Jan. 4, 2011
Saturday, Jan. 8 -- at No. 14 Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m.
The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (2-4, 1-1 Big Ten) opens the New Year on the road, as it goes for its second win of the season over No. 14 Indiana (3-3, 2-1 Big Ten) on Saturday (Jan. 8) at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. The meet will be split into two sessions, beginning at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
We Meet Again ...
This Saturday's meet marks the second time this season that Michigan and Indiana have faced off in a dual meet. The first meeting came back on Oct. 29-30 in a double-dual meet with Texas, also held in Bloomington. The Wolverines beat the Hoosiers head-to-head, 188-182.
Michigan spends the majority of the 2010-11 season away from Canham Natatorium, but the long road trip is nearing its end. The Wolverines have only three home meets on the 2010-11 schedule, one of which came on Oct. 8 against Minnesota in the season opener. After this weekend, Michigan will have competed in the state of Indiana three times and will also have made visits to Illinois, Ohio, California and Puerto Rico.
Big Ten Feel
Michigan's 2010-11 schedule is dotted by conference opponents, and this Saturday's meet against Indiana is the third conference opponent the Wolverines have faced. Michigan squared off against Minnesota in the season opener (a 169-131 loss) and defeated Indiana, 188-182, back on Oct. 30. The Wolverines have remaining scheduled conference meets with Northwestern (Jan. 15), Ohio State (Jan. 21), Michigan State (Jan. 28) and Penn State (Jan. 29). The Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Feb. 16-19 in Bloomington, Ind.
Facing the Best
Michigan checked in at No. 15 in the most recent CollegeSwimming.com poll of the season, released on Dec. 16. The Wolverines have already faced six ranked teams (No. 1 Stanford, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 Cal, No. 6 Florida, No. 13 Minnesota, No. 14 Indiana) and will face one more (No. 18 Ohio State). The schedule also includes Northwestern, Notre Dame, and Penn State, all of whom are receiving votes in the poll.
Sophomores Stepping Up
Sophomores Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) and Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) have made tremendous strides in the pool this year and it is reflected in their times. Bicek has season team-best times in five events (and on two relay teams), meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in four events (two individual, two relays). Kukors has come on strong recently, winning three individual events and helping the Wolverines to an additional three relay wins at the Eastern Michigan Invitational on Dec. 3-4.
OPPONENT QUICK HITTERS
Series vs. Indiana
Michigan is 19-8 all-time in dual meets against Indiana ... The two teams have met five times in dual meets over the past three seasons ... The Hoosiers have won three of the last four meetings, including twice last season, but Michigan won the previous meeting earlier this season in a double-dual with Texas on Oct. 29-30 ... The first meeting between Michigan and Indiana was in the 1974-75 season, a 68-63 win for Michigan ... Michigan has faced Indiana 27 times in a dual-meet setting. The only team Michigan has faced more in its 36-year history is Michigan State (33 meetings).
Indiana is 3-3 on the season but has not competed since Dec. 5, the last day of the Hoosierland Open. They have two dual-meet wins over conference opponents, having defeated Northwestern (158.5-135.5) and Penn State (195-158). The Hoosiers have won back-to-back Big Ten Conference team titles and three in last four years. At last season's Big Ten Championships, Hoosier swimmers won six individual conference titles and an additional two on relays. As a team, Indiana finished 10th at last season's NCAA Championships.
Indiana is helmed by Ray Looze, who is in his ninth season. Jeff Huber is in his 22nd year overseeing the divers.
