Week #13: Wolverines to Close Season at NCAA Championships
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March 14, 2011

The Relay (Special Coach Edition)  |  Training Changes Pay Off  |  Big Ten Release

THIS WEEK
Thu-Sat., March 17-19
-- at NCAA Championships (Austin, Texas), 11 a.m./7 p.m. CDT
Live Results | Meet Information/Schedule of Events | Psych Sheet

Swimmers Natasha Moodie, Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan, Deirdre Jones, Mattie Kukors and Angela Chokran, along with diver Amanda Lohman, will head to the 2011 NCAA Championships, running from Thursday (March 17) to Saturday (March 19) at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. CDT each morning, with the finals coming at 7 p.m. CDT.

It serves as the final competition of the 2010-11 season.

Scoring
The top eight times (places 1-8) in each preliminary race, including relays, will advance to the evening's finals and earn NCAA All-America (the only exception is the 1,650-yard freestyle, which will have only finals). The next eight times (places 9-16) will swim in the 'B' final and earn NCAA All-America honorable mention. The top 16 finishers will score points for their team.

WHO IS GOING

Senior Natasha Moodie (Freestyle, Relays)

What She's Swimming at NCAAs: Individual Events: 50-yard Freestyle (Time: 22.26; Rank: 13th), 100-yard Freestyle (Time: 49.08; Rank: 38th)... Relays: 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Freestyle Relay, 200-yard Medley Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay

Notes
• 2011 Big Ten champion (200-yard Freestyle Relay)
• Two-time NCAA All-America honorable mention (2010: 200-yard Freestyle Relay (13th), 400-yard Freestyle Relay (11th))
• Two-time All-Big Ten selection (2011 First Team, 2010 Second Team)
• 2011 Team Tri-Captain (with Kristyne Cole and Rachael Ropeik)
• Set school record in 50-yard Freestyle at the 2011 Big Ten Championships (22.26).
• Finished 23rd in 50-yard Freestyle and 31st in 100-yard Freestyle at 2010 NCAA Championships (also 13th on 200-yard Freestyle Relay and 11th on 400-yard Freestyle Relay).
• Represented Jamaica at the 2008 Olympics
• Michigan's nominee to the 2011 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award

Junior Caitlin Dauw (Butterfly, Freestyle, Relays)

What She's Swimming at NCAAs: Individual Events: 50-yard Freestyle (Time: 22.81; Rank: 54th), 100-yard Butterfly (Time: 52.41, Rank: 14th), 200-yard Butterfly (Time: 1:57.95, Rank: 34th)... Relays: 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Freestyle Relay, 200-yard Medley Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay

Notes
• Two-time Big Ten champion (2011: 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 100-yard Butterfly [ WATCH ] )
• 2011 All-Big Ten First Team
• CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention (2010)
• Parents Mike and Mary both swam at the University of Michigan, as did her older brother, Curtis. Other brother, Casey, swam at the University of Tennessee.

Junior Amanda Lohman (Diving)

What She's Diving at NCAAs: Individual Events: One-meter Diving, Three-meter Diving, Platform Diving

Notes
• Team's top diver
• Two-time NCAA Championships qualifier. Finished 18th on one-meter and 36th on three-meter at the 2010 NCAA Championships
• Four-time Big Ten Diver of the Week
• 2010 Academic All-Big Ten
• Two-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement

Junior Alexa Mehesan (Butterfly, Freestyle, Relays)

What She's Swimming at NCAAs: Individual Events: 50-yard Freestyle (Time: 22.71; Rank: 42nd), 100-yard Butterfly (Time: 53.70, Rank: 45th)... Relays: 200-yard Freestyle Relay, 400-yard Freestyle Relay

Notes
• 2011 Big Ten champion (200-yard Freestyle Relay)
• Two-time NCAA All-America honorable mention (2010: 200-yard freestyle relay (13th), 400-yard freestyle relay (11th))
• Two-time All-Big Ten selection (2011 First Team, 2010 Second Team)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2010)
• CSCAA Scholar All-America (2010)
• Two-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement
• Finished 28th in the 100-yard Butterfly and 52nd in the 50-yard Freestyle at the 2010 NCAA Championships (also 13th on 200-yard Freestyle Relay and 11th on 400-yard Freestyle Relay).

Sophomore Deirdre Jones (Freestyle, Relays)

What She's Swimming at NCAAs: Individual Events: 200-yard Freestyle (Time: 1:49.16, Rank: 75th)... Relays: 200-yard Freestyle Relay

Notes
• 2011 Big Ten champion (200-yard Freestyle Relay)
• 2011 All-Big Ten First Team selection
• Outstanding student. 2010 CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention, 2010 U-M Athletic Academic Achievement

Sophomore Mattie Kukors (Individual Medley, Backstroke, Relays)

What She's Swimming at NCAAs: Individual Events: 200-yard Individual Medley (Time: 1:58.58, Rank: 27th), 400-yard Individual Medley (Time: 4:07.59, Rank: 13th), 200-yard Backstroke (Time: 1:55.65, Rank: 35th)... Relays: 400-yard Freestyle Relay, 200-yard Medley Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay

Notes:
• Team's top swimmer in both individual medleys.
• 2011 All-Big Ten Second Team
• Set new school record in the 400-yard Individual Medley at the 2011 Big Ten Championships (4:07.59)
• Qualified for 2009 World Championships and 2008 Olympic Trials
• Older sister, Ariana, swam collegiately at Washington and holds world record for long-course 200-meter individual medley. Other sister, Emily, swam collegiately at Auburn.

Freshman Angela Chokran (Breaststroke, Relays)

What She's Swimming at NCAAs: Individual Events: 100-yard Breaststroke (Time: 1:01.41, Rank: 43rd), 200-yard Breaststroke (Time: 2:11.02, Rank: 27th)... Relays: 200-yard Medley Relay, 400-yard Medley Relay

Notes
• Team's top swimmer in the breaststroke
• Highest-rated recruit of the 2010-11 U-M freshmen class
• National youth team member of USA Swimming.
• 2008 Olympic Trials qualifier in 100-meter Breaststroke
• 2009 World Championship Trials finalist in 100-yard Breaststroke
• 2009 NCSA Junior national champion in 50-meter Breaststroke

HISTORY

Michigan All-Time at NCAAs
The Wolverines have finished outside the top 25 on only two occasions in the last 25 years under head coach Jim Richardson, one of which came in his first year at the helm (1986 - 31st; Other: 2002 - 27th). In all, Richardson, a two-time NCAA Coach of the Year (1993 & 1995), has coached eight national champions and 162 to All-America honors.

The Wolverines have scored 13 top-10 finishes in their history, including a runner-up team finish in 1995. Michigan has had at least one NCAA All-American every year since 2002.

Last Season at NCAAs
Michigan finished 15th at the 2010 NCAA Championships, held in West Lafayette, Ind. Former swimmers Margaret Kelly (2007-10) and Emily Brunemann (2006-10) were NCAA All-Americans in the individual events while also earning All-America honorable mention on the relays with Moodie, Mehesan, former Wolverine Leigh Cole (2007-10) and current juniors Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford) and Liz Koselka (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer).

TEAM NOTES

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.

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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 diver Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron).

Coaching Staff
Jim Richardson concludes 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 165 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.

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

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423


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