Week #8: Michigan Gears Up for Northwestern, Notre Dame

Jan. 11, 2011

Saturday, Jan. 15 -- at Northwestern, vs. Notre Dame (Evanston, Ill.), 1 p.m. CST

The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (2-5, 1-2 Big Ten) concludes its string of road competitions away from home on Saturday (Jan. 15), as it travels to Evanston, Ill., to take on Northwestern and Notre Dame in a double-dual meet. The meet will begin at 1 p.m. CST at Norris Aquatics Center.

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

Last Time Out
Michigan traveled to Bloomington, Ind., last Saturday (Jan. 8) in search of its second dual-meet win over the 14th-ranked Hoosiers this season, but came up short, 157-127. Senior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) won the 50-yard freestyle (23.27) and junior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) won the 100-yard butterfly (54.73).

The Wolverines also competed at Copa Coqui on Jan. 2 on their annual semester break training trip. Moodie was named the meet's Most Valuable Swimmer, guiding Michigan to its second straight victory at the meet. U-M won every race at the meet, as Dauw, sophomore Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) and freshman Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) set new meet records in the 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter individual medley and 100-meter breaststroke, respectively.

Recaps: MGoBlue (Indiana) | MGoBlue (Copa Coqui) | Michigan Daily


Northwestern -- Michigan holds a 20-6 all-time record in dual meets against Northwestern ... the two teams met last season in Ann Arbor, with Michigan squeaking out a 157.5-142.5 victory (Jan. 16, 2010) ... two teams have met each season since 1998-99 season ... first met in the 1981-82 season, with Michigan winning, 87-60.

Notre Dame -- Michigan holds an 8-4 all-time record in dual meets against Notre Dame ... the two teams met last season in South Bend, Ind., with Michigan winning, 165-133 (Oct. 10, 2009) ... Michigan has won its last four against Notre Dame, winning in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009.

Opponent Overview
Northwestern is 4-3 on the season but has yet to win a dual meet in the Big Ten (0-3), dropping decisions to Indiana (158.5-135.5), Purdue (168-132) and Wisconsin (191-109). The Wildcats are led in the pool by Liza Engstrom (backstroke) and Jackie Powell (sprints).

Notre Dame is 2-3 on the season, with its dual-meet wins coming at Michigan State and Utah. The Fighting Irish have lost dual meets to Purdue, Auburn and LSU. Notre Dame has been off since competing at the U.S. Short Course National Championships on Dec. 4 and has not had a dual meet since November. The Fighting Irish are led in the pool by NCAA All-America sprinter Amywren Miller and NCAA All-America honorable mention Samantha Maxwell (breaststroke).


Making the Mark
The following swimmers have met either the NCAA automatic (signified by a ^) or provisional (signified by a #) qualifying standard:

Adrienne Bicek
500-yard Freestyle: 4:48.90#
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56#

Caitlin Dauw
100-yard Butterfly: 54.47#

Natasha Moodie
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94#

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
3:24.40# - Natasha Moodie, Deirdre Jones, Adrienne Bicek, Mattie Kukors

800-yard Freestyle Relay
7:21.15# - Liz Johnson, Adrienne Bicek, Kristyne Cole, Liz Koselka

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

Land Of Lincolners
Five Wolverines will be returning to their home state at this weekend's meet: Adrienne Bicek, Angela Chokran and Caitlin Dauw, as well as sophomores Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) and Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary).

End of The Road
As mentioned above, the double-dual meet with Northwestern and Notre Dame ends a string of competitions over the past three months in which Michigan has been away from Canham Natatorium. After starting the season at home against Minnesota on Oct. 8, the Wolverines have been road warriors with their last seven competitions on the road.

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Big Ten Feel
Michigan's 2010-11 schedule is dotted by conference opponents, and this Saturday's double-dual meet against Northwestern and Notre Dame marks the fourth conference opponent the Wolverines have faced. Michigan squared off against Minnesota in the season opener (a 169-131 loss) and split with Indiana (won 188-182 on Oct. 29-30; lost 157-127 on Jan. 8). The Wolverines have remaining scheduled conference meets with Ohio State (Jan. 21), Michigan State (Jan. 28) and Penn State (Jan. 29), two of which are at Canham Natatorium.

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.

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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 its reflective in their times. Bicek has season team-high 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 back on Dec. 3-4.


New Additions
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.

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 of them are redshirt sophomores or younger, including eight freshmen. After graduating 13 seniors off last year's squad, this year's roster has only one -- Moodie (swimmer).

Transferring In
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, to which 22 of the 31 members on the roster combine to originate from, 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).

Coaching Staff
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 165-70 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 108-21 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. 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.

Li is in his first season as the head diving coach, and Stefanie Kerska is in her 13th season as an assistant to Richardson.

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Yearbook & Record Book
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[ 2010-11 Women's Swimming & Diving Yearbook ] [ Record Book ]

The Relay
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.

Michigan returns to Canham Natatorium on Friday, Jan. 21, for the first time since early October, when it hosts archrival Ohio State at 5 p.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423