Week #8: U-M to Welcome Irish, Wildcats for Weekend Double-Dual
Ashley Cohagen

Jan. 10, 2012

Saturday, Jan. 14 -- vs. Notre Dame, Northwestern (Canham Natatorium), 1 p.m.
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The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (2-5, 1-2 Big Ten) looks to build off last weekend's upset win when it welcomes Northwestern (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten) and Notre Dame (3-3, 1-1 Big East) to Canham Natatorium for a double-dual meet on Saturday (Jan. 14) at 1 p.m.

Schedule of Events
200-yard Medley Relay
1,000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Backstroke
100-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
50-yard Freestyle
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
500-yard Freestyle
100-yard Butterfly
400-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
One-meter Diving
Three-meter Diving


Upset City! ... Michigan enters this weekend's double-dual meet fresh off an upset victory over No. 8 Indiana last Saturday (Jan. 7), 151.5-148.5, inside Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines won six individual races (finishing 1-2-3 in two races) and one relay, but the meet came down to the three-meter diving competition, which was won by Michigan senior diver Amanda Lohman, who scored a career-high 360.60 to secure the win.

Lohman's Big Day ... Senior Amanda Lohman's score of 360.60 was the highest three-meter score in a dual meet by a Michigan diver in at least seven seasons (records dating prior to 2005 are incomplete). She also tied first on the one-meter board (305.48). For her efforts, Lohman was named the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll by CollegeSports360.com. [ Release ]

Honored by Big Ten ... For their efforts in helping Michigan upset Indiana, seniors Caitlin Dauw and Amanda Lohman were named Big Ten Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday (Jan. 10). Dauw won the 100-yard butterfly (54.26) and 200-yard butterfly (2:00.09) against the Hoosiers, recording NCAA 'B' times in both, and swam as part of the 200-yard medley relay. Lohman won the three-meter competition (career-high 360.60) and also tied for first on the one-meter board (305.48). [ Release ]

Opponent Outlook ... Northwestern and Notre Dame enter Saturday's dual meet having been victorious in their respective training trip meets -- Northwestern against Colorado College and Austin College in Colorado Springs; Notre Dame at Hawaii. This is the second straight year that all three teams have met in a double-dual meet, with Michigan winning last year's meeting over Northwestern (155-145) and Notre Dame (182-117) in Evanston. The Wolverines are 20-6 all-time against Northwestern (last loss in 2008-09, 173-122) and 8-4 against Notre Dame (last loss in 2002-03, 153-147).


Ranked Again ... Michigan fell six spots to No. 22 in the most-recent CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Coaches Top 25 poll, released on Dec. 7 [ Poll ]

2011-12 Top Times/Scores
50-yard Freestyle: 22.74, Alexa Mehesan (Dec. 2 at Hawkeye Invitational)
100-yard Freestyle: 49.76, Alexa Mehesan (Dec. 4 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Freestyle: 1:49.09, Kristyne Cole (Dec. 3 at Hawkeye Invitational)
500-yard Freestyle: 4:45.35, Adrienne Bicek (Dec. 2 at Hawkeye Invitational)
1,650-yard Freestyle: 16:26.16, Adrienne Bicek (Dec. 4 at Hawkeye Invitational)
100-yard Butterfly: 52.50, Caitlin Dauw (Dec. 3 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Butterfly: 1:57.42, Caitlin Dauw (Dec. 4 at Hawkeye Invitational)
100-yard Backstroke: 54.08, Ashley Cohagen (Dec. 3 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Backstroke: 1:55.78, Ashley Cohagen (Dec. 4 at Hawkeye Invitational)
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:01.27, Angela Chokran (Dec. 3 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:11.42, Angela Chokran (Dec. 2 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard IM: 2:02.07, Angela Chokran (Dec. 2 at Hawkeye Invitational)
400-yard IM: 4:15.33, Adrienne Bicek (Dec. 3 at Hawkeye Invitational)
One-meter Diving: 305.65, Amanda Lohman (Nov. 18 at Pittsburgh Invitational)
Three-meter Diving: 360.60, Amanda Lohman (Jan. 7 vs. Indiana)
Platform Diving: 263.40, Amanda Lohman (Dec. 4 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:31.50, Mehesan, Cohagen, Jones, Dauw (Dec. 2 at Hawkeye Invitational)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:19.99, Mehesan, Cohagen, Liz Johnson, Dauw (Dec. 4 at Hawkeye Invitational)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:20.61, Bicek, Cole, Fayhee, Liz Johnson (Dec. 3 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:39.18, Cohagen, Chokran, Dauw, Mehesan (Dec. 3 at Hawkeye Invitational)
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:38.03, Cohagen, Chokran, Dauw, Mehesan (Dec. 2 at Hawkeye Invitational)

