Feb. 19, 2013
Wed-Sat. (Feb. 20-23) -- at the Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), 11 a.m./6:30 p.m. CST [ Schedule of Events ]
The postseason begins this week for the No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team as the Wolverines prepare for the 2013 Big Ten Championships, starting Wednesday (Feb. 20) and running through Saturday (Feb. 23) at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
The meet begins Wednesday (Feb. 20) with two relays beginning at 6:30 p.m. CST. Action begins the following three days at 11 a.m. CST for preliminaries and resumes each day at 6:30 p.m. for finals.
The Big Ten Network will televise the championships in high definition on Sunday, March 3, at 10:30 a.m.
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 (178). Only twice in the past 27 seasons has Michigan not had a Big Ten champion (2001-02, 2011-12).
What Happened Last Year
In former head coach Jim Richardson's final Big Ten championship meet, the Wolverines finished eighth last season in Iowa City, Iowa. As a team, Michigan recorded 28 NCAA consideration times, set 22 career-best times and achieved eight NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores.
Michigan did not win an individual or relay championship, the first time since the 2001-02 season that happened. Michigan's eighth-place finish was its lowest in school history. Minnesota won the Big Ten championship last season.
Big Ten Champion
The Wolverines have one Big Ten champion on their roster. Deirdre Jones was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that won in 2010-11. The quartet took the top spot after the Wisconsin relay team was disqualified.
Michigan holds three Big Ten Championships records:
1,650-yard freestyle: Emily Brunemann, 15:51.29 (2008)
One-meter diving (11 dives): Mary Fischbach, 520.50 (1988)
Platform diving (11 dives): Cinnamon Woods, 587.05 (1994)
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||6th||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|
Michigan went 3-0 in its last three dual meets, defeating Toledo (Feb. 8), Michigan State (Jan. 25) and then-No. 15 Ohio State (Jan. 18).
U-M is currently ranked 21 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll. [ Poll ]
Against Toledo on Feb. 8, Deirdre Jones set a new career best in the 50-yard freestyle (23.26), and against Michigan State on Jan. 25, she set a new career best in the 100-yard freestyle (50.66).
Senior Adrienne Bicek has finished no worse than third each of the seven times she has raced the 500-yard freestyle this season. The senior has taken first four times (Michigan State, Ohio State, Notre Dame-Northwestern double dual and Wisconsin), second twice (Minnesota, Hawkeye Invitational) and third once (Indiana-Texas double dual).
Marina Nazario earned a 312.00 from the three-meter against Toledo on Feb. 8 to set a new season high, while Erin Bridgewater scored a 292.20 from the one-meter, the second-best score from a Wolverine in that event this season. She also just set a new career best from the platform of 255.85 at the Michigan First Chance Meet (Feb. 16). All three of those scores are NCAA Zone Diving qualifying marks.
The Wolverines last swam at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center during the 2011-12 season. The Maize and Blue lost a dual meet to Minnesota, 200-150 (Fri.-Sat., Oct 7-8, 2011).
Michigan finished with a 4-2 record in Big Ten dual meets. The Wolverines defeated Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State and Michigan State, and lost to Minnesota and Indiana.
2012-13 TOP TIMES/SCORES
50-yard Freestyle: 23.18, Zoe Mattingly (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
100-yard Freestyle: 50.11, Zoe Mattingly, (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Freestyle: 1:48.05, Adrienne Bicek (Dec. 1 at Hawkeye Invitational)
500-yard Freestyle: 4:43.28, Adrienne Bicek (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
1,650-yard Freestyle: 16:13.51, Adrienne Bicek (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
100-yard Butterfly: 54.24, Ashley Cohagen (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Butterfly: 1:59.87, Courtney Beidler (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
100-yard Backstroke: 53.93, Ali DeLoof (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Backstroke: 1:57.01, Ashley Cohagen (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:01.12, Julia Andracki (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:12.51, Julia Andracki (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard IM: 1:58.25, Marni Oldershaw (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
400-yard IM: 4:13.36, Marni Oldershaw (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
One-meter Diving: 293.55, Carey Chen (Sept. 29 vs. Wisconsin)
Three-meter Diving: 312.00, Marina Nazario (Feb. 8 vs. Toledo)
Platform Diving: 273.00, Carey Chen (Oct. 27 at Texas/Indiana)
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:31.79, Cohagen, Deirdre Jones, Mattingly, DeLoof (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:20.99, Mattingly, Jones, Missiuna, DeLoof (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:17.25, Bicek, Kally Fayhee, Jones, Oldershaw (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:39.59, DeLoof, Chokran, Cohagen, Mattingly (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:39.24, DeLoof, Chokran, Cohagen, Mattingly (Nov. 30 at Hawkeye Invitational)
MAKING THE MARK
The following swimmers have earned NCAA consideration times:
100-yard Breaststroke (1:01.12)
200-yard Breaststroke (2:12.51)
200-yard Butterfly (1:59.87)
200-yard Individual Medley (2:01.18)
400-yard Individual Medley (4:14.25)
500-yard Freestyle (4:43.28)
1,650-yard Freestyle (16:13.51)
400-yard Individual Medley (4:16.04)
100-yard Breaststroke (1:01.28)
200-yard Breaststroke (2:12.66)
100-yard Backstroke (55.09)
200-yard Backstroke (1:57.01)
100-yard Butterfly (54.24)
100-yard Backstroke (53.93)
200-yard Backstroke (1:58.71)
200-yard Backstroke (1:58.65)
200-yard Backstroke (1:58.10)
200-yard Individual Medley (1:58.25)
400-yard Individual Medley (4:13.36)
Additionally. divers Carey Chen, Erin Bridgewater, Marina Nazario and Sarah Kamstra have qualified for the NCAA Zone C Diving Meet, to be held from March 14-16 in West Lafayette, Ind. Chen and Bridgewater both qualified from the one-meter, three-meter and platform. Nazario qualified from the three-meter board and Kamstra from one meter-meter board.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
This is the first year for head coach Mike Bottom's combined swimming and diving programs. He has guided the men's team since 2008-09 and has won three Big Ten titles in four seasons. The men's team is currently ranked No. 2 by the CSCAA.
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.
In an upset win over then-No. 15 Ohio State on Jan. 18, the Wolverines won eight of 16 events during the dual meet and finished 2-3-4-5 in two races and 2-3-4 in two others.
Against their intrastate rivals, the Spartans, on Jan. 25 in East Lansing, Angela Chokran set two new McCaffree Pool records in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke. Ali DeLoof set a pool record in the 100-yard backstroke, and Claudia Lau set a new pool record in the 200-yard backstroke.
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan honored its 10 seniors before a 161-80 dual-meet victory over Toledo on Feb. 8. The Wolverines won 12 of 13 events, led by Deirdre Jones and Michelle Stefandl, who each won two events. [ Recap ]
Thu-Sat., March 14-16 -- at NCAA Zone C Diving Regionals (West Lafayette, Ind.)
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423