Weekly Release #7: U-M Races Indiana at Home

Jan. 5, 2010

This Week
Saturday, Jan. 9 -- vs. Indiana (Canham Natatorium), Noon
Live Results

The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team 3-4 (0-1 Big Ten) returns to Canham Natatorium for the first time since late October this weekend, as it hosts No. 12 Indiana in a Big Ten Conference dual meet. The men's teams from both schools will also be competing. Competition will begin at noon on Saturday (Jan. 9).

Michigan and Indiana have already met once this season. The Hoosiers won 215-174 in Austin, Texas, as part of a double-dual meet with the Texas. Senior Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) won two events (1,650-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle), while senior Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) picked up a victory in the 100-yard freestyle.

Schedule of Events

Top Times
50-yard Freestyle: 22.85, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational)
100-yard Freestyle: 49.34 Margaret Kelly, (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)
200-yard Freestyle: 1:50.66, Kristyne Cole (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)
500-yard Freestyle: 4:41.84, Emily Brunemann (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational) p
1,000-yard Freestyle: 9:43.00, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
1,650-yard Freestyle: 16:11.67, Emily Brunemann (Nov. 6 at Florida/Stanford)
100-yard Backstroke: 55.79, Mattie Kukors (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)p
200-yard Backstroke: 1:58.00, Mattie Kukors (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:02.58, Julia Andracki (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:15.15, Julia Andracki (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
100-yard Butterfly: 53.07, Margaret Kelly (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)
200-yard Butterfly: 1:59.19, Margaret Kelly (Dec. 4 at EMU Invitational)
200-yard Individual Medley: 1:57.11, Margaret Kelly (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational)
400-yard Individual Medley: 4:15.08, Emily Brunemann (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational) p
One-meter diving: 307.50, Amanda Lohman (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
Three-meter diving: 325.10 Amanda Lohman (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
Platform diving: 238.40 Amanda Lohman (Oct. 31 at Texas/Indiana)
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:30.38, Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole, Alexa Mehesan, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:19.22, Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole, Alexa Mehesan, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:16.32, Emily Brunemann, Margaret Kelly, Liz Koselka, Kristyne Cole (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:39.87, Margaret Kelly, Julia Andracki, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:39.52, Liz Johnson, Julia Andracki, Margaret Kelly, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational)

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Scouting The Opponent
Indiana -- The Hoosiers (2-1-1) have been off since swimming to a rare deadlock with Kentucky back on Dec. 5 (149-149). Indiana's top swimmer is Katie Fesenko, was has been named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week on three separate occasions this season. She won two national titles at the 2009 U.S. Short Course Nationals last month and is a reigning four-time All-American. Michigan is 18-6 all-time against Indiana but lost last season's matchup, 232-157.

Last Time Out
Michigan opened the New Year at Copa Coqui (Jan. 2) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and completely dominated the competition. Kelly set two meet records (200-meter IM, 200-meter butterfly) and was named the meet's Most Valuable Women's Swimmer. Michigan swimmers won every event but one (100-meter breaststroke) and scored 1-2 finishes in six of the meet's eight events.

To illustrate just how good Michigan was, of the 148 total points up for grabs, the Wolverines scored 106.50 of them, a whopping 93.50 ahead of second-place Army, which had 12. Michigan's other event winners included freshman Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) in the 100-meter backstroke, senior Leigh Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in the 100-meter freestyle and junior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) in the 50-meter freestyle.

First-Half Recap
Michigan started out 3-0 after scoring victories over Notre Dame (165-133), Toledo (170-120) and Toronto (198-81) in October, making it U-M's best start since the 1997-98 season. Over the next three weekends, the Wolverines went on the road and faced four teams that ranked in the CSCAA top 10 nationally: Indiana (174-215) and Texas (149-235) on Oct. 30-31 and Florida (137-292) and Stanford (122-307) on Nov. 6-7. Despite the four losses, Michigan closed out the 2009 calendar year with back-to-back invitational wins, taking first at both the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 20-22) and the Eastern Michigan Invitational (Dec. 4-5). The Wolverines made it three in a row with their win at Copa Coqui (Jan. 2).

The table below illustrates Michigan swimmers' top three finishers on the season (through Jan. 2):

Emily Brunemann 102214
Margaret Kelly 112113
Mattie Kukors43411
Julia Andracki0538
Natasha Moodie3328
Caitlin Dauw3317
Emily Hanson1326
Liz Johnson5016
Leigh Cole2406
Melissa Lang0145
Claire Tyler0112
Alexa Mehesan0112
Ashley Cohagen0112
Courtney Beyer1102
Emily Christy1001
Liz Koselka0001
Keenan Koss0011
Lori Morton0011
Deirdre Jones0011
Amanda Lohman45211
Stephanie O'Callaghan2123
Rachael Ropeik0123

Among the Big Ten's Best
Through the first half of the season, Michigan swimmers have swam some of the fastest times in the conference in nearly every event. The statistic below shows where U-M swimmers rank compared to others in the conference (based on cumulative statistics from collegeswimming.com):

50-yard freestyle: Kelly (3rd), Moodie (5th)
100-yard freestyle: Kelly (1st), Moodie (3rd), L. Cole (9th)
500-yard freestyle: Brunemann (1st)
1,000-yard freestyle: Brunemann (1st), Hanson (10th)
1,650-yard freestyle: Brunemann (1st), Hanson (7th)
200-yard backstroke: Kukors (5th)
100-yard breaststroke: Andracki (4th)
200-yard breaststroke: Andracki (4th)
100-yard butterfly: Kelly (1st), Mehesan (4th), Dauw (5th)
200-yard butterfly: Kelly (2nd), Dauw (4th)
200-yard individual medley: Kelly (1st)
400-yard individual medley: Brunemann (1st), Kukors (4th), Kelly (8th)

Michigan swimmers also have conference-best times in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard individual medley.

