Beidler Breaks Through! 400 IM Big Ten Champ
Courtney Beidler

Feb. 21, 2014

Prelims  | Finals 

Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University of Minnesota Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 3 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 4th Place of 12 Teams (272 points) after Day 3
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Feb. 22 -- at Big Ten Championships - Day 4 (Minneapolis, Minn.), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m. CST

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) of the No. 20-ranked University of Michigan swimming and diving team overtook first place in the 400-yard individual medley in the final 100 yards, coming from fourth place heading into the freestyle leg, to win the Big Ten title Friday (Feb. 21) at the Big Ten Championships inside the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Beidler's first-place finish at 4:07.42, along with sophomore Marni Oldershaw's (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) second-place finish (4:08.50), helped propel Michigan to the number four spot in the standings after three nights of competition. The Wolverines jumped from seventh after night two to fourth on Friday (272 points). The 1-2 finish by U-M's IMers was the first for teammates at this meet.

The senior swam the freestyle in 55.94 to move into first place and erased a deficit that was great than half a second after three legs. Her time (4:07.52) is a new Michigan record. Oldershaw's time (4:08.50) is the third-fastest career time in school history.

The individual medley was the second event of the night, and Beidler had a quick turnaround after also racing in the 400-yard medley relay, the night's opening event. Michigan's medley relay took fourth place overall. The highlight of the medley was sophomore Zoe Mattingly's (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) opening backstroke split of 52.81, which set a new school record.

Mattingly and fellow sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) then went out to break that record in the 100-yard backstroke in the A final, and they both nearly did it. Mattingly took third at 52.83 and DeLoof placed fourth, just a whisker behind at 52.84. All three 100 backstrokes tonight were under DeLoof's previous school record of 52.95.

Senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) also took home a medal with her third-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:00.22). She finished just .42 seconds behind Minnesota's Kierra Smith (59.80). It is the first top-three placement at the Big Ten meet in her career.

U-M also had a solid showing in the diving well, with junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) taking eighth place overall in the three-meter springboard (293.55). It is the second-straight top-eight finish for Chen. In the B final, sophomore Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) placed fifth (13th overall), her second straight day of scoring as well.

The Maize and Blue will compete in seven events during the fourth and final day of the Big Ten championships Saturday (Feb. 22): the 400-yard freestyle relay, the 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard butterfly, the 1,650-yard freestyle and platform 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 3)

 1. Minnesota                526
 2. Indiana                  397
 3. Penn State               314
 4. MICHIGAN                 272
 5. Ohio State               261
 6. Purdue                   253
 7. Wisconsin                230
 8. Iowa                     130
 9. Nebraska                 101
10. Northwestern             68
11. Michigan State           60
12. Illinois                 57

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 3)
Preliminaries time in parentheses if faster than finals time

400-yard Medley Relay
 1. Indiana                            3:30.30*!&
 4. MICHIGAN                           3:35.55#
   (Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran,
    Courtney Beidler, Zoe Mattingly)
400-yard Individual Medley
 1. Courtney Beidler, U-M              4:07.42#$
 2. Marni Oldershaw, U-M               4:08.50#
11. Marie Georger, U-M                 4:15.61# (4:14.76#)
24. Erin Cameron, U-M                  4:24.90
100-yard Butterfly
 1. Mackenzie Powers, PSU                51.56*!&
11. Zoe Mattingly, U-M                   53.33#
34. Nikki Hubbard, U-M                   55.60
44. Elizabeth Harty, U-M                 56.22
200-yard Freestyle
 1. Alyson Ackman, PSU                 1:44.11#
19. Claudia Goswell, U-M               1:48.59
38. Sharalynn Missiuna, U-M            1:50.32
43. Kelsey Cummings, U-M               1:50.78
57. Jessica Wolf, U-M                  1:52.72
59. Celia Keany, U-M                   1:53.28
68. Molly Schaefer, U-M                1:53.95
--  Elizabeth Harty, U-M                   DFS
100-yard Breaststroke
 1. Kierra Smith, MINN                   59.80#
 3. Angela Chokran, U-M                1:00.22#
33. Madison Horton, U-M                1:04.36
36. Nikki Hubbard, U-M                 1:05.05
100-yard Backstroke
 1. Brooklyn Snodgrass, IND              51.65*
 3. Zoe Mattingly, U-M                   52.83#
 4. Ali DeLoof, U-M                      52.84#
23. Claudia Lau, U-M                     55.49
27. Madeline Frost, U-M                  55.59
34. Kayla Douglas, U-M                   55.92
39. Julia Fiks Salem, U-M                56.31
Three-meter Diving
 1. Maggie Keefer, MINN                 386.75^
 8. Carey Chen, U-M                     293.55^ (319.50^)
13. Sarah Kamstra, U-M                  299.25^
21. Emily Boyd, U-M                     263.75
24. Keegan McCaffrey, U-M               255.70
29. Elena Ghormley, U-M                 245.90
33. Nicole Honey, U-M                   233.15
34. Brianna Maroukis, U-M               230.90
37. Marina Nazario, U-M                 214.45
* NCAA automatic-qualifying time
# NCAA provisional time
^ NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score
! Big Ten record
& Big Ten Championships record
$ Michigan record

• Previous Results: Day 2 | Day 1


Courtney Beidler's Big Ten crown was Michigan's first since 2011, when Caitlin Dauw when the 100-yard butterfly and U-M won the 200-yard freestyle relay.

