Oct. 8, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Score: Minnesota 169, Michigan 131
Record: Michigan (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 22 -- at Toledo (Toledo, Ohio), 5 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Despite two event wins each by sophomore Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) and senior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar), the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team dropped the season and home opener to Big Ten rival Minnesota, 169-131, on Friday (Oct. 8) inside Canham Natatorium. U-M won seven out of 16 events overall.
The Wolverines fell behind early on the scoreboard but began to close the gap after a trio of event wins. Bicek, a transfer from Georgia, started Michigan's surge with a win in the 200-yard backstroke, meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying standard after touching the wall at 1:59.48. She later captured the 500-yard freestyle by 13-hundredths of a second over Minnesota's Kristen Steenvoorden.
Moodie won the 50-yard freestyle in the very next race, finishing a full second in front of the rest of the pack at 22.94, eclipsing the NCAA provisional qualifying standard. She also won the 100-yard freestyle (51.14) and was the anchor on the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay. Junior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) was the other individual-event winner (100-yard butterfly, 55.39).
Junior diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) claimed first with a career-high score of 352.50 on the three-meter springboard. She also finished second on the one-meter board (308.40).
The Wolverines return to the pool in two weeks (Friday, Oct. 22), when they make the short trip south to Toledo, Ohio. The dual meet will start at 5 p.m.
N O T E S
Michigan fell to 3-5 all-time against Minnesota in dual meets.
This meet was one of three home meets all season for Michigan. The Wolverines do not return to Canham Natatorium for a dual meet until Jan. 21, 2011, against Ohio State.
All six of Michigan's freshmen swimmers competed in their first official events as Michigan Wolverines. To kick off their careers in the Maize and Blue, Courtney Beidler swam in the 1,650-yard freestyle, Geneviève Aubé, Erin Cameron and Meredith Cote swam in the 100-yard backstroke and Angela Chokran and Nikki Hubbard swam in the 100-yard breaststroke. Diver Brianna Maroukis also dove off both boards in her first action.
Cal transfer Sam Pearson also saw her first action as a Michigan Wolverine, swimming in the 100-yard backstroke (fifth) and 200-yard backstroke (sixth).
The 200-yard individual medley was the most contested race of the evening, as the top three spots were separated by just 17-hundredths of a second. Mattie Kukors finished just two-tenths out of first place with Bicek in third.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On the team's performance against Minnesota ... "I thought we were very tough. We had very good workouts this week. We just didn't have any legs tonight after a tough workout on Wednesday, but I thought they managed that very, very well. We got left behind a few times on our walls and our underwaters, but we know it's going to pay off in the long run. Overall, I was very pleased with how we swam and even more pleased with how we trained heading into this meet."
On Natasha Moodie ... "She swam very, very well today. She had a great summer and just carried it into the season. She probably had her best long-course week of training this week. She's a joy to work with and I'm very happy to see her get those kind of results."
On the improvements the team can make ... "Our number one concern is to not let our legs get too beat up. We also changed our dry-land training this week. We had a little bit of an effect on some people. We can't let that get to us, but I love the cycle that we are in and I think we are right on schedule."
U-M Head Diving Coach KZ Li
On the efforts of the divers in the season's first meet ... "Well, the first meet, that's how I learn from them. I've never seen them compete before. It's good experience for them and good for me to get to know them. It's still very early. There's a long way to go and a lot to improve upon."
On Amanda Lohman's performances ... "She did the best, actually, to me. She did very, very well. I was surprised. Her top event is actually supposed to be one-meter, which could have been better today, but on three-meter, she was fantastic. It was good for me to see how she competed in a meet setting and to also see what she could improve upon."
On facing his former team, Minnesota, where he coached from 1996-2003 ... "It was interesting. It was good to see my former team come over here, so there was a little emotion there, but at the same time, I'm all for Michigan now."
U-M Sophomore Adrienne Bicek
On swimming in her first meet for Michigan ... "It was a great feeling coming out here and representing Michigan. There's a great team dynamic here at Michigan, almost like a family. For me, just being able to go out there and have fun tonight was very important."
On how she felt she swam ... "There are definitely things to improve. Overall, though, it was a great start at the first meet and I'm looking forward to a great season with these girls."
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