Oct. 29, 2013
Thursday Morning Taper
Friday, Nov. 1 -- at Toledo (Toledo, Ohio), 5 p.m.
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The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-3, 1-2 Big Ten) competes in back-to-back weekends for the first time this season when it takes on Toledo (2-0, 1-0 MAC) at the Toledo Student Recreation Center Pool. The meet begins at 5 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 1).
Michigan holds an 8-0 advantage over Toledo in all-time dual meets. This will be the ninth meeting between the two schools in the past 12 seasons. The head-to-head competitions began in the 2002-03 season and have been held every season since 2007-08. Michigan is 3-0 in dual meets at Toledo. The last trip to Toledo came on Oct. 22, 2010, when the Wolverines topped the Rockets, 182.5-112.5.
All six of the seniors on Michigan's roster -- Courtney Beidler, Erin Bridgewater, Erin Cameron, Angela Chokran, Nikki Hubbard and Brianna Maroukis -- competed at Toledo in 2010, the last time Michigan visited UT. Chokran was part of one relay win (200-yard medley relay) and took second in the 200-yard breaststroke, Markouis took a second-place (one-meter) and third-place (three-meter) finish, and Bridgewater placed second from the three-meter.
The Toledo dual meet marks the first time the Wolverines will compete in back-to-back weekends this season. U-M will compete in back-to-back weekends twice more this season: first on Jan. 2-3 at the Orange Bowl Classic/Mike Pepe Invitational followed by Jan. 10-11 at Purdue and at Northwestern/Notre Dame. The next back-to-back weekend competitions are Jan. 31-Feb. 1 vs. Ohio State and Nebraska and Feb. 7 vs. Michigan State.
U-M is 30-0 in dual meets against opponents from the Mid-American Conference. Toledo is the only MAC team Michigan faces this season.
Four Michigan swimmers have secured NCAA "B" provisional times so far this season:
Sophomore Marni Oldershaw has the fastest 200-yard individual medley time in the Big Ten at 2:00.64. Senior Courtney Beidler has the second-fastest time in the event at 2:01.38.
Michigan has the second-fastest 200-yard medley relay time in the Big Ten this season. Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran, Zoe Mattingly and Julia Fiks Salem clocked a time of 1:41.10 on Oct. 11 vs. Minnesota. The U-M 400-yard freestyle relay of Fiks Salem, Zoe Mattingly, DeLoof and Molly Schaefer has the fourth-fastest time in the Big Ten at 3:23.78 (Oct. 25).
Junior Marina Nazario won the three-meter springboard in both previous two meets she competed in against Toledo. Senior Erin Bridgewater took first place from the one-meter the past two consecutive seasons against the Rockets.
Michigan has only one Ohio native on its roster: freshman Elizabeth Harty, who grew up in Powell, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. Powell is about 130 miles south of Toledo, which has five Michigan natives on its roster. Sophomore Olivia Samoray was a teammate of UT's Maria Bargardi at Mercy High School, and freshman Madeline Frost swam with Toledo sisters Kristy and Samantha Richart at Saline High School.
The Rockets will be hosting their first home meet of the season when Michigan visits on Friday. UT is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in MAC meets following road wins against Denison and Buffalo. The squad also participated in the Tom Stubbs Relays at Bowling Green University (Oct. 4) and won four of the 10 events. Seniors Beth Rogers, Christina Noens and Rachel Johnson have all earned All-MAC first team honors in their careers. The Rockets are coached by Chris Peters, who is in his second season at the helm.
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines were bested by both Indiana (181-119) and Texas (210-90) in a double dual meet on Friday (Oct. 25) in Bloomington, Ind. In the first event of the night, U-M's 200-yard medley relay team touched first but was disqualified for jumping a start. Seniors Angela Chokran and Courtney Beidler each claimed second-place finishes, as did sophomore Marni Oldershaw and freshman Briana Jurries. Oldershaw and Beidler each secured NCAA 'B' provisional times in the 200-yard individual medley. [ Recap ]
The three squads also all competed in the Eddie Reese Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 26). The meet was not scored.
Fri-Sat., Nov 22-24 -- at Michigan Open (Canham Natatorium)
Fri-Sat., Nov 22-24 -- at Pitt Panthers Invitational - Divers Only (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Contact: Michael Kasiborski (734) 763-4423