Week #11: Wolverines to Go to Indiana for Big Tens

Feb. 14, 2011

• Video Interviews: Jim Richardson | Natasha Moodie | Adrienne Bicek

Wed-Sat., Feb. 16-19 -- at 2011 Big Ten Women's Swimming & Diving Championships (Bloomington, Ind.), 11 a.m. (Preliminaries)/6:30 p.m. (Finals)
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The 2010-11 postseason commences for the No. 16-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (6-6, 4-3 Big Ten) this week, as it readies for the Big Ten Championships, beginning on Wednesday (Feb. 16) and running through Saturday (Feb. 19) at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind.

Outside of Wednesday, which features two relays, action on the other three days begin with preliminaries at 11 a.m., with finals starting at 6:30 p.m.

The conference championships will be televised on the Big Ten Network on tape-delay on Saturday, Feb. 26, at noon. Bernie Gunther will call play-by-play, with Molly Sullivan and former U-M diver Stephanie O'Callaghan (2007-10) serving as color analysts.

Last Time Out
The Wolverines closed out the dual-meet portion of the schedule during the last weekend of January, earning a split. They beat Michigan State for the 22nd straight time on Jan. 28 (W, 141-93) but lost to No. 25 Penn State on the final relay the following day, 123-120.

Recaps: [ MGoBlue.com - Michigan State ] [ MGoBlue.com - Penn State ] | [ Michigan Daily ]

Familiar Territory
Michigan is heading to Bloomington for the third time this season, having had two dual meets at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center earlier this season; first in a double-dual meet with Texas Oct. 29-30 and in a single dual with Indiana on Oct. 8.


Michigan at Big Ten Championships
Michigan is the only women's team in the history of the Big Ten Conference to win 12 straight Big Ten Championships (1987-98) and leads the Big Ten in team (14) and individual conference championships (176).

What Happened Last Year
Michigan finished third at the Big Ten Championships last season, its sixth straight finish inside the top four since its last team title in 2004. The Wolverines finished fourth in 2005 and 2009, third in 2006 and runner-up in 2007 and 2008.

Last season, former swimmer Margaret Kelly(2007-10) won the conference title in the 200-yard individual medley, setting a new conference record during the preliminaries (1:55.41). Kelly was a first team All-Big Ten pick, while Emily Brunemann (2006-10), Leigh Cole (2007-10), Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) and Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) were all named to the second team.

Record Holders
Michigan holds five Big Ten Championships records:
» 1,650-yard freestyle: Emily Brunemann, 15:51.29 (2008)
» 100-yard butterfly: Caroline Rodriguez, 51.85 (preliminaries) (2009)
» 200-yard individual medley: Margaret Kelly, 1:56.80 (2008)
» One-meter diving (11 dives): Mary Fischbach, 520.50 (1988)
» Platform diving (11 dives): Cinnamon Woods, 587.05 (1994)


"Mighty Mouse" Does It Again
Nicknamed "Mighty Mouse" by her teammates, sophomore Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) has swum in 11-of-14 individual events this season and on all three freestyle relays. She holds team-best times in five events, has recorded NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly, and has 30 top-three finishes this season.

[ Video Feature (MGoBlue.com) ]

Last Go-Around
Senior Natasha Moodie is the team's top freestyle swimmer this season, holding team season-highs in the 50-yard freestyle (also meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying standard) and in the 100-yard freestyle.

As the only senior swimmer on the team, Moodie knows her time as a Wolverine is coming to a close. Follow the link below to hear about her experiences at Michigan and what the future holds.

[ Video Feature (MGoBlue) ]

All in The Family
Sophomore Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) is in the midst of a breakout sophomore campaign, holding team-best times in both backstrokes and both individual medleys. Follow the link below to see how swimming is part of the Kukors family.

