Weekly Release #3: U-M Faces Hoosiers, Longhorns in Austin

Oct. 26, 2009

This Week
Fri-Sat., Oct. 30-31 -- at Texas, Indiana (Austin, Texas), Noon/6 p.m./10 a.m. CDT
Live Results

The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (3-0) will look to keep the momentum going this weekend, as it travels south to Austin, Texas, to take on Texas and Big Ten rival Indiana in a double-dual meet. The action will be split in three segments over the two days, with events scheduled at noon and 6 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 30) and again at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The Wolverines won a road dual meet to start the season at Notre Dame (Oct. 10) and earned a victory last Friday (Oct. 23) against both Toledo and the University of Toronto in a double-dual meet.

Schedule of Events

Friday -- Noon
200-yard Freestyle Relay
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
400-yard Medley Relay
Friday -- 6 p.m.
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
800-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday -- 10 a.m.
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
1,650-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Platform Diving

50-yard Freestyle: 23.66, Natasha Moodie (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
100-yard Freestyle: 51.56 Leigh Cole, (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Freestyle: 1:50.92, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
500-yard Freestyle: 4:52.30, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
1,000-yard Freestyle: 9:43.00, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
100-yard Backstroke: 56.87, Liz Johnson (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Backstroke: 2:02.58, Liz Johnson (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:03.72, Julia Andracki (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:19.61, Julia Andracki (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
100-yard Butterfly: 56.26, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Butterfly: 2:04.07, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:01.95, Margaret Kelly (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
400-yard Individual Medley: 4:20.25, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
One-meter diving: 307.50, Amanda Lohman (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
Three-meter diving: 325.10 Amanda Lohman (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:35.32, N. Moodie, L. Johnson, A. Mehesan, K. Cole (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:30.28, K. Cole, L. Koselka, A. Mehesan, N. Moodie (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:37.05, E. Brunemann, K. Cole, K. Fayhee, L. Koselka (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:42.91, M. Kelly, J. Andracki, C. Dauw, N. Moodie (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:48.17, M. Kukors, J. Andracki, C. Dauw, N. Moodie (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard IM Relay: 4:00.15, M. Kukors, C. Tyler, E. Brunemann, V. Barthelemy (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard Butterfly Relay: 3:48.39, C. Dauw, A. Mehesan, A. Cohagen, L. Morton (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard Backstroke Relay: 3:48.54, M. Kukors, L. Johnson, D. Jones, A. Cohagen (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard Breaststroke Relay: 4:27.91, J. Andracki, M. Lang, V. Barthelemy, N. Moodie (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
1000-yard Freestyle Relay: 9:51.52, E. Brunemann, E. Hanson (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)

Scouting The Opponents
Texas -- Texas opened their season Oct. 16 with a dual-meet win at Missouri, 150-93. The Longhorns were 2009 Big 12 champions and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships.

Texas is coached by Kim Brackin, who is in her fourth year in Austin.

Indiana -- Indiana opened up its season last Friday by going to Northwestern and narrowly downing the Wildcats, 156-144. The Hoosiers captured the 2009 Big Ten championship and finished 10th at NCAA Championships. Indiana's diving squad also captured the team title at the 2009 AT&T National Diving Championships.

Senior Kate Fesenko earned three race wins at Northwestern and broke two pool records. Fesenko competed at the 2008 Olympics for Ukraine, swimming in the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard backstroke.

Indiana is coached by Ray Looze, who is in his seventh season as leader for both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams.

Familiar Foes
This will be the third year in a row that Michigan, Indiana and Texas have met in the same pool for a meet. In 2007 at Indiana, the Wolverines managed to defeat both the Hoosiers (207-163) and the Longhorns (214-156) but fell to both last season in Ann Arbor (IU 232, U-M 157; UT 225, U-M 164). Michigan holds an 18-6 record all-time against Indiana and a 1-4 mark against Texas.

Fast Starts
Fifth-year senior Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) and senior Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) are off to scortching starts to their 2009-10 campaign. Brunemann, a 2008 NCAA champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle, has yet to be beaten in an individual event, as she is a perfect six-for-six in events she has swam in this season. She has finished first in every event, including two wins in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle and single victories in the 400-yard individual medley and 200-yard freestyle.

