Nov. 27, 2012
Deck Pass (Weekend Preview with Coach Bottom)
Fri-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 2 -- at Hawkeye Invitational (Iowa City, Iowa), 10 a.m./6 p.m. CST
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The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (1-3, 1-2 Big Ten) jumps back in the pool this weekend for the Hawkeye Invitational, beginning Friday (Nov. 30) and ending on Sunday (Dec. 2) at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa. Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. CST each of the three days. Event finals will begin at 6 p.m. CST on both Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. CST on Sunday.
Michigan will send 20 swimmers and three divers to the three-day meet, which will also include student-athletes from Iowa, Denver, Nebraska, Northwestern, Washington State, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. CST. Finals are at 6 p.m. CST on Friday and Saturday, and at 4 p.m. CST on Sunday.
|Friday, Nov. 30|
200-yard freestyle relay
200-yard individual medley
400-yard medley relay
One-meter diving (women)
Three-meter diving (men)
Saturday, Dec. 1
200-yard medley relay
400-yard individual medley
800-yard freestyle relay
One-meter diving (men)
Three-meter diving (women)
|Sunday, Dec. 2|
1,650-yard freestyle (Begins at 1:45 p.m.)
400-yard freestyle relay
Platform diving (men & women)
BIG TEN RANKINGS
Five Wolverines rank among the top 10 in the Big Ten in individual races. Senior Adrienne Bicek and junior Courtney Beidler are ranked in two each; Bicek is third in the 1,000-yard freestyle and eighth in the 500-yard freestyle, while Beidler is seventh in the 400-yard individual medley and ninth in the 200-yard butterfly.
The Wolverines return to Iowa looking to win the Hawkeye Invitational for the second consecutive year. Michigan won the title last year, setting 11 meet records and grabbing 23 NCAA 'B' cuts. [ Recap ]
The Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center was also the site of last year's Big Ten Championships, where Michigan finished eighth. This will be only the Wolverines' third visit to Iowa in the last 20 years but all three have come in the past calendar year.
Michigan is ranked No. 22 in the most-recent poll by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), released on Nov. 13. The rankings come out every two weeks. The new rankings will be released Tuesday (Nov. 27). The Wolverines were ranked No. 24 in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25 on Nov. 13 but fell out of the rankings in its most-recent poll. [ Rankings: CSCAA ]
Sophomore Kayla Douglas scored a pair of top-10 finishes at the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 16-18). She took eighth in the 200-yard backstroke and ninth in the 100-yard backstroke. She was also the team's highest finisher in the 200-yard individual medley, taking 23rd.
Sophomore Carey Chen has NCAA Zone Diving Regional qualifying scores on all three boards this season. She scored 293.55 on one-meter and 300.08 on three-meter against Wisconsin on Sept. 29 and 273.00 on Oct. 27 at Texas/Indiana. Junior Erin Bridgewater (one-meter, three-meter) and freshman Sarah Kamstra (one-meter) also have qualifying scores.
Michigan announced the signings of six prep standouts to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 season on Tuesday (Nov. 27). The signees include swimmersMadeline Frost (Saline, Mich./Saline), Elizabeth Harty (Powell, Ohio/Dublin Scioto), Madison Horton (Milton, Ga./Milton) and Julia Salem (São Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae), and divers Keegan McCaffrey (Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams) and Carly Schaefer (Okemos, Mich./Okemos). [ Release ]
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 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 coached on five U.S. Olympic Diving Teams. [ Release ]
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Q: The team has had close to a month to train for this meet. What was accomplished during that stretch of time?
A: It was a lot of hard work. We definitely wanted to work on the details, which I think we did. It was nice to have a weekend where a meet didn't interrupt or interfere with our training. We've been extremely focused, which is always a good thing. I'm excited to see what our team can do with that.
Q: The last time the team was in Iowa was for the Big Ten Championships last season, and it didn't go as planned, finishing eighth. Do you view this meet as a chance for some redemption?
A: I think a little bit, but for the most part, we've moved past that. I think it's more of an opportunity to see what our training differences have been this year. The goal is to swim fast. That's what we want to do every meet, but we also want to see where we can improve.
Q: Talk about the growth that you've seen from the freshman class.
A: They've had amazing growth. I've been really, really impressed and proud. I'm excited to see what they can do with a taper this weekend. They've come a long way since that first weekend. All of them work incredibly hard and seeing the results should be exciting.
Q: Several members of the team have talked about the new dryland and cardio activities. How do they help you once you get into the pool?
A: It gives us an edge. Doing all those things -- the turbo kick, kickboxing, boxing -- it makes it easier to work harder. It also adds an element of intensity that carries over to when we get into the water.
LAST TIME OUT
Select members of the Wolverines competed at the Purdue Invitational, held from Nov. 16-18 in West Lafayette, Ind.
[ Recaps: Day One | Day Two | Day Three ]
Thursday, Jan. 3 -- at Mike Pepe Invitational - Divers Only (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Noon
Thursday, Jan. 3 -- at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.), 2 p.m.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423