Feb. 19, 2014
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University of Minnesota Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 1 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 6th Place of 12 Teams (54 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Feb. 20 -- at Big Ten Championships - Day 2 (Minneapolis, Minn.), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m. CST
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team came away with a new school record in the 200-yard medley and sits in sixth place at the Big Ten Championships following the two opening events on Wednesday (Feb. 19) at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
The Wolverines touched in 1:37.51 in the medley relay, eclipsing the previous school record by .33 seconds (1:37.84), to take fourth place. U-M's mark is an NCAA qualifying time, meaning the Maize and Blue will send a 200-yard medley relay to the NCAA Championships (March 20-22).
Sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae) took more than a second off their previous season best (1:38.80). The fourth-place finish netted U-M 30 points in all.
The Maize and Blue also raced to a seventh-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 7:11.34. The relay of freshman Claudia Goswell (Sydney, Australia/Baker College), senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South), junior Kelsey Cummings (EL Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) and sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) established the sixth-fastest time in U-M history. The time is an NCAA consideration mark.
Beidler provided a tremendous lift to the relay, splitting at 1:44.97, the third-fastest split in the event.
The Wolverines will compete in five events during the second day of the Big Ten championships Thursday (Feb. 20): the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley, the 50-yard freestyle and one-meter diving. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. CST, with finals following at 6:30 p.m. CST inside the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Team Standings (After Day One)
1. Indiana 74
2. Minnesota 72
3. Wisconsin 60
4. Ohio State 58
4. Penn State 58
6. MICHIGAN 54
7. Iowa 44
8. Nebraska 42
9. Northwestern 32
10. Purdue 28
11. Michigan State 24
11. Illinois 24
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day One)
200-yard Medley Relay
1. Indiana 1:36.69*
4. MICHIGAN 1:37.51*$
(Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran,
Zoe Mattingly, Julia Fiks Salem)
800-yard Freestyle Relay
1. MINNESOTA 7:00.04*
7. MICHIGAN 7:11.34#
(Claudia Goswell, Courtney Beidler,
Kelsey Cummings, Marni Oldershaw)
* NCAA automatic-qualifying time
# NCAA provisional time
! Big Ten record
& Big Ten Championships record
$ Michigan record
N O T E S
U-M has set a new 200-yard medley relay in consecutive Big Ten championships. Ali DeLoof and Angela Chokran have been a part of both relays.
Michigan's qualifying standard in the 200-yard medley relay is its first "A cut" of the 2013-14 season.
Chokran is part of the four-fastest 200-yard medley relays in school history (1:37.51 set tonight; 1:37.84 set in 2013; 1:38.10 set in 2013; 1:38.35 set in 2011).
U-M's provisional time in the 800-yard freestyle relay is its 24th "B cut" of the season.
Michigan's 800-yard freestyle relay was more than three-seconds faster than the 2013 Big Ten Championships (7:14.49).
Claudia Goswell set a new personal best in the 200-yard freestyle, 1:49.01 (opening legs of relays are the only legs that can set records).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On what he saw on opening night of the meet ... "It was a good night, there were a lot of good things. You have to like a school record in the medley relay. And I'm encouraged by the freestyle relay; we were three seconds faster than (last year) at Big Tens. There was a lot of good, and it's all about getting better."
On who stepped up during the first night ... "Take a look at Courtney (Beidler). She has been working and working, giving her all to this team. She swam one of the fastest splits all night in the second relay, third-fastest. She is a great example of swimming for Michigan. I was encouraged by a lot of what I saw tonight. We are all about building and getting better. Improve every day -- that is what we are all about."
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (firstname.lastname@example.org)