Five Race Wins Help Maize & Blue Claim Hawkeye Invitational Title
Adrienne Bicek

Dec. 4, 2011

Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Campus Recreation and Wellness Center)
Event: Hawkeye Invitational (Day 3 of 3)
U-M Standing: 1st Place of 8 teams (980 points)
Next U-M Event: Monday, Jan. 2 -- at Florida Gulf Coast (Fort Myers, Fla.)

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team claimed the Hawkeye Invitational title on Sunday (Dec. 4) after winning five events on the final day of competition at Iowa's Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Over the course of the three-day event, the Wolverines set 11 meet and pool records, and had 23 race times meet the NCAA consideration standard.

Junior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) led a quartet of Wolverines in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Bicek, who was swimming the race for the first time this season, took top honors, touching the wall with a time of 16:26.16, meeting the NCAA consideration standard. Junior Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) was third (16:37.50), senior Kristyne Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) was fourth (16:45.48) and freshman Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School) was fifth (16:57.74).

In the 200-yard backstroke, junior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) claimed first place with a time of 1:55.78, an NCAA 'B' time. Junior Sam Pearson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran) was third (1:59.44) and freshman Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) was fifth (2:00.14).

Two other race victories came from a pair of seniors, as Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) swept the field in the 100-yard freestyle (49.76) and Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) won the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.42). Both times were meet and pool records, and met the NCAA consideration standard.

Michigan finished second through fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke, led by sophomore Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) in second (2:11.42). Chokran and junior Melissa Lang (Edison, N.J./Bishop George), who finished third (2:14.90), each met the NCAA 'B' standard. Junior Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) was also an 'A' finalist, finishing fourth (2:16.78).

The Wolverines put an exclamation point on their weekend with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Mehesan, Cohagen, senior Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford) and Dauw touched the wall first at 3:19.99, yet another NCAA consideration time and meet record.

Senior Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) led the Wolverines in the platform diving competition, taking third with an NCAA zone qualifying score of 263.40, a new season high.

The Wolverines return to action on Monday, Jan. 2, as they close out their annual semester break training trip with a dual meet against Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. A time for the meet has not been set.

Team Standings

1. MICHIGAN         980
2. Denver           632.5
3. Iowa             629
4. Washington St.   337.5
5. UW-Milwaukee     330
6. UW-Green Bay     223
7. Minnesota        118
8. Nebraska         96

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day 3)
(Preliminaries time in parenthesis if faster than finals time)

1,650-yard Freestyle
 1. Adrienne Bicek, U-M            16:26.16#%
 3. Kally Fayhee, U-M              16:37.50
 4. Kristyne Cole, U-M             16:45.48
 5. Michelle Stefandl, U-M         16:57.74
11. Savannah Hatt, U-M             17:12.77
12. Megan Craig, U-M               17:16.15
200-yard Backstroke
 1. Ashley Cohagen, U-M             1:55.78#%
 3. Sam Pearson, U-M                1:59.44
 5. Claudia Lau, U-M                2:00.14
10. Liz Johnson, U-M                2:00.87
24. Erin Cameron, U-M               2:08.22
100-yard Freestyle
 1. Alexa Mehesan, U-M                49.76#%
 7. Claudia Lau, U-M                  51.53
10. Deirdre Jones, U-M                51.36
23. Katherine Carl, U-M               52.73
24. Kristyne Cole, U-M                53.76
25. Geneviève Aubé, U-M               52.53
31. Liz Koselka, U-M                  53.18
41. Megan Craig, U-M                  53.92
200-yard Breaststroke
 1. Emily McClellan, UW-Milwaukee   2:10.95#%
 2. Angela Chokran, U-M             2:11.42#
 3. Melissa Lang, U-M               2:14.90#
 4. Julia Andracki, U-M             2:16.78
15. Erin Cameron, U-M               2:25.77
200-yard Butterfly
 1. Caitlin Dauw, U-M               1:57.42#%
 3. Adrienne Bicek, U-M             2:02.28
 8. Val Barthelemy, U-M             2:04.65
16. Savannah Hatt, U-M              2:10.66
21. Alisa Zoltowski, U-M            2:08.93
--  Kally Fayhee, U-M               2:08.40+
400-yard Freestyle Relay
 1. MICHIGAN 'A'                    3:19.99#%
   (Alexa Mehesan, Ashley Cohagen,
    Liz Johnson, Caitlin Dauw)
 6. MICHIGAN 'B'                    3:27.55
   (Deirdre Jones, Kally Fayhee,
    Katherine Carl, Claudia Lau)
11. MICHIGAN 'C'                    3:32.04
   (Geneviève Aubé, Liz Koselka,
    Michelle Stefandl, Alisa Zoltowski)
Platform Diving
 1. Sarah McCrady, Minnesota         284.50^
 3. Amanda Lohman, U-M               263.40^
 7. Marina Nazario, U-M              220.55
 8. Brianna Maroukis, U-M            213.25
# NCAA consideration time
^ NCAA zone diving qualifying mark
% Pool Record
+ Qualified, but did not swim finals

• Previous Results: Day Two | Day One


• The Wolverines came into the weekend's meet not having met the NCAA consideration standard in any races all season (not including diving).

Amanda Lohman has zone diving qualifying scores in all three diving events.

Adrienne Bicek's time of 16:26.16 puts her eighth on the school's all-time list for the 1,650-yard freestyle. She is the first swimmer since Emily Brunemann's NCAA Championship-winning race in 2008 to make the top 10 list.

• Michigan won all five relays at the Hawkeye Invitational.


Michigan Assistant Coach Stefanie Kerska
On the team's performance, and how rest was a factor in faster times ... "We didn't know what to expect. It wasn't a big rest. We only gave them a few days, and we wanted to see where we were. They swam well, and raced really well. A lot of this is from a hard work of summer they put in, continuing that hard work into the fall. There's a lot of room for improvement. I told the girls they swam well, but technically, there are a lot of flaws that we need to improve on. When we fix those, there will be a lot of fast swimming in the future."

On how the swimmers competed in the absence of Jim Richardson ... "I think they would do just fine without any coach. They raced the way they trained, and they're all business. They know what they need to do. What coaches need to do is prepare Monday through Saturday, and they take the racing and that stuff on their own. They are very responsible that way, and accountable to each other."

On the positives from the weekend ... "There were a lot of people that had some breakthroughs, and went to the next level in competition. Maybe that's making a 'B' cut or getting to best times, which we had a few. It's exciting as a coach going into training on Tuesday going into a new level, and I think the girls are excited about that, too."

On what the next step is for the team ... "The next step is really our most intense phase. It will be the hardest training they go through over the next six weeks. Not only are they going to have to train hard, they are going to have to compete on the Big Ten stage every weekend. We'll clean some things up, and we'll maintain our training, which is the priority, but we want to see if they can swim well and compete on the weekends regardless of how they feel."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423