Oldershaw Earns All-America Honor on Day One of NCAAs
Marni Oldershaw

March 20, 2014

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Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University of Minnesota Aquatic Center)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 1)
U-M Team Standing: 21st Place (11 points) after Day 1
Next U-M Event: Friday, March 21 -- at NCAA Championships - Day 2 (Minneapolis, Minn.), 11 a.m./7 p.m. CDT

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) of the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team earned All-America status with her eighth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, highlighting U-M's first day at the NCAA Championships today (Thursday, March 20) at the University Aquatic Center.

Oldershaw touched in 1:56.88, securing 11 points for the Maize and Blue. That extended U-M's scoring streak at NCAAs to 32 seasons (every year since 1983).

The sophomore put herself in prime position for the evening 'A' final with an outstanding swim during morning preliminaries. She touched at 1:56.18, shaving nearly a second off her previous career best (1:57.11, set at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 20, 2014). Oldershaw also narrowed the gap between herself and former U-M All-American Margaret Kelly, who owns the school record in the 200-yard IM (1:55.41).

Also during morning preliminaries, U-M's 200-yard freestyle relay put up the fifth-fastest time in school history. Head coach Mike Bottom switched up the order of the relay that he used at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 19-22), and it resulted in a time that was 0.56 seconds faster. Today, sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) led off, followed by freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae), sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and freshman Madeline Frost (Saline, Mich./Saline). Previously, Fiks Salem led off followed by DeLoof, Frost and Mattingly.

The Maize and Blue will compete in seven of eight events scheduled for Friday (March 21) at the NCAA Championships: the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard individual medley, the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard breaststroke, the 100-yard backstroke, the 800-yard freestyle relay and platform diving. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. CDT with finals scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. CDT inside the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center.

Team Standings (Top 10)

 1. Georgia                  189
 2. Stanford                 136
 3. California               126
 4. Southern Cal             103
 5. Texas A&M                 86.5
 6. Tennessee                 74
 7. Arizona                   68
 8. Florida                   57
 9. Minnesota                 51.5
10. Wisconsin                 41
21. MICHIGAN                  11

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

200-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. Stanford                        1:26.23
20. MICHIGAN                        1:29.76
   (Zoe Mattingly, Julia Fiks Salem
    Ali DeLoof, Madeline Frost)
500-yard Freestyle
 1. Brittany McLean, Georgia        4:32.53*#
200-yard Individual Medley 
 1. Maya DiRado, Stanford           1:52.50
 8. Marni Oldershaw, U-M            1:56.88 (1:56.18)
29. Courtney Beidler, U-M           1:57.98
50-yard Freestyle
 1. Olivia Smoliga, Georgia           21.59
400-yard Medley Relay
 1. Stanford                        3:27.51*&$#
21. MICHIGAN                        3:36.05
   (Zoe Mattingly, Angela Chokran
    Marni Oldershaw, Ali DeLoof)
One-Meter Diving
 1. Laura Ryan, Georgia              338.60
36. Carey Chen, U-M                  232.25
* NCAA Record
& U.S. Open Record
$ American Record
# NCAA Championships Record


Marni Oldershaw earns U-M's first All-America citation since 2010 (Emily Brunemann and Margaret Kelly).

• Oldershaw is U-M's 14th All-American in the 200-yard IM (last: Margaret Kelly in 2010).

Zoe Mattingly swam a career best in the 50-yard freestyle with her opening split in the 200-yard freestyle relay: 22.84 (previous: 22.90 on Dec. 5, 2013, at the U.S Winter National Championships).

• Freshmen Julia Fiks Salem and Madeline Frost raced for the first time at the NCAA Championships, and junior diver Carey Chen also made her championships debut.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (mkasibor@umich.edu)