Oct. 18, 2011
Friday, Oct. 21 -- vs. Toledo (Canham Natatorium), 5:30 p.m.
The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (0-1, 0-1 Big Ten) returns to the pool this Friday (Oct. 21), squaring off against Toledo for the first event of the season inside Canham Natatorium. The meet will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Michigan also had its home opener against Toledo in 2009-10, along with Toronto, and 2007-08.
Schedule of Events (yards)
400 Medley Relay
200 Individual Medley
200 Freestyle Relay
Last Time Out ... Michigan opened the 2011-12 season two weeks ago in Minneapolis, falling to Minnesota, 200-150, in a two-day dual meet. Seniors Caitlin Dauw and Alexa Mehesan each scored two individual event wins, with Dauw victorious in both butterfly races and Mehesan winning the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races. Adrienne Bicek was the other victor, winning the 400-yard individual medley. In the diving well, senior Amanda Lohman finished second on both the one- and three-meter springboards. [ Recaps: Day One | Day Two ]
Dauw and Mehesan have prevailed in the only two individual races this season, and swam on a winning relay (200 free). In fact, each has not finished below second place in any race, individually or relay, this season (three runner-up relays).
Making Their Debuts ... Savannah Hatt, Molly Schaefer, Claudia Lau, Marina Nazario and Michelle Stefandl each donned the Maize and Blue for the first time against Minnesota.
Hello Again ... Michigan and Toledo will meet in the pool for the fifth straight season this Friday. Michigan has won all five previous meetings, the first of which came during the 2003-04 season.
Home Stretch ... This Friday's meet against Toledo marks the first of three straight weekends in which Michigan will swim inside Canham Natatorium. Indiana and Texas come to Ann Arbor next Friday (Oct. 28), before the Wolverines welcome national powers Florida and Stanford for a two-day double dual meet that starts on Friday, Nov. 4.
Who's Back ... Michigan returns 24 letterwinners off last year's roster, including six NCAA All-America honorable mentions and three Big Ten champions. Highlighting the roster is a group of seven seniors, led by Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan and Amanda Lohman. Last season, Dauw was awarded with three NCAA All-America honorable mentions and two Big Ten Conference championships (100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle relay). Mehesan and junior Deirdre Jones return from that championship-winning relay team, while Lohman established herself as the team's top diver after qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season. Also back is sophomore Angela Chokran, who was an NCAA All-America honorable mention last season.
Fresh Faces ... Ten freshmen dot the roster this season: Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacret Heart Academy), Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary), Kayla Douglas (Livonia, Mich./Franklin), Janel Hathaway (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Consolidated Schools), Savannah Hatt (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson), Claudia Lau (Hong Kong, China/Diocesan Girls' School), Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), Molly Schaefer (Orchard Lake, Mich./Marian), Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School), and Alisa Zoltowski (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette).
Boyd, Chen, Hathaway and Nazario are divers, while the rest are swimmers.
Oh Captain! ... Kristyne Cole, Amanda Lohman and Alexa Mehesan are the team captains for this season. Cole was also a captain of last year's team.
Familiar Foes ... The Wolverines will swim off against many familiar teams this season. The Wolverines will swim in 12 competitions this season, and all but one of those opponents was on the schedule last season (the lone exception is Florida Gulf-Coast on Jan. 2, 2012).
Home Sweet Home ... Michigan is at home six times this season, facing Indiana twice (Oct. 28, Jan. 7), Toledo (Oct. 21), Texas (Oct. 28), Florida (Nov. 4-5), Stanford (Nov. 4-5), Northwestern (Jan. 14), Notre Dame (Jan. 14), and Michigan State (Jan. 27). [ 2011-12 Schedule ]
Joining The Staff ... Former Wolverine Emily Hanson (2007-10) has joined the staff as the team's administrative assistant this season. Hanson was an NCAA All-American in 2007 as a freshman and an NCAA All-America honorable mention as a sophomore in 2008. She also swam at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, swimming in the 5k and 25k Open Water races.
Former Swimmer Brunemann Honored ... On Sept. 7, former U-M swimmer Emily Brunemann (2006-07, 2009-10) was named to the USA Swimming 2011-12 National Team, qualifying for the Open Water 10k. Brunemann won a national championship back in 2008 while wearing the Maize and Blue, and was a five-time NCAA All-American. [ Release ]
Friday, Oct. 28 -- vs. Indiana, Texas (Canham Natatorium), Noon/6 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423