[ Feature (MGoBlue.com) ]


Making the Mark
The following swimmers have met either the NCAA automatic (signified by a ^) or provisional (signified by a #) qualifying standard:

Adrienne Bicek
500-yard Freestyle: 4:48.90#
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56#

Caitlin Dauw
100-yard Butterfly: 54.47#

Natasha Moodie
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94#

200-yard Freestyle Relay
1:32.46# - Natasha Moodie, Deirdre Jones, Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw

400-yard Freestyle Relay
3:23.16# - Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw, Katherine Carl, Natasha Moodie
3:24.11# - Natasha Moodie, Alexa Mehesan, Deirdre Jones, Adrienne Bicek
3:24.40# - Natasha Moodie, Deirdre Jones, Adrienne Bicek, Mattie Kukors

800-yard Freestyle Relay
7:21.15# - Liz Johnson, Adrienne Bicek, Kristyne Cole, Liz Koselka

2010-11 TOP TIMES
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94, Natasha Moodie
100-yard Freestyle: 50.56, Natasha Moodie
200-yard Freestyle: 1:50.65, Adrienne Bicek
500-yard Freestyle: 4:48.90, Adrienne Bicek
1,000-yard Freestyle: 10:00.00, Adrienne Bicek
1,650-yard Freestyle: 16:55.32, Adrienne Bicek
100-yard Backstroke: 56.01, Mattie Kukors
200-yard Backstroke: 2:00.26, Mattie Kukors
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:04.32, Angela Chokran
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:17.07, Angela Chokran
100-yard Butterfly: 54.14, Caitlin Dauw
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56, Adrienne Bicek
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:02.26, Mattie Kukors
400-yard Individual Medley: 4:19.76, Mattie Kukors
One-Meter Diving: 308.40, Amanda Lohman
Three-Meter Diving: 352.50, Amanda Lohman
Platform Diving: 247.25, Amanda Lohman
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:32.46, Natasha Moodie, Deirdre Jones, Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:23.16, Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw, Katherine Carl, Natasha Moodie
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:21.15, Liz Johnson, Adrienne Bicek, Kristyne Cole, Liz Koselka
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:42.90, Mattie Kukors, Angela Chokran, Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:44.97, Mattie Kukors, Angela Chokran, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie

On The Podium
Scoring points in swimming is all about depth. The table below illustrates the top-three finishes achieved by Michigan swimmers and divers through the regular season.

Swimmers 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Adrienne Bicek 20 7 3 30
Caitlin Dauw 9 5 3 17
Natasha Moodie 10 3 2 15
Mattie Kukors 9 4 2 15
Angela Chokran 3 6 4 13
Alexa Mehesan 4 4 4 12
Liz Johnson 2 5 1 8
Ashley Cohagen 0 3 5 8
Kally Fayhee 2 2 2 6
Liz Koselka 0 3 3 6
Deirdre Jones 1 1 3 5
Courtney Beidler 0 0 5 5
Sam Pearson 0 1 4 5
Kristyne Cole 1 2 1 4
Nikki Hubbard 0 1 3 4
Val Barthelemy 0 1 2 3
Katherine Carl 0 1 2 3
Julia Andracki 0 1 1 2
Megan Craig 0 1 1 2
Melissa Lang 0 0 2 2
Linnea Johnson 0 0 1 1
Divers 1st 2nd 3rd  
Amanda Lohman 4 5 8 17
Rachael Ropeik 1 3 2 6
Erin Bridgewater 0 2 1 3
Brianna Maroukis 0 1 1 2

Facing The Best
Michigan fell one spot to No. 16 in the most-recent CollegeSwimming.com poll of the season, released on Feb. 9. Six Big Ten teams are ranked, including No. 13 Minnesota, No. 14 Indiana, Michigan, No. 17 Wisconsin, No. 19 Ohio State, and No. 20 Purdue. Penn State is also the first team outside the top 25 to receive votes.

[ Poll ]


Saving the Best For Last
Michigan went through a rigorous January schedule where it had six dual meets in a four-week span (winning four of them). Pair that with the training cycle, which has leant more towards long-course this year rather than traditional, collegiate short-course, and the Wolverines head into this week's Big Ten Championships with rest and momentum to swim their fastest times of the season.

