Jan. 8, 2013
Saturday, Jan. 12 -- at No. 21 Notre Dame, vs. Northwestern (South Bend, Ind.), 1 p.m.
The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-3, 1-2 Big Ten) opens 2013 on the road, facing No. 21 Notre Dame (1-3) and Big Ten foe Northwestern (2-2, 1-2 Big Ten) in a double-dual meet on Saturday (Jan. 12) at 1 p.m. inside the Rolfs Aquatic Center in South Bend, Ind.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
BIG TEN RANKINGS
|Adrienne Bicek||3rd||500-yard freestyle|
|Adrienne Bicek||2nd||1,650-yard freestyle|
|Adrienne Bicek||7th||400-yard individual medley|
|Ali DeLoof||4th||100-yard backstroke|
|Ashley Cohagen||7th||200-yard backstroke|
|Ashley Cohagen||5th||100-yard butterfly|
|Julia Andracki||5th||100-yard breaststroke|
|Julia Andracki||2nd||200-yard breaststroke|
|Angela Chokran||7th||100-yard breaststroke|
|Angela Chokran||3rd||200-yard breaststroke|
|Courtney Beidler||10th||200-yard butterfly|
|Courtney Beidler||6th||400-yard individual medley|
|Marni Oldershaw||1st||200-yard individual medley|
|Marni Oldershaw||4th||400-yard individual medley|
Seven U-M swimmers are ranked in the top 10 of the Big Ten in one or more races. Senior Adrienne Bicek leads the team with three top-10 times, including top-three finishes in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle. Freshman Marni Oldershaw leads all Big Ten swimmers in the 200-yard individual medley.
• This is the third straight year that Michigan will meet Northwestern and Notre Dame in a double-dual meet. The Wolverines have won both prior meetings, picking up victories over both Northwestern (169-126) and Notre Dame (180-115) last season at Canham Natatorium. Michigan is 21-6 all-time against Northwestern and 9-4 all-time against Notre Dame.
• Senior Deirdre Jones and freshman Marni Oldershaw were named Big Ten Women's Swimmer of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday (Jan. 8). Both women won a pair of races at the Orange Bowl Classic. Jones won the 50-meter freestyle (26.50) and 100-meter freestyle (57.64), while Oldershaw took first in the 50-meter breaststroke (32.79) and 200-meter individual medley (2:16.73).
• Michigan is ranked No. 24 in the most-recent poll released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), released back Dec. 5. [ Poll ]
• On Dec. 13, head swimming coach Mike Bottom was named to Team USA's coaching staff for the 2013 World University Games, to be held July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia. Bottom will serve as head coach of the men's swimming team at the Games.
• The Wolverines have achieved 17 NCAA consideration times and six NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores so far this season.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
| Erin Bridgewater
Q: How was the training trip?
A: It was really, really awesome. We were here for over a week. It was the longest training trip I've ever taken. It was busy and packed with two-a-days every day. We spent time at the beach getting our tan on. The team dinners were really fun. We went to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on New Year's Eve and watched the ball drop together. That served as a good opportunity to talk about our team goals, which was really inspiring. We didn't do anything too exciting. We just wanted to be together.
Q: To the fans that may not know as much about diving, how would you describe the group that you train with every day?
A: We're a co-ed group, which makes it a bit different. We're basically a family. In the morning, (head diving coach) KZ (Li) would split us up into two groups. One group does the one-meter, while the other does the three-meter, and then we'll flip-flop in the afternoon. A few times here, we went to a different pool to train on the tower. It was really great that we were able to be here together for that. Tower is a little scarier, so the encouragement of everyone being there was really nice.
Q: Talk about the leadership dynamic among the group. You don't have any seniors to look up to this year. You're pretty young. Being one of the juniors, are you finding that being a leader is difficult?
A: It's definitely tough. We have no seniors anywhere. There are six of us total in the junior class. This has been an awakening. We've got to step up and use what we've learned from the past leaders and step up, because if we don't, who else is going to? It's been challenging, but we've stuck together, learned from the past and always tried to put the team first. Everyone is accountable to those standards. We're young, but we have a lot of ground to make up. We're going to keep moving forward so we can better the rest of this year and next year.
Q: You've competed the last two-plus years under KZ Li and behind a great diver in Amanda Lohman. What have you learned from them that you've translated to this year?
A: Amanda is somebody I think about every single day when it comes to holding the team accountable. She set the standard. She was somebody that we all looked up to as a role model and a leader. The biggest lesson I learned was that no matter what you're doing, do it for Michigan. You've got four years to do it so put in everything you have, so that we can all be the best we can be. KZ is goofy and super inspiring at the same time. He's always laughing and encouraging us in a way that never brings us down. He was great with us on this trip. We got a lot of great work done. We're coming home upbeat and happy about what we accomplished during our training.
Q: A big goal for the team has to be contributing to the team at the Big Ten Championships and beyond. With about six weeks until that meet, what's the goal?
A: The main goal has to be to take use the training and hard work that we've gone through so far. We want to compete well and be consistent. We can make those same dives and scores at every dual meet. We want to contribute as many points as we can to the team. If we focus hard on each dive in practice and improve the little things that KZ wants us to fix, we can do great things. We'll learn from each meet and get better. The changes we make will come through in the big meets.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines won all 12 races and set 10 new meet records at the Orange Bowl Classic last Thursday (Jan. 3). The divers were also in action at the Mike Pepe Invitational, with junior Erin Bridgewater scoring the highest finish at fourth place on the one-meter board (274.10). [ Recap ]
Friday, Jan. 18 -- vs. Ohio State (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423