Nov. 22, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: University of Michigan Open (Day 1 of 3)
Score: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Nov. 23 -- host University of Michigan Open (Canham Natatorium), 10 a.m./5 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan swimming and diving team started day one of the Michigan Open with a pair of relay wins and several personal bests today (Friday, Nov. 22) at Canham Natatorium.
The Michigan women opened the meet winning the 200-yard freestyle relay, the first time they had raced the event this season. The team of freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae),sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), junior Molly Schaefer (West Bloomfield, Mich./Marian) and sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) claimed first with a time of 1:31.62. Fiks Salem swam the opening leg in 23.21, a new personal best for her. The relay's time is the fastest in the Big Ten as of tonight.
The Maize and Blue then captured a bookend victory, taking the fifth and final event of the night in the 400-yard medley relay, another event the team had not swum in competition this season. DeLoof, senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), freshman Briana Jurries (Phoenix, Ariz./Valley Christian) and Mattingly clocked in at 3:38.21. DeLoof swam an opening leg of 53.80, her fastest 100-yard backstroke on the season.
Junior Kelsey Cummings (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) was Michigan's top finisher in the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in fourth at 4:48.25, her best time since joining U-M over the summer. It is also her first competition in nearly two months as she recovered from an injury.
Meanwhile, Jurries took third place in the 200-yard individual medley, turning in a personal best of 2:02.33, while two Wolverines set personal bests in the 50-yard freestyle 'A' final. Schaefer took fourth place and clocked in at 23.82, and sophomore Olivia Samoray (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy) finished in seventh place with a time of 24.25.
The Maize and Blue continues its hosting duties for the University of Michigan Open tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 23). Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m., with finals getting underway at 5 p.m.
N O T E S
Marni Oldershaw swam the 500-yard freestyle for the first time in her collegiate career. She won the 'B' final in 5:00.19.
Oldershaw swam the 50-yard freestyle for the first time collegiately and finished in 24.83.
Mary Kate Leary set a new personal best in the 500-yard freestyle during preliminaries at 4:58.90.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423