Weekly Release #10: Wolverines Celebrate Senior Day With MSU Dual

Jan. 26, 2010

This Week
Friday, Jan. 29 -- vs. Michigan State - Senior Day (Canham Natatorium), 6 p.m.
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As the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (4-6, 1-3 Big Ten) prepares for the Big Ten Championships next month, the Wolverines must first close out the dual-meet portion of their schedule by hosting in-state rival Michigan State on Friday (Jan. 29) at Canham Natatorium. The meet will start at 6 p.m. and is designated "Senior Day". Prior the start of the meet, the coaching staff will honor the squad's 13 seniors with a special ceremony.

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: 335.40, Rachael Ropeik (Jan. 23 at Ohio State)
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)

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Scouting the Opponent
Michigan State -- Like Michigan last weekend, Michigan State dropped a dual meet to Ohio State, 152-91. Freshman Jenny Rusch led the Spartans with wins in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles.

Michigan State is coached by Matt Gianiodis, who is in his seventh season.

Michigan is 30-2 all-time against its in-state rival, with one of those losses coming in the 1974-75 season, the very first of the Michigan women's swim program. The other loss came in the 1985-86 season, the first for head coach Jim Richardson at Michigan. The Wolverines won 141-96 last season in East Lansing.

Last Time Out
Despite three wins from fifth-year senior Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky./Notre Dame Academy), the Wolverines dropped a dual meet to rival Ohio State, 162-132, at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio, last Saturday (Jan. 23). It was Ohio State's first victory over Michigan since 1985. Senior Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), freshman Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) and sophomore Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) were the Wolverines' other victors against Ohio State, scoring first-place points in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly, respectively.

Junior Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) finished second to Bianca Alvarez (Ohio State) over on the three-meter diving board, but her score of 335.40 was the highest of any Wolverine this season and a new career high.

A Seat at the Winners' Table
Scoring points in swimming is all about depth, something which Michigan has. The table below illustrates Michigan swimmers' top three finishers on the season (through Jan. 23):

Emily Brunemann164222
Margaret Kelly4121
Mattie Kukors53513
Natasha Moodie45413
Julia Andracki07310
Liz Johnson62210
Emily Hanson1539
Leigh Cole2619
Caitlin Dauw3418
Alexa Mehesan3227
Melissa Lang0156
Liz Koselka0055
Claire Tyler0123
Ashley Cohagen0112
Courtney Beyer1102
Emily Christy1001
Keenan Koss0011
Lori Morton0011
Deirdre Jones0011
Amanda Lohman67215
Stephanie O'Callaghan2147
Rachael Ropeik0437

Middle of the Grind
The dual meet against Michigan State will be Michigan's fourth in the month of January (fifth competition overall) and third at Canham Natatorium. After starting the month in Puerto Rico for the Copa Coqui Invitational, Michigan has faced Indiana (Jan. 9), Northwestern (Jan. 16) and Ohio State (Jan. 23) in consecutive weeks.

After Michigan State, the Wolverines will have a few weeks off to prepare for the Big Ten Championships, held February 17-20 at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.).

Making the Mark
The following Michigan swimmers below 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

Emily Hanson
500-yard freestyle: 4:51.65p

Kristyne Cole
500-yard freestyle: 4:51.12p

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 stayed at No. 16 in the most recent CSCAA poll, released on Jan. 21.

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. 14), 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

"Bruno" in the News
In her quest for another national title, Brunemann has had two stories published about her journey over the last 20 months.

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 ]

Larry Watts at BigTen.org also wrote a story, titled "Going the Distance". [ Read the Story ]

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.

Local Connections
Michigan has not needed to go very far to bring swimmers into the program. Nineteen members of the 2009-10 squad hail from the state of Michigan, including 10 from the Ann Arbor area. Of those 10, 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 the U-M ]

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) and Texas (149-235) on Oct. 30-31 and Florida (137-292) and Stanford (122-307) on 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).

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. [ 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
With the dual meet portion of the schedule ending after the meet Friday, Michigan has over two weeks to rest and prepare for the Big Ten Championships, held Feb. 17-20 at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.). The first day of competition on Wednesday (Feb. 17) will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 647-4237