Kelly, an 11-time NCAA All-American, took first place in the 200-yard freestyle and had the fastest time in the 200-yard individual medley, which U-M swam exhibition, against Toledo and Toronto (Oct. 23). She also gave Michigan a head start during the first leg of the 200-yard medley relay and was the anchor on the 400-yard freestyle relay (both wins).

Sophomores Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) took home first in the 200-yard butterfly and second in the 100-yard butterfly against Toledo and Toronto. Another sophomore, Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford), swept both backstroke races.

Not Since...
Michigan's 3-0 record to start the season is the team's best since the 1997-98 season. The Wolverines went undefeated that season (9-0), en route to a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Championships. In 2003-04, and again in 2007-08, the Wolverines lost their first dual meet and went on to win out (8-1 in '03-'04; 6-1 in '07-'08). The loss in each of those seasons were to Florida, which Michigan will face next weekend (Fri-Sat., Nov. 6-7).

Diving In
Sophomore Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) is separating herself from the rest of the pack after winning the one-meter and three-meter diving events against Toledo and Toronto. Lohman's score of 307.50 on one-meter is a new career best, shattering the previous mark of 296.00, set at last season's Big Ten Championships. In two meets this season, Lohman has won the one-meter both times and finished second in the three-meter at Notre Dame (Oct. 10).

Senior Stephanie O'Callaghan (Howell, Mich./Howell) and junior Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) finished behind Lohman in second and third places, respectively, in the one-meter, and swapped spots in the three-meter.

Local Connections
Michigan has not needed to go very far to bring swimmers into the program. Nineteen members from the 2009-10 squad hail from the state of Michigan, including 10 from the Ann Arbor area. Of those 10, eight are Ann Arbor Pioneer (H.S.) products: Val Barthelemy, Ashley Cohagen, Kristyne Cole, Leigh Cole, Kristina Jaeger, Kelly, Liz Koselka, and Carleigh Schwartz. The other two from Ann Arbor are Megan Craig (Mercy) and Ropeik (Huron).

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2009-10 Record Book and Yearbook!
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Home of the Wolverines
The University of Michigan continues its commitment to athletic excellence with the Donald B. Canham Natatorium, home of the Michigan swimming and diving and women's water polo teams. Considered one of the finest college-owned swimming and diving facilities in the nation when it was constructed in 1988, a renovation in 1998 upgraded Canham to a state-of-the art swimming and diving facility.

The 59,000-square foot facility houses a 50-meter pool, eight lanes wide, that can be divided into two separate 25-yard pools by movable bulkheads. The Dick Kimball Diving Pool, located at the west end of the facility, features an Olympic Tower, one- and three-meter springboards, and a hot tub. On the east end of the mezzanine level is one of two full-service training rooms on the U-M athletic campus, which includes physical therapy modalities, a cast room, running pool and physician examination rooms. One of Michigan's three weight training and conditioning facilities also is located in the natatorium.

Completed in 1988 at a cost of approximately $8.5 million, Canham Natatorium underwent comprehensive renovations in 1998 to ensure its presence well into the 21st century. A new roofing system was installed, while the ventilation system was revised to reflect greater concern for the health of athletes. Both pools have new filtration equipment and piping that is totally resistant to corrosion. In addition, ceramic tile was installed on the interior of both pools, creating an environment that is more conducive to faster swimming, as well as more precise diving. Finally, a state-of-the-art lighting system for the competition pool area was installed, permitting lighting levels to be adjusted based upon the level of activity in competition.

The natatorium is named for former Michigan athletic director Don Canham, who retired from his post in June 1988. Canham was an NCAA high jump champion for Michigan in 1940 and went on to coach the men's track and field team before becoming Michigan's fifth athletic director in 1968.

Leading the Wolverines
Michigan head swimming coach Jim Richardson enters his 25th season at the helm for the Wolverines. 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 161-59 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 105-16 mark in Big Ten action. Richardson has coached nine individual national champions, 156 NCAA All-Americans and 184 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.

Chris Bergére enters his eighth season as the head diving coach, and Stefanie Kerska begins her 12th season as an assistant to Richardson.

Up Next
Michigan will be in action Nov. 6-7 as it travels to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Florida Gators. The meet is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 and continue at 10 a.m. on Nov. 7.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 647-4237