Oct. 28, 2011
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Scores: Indiana 178, Michigan 122; Texas 189, Michigan 109; Texas 165, Indiana 133
Records: U-M (1-3, 0-2 Big Ten), Indiana (2-2, 1-0 Big Ten), Texas (2-0)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Nov. 4-5 -- vs. Florida, Stanford (Canham Natatorium), 9 a.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Junior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), senior Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) and senior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) each picked up individual-event wins for the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team, which came up short in a double dual meet, losing to Indiana, 178-122, and Texas, 189-109, on Friday afternoon (Oct. 28) inside Canham Natatorium.
Three of the team's top performances came from its upperclassmen. The Wolverines' first winner of the day came in the 50-yard freestyle, as Mehesan took top honors with a time of 23.01, just two hundredths of a second shy of the NCAA consideration mark.
Cohagen dominated the field in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing with a time of 1:59.64, more than a full second faster than the rest of the field. Dauw was the other individual-event victor, winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.86.
Other top performers on Friday included sophomore Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), who finished second in 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.33) and fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.99), and Dauw, who was fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.82). The Wolverines also finished second in the 400-yard medley relay to open the meet (3:44.96) and third in the 400-yard freestyle relay to close it (3:27.68).
In the diving well, senior Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) was the team's top performer, finishing third on both one-meter (275.15) and three-meter (291.20). Sophomore Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) grabbed a career-high score of 278.00 on the three-meter board, finishing fifth.
Michigan concludes its homestand next weekend, when it welcomes two of the nation's premier teams, Florida and Stanford, to Canham Natatorium for a two-day double dual meet. The meet will begin at 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday (Nov. 4-5).
N O T E S
Michigan falls to 18-9 all-time against Indiana and 1-5 all-time against Texas.
This was the fifth straight year that Michigan, Indiana and Texas met in the same pool for a double dual meet. Indiana will return to Canham Natatorium this year for a dual meet with Michigan on Jan. 7.
With their wins, Caitlin Dauw and Alexa Mehesan keep their winning streaks going in the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle, respectively. Neither Dauw or Mehesan has been topped in those races through three meets this season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On the importance of the tri-meet between Indiana and Texas ... "It's a traditional thing that we've done for a few years now. It's usually a two-day meet, but we've all got home football games tomorrow, so we condensed it this year. I have a ton of respect for the coaches and athletes on each of those teams. It's a fun meet."
On the competition level in the pool ... "The score really didn't indicate how close some of the races really were. A hand touch here, a hand touch there, and this meet is different. I was really pleased with how we swam. We had a lot of very good performances out there."
Michigan Head Diving Coach KZ Li
On the divers' performances ... "I'd say it was okay. Some are doing better than others. We certainly could be better. The other teams have better divers. They competed hard, and they will continue to get better for us."
On the progress being made by the freshmen ... "Overall, we're trying to make them adjust to college diving. I'm still getting to know them. We're asking them to change everything that they were used to before, and that takes time. I'm pleased with the progress they are making, though."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423