Feb. 21, 2013
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 (116 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Feb 22-23 -- 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 slipped three spots to seventh place after the second day of competition at the Big Ten Championships on Thursday (Feb. 21) inside the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center despite the performances of two top-six finishers in the 200-yard individual medley. Junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) took fourth place in the 200-yard individual medley, and freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge) finished in sixth place to earn points for the Wolverines.
Beidler set a career-best time of 1:58.25, a full second-plus faster than her preliminary time (1:59.35). That time establishes Beidler as the third-fastest Wolverine in this event on the school's all-time list, tying a time Oldershaw set earlier this season (Nov. 30, 2012). Oldershaw touched in 1:59.10, just behind her teammate. Both times qualify as NCAA consideration times.
Two other Wolverines grabbed top-10 finishes in their final Big Ten Championships. Senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) placed 10th in the 50-yard freestyle relay while competing in the 'B' final. Her time of 22.80 is a new career best, snipping .13 seconds off her preliminary time (22.93). Her mark is also a NCAA consideration time and is the eighth fastest for a Wolverine swimmer.
In the 500-yard freestyle finals, senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) grabbed 10th place overall, swimming in the 'B' final. Her time of 4:44.44 was more than a second faster than her preliminary time (4:45.79) and counts as an NCAA consideration time.
The only other Wolverine swimmers in action were in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of freshman Sharalynn Missiuna (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Trafalgar), senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville), freshman Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and freshman Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) placed ninth with a time of 1:31.06. The time represents a new season best for the Wolverines.
In the diving well, freshman Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) just missed the one-meter finals, placing 18th.
The Big Ten Championships continue Friday (Feb. 22) in Minneapolis. The preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. CST, and the finals follow at 6:30 p.m. Six events are scheduled for Friday's session: the 400-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly, the 200-yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard medley relay.
Team Standings (After Day Two)
1. Minnesota 303.5 2. Indiana 211.5 3. Penn State 175 4. Purdue 142.5 5. Ohio State 132 6. Wisconsin 116.5 7. MICHIGAN 116 8. Nebraska 90 9. Northwestern 79 10. Michigan State 34 11. Illinois 32
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two)
Preliminaries time in parentheses if faster than finals time
200-yard Freestyle Relay 1. Minnesota 1:28.43*!& 9. MICHIGAN 1:31.06 (Sharalynn Missiuna, Deirdre Jones, Zoe Mattingly, Ali DeLoof) 500-yard Freestyle 1. Lindsay Vrooman, Indiana 4:35.41*!& 10. Adrienne Bicek, U-M 4:44.44# 29. Jessica Wolf, U-M 4:52.06 35. Kally Fayhee, U-M 4:54.39 36. Savannah Hatt, U-M 4:54.72 37. Michelle Stefandl, U-M 4:54.82 200-yard Individual Medley 1. Tori Simenec, Minnesota 1:57.11# 4. Courtney Beidler, U-M 1:58.25# 6. Marni Oldershaw, U-M 1:59.10# (1:58.34) 25. Val Barthelemy, U-M 2:01.30# 27. Angela Chokran, U-M 2:01.40# 35. Marie Georger, U-M 2:02.90 43. Erin Cameron, U-M 2:03.57 45. Melissa Lang, U-M 2:03.78 50-yard Freestyle 1. Ivy Martin, Wisconsin 21.86* 10. Deirdre Jones, U-M 22.80# 23. Sharalynn Missiuna, U-M 23.15 30. Zoe Mattingly, U-M 23.25 35. Geneviève Aubé, U-M 23.32 43. Ali DeLoof, U-M 23.50 54. Claudia Lau, U-M 23.81 56. Molly Schaefer, U-M 23.86 63. Julia Andracki, U-M 24.03 66. Nikki Hubbard, U-M 24.05 One-meter Diving 1. Maragaret Keefer, Minnesota 351.45^ 18. Sarah Kamstra, U-M 269.35^ 29. Brianna Maroukis, U-M 249.30 34. Marina Nazario, U-M 237.10 35. Erin Bridgewater, U-M 230.20 * NCAA automatic qualifying time # NCAA consideration time ^ NCAA Zone diving qualifying score ! Big Ten Record & Big Ten Championships Record
N O T E S
Eleven Wolverines set career-best times between preliminary swims earlier in the day and finals swims in the evening session.
Courtney Beidler cut more than two seconds off her previous career best in the 200-yard individual medley coming into today (2:00.32).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On U-M's two point scorers in the 200-IM ... "Courtney (Beidler) cut two-and-a-half seconds off her best, and that is really exciting. Marni (Oldershaw) tried some different things tonight, wanting to come out really fast and unfortunately wasn't as fast as she was this morning. But they both scored some great points for Michigan, and that was exciting."
On the 50-yard freestyle relay ... "Deirdre (Jones) beat some pretty fast people, and she was able to touch the wall in second for her consolation heat, and she's pretty excited. She's doing great in the last few meets, and it's fun to watch."
On competing tomorrow ... "The girls are focused on doing best times, that's what we've got to do to get second swims (in the evenings) and score points."
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423