Wolverines Honored with BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award

Feb. 4, 2013

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team was chosen as the recipient of the January BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award. The team will be recognized for its accomplishments during the nationally televised men's basketball game on Tuesday (Feb. 5) vs. Ohio State at 9 p.m. inside Crisler Center.

BASF, the world's leading chemical company, is the creator of the Team Chemistry MVP Award. BASF, which has facilities in Wyandotte and Southfield, Mich., will recognize one group in the athletic department from across all sports at least once a month that represents the best qualities of team chemistry and its importance both on and off the field.

Mike Bottom is in his first year leading the combined men's and women's swimming and diving programs and his fifth year overall at Michigan. During January the women posted a 3-1 record in dual meets, punctuated by a 163-137 victory over then-No. 15 Ohio State on Jan. 18. The Wolverines also defeated in-state rival Michigan State for the 26th meet in a row on Jan. 25, and U-M bested Big Ten foe Northwestern on Jan. 12. The swimmers also won the Orange Bowl Classic on Jan. 3 in Key Largo, Fla., taking first in all 12 races and setting 10 new meet records. Currently the Wolverines are ranked No. 16 by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

Several Michigan swimmers were honored by the Big Ten throughout January. Senior Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville) was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for her two victories in the Orange Bowl Classic. Junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) earned Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors for her two first-place finishes over Ohio State. Freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge) was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her two wins in the Orange Bowl Classic.

During the meet at Michigan State, four Wolverines set new records at the McCaffree Pool, including two by Chokran in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes, one by sophomore Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) in the 200-yard backstroke, and one by freshman Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) in the 100-yard backstroke.

Leading up to championship season, the Wolverines have achieved 17 NCAA consideration times and six NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores so far. Overall, the team is 4-4 (4-2 Big Ten), with first-place finishes at the Orange Bowl Classic and Hawkeye Invitational on Dec. 2.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423