Oct. 22, 2013
• Podcast: Thursday Morning Taper
Friday, Oct. 25 -- at Indiana, vs. Texas (Bloomington, Ind.), 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26 -- at Eddie Reese Invitational (Bloomington, Ind.), 10 a.m.
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The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten) takes its show on the road for its first double dual meet of the season for a two-day competition against host Indiana (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) along with Texas (2-1) at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center. The men from all three schools, including the defending Big Ten and national champion Michigan men's swimming and diving team, will also participate in the meet. It begins on Friday (Oct. 25) at 5 p.m. The teams will also all participate in the Eddie Reese Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 10 a.m. Saturday's meet will not be scored.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Oct. 25
200-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
This is the seventh consecutive season that U-M will square off with the Hoosiers and Longhorns in a double dual meet, with the first such meeting coming during in the 2007-08 season. During this stretch the Wolverines are 2-4 vs. the Hoosiers and 1-5 vs. the Longhorns. Last season, the Maize and Blue fell to both squads in Austin, Texas: 223-77 vs. Indiana and 217-83 vs. Texas.
In their history of head-to-head competition, Michigan holds a 19-11 advantage over Indiana and a 1-7 record against Texas. The Wolverines have competed against the Hoosiers since the 1974-75 season, the first season of varsity status for the women's swimming and diving team.
Sophomore Ali DeLoof won her second Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award of the season for her performance against Minnesota (Oct. 11). In that dual meet DeLoof helped U-M's 200-yard medley relay team win the opening event of the night. She also scored an individual win in the 100-yard backstroke and clocked a second-place finish (400-yard freestyle relay) and a third-place finish (100-yard freestyle). DeLoof won the season's first award back on Oct. 1. At the time of her second win, she had taken two out of the season's first three citations.
Sophomores Ali DeLoof and Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) each achieved NCAA provisional times in the meet against Minnesota. DeLoof's time of 54.54 in the 100-yard backstroke and Georger's time of 1:58.91 in the 200-yard backstroke each qualify as NCAA B cuts.
In dual meets dating back to last season, sophomore Marni Oldershaw has won the 200-yard individual medley four consecutive times she has competed in it.
Five Wolverines have established top-five times in the Big Ten Conference so far this season:
Senior Nikki Hubbard and sophomore Zoe Mattingly are the two Indiana natives on Michigan's roster. Mattingly swam at IU's Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center extensively growing up. She competed there 10 times over the years and recounts her most memorable performance there during a Speedo Sectional meet when she qualified for the Long Course Junior Nationals in the 50-meter freestyle. Hubbard competed there 10 times as well during her prep and club career. Her fondest memory happened during the summer before her senior season of high school when her coach informed her she would be the captain for the Penn High School team.
DUAL MEET STREAKS
The Wolverines have the following current winning streaks going in dual-meet races.
Three straight in the 200-yard backstroke.
Four straight in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard breaststroke. Ali DeLoof and Angela Chokran have been a part of all four relay wins.
Five straight in the 100-yard backstroke.
The Hoosiers enter the double dual 1-1 overall and 0-0 Big Ten and recently took second place at the SMU Classic (Oct. 18-19). IU returns All-American Lindsay Vrooman, the 2013 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, as well as 2013 All-Big Ten first teamers Haley Lips, Cynthia Pammett, Brooklyn Snodgrass -- the 2013 Big Ten Freshman of the Year -- and Dorina Szekeres to a team that finished second at the Big Ten Championships last season. Ray Looze is in his ninth year guiding a combined men's and women's program and his 12th year at Indiana.
The Longhorns bring a record of 2-1 into the meet, with a narrow 152-148 loss to Texas A&M on Oct. 18 the only blemish thus far. Texas is led by swimming All-Americans Sarah Denninghoff, Ellen Lobb and Samantha Tucker and diving All-American Maren Taylor. Head coach Carol Capitani is in her second year at the helm of UT's women's swimming and diving team.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines dropped their first road dual meet of the season against the defending Big Ten champs Minnesota on Oct. 11 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Maize and Blue won the first event of the night -- the 200-yard medley relay -- and five other events but could not prevent a steady surge from the Golden Gophers in the 174.5-125.5 loss. [ Recap ]
Friday, Nov 1 -- at Toledo (Toledo, Ohio), 5 p.m.
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423