U-M Swamps Hawkeyes in Wire-to-Wire Win in Season Opener

Sept. 27, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Score: Michigan 185, Iowa 111
Records: U-M (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten), Iowa (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 28 -- host Michigan Water Carnival (Canham Natatorium), 11 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team won 13 of 16 events in a 185-111 dual-meet victory over Iowa today (Friday, Sept. 27) inside Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines are now 2-0 in season-opening dual meets under head coach Mike Bottom.

U-M's 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae) won the first event of the night and began a streak of six consecutive event wins.

During that streak, senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) took first in two events, the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.72) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.17). Chokran finished the night with a pair of individual wins as well, touching first in the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes.

Junior Kelsey Cummings (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo),swimming in her first meet as a Wolverine following a summer transfer from North Carolina, touched first in both events she competed in -- the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyles with times of 5:00.21 and 10:06.17, respectively. Sophomore Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego) placed second in both distance events behind Cummings.

Michigan's depth also shined through in the 100-yard backstroke. DeLoof touched first at 55.25, followed by junior Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) and freshman Madeline Frost (Saline, Mich./Saline). DeLoof also raced to a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle (51.97).

In the final event of the night, the 400-yard freestyle relay, DeLoof teamed with Mattingly, Molly Schaefer (West Bloomfield, Mich./Marian) and Beidler to complete bookend first-place relay finishes on the meet.

In the diving well, junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) compiled 308.85 points from the one-meter to finish in first place. She also took second place from the three-meter with a score of 305.40. Sophomore Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) complemented Chen on the one-meter with a second-place finish (302.48).

U-M returns to the pool tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 28) to host the Michigan Water Carnival alongside the men's team. Iowa and Oakland are scheduled to participate. The event will begin at 11 a.m., and admission is free.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423