Trio of 'A' Finalists, Fifth-Place Finish Wrap Final Night at Big Tens
Angela Chokran

Feb. 22, 2014

Prelims  |  Finals 

Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University of Minnesota Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 5th Place of 12 Teams (361 points)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 1 -- at OSU Last Chance Meet (Columbus, Ohio), Noon

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan swimming and diving team wrapped up competition at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday (Feb. 22) with a fifth-place finish at the all-league meet held inside the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. A trio of 'A' finalists and six 'B' finalists powered Michigan's final night at the meet, moving U-M up one spot from sixth place in 2013.

U-M's first A finalist on the night, sophomore Zoe Mattingly's (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), touched at 49.48 in the 100-yard freestyle, good for seventh place.

Senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) was Michigan's second swimming A finalist of the night and came through for the Wolverines, taking fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke. She out-touched Taylor Vargo of Ohio State by .01 seconds (2:11.61 to 2:11.62).

Junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) continued her strong showing in the diving well, taking sixth from the platform. Her score of 263.65 surpassed her score (252.95) and eighth-place finish at prelims, and gave U-M 13 crucial points late in the meet. Chen competed in the A finals from all three boards at the championships.

In the final event of the night -- the 400-yard freestyle relay -- the Wolverines achieved the fifth-fastest time in school history at 3:17.95. The time is a NCAA B standard. The relay of freshman Claudia Goswell (Sydney, Australia/Baker College), Mattingly, sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) cut nearly 1.4 seconds off the previous season best in the event (3:19.33).

Training partners Beidler and sophomore Marni Oldershaw's (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) scored for Michigan on the third consecutive night from the B final of the 200-yard butterfly. Beidler finished 10th overall at 1:58.03 and Oldershaw took 14th at 2:00.14.

The Wolverines got a boost from another pair of B finalists in the 200-yard backstroke: sophomore Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) and junior Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School). Georger took 10th at 1:56.88, a new career high, and the second top-10 finish of her career at Big Tens (2013: 10th in the 200-yard backstroke).

Two distance swimmers scored points for the Wolverines, with junior Kelsey Cummings (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) and sophomore Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego) taking 15th and 16th, respectively, in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Wolf clocked a 16:27.33, a new personal best.

Michigan will next take a contingent of swimmers to the Ohio State Last Chance Meet on Saturday, March 1 at the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. Swimmers will be attempting to achieve NCAA A or B standards.

Team Standings (Final)

 1. Minnesota                760
 2. Indiana                  649
 3. Penn State               484
 4. Ohio State               374
 5. MICHIGAN                 361
 6. Wisconsin                338
 7. Purdue                   334
 8. Iowa                     199
 9. Nebraska                 145
10. Northwestern             110
11. Michigan State           87
12. Illinois                 79

Event Winners/U-M Finishers
Preliminaries time in parentheses if faster than finals time

1,650-yard Freestyle
 1. Lindsay Vrooman, IND              15:55.20*
15. Kelsey Cummings, U-M              16:25.09#
16. Jessica Wolf, U-M                 16:27.33#
35. Mary Kate Leary, U-M              17:07.08
200-yard Backstroke
 1. Brooklyn Snodgrass, IND           1:51.43*
10. Marie Georger, U-M                1:56.88#
14. Claudia Lau, U-M                  1:57.94# (1:57.13#)
29. Kayla Douglas, U-M                2:00.10
51. Mary Kate Leary, U-M              2:04.42
100-yard Freestyle
 1. Ivy Martin, WIS                     47.78#!&
 7. Zoe Mattingly, U-M                  49.48# (49.29#)
21. Madeline Frost, U-M                 50.73 (50.26)
23. Julia Fiks Salem, U-M               51.12 (50.29)
17. Claudia Goswell, U-M                49.75#
18. Ali DeLoof, U-M                     49.76#
38. Sharalynn Missiuna, U-M             50.72
64. Molly Schaefer, U-M                 51.70
71. Olivia Samoray, U-M                 52.09
200-yard Breaststroke
 1. Kierra Smith, MINN                2:06.66*
 4. Angela Chokran, U-M               2:11.61#
21. Madison Horton, U-M               2:17.48 (2:17.10)
23. Erin Cameron, U-M                 2:19.29 (2:18.18)
200-yard Butterfly
 1. Gia Dalesandro, IND               1:53.95*!&
 9. Courtney Beidler, U-M             1:58.03#
14. Marni Oldershaw, U-M              2:00.14
27. Elizabeth Harty, U-M              2:02.97
400-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. Wisconsin                         3:15.65*
 6. MICHIGAN                          3:17.95#
   (Claudia Goswell, Zoe Mattingly
    Ali DeLoof, Courtney Beidler)
Platform Diving
 1. Sarah McCrady, MINN                329.50^
 6. Carey Chen, U-M                    263.65
17. Emily Boyd, U-M                    213.65
18. Brianna Maroukis, U-M              212.55
19. Elena Ghormley, U-M                211.15
20. Nicole Honey, U-M                  206.90
21. Sarah Kamstra, U-M                 203.50
23. Marina Nazario, U-M                194.20
25. Keegan McCaffrey, U-M              192.35
* NCAA automatic qualifying time
# NCAA consideration time
^ NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score
! Big Ten record
& Big Ten Championships record

