Jan. 17, 2011
Friday, Jan. 21 -- vs. No. 18 Ohio State (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (4-5, 2-2 Big Ten) looks to avenge last season's loss when it hosts Ohio State (6-0) on Friday (Jan. 21) at 5 p.m. inside Canham Natatorium. It is U-M's first home meet since Oct. 8, the season opener (vs. Minnesota).
Last Time Out
Last Saturday (Jan. 15), the Wolverines traveled to Evanston, Ill., and swept both Northwestern (155-145) and Notre Dame (182-117), doubling their dual-meet win total for the season from two to four. Sophomore Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) was the meet's top performer, winning three events -- the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:08.29), the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.92) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:57.15).
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Call To The Hall
This Saturday (Jan. 22), three-time NCAA champion and former Wolverine Alecia Humphrey (Wartowski) will be inducted into the U-M Hall of Honor. Humphrey was a three-time NCAA champion -- all in the same year (1995), winning the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events and swimming as a member of the victorious 400-yard medley relay team. She was a 12-time NCAA All-American and a seven-time NCAA All-America honorable mention. Humphrey was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in back-to-back seasons (1993, '94) and won the conference championship in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke every year at Michigan.
A standout student, she was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. After receiving her undergraduate degree at Michigan, Humphrey earned a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2003. She currently is the Director of Guardian ad litem for the Minors Program at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.
OPPONENT QUICK HITTERS
Michigan is 19-2 all-time against Ohio State ... the only two Big Ten teams Michigan has beaten in more dual meets than Ohio State are Michigan State (31-2) and Northwestern (21-6) ... the Buckeyes' only wins came in 1985 (100-40) and 2010 (162-132) ... last season's loss was Jim Richardson's first in a dual meet to Ohio State ... Michigan has never dropped two consecutive dual meets to Ohio State ... first meeting was in 1982, with Michigan winning, 79-70.
Ohio State is 6-0 on the season and is ranked No. 18 in the nation by collegeswimming.com. However, the Buckeyes, have had only one meet outside of Columbus this season, a 213-87 win over Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, back on Nov. 12. The Buckeyes have had an extra week off, having last competed against Toledo on Jan. 8 (W, 177-117). Ohio State is under the direction of head coach Bill Dorenkott, who is in his third year.
Making the Mark
The following swimmers have met either the NCAA automatic (signified by a ^) or provisional (signified by a #) qualifying standard:
500-yard Freestyle: 4:48.90#
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56#
100-yard Butterfly: 54.47#
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94#
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: 56.02, 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: 4:19.76, 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: 3:44.97, Mattie Kukors, Angela Chokran, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie
This Friday's meet against Ohio State marks just the second time this season in which Michigan will host a meet. The Wolverines have not been home since the season opener on Oct. 8, a 169-131 loss to Minnesota. Michigan's final home meet is on Saturday, Jan. 29, against Penn State, which will be Senior Night for swimmer Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) and diver Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron).
Big Ten Feel
The Wolverines face six Big Ten teams in dual meets this season, the most number of conference opponents Michigan has faced in a dual meet setting since the 2000-01 season. This season, the Wolverines have faced Minnesota, Northwestern and Indiana on two occasions, and will also see Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State in the pool later this season.
Facing the Best
Michigan stayed even at No. 15 in the most recent CollegeSwimming.com poll of the season, released on Jan. 12. 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 its seventh this weekend in No. 18 Ohio State.
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Sophomores Stepping Up
Sophomores Adrienne Bicek 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 six events for Michigan at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, held Dec. 3-4, and setting two new team-best times (in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley) against Northwestern and Notre Dame last weekend.
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.
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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).
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).
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 167-70 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 109-21 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
For the second year in a row, 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.
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.
Michigan closes the dual-meet season out next weekend with two meets in two days. The Wolverines travel to Michigan State on Friday, Jan. 28, before returning home the next day (Saturday, Jan. 29) to host Penn State.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423