Oct. 25, 2011
Friday, Oct. 28 -- vs. Indiana, Texas (Canham Natatorium), 11 a.m.
The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) continues its homestand this Friday (Oct. 28), as it welcomes Indiana (1-1) and Texas (0-0) to Canham Natatorium for a double-dual meet at 11 a.m.
Schedule of Events
400-yard Medley Relay
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400-yard Freestyle Relay
You Again! ... This marks the fifth straight year where Michigan, Texas and Indiana will swim against each other in the same meet. In those meets, Michigan is 2-2 against Indiana but just 1-3 against Texas. The Wolverines edged out the Hoosiers, 188-182, and lost to Texas, 211.5-150.5, in last year's meet in Bloomington.
Facing The Best ... The Wolverines are facing six teams that finished the season in the CollegeSwimming.com/CSCAA Top 25 Coaches poll last season, including Stanford (No. 3), Texas (No. 6), Florida (tied at No. 7), Indiana (tied at No. 12), Minnesota (No. 14) and Ohio State (No. 15). The Wolverines ended last season ranked No. 16.
Michigan will host Florida and Stanford in a double-dual meet next weekend at Canham Natatorium to close out its three week homestand.
Last Time Out ... The Wolverines opened up their three-meet homestand last Friday (Oct. 21), dispatching Toledo, 171-121, inside Canham Natatorium. Alexa Mehesan and Ashley Cohagen each won two events, while Caitlin Dauw and Adrienne Bicek won one each. [ Recap ]
Diving In ... Over in the diving well, underclassmen dominated the boards against Toledo. Sophomore Erin Bridgewater won off the three-meter springboard (289.80), and freshman Marina Nazario won the one-meter diving competition (294.60). Another freshman, Carey Chen, had a solid showing off the one-meter board, earning a score of 284.10. The team's most experienced diver, senior Amanda Lohman, did not dive against Toledo but finished second on both boards against Minnesota back on Oct. 7-8.
Out In Front ... Seniors Caitlin Dauw and Alexa Mehesan have started the season off on a hot streak, and have yet to lose in their respective individual races. Dauw has swept the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly races in each of the Wolverines' first two meets, and Mehesan has dominated in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles.
Mehesan and Dauw also have times that are among the Big Ten's and nation's best. Mehesan's time of 23.25 in the 50-yard freestyle ranks first in the Big Ten, and 13th nationally, while Dauw's time of 55.13 in the 100-yard butterfly also ranks tops in the Big Ten and 14th nationally.
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: divers Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacret Heart Academy), Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary), and Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), and swimmers 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), Molly Schaefer (Orchard Lake, Mich./Marian), Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School), and Alisa Zoltowski (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette).
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 ]
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