Feb. 20, 2014
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University of Minnesota Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 2 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 7th Place of 12 Teams (131 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Friday, Feb. 21 -- at Big Ten Championships - Day 3 (Minneapolis, Minn.), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m. CST
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- A 2-3 finish in the 200-yard individual medley from sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) and senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) provided a major boost to the No. 20 University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team Thursday (Feb. 20) as the team sits in seventh place following two nights of competition at the Big Ten Championships held inside the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Oldershaw touched at 1:57.11 and Beidler at 1:57.21, both new personal bests. Each knocked time off from their morning prelim swims (1:57.23 for Oldershaw; 1:57.59 for Beidler). Oldershaw and Beidler now own the second- and third-fastest career times in the 200-yard IM, respectively, trailing only Margaret Kelly (1:55.41 set in 2009).
The 1-2 punch of Maize and Blue IMers secured 33 points for the Wolverines. Meanwhile, senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) turned in a seventh-place finish in the 'B' final (15th overall) to give U-M a trio of point-scorers in the event.
A pair of Michigan divers turned in solid contributions, highlighted by junior Carey Chen's (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) eighth-place finish from one-meter; Chen scored a 311.10 in the 'A' final. That is a new personal best (previous: 308.85 on Sept. 27, 2013) and also marks a new season best for the Wolverines.
Sophomore Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) also scored points from one-meter, placing 14th overall.
In the first event of the night, the Wolverines sent four underclassmen out in the 200-yard freestyle relay and came away with the ninth-fastest time in school history (1:30.32) and an NCAA 'B' cut. The relay of freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae), sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), freshman Madeline Frost (Saline, Mich./Saline) and sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) bested last season's Big Ten time by .74 seconds (1:31.06).
DeLoof was Michigan's other swimming finalist on the night, taking seventh in the 'B' final of the 50-yard freestyle (22.97).
The Maize and Blue will compete in seven events during the third day of the Big Ten Championships Friday (Feb. 21): the 400-yard medley relay, the 400-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and three-meter diving. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. CST, with finals scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m. CST inside the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Team Standings (After Day 2)
1. Minnesota 258 2. Indiana 211 3. Penn State 157 4. Ohio State 151 5. Wisconsin 144 6. Purdue 138 7. MICHIGAN 131 8. Iowa 81 8. Nebraska 81 10. Michigan State 47 10. Northwestern 45 12. Illinois 36
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two)
Preliminaries time in parentheses if faster than finals time
200-yard Freestyle Relay 1. Wisconsin 1:28.75* 6. MICHIGAN 1:30.32^ (Julia Fiks Salem, Ali DeLoof, Madeline Frost, Zoe Mattingly) 500-yard Freestyle 1. Lindsay Vrooman, IND 4:36.91* 25. Kelsey Cummings, U-M 4:50.30 40. Jessica Wolf, U-M 4:55.46 42. Madison Horton, U-M 4:55.68 58. Mary Kate Leary, U-M 5:04.49 200-yard Individual Medley 2. Marni Oldershaw 1:57.11# 3. Courtney Beidler 1:57.21# 15. Angela Chokran 2:01.20# (2:00.43#) 17. Marie Georger 2:00.64# 19. Erin Cameron 2:01.25# 65. Celia Keany 2:08.86 50-yard Freestyle 1. Ivy Martin, WIS 21.68* (21.58*!&) 15. Ali DeLoof, U-M 22.97# (22.70#) 26. Madeline Frost, U-M 23.08 29. Julia Fiks Salem, U-M 23.16 37. Sharalynn Missiuna, U-M 23.32 48. Claudia Goswell, U-M 23.56 49. Molly Schaefer, U-M 23.61 60. Claudia Lau, U-M 23.79 60. Nikki Hubbard, U-M 23.79 75. Olivia Samoray, U-M 24.09 One-meter diving 1. Casey Matthews, PUR 351.25^ 8. Carey Chen, U-M 311.10^ 14. Sarah Kamstra, U-M 276.80^ 21. Nicole Honey, U-M 256.35 22. Brianna Maroukis, U-M 250.45 27. Elena Ghormley, U-M 241.25 28. Marina Nazario, U-M 238.10 37. Emily Boyd, U-M 221.40 42. Keegan McCaffrey, U-M 182.80 * NCAA automatic-qualifying time # NCAA provisional time ^ NCAA Zone diving qualifying score ! Big Ten record & Big Ten Championships record $ Michigan record
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On today's performances at the second night of the meet ... "We are coming up and coming after people. We had about 65 percent best times today, and that's good. Look at our divers -- scoring points for us and really showing improvement. I'm not happy or satisfied because we are not where we need to be. But we are coming -- and the Big Ten Conference can see it."
N O T E S
Michigan added (4) NCAA consideration times today, bringing its season total to (28).
Courtney Beidler sliced more than three seconds off her best in the 200-yard IM this season alone. Heading into the 2013-14 season, her personal best was 2:00.32. It is now 1:57.21.
Beidler now has five top-10 finishes in her career at Big Tens: 2012: ninth in the 400-yard IM; 2013: third in the 400-yard IM, fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM; 2014: third in the 200-yard IM.
Oldershaw has four top-10 finishes in her career at Big Tens: 2013: fourth in the 400-yard IM, sixth in the 200-yard IM, 10th in the 200-yard butterfly; 2014: second in the 200-yard IM.
Erin Cameron has taken 2.26 seconds off her personal best in the 200-yard IM this season. She came into the 2013-14 season with a best of 2:03.51. It now stands at 2:01.25.
Carey Chen's eighth-place finish is the best of her career at Big Tens from any board. She did not compete in 2013 due to an injury. Her highest finish in 2012 as a freshman was 13th from the platform.
Career Bests Today
|Claudia Goswell||50-yard freestyle||23.56|
|Madison Horton||500-yard freestyle||4:55.68|
|Celia Keany||200-yard IM||2:08.68|
|Erin Cameron||200-yard IM||2:01.25|
|Marie Georger||200-yard IM||2:00.64|
|Angela Chokran||200-yard IM||2:00.43|
|Courtney Beidler||200-yard IM||1:57.59|
|Marni Oldershaw||200-yard IM||1:57.23|
|Olivia Samoray||50-yard freestyle||24.09|
|Nikki Hubbard||50-yard freestyle||23.79|
|Molly Schaefer||50-yard freestyle||23.61|
|Ali DeLoof||50-yard freestyle||22.70|
|Madeline Frost||50-yard freestyle||23.08|
|Carey Chen||1-meter Diving||311.10|
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