Nov. 2, 2010
Fri-Sat., Nov. 5-6 -- at Stanford, vs. Florida (Palo Alto, Calif.), 4 p.m./9 a.m. PDT
Podcast: The Relay (Episode 3)
The University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (2-2, 1-1 Big Ten) hits the West Coast this weekend for its second double-dual meet in as many weekends, this time against defending national champion Florida and last year's national runner-up Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. The action will begin at 4 p.m. PDT on Friday (Nov. 5) and conclude at 9 a.m. PDT on Saturday (Nov. 6).
Schedule of Events
Friday, Nov. 5
400-yard Medley Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, Nov. 6
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
Dethroning a Champion
Michigan heads into this meet coming off a double-dual split last weekend in which it defeated defending Big Ten champion Indiana (188-182) but lost to Texas (211.5-150.5). The Wolverines improve their all-time record to 19-8 against Indiana, defeating the Hoosiers for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The two teams meet again on Jan. 8, also back in Bloomington.
Making an Impact
Sophomore Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) has wasted little time in establishing a name for herself in the pool following a transfer from the University of Georgia. Bicek won the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly in last weekend's double-dual meet against Indiana and Texas, meeting the NCAA provisional qualifying standard in both, as well as on the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relay teams. Through the first month of the season, she owns team-best times in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyles and the 200-yard butterfly. Bicek is one of the team's more versatile swimmers, having swum in 10 events so far (six individual, four relay).
Sprinting Past The Competition
As the lone senior on the roster this season, senior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) is undefeated in the 50-yard freestyle this season in meets and holds team-best times in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles.
After having a breakout sophomore season in which she qualified for the NCAA Championships, junior Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) has recorded team-best scores in all three events (one-meter, three-meter and platform). She earned the first Big Ten Diver of the Week honor of the 2010-11 season on Oct. 12 (and fourth of her career) after winning the three-meter competition and finishing second on the one-meter board against Minnesota on Oct. 8.
Big Ten Feel
Michigan will get a good look at the competition around the conference this season, as seven conference opponents dot the schedule. The Wolverines have already seen Minnesota (169-131 loss on Oct. 8) and Indiana (188-182 win on Oct. 29-30). Michigan faces Indiana again on Jan. 8 (also in Bloomington) and takes visits to Northwestern (Jan. 15; with Notre Dame) and Michigan State (Jan. 28). The final two home meets of the season are against Ohio State (Jan. 21) and Penn State (Jan. 29).
Making the Mark
The following swimmers/relays have met either the NCAA automatic (signified by a ^) or provisional (signified by a #) qualifying standard:
500-yard Freestyle: 4:48.90#
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56#
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94#
2010-11 Top Times
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94, Natasha Moodie
100-yard Freestyle: 50.92, Natasha Moodie
200-yard Freestyle: 1:50.78, Liz Koselka
500-yard Freestyle: 4:48.90, Adrienne Bicek
1,000-yard Freestyle: 10:00.00, Adrienne Bicek
1,650-yard Freestyle: 17:10.94, Courtney Beidler
100-yard Backstroke: 57.09, Liz Johnson
200-yard Backstroke: 2:00.26, Mattie Kukors
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:04.32, Angela Chokran
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:18.25, Angela Chokran
100-yard Butterfly: 55.05, Caitlin Dauw
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56, Adrienne Bicek
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:04.25, Mattie Kukors
400-yard Individual Medley: 4:20.13, Mattie Kukors
One-Meter Diving: 308.40, Amanda Lohman
Three-Meter Diving: 352.50, Amanda Lohman
Platform Diving: 247.25, Amanda Lohman
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:34.34, Moodie, Dauw, Mehesan, Carl
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:24.40, Moodie, Jones, Bicek, Kukors
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:21.15, Liz Johnson, Bicek, Cole, Koselka
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:45.03, Kukors, Andracki, Mehesan, Jones
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:45.79, Johnson, Chokran, Dauw, Moodie
OPPONENT QUICK HITTERS
- Florida -
Series vs. Florida
Michigan is winless in nine dual meets all-time against Florida (0-9) ... first meeting came in the 1999-2000 season at Canham Natatorium, a Florida win (134.5-108.5) ... this will be the third double-dual meet with Michigan, Florida and Stanford in three seasons, with each school hosting. Michigan hosted in 2008, Florida hosted in 2009 and Stanford hosts this season ... Michigan lost 292-137 last season in Gainesville, Fla.
Florida is 1-1 on the season. The Gators defeated Virginia on Oct. 11, 150-148, but lost to Georgia on Oct. 29, 180-120. Florida was 10-2 overall last season, including a 4-1 mark in the Southeastern Conference. They finished ranked No. 6 in the CSCAA poll and second at the SEC Championships but went on to defeat Stanford by two-and-a-half points at the 2010 NCAA Championships, claiming its first national title since 1982. Individually, 12 Gators claimed 36 NCAA All-America honors and 12 All-SEC honors.
