Weekly Release #8: Wolverines Host Northwestern in Big Ten Dual

Jan. 12, 2010

This Week
Saturday Jan. 16 -- vs. Northwestern (Canham Natatorium), 2 p.m.
Live Results

The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (3-5, 0-2 Big Ten) searches for its first Big Ten dual-meet win this Saturday (Jan. 16), when it hosts No. 23 Northwestern inside Canham Natatorium. The meet is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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: 295.30, Rachael Ropeik (Jan. 9 vs. 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
Northwestern -- The Wildcats (7-2, 1-2 Big Ten) are coming off a come-from-behind win at Notre Dame last Saturday (Jan. 9), where they won 153-147. Senior Kassia Shishkoff started the comeback with her win in the 200-yard freestyle and anchored the meet-clinching quartet in 400-meter freestyle relay.

Senior Emily Wong has achieved three NCAA 'B' cuts in freestyle events, while Shishkoff (200 free) and sophomore Jenny Wilson (200 breast) have also received provisional qualifying marks.

Half of the Wildcats' squad will travel to Ann Arbor, as the other half will remain in Evanston, Ill., to take on Carthage and Lewis University.

Last Time Out
After Michigan spent much of the winter break at Copa Coqui (San Juan, Puerto Rico), the Wolverines returned to Canham Natatorium to host Indiana for the second time this season last Saturday (Jan. 9). The two teams initially squared off the weekend of Oct. 30 in Austin, Texas, with the University of Texas. Indiana won that outing, 215-174, and won again last Saturday, 130-113.

The Wolverines got first-place finishes from senior Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) in the 200-yard individual-medley and 200-yard butterfly, senior Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) in the 1,650-yard freestyle and junior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) in the 50-yard freestyle.

Over in the diving well, sophomore Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), the reigning Big Ten Diver of the Week, scored second on the one-meter and three-meter boards. Junior Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) had a sensational meet, receiving career-high marks on platform and three-meter.

After starting the season 3-0 overall, the Wolverines have dropped their last five dual meets (Texas, Stanford, Florida and Indiana twice). However, they did win three straight invitationals (Purdue Invitational, EMU Invitational, Copa Coqui).

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). U-M made it three in a row with the win at Copa Coqui (Jan. 2).

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

Margaret Kelly132116
Emily Brunemann113216
Mattie Kukors43512
Natasha Moodie44210
Julia Andracki0538
Caitlin Dauw3317
Emily Hanson1427
Liz Johnson5117
Leigh Cole2417
Melissa Lang0156
Alexa Mehesan0213
Liz Koselka0033
Ashley Cohagen0112
Courtney Beyer1102
Claire Tyler0112
Emily Christy1001
Keenan Koss0011
Lori Morton0011
Deirdre Jones0011
Amanda Lohman47213
Rachael Ropeik0235
Stephanie O'Callaghan2134

Among the Big Ten's Best
Through the first half of the season, Michigan swimmers have swum 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.

Middle of The Grind
Michigan is in the midst of a stretch of four straight dual meets over four weeks. After hosting Indiana last week and Northwestern this Saturday, the Wolverines travel to Columbus, Ohio, to take on Ohio State next Saturday (Jan. 23) and close out the dual-meet portion of the schedule Jan. 29 against Michigan State at home.

Big Ten Championships will be from February 17-20 at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.).

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 out the Yearbook and Record Book ]

Home of the Wolverines
The University of Michigan continues its commitment to athletic excellence with the Donald B. Canham Natatorium, home of the Michigan swimming and diving and women's water polo teams. Considered one of the finest college-owned swimming and diving facilities in the nation when it was constructed in 1988, a renovation in 1998 upgraded Canham to a state-of-the art swimming and diving facility.

The 59,000-square foot facility houses a 50-meter pool, eight lanes wide, that can be divided into two separate 25-yard pools by movable bulkheads. The Dick Kimball Diving Pool, located at the west end of the facility, features an Olympic Tower, one- and three-meter springboards, and a hot tub. On the east end of the mezzanine level is one of two full-service training rooms on the U-M athletic campus, which includes physical therapy modalities, a cast room, running pool and physician examination rooms. One of Michigan's three weight training and conditioning facilities also is located in the natatorium.

Completed in 1988 at a cost of approximately $8.5 million, Canham Natatorium underwent comprehensive renovations in 1998 to ensure its presence well into the 21st century. A new roofing system was installed, while the ventilation system was revised to reflect greater concern for the health of athletes. Both pools have new filtration equipment and piping that is totally resistant to corrosion. In addition, ceramic tile was installed on the interior of both pools, creating an environment that is more conducive to faster swimming, as well as more precise diving. Finally, a state-of-the-art lighting system for the competition pool area was installed, permitting lighting levels to be adjusted based upon the level of activity in competition.

The natatorium is named for former Michigan athletic director Don Canham, who retired from his post in June 1988. Canham was an NCAA high jump champion for Michigan in 1940 and went on to coach the men's track and field team before becoming Michigan's fifth athletic director in 1968.

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