Oct. 8, 2011
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University Aquatic Center)
Score: Minnesota 200, Michigan 150
Records: U-M (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 21 -- vs. Toledo (Canham Natatorium), 5:30 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team had three individual event wins and one more on a relay on Saturday (Oct. 8), but the Wolverines dropped their season-opening dual meet at Minnesota, 200-150, inside the University Aquatic Center.
Seniors Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley), who each won individual events during the first day of competition on Friday (Oct. 7), won the 100-yard butterfly (55.13) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.13), respectively. Junior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) was the other individual event victor, taking top honors in the 400-yard individual medley (4:22.65).
The Wolverines closed out the meet with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as Mehesan, Dauw, junior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) and freshman Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) finished ahead of Minnesota's quartet by a little more than one-tenth of a second (1:34.60).
Senior diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) recorded her second straight runner-up performance in the diving well, scoring 297.15 on the three-meter board. On Friday, Lohman finished second on the one-meter board (274.88).
The Wolverines return to the pool on Friday, Oct. 21, as they open Canham Natatorium for the first time this season by hosting Toledo. The meet is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Previous Results: Day One
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On the team's opening weekend ... "I'm very pleased with how we're training, and a lot of the swims this weekend are reflective of that. So many people swam much, much faster than they did at this meet last year. Overall, I'm very, very pleased with the swims, and how they put their races together. It was a very good weekend for us."
On freshman Claudia Lau ... "I was very interested in watching Claudia, because she's never really raced short course before. We've been doing a lot of long-course training this fall, and this was her first opportunity to really race short course, and I thought she did a very good job. She swam a very good 100-yard backstroke on Friday, and her 200-yard backstroke today was three seconds better than in the intrasquad."
On the rest of the freshmen ... "All of them performed well. The freshman distance swimmers, their splitting was very good. Their times might not have been competitive with Minnesota, but in fairness, they have some world-class swimmers over there. I think they all did a good job. We have a ways to go with them, with gaining experience and everything, but they're a good group of young women. They're going to be fine."
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