March 19, 2013
Thu-Sat., March 21-23 -- at NCAA Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.), 11 a.m./7 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The No. 21-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team will send four individual swimmers and two relay teams to the NCAA Championships, which will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 21-23 at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind. Preliminaries begin each morning at 11 a.m., and finals commence at 7 p.m.
Michigan will represented by junior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South), senior Adrienne Bicek (Downer's Grove, Ill./Downer's Grove North), junior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) and freshman Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge). U-M also had two relay teams qualify for the meet: the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard medley relay. The makeup of those teams will not be announced until the day of the meet.
|Courtney Beidler||200-yard Individual Medley||34||1:58.25||1:58.25 (2-21-13)|
|400-yard Individual Medley||24||4:10.33||4:10.33 (2-22-13)|
|200-yard Butterfly||33||1:57.49||1:57.49 (2-23-13)|
|Adrienne Bicek||500-yard Freestyle||40||4:43.28||4:43.28 (11-30-13)|
|1,650-yard Freestyle||22||16:13.51||16:31.51 (12-2-12)|
|400-yard Individual Medley||46||4:16.04||4:14.42 (2-18-11)|
|Angela Chokran||100-yard Breaststroke||16||59.80||59.80 (2-22-13)|
|200-yard Breaststroke||24||2:10.41||2:10.41 (2-23-13)|
|200-yard Individual Medley||77||2:01.40||2:01.40 (2-21-13)|
|Marni Oldershaw||200-yard Individual Medley||35||1:58.25||1:58.25 (twice)|
|400-yard Individual Medley||28||4:10.98||4:10.98 (2-22-13)|
|200-yard Butterfly||50||1:59.49||1:59.49 (2-23-13)|
|Team||200-yard Medley Relay||1:37.84|
|Team||400-yard Medley Relay||3:34.71|
Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 21|
200-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Medley Relay
Friday, March 23|
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
800-yard Freestyle Relay
|Saturday, March 24|
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Adrienne Bicek Senior 500-yard freestyle / 1,650-yard freestyle / 400-yard IM
Bicek is making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships and is qualified in three events. She set her three qualifying marks in the first half of the season at the Hawkeye Invitational (Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2012). Her performance there garnered her the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award (Dec. 4). At the 2013 Big Ten Championships, Bicek placed 10th in the 500-yard freestyle, 27th in the 400-yard IM, 30th in the 1,650-yard freestyle. She has U-M's fourth-fastest career best in the 500-yard freestyle (4:43.28) and fifth fastest in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:13.51).
Michigan has had one NCAA national champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle, Emily Brunemann in 2008. In addition, eight swimmers have earned NCAA All-America honors and one AIAW All-America honor. Brunemann was U-M's most-recent All-American in 2010, an honor she received three times.
U-M has had three swimmers named NCAA All-Americans in the 500-yard freestyle. Brunemann was the most recent in 2008.
Courtney Beidler Junior 200-yard IM / 400-yard IM / 200-yard butterfly
Beidler is making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships and is qualified in three events. She set all of her qualifying marks at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 20-23), where she placed third in the 400-yard IM, fourth in the 200-yard IM and fourth in the 200-yard butterfly. She has U-M's second-fastest career best in the 200-yard butterfly (1:57.49) and third-fastest career best in the 400-yard IM (4:10.33), and is tied for U-M's third-fastest career best in the 200-yard IM (1:58.25). Just this season, Beidler dropped more than two seconds from her career best in the 200-yard butterfly.
U-M has had one NCAA champion in the 400-yard IM, Mindy Gehrs in 1993, and one AIAW national champion, Sue Cahill in 1982. In addition, 12 Wolverines have earned All-America honors, with Brunemann the most recent in 2008.
Michigan has had 13 NCAA All-America honors in the 200-yard IM, with Margaret Kelly honored most recently in 2010.
The Wolverines have had three NCAA All-America honors in the 200-yard butterfly, with Talor Bendel honored most recently in 1995.
