Oct. 25, 2010
Fri-Sat., Oct. 29-30 -- at Indiana, vs. Texas (Bloomington, Ind.), 12 p.m./6 p.m./10 a.m.
The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) returns to the pool this weekend for a two-day, double-dual meet with Indiana and Texas at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center in Bloomington, Ind. The meet will be split into two sessions on Friday (Oct. 29), beginning at noon and again at 6 p.m., before concluding at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Oct. 30).
LAST TIME OUT
Oct. 22 -- at Toledo, W, 182.5-112.5 (Full Recap)
M is For Momentum
The Wolverines come into this weekend's meet with tons of momentum following their 182.5-112.5 road victory over Toledo last Friday (Oct. 22). Against the Rockets, Michigan won 10 of the meet's 16 events, despite being exhibitioned in the last two, and had two swimmers finish inside the top three spots in all but one race (1,000-yard freestyle).
The Wolverines' 400-yard medley relay team shattered a facility record against Toledo last Friday. The foursome of Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford), Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) set a new UT Student Recreation Center Pool record after finishing first with a time of 3:46.23.
Junior Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) has had a big start to her junior campaign over in the diving well. She swept both the one- and three-meter competitions against Toledo, giving her three first-place finishes and one second-place finish through the first two meets of the season.
Lohman was named Big Ten Diver of the Week earlier this season for the fourth time in her career following her performance in the season opener against Minnesota on Oct. 8.
In The Mood
As the lone senior on the roster this season, senior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) has already established herself as one of the top sprinters in the conference through the early stages of the season. She won the 50- and 100-yard freestyles at Toledo, giving her an undefeated mark in those races through two meets this season.
The Road Ahead
This week's meet against Indiana and Texas marks the first of two double-dual meets in the following weeks. Next week, Michigan goes out west to Palo Alto, Calif., to face the top two teams in the nation from a year ago, defending national champion Florida and runner-up Stanford. The rest of the fall slate consists of two multi-day invitationals -- the Purdue Invitational, Nov. 19-21, and the Eastern Michigan Invitational, Dec. 3-4.
Big Ten Feel
Michigan will get a good look at the competition around the conference this season, as seven conference opponents dot the schedule. The Wolverines have already seen Minnesota (169-131 loss on Oct. 8), and gets an opportunity to see another this week in Indiana. In fact, Michigan and Indiana will meet twice this season, with the other meeting coming on Jan. 8, also in Bloomington. Other Big Ten opponents on the schedule include Northwestern on Jan. 15, Ohio State on Jan. 21, Michigan State on Jan. 28 and Penn State on Jan. 29.
Making the Mark
The following swimmers have met either the NCAA automatic (signified by a ^) or provisional (signified by a #) qualifying standard:
500-yard Freestyle: 4:51.57#
200-yard Butterfly: 1:59.48#
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: 1:50.78, Liz Koselka
500-yard Freestyle: 4:51.57, Adrienne Bicek
1,000-yard Freestyle: 10:00.00, Adrienne Bicek
1,650-yard Freestyle: 17:10.94, Courtney Beidler
100-yard Backstroke: 57.09, Liz Johnson
200-yard Backstroke: 2:01.83, Mattie Kukors
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:04.32, Angela Chokran
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:18.78, 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: 4:20.13, Mattie Kukors
One-Meter Diving: 308.40, Amanda Lohman
Three-Meter Diving: 352.50, Amanda Lohman
Platform Diving: N/A
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:34.94, Moodie, Mehesan, Dauw, Jones
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
-- Indiana --
Series vs. Indiana
Michigan is 18-8 all-time in dual meets against Indiana... the two teams have met four times over the past three seasons, with the Hoosiers winning the last three meetings... met twice last season... first meeting between Michigan and Indiana was in the 1974-75 season, a 68-63 win for Michigan... Michigan has faced Indiana 26 times in a dual--meet setting. The only team Michigan has faced more in its 36-year history is Michigan State (33 meetings).
Indiana is 2-0 on the season after scoring meet wins against Kentucky (156-129) and Northwestern (158.5-135.5). The Hoosiers have won back-to-back Big Ten Conference team titles and three in last four years. At last season's Big Ten Championships, Hoosier swimmers won six individual conference titles and an additional two on relays. As a team, Indiana finished 10th at last season's NCAA Championships.
Opponent Athlete to Watch
Margaux Farrell (Jr.) -- Farrell earned three NCAA All-America honors last season as a sophomore and was one of six Hoosiers to win individual Big Ten titles (200-yard freestyle).
Indiana is helmed by Ray Looze, who is in his ninth season. Jeff Huber is in his 22nd year overseeing the divers.
-- Texas --
Series vs. Texas
Michigan is 1-4 all-time against Texas... the Wolverines' lone dual-meet victory came during the 2007-08 season, winning 214-156... first meeting was during the 1990-91 season, a 81-55 Texas win.
Texas won its only meet of the season, downing California, 156-144, on Oct. 16. Last season, Texas finished 11th at the NCAA Championships and second in the Big 12 Conference.
Opponent Athlete to Watch
Laura Sogar (So.) -- Sogar was recently named CollegeSwimming.com's National Division I Women's Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 20 after winning both breaststroke races against Cal. She shattered her own school record in the 200-yard breaststroke in the process.
Kim Brackin is in her fourth year as the head coach of the swimmers. Matt Scoggin is in his 16th season coaching the divers.
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.
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. 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).
Richardson is in 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 164-66 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 107-20 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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Michigan invades Palo Alto, Calif., next weekend Fri-Sat., Nov. 5-6) for a double-dual meet with defending national champion Florida and national runner-up Stanford. Times for the meet will be announced at a later date.