Dec. 2, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Hawkeye Invitational (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 1st of 10 Teams (876.5 points)
Next U-M Event: Thursday, Jan. 3 -- at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.), 2 p.m.; at Mike Pepe Invitational - Divers Only (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Noon
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team claimed the Hawkeye Invitational crown for the second consecutive year on Sunday (Dec. 2) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Wolverines scored 876.5 points over the three days, besting second-place Nebraska by more than 200 points. Michigan leaves Iowa having achieved 15 NCAA consideration times and close to 50 season-best times.
Senior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) gave Michigan a strong start to the final day, taking first in the 1,650-yard freestyle by close to nine seconds (16:13.51, an NCAA 'B' time). Three other women joined Bicek in the top eight, including freshman Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego) in third (16:36.33), sophomore Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School) in fifth (16:42.67), and sophomore Savannah Hatt (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson) in eighth (16:56.49).
The team's best event of the night was the 200-yard butterfly, as Michigan owned the top three spots in the 'A' final. Junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) claimed top honors (1:59.87), followed by freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) in second (2:00.41) and Bicek in third (2:01.13).
Like in the 1,650-yard freestyle, the Wolverines had four 'A' finalists in the 200-yard backstroke, three receiving NCAA 'B' times. Senior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) was the highest finisher in second (1:57.01) followed by Oldershaw and freshman Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst) in third (1:58.10) and fifth (1:58.74), respectively. Sophomore Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) rounded out the 'A' finalists, finishing eighth (1:59.28).
A trio of Wolverines scored points in the 'A' final of the 200-yard breaststroke, including a 2-3 finish by senior Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) and junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North). Andracki was second (2:12.51), and Chokran, who won the preliminaries during the morning, was third (2:12.82). Both were NCAA 'B' times. Junior Melissa Lang (Edison, N.J./Bishop George) was the other U-M swimmer in the 'A' final, finishing seventh (2:17.11).
The team also picked up a win to close the meet in the 400-yard freestyle relay, a team that was comprised of three freshmen. The quartet of freshman Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville), freshman Sharalynn Missiuna (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Trafalgar) and freshman Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) touched the wall first at 3:20.99. Mattingly was the team's other 'A' finalist of the night, climbing three spots from her preliminaries finish to take fifth (50.11) in the 100 free.
A pair of Michigan sophomores scored points for the team in the 'A' final of the platform diving competition. Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) finished seventh (223.10), and Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy) was eighth (216.40).
Michigan's next competition will be Thursday, Jan. 3, as it wraps up its annual training trip with the Orange Bowl Classic, held in Key Largo, Fla. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. The divers will also be in action on that day, as they compete at the Mike Pepe Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. That meet will begin at noon.
Final Team Standings
1. MICHIGAN 876.5 2. Nebraska 670 3. Iowa 559.5 4. Northwestern 472.5 5. Denver 330.5 6. Washington State 278 7. Wisconsin-Milwaukee 230 8. Notre Dame 96 9. Iowa State 31 10. Northern Iowa 5
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Three)
(Times in preliminaries are in parenthesis if faster than finals)
1,650-yard Freestyle 1. Adrienne Bicek, U-M 16:13.51#& 3. Jessica Wolf, U-M 16:36.33 5. Michelle Stefandl, U-M 16:42.67 8. Savannah Hatt, U-M 16:56.49 200-yard Backstroke 1. Sam Corea, Denver 1:53.76#& 2. Ashley Cohagen, U-M 1:57.01# 3. Marni Oldershaw, U-M 1:58.10# 5. Marie Georger, U-M 1:58.74# (1:58.65) 8. Claudia Lau, U-M 1:59.28 15. Sam Pearson, U-M 2:02.12 (2:01.06) 29. Erin Cameron, U-M 2:06.22 100-yard Freestyle 1. Taylor Reynolds, Northwestern 49.32#& 5. Zoe Mattingly, U-M 50.11 (51.02) 10. Deirdre Jones, U-M 50.73 14. Claudia Lau, U-M 51.46 17. Sharalynn Missiuna, U-M 51.33 -- Ali DeLoof, U-M DQ (51.62) 26. Geneviève Aubé, U-M 52.28 200-yard Breaststroke 1. Emily McClellan, Wis.-Milwaukee 2:10.64#& 2. Julia Andracki, U-M 2:12.51# 3. Angela Chokran, U-M 2:12.82 (2:12.66) 7. Melissa Lang, U-M 2:17.11 200-yard Butterfly 1. Courtney Beidler, U-M 1:59.87 2. Marni Oldershaw, U-M 2:00.41 3. Adrienne Bicek, U-M 2:01.13 9. Kally Fayhee, U-M 2:03.23 14. Val Barthelemy, U-M 2:04.41 27. Linnea Johnson, U-M 2:10.30 -- Jessica Wolf, U-M DFS Platform Diving 1. Felicitas Lenz, Northwestern 309.00^ 7. Marina Nazario, U-M 223.10 8. Emily Boyd, U-M 216.40 400-yard Freestyle Relay 1. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:20.99 (Zoe Mattingly, Deirdre Jones, Sharalynn Missiuna, Ali DeLoof) 5. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:24.61 (Ashley Cohagen, Courtney Beidler, Marni Oldershaw, Kally Fayhee) 10. MICHIGAN 'C' 3:27.70 (Geneviève Aubé, Claudia Lau, Adrienne Bicek, Julia Andracki) # NCAA consideration time & meet record ^ zone diving qualifying score
N O T E S
The Wolverines scored 980 points at the Hawkeye Invitational last year and had 23 NCAA 'B' times.
The time Michigan's 400-yard freestyle relay team achieved on Sunday (3:20.99) is faster than at the 2012 Big Ten Championships last February (3:22.60).
Michigan's previous season-best time in the 400-yard freestyle relay was 3:28.04.
The team swam the 1,650-yard freestyle for the first time in a competition this season.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Swimming Coach Mike Bottom
On Adrienne Bicek ... "That's a time that's most likely going to make the NCAA meet. She had a great swim. It was very exciting. It was also a big boost to her emotionally. She's our poster child for toughness. As soon as she got out of the mile, she was back in the pool swimming the 200-yard butterfly finals. It demonstrates to the rest of the team what it takes to be a Michigan woman. I'm real proud of her."
On Ashley Cohagen and the 200-yard backstroke ... "Ashley is a senior that swam with a pair of freshmen and a sophomore in the final. She led the charge. That's how we get competitive. She's going to help those three to step into her place when she graduates."
On the 100-yard freestyle ... "It wasn't necessarily about how fast we went, but they competed. They were in the race. We started out void of swimmers, and our sprint crew has been formulating the last month or two. They performed well. Not great but well. We had three people in the event finals, and we put those three back in the pool for the 400-yard freestyle relay at the end. They ended up winning the race in one of the most exciting races of the evening. Nebraska had three women in the final of the 100-yard freestyle, and we beat them in the relay. That's showing what we can do in the future. All of those splits were solid performances. We're well on our way."
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423