March 20, 2014
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)
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
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)
1. Laura Ryan, Georgia 338.60
36. Carey Chen, U-M 232.25
* NCAA Record
& U.S. Open Record
$ American Record
# NCAA Championships Record
N O T E S
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)