Medley Relay Races to Victory on Day Two of Michigan Open
Courtney Beidler

Nov. 23, 2013

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Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Canham Natatorium)
Event: University of Michigan Open (Day 2 of 3)
Score: No team scoring
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Nov. 24 -- host University of Michigan Open (Canham Natatorium), 10 a.m./3 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan swimming and diving team competed on back-to-back days for the first time this season, capturing one victory -- in the 200-yard medley relay -- and posting several personal bests on day two of the Michigan Open today (Saturday, Nov. 23) at Canham Natatorium.

Michigan's 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South),senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North),sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae) improved its best time of the season to 1:38.83 in the opening event of the meet. That time was good enough for first, coming in under Louisville's top team by .21 seconds. The relay also shaved 2.27 off its previous season best (1:41.10), already a top-10 time in the nation.

U-M's top team in the 800-yard freestyle relay finished in 7:29.30, good enough for third place. The race marked the first time this season the Maize and Blue competed in this event. Freshman Briana Jurries (Phoenix, Ariz./Valley Christian) swam the opening leg in 1:50.28, the fastest 200-yard free of the season for the Wolverines.

In the five individual events, U-M did not have an event winner but did have several top-three placements. Senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) secured an NCAA 'B' provisional time in the 400-yard individual medley with her time of 4:17.74, taking second in the event. Freshman Elizabeth Harty (Powell, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) placed third in the 100-yard butterfly and set a new personal best of 55.84.

The Wolverines close out their hosting duties for the University of Michigan Open tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 24). Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m., with finals starting at 3 p.m.

Day 1 Results


Briana Jurries competed in the 400-yard IM for the first time collegiately, coming in at 4:19.98 during preliminaries.

Olivia Samoray raced in the 200-yard freestyle for the first time at U-M, finishing in 1:54.80.

Celia Keany improved her best time in the 200-yard freestyle to 1:50.93.

Mary Kate Leary competed in the 100-yard backstroke for the first time collegiately and touched at 58.01.

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