Oct. 3, 2012
Friday, Oct. 5 -- vs. Minnesota (Canham Natatorium), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 6 -- host Michigan Water Carnival (Canham Natatorium), Noon
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The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-0, 1-0 Big Ten) prepares for a pair of home meets at Canham Natatorium this weekend, beginning with a co-ed dual meet against Minnesota (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) on Friday (Oct. 5) at 5 p.m. The Wolverines will return to the pool at noon on Saturday (Oct. 6) to host the first-ever Michigan Water Carnival, a first-of-its-kind swimming and diving meet featuring co-ed teams from Michigan and Minnesota, and the men's team from Oakland. Admission is free to both meets.
MICHIGAN WATER CARNIVAL
The men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host the Michigan Water Carnival on Saturday (Oct. 6). The Carnival will feature a 13-event schedule, featuring swimming, diving and water polo. Appearances will be made by the U-M Dance Team, the U-M Fanfare Band, and the Friars a-capella group. In addition, there will be a stroke clinic conducted by U.S. Olympian (and former U-M swimmer) Peter Vanderkaay, and an autograph session following the meet.
The meet will be streamed live on SwimUtopia.com.
The meet will be scored like a collegiate tri-meet. There will be two heats of all swimming events and one heat of each relay. The women will swim first, followed by the men. Below is the tentative schedule:
4x75-yard Medley Relay
Dive 50-yard underwater freestyle with fins
3x550-yard Freestyle Relay
300-yard Breaststroke with fly kick
50-yard Butterfly with flip turn
200-yard Freestyle with fins
250-yard Medley Relay (25-yard Butterfly, 50-yard Butterfly/Backstroke, 75-yard Butterfly/Backstroke/Breaststroke, 100-yard Individual Medley)
200-yard Backstroke from a dive
200/150/100/50 Freestyle Relay
50-yard Breaststroke with flip turn
200-yard Individual Medley swum in any order
Stroke technique with Peter Vanderkaay
50-yard Freestyle with fins
16x25-yard Freestyle Relay
• Michigan is 3-4 all-time in dual meets against Minnesota. The two teams have met each of the last two years, with Minnesota winning both contests. Last season, Minnesota won, 200-150, on Oct. 7-8 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Golden Gophers have multiple NCAA All-Americans on their roster, including 2011 NCAA champion Haley Spencer, who is a seven-time NCAA All-American. This weekend is the Gophers' first meet of the season.
• Michigan's win over Wisconsin gave Mike Bottom a clean sweep in his first meet as head coach for both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs.
• Junior Angela Chokran and sophomore Carey Chen were named Big Ten Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for their performances against Wisconsin. Chokran won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.78) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.64), while Chen won one-meter (293.55) and finished second on three-meter (292.80).
• Michigan recorded a victory over Wisconsin thanks large in part to a 1-2-3 finish in the 200-yard individual medley. The Wolverines were clinging to a one-point lead prior to that race (123-122) but added 16 points after the race. Courtney Beidler finished first (2:04.44), followed by Melissa Lang (2:06.22) and Marni Oldershaw (2:06.49).
• Freshman Ali DeLoof scored an individual event win in her first meet as a Wolverine, taking first in the 100-yard backstroke (56.44). She was one of nine freshmen that made their collegiate debuts last Saturday against Wisconsin.
• The Wolverines took second and third place in four races against Wisconsin, including the 1,000-yard freestyle (Jessica Wolf, Bicek); the 200-yard freestyle (Deirdre Jones, Zoe Mattingly); the 200-yard butterfly (Beidler, Kally Fayhee); and the 200-yard backstroke (Oldershaw, Marie Georger). Additionally, four U-M divers (Chen, Erin Bridgewater, Marina Nazario, Emily Boyd) combined to take 28 of a possible 38 points in the diving competition against Wisconsin.
In the Spotlight
Q: One month into your tenure at Michigan, how would you grade the experience so far?
A: It's been an "A." The way Michigan is approaching everything, both from Mike's [Bottom] philosophy with the men's and women's programs to what I've heard from Dave Brandon, the vision is in line. It's a top-notch program. The aspiration to be the leaders and the best is truly exhibited throughout the swimming program and the athletic department. It's great.
Q: Describe what it's been like to work with this coaching staff so far?
A: I had previous working experience with Mike, Josh [White] and Mark [Hill], because I was USA Swimming's liaison to Michigan. The ones I hadn't worked with previously were KZ [Li] and Danielle [Tansel]. The experience has been great so far and everyone is highly motivated. It's like throwing gasoline on a hot fire. It just keeps growing. The energy, the excitement and the desire to see our men's and women's programs succeed is very, very high, and we're putting in a lot of time to do that.
Q: You've gotten to see the women's team in action for a few weeks now. What would say the team's biggest strength is?
A: Their concept of team, their identity. They rely on each other. We just came off a great meet. It was an ebb and flow in the points. We were ahead, we were behind and we ended up winning. The strength of that is their team. They believe in their ability to go and do that. It's interesting. We did a ropes challenge a week or so ago and showed them just how much they can support each other. That was shown in the meet. Nobody gave up. It was all the way through.
Q: Swimming has always been a very intensive sport from a training standpoint. The women's team has incorporated some new techniques into their training regimen. Talk a little bit about those.
A: Mike has placed a big emphasis on technique team and they have been successful. We're trying to bring a lot of that technical focus to the women's side, as well. They've been sound fundamentally, but now it's about attention to detail. That's a big thing we're working on here -- attention to detail and technique. One of our big mantras is "We're not selling easy." Swimming is hard, it's a challenge. We're looking to get better every day. With that in mind, they're doing a great job.
Q: There's a lot of history and tradition associated with Michigan swimming. How do you get the women's team back to the level of contending for championships?
A: We're not selling easy. It's hard work. It's motivation and it's about our team. You keep working along those lines and you keep it simple. Championships will occur, and so will success.
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan won its first season-opening meet in three years last Saturday (Sept. 29), taking the four of the last six events to hold off Wisconsin, 157-143, at Canham Natatorium. [ Recap ]
Saturday, Oct. 13 -- Alumni/Intrasquad Meet (Canham Natatorium), 10:30 a.m.
Fri-Sat., Oct. 26-27 -- at Texas, vs. Indiana (Austin, Texas), Time TBA
OTHER RELATED LINKS
Deck Pass (Weekly Preview): Podcast | Blog
Brandon's Blog: "Pack The Nat" (Oct. 1)
MGoBlue.com: Season Preview
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423