Last updated July 14, 2014
2014 Bulldog Grand Slam (July 10-13)
A few current University of Michigan swimmers and one incoming freshman competed at the Bulldog Grand Slam July 10-13 hosted by the Athens Bulldog Swim Club in Athens, Ga. Rising junior Ali DeLoof turned in a stellar performance, with a pair of A finals, including a second-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke. DeLoof's time of 1:01.07 broke her previous school record in the long-course event by nearly a second and a half (1:02.54). She also touched sixth in the 100-meter freestyle (56.79).
Teammate Zoe Mattingly was right behind DeLoof in the 100-meter freestyle, taking a seventh-place finish with her time of 56.97. The rising junior also added an eighth-place in the 100-meter butterfly (1:01.94), and a ninth-place in the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.03).
Incoming freshman Gillian Ryan also raced to a pair of top-8 finishes, by place eighth in both the 200-meter freestyle (2:03.83) and the 400-meter free (4:18.50). She also finished 16th in the 200-meter butterfly (2:22.49).
2014 Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara (June 19-22)
The Arena Grand Prix series wrapped up June 19-22 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara, Calif. Two current U-M women's swimmers, one incoming swimmer and one alum raced at the four-day meet.
Incoming freshman Gillian Ryan paced the group with four top-10 finishes in all four of her events. The distance swimmer took fourth in the 1,500-meter freestyle at 16:35.49, and also grabbed a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 8:38.53. The distance specialist rounded out her trip to California with the eighth spot in the 400-meter freestyle (4:13.51) and tenth (first in the B final) in the 200-meter freestyle (2:01.32).
Alum Emily Brunemann fared well in the distance events as well with two top-10 placements. She raced to fifth in the 1,500-meter freestyle (16:39.49) and also finished 10th in the 800-meter freestyle (8:49.56). Brunemann was also a finalist in the 400-meter individual medley, taking first in the C final (19th overall).
Current U-M swimmers Zoe Mattingly and Claudia Goswell competed in California as well. Mattingly earned a spot in four evening finals, highlighted by her fourth-place finish (22nd overall) in the C final of the 100-meter backstroke (1:04.53). Goswell placed fifth in the C final (23rd overall) of the 200-meter freestyle.
USA Swimming Open Water National Championships (June 13-15)
One current University of Michigan women's swimmer and one alum each grabbed top-5 finishes at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships held June 13-15 at Castaic Lake, Calif. In the 5K race, rising senior Kelsey Cummings placed fifth her her time of 1:00.12, just four seconds off the pace of the first place finisher. Rising junior Jessica Wolf fared well in the 5K as well, taking 10th place.
In the 10K race, former U-M All-American Emily Brunemann took fifth place with a time of 1:59.27.568. Incoming freshman Gillian Ryan also competed in the 10K and placed 17th.
Mel Zajac Canada Cup (May 22-25)
Rising junior Marni Oldershaw turned in a pair of impressive performances at the Mel Zajac Canada Cup, held May 22-25 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She finished third in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:19.27, and she placed fourth in the 400-meter IM at 4:56.46.
2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte (May 15-18)
A large contingent of current and future University of Michigan women's swimmers competed at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte from May 15-18, hosted by SwimMAC Carolina and USA Swimming.
Rising junior Ali DeLoof, Michigan's record holder in the 100-yard backstroke, showed her prowess in the stroke by finishing second in the 50-meter backstroke (28.71) and third in the 100-meter (1:01.83). She also showed her versatility by placing 15th in the 100-meter freestyle (57.56).
Michigan had another top performer in the backstroke in rising senior Claudia Lau. She placed fifth in the 200-meter (2:16.36) and 13th in the 100-meter (1:03.72) and rounded out the backstrokes with an 18th-place finish in the 50-meter (29.96). Junior-to-be Marie Georger came in 14th in the 200-meter backstroke and added a 20th-place finish in the 400-meter individual medley (4:57.29).
Rising junior Zoe Mattingly took three top-20 finishes: 14th in both the 100-meter backstroke (1:04.08) and the 50-meter butterfly (28.18) as well as 18th in the 100-meter freestyle (57.84). Senior-to-be Kelsey Cummings represented well in the distance races, taking seventh in the 1,500-meter freestyle (16:54.84) and 13th in the 800-meter free (8:53.59). Rising sophomore Madeline Frost placed 19th in the 50-meter freestyle (26.24).
Two incoming freshmen fared very well. Gillian Ryan turned in a trio of top-three finishes in distance races: second in the 400-meter (4:09.10), third in the 1,500-meter (16:12.64) and third in the 800-meter (8:34.23). Hannah Moore had three top-10 placements: third in the 200-meter backstroke (2:12.20), fifth in the 400-meter IM (4:47.08) and ninth in the 400-meter freestyle (4:13.33).