Making the Mark
The following swimmers have earned NCAA consideration times:

Julia Andracki
100-yard Breaststroke (1:02.66)

Adrienne Bicek
500-yard Freestyle (4:45.35)
1,650-yard Freestyle (16:26.16)
400-yard Individual Medley (4:15.33)
800-yard Freestyle Relay (7:20.61)

Angela Chokran
100-yard Breaststroke (1:01.27)
200-yard Breaststroke (2:11.42)
200-yard Medley Relay (1:39.18)
400-yard Medley Relay (3:38.03)

Ashley Cohagen
100-yard Butterfly (54.32)
100-yard Backstroke (54.08)
200-yard Backstroke (1:55.78)
200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:31.50)
400-yard Freestyle Relay (3:19.99)
200-yard Medley Relay (1:39.18)
400-yard Medley Relay (3:38.03)

Kristyne Cole
500-yard Freestyle (4:46.47)
800-yard Freestyle Relay (7:20.61)

Caitlin Dauw
50-yard Freestyle (22.89)
100-yard Butterfly (52.50)
200-yard Butterfly (1:57.42)
200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:31.50)
400-yard Freestyle Relay (3:19.99)
200-yard Medley Relay (1:39.18)
400-yard Medley Relay (3:38.03)

Kally Fayhee
800-yard Freestyle Relay (7:20.61)

Liz Johnson
400-yard Freestyle Relay (3:19.99)
800-yard Freestyle Relay (7:20.61)

Deirdre Jones
200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:31.50)

Melissa Lang
100-yard Breaststroke (1:02.22)
200-yard Breaststroke (2:14.90)

Alexa Mehesan
50-yard Freestyle (22.74)
100-yard Freestyle (49.76)
100-yard Butterfly (53.94)
200-yard Freestyle Relay (1:31.50)
400-yard Freestyle Relay (3:19.99)
200-yard Medley Relay (1:39.18)
400-yard Medley Relay (3:38.03)

Race to Big Tens ... With the Big Ten Championships only five weeks away, here is where Michigan swimmers stand among the conference's elite. The table below includes only top-eight times, which would be A finalists at the conference meet:

Event Big Ten U-M (Rank)
50 free 22.45, Becca Thompson, Wisconsin 22.74, Alexa Mehesan (4)
   22.89, Caitlin Dauw (8)
100 free 48.90, Margaux Farrell, Indiana 49.76, Alexa Mehesan (8)
500 free 4:38.79, Margaux Farrell, Indiana 4:45.35, Adrienne Bicek (8)
1,650 free 16:16.09, Jessica White, Indiana 16:26.16, Adrienne Bicek (6)
100 back 53.40, Taylor Wohrley, Indiana 54.08, Ashley Cohagen (5)
   54.21, Claudia Lau (6)
200 back 1:54.41, Justine Ress, Indiana 1:55.78, Ashley Cohagen (4)
100 breast 1:00.18, Ashley Wanland, Wisconsin 1:01.13, Angela Chokran (5)
   1:01.96, Julia Andracki (6)
200 breast 2:10.20, Ashley Wanland, Wisconsin 2:11.42, Angela Chokran (4)
100 fly 52.50, Caitlin Dauw, U-M --
    53.83, Alexa Mehesan (5)
   54.32, Ashley Cohagen (7)
200 fly 1:56.67, Rhiannon Sheets, Purdue 1:57.42, Caitlin Dauw (2)
400 IM 4:04.60, Allyssa Vavra, Indiana 4:15.33, Adrienne Bicek (4)

Additionally, Michigan ranks second on the 200-yard medley relay, third on the 400-yard medley relay, fourth on the 800-yard freestyle relay and fifth on both the 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Undefeated ... The Wolverines' top two threats for Big Ten titles appear to be senior butterflier Caitlin Dauw and senior sprinter Alexa Mehesan. Dauw, the reigning Big Ten champion in the 100-yard butterfly, has yet to be defeated in that race this season (5-0; was exhibitioned against Toledo on Oct. 22 but had fastest time of any swimmer), while Mehesan is a 6-0 in the 50-yard freestyle.

Stepping Up ... Junior backstroker Ashley Cohagen has received NCAA 'B' times in seven races (three individual, four relay), and holds team-best times in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke. She has already set new career highs in both those races this season (54.19 in 100-yard backstroke; 1:55.87 in 200-yard backstroke, both set at 2011 Big Ten Championships).

