1-2-3 200 IM Finish Propels U-M Past Wisconsin in Opener
Carey Chen

Sept. 29, 2012

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Score: Michigan 157, Wisconsin 143
Records: U-M (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten), Wisconsin (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 5 -- vs. Minnesota (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Thanks to a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard individual medley, the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team held on to defeat Wisconsin, 157-143, in the 2012-13 opener on Saturday (Sept. 29) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines led by one point (123-122) heading into the race but grabbed 16 of the available 19 points in the race to put some distance between themselves and the visiting Badgers.

Junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) won the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.44 and was followed by junior Melissa Lang (Edison, N.J./Bishop George) in second (2:06.22) and freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge) in third (2:06.49). Wisconsin got 13 points back in the final race by virtue of first- and third-place finishes in the 400-yard freestyle relay, but that was cancelled out after the scores from the one-meter diving competition were included. Sophomore Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary), junior Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) and sophomore Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) combined to take 14 of the possible 19 points, sealing the Michigan victory. Chen led the group with a first-place finish (293.55), followed by Bridgewater in second (284.25) and Nazario in fifth (245.17).

Freshman Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) was the first of five individual swimming event winners, taking first in the 100-yard backstroke (56.44). The Wolverines went on to win three more individual swimming events in convincing fashion, starting with junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), who won both the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.78) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.64). Senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) was also a winner, taking first in the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.24).

Depth was also a key component in the day's victory, as Michigan swimmers took the second and third places in four races. Freshman Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego) led a trio in the 1,000-yard freestyle, taking second (10:09.18) in her first collegiate race, while Bicek and sophomore Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School) took third (10:09.38) and fourth (10:19.01), respectively. The other 2-3 finishes for Michigan came in the 200-yard freestyle with senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) and freshman Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville); in the 200-yard butterfly from Beidler and senior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary); and in the 200-yard backstroke with Oldershaw and fellow freshman Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep). Michigan also finished second in both the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay.

In addition to their 1-2 finish on one-meter, the Michigan divers also combined for 14 points on the three-meter board. Chen and Bridgewater were also among the top two on three-meter, with Bridgewater taking first (300.08), Chen finishing second (292.80), and Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy) taking fifth (237.90).

Michigan returns to Canham Natatorium next weekend for a pair of events, squaring off against Minnesota on Friday (Oct. 5) at 5 p.m. before participating in the first-ever Michigan Water Carnival next Saturday (Oct. 6) at noon. Admission is free for both events.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423