Week #2: Next Up for U-M is Toledo in Road Dual Meet
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Oct. 18, 2010

THIS WEEK
Friday, Oct. 22 -- at Toledo (Toledo, Ohio), 5 p.m.

The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten) hits the road for the first time this season on Friday (Oct. 22), making the short trip south to face the University of Toledo (1-1) at 5 p.m. inside the UT Student Recreation Center in Toledo, Ohio.

Schedule of Events (yards)
400 Medley Relay
1000 Freestyle
200 Freestyle
100 Backstroke
100 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
50 Freestyle
One-meter Diving
100 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
200 Breaststroke
500 Freestyle
100 Butterfly
Three-meter Diving
400 Individual Medley
200 Freestyle Relay


LAST TIME OUT
Oct. 8 -- vs. Minnesota, L, 169-131 (Recap)

BIG TEN HONORS
Junior Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) had a spectacular start to her junior season against the Golden Gophers, taking first on the three-meter board with a career-high score of 352.50 and also taking second on the one-meter board (308.40).

DAZZLING DEBUTS
Nine members of the Michigan women's swimming and diving team donned the Maize and Blue for the first time against Minnesota on Oct. 8, but none had a bigger impact than Adrienne Bicek. The transfer formerly of the University of Georgia swam in four events, winning the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle. In addition, three freshmen recorded team-best times in three events: Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) finished fourth in the mile (17:10.94), Nikki Hubbard (Granger, Ind./Penn) was third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.02) and Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North) was third in the 200-yard breaststroke.

MAKING THE MARK
The following swimmers have met either the NCAA automatic (signified by a ^) or provisional (signified by a #) qualifying standard:

Adrienne Bicek
500-yard Freestyle: 4:51.57#
200-yard Butterfly: 1:59.48#

Natasha Moodie
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94#

2010-11 TOP TIMES
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94, Natasha Moodie
100-yard Freestyle: 51.14, Natasha Moodie
200-yard Freestyle: 1:51.87, Liz Koselka
500-yard Freestyle: 4:51.57, Adrienne Bicek
1,000-yard Freestyle: N/A
1,650-yard Freestyle: 17:10.94, Courtney Beidler
100-yard Backstroke: 58.14, Liz Johnson
200-yard Backstroke: 2:02.69, Liz Johnson
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:05.32, Nikki Hubbard
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:20.53, Angela Chokran
100-yard Butterfly: 55.39, Caitlin Dauw
200-yard Butterfly: 1:59.48, Adrienne Bicek
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:05.05, Mattie Kukors
400-yard Individual Medley: N/A
One-Meter Diving: 308.40, Amanda Lohman
Three-Meter Diving: 352.50, Amanda Lohman
Platform Diving: N/A
200-yard Freestyle Relay: N/A
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:25.98, Koselka, Carl, Dauw, Moodie
800-yard Freestyle Relay: N/A
200-yard Medley Relay: N/A
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:45.79, Johnson, Chokran, Dauw, Moodie

OPPONENT QUICK HITTERS
Series vs. Toledo
Michigan is 5-0 all-time in dual meets against Toledo, having met five times since the first meeting in 2002 ... The two teams met each of the past three seasons, with Michigan outscoring Toledo, 520-355 ... Last season, Michigan beat Toledo 170-120 in a double-dual meet with the University of Toronto (Oct. 23, 2009). (Toledo on the Web: UTRockets)

Opponent Overview
Toledo is 1-1 in the early season, having split a pair of dual meets last week at home. The Rockets lost in the final event to Illinois (Oct. 15) in the season opener, 153-147, and defeated Oakland, 177-118, on Oct. 16.

Last season, the Rockets won the Mid-American Conference team championship and saw 10 swimmers earn all-conference accolades.

Opponent Athlete to Watch
Senior Jacy Dyer -- She was the 2010 Co-MAC Swimmer of the Year, winning the 200-, 500- and 1,650-yard freestyle races at the 2010 MAC Championships. She also finished 11th in the 800-yard freestyle at the 2010 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships earlier this summer, the highest finish in program history.

Coaching Staff
Liz Hinkleman is in her first season as head coach for the University of Toledo women's swimming and diving team. She previously swam at Toledo from 2004-08 and also served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons. Matt Guinan is in his second season as the head diving coach.

