the finals on all three boards, and the newcomers gave us some points, too, so I am pleased with that."
On Amanda Lohman ... "I think she really wanted it. She wanted to win. She didn't have the best meet here last year, and I think that was a big motivating factor for her. Amanda has been our most consistent performer all year, so it is nice to see her do well."
On what the team does between now and Zones ... "As of right now, we're going to take four. Last year we had two. Hopefully Amanda can make it to NCAAs again. We've got three weeks to prepare for Zones, and our goal is to make sure they hit their peak at the right time."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423