Three More School Records Fall, U-M Finishes 11th at NCAAs
Clara Smiddy

March 18, 2017

» The Wolverines finished in 11th (159 points), eclipsing their point total from last year (150). It marks the program's highest point total at an NCAA Championships since 1999 (163).
» Over the four-day meet, Michigan had six NCAA All-Americans (five individuals, one relay) and broke seven school records.
» Clara Smiddy made it to the podium on Saturday, finishing sixth in the 200-yard backstroke.
» Smiddy, Vanessa Krause (200-yard butterfly) and Siobhán Haughey (100-yard freestyle) all lowered their school records on Saturday.
» Kristen Hayden finished 11th on platform, marking the first time since 1994 that Michigan had two different divers score at the NCAA Championships. Allie Murphy scored on three-meter on Friday.

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Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (IUPUI Natatorium)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 4 of 4)
U-M Team Standing: 11th Place of 49 Teams (159 points)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team closed out the season by setting three school records on the final day of the NCAA Championships, held Saturday (March 18) inside IUPUI Natatorium. The Wolverines scored more points this year than last, finishing 11th with 159 points, the program's highest point total since 1999 (163). Stanford won the team title (526.5 points).

Michigan got scoring performances from eight individuals and three relays over the course of the four-day meet, including six podium finishes (five individual, one relay). The Wolverines took another step forward under Mike Bottom in 2017, repeating as Big Ten champions (where 26 of 28 student-athletes scored), sending 13 student-athletes to the NCAA Championships (including three divers for the second consecutive year) and breaking 12 school records.

"We had a lot of best times and set a lot of school records at this meet, which isn't always easy after a long season," said head coach Mike Bottom. "This team came together and fought hard for Michigan. The program continues to get better and we're excited to see what the future holds."

Junior Clara Smiddy finished on the podium in the 200-yard backstroke for the second consecutive year, jumping up from her seed (11th) to finish sixth (1:50.71). She lowered her school record in the process, down from 1:51.01, which was set on the final day of last year's NCAA Championships. Smiddy is now one of three swimmers in program history to be an NCAA All-American in the 200-yard backstroke in back-to-back seasons, joining Alecia Humphrey (1993-95) and Anne Kampfe (1996-97).

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The second school record to fall came in the 100-yard freestyle, as sophomore Siobhán Haughey overtook Ali DeLoof for No. 1 on the school's list, finishing 10th (47.39).

After a whirlwind day on Friday (March 17) that saw her go from outside the top 16 to scoring in the 100-yard butterfly, freshman Vanessa Krause was at it again on Saturday, shaving more than a second off her previous school record to qualify for the consolation final in the 200-yard butterfly (1:54.60). She finished 15th overall (1:55.57), becoming the first Michigan swimmer to score in both butterfly events at the NCAA Championships since Melissa Jaeger in 2008.

Freshman Kristen Hayden wrapped up her rookie season with a consolation finals berth on platform, finishing 11th (262.15). She was in 18th heading into the final round of preliminaries but scored a 53.65 on her final dive (205B from 10M), giving her enough of a cushion for the 16th and final spot. With senior Allie Murphy scoring points yesterday on three-meter, two different divers have scored points at the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1994.

"I'm thrilled to see our divers contribute to the team and rise up to the occasion, helping create a more well-rounded team," said diving coach Mike Hilde. "For Allie and Kristen to score points at a meet of this magnitude is a testament to how far our diving team has come. We're going to build on this and keep improving."

The Wolverines had two swimmers score in the 1,650-yard freestyle: junior G Ryan in 12th (15:59.46) and sophomore Yirong Bi in 16th (16:02.52).

Michigan ended the night by picking up a 10th-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Haughey, sophomore Catie DeLoof, junior Gabby DeLoof and sophomore Becca Postoll were clocked at 3:13.49.

Junior Emily Kopas finished just outside of scoring position in the 200-yard breaststroke in 17th (2:09.90).

Final Team Standings (Top 11 Teams)

  1. Stanford                  526.5
  2. California                  366
  3. Texas A&M                 292.5
  4. Georgia                   252.5
  5. Texas                       252
  6. Louisville                194.5
  7. North Carolina State        194
  8. Indiana                     185
  9. USC                         176
 10. Minnesota                   168
 11. MICHIGAN                    159

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 4)
Preliminaries time in parentheses if faster than finals time

1,650-yard Freestyle
  1. Katie Ledecky, Stanford               15:07.70
 12. G Ryan, U-M                           15:59.46
 16. Yirong Bi, U-M                        16:02.52
200-yard Backstroke
  1. Kathleen Baker, California             1:48.44
  6. Clara Smiddy, U-M                      1:50.71M
 18. Gabby DeLoof, U-M                      1:52.63
100-yard Freestyle
  1. Simone Manuel, Stanford                  45.56ANP
 10. Siobhán Haughey, U-M                     47.39M
200-yard Breaststroke
  1. Lilly King, Indiana                    2:03.18ABNP
 17. Emily Kopas, U-M                       2:09.90
 36. Carolyn McCann, U-M                    2:11.76
200-yard Butterfly
  1. Ella Eastin, Stanford                  1:51.35
 15. Vanessa Krause, U-M                    1:55.57 (1:54.60M)
 21. Astrid Swensen, U-M                    1:55.97
Platform Diving
  1. Olivia Rosendahl, Northwestern          335.30
 11. Kristen Hayden, U-M                     262.15
 23. Allie Murphy, U-M                       236.05
400-yard Freestyle Relay
  1. Stanford                               3:07.61ANP
    (Simone Manuel, Katie Ledecky,
     Janet Hu, Lia Neal)
 10. Michigan                               3:13.49 (3:13.26)
    (Siobhán Haughey, Catie DeLoof,
     Gabby DeLoof, Becca Postoll)
A American Record
B Big Ten Record
M School Record
N NCAA Record
P Pool Record

Yirong Bi -- 500-yard Freestyle
Gabby DeLoof -- 200-yard Freestyle
Siobhán Haughey -- 200-yard Freestyle
G Ryan -- 500-yard Freestyle
Clara Smiddy -- 200-yard Backstroke
800-yard Freestyle Relay (Gabby DeLoof, Yirong Bi, Siobhán Haughey, G Ryan)

Yirong Bi -- 1,650-yard Freestyle
Siobhán Haughey -- 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard IM
Kristen Hayden -- Platform Diving
Vanessa Krause -- 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Butterfly
Allie Murphy -- Three-Meter Diving
G Ryan -- 1,650-yard Freestyle
400-yard Freestyle Relay (Siobhán Haughey, Catie DeLoof, Gabby DeLoof, Becca Postoll)
400-yard Medley Relay (Clara Smiddy, Emily Kopas, Vanessa Krause, Siobhán Haughey)

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

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