200 Medley Relay Breaks School Record on Day One of Big Tens
Angela Chokran

Feb. 20, 2013

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Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University of Minnesota Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 1 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: T4th Place of 12 Teams (56 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., Feb. 21-23 -- at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), 6:30 p.m./11 a.m. CST

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team sits in a tie for fourth place at the Big Ten Championships in large part because of a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, the opening event of the competition today (Wednesday, Feb. 20) at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

The relay team set a new school record of 1:37.84, an NCAA 'A' time. That means the team of freshman Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), senior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), and senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) are automatically qualified to race again at the NCAA Championships next month.

The 200-yard medley relay time bests the previous school record by .51 seconds and was less than a second off the first-place time of Minnesota. Michigan's third-place finish netted the Maize and Blue 32 points, more than the team earned during Day 1 of the Big Ten Championships last season (26).

In the second race of the night, the 800-yard freestyle relay, Michigan took seventh place. The team of senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge), junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South), and senior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) finished in 7:14.49. That time was nearly three seconds faster than Michigan swam this event all season; the previous fastest was 7:17.25 recorded at the Hawkeye Invitational (Nov. 30, 2012). The mark of 7:14.49 is the ninth fastest in school history.

Five events are scheduled for Thursday (Feb. 21): the 500-yard freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley, the 50-yard freestyle, one-meter diving and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Preliminaries are scheduled for 11 a.m. CST and finals for 6:30 p.m. CST inside the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Team Standings (After Day One)

 1. Minnesota       74
    Indiana         74
 3. Penn State      58
 4. MICHIGAN        56
    Ohio State      56
 6. Wisconsin       54
 7. Purdue          50
 8. Nebraska        42
 9. Northwestern    36
    Iowa            36
11. Illinois        22
    Michigan State  22

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day One)

200-yard Medley Relay
1. Minnesota   1:36.89*
3. MICHIGAN    1:37.84*
  (Ali DeLoof, Ashley Cohagen,
   Angela Chokran, Deirdre Jones)
800-yard Freestyle Relay
1. Indiana     6:59.48*!&
7. Michigan    7:14.49
  (Adrienne Bicek, Marni Oldershaw,
   Courtney Beidler, Kally Fayhee)
* NCAA automatic-qualifying time
! Big Ten record
& Big Ten Championships record


Angela Chokran was part of the previous school record in the 200-yard medley relay. She set it in 2011 along with Mattie Kukors, Caitlin Dauw, and Natasha Moodie.

Adrienne Bicek and Kally Fayee are part of two 800-yard freestyle relay teams with top-10 school times. Their 2012 team along with Kristyne Cole and Liz Koselka have the eighth best time (7:13.50).


Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On the first race of the championships ... "How exciting to begin with a school record and an NCAA cut with two seniors on that relay team. Everybody was excited to get third in the event and then people started looking at the time, and we realized it was a school record. And to start with a NCAA A cut is great -- the relay was really, really strong."

On the next step in the championships ... "We had a great night, to be in fourth place at the end of the night. Tomorrow (Thursday) is when the work begins, and we'll work in the prelims during the morning to get into the final two heats in the evening. That's what we need to keep scoring points."