Dec. 1, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Hawkeye Invitational (Day 2 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 10 Teams (558.5 points) After Day Two
Next U-M Event: Sunday, Dec. 2 -- at Hawkeye Invitational - Day 3 (Iowa City, Iowa), 10 a.m./4 p.m. CST
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team maintained its lead at the Hawkeye Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 1) at Iowa's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The performance was thanks large in part to the efforts of freshmen Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) and Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville). Oldershaw won the 400-yard individual medley (4:13.36) and swam the anchor leg on the winning 800-yard freestyle relay team, DeLoof finished second in the 100-yard backstroke (54.41), and Mattingly scored points in the 'A' final of both the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke. Michigan has 558.5 points after two days and is more than 100 points ahead of second-place Nebraska (453 points).
For the second straight day, Michigan got off to a great start, collecting a win in the 200-yard medley relay. The quartet of DeLoof, junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), senior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Mattingly was within half-a-second of reaching an NCAA consideration time, clocking it at 1:39.59. The Wolverines also won the 800-yard freestyle relay at the close of the meet, as the team of senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), senior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary), senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) and Oldershaw was clocked at 7:17.25.
U-M had a strong showing in the 400-yard individual medley, claiming five of the eight spots in the 'A' final. Following Oldershaw, who picked up her second win in as many days, was junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) and Bicek, who took second (4:14.25) and third (4:16.04), respectively, both NCAA 'B' times. Rounding out the U-M contingent in that race was freshman Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst) in sixth (4:21.29) and senior Val Barthelemy (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in eighth (4:25.53). Those five contributed 77 points to the team score.
The Wolverines had a pair of 'A' finalists in each of the next three races. Cohagen grabbed an NCAA 'B' time with a third-place finish (54.32), with Mattingly taking seventh (55.64). In the 200-yard freestyle, Fayhee finished third (1:49.58), while Jones was eighth (1:51.08). Senior Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) and Chokran scored top-three finishes in the 100-yard breaststroke, with Andracki taking second (1:01.16) and Chokran taking third (1:01.43).
Michigan showcased its depth in the 100-yard backstroke. Following DeLoof, who won the race, was Cohagen and sophomore Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) in fifth (55.09) and sixth (55.46), respectively. Mattingly finished eighth (56.07).
U-M had three divers in action on the three-meter board, but neither advanced to finals. The highest finisher was sophomore Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy), who took 17th (234.90).
The Wolverines wrap up competition at the Hawkeye Invitational tomorrow (Sunday, Dec. 2). Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. (CST), with finals following at 4 p.m.
Team Standings (After Day Two)
1. MICHIGAN 558.5 2. Nebraska 453 3. Iowa 404.5 4. Northwestern 291.5 5. Denver 215.5 6. Washington State 209 7. Wisconsin-Milwaukee 167 8. Notre Dame 88 9. Iowa State 13 10. Northern Iowa 5
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two)
(Times in preliminaries are in parenthesis if faster than finals)
