Maize & Blue Trails Florida and Stanford after Day One of Double Dual
Amanda Lohman

Nov. 4, 2011

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Score: Florida 156, Michigan 102; Stanford 139, Michigan 119; Florida 145, Stanford 111 (After Day 1)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 5 -- vs. Florida, Stanford - Day 2 (Canham Natatorium), 9 a.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team set new long-course program records in the 200-meter freestyle relay and 200-meter medley relay on Friday (Nov. 4), but the Wolverines trail Florida (156-102) and Stanford (139-119) after two sessions of a double dual meet at Canham Natatorium.

In the first race of the meet, the 200-meter freestyle relay, the Michigan quartet of senior Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley), senior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East), junior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) and freshman Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) finished third, but its time of 1:47.29 shattered the 16-year-old program long-course record. Then, in the first race of the afternoon session, Mehesan, Dauw, sophomore Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) and junior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) set new long-course program and facility records in the 200-meter medley relay (1:56.94), outracing the field by more than a full second.

Michigan placed three swimmers in the top eight in two of the three individual races during the morning session, helmed by a third-place finish from junior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) in the 400-meter freestyle (4:21.49). Junior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) and senior tri-captain Kristyne Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) joined Bicek in that race, finishing in sixth (4:27.37) and seventh (4:29.48), respectively.

Mehesan led the Michigan contingent in the 50-meter freestyle with a fourth-place finish (26.59), with Lau coming in seventh (27.17) and Dauw in eighth (27.20). The morning session concluded with the Michigan quartet of Cohagen, Chokran, Dauw and Mehesan taking third 400-meter medley relay (4:21.21).

The diving competition commenced during the break between the morning and afternoon session. Senior diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) added to Michigan's point total with a win in the one-meter diving competition (303.43) and a second-place finish on the three-meter springboard (291.40).

The Wolverines scored nine top-five finishes in individual races during the afternoon session. In addition to its win in the 200-meter medley relay, Dauw and Mehesan finished third (1:02.10) and fifth (1:03.50), respectively, in the 100-meter butterfly, while Cole and Fayhee were fourth (2:07.31) and fifth (2:08.89) in the 200-meter freestyle. Three more touched the wall in the 100-meter breaststroke, headlined by junior Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect), who finished second (1:14.33). Junior Melissa Lang (Edison, N.J./Bishop George) and Chokran took fourth (1:15.06) and fifth (1:15.27), respectively. Lau capped the individual races in the afternoon with a victory in the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.55), beating a talented field that includes Florida's Sarah Bateman (a U.S. National Team member and Olympian) and Stanford's Felicia Lee (a U.S. National Team member) and Betsy Webb (a 14-time NCAA All-American).

The double-dual meet will conclude tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 5) beginning at 9 a.m. inside Canham Natatorium. The pool will revert back to normal short-course yards for the final session, which includes the 1,000-yard freestyle, the 200-yard backstroke, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard breaststroke, the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard freestyle relay.


• Both sessions of the meet were timed in long-course meters (the Olympic standard). The pool will be reverted back to short-course yards (the NCAA standard) for tomorrow's final session.

• The previous long-course record in the 200-yard freestyle relay was set by former Michigan swimmers Rachel Gustin, Alegra Breaux, Elizabeth Jackson, and Anne Malley in 1995 (1:48.46).

• Stanford's 200-meter freestyle relay team set a new Canham Natatorium record with a time of 1:45.00 in the first race of the day. The previous record was 1:48.46, held by Gustin, Breaux, Jackson, and Malley, set in 1995.

• The previous record in the 200-yard medley relay was set by former Michigan swimmers Jackson, Gustin, Talor Bendel and Megan Gillam in 1995 (1:59.25).

Amanda Lohman's score on the one-meter board is the highest for any Michigan diver to date this season, surpassing the 289.80 that Erin Bridgewater scored on Oct. 21 against Toledo.

• Michigan outscored both Florida and Stanford in the diving competition. The Wolverines beat Florida, 20-18, and Stanford, 28-10.


Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On his team's performance ... "What I really liked today was the fact that we were aggressive. We swam nose-to-nose with some of the best in the nation, and we were never intimidated. Florida and Stanford are two top-five teams, and we didn't back down. We just went out there and swam our race. We've been training really well, and when you do that, you'll race really well and swim really well."

On what impact swimming long-course had on the meet ... "We've been training long-course all season, so when you get to swim it in a meet, it's fun. It's a good measuring stick to see where you're at from last summer."

On Claudia Lau ... "Claudia is a very talented long-course swimmer. She's an average turner, which she is improving on. She doesn't have as much capacity, especially in the backstroke, so that is new to her, but we're seeing good results. She's at a disadvantage when we're short-course because of her turning, but when she gets into a long-course pool, she can swim with anyone. She was only a second off the school record today in that race, and that's without wearing the fast suits. She's got tons of potential."

On setting two program records in relays ... "Certainly that was a high point. Those two times hadn't been touched in a long time, but it's always good for the swimmers to see their names on the record board. Our 200-meter medley relay, especially, was a great race. The people that our four overtook today were excellent swimmers for us."

On going back to short-course tomorrow and the effect that will have on the meet ... "We're going to have a lot of happy swimmers, that's for sure. It takes about 15 percent more energy to go 100 meters than it does to go 100 yards, so tomorrow goes back to a turning contest. I think our girls will be excited to compete after the performances they had today."

Michigan Head Diving Coach KZ Li
On his divers' performances ... "We're doing pretty well. Emily [Boyd] was a lot better today, and Carey [Chen], even though she had a miss, is well on her way, but Amanda did the best. She has been up and down in practice, but she had a good day today. She is capable; she just needs to keep putting herself in the best situations to succeed."

U-M Senior Diver Amanda Lohman
On her performance ... "It felt nice to win, but I think I can do better. I've been a little inconsistent this year, but we're all training very hard, so it's nice to see that pay off today."

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