Dominating in Iowa ... From Dec. 2-4, while on its first trip to Iowa in 19 years, Michigan won the Hawkeye Invitational, dominating the eight-team field while establishing numerous meet and pool records. The Wolverines' swimmers came into the meet not having achieved an NCAA 'B' times in any race all season but left Iowa with 23 of them, and achieved season-best times in every race. [ Recap ]

Divers Stepping Up ... The Michigan divers are excelling in the second year under KZ Li. Senior Amanda Lohman has qualified for the NCAA Zone C Diving Meet on all three boards, while freshman Carey Chen (one-meter, platform), Erin Bridgewater (one-meter, three-meter) and Marina Nazario (three-meter) have also qualified. The NCAA Zone C Diving Meet will take place from March 8-10 in Bloomington, Ind., and will determine which divers from the region qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Setting Records ... Against Florida and Stanford on Nov. 4, the Wolverines set two program long-course records on relays. The 200-meter freestyle relay, consisting of Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw, Deirdre Jones, and Claudia Lau finished third, but its time of 1:47.29 shattered the 16-year old program record, previously held by former Wolverines Rachel Gustin, Alegra Breaux, Elizabeth Jackson and Anne Malley (set in 1995).

Also, Mehesan, Dauw, Angela Chokran, and Ashley Cohagen set a new program and Canham Natatorium record in the 200-meter medley relay (1:56.94), beating the field by more than a full second. They broke the former record held by Elizabeth Jackson, Rachel Gustin, Talor Bendel and Megan Gillam (1:59.25), which was also set in 1995. Gustin, Bendel and Gillam were NCAA Champions as part of Michigan's 400-yard medley relay team that season.

In addition, the Wolverines set 11 meet and facility records at the Hawkeye Invitational from Dec. 2-4. The meet was held at the Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness center, the site for this year's Big Ten Championships.

Future Wolverines ... On Nov. 15, Michigan announced the signings of seven prep standouts to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season. The signees include Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep), Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind../Zionsville), Sharalynn Missiuna (Oakville, Ontario/Oakville Trafalgar), Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge), Jessica Wolf (Waukesha, Wis./Muskego), and diver Emmy Orrico (Commerce Township, Mich./Mercy). [ Full Release ]

• Four of the six swimmers are ranked in inside the top 100 in CollegeSwimming.com's 2012 Recruiting Rankings, including Oldershaw (No. 34), Georger (No. 65), Wolf (No. 79), and Mattingly (No. 99). Additionally, DeLoof is No. 158 and Missiuna is No. 160.
• TheSwimmersCircle.com rated Michigan's recruiting haul as the tenth-best class in the nation through the early signing period. [ Ranks ]
• Both Georger and Oldershaw are rated as five-star recruits by SwimmingWorldMagazine.com.
• Jessica Wolf is the second-best distance swimmer in the country, trailing only Bonnie Brandon, the No. 1 overall recruit by CollegeSwimming.com, who signed with Arizona.

Who's Back ... Michigan returns 24 letterwinners off last year's roster, including six NCAA All-America honorable mentions and three Big Ten champions. Highlighting the roster is a group of seven seniors, led by Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan and Amanda Lohman. Last season, Dauw was awarded with three NCAA All-America honorable mentions and two Big Ten Conference championships (100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle relay). Mehesan and junior Deirdre Jones return from that championship-winning relay team, while Lohman established herself as the team's top diver after qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season. Also back is sophomore Angela Chokran, who was an NCAA All-America honorable mention last season.

Fresh Faces ... Nine freshmen dot the roster this season: divers Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacret Heart Academy), Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary), and Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), and swimmers Kayla Douglas (Livonia, Mich./Franklin), Savannah Hatt (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson), Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School), Molly Schaefer (Orchard Lake, Mich./Marian), Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School), and Alisa Zoltowski (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette).

Oh Captain! ... Kristyne Cole, Amanda Lohman and Alexa Mehesan are the team captains for this season. Cole was also a captain of last year's team.

Familiar Foes ... The Wolverines will swim off against many familiar teams this season. The Wolverines will swim in 11 competitions this season, all against opponents they faced last season.

Home Sweet Home ... Michigan is at home six times this season, facing Indiana twice (Oct. 28, Jan. 7), Toledo (Oct. 21), Texas (Oct. 28), Florida (Nov. 4-5), Stanford (Nov. 4-5), Northwestern (Jan. 14), Notre Dame (Jan. 14), and Michigan State (Jan. 27). [ 2011-12 Schedule ]

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