200-yard Medley Relay 1. MICHIGAN 'A' 1:39.59 (Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran) Ashley Cohagen, Zoe Mattingly) 4. MICHIGAN 'B' 1:42.60 (Claudia Lau, Julia Andracki) Kally Fayhee, Deirdre Jones) 16. MICHIGAN 'C' 1:47.22 (Sam Pearson, Melissa Lang) Geneviève Aubé, Sharalynn Missiuna) 400-yard Individual Medley 1. Marni Oldershaw, U-M 4:13.36#& 2. Courtney Beidler, U-M 4:14.25# 3. Adrienne Bicek, U-M 4:16.04# 6. Marie Georger, U-M 4:21.29 8. Val Barthelemy, U-M 4:23.53 (4:22.20) 15. Erin Cameron. U-M 4:29.75 (4:24.22) -- Linnea Johnson, U-M DQ (4:31.88) 100-yard Butterfly 1. Sam Corea, Denver 53.77# 3. Ashley Cohagen, U-M 54.32# (54.24) 7. Zoe Mattingly, U-M 55.64 32. Linnea Johnson, U-M 58.76 200-yard Freestyle 1. Olivia Kabacinski, Iowa 1:48.66 (1:48.32) 3. Kally Fayhee, U-M 1:49.58 8. Deirdre Jones, U-M 1:51.08 (1:50.64) 12. Michelle Stefandl, U-M 1:51.96 (1:51.66) 15. Savannah Hatt, U-M 1:52.86 19. Sharalynn Missiuna, U-M 1:52.66 (1:52.61) 23. Jessica Wolf, U-M 1:53.87 (1:53.18) 32. Geneviève Aubé, U-M 1:55.52 -- Sam Pearson, U-M DFS 100-yard Breaststroke 1. Emily McClellan, Wis.-Milwaukee 59.44*# 2. Julia Andracki, U-M 1:01.16# (1:01.12) 3. Angela Chokran, U-M 1:01.43# 12. Melissa Lang, U-M 1:04.63 (1:04.15) 100-yard Backstroke 1. Sam Corea, Denver 53.56# (53.31) 2. Ali DeLoof, U-M 54.41# (53.93) 5. Ashley Cohagen, U-M 55.09# 6. Claudia Lau, U-M 55.42 (55.33) 8. Zoe Mattingly, U-M 56.07 (55.87) 10. Marie Georger, U-M 56.07 19. Sam Pearson, U-M 57.08 24. Erin Cameron, U-M 58.27 (57.19) Three-Meter Diving 1. Jennifer Chiang, Notre Dame 341.70 17. Emily Boyd, U-M 234.90 18. Erin Bridgewater, U-M 233.10 24. Marina Nazario, U-M 204.45 800-yard Freestyle Relay 1. MICHIGAN 'A' 7:17.25& (Adrienne Bicek, Kally Fayhee, Deirdre Jones, Marni Oldershaw) 4. MICHIGAN 'B' 7:24.23 (Courtney Beidler, Savannah Hatt, Zoe Mattingly, Michelle Stefandl) * NCAA automatic-qualifying time # NCAA consideration time & meet record
N O T E S
Through two days, Michigan has nine NCAA provisional-qualifying times. The Wolverines came into the Hawkeye Invitational not having earned one all season.
Additionally, Michigan swimmers have swum 34 season-best times at the Hawkeye Invitational
U-M's 'A' team in the 200-yard medley relay recorded a four-second drop in time from its previous season best. U-M went 1:39.59 Saturday. Its previous season best was 1:43.60, set back on Oct. 26.
The 'B' relay team of Claudia Lau, Julia Andracki, Kally Fayhee and Deirdre Jones in the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.60) finished higher than the 'A' teams of Washington State (1:42.70), Denver (1:42.76) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1:43.30).
Marni Oldershaw's previous season best in the 400-yard individual medley was 4:29.24, set on Oct. 26. She swam the race in 4:13.36 on Saturday, which would give her the second-fastest time in the Big Ten (times accurate heading into the weekend). She won the 200-yard individual medley on Friday.
Michigan swam the 800-yard freestyle relay for the first time all season on Saturday.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On the freshmen's impact on Saturday ... "They all had spectacular days. It's fun to see them swim more here than they maybe would at other places. We're counting on them. They're a huge part of what we're doing now, and they will play a huge part in the future of this program. They had to come in and be an integral part of the team, and I think they've done that. Ali (Deloof) just keeps getting better. She's still pretty raw, but she's got so much potential. Zoe (Mattingly) was instrumental. We've had to put her in a position she's not traditionally used to since we didn't have a ton of depth in the sprinters. She swam in four events today, so she had quite the day. And Marni (Oldershaw) swam incredibly fast in that 200-yard individual medley. She continues to impress."
On the 400-yard individual medley ... "Well, we went 1-2-3 in that race and anytime you can do that, you're doing pretty well. It's a brand-new event for a few people. Courtney (Beidler) swam really fast, but it's a relatively new event for Adrienne (Bicek) and Marni. They're adapting and buying in. It's showing that we're covering a speed side as well as an endurance side. It bodes well for our future."
On the performances on relays ... "Again, it's exciting to see them swim faster relays than they did last year. It puts us in the mix. It doesn't put us as at the top, but it puts us in the mix, which I don't think anybody expected with the personnel we have."
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