Jan. 7, 2014
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference announced today (Tuesday, Jan. 7) that sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) of the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team won the first Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award of the New Year for her performance at the Orange Bowl Swim Classic on Jan. 3. This is the third weekly honor for DeLoof during the 2013-14 season and the third of her career.
The sophomore helped pace the Wolverines to the Classic title by winning two individual events and assisting on two relays. She also left her name in the record books as part of three new meet records.
She opened and closed the meet with records in the 200-meter medley relay (1:54.31) and the 200-meter freestyle relay (1:45.65). Her opening backstroke split in the 200-meter medley relay was 28.36, more than a second faster than the next closest swimmer (29.44). Also, her anchor leg split in the 200-meter freestyle relay -- 25.81 -- was the fastest of the event.
Between those bookend relay victories, she touched first in the 50-meter backstroke while setting a new meet record of 28.69 and in the 50-meter freestyle (26.60). DeLoof's racing helped U-M secure 44 points en route to the Classic title.
She was previously honored by the Big Ten on Oct. 1 and Oct. 15.
The Maize and Blue begins a busy weekend with a dual meet at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.) on Friday (Jan. 10) at 6 p.m. The next day (Jan. 11), the Wolverines compete against Northwestern and Notre Dame (Evanston, Ill.) beginning at noon CST.
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