Michigan Claims First at EMU Invitational

Dec. 5, 2009

Site: Ypsilanti, Mich. (Michael H. Jones Natatorium)
Event: EMU Winter Invitational (Day 2 of 2)
U-M Standing: 1st of 7 Teams (1,123 points)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Jan. 2 -- at Copa Coqui (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 2 p.m.

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team won the Eastern Michigan Invitational for the seventh straight season on Saturday (Dec. 5), winning nine of the day's 13 events at the Michael H. Jones Natatorium.

Michigan was nearly perfect in Saturday's evening session. Senior Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) won two races, the 50-yard freestyle and 200 individual medley, to lead the Wolverines while jumpstarting U-M's first-place finishes in the evening's freestyle relays. She also swam the 100-yard butterfly Saturday morning as an exhibitioner, and would have finished first if placed in the 'A' group. Nevertheless, Kelly had the fastest time of any competitor at the meet (55.23).

The entire U-M diving contingent was also on display Saturday night. One day after taking top honors on the three-meter board, senior Stephanie O'Callaghan (Howell, Mich./Howell) edged out sophomore Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) for first place on the one-meter board, as O'Callaghan swept both diving events for the first time this season. O'Callaghan scored 578.00, 1.90 points ahead of Lohman, who scored 576.10.

Seniors Courtney Beyer (Los Altos Hills, Calif./Los Altos) and Emily Christy (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring Ford Area Senior) both picked up their first wins of the season to secure some points during the morning session for the Wolverines. Beyer set a new career high in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:25.34, while Christy picked up a new season-high mark in the 100-yard butterfly (56.36).

Sophomore Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford) was U-M's other individual victor, taking home top honors in the 100-yard backstroke. The 800-yard freestyle relay team of Kelly, senior Catherine Nosal (St. Charles, Ill./North), sophomore Liz Koselka (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and senior Mary Grace Godfrey (South Bend, Ind./St. Joseph's) capped the Saturday morning session with a first-place finish, the third-fastest time by a quartet in that race this season.

Michigan will not return to the pool for competition until after the New Year as it travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to compete in the Copa Coqui Meet on Jan. 2, 2010. Competition is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EST.

Team Standings (Final)

 1. MICHIGAN          1,123
 2. Eastern Michigan    816
 3. Toledo              796
 4. Wayne State         640
 5. Waterloo            129
 6. Findlay             128
 7. Oakland              53

Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two)

200-yard Medley Relay
 1. Toledo 'A'                          1:44.21
   (Ashley Cusack, Laura Lindsay,
    Amanda Thompson, Katie White)
 2. MICHIGAN 'A'                        1:44.93
   (Margaret Kelly, Julia Andracki,
    Caitlin Dauw, Leigh Cole)
 4. MICHIGAN 'B'                        1:47.59
   (Liz Johnson, Melissa Lang,
    Alexa Mehesan, Kristyne Cole)
    MICHIGAN 'C'                        1:48.81
   (Ashley Cohagen, Val Barthelemy,
    Linnea Johnson, Catherine Nosal)
    MICHIGAN 'D'                        1:50.28
   (Deirdre Jones, Claire Tyler,
    Mary Grace Godfrey, Katherine Carl)

200-yard Individual Medley 1. Margaret Kelly, U-M 2:02.11 3. Claire Tyler, U-M 2:06.57 4. Courtney Beyer, U-M 2:06.75 5. Val Barthelemy, U-M 2:07.32 Ashley Cohagen, U-M 2:08.82 Emily Hanson, U-M 2:12.35

400-yard Individual Medley 1. Courtney Beyer, U-M 4:25.34 2. Emily Brunemann, U-M 4:25.85 7. Claire Tyler, U-M 4:32.01 9. Lori Morton, U-M 4:39.35

100-yard Butterfly 1. Emily Christy, U-M 56.36 4. Caitlin Dauw, U-M 57.34 6. Linnea Johnson, U-M 57.72 9. Keenan Koss, U-M 59.44 Margaret Kelly, U-M 55.23

50-yard Freestyle 1. Margaret Kelly, U-M 23.49 2. Leigh Cole, U-M 23.64 6. Alexa Mehesan, U-M 24.00 9. Catherine Nosal, U-M 24.26 12. Caitlin Dauw, U-M 24.52 Katherine Carl, U-M 23.98 Liz Johnson, U-M 24.41 Mary Grace Godfrey, U-M 24.60 Deirdre Jones, U-M 24.64 Julia Andracki, U-M 24.89 Katrin Vetter, U-M 25.45

200-yard Freestyle 1. Laura Heckroth, Toledo 1:51.35 3. Liz Koselka, U-M 1:52.65 4. Leigh Cole, U-M 1:53.40 7. Emily Brunemann, U-M 1:54.19 9. Kristyne Cole, U-M 1:55.39 Courtney Beyer, U-M 1:52.08 Catherine Nosal, U-M 1:52.35 Megan Craig, U-M 1:52.76 Katherine Carl, U-M 1:54.59 Deirdre Jones, U-M 1:55.78 Mary Grace Godfrey, U-M 1:55.82 Katrin Vetter, U-M 1:57.16

