Jan. 25, 2011
Friday, Jan. 28 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 29 -- vs. No. 25 Penn State - Senior Day (Canham Natatorium), 11 a.m.
The No. 15-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (5-5, 2-3 Big Ten) wraps up the regular season this weekend with a pair of dual meets. The Wolverines will head to East Lansing, Mich., on Friday (Jan. 28) to take on in-state rival Michigan State at 6 p.m. before returning to Canham Natatorium for Senior Day on Saturday (Jan. 29), where they will host No. 25 Penn State at 11 a.m.
Thank You, Seniors!
The Wolverines will honor two seniors -- swimmer Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) and diver Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) -- prior to the meet against Penn State on Saturday (Jan. 29).
Last Time Out
Michigan avenged last season's dual-meet loss to Ohio State by dominating the Buckeyes, 160-135, last Friday (Jan. 21) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines won nine events and posted the top mark of the meet in two others, including two event wins each by sophomores Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) and Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) and freshman Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North).
Halfthe student-athletes on Michigan's roster hail from the state of Michigan (14). There are also two Wolverines who are very familiar with the Keystone State (Pennsylvania) -- junior diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) and freshman swimmer Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South).
OPPONENT QUICK HITTERS
Michigan State -- Michigan has dominated its in-state rivals in dual meets, owning a 31-2 record all-time against the Spartans ... the two losses came in 1974 (the first meet Michigan had as a recognized varsity sport) and in 1985 (head coach Jim Richardson's first year). Since that loss in 1985, Michigan has won 23 straight dual meets over Michigan State, having swum against each other every year but the 2002-03 season ... Michigan won more dual meets against Michigan State (31) than any other Big Ten team (next closest is Northwestern, 21).
Penn State -- Michigan is 9-2 all-time against Penn State in dual meets ... outside of the Big Ten Championships, the last time Michigan and Penn State met in a dual meet was in the 2001-02 season, with Penn State winning, 129-114 ... first meeting was in 1978 (Michigan won 114-17).
Michigan State is 3-6 (0-5 Big Ten) on the season. The Spartans won five events in its most-recent competition, a 131-114 loss to Ohio State last Saturday (Jan. 22): Jenny Rusch (50-yard freestyle), Kerry Sodonis (100-yard breaststroke), Becca Ebner (100-yard butterfly), Alexandra Pierce (200-yard IM) and the 200-yard medley relay. Michigan State is coached by Matt Gianiodis.
Penn State is 6-2 (0-1 Big Ten) on the season. Its most-recent competition was a 157-63 win over St. Bonaventure last Saturday (Jan. 22). One of the Nittany Lions' standout swimmers is sophomore Amy Modglin, who has won Big Ten Swimmer of the Week laurels twice this season. Penn State is coached by John Hargis.
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: 56.01, Mattie Kukors
200-yard Backstroke: 2:00.26, Mattie Kukors
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:04.32, Angela Chokran
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:17.07, Angela Chokran
100-yard Butterfly: 54.14, Caitlin Dauw
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56, Adrienne Bicek
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:02.26, 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: 1:42.90, Mattie Kukors, Angela Chokran, Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:44.97, Mattie Kukors, Angela Chokran, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie
Facing The Best
Michigan stayed even at No. 15 in the most-recent CollegeSwimming.com poll of the season, released on Jan. 25. 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, No. 18 Ohio State) and will face one more on Saturday (No. 25 Penn State).
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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 November 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
As a team, Michigan has 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 two -- Moodie (swimmer) and Ropeik (diving)
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 is in 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 168-70 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 110-21 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.
With the dual-meet portion of the schedule concluded, Michigan will next set its sights on the Big Ten Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held Feb. 16-19 at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington. The four-day event, which features the swimming and diving teams from all 11 conference institutions, will see preliminary sessions start each morning at 11 a.m., with the finals at 6:30 p.m. later each day.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423