TEAM NOTES
Who's Back
A total of 20 letterwinners return from last year's squad that finished third in the Big Ten Conference and 15th nationally. Among the returnees are a host of swimmers that won NCAA All-America honorable mention last season, including junior Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley), senior Natasha Moodie, junior Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford) and junior Liz Koselka (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer).Mehesan and Moodie were also All-Big Ten second team selections from last season. Junior Kristyne Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) is also a former NCAA All-American honorable mention as a freshman in 2009.

Over in the diving well, Amanda Lohman returns after having qualified for the NCAA Championships last season on the one-meter and three-meter springboards. Redshirt junior tri-captain Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) had a breakout 2010-11 campaign, setting career highs on all three diving boards. Together, Lohman and Ropeik will anchor the diving contingent that practices in its first year under new head coach KZ Li.

"Fresh" Faces
Eight new freshmen -- six swimmers and two divers -- have joined the Wolverines for the upcoming season. The newcomers are Genevieve Aube (LaSarre, Quebec/St. Andrews School), Courtney Beidler, Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Western), Erin Cameron (Rockwood, Mich./Oscar A. Carlson), Angela Chokran, Meredith Cote (Novi, Mich./Novi), Nikki Hubbard and Brianna Maroukis (Kalamazoo, Mich./Portage Northern).

Bridgewater and Maroukis are divers, while the remaining six are swimmers.

Young And Old
Michigan enters the 2010-11 season with one of the youngest rosters in the country. Out of the 30 members on the squad, 21 of them are redshirt sophomores or younger, including eight freshmen. After graduating 13 seniors off last year's squad, this year's roster has only one -- Moodie (swimmer). Diver Rachael Ropeik is a redshirt junior and has one year of athletic eligibility remaining.

Transferring In
To help offset the loss of last year's stellar senior class, the Wolverines will be aided by a pair of transfers, sophomores Adrienne Bicek and Sam Pearson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran). Bicek, the 2008 Swimmer of the Year in the state of Illinois, comes to Michigan from the University of Georgia. A 10-time All-American in high school, Bicek swam in six events last season for the Bulldogs, and met the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly. Pearson transferred from the University of California-Berkeley. She was a three-time NISCA and U.S.A. Swimming All-American in high school.

Across The Country (And Beyond)
While Michigan pulls the majority of its student-athletes from the Midwest, the 2010-11 roster has 10 states and every region represented. In addition to the home state of Michigan and the subsequent pipeline states of Illinois and Pennsylvania, to which 22 of the 31 members on the roster combine to originate from, the Wolverines also have roots in Washington (Mattie Kukors), Nevada (Sam Pearson), Florida (Natasha Moodie), New Jersey (Melissa Lang), Iowa (Alexa Mehesan), Tennessee (Deirdre Jones) and Indiana (Nikki Hubbard). In addition, Genevieve Aube is the first foreign swimmer to compete for Michigan since Valeria Silva (2005-08 - Peru) and is the first Canadian-born swimmer to suit up for the Maize & Blue since former Wolverine great Shannon Shakespeare (1997-2000 - Winnipeg, Manitoba).

Coaching Staff
Richardson enters his 26th season at the helm for the Wolverines and is the longest-tenured women's swimming coach in the Big Ten. Over that time, his teams have dominated the Big Ten, winning 12 consecutive league titles from 1987-98 to add to the program's 13th in 2001 and 14th in 2004. Since taking over in 1985-86, Michigan has finished in the NCAA top 10 on 14 occasions. In 1995, U-M finished in second place as a team, following that in 1996 by hosting the NCAA Championships and finishing third.

Richardson holds a career record of 163-65 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 107-19 mark in Big Ten action. Richardson has coached nine individual national champions, 158 NCAA All-Americans and 195 NCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans. On the conference level, he has guided 159 individual and relay conference champions and has been named the Big Ten Coach of the Year six times. A two-time NCAA Coach of the Year (1993, '95), Richardson's athletes have excelled in the classroom as well as the pool with 30 CSCAA Academic All-Americans and 236 Academic All-Big Ten nominations.

Li is in his first season as the head diving coach, and Stefanie Kerska is in her 13th season as an assistant to Richardson.

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UP NEXT
Michigan returns to the pool next weekend for the first of two double dual meets in as many weeks, when it takes on Indiana and Texas in Bloomington, Ind. The meet will span across two days, beginning on Friday, Oct. 29, at noon (and again at 6 p.m.) before concluding the next day, Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m.