Weekly Release #9: U-M Jumps in at Ohio State

Jan. 19, 2010

This Week
Saturday, Jan 23 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio), 2 p.m.
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With the Big Ten Championships on the horizon, the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (4-5, 1-2 Big Ten) stays in Big Ten dual-meet action, traveling to Columbus, Ohio, to face rival Ohio State on Saturday (Jan. 23). The meet will take place at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion and 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: 1:48.88, Margaret Kelly (Jan. 16 vs. Northwestern)
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)

p - Preliminaries

Scouting the Opponent
Ohio State -- The Buckeyes last competed against Wright State (Jan. 10), winning 191.5-102.5. They won 13 of the 16 events against Wright State, including two wins a piece from junior Samantha Cheverton and Anita Beck. Diver Chelsea Davis was named Big Ten Diver of the Week last week after winning on the one and three-meter boards.

They are 4-0 in dual meets this season, with other wins coming against Toledo, Cleveland State and Kenyon.

Ohio State is coached by Bill Dorenkott, who is in his second season. Vince Panzano is the head diving coach.

Prior to facing Michigan on Saturday, Ohio State will be in East Lansing on Friday (Jan. 22) for a dual meet with Michigan State.

Last Time Out
Michigan got its first Big Ten dual meet win of the campaign last Saturday (Jan. 16), defeating No. 23 Northwestern, 157.5-142.5. The Wolverines won 10-of-16 events, including the last four, to secure the win.

Seniors Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) won two events each, as did sophomore diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair), who swept both diving events. Kelly won the 200 fly and 200 IM, while Brunemann won the 500 free and 1,000 free. The other two U-M winners were sophomore Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford) in the 100 back and sophomore Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) in the 100 fly. Michigan also won both relays (400 medley free; 200 free relay).

It was Michigan's first dual-meet win since Oct. 23, when it defeated Toledo and the University of Toronto in a double-dual meet.

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) & Texas (149-235) on Oct. 30-31 and Florida (137-292) and Stanford (122-307) 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). The Wolverines made it three in a row with their win at Copa Coqui (Jan. 2).

A Seat At The Winners' Table
The table below illustrates Michigan swimmers' top three finishers on the season (through Jan. 16):

Margaret Kelly153119
Emily Brunemann134219
Mattie Kukors43512
Natasha Moodie45312
Julia Andracki0639
Liz Johnson6219
Emily Hanson1528
Leigh Cole2518
Caitlin Dauw3317
Melissa Lang0156
Alexa Mehesan1225
Liz Koselka0044
Ashley Cohagen0112
Courtney Beyer1102
Claire Tyler0112
Emily Christy1001
Keenan Koss0011
Lori Morton0011
Deirdre Jones0011
Amanda Lohman67215
Stephanie O'Callaghan2147
Rachael Ropeik0235

Big Ten Honorees
Senior swimmer Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and sophomore diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) have each received weekly Big Ten laurels twice this season. The duo swept the Big Ten Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards back on Jan. 5 for their efforts in Michigan's win at Copa Coqui (Jan. 2). Kelly also received the award on Nov. 24, while Lohman got it on Oct. 27.

Senior Stephanie O'Callaghan (Howell, Mich./Howell) was U-M's other recipient of the award, winning it back on Dec. 7.

Middle Of The Grind
The meet against Ohio State will be Michigan's third dual meet in as many weeks, after hosting Indiana (Jan. 9) and Northwestern (Jan. 16). The dual-meet portion of the schedule closes on Jan. 29, when Michigan hosts in-state rival Michigan State for "Senior Day".

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

Making The Mark
The following Michigan swimmers 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
200-yard freestyle: 1:48.88
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 entire 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. 19 members of the 2009-10 squad hail from the state of Michigan, including 10 from the Ann Arbor area. Of those ten, 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 more about the recruiting pipeline between Pioneer and U-M

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 Friday (Jan. 29) for the final time this season, hosting in-state rival Michigan State at 6 p.m. for "Senior Day". Prior to the meet, Michigan will honor its 13 seniors with a special presentation.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423