• Previous Results: Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1

Swimming Coach of the Year: Kelly Kremer, Minnesota
Swimmer of the Championships: Ivy Martin, Wisconsin
Freshman of the Year: Gia Dalesandro, Indiana
Diving Coach of the Year: Adam Soldati, Purdue
Diver of the Championships: Maggie Keefer, Minnesota; Casey Matthews, Purdue

Courtney Beidler (first team)
Marni Oldershaw (second team)


• U-M achieved six top-three finishes during the Big Ten meet:

Courtney Beidler (1st, 400 IM); 3rd, 200 IM)
Marni Oldershaw (2nd, 400 IM; 2nd 200 IM)
Zoe Mattingly (3rd, 100 Back)
Angela Chokran (3rd, 100 Breaststroke)

Courtney Beidler ends her career with seven top-10 finishes at the Big Ten Championships (2014: first in the 400-yard IM, third in the 200-yard IM, ninth in the 200-yard buttefly; 2013: third in the 400-yard IM, fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM; 2012: ninth in the 400-yard IM).

• Beidler scored the most individual points for U-M with 45 during the championships.

Angela Chokran ends her career with seven individual top-10 finishes at the Big Ten Championships (2014: third in the 100-yard breaststroke, fourth in the 200-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).

Claudia Lau's prelims time in the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.13) moves her up to eighth on U-M's fastest career list.

Zoe Mattingly's prelims time in the 100-yard freestyle (49.29) moved her up to sixth on U-M's career fastest list. She was 10th coming into the meet (49.71).

• Mattingly achieved her second top-8 finish at Big Tens this season with her seventh-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. She took third in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday (Feb. 21).

Carey Chen became U-M's first championship finalist from all three boards since Amanda Lohman in 2012.

Marie Georger achieved the sixth-fastest career time at U-M in the 200-yard backstroke in the evening finals at 1:56.88. She came into the meet with the seventh-fastest career time (1:56.97).

Career Bests (Feb. 22)

Name Event Time/Score
Claudia Lau 200-yard backstroke 1:57.13
Marie Georger 200-yard backstroke 1:56.88
Olivia Samoray 100-yard freestyle 52.09
Claudia Goswell 100-yard freestyle 49.75
Zoe Mattingly 100-yard freestyle 49.29
Madeline Frost 100-yard freestyle 50.26
Ali DeLoof 100-yard freestyle 49.76
Madison Horton 200-yard breaststroke 2:17.10
Erin Cameron 200-yard breaststroke 2:18.18
Jessica Wolf 1,650-yard freestyle 16:27.33
Elena Ghormley Platform diving 211.15
Keegan McCaffrey Platform diving 192.35


Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On the team's overall performance at the meet ... "There were some good things when you take a look at everything. We moved up one spot from sixth to fifth this year. We had about 50 more points than last year. And we got our first Big Ten championship (Courtney Beidler's 400-yard IM) in several years. Our divers keep improving and scored some points for us."

On his goals moving forward ... "We are all about getting better every day. We have improved and we showed we are getting better, but we are not satisfied. We wanted to catch Ohio State and came up just short. We have to keep getting better and that is our mission."

On looking ahead to the NCAA Championships ... "We believe we have five athletes qualified right now plus a couple of relays. We want to be in a position to take nine athletes. We have an opportunity to qualify a few more women and we'll see how the cuts shake out."

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