Oct. 11, 2013
Site: Minneapolis, Minn. (University Aquatics Center)
Score: Minnesota 174.5, Michigan 125.5
Records: U-M (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten), Minnesota (2-0, 1-0 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Friday, Oct. 25 -- at Indiana, vs. Texas (Bloomington, Ind.), 5 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team took an early lead over defending Big Ten champion Minnesota today (Friday, Oct. 11), but 10 subsequent event wins by the Golden Gophers erased that advantage as the Wolverines fell, 174.5-125.5, inside the University Aquatics Center.
U-M scored a victory in the first event of the night, the 200-yard medley relay. The relay 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) outpaced the second-place team from Minnesota by nearly one second.
The Golden Gophers went on to win 10 of the next 15 events to take the lead, but it was not without some strong performances from U-M.
DeLoof raced to an individual first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (54.54). U-M scored 13 points in all in the 100-back, thanks to a third-place finish from Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) and a fifth-place finish from Kayla Douglas (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Stevenson).
Chokran grabbed an individual win herself in the 200-yard breaststroke. She finished in 2:17.70 and was followed by freshman Briana Jurries (Phoenix, Ariz./Valley Christian), who took second. Jurries added a second runner-up finish in the 100-yard butterfly (55.55) as U-M's top finisher.
Michigan scored another 1-2 finish in the 200-yard backstroke when Georger placed first (1:58.91) and sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) took second (2:00.85). Oldershaw claimed her own event win in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.87).
Senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) earned another win for U-M when she touched first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.45), winning the event by more than a second. She later placed second in the 500-yard freestyle, an event that is not normally part of her repertoire.
In the diving well, junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) was Michigan's top finisher from the one-meter springboard with a second-place finish and a score of 276.60. Chen took fifth in the three-meter, while sophomore Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) earned points from both boards, taking fourth from the three-meter (284.10) and fifth from the one-meter (266.48).
U-M will next enter the pool Friday, Oct. 25, at Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.) at 5 p.m. The Wolverines will also swim against Texas. The meet continues on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423