Making the Mark
The following swimmers have met either the NCAA automatic (signified by a ^) or provisional (signified by a #) qualifying standard:
500-yard Freestyle: 4:48.90#
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56#
100-yard Butterfly: 54.47#
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94#
2010-11 TOP TIMES
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94, Natasha Moodie
100-yard Freestyle: 50.56, Natasha Moodie
200-yard Freestyle: 1:50.65, Adrienne Bicek
500-yard Freestyle: 4:48.90, Adrienne Bicek
1,000-yard Freestyle: 10:00.00, Adrienne Bicek
1,650-yard Freestyle: 16:55.32, Adrienne Bicek
100-yard Backstroke: 57.05, Mattie Kukors
200-yard Backstroke: 2:00.26, Mattie Kukors
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:04.32, Angela Chokran
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:18.25, Angela Chokran
100-yard Butterfly: 54.47, Caitlin Dauw
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56, Adrienne Bicek
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:02.96, Mattie Kukors
400-yard Individual Medley: 4:20.13, Mattie Kukors
One-Meter Diving: 308.40, Amanda Lohman
Three-Meter Diving: 352.50, Amanda Lohman
Platform Diving: 247.25, Amanda Lohman
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:32.46, Natasha Moodie, Deirdre Jones, Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:24.11, Natasha Moodie, Alexa Mehesan, Deirdre Jones, Adrienne Bicek
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:21.15, Liz Johnson, Adrienne Bicek, Kristyne Cole, Liz Koselka
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:43.67, Mattie Kukors, Nikki Hubbard, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:45.79, Liz Johnson, Angela Chokran, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie
The Wolverines inked two divers -- Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy) and Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) -- to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period on Nov. 17. Boyd and Nazario both dive for club teams that are affiliated with USA Diving. Michigan did not add any swimmers during the period. To read the full release, click here.
Young and Old
Michigan enters the 2010-11 season with one of the youngest rosters in the country. Out of the 30 members on the squad, 21 are redshirt sophomores or younger, including eight freshmen. After graduating 13 seniors off last year's squad, this year's roster has only one -- swimmer Natasha Moodie.
To help offset the loss of last year's stellar senior class, the Wolverines will be aided by a pair of transfers, sophomores Adrienne Bicek and Sam Pearson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran). Bicek, the 2008 Swimmer of the Year in the state of Illinois, comes to Michigan from the University of Georgia. A 10-time All-American in high school, Bicek swam in six events last season for the Bulldogs and met the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly. Pearson transferred from the University of California-Berkeley. She was a three-time NISCA and U.S.A. Swimming All-American in high school.
Feature: A Tale Of Two Transfers (MGoBlue.com)
Across The Country (And Beyond)
While Michigan pulls the majority of its student-athletes from the Midwest, the 2010-11 roster has 10 states and every region represented. In addition to the home state of Michigan and the subsequent pipeline states of Illinois and Pennsylvania, from which 22 of the 31 members on the roster originate, the Wolverines also have roots in Washington (Mattie Kukors), Nevada (Sam Pearson), Florida (Natasha Moodie), New Jersey (Melissa Lang), Iowa (Alexa Mehesan), Tennessee (Deirdre Jones) and Indiana (Nikki Hubbard). In addition, Genevieve Aube is the first foreign swimmer to compete for Michigan since Valeria Silva (2005-08 - Peru) and is the first Canadian-born swimmer to suit up for the Maize & Blue since former Wolverine great Shannon Shakespeare (1997-2000 - Winnipeg, Manitoba).
Richardson enters his 26th season at the helm for the Wolverines and is the longest-tenured women's swimming coach in the Big Ten. Over that time, his teams have dominated the Big Ten, winning 12 consecutive league titles from 1987-98 to add to the program's 13th in 2001 and 14th in 2004. Since taking over in 1985-86, Michigan has finished in the NCAA top 10 on 14 occasions. In 1995, U-M finished in second place as a team, following that in 1996 by hosting the NCAA Championships and finishing third.
Richardson holds a career record of 165-69 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 108-20 mark in Big Ten action. Richardson has coached nine individual national champions, 158 NCAA All-Americans and 195 NCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans. On the conference level, he has guided 159 individual and relay conference champions and has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year six times and a two-time NCAA Coach of the Year (1993, '95). Richardson's athletes have excelled in the classroom as well as the pool with 30 CSCAA Academic All-Americans and 236 Academic All-Big Ten nominations.
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Yearbook & Recordbook
For the second year in a row, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need and it was just added to MGoBlue.com. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook.
New to MGoBlue.com this season is "The Relay," the official weekly podcast of the U-M women's swimming and diving team. Each week, three members of the team will be featured. Much like a normal relay team has four legs, each episode will consist of four questions to the week's panel, one for each guest and the final question -- dubbed "The Anchor" -- that all guests must answer. To listen to weekly installments of "The Relay," head over to the MGoBlue.com All-Access Player, the MGoBlue.com Podcenter, or download it on iTunes.
The Wolverines' road trip concludes next Saturday (Jan. 15), as Michigan heads to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern and Notre Dame in a double-dual meet. The meet will begin at 1 p.m. CST.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423