Feb. 18, 2014
Wed-Sat., Feb. 19-22 -- at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m. CT
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The No. 20-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team begins the championship season with four days at the Big Ten Championship held in the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The conference champion will be determined by a cumulative point total from Wednesday (Feb. 19) through Saturday (Feb. 22). Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. CST, with finals scheduled to follow at 6:30 p.m.
The first three evening sessions (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday p.m.) will be streamed through the Big Ten Digital Network which can be accessed through MGoBlue.com (a fee will be required to stream the meet). The final session (Saturday p.m.) will be shown live on BTN2Go, which can be accessed online and through mobile devices (BTN2GO). Saturday's p.m. session will be shown on the Big Ten Network on tape-delay on Sunday (Feb. 23) at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets are currently on sale through the University of Minnesota Athletics Ticket Office (mygophersports.com). All-session passes are $40 for adults and $25 for seniors and students. A limited number of single-session passes are available for $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and students (Tickets).
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, Feb. 19
200-yard Medley Relay
800-yard Freestyle Relay
3-Meter Synchronized Diving (exhibition)
Thursday, Feb. 20
200-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
Friday, Feb. 21
400-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
Saturday, Feb. 22
400-yard Freestyle Relay
BIG TEN RANKINGS
The following Michigan swimmers are ranked in the top eight of the Big Ten Conference. The top eight would be in the 'A' final at this week's meet. The number in parentheses correlates to the number of Wolverines ranked in each event.
|Event||Name||Big Ten Rank - Time|
|50-yard Freestyle (1)||Julia Fiks Salem||8th - 22.85|
|1,650-yard Freestyle (1)||Kelsey Cummings||8th - 16:26.54|
|100-yard Backstroke (2)||Ali DeLoof||3rd - 52.95|
|Zoe Mattingly||4th - 53.45|
|200-yard Backstroke (1)||Claudia Lau||7th - 1:57.37|
|100-yard Breaststroke (1)||Angela Chokran||3rd - 1:00.52|
|200-yard Breaststroke (1)||Angela Chokran||3rd - 2:11.30|
|200-yard Butterfly (1)||Courtney Beidler||7th - 1:58.06|
|200-yard IM (2)||Courtney Beidler||1st - 1:57.74|
|Marni Oldershaw||4th - 1:57.89|
|400-yard IM (2)||Marni Oldershaw||2nd - 4:10.31|
|Courtney Beidler||5th - 4:12.64|
The following student-athletes have provisional-qualifying times for the NCAA Championships, to be held March 20-22 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Swimming selections will be made for the meet in early March, while divers will be determined following the results of the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, which will take place March 13-15 in Columbus, Ohio.
So far this season, Michigan swimmers have achieved 23 NCAA provisional times for the NCAA Championships, and six divers have secured seven NCAA Zone diving qualifying scores. U-M also has three relays with provisional qualifying times.
200-yard freestyle relay (1:30.40#)
200-yard medley relay (1:38.80#)
400-yard medley relay (3:35.28#)
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
U-M is the most decorated program in conference history with 14 team titles and 178 individual titles. No other team has more than five team titles (Minnesota, Ohio State, Indiana) and no team has more than 109 individual titles (Minnesota). The Maize and Blue won a record 12 consecutive conference crowns from 1987-1998, still a standard for Big Ten women's sports.
The Maize and Blue finished sixth at last season's championship in head coach Mike Bottom's first campaign, two spots higher than the 2011-12 finish. The Maize and Blue compiled 309 points in all. Courtney Beidler was U-M's top swimmer with a trio of 'A' finals: third place in the 400-yard IM and fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and fourth 200-yard IM. Angela Chokran took fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke and fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke. Marni Oldershaw placed fourth in the 400-yard IM and sixth in the 200-yard IM.
In its history, Michigan student-athletes have won seven Big Ten Swimmer of the Year awards and three Diver of the Year awards; the most recent was Emily Brunemann (2008). Additionally, five swimmers have earned Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships awards (handed out since 1998), with Lindsey Smith (2007) winning most recently.
