Big Ten Honors Chen, DeLoof with Season's First Weekly Laurels
Ali DeLoof (L) and Carey Chen

Oct. 1, 2013

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- The Big Ten Conference named sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) the Big Ten Diver of the Week today (Tuesday, Oct. 1) following their performances in the season's opening weekend.

This is the second weekly conference award in Chen's career and the first for DeLoof. Chen's previous citation came on Oct. 2, 2012.

DeLoof had a record-setting weekend, as she took part in two unofficial Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) world records (in short course meters) during the Michigan Water Carnival (Sept. 28). She led off the 200-meter mixed medley relay swimming the backstroke leg. The relay finished in 1:43.75, eclipsing the old mark by several seconds. She then also swam in the 200-meter mixed freestyle relay that completed the course in 1:36.78. Both records still need to be certified by FINA.

The sophomore also had a strong showing during the first dual meet of the season against Iowa on Friday (Sept. 27). She led off Michigan's 200-yard medley relay team with the fastest backstroke split (25.67) in what turned into a first-place finish. She won two individual events as well, touching first in the 100-yard backstroke (55.25) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.97), although her time in the freestyle was exhibitioned. DeLoof capped her night by assisting in another relay win, this time in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:26.24).

Chen turned in two terrific performances from the one-meter and the three-meter springboards in the dual against Iowa. The junior took first place from the one meter, racking up 308.85 points while establishing a new personal best. She placed second from the three meter with a score of 305.40. Chen contributed nine points to U-M's win, and both her marks are NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores.

The Wolverines will return to the pool on Saturday (Oct. 5) for the exhibition intrasquad and alumni meet held on homecoming weekend. It begins at 10:30 a.m. at Canham Natatorium. The next competition for the Maize and Blue will be against Minnesota in a two day meet Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12. Action begins at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn.

Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423