Feb. 5, 2013
The No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (4-4, 4-2 Big Ten) goes for its third straight dual-meet victory when it welcomes in Toledo (2-4) to Canham Natatorium for Senior Night on Friday (Feb. 8) at 5 p.m.
Michigan will honor its senior class in a ceremony on Friday evening: Julia Andracki, Val Barthelemy, Adrienne Bicek, Katherine Carl, Ashley Cohagen, Kally Fayhee, Linnea Johnson, Deirdre Jones, Melissa Lang and Sam Pearson.
Select swimmers will then compete at the Michigan Open Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 9-10) in Rochester. The meet is the last preparation before the Big Ten Championships, to be held Feb. 20-23.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
200-yard medley relay
200-yard individual medley
200-yard freestyle relay
BIG TEN RANKINGS
|Adrienne Bicek||3rd||500-yard freestyle|
|Adrienne Bicek||2nd||1,650-yard freestyle|
|Adrienne Bicek||7th||400-yard individual medley|
|Ali DeLoof||4th||100-yard backstroke|
|Ashley Cohagen||7th||200-yard backstroke|
|Ashley Cohagen||5th||100-yard butterfly|
|Julia Andracki||5th||100-yard breaststroke|
|Julia Andracki||2nd||200-yard breaststroke|
|Angela Chokran||6th||100-yard breaststroke|
|Angela Chokran||3rd||200-yard breaststroke|
|Courtney Beidler||10th||200-yard butterfly|
|Courtney Beidler||6th||400-yard individual medley|
|Marni Oldershaw||1st||200-yard individual medley|
|Marni Oldershaw||4th||400-yard individual medley|
|Jessica Wolf||8th||1,000-yard freestyle|
Michigan is undefeated against Toledo in dual meets, with a 5-0 record. Last season, the Wolverines topped the Rockets, 171-121, at home. The series began in 2007-08, making this the sixth straight season of head-to-head competition.
The Wolverines have beaten Toledo by more than 40 points in each meeting, with an average margin of victory of 57 points in five meets.
Michigan is ranked No. 16 in the most-recent poll released by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), released on Jan. 30. Toledo is not ranked. [ Poll ]
This is the 28th meeting between Michigan and a team from the Mid-America Conference; Michigan is 27-0 in those matchups.
The Maize and Blue was honored with the BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award for the month of January, given to one group in the athletic department from across all sports each month that represents the best qualities of team chemistry and its importance both on and off the field.
Senior Ashley Cohagen won two individual races against Toledo in last season's meet, the 100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes (Oct. 21, 2011). Senior Adrienne Bicek has two career individual wins, the 500-yard freestyle in last season's meet and the 1,000-yard freestyle on Oct. 22, 2010.
Three Wolverines set new pool records at McCaffree Pool during the dual meet with Michigan State, including two by junior Angela Chokran (100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke), freshman Ali DeLoof set a new standard in the 100-yard backstroke, and sophomore Claudia Lau established a new record in the 200-yard backstroke.
Michigan does not have any student-athletes from Ohio on its roster. Toledo has eight student-athletes from Michigan on its roster, including sisters Kristy and Samantha Richart from Saline, Mich., and Gillian Staudt from Bingham Farms, Mich.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
| Julia Andracki
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Q: How are you feeling as we approach Senior Night?
A: I've been talking to a lot of the seniors; it's a sad moment, but it's been a really great season, and I think we're all just really happy to have been a part of this year with all of the changes. It's a celebration, too.
Q: How do you see the underclassmen stepping up to carry the program forward?
A: I see a lot of positives in the underclassmen that we have. They bring so much to the team, and they're going to keep getting better and better. We're leaving the team with a great group behind us.
Q: You've had some real nice moments this year, assess your progress.
A: I've learned more this year than I have learned in three to four years combined in swimming. For me, I'm so happy to have been a part of it and learn so much. I remember back in the first month of the season, we were all like, "Wow, we've learned more in a month than in the past year." It's been an awesome experience, and I'm grateful to have been a part of it.
Q: What does that say about the status of the program?
A: I think it makes the future even brighter. With each year and each group that comes in they're going to progress more and more every year, almost exponentially. I think it shows that the future is really looking good for Michigan.
Q: What is the mindset moving into championship season?
A: The focus is to show the details that we've worked on and really put them into play. Every day we work on so many details, and we talk about them all the time. It's our chance to show people what we've worked on and how far we've come. Everyone is ready to show off what we're made of.
Q: Your team just won the BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award, how are you feeling about that?
A: We're all really happy we got it and honestly, we deserve it. I know so many teams have great chemistry, but we've really become a lot closer this year. So for us to get that award, it's another step toward the program's success and shows off our hard work.
LAST TIME OUT
Angela Chokran set two pool records, Ali DeLoof and Claudia Lau each set one, and Deirdre Jones was part of four event wins in a 174-120 dual-meet victory over Michigan State inside McCaffree Pool (Jan. 25). [ Recap ]
Wed-Sat., Feb. 20-23 -- at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), 6:30 p.m./11 a.m. CST
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423