Weekly Release #2: Wolverines Host Toledo, Toronto in Home Opener

Oct. 19, 2009

This Week
Friday, Oct. 23 -- vs. Toledo, University of Toronto, 3 p.m.
Live Stats

The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-0) opens Canham Natatorium for the first time this season when it hosts Toledo and the University of Toronto this Friday (Oct. 23) at 3 p.m. The Wolverines are 4-0 all-time versus Toledo and won the only matchup with Toronto back in 1982. The men's swimming and diving teams from Michigan and Toledo are also scheduled to participate.

Michigan opened the 2009-10 season two weeks ago in South Bend, Ind., at the Dennis Star Relays (Oct. 9) and with a dual meet against Notre Dame (Oct. 10). The Wolverines won nine of the 10 relay races to take first at the Dennis Stark Relays and defeated Notre Dame the next day, 165-133.

Schedule of Events
To be announced

Top Times

50-yard Freestyle: 23.74, Natasha Moodie (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
100-yard Freestyle: 51.89 Natasha Moodie, (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Freestyle: 1:50.92, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
500-yard Freestyle: 4:54.95, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
1,000-yard Freestyle: 9:58.19, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
100-yard Backstroke: 56.87, Liz Johnson (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Backstroke: 2:03.90, Mattie Kukors (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:03.72, Julia Andracki (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:20.14, Julia Andracki (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
100-yard Butterfly: 56.26, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Butterfly: 2:04.85, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:05.29, Mattie Kukors (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
One-meter diving: 285.60, Amanda Lohmann (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
Three-meter diving: 286.05 Amanda Lohmann (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:35.32, Natasha Moodie, Liz Johnson, Alexa Mehesan, Kristyne Cole (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:30.28, Kristyne Cole, Liz Koselka, Alexa Mehesan, Natasha Moodie (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:37.05, Emily Brunemann, Kristyne Cole, Kally Fayhee, Liz Koselka (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:43.25, Mattie Kukors, Julia Andracki, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:48.17, Mattie Kukors, Julia Andracki, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard IM Relay: 4:00.15, Mattie Kukors, Claire Tyler, Emily Brunemann, Val Barthelemy (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard Butterfly Relay: 3:48.39, Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan, Ashley Cohagen, Lori Morton (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard Backstroke Relay: 3:48.54, Mattie Kukors, Liz Johnson, Deirdre Jones, Ashley Cohagen (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard Breaststroke Relay: 4:27.91, Julia Andracki, Melissa Lang, Val Barthelemy, Natasha Moodie (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
1000-yard Freestyle Relay: 9:51.52, Emily Brunemann, Emily Hanson (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)

Scouting The Opponents
Toledo -- The University of Toledo Rockets had an impressive start to their season this past weekend, defeating Oakland (182-114) and Illinois (177-119) in a tri-meet. Toledo swimmers won 10 of the meet's 16 events.

The Rockets are led in the pool by senior Ashley Cusack, who won the 100- and 200-yard backstroke races. Cusack is one of four seniors on an otherwise young Toledo team. In addition, six Toledo swimmers hail from the state of Michigan, including sophomore Jessica Boren (Ann Arbor/Dexter).

Toledo is coached by Lars Jorgensen, who was the 2006-07 MAC Coach of the Year. He is in his sixth season and owns a 34-17-1 record at Toledo.

University of Toronto -- The University of Toronto Varsity Blues opened up the season Oct. 4 with a tri-meet win over Guelph Gryphons (65-47) and Waterloo Warriors (73-41). Freshman Zsofi Balasz, a member of the Canadian national team and the country's top recruit, won the 400-meter freestyle and 200-yard butterfly in her first competition.

Additional standouts for the Varsity Blues include Poppy Ruksys (winner of the 200-meter individual medley), Andrea Jurenovskis (50-meter backstroke), Heather Maitland (200-yard freestyle) and Samantha Bancescu (200-meter backstroke).

Toronto is coached by Byron MacDonald. The Toronto roster features only two seniors and two swimmers from the United States.

Brunemann Honored
Fifth-year senior swimmer Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) was recently named USA Swimming's Female Open Water Swimmer of the Year. Along with teammate Emily Hanson (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community), Brunemann swam for Team USA at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome, Italy, swimming the 5k and 10k open water races.

After redshirting last season, the 2008 NCAA champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle swam her first collegiate event in almost 19 months at the Dennis Stark Relays, helping pace Michigan to three wins. The next day, Brunemann won three races against Notre Dame.

Dazzling Debuts
Seven true freshmen made their collegiate debuts at the Dennis Stark Relays: Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect), Val Barthelemy (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary), Deirdre Jones (Nashville, Tenn./University School of Nashville), Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) and Melissa Lang (Edison, N.J./Bishop George).

In addition, two other Wolverines saw their first taste of collegiate swimming in South Bend: swimmer Katherine Carl (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) swam on two of Michigan's relay teams and redshirt freshman diver Sarah Suprise (Portage, Mich./Hackett Catholic Central) competed in one- and three-meter diving.

In The "Mood"
Senior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) came out of the blocks on fire two weeks ago. At the Dennis Stark Relays, Moodie swam the last leg in four relay races (three wins) and five races in total. Against Notre Dame, she took first in the 100-yard freestyle and also garnered a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle.

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Home of the Wolverines
The University of Michigan continues its commitment to athletic excellence with the Donald B. Canham Natatorium, home of the Michigan swimming and diving and women's water polo teams. Considered one of the finest college-owned swimming and diving facilities in the nation when it was constructed in 1988, a renovation in 1998 upgraded Canham to a state-of-the art swimming and diving facility.

The 59,000-square foot facility houses a 50-meter pool, eight lanes wide, that can be divided into two separate 25-yard pools by movable bulkheads. The Dick Kimball Diving Pool, located at the west end of the facility, features an Olympic Tower, one- and three-meter springboards, and a hot tub. On the east end of the mezzanine level is one of two full-service training rooms on the U-M athletic campus, which includes physical therapy modalities, a cast room, running pool and physician examination rooms. One of Michigan's three weight training and conditioning facilities also is located in the natatorium.

Completed in 1988 at a cost of approximately $8.5 million, Canham Natatorium underwent comprehensive renovations in 1998 to ensure its presence well into the 21st century. A new roofing system was installed, while the ventilation system was revised to reflect greater concern for the health of athletes. Both pools have new filtration equipment and piping that is totally resistant to corrosion. In addition, ceramic tile was installed on the interior of both pools, creating an environment that is more conducive to faster swimming, as well as more precise diving. Finally, a state-of-the-art lighting system for the competition pool area was installed, permitting lighting levels to be adjusted based upon the level of activity in competition.

The natatorium is named for former Michigan athletic director Don Canham, who retired from his post in June 1988. Canham was an NCAA high jump champion for Michigan in 1940 and went on to coach the men's track and field team before becoming Michigan's fifth athletic director in 1968.

Leading the Wolverines
Michigan head swimming coach Jim Richardson enters his 25th season at the helm for the Wolverines. 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 159-59 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 105-16 mark in Big Ten action. Richardson has coached nine individual national champions, 156 NCAA All-Americans and 184 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.

Chris Bergére enters his eighth season as the head diving coach, and Stefanie Kerska begins her 12th season as an assistant to Richardson.

Up Next
The Wolverines are back in action next weekend (Oct. 30-31) in Austin, Texas, where they will take on Texas and Big Ten rival Indiana. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 647-4237