Deck Pass Blog: Week 3
Ashley Cohagen

Oct. 25, 2012

This week's podcast features men's swimmers Zachary Turk and Evan Gregg (LISTEN), while the blog was written by Ashley Cohagen.

The Wolverines head to Austin, Texas, this weekend for a double-dual meet against Texas and Indiana at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center. Friday's action will begin at 3:30 p.m. CDT, with the Longhorn Network televising the meet beginning at 4 p.m. CDT. The meet will conclude Saturday at 10 a.m.

Hello again, Michigan fans!

It has been an exciting month for the Michigan women’s swimming and diving team. On Sept. 29, we kicked off our season with a win against Wisconsin! After a month of training it was awesome to be able to dive in the pool and execute our details and come out on top. The following week we competed against Minnesota where we had some incredibly close races. It was exciting to see everyone fighting for Michigan down to the last stroke. In addition to a normal competition with Minnesota, we were back in the water the next day for the first-ever Michigan Water Carnival. It was a true three-ring circus on deck with swimming events, a diving show and three-on-three water polo matches. It was great to be able to show off our athleticism in some non-traditional events, including racing with our fins on! The divers had a blast with their traditional diving show led by U-M's own Dick Kimball. One of the most exciting moments was a ride off the platform with a bike! After the Carnival concluded, though, it was time to get back to work.

With two weeks off from competition, the women's swimming and diving team has been upping the intensity in the weight room, the pool and on the diving boards. As Mark Hill tells us every day, "We aren't selling easy." Even if one of our coaches was selling easy, I don't think any of our women would buy it. Our team meets every new challenge with enthusiasm and our improvements have shown. Without meets on the weekends, we have been able to fully focus on training with some extremely challenging workouts. We haven't had a full two weeks off from racing, as we hosted our annual alumni/intrasquad meet over Homecoming weekend. Like the Water Carnival, we participated in some non-traditional races such as 75-yard stroke events and a 100-yard individual medley. Though our alumni may have been out of the water for a bit, they haven't lost their touch. They kept us on our toes every race! It was a great time to catch up with old teammates and have a little fun in the pool.

We have not only been improving our details and speed in the pool; we have improved in other areas as well, namely our coordination. As Sam Pearson mentioned in the beginning of the year, our team started taking a Zumba class. Since then we have switched to a Turbo Kick class which is essentially choreographed kick boxing. Swimmers are notorious for being a bit uncoordinated on land but we have caught on very quickly! We finally got a stage to show off our new found moves and coordination at the annual Student Athlete Homecoming dance. The dance was Monday night of fall break and it was a blast. Some highlights were: the red carpet entrance, photo booth, and cotton candy and popcorn to fit the carnival theme!

After a fun, focused and intense two weeks, the women and men are back in action and on the road for the first time competing against Texas and Indiana in Austin. We are all excited to race again and see what improvements we have made. Check out results here on MGoBlue!