Weekly Release #4: Wolverines Take On Stanford, Host Gators
MGOBLUE Natasha Moodie
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Natasha Moodie
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Nov. 2, 2009

 

THIS WEEK
Fri-Sat, Nov. 6-7 -- at Florida, Stanford (Gainesville, Fla.), 7 p.m./8:30 a.m.

The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (3-2) will look to get back in the win column this weekend, as it travels to Gainesville, Fla., to take on Florida and Stanford in a two-day, double-dual meet at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium. The meet will commence Friday (Nov. 6) at 7 p.m. and conclude Saturday (Nov. 7) at 8:30 a.m.

Michigan is trying to break the hex against both squads. Florida is 8-0 all-time against Michigan, while Stanford is 6-0. These three teams met one year ago in Ann Arbor (Florida 206, U-M 94; Stanford 218, U-M, 82).

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, Nov. 6 (7 p.m.)
400-yard medley relay
1,650-yard freestyle
200-yard freestyle
50-yard freestyle
200-yard individual medley
200-yard butterfly
100-yard freestyle
200-yard backstroke
500-yard freestyle
200-yard breaststroke
400-yard freestyle relay
One-meter diving
Three-meter diving
Saturday, Nov. 7 (8:30 a.m.)
200-yard medley relay
200-yard freestyle
50-yard freestyle
400-yard individual medley
100-yard butterfly
100-yard freestyle
100-yard backstroke
500-yard freestyle
100-yard breaststroke
200-yard freestyle relay

NOTE:
• There will be two heats in each event and scored as one (if there are not nine of more swimmers, there will be only one heat)
• Michigan will occupy lanes three through six.

TOP TIMES
50-yard Freestyle: 23.66, Natasha Moodie (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
100-yard Freestyle: 50.35 Margaret Kelly, (Oct. 31 vs. Texas/Indiana)
200-yard Freestyle: 1:50.92, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
500-yard Freestyle: 4:46.17, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 30 vs. Texas/Indiana)
1,000-yard Freestyle: 9:43.00, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
1,650-yard Freestyle: 6:28.09, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 31 vs. Texas/Indiana)
100-yard Backstroke: 56.87, Liz Johnson (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Backstroke: 2:02.04, Mattie Kukors (Oct. 31 vs. Texas/Indiana)
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: 56.23, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 30 vs. Texas/Indiana)
200-yard Butterfly: 2:04.07, Caitlin Dauw (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:00.81, Margaret Kelly (Oct. 30 vs. Texas/Indiana)
400-yard Individual Medley: 4:19.30, Margaret Kelly (Oct. 30 vs. Texas/Indiana)
One-meter diving: 307.50, Amanda Lohman (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
Three-meter diving: 325.10 Amanda Lohman (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
Platform diving: 238.40 Amanda Lohman (Oct. 31 vs. Texas/Indiana)
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:34.50, Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole, Alexa Mehesan, Kristyne Cole (Oct. 30 vs. Texas/Indiana)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:25.30, Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole, Alexa Mehesan, Kristyne Cole (Oct. 31 vs. Texas/Indiana)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:31.22, Margaret Kelly, Liz Koselka, Kristyne Cole, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 30 vs. Texas/Indiana)
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:42.91, Margaret Kelly, Julia Andracki, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:47.37, Margaret Kelly, Julia Andracki, Caitlin Dauw, Leigh Cole (Oct. 30 vs. Texas/Indiana)
400-yard IM Relay: 4:00.15, Mattie Kukors, Claire Tyler, Emily Brunemann, Val Barthelemy (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard Butterfly Relay: 3:48.39, Caitlin Dauw, Alexa Mehesan, Ashley Cohagen, Lori Morton (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard Backstroke Relay: 3:48.54, Mattie Kukors, Liz Johnson, Deirdre Jones, Ashley Cohagen (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
400-yard Breaststroke Relay: 4:27.91, Julia Andracki, Melissa Lang, Val Barthelemy, Natasha Moodie (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)
1000-yard Freestyle Relay: 9:51.52, Emily Brunemann, Emily Hanson (Oct. 9 at Dennis Stark Relays)

Scouting The Opponent
Florida -- The Gators (3-1) were knocked from the ranks of the undefeated by Georgia last Friday (Oct. 30), 137-104. The Gators have been dominant in the pool, owning a 316-45 all-time record. They were SEC champions last season and finished seventh at the NCAA Championships.