[ Feature: (Michigan Daily) ]

New Additions
The Wolverines inked two divers -- Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy) and Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) --to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period on Nov. 17. Boyd and Nazario both dive for club teams that are affiliated with USA Diving. Michigan did not add any swimmers during the period.

[ Full Release ]

Young and Old

As a team, Michigan has one of the youngest rosters in the country. Out of the 30 members on the squad, 21 of them are redshirt sophomores or younger, including eight freshmen. After graduating 13 seniors off last year's squad, this year's roster has only two -- Moodie (swimmer) and Ropeik (diving).

Transferring In
To help offset the loss of last year's stellar senior class, the Wolverines are aided by a pair of transfers, sophomores Adrienne Bicek and Sam Pearson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran). Bicek, the 2008 Swimmer of the Year in the state of Illinois, came to Michigan from the University of Georgia. A 10-time All-American in high school, Bicek swam in six events last season for the Bulldogs, and met the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly. Pearson transferred from the University of California-Berkeley. She was a three-time NISCA and U.S.A. Swimming All-American in high school.

[ Feature: (MGoBlue.com) ]

Across The Country (And Beyond)
While Michigan pulls the majority of its student-athletes from the Midwest, the 2010-11 roster has 10 states and every region represented. In addition to the home state of Michigan and the subsequent pipeline states of Illinois and Pennsylvania, to which 22 of the 31 members on the roster combine to originate from, the Wolverines also have roots in Washington (Mattie Kukors), Nevada (Sam Pearson), Florida (Natasha Moodie), New Jersey (Melissa Lang), Iowa (Alexa Mehesan), Tennessee (Deirdre Jones) and Indiana (Nikki Hubbard). In addition, Genevieve Aube is the first foreign swimmer to compete for Michigan since Valeria Silva (2005-08 - Peru) and is the first Canadian-born swimmer to suit up for the Maize & Blue since former Wolverine great Shannon Shakespeare (1997-2000 - Winnipeg, Manitoba).

Coaching Staff
Richardson enters his 26th season at the helm for the Wolverines and is the longest-tenured women's swimming coach in the Big Ten. Over that time, his teams have dominated the Big Ten, winning 12 consecutive league titles from 1987-98 to add to the program's 13th in 2001 and 14th in 2004. Since taking over in 1985-86, Michigan has finished in the NCAA top 10 on 14 occasions. In 1995, U-M finished in second place as a team, following that in 1996 by hosting the NCAA Championships and finishing third.

Richardson holds a career record of 169-71 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 111-22 mark in Big Ten action. Richardson has coached nine individual national champions, 158 NCAA All-Americans and 195 NCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans. On the conference level, he has guided 159 individual and relay conference champions and has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year six times. A two-time NCAA Coach of the Year (1993, '95), Richardson's athletes have excelled in the classroom as well as the pool with 30 CSCAA Academic All-Americans and 236 Academic All-Big Ten nominations.

Li is in his first season as the head diving coach, and Stefanie Kerska is in her 13th season as an assistant to Richardson.

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Yearbook & Record Book
For the second year in a row, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need and it was just added to MGoBlue.com. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook.

[ 2010-11 Women's Swimming & Diving Yearbook ] [ Record Book ]

The Relay
New to MGoBlue.com this season is "The Relay," the official weekly podcast of the U-M women's swimming and diving team. Each week, three members of the team will be featured. Much like a normal relay team has four legs, each episode will consist of four questions to the week's panel, one for each guest and the final question - dubbed "The Anchor" - that all guests must answer.

To listen to weekly installments of "The Relay," head over to the MGoBlue.com All-Access Player, the MGoBlue.com Podcenter, or download it on iTunes.

Select divers will compete at the NCAA Zone-C Diving Regionals, held in Columbus, Ohio, from Thu-Sat., March 10-12. Qualified swimmers and divers will then head to Austin, Texas, one week later (Thu-Sat., March 17-19) for the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423