Week #4: Wolverines to Host Florida, Stanford for Two-Day Meet
Kristyne Cole

Nov. 1, 2011

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Fri-Sat., Nov. 4-5 -- vs. Florida, Stanford (Canham Natatorium), 9 a.m./3 p.m./9 a.m.
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The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-3) closes out its three-week homestand this weekend, when it welcomes Florida (2-1) and Stanford (1-0) to Canham Natatorium. The two-day double dual meet will have sessions at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday (Nov. 4) and conclude at 9 a.m. on Saturday (Nov. 5).

Both sessions on Friday will be in long-course meters, with the pool switching over to short-course yards on Saturday.

Schedule of Events
Session One - Friday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m.
200-meter Freestyle Relay
400-meter Freestyle
200-meter Individual Medley
50-meter Freestyle
400-meter Medley Relay

Session Two - Friday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m.
200-meter Medley Relay
400-meter Individual Medley
100-meter Butterfly
200-meter Freestyle
100-meter Breaststroke
100-meter Backstroke
800-meter Freestyle Relay

Session Three - Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.
1,000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
400-yard Freestyle Relay

On Friday, the women's three-meter diving competition will begin at noon. A 30-minute break will follow, followed by the women's one-meter diving competition. Women's platform will be an exhibitioned event on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m.


You Again! ... This weekend's meet marks the fourth straight year in which Michigan, Florida and Stanford have met in a double dual meet, with each team hosting at least once. The three teams last met in Ann Arbor in 2008; Florida beat U-M, 206-94, and Stanford beat U-M, 218-82. Michigan is 0-7 all-time in dual meets against Stanford and 0-9 all-time against Florida.

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.

Last Time Out ... The Wolverines raced Indiana and Texas last Friday (Oct. 28) at Canham Natatorium but came up short on the scoreboard, losing, 178-122, to Indiana, and, 189-109, to Texas. Junior Ashley Cohagen, senior Alexa Mehesan and senior Caitlin Dauw picked up individual-event wins in the 200-yard backstroke, 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, respectively. [ Recap | Photo Gallery | Highlights ]

Diving In ... Senior Amanda Lohman was the team's top diver in last weekend's double dual meet against Indiana and Texas, finishing third on the one-meter (275.15) and three-meter (291.20). Through three meets, Lohman is the team leader off the three-meter board (297.15, gained on Oct. 8 at Minnesota), while sophomore Erin Bridgewater has the best score off the one-meter board (289.80, from Oct. 21 against Toledo). Lohman, Bridgewater, and freshmen Carey Chen (one-meter) and Marina Nazario (three-meter) have each received qualifying scores for the Zone C Diving Meet held later this season.

Out In Front ... Seniors Caitlin Dauw and Alexa Mehesan have started the season off on a hot streak. Dauw has yet to be defeated in the 100-yard butterfly and Mehesan is perfect in the 50-yard freestyle.

Making Strides ... Ashley Cohagen, a junior from Ann Arbor, has established herself as the team's primary backstroker, holding team-high times in the 100-yard (55.95) and 200-yard (1:59.64) races.


2011-12 Top Times/Scores
50-yard Freestyle: 23.01, Alexa Mehesan (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
100-yard Freestyle: 51.13, Alexa Mehesan (Oct. 8 at Minnesota)
200-yard Freestyle: 1:50.93, Adrienne Bicek (Oct. 7 at Minnesota)
500-yard Freestyle: 4:52.66, Adrienne Bicek (Oct. 8 at Minnesota)
1,650-yard Freestyle: 17:09.59, Kally Fayhee (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
100-yard Butterfly: 54.86, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
200-yard Butterfly: 2:01.82, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
100-yard Backstroke: 55.95, Ashley Cohagen (Oct. 21 vs. Toledo)
200-yard Backstroke: 1:59.64, Ashley Cohagen (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:03.97, Angela Chokran (Oct. 21 vs. Toledo)
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:17.89, Angela Chokarn (Oct. 21 vs. Toledo)
200-yard IM: 2:06.13, Val Barthelemy (Oct. 7 at Minnesota)
400-yard IM: 4:22.65, Adrienne Bicek (Oct. 8 at Minnesota)
One-meter Diving: 289.80, Erin Bridgewater (Oct. 21 vs. Toledo)
Three-meter Diving: 297.15, Amanda Lohman (Oct. 8 at Minnesota)
Platform Diving: N/A
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:34.60, Mehesan, Dauw, Jones, Lau (Oct. 8 at Minnesota)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:27.10, Mehesan, Dauw, Liz Johnson, Bicek (Oct. 7 at Minnesota)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: N/A
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:42.97, Cohagen, Andracki, Dauw, Mehesan (Oct. 7 at Minnesota)
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:44.96, Cohagen, Chokran, Dauw, Mehesan (Oct. 28 vs. IU/Texas)

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), Janel Hathaway (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Consolidated Schools) and Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), and swimmers Kayla Douglas (Livonia, Mich./Franklin), 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 ]

A Long And Interesting Journey ... Head diving coach KZ Li has been around diving for more than 30 years, but has found a permanent home in Ann Arbor. He recently sat down with Joanne Gerstner of MGoBlue.com to discuss his story. [ Feature ]

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