Senior Gemma Spofforth was last season's SEC Swimmer of the Year, setting an NCAA record in the 200-yard backstroke. She was a national champion in both backstroke races as well. The Gators return 11 All-Americans and 28 letterwinners from last season's squad.

The Gators are coached by Gregg Troy, who is in his 12th season in Gainesville. He owns a 116-21 (.846) all-time record in dual meets.

Stanford -- The Cardinal have had a lengthy layoff since their last time in a dual meet. They are 1-0 after knocking off San Jose State, 183-103, way back on Oct. 2. They finished fourth at last year's NCAA Championships, coming home with three individual national champions.

One of those national champions is senior Julia Smit, who scored two national titles: one in the 200-yard individual medley and one in the 400-yard individual medley. She is a 19-time All-American.

Stanford is coached by Lea Maurer, who is in her fifth season. She is 41-3 during that stretch, with her teams finishing inside the top five at NCAA's every year.

An Honor For Lohman
Sophomore Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) was named Big Ten Diver of the Week last Tuesday (Oct. 27) for her efforts in taking both diving events against Toledo and Toronto (Oct. 23). Last weekend, Lohman was Michigan's top diver once again, finishing second on three-meter and third on one-meter. Both of her performances against Toledo and Toronto were NCAA qualifying marks.

Fast Starts
Fifth-year senior Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) and senior Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) are off to scorching starts to their 2009-10 campaign. Brunemann, a 2008 NCAA champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle, finally was handed her first loss of the season Friday in the 200-yard freestyle but is still 8-for-9 in event wins this season after two more this weekend.

Against Texas and Indiana last weekend, Kelly gave Michigan a win in the 100-yard freestyle and scored top season times in the 200 and 400-yard individual medley races. She was also the catalyst on four of the relay races (200-yard free, 400-yard free, 800-yard free, 400-yard medley), swimming the first leg in each.

Making The Mark
The following swimmers/divers have met NCAA 'B' qualifying marks:

Emily Brunemann
500-yard freestyle: 4:46.17 (Consideration)
1,650-yard freestyle: 16.28.09 (Consideration)

Margaret Kelly
200-yard individual medley: 2:00.81 (Consideration)
400-yard individual medley: 4:19.30 (Consideration)

Getting Trendy
Several Wolverines are starting to emerge as leaders in their respective races. Sophomore Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./East) holds Michigan's top times in both butterfly races, while freshmen Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) and Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) are making waves in the breaststroke and backstroke, respectively.

Not Since...
Prior to this weekend's losses in Texas, Michigan's 3-0 record to start the season is the team's best since the 1997-98 season. The Wolverines went undefeated that year (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 match and went on to win out (8-1 in '03-'04; 6-1 in '07-'08). The loss in each of those season was to Florida, which Michigan faces this weekend.

Local Connections
Michigan has not needed to go very far to bring swimmers into the program. Nineteen members of 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 Rachael Ropeik (Huron).

Stay Connected
Michigan swimming is now on Twitter. Sign up for Twitter and follow the Wolverines (michigan_swim) with up-to-the-minute news and information throughout the season and beyond.

2009-10 Record Book and Yearbook!
Beginning with the 2009-10 academic year, the University of Michigan athletics department will no longer print media guides. U-M fans and media can still obtain all the information they're used to, only now it's available online. If you're looking for in-depth historical information, statistics, records, archives, etc., the Record Book is what you'll need and it was just added to MGoBlue.com. [ Checkout the Yearbook and Record Book ]

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 161-61 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 105-17 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 is in his eighth season as the head diving coach, and Stefanie Kerska is in her 12th season as an assistant to Richardson.

Up Next
Michigan will have a one-week hiatus from action before returning to the pool on Friday, Nov. 20, in West Lafayette, Ind., for the three-day Purdue Invitational. Competition starts at 9 a.m. each day.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 647-4237