500-yard Freestyle 1. Laura Heckroth, Toledo 4:53.80 4. Liz Koselka, U-M 4:56.34 6. Kally Fayhee, U-M 4:59.65 7. Emily Hanson, U-M 4:59.69 9. Catherine Nosal, U-M 5:01.70 11. Deirdre Jones, U-M 5:06.92 Megan Craig, U-M 5:01.02 Leigh Cole, U-M 5:07.47 Emily Christy, U-M 5:11.10

100-yard Breaststroke 1. Laura Lindsay, Toledo 1:03.97 3. Julia Andracki, U-M 1:04.61 6. Melissa Lang, U-M 1:06.70 8. Val Barthelemy, U-M 1:07.74

100-yard Backstroke 1. Liz Johnson, U-M 56.76 5. Alexa Mehesan, U-M 58.16 7. Ashley Cohagen, U-M 58.49 11. Emily Christy, U-M 1:00.66

200-yard Freestyle Relay 1. MICHIGAN 'A' 1:34.92 (Margaret Kelly, Alexa Mehesan, Katherine Carl, Leigh Cole) 4. MICHIGAN 'B' 1:37.12 (Liz Johnson, Katrin Vetter, Deirdre Jones, Caitlin Dauw) MICHIGAN 'C' 1:38.75 (Mary Grace Godfrey, Megan Craig, Ashley Cohagen, Val Barthelemy)

400-yard Medley Relay 1. MICHIGAN 'A' 3:49.86 (Liz Johnson, Julia Andracki, Caitlin Dauw, Liz Koselka) 6. MICHIGAN 'B' 3:56.08 (Ashley Cohagen, Val Barthelemy, Emily Christy, Catherine Nosal) MICHIGAN 'C' 3:57.13 (Alexa Mehesan, Claire Tyler, Mary Grace Godfrey, Katherine Carl) MICHIGAN 'D' 3:57.44 (Deirdre Jones, Courtney Beyer, Lori Morton, Katrin Vetter)

800-yard Freestyle Relay 1. MICHIGAN 'A' 7:32.05 (Margaret Kelly, Catherine Nosal, Liz Koselka, Mary Grace Godfrey) 3. MICHIGAN 'B' 7:35.56 (Emily Brunemann, Leigh Cole, Kristyne Cole, Deirdre Jones) MICHIGAN 'C' 7:39.07 (Linnea Johnson, Megan Craig, Katrin Vetter, Katherine Carl)

One-meter Diving 1. Stephanie O'Callaghan, U-M 578.00 2. Amanda Lohman, U-M 576.10 7. Caitlin Dunphy-Daly, U-M 480.85 9. Rachael Ropeik, U-M 474.40 17. Sarah Suprise, U-M 367.55

• Previous Results: Day One


• This is Michigan's second invitational win in a row. The Wolverines won the Purdue Invitational back on Nov. 20-22.

• Michigan has won eight of its last nine relay races, dating back to the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 20-22). Its only defeat was Saturday morning to Toledo in the 200-yard medley relay, as the Wolverines finished in second by 0.72 seconds.

• Freshman Linnea Johnson (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) set two new career highs, both in the butterfly races: 100 (57.72) and 200 (2:05.47).

• Freshman Katherine Carl (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) had another strong performance in a freestyle event, earning her third-fastest meet time Friday in the 100-yard freestyle. She was at 23.98 in the 50-yard free, the fastest among all teams' exhibition swimmers (fifth-fastest total).

• Four U-M swimmers secured top-10 finishes in three separate races Saturday night (50 free, 500 free, 200 IM). Michigan held four of the top five spots in the 200 IM.

• Prior to Saturday, the four U-M swimmers on the 800-yard freestyle relay team had not swam together in a meet. They took home first place in their first outing.


Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On winning U-M's seventh straight EMU Invite crown ... "It's obviously better to win than to lose, but we have a couple precedents ahead of that. One, we want to give people a chance to race that hadn't raced in a while and those results were excellent. And like yesterday, we wanted to see some of our more experienced swimmers try and get times in between their fastest of the season and the ones they got at Purdue. Those results were also very good."

On the importance of Margaret Kelly to the Wolverines ... "Margaret is one of the most complete swimmers in the history of the Big Ten Conference. She's one of the best sprinters, butterfliers; if she focused on the 200 back, she would win that also. She simply does it all. When you get someone like that who has great speed, there's seemingly unlimited potential in the pool. There are not many swimmers out there like Margaret."

On what his team can do between now and Jan. 2 when they return to the pool ... "We've got to continue to increase our workload and swim faster on our main predictor sets. If we can do that, we'll be in good shape for the second semester. We can't lose our momentum."

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423