Big Ten Honorees
Senior swimmer Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and sophomore diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) swept Big Ten honors on Jan. 5, when they were named Big Ten Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively. Both earned the laurel for the second time this season.

Kelly set two new meet records (200-meter individual medley, 100-meter butterfly) and was named Most Valuable Women's Swimmer in Michigan's win at Copa Coqui in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last Saturday (Jan. 2). She previously held the record in the 200-meter IM but beat her old time by over three seconds. In the 100-meter butterfly, Kelly shattered the previous mark, held for seven years by Elyse McDonough (Syracuse). She also swam a leg of the 200-yard medley relay team, giving her three wins on the afternoon. Kelly last received the award back on Nov. 24, 2009.

Over in the diving well, Lohman once again led the Wolverines, as she took top honors on the three-meter board (305.70) and a second-place showing on the one-meter board (276.53). She last received the award on Oct. 27, 2009, making it the third time a Michigan diver has received the award this season, with two coming from Lohman and once from senior Stephanie O'Callaghan (Howell, Mich./Howell) back on Dec. 7.

Stay Home
Three of U-M's final four dual meets will take place inside the walls of Canham Natatorium. After the Hoosiers visit this weekend, the Wolverines host Northwestern (Jan. 16) and in-state rival Michigan State (Jan. 29), with a trip to Ohio State (Jan. 23) sandwiched in between.

Making The Mark
The following Michigan swimmers below have met NCAA 'B' qualifying standards:

Emily Brunemann
500-yard freestyle: 4:41.84p
1,650-yard freestyle: 16:11.67
400-yard individual medley: 4:15.08

Margaret Kelly
100-yard freestyle: 49.34
100-yard butterfly: 53.07p
200-yard butterfly: 1:59.19
200-yard individual medley: 1:57.11
400-yard individual medley: 4:19.30

Natasha Moodie
50-yard freestyle: 22.85
100-yard freestyle: 49.66

Mattie Kukors
200-yard backstroke: 1:58.00
400-yard individual medley: 4:16.55

Julia Andracki
100-yard breaststroke: 1:02.58
200-yard breaststroke: 2:15.15

Alexa Mehesan
100-yard butterfly: 54.00

Caitlin Dauw
100-yard butterfly: 54.24
200-yard butterfly: 1:59.89

200-yard freestyle relay: 1:30.38 (Kelly, Leigh Cole, Mehesan, Moodie)
400-yard freestyle relay: 3:19.22 (Kelly, L. Cole, Mehesan, Moodie)
800-yard freestyle relay: 7:16.32 (Brunemann, Kelly, Liz Koselka, Kristyne Cole)
200-yard medley relay: 1:39.87 (Kelly, Andracki, Dauw, Moodie)
400-yard medley relay: 3:39.52 (Liz Johnson, Andracki, Kelly, Moodie)

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Tested Against The Best
The Wolverines checked in at No. 16 in the most recent CSCAA poll, released on Dec. 15.

In addition to Michigan, five other Big Ten schools appear in the rankings, tying the Big Ten with the Southeastern Conference for the most represented conference. Minnesota (No. 10), Indiana (No. 12), Wisconsin (No. 17), Purdue (No. 22), and Northwestern (No. 23) are the other Big Ten teams that appear, while Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa received votes.

Complete Poll

Wolverines Ink Six For 2010-11
Head coach Jim Richardson announced the signings of six high school standouts to National Letters of Intent during the November early signing period. Swimmers Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South), Erin Cameron (Rockwood, Mich./Oscar A. Carlson), Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), Nikki Hubbard (Granger, Ind./Penn), Molly Osterhage (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and diver Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Western) will join Michigan for the 2010-11 season. [ Read the Story ]

"When The Pool Isn't Available"
Richard Skinner of the Cincinnati Enquirer recently published a story about Brunemann, her absence from the pool last season and her triumphant return this year. [ Read the Story ]

Local Connections
Michigan has not needed to go very far to bring swimmers into the program. Nineteen members of the 2009-10 squad hail from the state of Michigan, including 10 from the Ann Arbor area. Of those 10, eight are Ann Arbor Pioneer (H.S.) products: Val Barthelemy, Ashley Cohagen, Kristyne Cole, Leigh Cole, Kristina Jaeger, Kelly, Liz Koselka, and Carleigh Schwartz. The other two from Ann Arbor are Megan Craig (Mercy) and Rachael Ropeik (Huron). [ Read the Story ]

Stay Connected
Michigan swimming is now on Twitter. Sign up for Twitter and follow the Wolverines (michigan_swim) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond.

2009-10 Record Book and Yearbook!
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, 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. [ Check it out here! ]

Leading the Wolverines
Michigan head swimming coach Jim Richardson enters his 25th season at the helm for the Wolverines. 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 161-63 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 105-17 mark in Big Ten action. Richardson has coached nine individual national champions, 156 NCAA All-Americans and 184 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. 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.

Chris Bergére is in his eighth season as the head diving coach, and Stefanie Kerska is in her 12th season as an assistant to Richardson.

Up Next
Michigan returns to Canham Natatorium next Saturday (Jan. 16), when it hosts Northwestern at 1 p.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423