Bicek Wins as Wolverines Take Fifth at Purdue Invitational

Nov. 21, 2010

Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
Event: Purdue Invitational
U-M Standing: 5th place of 8 teams (405 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Dec. 3-4 -- at Eastern Michigan Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 6 p.m./9 a.m.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team wrapped up competition at the Purdue Invitational on Sunday (Nov. 21) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. The Wolverines finished fifth in the three-day event, scoring 405 points. Arkansas took first place with 811.5 points.

On Friday (Nov. 19), the first day of competition, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of senior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar), sophomore Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville), junior Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) and junior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) recorded the highest finish of any Wolverine swimmer or relay team, taking second and meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying standard (1:32.46).

Additionally, four swimmers placed into the 'A' final in their respective events. Sophomore Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) took seventh in the 500-yard freestyle (4:50.70; met NCAA provisional qualifying standard), sophomore Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) was seventh in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.90), with Moodie (23.22) and Dauw (23.57) placing fourth and eighth in the 50-yard freestyle, respectively.

Dauw was the Wolverines' highest finisher in the pool on Saturday (Nov. 20), finishing second in the 100-yard butterfly and meeting the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard for the event (54.47). Bicek took top honors in the 200-yard butterfly on Sunday (1:59.07), the only Michigan swimmer to earn an individual event win for the weekend. Dauw joined her in the top eight, finishing fifth in the same event (2:01.70).

Over in the diving well, junior diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) had a solid weekend, finishing third on both the one-meter board (305.80) and the platform (236.80), and fourth on the three-meter board (298.80; recorded a score of 321.10 in the preliminaries).

The Wolverines return to the pool in two weeks at the Eastern Michigan Invitational in Ypsilanti, Mich. The two-day event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and culminates with sessions at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Final Team Standings

 1. Arkansas       811.5
 2. Louisville     689
 3. Ohio State     677
 4. Purdue         520.5
 5. MICHIGAN       405
 6. Missouri St.   182
 7. Cincinnati     155
 8. Southern Ill.  125

Event Winners/U-M Finishers
Preliminary time/mark in parenthesis if better than finals time/mark

200-yard Backstroke
  1. Krissie Brandenburg, Louisville    1:57.32
 12. Mattie Kukors, U-M                 2:02.65 (2:02.10)
 16. Liz Johnson, U-M                   2:04.84
 18. Ashley Cohagen, U-M                2:02.23
 21. Alexa Mehesan, U-M                 2:04.30 (2:03.18)
 24. Sam Pearson, U-M                   2:06.72 (2:04.872)
 39. Erin Cameron, U-M                  2:10.29
100-yard Freestyle
  1. Megan Detro, Ohio State              49.22
  4. Natasha Moodie, U-M                  50.56
 17. Caitlin Dauw, U-M                    51.99
 20. Deirdre Jones, U-M                   52.85 (52.47)
 21. Kristyne Cole, U-M                   52.91
 24. Liz Koselka, U-M                     53.17 (52.87)
 30. Kristyne Cole, U-M                   52.91
 39. Megan Craig, U-M                     53.63
200-yard Breaststroke
  1. Theresa Bergstrom, Louisville      2:12.07
  8. Angela Chokran, U-M                2:19.85 (2:19.47)
 16. Melissa Lang, U-M                  2:23.00 (2:22.09)
 23. Julia Andracki, U-M                2:23.88 (2:23.20)
 26. Nikki Hubbard, U-M                 2:25.14

200-yard Butterfly 1. Adrienne Bicek, U-M 1:59.07 5. Caitlin Dauw, U-M 2:01.70 13. Val Barthelemy, U-M 2:05.78 16. Kally Fayhee, U-M 2:08.96 (2:05.13) 23. Courtney Beidler, U-M 2:09.22 (2:09.18) 24. Linnea Johnson, U-M 2:10.38 (2:08.90)   1,650-yard Freestyle 1. Chelsea Franklin, U-M 16:11.63# 19. Courtney Beidler, U-M 17:16.71 21. Kally Fayhee, U-M 17:20.86 26. Megan Craig, U-M 17:35.34   400-yard Freestyle Relay 1. Ohio State 'A' 3:19.25 4. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:24.11 (Natasha Moodie, Alexa Mehesan Deirdre Jones, Adrienne Bicek) 16. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:33.15 (Kristyne Cole, Liz Koselka, Linnea Johnson, Mattie Kukors) -- MICHIGAN 'C' DQ (Caitlin Dauw, Kally Fayhee, Courtney Beidler, Megan Craig)   Platform Diving 1. Kara Cook, Purdue 291.40 3. Amanda Lohman, U-M 236.80 8. Erin Bridgewater, U-M 172.40 10. Brianna Maroukis, U-M 168.00   # NCAA consideration Time

• Previous Results: Day Two | Day One


Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On his team's performance at the Purdue Invitational ... "We were obviously pretty tired. We didn't put on fast suits, and I think everyone else did, with the exception of Purdue, who was about half-and-half. We've just trained hard this fall. That's been part of our plan, to up the ante in terms of our capacity of work and you just don't recover form that very rapidly. I still like the way we are training. The body hasn't recovered enough to race with any crispness right now. That said, I am proud of the team. They kept their heads together and really understand the long-term nature of what we are doing. Their attitude has been fantastic."

On the progress made during the first two months of the season ... "I guess I can talk about more of the progress I've seen in practice and the volume of work they have gradually been able to speak to. Our meet performances have been the same while the intensity and volume of our workload has gone up. We're holding our own. We're not into any super adaptation. We're teetering with crossing the line to where we are doing too much, but if you push the capacity envelope, sometimes you have to do that. Its good Thanksgiving is coming up because they need some recovery and rest. That should recharge us a little bit."


• Michigan made its second appearance as a team at the Purdue Invitational. The Wolverines won the event last season (774.5 points).

• This is Michigan's first multi-team invitational of the season. The Wolverines have gone 2-4 in dual match competition, including a 1-1 mark in the Big Ten.

• The Wolverines are ranked No. 13 in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). Four other ranked teams join Michigan at the Purdue Invitational: Arkansas (No. 17), Purdue (No. 19), Louisville (No. 20) and Ohio State (No. 21).

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423