Feb. 23, 2013
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University of Minnesota Aquatic Center)
Event: Big Ten Championships (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 6th Place of 12 Teams (309 points)
Next U-M Event: Thu-Sat., March 14-16 -- at NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals (West Lafayette, Ind.)
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Juniors Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) and Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) each notched fourth-place finishes on the final day of the Big Ten Championships Saturday (Feb. 23), guiding the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team to sixth place overall in the four-day competition held at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Minnesota won with a score of 831.5 points. Michigan finished with 309 points, 60 points ahead of seventh-place Wisconsin (249 points).
Beidler swam in her third individual 'A' final of the championships, finishing in fourth place in the 200-yard butterfly at 1:57.49, which places her second on the Wolverines career top times list in the event. She cut more than two-and-a-half seconds off her previous career best. Her mark is an NCAA consideration time.
Chokran matched Beidler's fourth-place finish -- in the 200-yard breaststroke -- in her second individual 'A' final (100-yard breaststroke on Friday). Chokran finished in 2:10.54, an NCAA consideration time, and just slightly off her preliminary time of 2:10.41, which established a new career best.
A pair of Wolverines swam in the 200-yard butterfly 'B' final in front of Beidler. Freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge) placed 10th overall by setting a new career best of 1:59.49, and senior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) finished four spots behind her at 14th overall at 2:00.85. Oldershaw earned an NCAA consideration time with her mark.
Senior Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) swam in the 'C' final of the 200-yard breaststroke. She took 18th overall with an NCAA consideration time of 2:14.78.
The afternoon session began with a pair of U-M distance swimmers earning points in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Freshman Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego) took 11th place overall with a new career best of 16:29.63, and sophomore Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School) placed 14th overall with a new career best of 16:38.54. Wolf's time is an NCAA consideration time.
A pair of Wolverines scored points in the 200-yard backstroke. Senior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) took first in the 'B' final and ninth overall at 1:55.51. Freshman Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) set a career best along the way to her 10th overall finish at 1:56.97. Both marks are NCAA consideration times. Sophomore Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) swam in the 'C' final, finishing 24th overall with a time of 1:59.54.
Senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) was the lone Wolverine to compete in a 100-yard freestyle final, taking second in the 'C' final at 49.99 for an 18th overall finish. Jones set a new career best during preliminaries at 49.90, an NCAA consideration time.
Diver junior Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) placed 12th on the platform, with a score of 276.40. It is a new career best and an NCAA Zone diving qualifying mark.
Postseason competition continues for Michigan divers, who will prepare for the NCAA Zone C Diving regionals, to be held March 14-16 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
Final Team Standings
1. Minnesota 831.5 2. Indiana 671.5 3. Penn State 498.5 4. Ohio State 384 5. Purdue 363 6. MICHIGAN 309 7. Wisconsin 249 8. Northwestern 203.5 9. Nebraska 195 10. Illinois 56 Michigan State 56
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Four)
Preliminaries mark in parentheses if better than finals mark
1,650-yard Freestyle 1. Lindsay Vrooman, Indiana 15:51.20*& 11. Jessica Wolf, U-M 16:29.63# 14. Michelle Stefandl, U-M 16:38.54 26. Savannah Hatt, U-M 16:54.23 30. Adrienne Bicek, U-M 17:13.36 200-yard Backstroke 1. Brooklyn Snodgrass, Indiana 1:51.77* 9. Ashley Cohagen, U-M 1:55.51# 10. Marie Georger, U-M 1:56.97# 24. Claudia Lau, U-M 1:59.54 (1:58.08#) 37. Sam Pearson, U-M 2:01.70 48. Kayla Douglas, U-M 2:03.78 100-yard Freestyle 1. Paige Whitmire, Penn State 48.74# 18. Deirdre Jones, U-M 49.99# (49.90#) 35. Sharalynn Missiuna, U-M 50.56 42. Ali DeLoof, U-M 50.80 56. Geneviève Aubé, U-M 51.85 66. Molly Schaefer, U-M 52.36 200-yard Breaststroke 1. Haley Spencer, Minnesota 2:05.98*!& 4. Angela Chokran, U-M 2:10.54# (2:10.41#) 18. Julia Andracki, U-M 2:14.78# (2:14.69#) 30. Melissa Lang, U-M 2:18.90 200-yard Butterfly 1. Shannon Draves, Ohio State 1:55.12# 4. Courtney Beidler, U-M 1:57.49# 10. Marni Oldershaw, U-M 1:59.49# 14. Kally Fayhee, U-M 2:00.85 (2:00.60) 400-yard Freestyle Relay 1. Minnesota 3:15.18* 9. MICHIGAN 3:20.48 (Deirdre Jones, Sharalynn Missiuna, Ali DeLoof, Courtney Beidler) Platform Diving
