March 22, 2013
Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (IU Natatorium at the IUPUI Sports Complex)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 2 of 3)
Team Standing: 30th Place (9 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Saturday, March 23 -- at NCAA Championships - Day 3 (Indianapolis, Ind.), 11 a.m./7 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- A quintet of Wolverines from the University of Michigan women's and swimming diving team earned All-America honorable mentions today (Friday, March 22), including two distinctions for junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North),for their performances at the NCAA Championships held inside the IU Natatorium.
Chokran was part of a 200-yard medley relay team that finished fifth in tonight's B final and 13th overall with a time of 1:38.10. The team of freshman Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South),Chokran, senior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer) and freshman Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) clipped .19 seconds from its preliminary time.
All four members of the team earned the NCAA All-America honorable mention designations for their appearance in tonight's final as one of the 16 best 200-yard medley relay teams in the country. Senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) also earned an All-America honorable mention as part of the quartet that swam the relay during the morning preliminary.
Chokran was back in the pool four events later, and she earned her second honorable mention of the night for her eighth-place finish in the B final of 100-yard breaststroke. The junior touched at 1:00.42.
During preliminary heats earlier in the day, two Wolverines achieved top-30 finishes in the 400-yard individual medley. Freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge) placed 20th overall with a time of 4:11.31. Teammate junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) took 28th place (4:13.34).
Chokran, Beidler and Oldershaw are all scheduled to compete on day three of the NCAA Championships tomorrow (Saturday, March 23) along with senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North). Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m., with finals following at 7 p.m.
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two)
Preliminaries mark in parentheses if faster than finals mark
200-yard Medley Relay 1. Tennessee 1:34.95 15. MICHIGAN 1:38.10 (Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran, Ashley Cohagen, Zoe Mattingly) 400-yard Individual Medley 1. Elizabeth Beisel, Florida 4:00.49 20. Marni Oldershaw, U-M 4:11.31 28. Courtney Beidler, U-M 4:13.34 100-yard Breaststroke 1. Breeja Larson, Texas A&M 57.63+ 16. Angela Chokran, U-M 1:00.40 (1:00.10) + NCAA Championships Meet Record
N O T E S
• Zoe Mattingly swam the butterfly leg of the 200-yard medley relay during preliminaries and the anchor freestyle leg during finals.
• Angela Chokran earned an All-America honorable mention at the 2011 NCAA Championships as part of the 400-yard medley relay team.
Q U O T E SS
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On scoring some points tonight ... "The mantra for the whole year is that we're creating a culture to build on and a future to believe in. I think what's happening is that the culture is being set, and the team is making changes, and they are being athletes. Now they are here at the NCAA Championships, and they're beating people that maybe they didn't they think they could beat at the beginning of the year, and they're seeing that those people are beatable. We finished in front of Georgia in our relay tonight, and they are leading this meet now. We are competing and beating those types of teams, and our women are seeing it."
On Zoe Mattingly's versatility ... "We put Zoe (Mattingly) in the fly this morning of the 200-yard medley because we thought she was looking good in workouts, and then she did really well for us in the morning. Deirdre (Jones) [who swam the freestyle leg this morning] was not feeling well this morning and wasn't herself. She pulled herself out tonight; she let us know that she could not be as fast as she was this morning. Fortunately, we had Ashley (Cohagen) ready in the fly, and Zoe was ready to go in the free. We have prepared our athletes all year to be ready to go and to not just be swimmers. We want them to understand that they are athletes, and they can make sudden change and deliver. Angie (Chokran) was solid in that relay, and so was Ali (DeLoof). When you look at the first two spots in the first two legs, we were number one in our heat. It shows great promise for our future."
On the performances turned in by swimmers who will return next season ... "In six months, we've made a change in the culture and brought eight swimmers to NCAAs. Last year, we only scored one point swimming-wise. No one is satisfied with where we are, but that doesn't mean we can't acknowledge how far we've come."
On finishing strong tomorrow ... "We have Adrienne (Bicek) in the mile, she had a good 500; it wasn't great. We are looking to see how she does and see if she can move into scoring contention. We would be excited about that. Courtney (Beidler) and Marni (Oldershaw) are swimming well; Marni (Oldersaw) is swimming faster than she did at Big Tens, so we're hoping one of them can squeak into a final."
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423