Nov. 16, 2010
The No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (2-4, 1-1 Big Ten) returns to action this weekend at the Purdue Invitational, held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. The three-day, six-session event will start on Friday, Nov. 19, and run through Sunday, Nov. 21, with action beginning at 10 a.m. each morning.
Schedule of Events
Friday, Nov. 19
8 a.m. - Warm-ups
10 a.m. - Preliminaries (500-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard Freestyle)
1 p.m. - Three-meter Diving
4:30 p.m. - Warm-ups
6 p.m. - Finals (200-yard Freestyle Relay, 500-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Individual Medley, 50-yard Freestyle, 400-yard Medley Relay, Three-meter Diving)
Saturday, Nov. 20
8 a.m. - Warm-ups
10 a.m. - Preliminaries (400-yard Individual Medley, 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke, 100-yard Backstroke)
1 p.m. - One-meter Diving
4:30 p.m. - Warm-ups
6 p.m. - Finals (200-yard Medley Relay, 400-yard Individual Medley, 100-yard Butterfly, 200-yard Freestyle, 100-yard Breaststroke, 100-yard Backstroke, 800-yard Freestyle Relay, One-meter Diving)
Sunday, Nov. 21
8 a.m. - Warm-ups
10 a.m. - Preliminaries (200-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard Butterfly)
Noon - Platform Diving
3 p.m. - Finals (1,650-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Backstroke, 100-yard Freestyle, 200-yard Breaststroke, 200-yard Butterfly, 400-yard Freestyle Relay)
Against two of the nation's premier swim teams, Michigan had some good results individually but lost to both Florida and Stanford in a double-dual format. Sophomore Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) and senior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) led the Wolverines' efforts in the pool; Bicek won the 200-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle during the first session on Nov. 5, with Moodie taking the 50-yard freestyle in the second session on Nov. 6.
Defending The Crown
The Wolverines head into this weekend looking to defend its title from a year ago. Behind three wins from former U-M swimmer Margaret Kelly (2007-10), Michigan scored 774.5 points en route to a victory over five other teams.
The Wolverines are very familiar with the Boilermaker Aquatic Center from having competed there three times last season. In addition to the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 20-22, 2009), the Big Ten Championships (Feb. 17-20, 2010) and the NCAA Championships (March 18-20, 2010) were also held in West Lafayette.
An NCAA Feel
This weekend will be scored exactly like the NCAA Championships. Point distribution per place can be found in the chart below (Blue represents 'A' Flight; Yellow represents 'B' Flight):
Relays will count as double. Each swimmer can swim up to four individual events -- scoring, and all relays.
Facing the Best
Michigan checked in at No. 13 in the first CollegeSwimming.com poll of the season, released Nov. 10. [ Complete Poll ]
Michigan's dual -meet record may sit at 2-4, but of the six teams the Wolverines have faced in dual-meet competition, five of them are ranked, and all are ranked in the top 15 nationally: Stanford (T-1st), Texas (3rd), Florida (4th), Minnesota (14th) and Indiana (15th).
Making an Impact
Sophomore Adrienne Bicek 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 for the second meet in a row against Florida and Stanford, just one week after winning both against Indiana and Texas, Oct. 29-30.
Through the first month of the season, she owns team-best times in the four individual events (200-, 500-, 1,000-yard Freestyles, 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 has already established herself as one of the top sprinters in the conference through the early stages of the season. Her undefeated streak in the 50-yard freestyle was snapped on Nov. 5 against Florida/Stanford, but Moodie swam it again the next day on Nov. 6 and won. She is 5-1 in the 50-yard freestyle this season, holding 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 picked up right where she left off and has her sights set on a return visit this season. Through the first month of the season and under the watchful eye of the Wolverines' new diving coach KZ Li, Lohman has been Michigan's most consistent diver, recording 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 back 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 has visits to Northwestern on Jan. 15 (with Notre Dame) and Michigan State on Jan. 28. The final two home meets of the season are against Ohio State on Jan. 21 and Penn State on Jan. 29.
Making the Mark
The following swimmers 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: 1:50.65, Adrienne Bicek
500-yard Freestyle: 4:48.90, Adrienne Bicek
1,000-yard Freestyle: 10:00.00, Adrienne Bicek
1,650-yard Freestyle: 17:10.16, 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: 1:44.68, Kukors, Chokran, Dauw, Moodie
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:45.79, Johnson, Chokran, Dauw, Moodie
OPPONENT QUICK HITTERS
For the remainder of the calendar year, Michigan exchanges dual-meet competition for multi-team invitationals, beginning this week with the Purdue Invitational. In addition to Purdue, which is ranked No. 19, Michigan will be joined this weekend will be No. 17 Arkansas, Cincinnati, No. 20 Louisville, Missouri State, Southern Illinois and No. 21 Ohio State.
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 -- 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.
Feature: A Tale Of Two Transfers (MGoBlue.com)
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 enters 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 165-69 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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Yearbook & Record Book
For the second year in a row, 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. For more of a general overview of a team, the staff and student-athletes, check out the Yearbook.
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 on Dec. 3 for the beginning of the Eastern Michigan Invitational in nearby Ypsilanti, Mich. The two-day event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and concludes on Saturday, Dec. 4, with sessions at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423