March 23, 2013
Site: Indianapolis, Ind. (IU Natatorium at the IUPUI Sports Complex)
Event: NCAA Championships (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Result: 36th Place (9 points)
Next U-M Event: Season Complete
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Four swimmers from the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team competed today (Saturday, March 23) on the final day of the NCAA Championships held inside the IU Natatorium. The day was highlighted by junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) finishing 22nd in the 200-yard breaststroke. Chokran touched at 2:10.87 in the morning preliminary session.
A pair of Wolverines swam in the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) placed 36th with a time of 1:58.98. She was followed by freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge),who took 46th with her time of 2:00.12.
Senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) swam her final event for the Maize and Blue with the 1,650-yard freestyle. She finished in 16:37.36 for 32nd place.
At the championships, a quintet of Wolverines earned All-America honorable mentions, including Chokran (100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard medley relay), along with freshmen Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South),Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), and seniors Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Pioneer) and Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville), all for the 200-yard medley relay.
Michigan will finish with nine team points. The team sent eight swimmers to the NCAA Championships, up from one swimmer and one diver last season. U-M finished in 36th place.
Preliminary Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 3)
200-yard Breaststroke 1. Breeja Larson, Texas A&M 2:06.32 22. Angela Chokran, U-M 2:10.87
1,650-yard Freestyle 1. Brittany McLean, Georgia 15:54.63 32. Adrienne Bicek, U-M 16:37.36
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On his overall view of the meet ... "I think we swam well, we swam best times with best morning times on a regular basis. We were faster than we were at Big Tens. We had a good meet, and it needs to be better. We have eight ambassadors to go back to the team and help the rest of the women learn that we need to work harder and be more intense and get better. It was a successful meet because we swam well and scored some points, but we can do better."
On approaching the summer ... "We need these women to get with the rest of the team and start the summer training. We don't have success in college swimming unless we have success with our summer swimming. Everybody needs to understand that going forward. On the men's side we are focused on competing on the international level and at an Olympic level, and I need the women to understand that's where we're going with this team. We've got to get back in training and become better. We need to be fit and strong and work on technique. If you're going to be successful at the level we want to be, and by the standards set by (U-M's) athletic department, we need to work harder."
On his favorite moments of the meet ... "What's really fun for us, and I think the girls can relate to, is that we beat Georgia in the 200-medley relay and they're probably going to win the whole thing. To be able to stand up toe-to-toe with the best is important. To see Ali (DeLoof) swim that first 50 yards and be the best backstroker out there is important, she swam a nearly Olympic qualifying time. Angie (Angela Chokran) also swam extremely well. The other that that was exciting is how the team worked for that relay. Zoe (Mattingly) swam the fly in the morning and the free in the evening. When Deirdre (Jones) got ill, Zoe stepped in and was the athlete we needed her to be. These ladies need to be able to swim any and all relays when they come to the NCAAs next year. That's where you score points and that's what we are focused on starting tomorrow."
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423