• Beidler now has six top-10 finishes in her career at Big Tens (2014: first in the 400-yard IM, third in the 200-yard IM; 2013: third in the 400-yard IM, fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM; 2012: ninth in the 400-yard IM).

Marni Oldershaw has five top-10 finishes in her career at Big Tens (2014: second in both the 200-yard and 400-yard individual medlies; 2013: fourth in the 400-yard IM, sixth in the 200-yard IM, 10th in the 200-yard butterfly).

Angela Chokran's third-place finish was her sixth top-10 at the Big Ten Championships (2014: third in the 100-yard breaststroke; 2013: fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke, fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke; 2012: eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke, ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke; 2011: sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke).

Zoe Mattingly's time of 53.33 in the 100-yard butterfly is the seventh-fastest career time in U-M history.

Career Bests Today

Name Event Time/Score
Courtney Beidler 400-yard IM 4:07.42
Marni Oldershaw 400-yard IM 4:08.50
Marie Georger 400-yard IM 4:14.76
Zoe Mattingly 100-yard butterfly 53.33
Jessica Wolf 200-yard freestyle 1:52.72
Sharalynn Missiuna 200-yard freestyle 1:50.32
Claudia Goswell 200-yard freestyle 1:48.59
Madison Horton 100-yard breaststroke 1:04.36
Julia Fiks Salem 100-yard backstroke 56.31
Madeline Frost 100-yard backstroke 55.59
Zoe Mattingly 100-yard backstroke 52.81
Ali DeLoof 100-yard backstroke 52.84
Carey Chen 3-meter Diving 319.50
Keegan McCaffrey 3-meter Diving 255.70


Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On Courtney Beidler's tremendous race in the 400-yard IM ... "The thing about that is that there was a choice about who to put on the 400 medley relay right before her event. When asked, she said 'Put me on coach, I want to be on that relay,' and she knew she'd have to swim the 400 IM less than a half hour after the relay. There is a reason she got the Sportsmanship Award and we are so proud of her."

On what he saw when she took over the field during the freestyle leg ... "The only thing I remember is everybody around me jumping up and down and screaming -- it was just a time of celebration as she was doing that. Everybody knew that as she started moving in that last 50, there was nobody that was going to catch her."

On the contributions from Zoe Mattingly and Ali DeLoof ... "When you watched Zoe lead off that relay, she didn't make a NCAA A standard, but hit a B standard and is close enough to where we think she'll be invited to the NCAA meet -- and she broke a school record. Then she swam the 100 fly and was great, and then the 100 back again. Ali has been our go-to gal -- she held off probably the fastest sprinter in the field on that relay and out-touched her. Then she came back in the 100 back. These women are repeating event after event and scoring points, and making what we believe are NCAA cuts."

On what he'd like to see in day four of the meet ... "We would love to see some of our women who have been watching the finals come along and score some points for Michigan. If they can do that, and score some points for Michigan, they will be believers. I also want to point out that our divers are doing a great job. I've been spending my afternoons watching them, it's just fun to see how they are getting better, and not just (Carey and Sarah) who are scoring, but all of them. I'm looking forward to seeing the tower tomorrow, I think that will be our strongest diving event."

U-M Senior Courtney Beidler
On the success of herself and training partner Marni Oldershaw ... "We sat down before the year and decided that we were going to go 1-2 in some event, any event, at Big Tens. It didn't matter the order. And then we did it -- that is pretty crazy. I couldn't ask for a better training partner. I think 'dependable' is a great word to describe her. Everyday, every practice we work hard and push each other, but it makes us love each other even more."

On her game plan to recover from relay and then race in the 400 IM ... "I was really excited to be on the relay, it was a great relay to put together and we did a great job. Right after that, I got in the warm down pool and kept moving. There wasn't much else I could do. I knew my teammates were supporting me and I'd have some time to warm down. But it was awesome to be a part of that relay."

On her approach to swimming the 400 IM ... "Going out, I took it out easier than morning prelims. I was trying to save my legs a little bit on the backstroke because I knew I'd be tired after the 100-fly in the relay. I just tried to stay smooth. During the race, I did what I always do, just told myself to stay calm and tell myself I'm doing great. I had no idea what the field looked like on that last 100. I just knew Penn State was right next to me and I had to beat her."

On what she saw in the last 100 ... "I thought I was pretty far behind Marni and Dorina (Szekeres from Penn State). I actually looked for them on that last 50 and I thought they were so far ahead that I couldn't see them. Then I knew that Penn State (Gabrielle Shishkoff) was next to me and I could see her."

On what her win does for the team ... "It means everything, this team is headed for great things. I am so proud of them. They are absolutely inspiring every single day. It is cliché, but I could not have done that without them. I did it for the team."

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winners
Alyssa Toland - Illinois
Stephanie Armstrong - Indiana
Lindsay Seemann - Iowa
Courtney Beidler - Michigan
Jessica Wellick - Michigan State
Hailey Szews - Minnesota
Katt Sickle - Nebraska
Jackie Powell - Northwestern
Ashley Vance - Ohio State
Casey Francis - Penn State
Francesca Marr - Purdue
Katie Delaney - Wisconsin

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