Oct. 25, 2013
Site: Bloomington, Ind. (Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center)
Score: Indiana 181, U-M 119; Texas 210, U-M 90
Records: U-M (1-3, 1-2 Big Ten), Indiana (2-2, 1-0 Big Ten), Texas (4-1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Oct. 26 -- at Eddie Reese Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.), 10 a.m. (non-scoring)
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team suffered a disqualification in the first event of the night and, despite several season-best times, the Wolverines could not make up the ground lost in a double dual-meet defeat to Indiana (181-119) and Texas (210-90) on Friday (Oct. 26) at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
"One of the most exciting races was the 400-yard freestyle relay," said head coach Mike Bottom. "Our women battled right all the way to the end. We got beat by Indiana by one tenth-of-a-second, and Texas only beat us in the last leg. Those are top teams there. Our 100-yard freestyles aren't the best in the country, yet they kept us in it. A strength of the team is measured by relays, and we're progressing. At the beginning of the meet in the 200-yard medley relay, even though we were DQed, our women dominated. They battled hard all night. This team is moving forward, which is great to see."
The U-M team started fast in the 200-yard medley relay but came up empty-handed. Despite finishing in first, the team was disqualified from the race for jumping one of the legs of the event.
The Michigan squad got a boost from two second-place finishes thanks to a pair of senior captains. Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) took second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.93), just .37 seconds out of first place, and Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) finished second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.20).
Sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) and Beidler both scored in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2-3 finish, respectively. Oldershaw's time of 2:00.46 and Beidler's time of 2:01.38 are both NCAA 'B' provisional times. The sophomore missed touching first by just .06 seconds.
Freshman Briana Jurries (Phoenix, Ariz./Valley Christian) turned in one of her best swims of the early season by placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:16.23. It marked her fastest collegiate time in the event, dropping nearly three seconds from her previous best (2:19.19 on Oct. 11).
Sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) swam Michigan's fastest 100-yard freestyle of the season, clocking in at 50.95 to take fourth place overall.
In the diving well, sophomore Sara Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West) tallied 260.20 points from the one-meter to claim third place. Junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) was Michigan's top finisher from the three-meter springboard with a score of 269.20, good for fourth place.
The Maize and Blue returns to action tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 26) for the Eddie Reese Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. The meet begins at 10 a.m. and features Indiana, Texas and the men's teams from all three programs.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423