Nov. 22, 2009
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
Event: Purdue Invitational (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of Six Teams (774.5 points)
Next U-M Event: Fri-Sat., Dec. 4-5 -- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 6 p.m./9 a.m.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team took home top honors at the three-day Purdue Invitational on Sunday (Nov. 22) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Michigan led the six-team field with 774.5 points, finishing ahead of second-place and 15th-ranked Louisville by 45 points. In all, the Wolverines won 11 events and earned 19 NCAA 'B' marks this weekend and held first at the end of all three days of competition.
The Wolverines had a slim three-point lead over Louisville heading into Sunday's finals session, but freshman Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) kept Michigan in front with a first-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke, earning an NCAA 'B' mark in the process. Kukors trailed through the first 100 yards but regained the lead thanks to an electrifying 50-yard sprint in the third leg and did not look back. Sophomore Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford) secured some more points for Michigan via her fifth-place finish and narrowly missed out on finishing second, as second through fifth place were separated by a mere two-tenths of a second.
Senior Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and junior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) swept through the field in the 100-yard freestyle to finish first and second, respectively, while teammate Leigh Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) came in fifth. The times for both Kelly and Moodie were NCAA 'B' marks. Moodie's time of 49.66 was also a new career best, breaking the old mark of 50.08 set at the 2009 Big Ten Championships.
Sophomore Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./East) earned her second NCAA 'B' mark of the weekend with her win in the 200-yard butterfly. Dauw is Michigan's top swimmer in the event, holding the previous team season high of 2:03.87 set two weeks ago (Nov. 7) against Stanford/Florida. She broke the old mark Sunday with her time of 1:59.87. Senior Keenan Koss (Southport, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) came in fifth place with a time of 2:01.87, her fastest time this season.
The meet closed with the 400-yard freestyle relay, another U-M win. The foursome of Kelly, L. Cole, sophomore Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) and Moodie gave Michigan a perfect 5-for-5 sweep in relay races this weekend. In addition to the wins, the Wolverines received NCAA 'B' marks in each race.
In the diving well, sophomore Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) concluded her strong weekend with a fourth-place finish on the platform. Senior Stephanie O'Callaghan (Howell, Mich./Howell) was right behind Lohman in fifth place with a new season-high score of 222.05.
The Maize and Blue will take a brief reprieve due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week before returning to the pool Dec. 4-5. U-M will make the short trip across Washtenaw County to Eastern Michigan for the EMU Invite. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 4) and conclude at 9 a.m. on Saturday (Dec. 5).
1. MICHIGAN 774.5 2. Louisville 739.5 3. Arkansas 680 4. Purdue 535 5. Ohio State 446 6. Missouri State 134
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Three)
Preliminary time in parenthesis if faster than final time
1,650-yard Freestyle 1. Jamie Marks, Arkansas 16:20.78# 9. Kally Fayhee, U-M 17:00.42
400-yard Freestyle Relay 1. MICHIGAN 3:19.22# (Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole, Alexa Mehesan, Natasha Moodie) 6. MICHIGAN 3:27.33 (Liz Johnson, Liz Koselka, Mattie Kukors, Kristyne Cole) 9. MICHIGAN 3:30.28 (Deirdre Jones, Kally Fayhee, Claire Tyler, Caitlin Dauw)
^ NCAA 'A' mark # NCAA 'B' Qualifying mark % Pool Record P Preliminary time
N O T E S
Emily Brunemann did not swim in the 1,650-yard freestyle Sunday. She was an NCAA champion in the event back in 2008. Freshman Kally Fayhee was U-M's only participant in the event, clocking at 17:00.42, a new career high; her previous high was 17:16.75 against Texas and Indiana on Oct. 30.
Instead, Brunemann and fellow senior Emily Hanson attended the U.S.A. Swimming's Golden Goggles ceremony Sunday in Los Angeles, Calif. The top swimmers on Team U.S.A. are recognized for their accomplishments from the past calendar year. Brunemann and Hanson were a part of Team U.S.A. for the FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, this past July, swimming two open-water races apiece.
For the weekend, Kelly won three individual races (200-yard IM, 100-yard Fly, 100-yard Free) and swam legs on all five of U-M's first-place relay teams. She also earned eight NCAA 'B' marks (three individual races, five relays).
Kelly's time of 49.34 in the 100-yard freestyle was just one-hundredth of a second off her career high, set nearly one year ago today (49.33 at Texas A&M Invitational on Nov. 23, 2008).
Freshman Julia Andracki also earned her second 'B' mark of the weekend with her fourth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:15.15). Andracki was swimming next to Yi-Tang Siow (Arkansas), who set a new pool record in the event.
In addition to her fourth-place finish on the platform, Lohman was U-M's top diver this weekend, finishing third on the three-meter Friday (314.30) and fourth on the one-meter Saturday (298.15).
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On his team's fast start and equally-fast finish ... "I thought we were steady through all six sessions. We saw improvements on times on only four days rest, which bodes well for our future. A lot of people swam faster than this time last season. That lets me know that our training is producing some really nice results and for people that aren't quite adapting, we are making changes to get them where they need to be."
On the state of the team after the weekend's win ... "It's always nice to win, but the bottom line is how fast you swim. I know for our kids, winning is fun, but underneath all that, we need to know if we're getting better. The clock doesn't lie in swimming. There's no ball here. This is one sport where you need to be fast and the people on our team recognize that we need to be faster when it counts."
On Margaret Kelly ... "Margaret didn't have a lot of easy speed, but she's gotten stronger. She was able to muscle her way through a number of events today after making a lot of really good adjustments. She's that kind of a swimmer. She has the ability to analyze what she's doing and offer suggestions, always asking what she can do better. That makes her a joy to work with. She had a great three days of swimming."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423