Jan. 22, 2013
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Friday, Jan. 25 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 6 p.m.
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Facility: Canham Natatorium
The No. 25-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (3-4, 3-2 Big Ten) goes for its second straight dual-meet victory over a Big Ten opponent when it visits Michigan State (3-5, 0-4 Big Ten) on Friday (Jan. 25) at 6 p.m. at the McCaffree Pool in East Lansing, Mich.
BIG TEN RANKINGS
Michigan continues to get balanced results across its classes with two seniors, three juniors and two freshmen registering top 10 Big Ten times. Six swimmers placed top 10 times across multiple events. Marni Oldershaw continues to hold her first-place time in the 200-yard individual medley.
Michigan is 34-2 all-time against Michigan State in dual meets. Michigan defeated Michigan State, 171-120, last season, winning 13 of 16 events in that matchup. The Wolverines have won 25 dual meets in a row over the Spartans.
Michigan is ranked No. 25 in the most-recent poll released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), released on Jan. 16. Michigan State is not ranked. [ Poll ]
The latest Endless Pools/Collegeswimming.com poll has Michigan ranked No. 8, up from No. 14 in the previous rankings [Poll]
This is Michigan's last Big Ten dual meet on the regular season. The Wolverines enter with a 3-2 record in Big Ten competition with wins against Wisconsin (157-143 on Sept. 29), Northwestern (192-108 on Jan. 12) and Ohio State (163-137 on Jan. 18). With a win, Michigan will have its fourth season with four Big Ten wins since the 2003-04 season.
Senior Adrienne Bicek has three individual wins in her career against the Spartans in dual meets (400-yard individual medley and 100-yard freestyle on Jan. 28, 2011; 200-yard butterfly on Jan. 27, 2012). Seniors Deirdre Jones and Kally Fayhee have two individual wins each. Jones won the 100-yard backstroke on Jan. 28, 2011, and 100-yard freestyle on Jan. 27, 2012. Fayhee won both the 1,000-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle on Jan. 28, 2011.
Adrienne Bicek has finished first, second or third in every 500-yard freestyle event she has raced in this season. The senior has taken first three times (Ohio State, Notre Dame-Northwestern double dual and Wisconsin), second twice (Minnesota, Hawkeye Invitational) and third once (Indiana-Texas double dual).
Freshman Ali DeLoof and sophomore Claudia Lau finished 1-2 in the 100-yard backstroke against Ohio State, besting three Buckeyes who had all already automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in that event.
Diver Erin Bridgewater set a career best from the three-meter platform (310.05) against Ohio State and a season best from the one-meter platform (289.20). Both are NCAA Zone Qualifying scores. Her three-meter diving score is a season high for the Michigan team.
Nineteen swimmers contributed points during the dual meet against Ohio State including six freshmen.
Two Spartan swimmers have Ann Arbor ties. Sophomore Paige Kostishak graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer in 2011. Junior Lauren Daugherty graduated from Dexter High School in 2010 and calls Ann Arbor home.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Q: What have the last few days been like following the dual-meet win over Ohio State?
A: We keep emphasizing over and over again how proud we are that it was a team victory and a team effort, not just the superstars, but from top to bottom a huge effort. We're trying to keep up the intensity in practice. Each person has an impact as we move toward Big Tens.
Q: How have you developed during your senior year?
A: I think that me individually, and the sprint group as a whole, we've really hit our stride since December. We're getting excited about the little basic details we've been working on since September finally come to fruition and make that small difference that leads to huge point differences. I feel that we're really happy where the sprint group is in our development.
Q: What's made the difference for this team in the last few meets?
A: We know what it is that we have to focus on -- the details. We can identify what it is that makes a sprinter, and we own those details instead of simply learning them. That really does change the entire dynamic of a race. I didn't know how to do shoulder-driven freestyle until this year, which is basically its own stroke for sprinting.
Q: What's the game plan going into the dual meet this week with Michigan State?
A: It's a tricky pool visibility-wise for our finishes. It's a great chance to get into a different swimming environment and tell ourselves that we can still nail our finishes; we can still get great turns out there and execute our details and our racing strategy.
Q: How can you as a senior help the underclassmen who haven't competed against Michigan State before?
A: The underclassmen are so well prepared to handle anything that's thrown at them at this point. The best thing you can do is lead by example and get them fired up with cheering. But if they are given that initiative, they are going to go off with it and give that spark.
Q: This seems to be a very cheerful squad, how does that attitude impact the team?
A: The attitude is extremely important to both hold your teammates accountable and support them. It's something that we try to practice every single day, but it's particularly strong when we see it come out in meets, like when the fire came out against Ohio State. So we're going to keep that attitude up for every single practice.
LAST TIME OUT
Angela Chokran and Adrienne Bicek each won two events Friday (Jan. 18) to propel Michigan to win over Ohio State (163-137) inside Canham Natatorium. [ Recap ]
Friday, Feb. 8 -- vs. Toledo (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.