Last updated Aug. 25, 2014
2014 Pan Pacific Championships (Gold Coast, Australia; Aug. 21-25)
A pair of University of Michigan swimmers competed for their home countries at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships held in Gold Coast Australia at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, with both swimmers appearing in a pair of evening swims.
Junior Marni Oldershaw, representing Canada, had her best finish in the 200-meter individual medley placing 14th (2:15.90). She also took 16th in the 400-meter IM (4:49.02).
Senior Claudia Lau competed for her native Hong Kong and placed 14th in both the 100-meter backstroke (1:03.43) and in the 200-me ter backstroke (2:18.12). She also raced in the 100-meter freestyle.
2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, Scotland; July 24-29)
Rising junior Marni Oldershaw represented her native Canada at this international competition, the third-largest multi-sport event in the world. Oldershaw had her best event on the opening day of the games, taking sixth in the finals of the 400-meter individual medley (4:46.26). She also raced in the 200-yard IM.
Incoming freshman Samantha Yeo represented her native Singapore at the games, competing in five events: the 50-meter, 100-meter, 200-meter breaststrokes, the 200-meter IM and the 400-meter medley relay.
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.
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).