Angela Chokran Junior 100-yard breaststroke / 200-yard breaststroke / 200-yard IM
Chokran is making her second appearance at the NCAA Championships and is qualified in three events. She achieved all of her marks at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 20-23), where she placed fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke, fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke and 27th in the 200-yard IM. Her time of 59.80 in the preliminaries of the 100-yard breaststroke is a new school record. She has U-M's second-fastest career best in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:10.41). Chokran was twice named Big Ten Swimmer of the Week (Oct. 2 and Jan. 22). As a freshman, she earned an NCAA All-America honorable mention at the NCAA Championships as part of the 400-yard medley relay team (March 17-19, 2011). She finished 39th in the both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes at that meet.
Michigan has had one NCAA national champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, Lara Hooiveld in 1993. In addition, eight Wolverines have earned All-America honors, with Alegra Breaux the most recent in 1995.
U-M has had two NCAA national champions in the 200-yard breaststroke, Ann Colloton in 1989 and Lara Hooiveld in 1993.
Marni Oldershaw Freshman 200-yard IM / 400-yard IM / 200-yard butterfly
Oldershaw is making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships and is qualified in three events. She earned her qualifying marks at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 20-23), where she finished fourth in the 400-yard IM, sixth in the 200-yard IM and 10th in the 200-yard butterfly. Oldershaw earned two Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards (Dec. 4 and Jan. 8). She has U-M's fourth-fastest career best in the 400-yard IM (4:10.98) and is tied for U-M's fastest career best in the 200-yard IM (1:58.25)
200-yard Medley Relay
Michigan will compete in the 200-yard medley relay by a team that will be announced the day of the race (Friday, March 22). At the Big Ten Championships, the team of Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran, Ashley Cohagen and Deirdre Jones achieved a qualify mark of 1:37.84, a new school record.
U-M has had one All-America team in the 200-yard medley relay: Kaitlyn Brady, Margaret Kelly, Lindsey Smith and Valeria Silva in 2007.
400-yard Medley Relay
Michigan will compete in the 400-yard medley relay by a team that will be announced the day of the race (Thursday, March 21). At the Big Ten Championships, the team of Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran, Ashley Cohagen and Deirdre Jones achieved a qualifying mark with a time of 3:37.71, a new school record.
Michigan has had one NCAA national champion 400-yard medley relay team: Talor Bendel, Megan Gillam, Rachel Gustin and Alecia Humphrey in 1995. In addition, nine U-M teams have earned All-America honors in this event.
Michigan All-Time at NCAAs
The Wolverines have scored points at the NCAA Championships every season since 1983. U-M has finished outside of the top 25 only three times in the past 27 seasons (1986, 2002, 2012). Michigan has had 11 swimming and diving NCAA national champions.
The Wolverines have secured a top-10 finish 13 times in their history, including a runner-up team finish in 1995.
Last Season at NCAAs
Former swimmer Caitlin Dauw earned an All-America honorable mention in the 100-yard butterfly, and former diver Amanda Lohman earned two All-America honorable mentions in the one-meter and three-meter springboards. The pair scored 14 points total to place U-M in a tie for 31st place.
Last Time Out
U-M placed sixth at the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 20-23) with a score of 309 points. The Wolverines set three new school records: the 200-yard medley relay (1:37.84), the 400-yard medley relay (3:37.71) and Angela Chokran in the 100-yard breaststroke (59.80).
Michigan Head coach Mike Bottom is in his first year coaching a combined men's and women's swimming and diving programs. He served the last four years (2008-2012) as the head coach of the men's swimming and diving team. Recognized as one the finest swimming coaches in the world, Bottom has maintained a tradition of excellence in the pool at Michigan, guiding the U-M men's team to a Big Ten championship in four of his five season, including the program's 37th title in 2013.
Bottom has been honored as the Big Ten Swimming Coach of the Year three seasons in a row on the men's side. He will lead a contingent of 17 swimmers and five relay teams to the men's NCAA Championships next week.
This is the 11th time the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex will host the NCAA Championships, more than any other venue across the country. The IU Natatorium can seat about 3,500 spectators and is the largest indoor swimming venue in America. The Championships will return to the natatorium in 2017.