The Gators have multiple All-Americans and Olympians on their roster this season, including junior Sarah Bateman (Olympian, All-American), junior Teresa Crippen (All-American), senior diver Monica Dodson (All-American), sophomore Eva Lehtonen (Olympian; a Bloomington Hills, Mich., native), junior Anna-Liisa Pold (Olympian) and junior Lily Ramirez (All-American).
Gregg Troy is in his 12th season as the head coach for the Gators' women's swimming team. He is a three-time NCAA Coach of the Year, earning the honor twice for guiding the Florida men's swimming team (2002, 2004) and won it again last season (2010) after guiding the women's swimming team to the national title. Donnie Crane is the head diving coach, in his 27th season at Florida (34th overall).
- Stanford -
Series vs. Stanford
Michigan is winless in seven dual meets all-time against Stanford (0-7) ... first meeting was in 1989-90 season in Palo Alto, Calif., a 78-33 win by Stanford ... prior to that loss in 1991, Michigan had not lost a dual meet in five years, a stretch of 36 dual meets ... Stanford won last season's meeting, 307-122, in Gainesville, Fla.
Stanford is 1-0 on the season, having defeated San Jose State, 187-100, on Oct. 1. The Cardinal won their 17th Pac-10 championship last season and finished a runner-up to Florida at the NCAA Championships, giving them 20 top-three national finishes in their history. Like Michigan, Stanford graduated a large senior class last season (nine members), including Julia Smit, a six-time national champion and 26-time NCAA All-American and Elaine Breeden, a four-time national champion and 24-time NCAA All-American.
Lea Maurer is in her sixth season as head coach of the Stanford women's swimming and diving team. She is assisted by Dr. Rick Schavone, the head diving coach, who is in his 33rd year, and assistant coach Shane Whildin, who is also in his sixth season.
Young And Old
Michigan enters the 2010-11 season with one of the youngest rosters in the country. Out of the 30 members on the squad, 21 of them are redshirt sophomores or younger, including eight freshmen. After graduating 13 seniors off last year's squad, this year's roster has only one -- Natasha Moodie (swimmer). Diver Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) is a redshirt junior and has one year of athletic eligibility remaining.
To help offset the loss of last year's stellar senior class, the Wolverines will be aided by a pair of transfers, sophomores Adrienne Bicek and Sam Pearson (Las Vegas, Nev./Faith Lutheran). Bicek, the 2008 Swimmer of the Year in the state of Illinois, comes to Michigan from the University of Georgia. A 10-time All-American in high school, Bicek swam in six events last season for the Bulldogs and met the NCAA 'B' qualifying standard in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard butterfly. Pearson transferred from the University of California-Berkeley. She was a three-time NISCA and U.S.A. Swimming All-American in high school.
Across The Country (And Beyond)
While Michigan pulls the majority of its student-athletes from the Midwest, the 2010-11 roster has 10 states and every region represented. In addition to the home state of Michigan and the subsequent pipeline states of Illinois and Pennsylvania, to which 22 of the 31 members on the roster combine to originate from, the Wolverines also have roots in Washington (Mattie Kukors), Nevada (Sam Pearson), Florida (Natasha Moodie), New Jersey (Melissa Lang), Iowa (Alexa Mehesan), Tennessee (Deirdre Jones) and Indiana (Nikki Hubbard). In addition, Genevieve Aube is the first foreign swimmer to compete for Michigan since Valeria Silva (2005-08 - Peru) and is the first Canadian-born swimmer to suit up for the Maize & Blue since former Wolverine great Shannon Shakespeare (1997-2000 - Winnipeg, Manitoba).
Richardson is in his 26th season at the helm for the Wolverines and is the longest-tenured women's swimming coach in the Big Ten. 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 165-67 in dual-meet competition, including an impressive 108-20 mark in Big Ten action. Richardson has coached nine individual national champions, 158 NCAA All-Americans and 195 NCAA 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.
Li is in his first season as the head diving coach, and Stefanie Kerska is in her 13th season as an assistant to Richardson.
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New to MGoBlue.com this season is "The Relay," the official weekly podcast of the U-M women's swimming and diving team. Each week, three members of the team will be featured. Much like a normal relay team has four legs, each episode will consist of four questions to the week's panel, one for each guest and the final question -- dubbed "The Anchor" -- that all guests must answer.
Michigan returns to the pool in two weeks at the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. The three-day event begins on Friday, Nov. 19, and concludes on Sunday, Nov. 21. Each day will be split into two sessions, beginning at 9 a.m. and again at 5 p.m. each day. The Wolverines won the team title last season.
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