1. Amy Cozad, Indiana 309.05^!& 12. Erin Bridgewater, U-M 276.40^ 24. Sarah Kamstra, U-M 208.95 27. Marina Nazario, U-M 197.90 31. Brianna Maroukis, U-M 175.35 * NCAA automatic-qualifying time # NCAA consideration time ! Big Ten Record & Big Ten Championships Record ^ NCAA Zone Diving qualifying mark
Big Ten Award Winners
Freshman of the Year: Brookyln Snodgrass, Indiana
Swimmer of the Big Ten Championships: Lindsay Vrooman, Indiana
Swimming Coach of the Year: Kelly Kremer, Minnesota
Diving Coach of the Year: Wenbo Chen, Minnesota
Diver of the Championships: Maggie Keefer, Minnesota
N O T E S
Thirteen U-M swimmers set new career-best times during preliminary and finals events.
Courtney Beidler scored the most points for the Wolverines during the four-day meet with 46.
Angela Chokran's preliminary time of 2:10.41 in the 200-yard breaststroke is the second-best career time for a Wolverine in that event.
Ashley Cohagen established the third-best mark in the 200-yard backstroke on the Wolverine all-time career list.
Marie Georger established the sixth-best mark in the 200-yard backstroke on the Wolverine all-time career list.
This marks the second consecutive season Michigan did not crown an individual conference champion.
The Wolverines finished ninth in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:20.48. The time is a season best for the Wolverines.
Several Wolverines participated in time trials on Saturday. Zoe Mattingly (50.61) and Claudia Lau (52.57) swam in the 100-yard freestyle; Geneviève Aubé (23.47) and Molly Schaefer (23.93) swam in the 50-yard freestyle; Nikki Hubbard swam in the 100-yard butterfly (55.91); Erin Cameron swam in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.32); and Kayla Douglas swam in the 100-yard backstroke.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
Overall impressions of the meet ... "It was fun to watch the girls swim their best times. We have a high percentage that swam best times. It's always fun to see people swim as fast as they ever have in their life. Some of the girls like Courtney, Marni, Kally and Val really swam well -- it was exciting. It was a satisfying evening on the last night to see Courtney drop her time by quite a bit and Ashley drop her time as well. To have school records in in two relays is pretty special. It was a successful meet, sixth place is not ever where we want to finish but the girls showed a lot of determination."
On what stood about certain individuals ... "What stood out to me was their smiles, watching them be really happy was great. We didn't stand on top of the podium once but they were excited about their results."
On the impact of the two new school records in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard medley relay ... "It shows that we've gotten better and it helps with recruiting. Swimmers see that when you come to Michigan you get to improve. It also shows that the Big Ten is tough conference, it's arguable the deepest conference in the country."
On what comes next for the team ... "We will continue to show that details matter and there is a lot of coaching to do over the next few weeks. We've only been together for six months and the team has seen that our changes are working and they're motivated to continue working. We're looking forward to NCAAs and taking a group there and scoring some points."
Michigan Head Diving Coach KZ Li
Overall impressions of the meet ... "The divers did pretty good but my expectations are higher. I wanted us to be responsible for more points for the team. We talked to the team and we are focused on getting better for the next time. Only Erin got us points from the tower and we want to do better than that."
On what the team can take away from the meet ... "Number one we have a team focus. Divers learn a lot from competitions and failures are big learning experiences. Part of it is overcoming some fear and part is continuing to make changes and corrections to get better."
On the upcoming NCAA Zone diving meet ... "We are going to focus in and do our best. We have three divers going and it will be a learning experience for them. We are going to try our best and see what happens."
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423