Feb. 4, 2014
Podcast: Thursday Morning Taper
Friday, Feb. 7 -- vs. Michigan State - Senior Night (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (5-5, 2-4 Big Ten) will conclude its dual meet season on Friday (Feb. 7) against in-state rival Michigan State (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines return home to compete for the first time in more than two months (74 days). The last home meet was the University of Michigan Open (Nov. 22-24).
This is the second straight weekend of competition for the Wolverines following a two-day dual meet at Ohio State (Jan. 31-Feb. 1), and their fourth weekend meet out of the last five.
Michigan owns a 35-2 record against Michigan State in dual meets. The head-to-head competition between the schools began in 1974-75, U-M's first season of varsity swimming and diving. The Wolverines have won 26 consecutive duals over the Spartans, a streak that dates back to the mid-1980s.
The Maize and Blue carries a 2-4 record in Big Ten dual meets into Friday's matchup. With a win, Michigan will put together its 10th three-win Big Ten season in the past 11.
In the six dual meets Angela Chokran has raced in the 100-yard breaststroke, she has finished first three times and second three times. Her season-best time is 1:00.52, achieved at the US Winter National Championships (Dec. 5-7). Additionally, she has two individual event wins in her career against MSU and two relay wins.
In the past three Big Ten dual meets (at Purdue Jan. 10; at Northwestern Quad Meet Jan. 11; at OSU Jan. 31-Feb. 1), Courtney Beidler and Marni Oldershaw have finished in either first or second in the 400-yard individual medley. Beidler won at Purdue and OSU, with Oldershaw taking second. When Beidler did not race the event at the Northwestern quad meet, Oldershaw touched first.
Sophomore Marni Oldershaw owns the 200-yard individual medley in dual meets this season. She started the season with four first-place finishes and one second-place. The sophomore has competed in the event once since then, another first-place at Ohio State (Jan. 31). Currently, she owns the Big Ten's fourth-fastest time in the event (1:57.89).
Over the course of three meets (at Purdue Jan. 10; at Northwestern Quad Meet Jan. 11; at Ohio State Jan. 31-Feb. 1), the Wolverine backstrokers have won all three 100-yard backstrokes and two of three 200-yard backstrokes. Sophomore Ali DeLoof has swept the 100-yard events, with junior Claudia Lau taking second at Purdue and OSU. Lau also won the 200-yard backstroke at Ohio State and finished second to Marie Georger in the same event at Purdue.
Six seniors will be honored before Friday's meet for their contributions to the program: co-captain Courtney Beidler, co-captain Erin Bridgewater, co-captain Erin Cameron, co-captain Angela Chokran, Nikki Hubbard and Brianna Maroukis. In their time at U-M, the team compiled a dua-meet record of 21-21 and 13-11 in Big Ten matchups.
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. 20 in the latest poll (Jan. 30). [ CSCAA ]
CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON AHEAD
So far this season, Michigan swimmers have achieved 23 NCAA provisional times for the 2014 NCAA Championships set to be held March 20-22 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Additionally, four divers have secured seven NCAA Zone diving qualifying scores.
100-yard breaststroke (1)
Angela Chokran (1:00.52#)
200-yard breaststroke (1)
Angela Chokran (2:11.30#)
100-yard butterfly (1)
Zoe Mattingly (53.94#)
# NCAA provisional qualifying standard
^ NCAA Zone diving qualifying standard
The Spartans carry a 2-2 (0-1 Big Ten) record into this Friday's dual meet. Head coach Matt Gianiodis is currently in his 11th season leading a combined swimming and diving program. Michigan State is led by sprinter Summer Strickler, distance freestylist Becca Berman, breaststroker Shelby Lacy and diver Alison Menzies.
LAST TIME OUT
The Maize and Blue led 95-91 after day one of a two-day dual at Ohio State (Jan. 31-Feb. 1) but could not hold on to the slim advantage during Saturday's competition. The meet came down to the last event -- the 400-yard freestyle relay -- and OSU out-touched the Wolverines. Courtney Beidler won two events, and diver Carey Chen swept the springboard competitions. Nebraska was supposed to compete at the meet but could not make the trip to Columbus due to hazardous travel conditions. [ Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2 ]
Wed-Sat., Feb 19-22 -- at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), 11 a.m./6 p.m.
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