Oct. 8, 2013
Thursday Morning Taper
Friday, Oct. 11 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 5 p.m. CDT
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The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) faces its first road test of the season when it pays a visit to Minnesota (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) to take on the defending Big Ten champion Golden Gophers. Michigan is 1-0 following its season-opening dual-meet victory over Iowa (Sept. 27). Following the meet, sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) and junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) were awarded the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and the Big Ten Diver of the Week, respectively. Friday's meet begins at 5 p.m. CDT at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. -- the site of the 2013 conference championships.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Oct. 11
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
Michigan and Minnesota are the two most decorated Big Ten teams in league history. Michigan has 14 team titles and 178 individual champions, while Minnesota has five team titles and 107 individual champions. The Golden Gophers hold a 7-3 advantage over the Wolverines in dual meets, the only Big Ten team to lead Michigan in head-to-head competition. U-M is 149-37 in Big Ten dual meets.
Sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South) earned her first Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award following her performance against Iowa (Sept. 27). DeLoof was part of two winning relays (200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle) and also won an individual event (100-yard backstroke).
Junior Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary) battled injuries throughout the 2012-13 season, but she is feeling fully healthy to begin 2013-14. It showed in the dual meet against Iowa (Sept. 27) when Chen took first from the one-meter (308.85) and second from the three-meter springboard (305.40). Her score from the one-meter springboard represents a new career best. For her efforts she was named the Big Ten Diver of the Week (Oct. 1). It is her second weekly conference award of her career (Oct. 2, 2012).
Junior Kelsey Cummings (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) looks to continue her strong start in the Big Ten Conference. Cummings transferred to Michigan over the summer from the University of North Carolina. In her first meet as a Wolverine she took first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:06.17), winning by 15 seconds. She also touched first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:00.21). Cummings' 1,000-yard freestyle time is the fastest in the Big Ten so far this season.
Five Wolverines have set early benchmarks in the Big Ten Conference for the fastest times in individual events:
Four divers earned NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores in the opening meet against Iowa.
To qualify for Zones, divers must achieve at least a score of 265 from one-meter and 280 from three-meter. Last season, Chen and Kamstra competed at the Zone C Diving Championships, and Honey competed at the Zone A Diving Championships while competing for Rutgers University.
Senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) feels right at home at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center. Growing up in Illinois, Chokran would swim summer sectionals in Minneapolis. Chokran competed there four times during her high school years and recounts several breakout swims. During one trip to Minneapolis, she earned her first long course junior national qualifying time in the 200-meter breaststroke. Last season at the Big Ten Championships in Minnesota, Chokran earned two top-five individual finishes and one third-place finish with the 200-yard medley relay.
DUAL MEET STREAKS
The Wolverines have current winning streaks going in dual-meet races.
Two straight in the 200 backstroke and 400 freestyle relay.
Three straight in the 200 medley relay, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 200 freestyle. Ali DeLoof and Angela Chokran swam on all three of those relays.
Four straight in the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 1,000 freestyle.
Five straight in the 500 freestyle.
The Golden Gophers will open their Big Ten season against the Wolverines following a season-opening win over Arizona State (197-94) in a non-conference dual meet. The Gophers return several swimmers who have earned All-America citations during their careers, including seniors Tess Behrens and Erin Caflisch and juniors Rebecca Weiland, Tori Simenec and Kiera Janzen. In the diving well, All-American and 2013 Big Ten Diver of the Year Maggie Keefer paces Minnesota along with All-America honorable mention Sarah McCrady. The Golden Gophers are led by head swimming coach Kelly Kremer and diving coach Wenbo Chen.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines opened up the 2013-14 season with a victory over Iowa on Sept. 27 inside Canham Natatorium. The Maize and Blue put up a 185-11 win and won 13 of 16 events. The squad also hosted the second Michigan Water Carnival along with the men's team. [ Iowa: Recap | Highlights | Photo Gallery :: Water Carnival: Recap | Highlights | Photo Gallery | Michigan Daily | USA Swimming | SwimSwam.com ]
Fri-Sat., Oct. 25-26 -- at Indiana, vs. Texas (Bloomington, Ind.) 3 p.m./10 a.m.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423