Oct. 5, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Score: Minnesota 196, Michigan 99
Records: U-M (1-2, 1-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 6 -- vs. Minnesota, Oakland - Michigan Water Carnival (Canham Natatorium), Noon
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In its second dual meet in six days, the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team lost to defending Big Ten champion Minnesota, 196-99, on Friday (Oct. 5) at Canham Natatorium.
Michigan went 2-3-4 in six individual races. In the second race of the evening, the 1,000-yard freestyle, the Wolverines went 2-3-4, led by senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), who finished second (10:00.69). She was followed by freshman Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego) in third (10:12.20) and sophomore Savannah Hatt (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson) in fourth (10:18.74). Bicek and Wolf also placed second (4:55.89) and third (5:00.00), respectively, in the 500-yard freestyle.
The Wolverines had seven races in which they took second and third overall. The 200-yard backstroke was one of the closest races of the night, as senior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) placed second (2:02.41) and freshman Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) placed third (2:02.63) to the Minnesota winner at 2:02.06. Junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) had a pair of runner-up finishes, narrowly missing out on first in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing second by two-hundredths of a second (2:02.17). She also placed second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:05.07).
Michigan also had 2-3 finishes in the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard butterfly, and the 200-yard individual medley.
In the diving well, sophomore Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary was the highest-finishing Michigan diver, taking fourth on the three-meter board (285.60). On the one-meter board, junior Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) also took home a fifth-place finish (255.15).
The Wolverines return to Canham Natatorium tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 6) to host the first-ever Michigan Water Carnival, which begins at noon. The Carnival will feature co-ed teams from Michigan and Minnesota, as well as the Oakland University men's swimming team. The 13-event schedule features swimming races never seen before in a collegiate meet, as well as a diving show and water polo scrimmages. Admission is free.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On the team's showing against Minnesota ... "The nice thing is that Minnesota is the best team in the conference and I thought our women stood toe-to-toe with them. They're the Big Ten champions. We knew that coming in. Our goal today was to race hard and be competitive in every race. There were some great races tonight. Yes, they won everything, but there were some great battles. From an outside observer, it looks like a blowout, but from our standpoint as a coaching staff, our women raced hard. Those were the best swimmers in the conference. This builds confidence. Hopefully, by the end of the year, our girls will stand up with their shoulders back and be ready to go."
On the team's confidence moving forward ... "I don't see it as a loss. It's a loss on the scoreboard, but we knew this was the best team coming in. We wanted to nip at their heels, knock off a few people and race harder. The 200-yard IM was a great race. Same with the 200-yard butterfly. In the 200-yard backstroke, Ashley Cohagen was with the best girl in the conference the whole way. Yeah, the girl caught her, but she was battling and gave it her whole heart. That group of swimmers they have are some of the best in the conference and Ashley got second. She beat the other two. We looked at each race as an opportunity to stand up and gain confidence."
On the team dynamic between the men and women now that there is one combined program ... "The men and women are balancing each other and cheering for each other. The men are cheering for the women and the women are cheering for the men. They see us as one team as opposed to two, despite the fact that they are scored separately. Everyone wants to win for Michigan, and in that aspect, we're all on the same team."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423