Ali DeLoof (L) and Carey Chen
Feb. 11, 2014
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference named sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) the Big Ten Diver of the Week Tuesday (Feb. 11) for their performances against Michigan State on Friday (Feb. 7). This is the second time this season the pair has been honored in the same week (Oct. 1), and the fourth overall weekly laurel for DeLoof.
The sophomore swimmer raced in four events against the Spartans and contributed to four event victories. In individual races, DeLoof touched first in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard backstroke. Her wins marked the second time this season she competed in those events, and the second time she took top honors in each.
DeLoof also assisted on two relay wins: the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay. She swam the fastest opening backstroke split in the medley relay (25.25) and closed out U-M's freestyle relay as the anchor.
The Big Ten previously honored DeLoof on Oct. 1, Oct. 15 and Jan. 7 as its Swimmer of the Week. With her fourth citation, DeLoof now has the most weekly Big Ten laurels of the 2013-14 season (three other swimmers with three honors).
Chen led Michigan's strong showing in the diving well against MSU with a first-place finish from the one-meter springboard (299.78) and a second-place finish from three meters (317.93). Both scores are NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores. The junior's score from three meters established a new personal best, the third time this season she has surpassed a career best (Sep. 27 vs. Iowa; Jan. 10 vs. Purdue).
This is the third time the Big Ten has honored Chen as its Diver of the Week. Her previous citations came on Oct. 2, 2012, and Oct. 1, 2013.
The Wolverines will next compete at the Big Ten Championships, to be held Feb. 19-22 at the University Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn. On Wednesday, the competition begins at 6:30 p.m. CST. In the three days following, preliminaries are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CST with finals at 6:30 p.m. CST.
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