Dec. 6, 2013
Site: Knoxville, Tenn. (Allan Jones Aquatic Center)
Event: U.S. Winter National Championships (Day 2 of 3)
U-M Team Standing: 6th Place of 30 Teams (84 points) after Day 2
Next U-M Event: Saturday, Dec. 7 -- at U.S. Winter National Championships - Day 3 (Knoxville, Tenn.), 9 a.m./5 p.m.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) broke a four-year-old school record and became the first University of Michigan women's swimmer to clock a sub 53-second 100-yard backstroke when she touched at 52.95 today (Friday, Dec. 6) on day two of the U.S. Winter National Championships held at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.
DeLoof finished 10th overall in the event won by Olympian Missy Franklin of California. DeLoof was joined in the 'B' final with teammate sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) who finished 12th overall (53.45). Mattingly's time moved her up to fourth on U-M's career-best list. Both sophomores secured NCAA 'B' cuts in the event, and iIt was the second 'B' cut of the day for Mattingly, who also achieved one in the 100-yard butterfly (53.94) with a new personal best.
Sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) took third overall to lead a U-M trio in the400-yard individual medley. She not only eclipsed her previous best in the event but moved into third place on U-M's fastest career time list at 4:10.31. The sophomore clinched an NCAA 'B' cut along with two teammates.
Senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) touched two spots behind Oldershaw in fifth place at 4:12.89, while sophomore Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst) took third in the 'B' final (11th overall) with a time of 4:16.56, a new personal best.
In Michigan's other 'A' final appearance of the night, senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Her time of 1:00.52 stands as an NCAA provisional time.
The Wolverines will race in the third and final day of the U.S. Winter National Championships Saturday (Dec. 7) in Knoxville, Tenn., with preliminaries starting at 9 a.m. and finals commencing at 5 p.m.
Team Standings (Top 10)
1. California 368 2. Nation's Capital Swim Club 204 3. Tennessessee 143 4. Louisville 106 5. SwimMAC Carolina 105 6. MICHIGAN 84 7. Indiana 62 8. Columbia 38 9. California Aquatics 32 10. Ix3 Sports 30
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day Two)
Preliminaries times in parenthesis if faster than finals
200-yard Medley Relay 1. California 1:36.91* (Cindy Tran, Marina Garcia Urzainrina, Farida Osman, Kaylin Bing) -- MICHIGAN DQ (Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran Zoe Mattingly, Julia Fiks Salem) 400-yard Individual Medley 1. Celina Li, California 4:06.54 3. Marni Oldershaw, U-M 4:10.31# 5. Courtney Beidler, U-M 4:12.89# (4:12.64#) 11. Marie Georger, U-M 4:16.56# 20. Briana Jurries, U-M 4:21.29 100-yard Butterfly 1. Claire Donahue, Western Kentucky 51.69* 18. Zoe Mattingly, U-M 53.94# 36. Briana Jurries, U-M 55.81 200-yard Freestyle 1. Missy Franklin, California 1:41.40*& 100-yard Breaststroke 1. Alia Atkinson, South Florida Aquatic Club 57.62& 6. Angela Chokran, U-M 1:00.52# 35. Nikki Hubbard, U-M 1:03.57 42. Madison Horton, U-M 1:04.47 100-yard Backstroke 1. Missy Franklin, California 51.59* 10. Ali DeLoof, U-M 52.95#$ 12. Zoe Mattingly, U-M 53.45# 45. Marie Georger, U-M 55.79 48. Claudia Lau, U-M 56.07 52. Kayla Douglas, U-M 56.19 53. Madeline Frost, U-M 56.25 75. Julia Fiks Salem, U-M 57.14 800-yard Freestyle Relay 1. California 6:59.11*& (Missy Franklin, Caroline Piehl, Camille Cheng, Elizabeth Pelton) 9. MICHIGAN 7:19.57 (Courtney Beidler, Marni Oldershaw, Claudia Goswell, Briana Jurries) * NCAA automatic-qualifying time # NCAA consideration time & U.S. Winter Nationals Record $ Michigan Record
N O T E S
U-M added five more NCAA 'B' cuts during Friday's session, bringing its season total to 16.
Ali DeLoof's time in the 100-yard backstroke ranks as the ninth-fastest career best in Big Ten history (52.95).
International swimmers are racing for times but cannot score points for their teams.
Q U O T E S
Michigan Head Coach Mike Bottom
On Ali DeLoof's school record ... "Ali this morning had to pull herself together because of the disqualification in the 200-yard medley relay. I think it kind of affected her. And yet she pulled it together and got back in it for the team."
On assessing the women in the 400-yard IM ... "The 400-yard IM is the toughest event on the schedule, and yet we had two ladies (Marin Oldershaw and Courtney Beidler) in the finals. Then we had Marie Georger in the consolation final; she did her best by five seconds. Then Briana Jurries was in the third heat. We had four of our athletes swimming in the finals tonight in the toughest event, and I think that's the most we had in any event. What that shows is our women are in shape, and they are ready to compete at the highest level in the toughest event."
On what both teams are showing through two days ... "The men's and women's teams are really coming together at this meet. That's part of the strategy for the long term of the program that the men and women would be supportive (of each other) and be the leaders and the best in the country -- both in the water and out of the water."
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423