Weekly Release #5: Wolverines Go to Purdue for Three Days of Competition

Nov. 16, 2009

Fri-Sun., Nov. 20-22 -- at Purdue Invitational (West Lafayette, Ind.), 10 a.m./6 p.m.
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After a one-week layoff, the No. 19-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (3-4, 0-1 Big Ten) returns to action this weekend (Fri-Sun., Nov. 20-22), traveling to West Lafayette, Ind., for the Purdue Invitational, held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. Joining Michigan and Purdue this weekend will be Missouri State, Louisville, Arkansas and Ohio State. Morning sessions will run at 10 a.m. and evening competition will begin at 6 p.m.

Schedule of Events

Friday, Nov. 20
8 a.m. -- Warmups

10 a.m. -- Prelims
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle

1 p.m. -- Three-Meter Diving

4:30 p.m. -- Warmups

6 p.m. -- Finals
200 Freestyle Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
Three-Meter Diving
400 Medley Relay

Saturday, Nov. 21
8 a.m. -- Warmups

10 a.m. -- Prelims
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke

1 p.m. -- One-Meter Diving

4:30 p.m. -- Warmups

6:00 p.m. -- Finals
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
Three-Meter Diving
800 Freestyle Relay

Sunday, Nov. 22
8 a.m. -- Warmups

10 a.m. -- Prelims
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
1,650 Freestyle
10-Meter Diving (Noon; No Finals)

2:30 p.m. -- Warmups

4 p.m. -- Finals
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay

50-yard Freestyle: 24.48, Margaret Kelly (Nov. 7 at Florida/Stanford)
100-yard Freestyle: 50.35 Margaret Kelly, (Oct. 31 at 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 at Texas/Indiana)
1,000-yard Freestyle: 9:43.00, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 23 vs. Toledo/Toronto)
1,650-yard Freestyle: 16:11.67, Emily Brunemann (Nov. 6 at Florida/Stanford)
100-yard Backstroke: 56.87, Liz Johnson (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Backstroke: 2:02.04, Mattie Kukors (Oct. 31 at Texas/Indiana)
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:03.72, Julia Andracki (Oct. 10 at Notre Dame)
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:18.01, Julia Andracki (Nov. 6 at Florida/Stanford)
100-yard Butterfly: 55.04, Margaret Kelly (Nov. 7 at Florida/Stanford)
200-yard Butterfly: 2:03.87, Caitlin Dauw (Nov. 6 at Florida/Stanford)
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:00.64, Margaret Kelly (Nov. 6 at Florida/Stanford)
400-yard Individual Medley: 4:19.30, Margaret Kelly (Oct. 30 at 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 at Texas/Indiana)
200-yard Freestyle Relay: 1:34.50, Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole, Alexa Mehesan, Kristyne Cole (Oct. 30 at Texas/Indiana)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:25.30, Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole, Alexa Mehesan, Kristyne Cole (Oct. 31 at Texas/Indiana)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:31.22, Margaret Kelly, Liz Koselka, Kristyne Cole, Emily Brunemann (Oct. 30 at 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 at 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 Opponents
Purdue -- The Boilermakers improved their record to 4-0 last weekend after a dual-meet victory over Eastern Michigan. Purdue finished sixth in the Big Ten last season (2-7 overall) and 21st at NCAA Championships. All-America divers Ashley Karnes and Casey Matthews return for the Boilermakers. They are coached by John Klinge, who is in his second season at Purdue.

Louisville -- Louisville is 4-0 after scoring a pair of dual-meet wins against West Virginia and Pittsburgh (Nov. 6-7). Sophomore Thesea Bergstrom scored two individual victories and an additional three in relays, being named BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week. The Cardinals are coached by Arthur Albiero, who was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year last season after finishing 22nd at NCAA Championships.

Arkansas -- Arkansas comes into this weekend's meet with a 4-1 record (2-1 SEC) after a dual-meet win over Vanderbilt (Nov. 6). Yi-Ting Siow was named SEC Swimmer of the Week (Oct. 27) and ranks in the top 25 nationally in four individual races. The Razorbacks finished fifth in the SEC last season (10-1) overall and 27th at NCAA Championships. They return All-Americans Siow (200 Breast), Leah Pierce (200 Breast) and Jamie Marks (1,650 Free). Arkansas is coached by Jeff Poppell, who is in his fifth year as head coach of the Razorbacks.

Missouri State -- Missouri State sits at 3-2 on the season after falling to Truman State (Nov. 6-7). The Bears won the Missouri Valley Conference championship last season (7-6), their sixth since joining the conference in 1999. They are coached by Jack Steck, who is in his 27th season.

Ohio State -- Ohio State kicked off their season Oct. 30 with a victory over Kenyon College, 144-87. The Buckeyes finished eighth in the Big Ten last season (5-4 overall, 0-3 Big Ten) and tied for 24th at NCAA Championships. Ohio State is coached by Bill Dorenkott, who is in his second season.

Wolverines Faring Well Nationally
The first CSCAA poll of the 2009-10 year was released Tuesady (Nov. 17) and the U-M women come in tied at No. 19. with Southern Methodist. In addition to the team ranking, three Wolverines have swam races that rank among the best in the nation:

Margaret Kelly
100 Freestyle -- 14th
100 Butterfly -- 15th
200 IM -- 7th
400 IM -- 13th

Emily Brunemann
500 Freestyle -- 5th
1,000 Freestyle -- 1st
1,650 Freestyle -- 1st
400 IM -- -17th

Emily Hanson
1,650 Freestyle -- 9th

Michigan's relay teams are also timed among the fastest in the country: 200 Freestyle (13th), 400 Freestyle (13th), 800 Freestyle (10th), 200 Medley Relay (10th) and the 400 Medley Relay (15th).

Facing Top Competition
There's no shortage of challenging meets on Michigan's 2009-10 schedule. Based on the new CSCAA poll, in the last two weeks, the 19th-ranked Wolverines have squared off with four teams ranked in the top 10 nationally. They include Stanford (No. 2), Texas (No. 4), Florida (No. 5) and Indiana (No. 9).

In addition to Michigan, six other Big Ten schools appear in the rankings, making the Big Ten the most represented conference in the women's poll. Indiana, Minnesota (No. 12), Wisconsin (No. 16), Purdue (No. 22), Northwestern (No. 23) and Penn State (No. 24) are the other Big Ten teams that appear, while Ohio State, Michigan State and Iowa received votes. The Wolverines have home meets against Indiana (Jan. 8-9, 2010) and Northwestern (Jan. 16) later this season.

Complete Poll

Strong Seniors
Fifth-year senior Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) and senior Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) continue to lead the Wolverines in the pool. Brunemann, a 2008 NCAA champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle, holds four season team highs, while Kelly, a five-time NCAA All-American, has the fastest times in five events.

In addition, both Brunemann and Kelly have already 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)

Brunemann Interviewed
Brunemann was also interviewed on Swimming World Magazine's Morning Show last week. [ Watch the Interview ]

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. [ Check out 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 161-63 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 returns to the pool Dec. 4, when it makes the short trip to Ypsilanti, Mich., to participate in the Eastern Michigan Invitational. Action will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 4) and conclude with two sessions Saturday (Dec. 5) at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423