Rivalry Renewed! U-M to Travel South for Saturday Dual with No. 17 OSU
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Jan. 17, 2012

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THIS WEEK
Saturday, Jan. 21 -- at No. 17 Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 1 p.m.
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The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (4-5, 2-2 Big Ten) looks to push its dual-meet win streak to four when it takes on No. 17 Ohio State (6-0) on Saturday (Jan. 21) at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. The meet will begin at 1 p.m.

MEET NOTES

Big Ten's Best (Again!) ... For the second consecutive week, Michigan swept the Big Ten weekly awards. On Tuesday (Jan. 17), senior Alexa Mehesan was named Big Ten Co-Swimmer of the Week (sharing the honor with Minnesota's Haley Spencer), and senior Amanda Lohman was named Big Ten Diver of the Week. It was the first such honor for Mehesan, while Lohman garnered the award for the fifth time in her career. Last week, it was Caitlin Dauw who was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, while Lohman took home the Diving of the Week laurel. [ Release ]

Last Time Out ... The Wolverines chalked up two more dual meet wins last Saturday (Jan. 14), when they defeated Notre Dame (180-115) and Northwestern (169-126) inside Canham Natatorium. Caitlin Dauw and Alexa Mehesan each won two individual races -- and helped to a win on the 200-yard medley relay -- while Amanda Lohman led the diving contingent with a win on the three-meter springboard. [ Recap ] [ Photo Gallery ]

Opponent Outlook ... Ohio State is ranked No. 17 in the country, and has an unblemished dual meet record at 6-0. The Buckeyes' previous wins in dual meets have come against Kenyon (176.5-83.5), Cleveland State (232-66), Denison (234-64), Virginia Tech (198-100), Ohio (203-97) and Toledo (201-99). Michigan will be the first top-25 team Ohio State has swam against in a dual meet this season. U-M is 20-2 all-time against the Buckeyes in dual competition.

Races to Watch ... Two of Ohio State's top swimmers are sophomore sprint freestyler Michelle Williams and junior butterflier Shannon Draves. Williams will likely swim next to Michigan's Alexa Mehesan in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles, while Draves will go up against Caitlin Dauw in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly. Dauw, the reigning Big Ten champion in the 100-yard butterfly, has yet to be defeated in that race this season (6-0; was exhibitioned against Toledo on Oct. 22 but had fastest time of any swimmer), while Mehesan is 7-0 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).
[ Wolverine To Watch ]

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.

TEAM NOTES

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: 311.05 (Jan. 14 vs. Northwestern, Notre Dame)
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.

Upset City! ... Michigan's biggest victory of the season came back on Jan. 7 when it upset No. 8 Indiana, 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 three-meter score was the highest by a Michigan diver in at least seven seasons. She was named to the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll by College Sports360.com. Lohman and senior Caitlin Dauw were named Big Ten Women's Diver and Swimmer of the Week, respectively, on Jan. 10, for their efforts in helping Michigan beat the Hoosiers. [ Release ]

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 ]

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 ]

Rankings
• 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. [ Link ]
• 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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