This Week in Michigan Women's Swimming & Diving Week #8
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Jan. 28, 2014

• Podcast: Thursday Morning Taper audio

THIS WEEK
Fri-Sat., Jan. 31-Feb. 1 -- at Ohio State, vs. Nebraska (Columbus, Ohio), 6 p.m./11 a.m.
Live Results

Statistics: Top Times PDF | Diving Bests
Social Media: Facebook | Twitter

The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (5-4, 2-3 Big Ten) will compete in a two-day double dual beginning Friday (Jan. 31) and concluding on Saturday (Feb. 1) against No. 19 Ohio State (8-1, 1-1 Big Ten) and Nebraska (4-2-1, 1-1 Big Ten) at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.

The Wolverines are returning to action following their only off weekend in the month of January. Previously the squad competed in the Orange Bowl Swim Classic (Jan. 3), in a dual meet at Purdue (Jan. 10) and in a quad meet hosted by Northwestern (Jan. 11).

AQUATICS ANALYSIS
During Saturday's meet, the Michigan coaching staff will take over the team's Twitter account,@umichswimdive, to provide running commentary and real-time reactions to the races and events from right there on the deck. To interact, follow@umichswimdive on Twitter and use the hashtag #UMDeckPass during the competition. [ More ]

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday (Jan. 31) Saturday (Feb. 1)
400-yard medley relay 200-yard medley relay
200-yard freestyle 100-yard freestyle
100-yard backstroke 200-yard backstroke
3-meter diving 200-yard breaststroke
100-yard breaststroke 500-yard freestyle
200-yard butterfly 100-yard butterfly
50-yard freestyle 1-meter diving
200-yard IM 400-yard IM
200-yard freestyle relay 400-yard freestyle relay

WOLVERINE BITES

• The Wolverines hold a 21-3 advantage over Ohio State in dual meets. Last season, then-No. 25 U-M scored an upset over then-No. 15 Ohio State, 163-137, at Canham Natatorium. The Maize and Blue is 8-3 all-time at Ohio State's pool.

• Michigan has competed against Nebraska just once but never as a Big Ten Conference opponent. The lone meeting came during the 1999-2000 season when the Wolverines topped the Cornhuskers, 220-148, in a quad meet hosted at Minnesota.

• Last season, Angela Chokran and Ali DeLoof were each a part of three event wins against the Buckeyes. Chokran took the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes while assisting on the 200-yard medley relay. DeLoof was a part of the winning 200-yard medley relay team as well, and she chipped in on the 400-yard freestyle relay win along with an individual win in the 100-yard backstroke.

• A pair of Michigan sophomores has each earned top-15 Big Ten times in four different events:

Name Event B1G Rank (time)
Zoe Mattingly 100-yard backstroke 4th (53.45)
50-yard freestyle 9th (22.90)
100-yard butterfly 9th (53.94)
100-yard freestyle 11th (49.71)
Marni Oldershaw 400-yard IM 2nd (4:10.31)
200-yard IM 4th (1:57.89)
200-yard backstroke 13th (1:58.28)
200-yard butterfly 13th (1:59.31)

• Senior Courtney Beidler has raced in six different events this season (200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard IM, 400-yard IM) and has come away with wins in four of the events (200 and 500-yard freestyles, 200-yard butterfly and 400-yard IM). She has also won an event in all but one of Michigan's dual meets. The senior currently holds the Big Ten's fastest time in the 200-yard individual medley (1:57.74).

• The Maize and Blue has earned a spot in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll each time the bi-monthly poll has been released this season. The Wolverines are ranked No. 21 in the latest poll (Dec. 10).
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• Michigan is 2-3 against Big Ten teams this season, with wins against Northwestern (172-128 on Jan. 11) and Iowa (185-111 on Sept. 27) and losses against Purdue (164.5-135.5 on Jan. 10), Minnesota (174.5-125.5 on Oct. 11) and Indiana (181-119 on Oct. 25). Ohio State is the sixth ranked team U-M will face this season. The Wolverines are 1-4 against ranked teams this season.

OPPONENT PREVIEW

Ohio State
The Buckeyes enter this weekend just two spots ahead of Michigan in the CSCAA Top 25 poll at No. 19. So far this season, OSU has compiled a record of 8-1 (1-1 Big Ten). Michigan and Ohio State share three common opponents to this point in the season (Purdue, Toledo and Northwestern) and have identical records against them (2-1). The Buckeyes are led by a trio of seniors in 2013 All-Big Ten selections Michelle Williams and Alex Norris and Kelly Ann Baird. The Scarlet and Gray is led by head coach Bill Dorenkott, now in his sixth season, and first-year head diving coach Justin Sochor.

Nebraska
The Cornhuskers bring a 4-2-1 record into the double dual with Michigan and OSU, including a recent win over Big Ten foe Illinois. Nebraska is led by sophomore sprinter Taryn Collura, who has a pair of top-15 times in the Big Ten, senior Shannon Guy, who is a mainstay on several relays, and freshman diver Anna Filipcic, who has a pair of Big Ten weekly awards this season. Pablo Morales is in his 13th season guiding the Huskers and head diving coach Natasha Chikina is in her ninth season.

LAST TIME OUT
The Maize and Blue competed on back-to-back days against Purdue on Jan. 10 and then in a quad meet against Northwestern, Notre Dame and Rutgers on Jan. 11. The Wolverines fell to No. 20 Purdue, 164.5-135.5, despite a trio of event wins by senior Courtney Beidler (200-yard butterfly, 400-yard IM, 500-yard freestyle). The squad then swept its foes at the quad meet (172-128 vs. Northwestern; 168-132 vs. No. 25 Notre Dame; 219-81 vs. Rutgers). U-M's 200-yard medley relay set a new pool record (1:41.26), Ali DeLoof won two individual events (100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke) and Sarah Kamstra won the three-meter springboard competition. [ Recaps: Purdue | Quad Meet ]

UP NEXT
Friday, Feb 7 -- vs. Michigan State - Senior Day (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.

RELATED LINKS
Thursday Morning Taper Podcast -- every Thursday during competition weeks

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (mkasibor@umich.edu)