Nov. 13, 2012
Fri-Sun., Nov. 16-18 -- at Purdue Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.), 10 a.m./6 p.m./4 p.m.
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The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-3, 1-2 Big Ten) returns the pool this weekend at the Purdue Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. The three-day meet will begin on Friday (Nov. 16) and end on Sunday (Nov. 18) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. on all three days. Event finals commence at 6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Other teams at the invitational include Purdue, Cincinnati, Louisville, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and Utah.
Michigan will send 13 student-athletes to the meet, swimmers Katherine Carl (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser), Kayla Douglas (Livonia, Mich./Franklin), Marie Georger (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep), Nikki Hubbard (Granger, Ind./Penn), Michelle Stefandl (Princeton, N.J./Stuart Country Day School) and Alisa Zoltowski (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette) and divers Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy), Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Bay City Western), Carey Chen (Vancouver, British Columbia/University Hill Secondary), Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland West), Brianna Maroukis (Kalamazoo, Mich./Portage Northern), Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Cameron Monroe (Plainwell, Mich./Plainwell).
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. Finals are at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
|Friday, Nov. 16|
200-yard individual medley
400-yard medley relay
Saturday, Nov. 17
200-yard medley relay
400-yard individual medley
800-yard freestyle relay
|Sunday, Nov. 18|
400-yard freestyle relay
Platform diving (Begins at noon).
Michigan last swam at the Purdue Invitational back in 2010, finishing fifth as a team (out of eight). Senior Adrienne Bicek was one of several current Wolverines to swim in that invitational, taking first in the 200-yard butterfly. The only current Wolverines to compete this weekend that also competed in 2010 are swimmers Katherine Carl and Nikki Hubbard and divers Erin Bridgewater and Brianna Maroukis. [ Recap ]
The Wolverines are ranked No. 22 in the CSCAA's D-I Women's Team Rankings (released on Nov. 13), and No. 24 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25, released on Tuesday (Nov. 13). [ Rankings: CSCAA | CollegeSwimming.com ]
There are three Indiana natives on this season's roster, including freshman Zoe Mattingly, junior Nikki Hubbard (Granger) and sophomore Alisa Zoltowski (West Lafayette). Hubbard and Zoltowski will swim this weekend.
Through three meets, sophomore diver Carey Chen already has secured NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying scores on all three boards. Most recently, she finished second on platform against Texas/Indiana in the non-scoring portion of the meet on Oct. 27, scoring a 273.00. She also has scores of 293.55 on one-meter and 292.80 on three-meter.
Several swimmers have times that rank among the top 10 in the Big Ten Conference so far this season:
Former U-M diving coach Dick Kimball (1960-2002) was selected as part of the 57th induction class for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, announced on Monday (Nov. 12). Kimball was part of five NCAA national championship teams and 33 Big Ten championship teams as diving coach for the U-M men and women. Kimball dove for Michigan from 1957-59. Additionally, he is a two-time NCAA Diving Coach of the Year (1984 - men, 1988 - women), and he coached on five U.S. Olympic Diving Teams. [ Release ]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Q: You're an Indiana native, and that's where Michigan goes to compete this week. Why did you decide to come to Michigan?
A: There were a variety of reasons. The culture surrounding Michigan, especially their aquatics program, is so famous. It was such a good balance between school and athletics, and it's such a beautiful campus. The decision was tough. There are some awesome Big Ten schools in the state of Indiana but nothing compared to here. When I stepped on campus, I immediately felt like this was a place I could go.
Q: Being a freshman, how have you adjusted to college life, both academically and athletically?
A: I think I've adjusted fairly well. Any adjustment is difficult at first, but I have so many resources here that made it easier. It's a different load than high school, but the coaches and support staff have been phenomenal. Because of those things, I've been very lucky to adjust as well as I have.
Q: What is the main aspect of training that's different between high school/club and college?
A: I'd say here, the main aspect that's different is the team. During club and high school, we cheered each other on, but during sets and practice, people were quiet. Here, the team is in your face but in a good way. Everyone is always encouraging each other, and the coaches are the same way. They aren't sitting at a computer. They're in your face telling you what you're doing right and wrong, and that is very motivating. The work load has also gone up a little bit from high school and club, but on the whole, it's the atmosphere that's the most different. It's also the part I've enjoyed the most.
Q: You've faced some pretty difficult competition in the pool so far. How does facing top talent like in October and November help a team in February and March when it matters most?
A: I think it's great that we've been able to see these amazing teams perform. It's a reality check to see where you are as a team, because once you get to Big Tens and NCAAs, you won't beat a team easily. For instance, if we swim teams that maybe aren't at that level, we wouldn't be as well prepared. After that Texas/Indiana meet, we sat down as a team and thought about it. We had some good swims, but we realized we had a lot of work to do to get to where we want to be. Had we not participated in that meet, we might not have realized those things. It's going to help in the long run, definitely.
Q: The team hasn't had the type of success that anyone wants or expects in the early going of the season, but what type of message(s) has the coaching staff been preaching during training sessions?
A: One of the sayings on the back of our locker room door is, 'There is work to be done.' It keeps coming up because it's true. There's always work to be done. You're never done getting better. There's also, 'We're not selling easy,' which has sort of become our motto. I can't really speak to what's been done in the past because I haven't been here. I've seen that change in our group, just from the beginning of the year to now. Sometimes people go for the easy way out or do something less challenging, but our coaches challenge us to go that extra mile and do more than what is asked. The change in attitude from our first week of practice to now has been unbelievable. If we can get that motivated in just 13 weeks or so of training, imagine what we can do by the end of the year, or in my next three years. It's exciting to be a part of.
LAST TIME OUT
Michigan dropped a double-dual meet to Texas (217-83) and Indiana (223-77) back on Oct. 26 in Austin, Texas. [ Recaps: Day One | Day Two ]
Fri-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2 -- at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa)
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423