The Wolverines have multiple Big Ten champions in each swimming and diving event with the most coming in the 200-yard individual medley (22), the 400-yard medley relay, the 200-yard breaststroke (17), the 200-yard backstroke (15) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (15). U-M's most Big Ten championships came in the 200-yard medley relay in 2011. Only three times in the past 27 seasons has U-M gone without a Big Ten champion: 2001-02, 20011-12, 2012-13.
In diving events, Michigan has had 12 Big Ten champions across all boards. The last U-M diver to take a league crown was Cinnamon Woods from the platform in 1994. Mary Fischbach was the last U-M three-meter champion in 1988.
Michigan finished the dual-meet season with three wins against Big Ten competition (Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan State), the 10th season in the past 11 it has won a trio of league duals.
Sophomore Ali DeLoof was recognized by the Big Ten with more weekly awards than any other swimmer in the conference. DeLoof won the Swimmer of the Week laurel four times (Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Jan. 7, Feb. 7). Three other swimmers received a trio of awards. Junior Carey Chen received a pair of Big Ten Diver of the Week citations (Oct. 1, Feb. 7).
Michigan's backstrokers fared very well against their Big Ten counterparts in the first two months of 2014. In four dual meets against league foes, U-M swimmers won seven of the eight backstroke events contested.
|Purdue||100-yard backstroke||Ali DeLoof|
|200-yard backstroke||Marie Georger|
|Northwestern Quad Meet||100-yard backstroke||Ali DeLoof|
|200-yard backstroke||Joanna Wu (Rutgers)|
|Ohio State||100-yard backstroke||Ali DeLoof|
|200-yard backstroke||Claudia Lau|
|Michigan State||100-yard backstroke||Claudia Lau|
|200-yard backstroke||Ali DeLoof|
With Marie Georger's win in the 400-yard IM against Michigan State (Feb. 7), U-M has won the event in each of its four Big Ten dual meets in 2014. Courtney Beidler took top honors against Purdue (Jan. 10) and Ohio State (Jan. 31) and Marni Oldershaw outraced the competition at the Northwester Quad Meet (Jan. 11).
Junior diver Carey Chen is healthy after missing most of 2012-13 with an injury. She has already put up two career bests: 308.85 in the one-meter (vs. Iowa on Sept. 27, 2013) and 317.93 in the three-meter (vs. Michigan State on Feb. 7, 2014). Both scores are NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.
Sophomore Ali DeLoof sped her way into Michigan's record book by setting a new school record in the 100-yard backstroke at 52.95 (Dec. 5, U.S. Winter National Championships). She became the first U-M woman to swim a sub-53 seconds 100-yard backstroke. She was also part of a pair of record-setting medley relays as a freshman: 1:37.84 in the 200, and 3:34.71 in the 400.
Senior Courtney Beidler has raced in seven different events this season (100, 200, and 500-yard freestyles, 100 and 200-yard butterflies, and the 200 and 400-yard individual medleys). She has come away with wins in five of the seven events: the 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyles, the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard IM. She has won an event in all but one of Michigan's dual meets (at Indiana, vs. Texas on Oct. 25, 2013). She finished second in the 200-yard butterfly.
A trio of Wolverines gained international swimming experience this past summer. Marni Oldershaw represented Canada and Claudia Lau represented Hong Kong at the World University Games (Kazan, Russia). Oldershaw finished fifth in the 400-meter IM. Freshman Julia Fiks Salem competed at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. Head coach Mike Bottom led Team USA's men at the World University Games.
The Michigan roster boasts student-athletes from 12 different states (Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) and five countries (Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, United States).
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).
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LAST TIME OUT
The Maize and Blue turned in a decisive victory over intrastate rivals Michigan State 164-107 on Senior Night at Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines won 13 of the meet's 15 events, with Ali DeLoof and Marie Georger each chipping two wins.
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