400 Free Relay, Oldershaw Win Races, U-M Leads at Iowa
Marni Oldershaw

Nov. 30, 2012

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Hawkeye Invitational (Day 1 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 8 Teams (237.5) After Day 1
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 1 -- at Hawkeye Invitational - Day 2 (Iowa City, Iowa), 10 a.m./6 p.m. CST

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team received wins from freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) in the 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard medley relay team on the first day of the Hawkeye Invitational on Friday (Nov. 30) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Wolverines lead the eight-team meet with 237.5 points. Nebraska and Iowa are both tied for second at 171 points.

Oldershaw gave Michigan its only individual event win of the evening, taking first with an NCAA 'B' time in the 200-yard individual medley (1:58.25). It is the first win of her collegiate career. The Wolverines closed out the meet with a win in the 400-yard medley relay. The quartet of freshman Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), senior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and freshman Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) won the race by nearly three seconds (3:39.24).

Junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) and senior Val Barthelemy (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) joined Oldershaw as top finishers in the 200-yard individual medley, taking third (2:01.18; NCAA 'B' time) and fourth (2:01.96), respectively.

The Wolverines started the evening's finals session off fast, taking second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Cohagen, Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville), Mattingly and DeLoof touched the wall at 1:31.79, second to Nebraska. Michigan was third after the second turn, but a fast split in the third leg by Mattingly (22.58) ended up being the difference, propelling the team into second place.

Michigan had a good showing in the 500-yard freestyle, with four swimmers earning points in the 'A' final, led by senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), who took second with an NCAA 'B' time of 4:43.28. Freshman Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego) took fifth (4:51.60), sophomore Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School) was seventh (4:52.26), and senior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) rounded out in eighth (4:56.62).

Michigan had two other 'A' finalists on Friday. Junior diver Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western) took sixth off the one-meter board (262.00), while Mattingly finished eighth in the 50-yard freestyle (23.34).

The Wolverines continue the Hawkeye Invitational tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 1) at the Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. (CST), with finals beginning at 6 p.m.

Team Standings (After Day One)

1. MICHIGAN           237.5
2. Nebraska           171
   Iowa               171
4. Northwestern       159.5
5. Denver             90
6. Washington State   88
7. Wisconsin          79
8. Notre Dame         52

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day One)
(Times in preliminaries are in parenthesis if faster than finals)

200-Yard Freestyle Relay
  1. Nebraska  'A'                1:31.07&
  2. MICHIGAN  'A'                1:31.79
    (Ashley Cohagen, Deirdre Jones,
     Zoe Mattingly, Ali DeLoof)
  9. MICHIGAN  'B'                1:34.84
    (Sharalynn Missiuna, Geneviève Aubé,
     Marni Oldershaw, Melissa Lang)
 12. MICHIGAN                     1:35.83
    (Angela Chokran, Claudia Lau
     Sam Pearson, Julia Andracki)
 --  MICHIGAN  'D'                     DQ
    (Savannah Hatt, Adrienne Bicek,
     Jessica Wolf, Michelle Stefandl)
500-Yard Freestyle
  1. Becky Stoughton, Iowa        4:43.20#&
  2. Adrienne Bicek, U-M          4:43.28#
  5. Jessica Wolf, U-M            4:51.60
  7. Michelle Stefandl, U-M       4:52.26
  8. Kally Fayhee, U-M            4:56.62 (4:51.70)
  9. Savannah Hatt, U-M           4:52.26
200-yard Individual Medley
  1. Marni Oldershaw, U-M         1:58.25#&
  3. Courtney Beidler, U-M        2:01.18#
  4. Val Barthelemy, U-M          2:01.96
 10. Erin Cameron, U-M            2:04.01 (2:03.51)
 11. Marie Georger, U-M           2:04.42
 25. Melissa Lang, U-M            2:06.49
 36. Linnea Johnson, U-M          2:07.87
 --  Angela Chokran, U-M               DQ
50-Yard Freestyle
  1. Taylor Reynolds, Northwestern  22.93# (22.48)
  8. Zoe Mattingly, U-M             23.34 (23.18)
 11. Ali DeLoof, U-M                23.66 (23.64)
 14. Deirdre Jones, U-M             23.78 (23.49)
 16. Ashley Cohagen, U-M            23.88 (23.45)
 23. Geneviève Aubé, U-M            23.94 (23.77)
 25. Sharalynn Missiuna, U-M        23.83
T36. Julia Andracki, U-M            24.07
 38. Claudia Lau, U-M               24.08
 50. Sam Pearson, U-M               24.74
One-Meter Diving
  1. Jennifer Chiang, Notre Dame   316.80
  6. Erin Bridgewater, U-M         262.00
 14. Marina Nazario, U-M           234.85
 17. Emily Boyd, U-M               225.10
400-Yard Medley Relay
  1. MICHIGAN 'A'                 3:39.24
    (Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran
     Ashley Cohagen, Zoe Mattingly)
  4. MICHIGAN 'B'                 3:43.11
    (Marie Georger, Julia Andracki
     Marni Oldershaw, Deirdre Jones)
  9. MICHIGAN 'C'                 3:45.86
    (Sam Pearson, Melissa Lang,
     Kally Fayhee, Courtney Beidler)
 10. MICHIGAN 'D'                     DFS
    (Savannah Hatt, Adrienne Bicek,
     Jessica Wolf, Michelle Stefandl)
# NCAA consideration time
& meet record


• Michigan earned three NCAA provisional-qualifying times on Friday. Those were the first of the season for the Wolverines.

• U-M had 18 season-best swims on Friday.

Adrienne Bicek finished second in the 500-yard freestyle by just .08 seconds (4:43:28). Iowa's Becky Stoughton won the race (4:43.20).

Marni Oldershaw's previous season best in the 200-yard individual medley was 2:06.49. She went 1:58.25 on Friday.

• Michigan was faster on the 200-yard freestyle relay on Friday (1:31.79) than it was at the 2012 Big Ten Championships last February (1:31.99).


Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On the women's performance on day one ... "It was a real strong start. It's exciting to see them swim some of their best times. This is a team that finished eighth at Big Tens last year. Look at them today. Even though we have some of the same people, they're getting better and improving every day, and that growth is exciting to see."

On Marni Oldershaw ... "To go 1:58.00 in the 200-yard IM at this point in the season, especially for a freshman, is very good. It's a respectable time anywhere in the country. She was injured earlier this year and wasn't able to train the way we wanted her to. Once she got back to training, you could see how special of a swimmer she is. She's getting there. By the end of the year, she's going to be pretty fast. The hope is to be able to take her to NCAAs, and I think she can do that."

On Adrienne Bicek ... "She fought so hard and came so close to winning. She was upset when she lost, but I think it was a valuable learning experience. We want them to understand the value of getting your hand on that wall first. Finishes like that will happen. As long as they continue to put a value on winning, they will get better, and that's what we're seeing. We're far from being one of the best teams in the Big Ten, but we are moving in the right direction at a very quick pace."

On the sprint group and how critical they are to the relays ... "We needed to get some people in our sprint group. We just started it a month-and-a-half ago. Our speed wasn't there, and if you looked at what we did at the beginning of the season, we needed to improve, so we put a couple people in the sprint group. They changed their training understanding that we needed faster swimmers. Both our relays showed that we have that now. We're now at a point where we can compete with the best teams in our conference. We've got really strong potential for the future, and that's what we're looking at."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423