Oct. 23, 2012
Fri-Sat., Oct. 26-27 -- at Texas, vs. Indiana (Austin, Texas), 3:30 p.m./10 a.m. CDT
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The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-1, 1-1 Big Ten) returns to the pool this weekend, facing Indiana (1-1) and Texas (0-0) in a two-day double dual-meet at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. The meet, which will also feature the men's swimming and diving teams from all three schools, will begin at 3:30 p.m. CDT on Friday (Oct. 26) and conclude at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday (Oct. 27).
The Longhorn Network (ESPN) will broadcast Friday's session beginning at 4 p.m. CDT. John Naber and six-time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen will be on the call. Saturday's session will not be scored.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
|Friday, Oct. 26|
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Women's One-Meter Diving
Men's Three-Meter Diving
Women's Three-Meter Diving
Men's One-Meter Diving
Saturday, Oct. 27|
200-yard Individual Medley
Michigan is 1-5 all-time against Texas in dual meets. The Longhorns opened the season last weekend with a fourth-place finish at the SMU Classic.
Michigan is 18-8 all-time against Indiana in dual meets, but the Hoosiers have won five of the last seven meetings. The Hoosiers opened its season last weekend with a double-dual meet split, beating Kentucky (189-111) but losing to Tennessee (183-117) in Lexington, Ky.
This year marks the sixth straight year in which Michigan, Texas and Indiana will swim against each other in the same meet, with the host school rotating every year. In those meets, Michigan is 2-3 against Indiana and 1-4 against Texas. The Wolverines hosted the meet last season but lost to both Indiana (178-122) and Texas (189-109).
Michigan and Indiana met for a second time last season, with the Wolverines scoring the upset, 151.5-148.5, back on Jan. 7 at Canham Natatorium. Indiana was ranked No. 8 at the time. That meet came down to the three-meter diving competition, which was won by former U-M diver Amanda Lohman (2009-12), who scored a career-high 360.60 to secure the win.
Six Wolverines have times that rank among the top five in the Big Ten: junior Courtney Beidler (second, 200-yard individual medley; fifth, 200-yard butterfly), senior Adrienne Bicek (third, 500-yard freestyle), junior Angela Chokran (third, 200-yard breaststroke; fifth, 100-yard breaststroke), freshman Ali DeLoof (third, 100-yard backstroke), senior Kally Fayhee (fifth, 500-yard freestyle), and freshman Marni Oldershaw (fifth, 200-yard backstroke).
Junior diver Erin Bridgewater and sophomore Carey Chen have achieved NCAA Zone Regional qualifying scores on both the one-meter (293.55 for Chen, 284.25 for Bridgewater) and three-meter boards (300.08 for Bridgewater, 292.80 for Chen), while freshman Sarah Kamstra has a qualifying score on one-meter (267.15).
There are two Indiana natives on Michigan's roster in junior Nikki Hubbard (Granger) and freshman Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville). The roster does not have any Texas natives, but assistant coach Danielle Tansel did spend last season as an assistant coach at SMU in Dallas, Texas.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Q: What is the mindset of the team heading into this weekend's meet against a pair of really good teams?
A: We're really excited to go in and race. It's an opportunity to swim against two of the best teams in the country, and we're looking forward to that challenge. We're focusing on the details this week and hoping that will carry over into our races. That could be our strokes, the start, the turns or the finish; really anything that can help improve our races.
Q: How is training going right now?
A: It's going really well. We've had some very challenging workouts, and now this week, we have a focus. Again, it's about the details and getting ready to race this weekend.
Q: What's the biggest change you've noticed on deck from your first two years to now?
A: It's definitely a different culture this year but in a good way. There's a lot of positivity and focus on the team. Our goal each and every day is to get better.
Q: You swam in a lot of different events over your time here at Michigan, but you've really been putting more of a focus in the distance events. Talk about that change?
A: I realized that my distance events are excelling, so I'm focusing more on that, while not forgetting my butterfly or individual medley. As far as training, it's been very productive. It's definitely challenging. The distance group is a smaller one compared to say, the sprint group, but we have a great environment, and I like the challenge that each and every practice brings.
Q: Both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams put a big emphasis on community service. What kind of activities has the women's team done this fall?
A: Every Thursday, we have an opportunity to go to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, which is something I know people really look forward to every week. We've done some work with Ann Arbor Food Gatherers. I'm part of Student-Athletes Leading Social Change (SALSC), and some of the things that we're doing is partnering with Circle-K on Fridays by doing K-Kids at Angell Elementary. We're given so many opportunities and privileges here at Michigan, so to be able to give our time back to the community means a lot. It can be in the smallest form, but to others, it's a lot.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines' last meet was a 196-99 loss to defending Big Ten champion Minnesota on Oct. 5. They also participated in the first-ever Michigan Water Carnival on Oct. 6 at Canham Natatorium. [ Recaps: Minnesota | Water Carnival ]
Fri-Sun., Nov. 16-18 -- at Purdue Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.)
OTHER RELATED LINKS
The Deck Pass: Blog/Podcast
Feature -- "Pooling Their Resources" (M-Magazine)
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423