This Week in Michigan Women's Swimming & Diving Week 1
Canham Natatorium

Sept. 23, 2013

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Friday, Sept. 27 -- vs. Iowa (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 28 -- host Michigan Water Carnival (Canham Natatorium), 11 a.m.

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Canham Natatorium

The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team begins its second season under head coach Mike Bottom with a co-ed dual meet against Big Ten foe Iowa on Friday night (Sept. 27, 5 p.m.) inside Canham Natatorium. The following day (Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m.), the team will participate in the second Michigan Water Carnival along with the Michigan men's team, both squads from Iowa and both from Oakland University. This is the second incarnation of the Water Carnival following a successful debut in the 2012-13 season. Admission to both meets is free.

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams along with the Michigan water polo team will host Iowa for the second ever Michigan Water Carnival on Saturday (Sept. 28). The carnival features a celebration of aquatics activities with 13 unique swimming events, a diving show orchestrated by legendary coach Dick Kimball and three-on-three water polo matches.

Appearances will also be made by the U-M cheerleading team and the U-M Fanfare Band. T-shirts, pom-pons and several gift cards to the M-Den will be given away throughout the course of the event. An autograph session following the meet will feature current Michigan student-athletes and U-M alum and gold-medal winner Tyler Clary.

To learn more about the Water Carnival, check out highlights from last year's event:
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** Women will swim first, followed by the men.

Friday, Sept. 27 (Iowa)
200-yard Medley Relay
1,000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Backstroke
100-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
50-yard Freestyle
One-Meter Diving
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
500-yard Freestyle
100-yard Butterfly
Three-Meter Diving
200-yard IM
400-yard Freestyle Relay

Saturday, Sept. 28 (Michigan Water Carnival)
300-yard Medley Relay
Dive 50-yard underwater freestyle with fins
Knockout 25-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke with two pullouts
50-yard Butterfly with flip turn
200-yard Freestyle with fins
250-yard Medley Relay (25-yard fly; 50-yard fly, back; 75-yard fly, back, breaststroke; 100-yard IM)
100-yard Kick with board
500-yard Freestyle Relay (200-150-100-50)
50-yard Breaststroke with flip turn
200-yard IM swum in any order
50-yard Backstroke from the blocks
400-yard Relay (Toss-Up Relay)

The diving show will be split into three segments, beginning at 11:15 a.m., 11:50 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Water polo scrimmages will take place at 11:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.


• Michigan is 5-1 all-time against Iowa in dual meets, with the last meeting coming during the 2000-01 season. U-M won that meet, 202-96. That meeting also marked the first and only time the Maize and Blue opened a season against the Hawkeyes. The Wolverines won their season opener in 2012 against Wisconsin (Sept. 29), 157-143, at Canham Natatorium.

• A quartet of Michigan swimmers -- seniors Courtney Beidler (Richbor, Pa./Council Rock South),Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North),and sophomoresAli DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) --competed at the Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships and World Championship Trials, June 25-30, in Indianapolis, Ind. DeLoof took eighth place in the 50-meter backstroke, Chokran finished 13th in the 50-meter breaststroke and took a pair of 16th-place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes, and Beidler's best finish was 13th in the 400-meter IM.

• Two Wolverines spent part of their summers at the World University Games, July 10-17) in Kazan, Russia. Sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquios Ridge) represented her native Canada and set a new U-M swimmer record with her time of 4:44.47 in the 400-meter IM, which was good enough for fifth place. Junior Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) competed in three events for the Hong Kong team and turned in a 16th-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke.

• The senior class features six returning athletes: Courtney Beidler, Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western), Erin Cameron (Rockwood, Mich./Oscar A. Carlson), Angela Chokran, Nikki Hubbard (Granger, Ind./Penn) and Brianna Maroukis (Kalamazoo, Mich./Portage Northern). In all, U-M will have 21 returning letter winners.

• The Maize and Blue returns eight divers following a 2012-13 season without any seniors on the roster. Seniors Bridgewater and Maroukis will lead a contingent of 11 divers this season along with returning juniors Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy), Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) and Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas).

• The 2013-14 roster features 14 newcomers, including 11 freshmen. Two transfers joined the team over the summer: junior swimmer Kelsey Cummings (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) from the University of North Carolina and junior diver Nicole Honey (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Herricks) from Rutgers University. Sophomore Olivia Samoray (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy) earned a spot on the team as a walk-on following a tryout. The incoming freshman swimmers are Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae), Madeline Frost (Saline, Mich./Saline), Claudia Goswell (Sydney, Australia/Baker College), Elizabeth Harty (Powell, Ohio/Dublin Scioto), Madison Horton (Milton, Ga./Milton), Briana Jurries (Phoenix, Ariz./Valley Christian), Celia Keany (Lake Oswego, Ore./Lake Oswego), Mary Kate Leary (Atlanta, Ga./Druid Hills) and Fiona Ma (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School) and the incoming freshman divers are Keegan McCaffrey (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) and Carly Schaefer (Okemos, Mich./Okemos).

• The U-M roster carries representatives from 11 states, two Canadian provinces and five different countries.

• A quartet of captains will lead the Wolverines during the 2013-14 season: senior swimmers Courtney Beidler, Erin Cameron and Angela Chokran and senior diver Erin Bridgewater.

• Michigan capped the 2012-13 season with a sixth-place finish at the Big Ten Championships, a two-spot jump over the 2011-12 season. The Wolverines also sent eight swimmers to the NCAA Championships, scoring nine points in all for a 36th-place finish. Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran, Ashley Cohagen, Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and Deirdre Jones all earned NCAA All-America Honorable Mentions for their roles in the 200-yard medley relay. Chokran earned an additional All-America honorable mention in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The Hawkeyes placed 10th last season at the Big Ten Championships, four spots behind the Wolverines. No Iowa swimmers or divers qualified for the NCAA Championships. Senior Lindsay Seeman swims multiple events for the Hawkeyes and was their leading point scorer at the Big Ten meet. Iowa is coached by Marc Long, who guides a combined men's and women's program.

Saturday, Oct. 5 -- host Alumni Meet (Canham Natatorium), 9 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Oct. 11-12 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.) 5 p.m. /Noon CDT

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423