Nov. 30, 2010
Fri-Sun, Dec. 3-4 -- at Eastern Michigan Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 3:30 p.m./10 a.m./6 p.m.
After a two-week layoff, the No. 13-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (2-4, 1-1 Big Ten) returns to the pool this weekend at the Eastern Michigan Invitational, held at the Michael H. Jones Natatorium in nearby Ypsilanti. The two-day meet begins this Friday (Dec. 3) at 3:30 p.m. and concludes with sessions at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday (Dec. 4).
Schedule Of Events
Friday, December 3 -- 3:30 p.m.
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday, December 4 -- 10:00 a.m.
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
800-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Medley Relay
The Wolverines were last in the pool at the Purdue Invitational, held Nov. 19-21 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind. Michigan finished fifth in the event, scoring 405 points over the three days. The lone individual event winner was sophomore Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), taking top honors in the 200-yard butterfly on the final day.
Defending The Crown
Michigan won the Eastern Michigan Invitational last season, scoring 1,123 points. In fact, the Wolverines have won the annual event each of the last seven years, dating back to the 2003-04 season.
[ Last season's Recap (12/5/09) ]
Michigan only has three official home meets this season, but the close proximity of Ypsilanti allows fans another opportunity to see the Wolverines without having to travel very far as only seven miles separate the two schools.
For fans looking to attend the event, take Washtenaw Avenue east to Oakwood (left). Turn left on Oakwood and proceed to the parking garage on the east side of the street at the bottom of the hill. The Jones Natatorium is one of three buildings that are just to the east of the parking garage.
In addition to Michigan and host Eastern Michigan, the following teams will be in action at the meet this weekend: Bowling Green (women), Wayne State (men and women), Findlay (men and women), Michigan State (men and women), Toledo (women), IUPUI (men and women), Ball State (men and women), Ashland University (men and women) and the University of Waterloo (men and women).
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
In her first season as a Michigan Wolverine after transferring this past summer from the University of Georgia, Adrienne Bicek holds team season highs in four events (200-, 500-, 1,000- yard freestyles and 200-yard butterfly) and has competed in an additional seven events, meeting the provisional qualifying standard in three of them.
Sprinting Past The Competition
Senior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) holds team season highs in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and has only been beaten twice in the 50-yard freestyle (5-2). Moodie has already met the provisional qualifying standard in the 50-yard freestyle, as well as on the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.
A Sophomore Stepping Up
Sophomore Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) holds team season high times in both backstrokes (100 - 57.05; 200 - 2:00.26) and both individual medleys (200 - 2:02.96; 400 - 4:20.13).
Junior diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) has vaulted herself to season team highs on all three boards through the early part of the season. Her top scores include a 308.40 on the one-meter, a 352.50 on the three-meter and a 247.25 on the platform. She also earned the Big Ten's first Diver of the Week honor on Oct. 12.
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), as well as 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 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#
100-yard Butterfly: 54.47#
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94#
2010-11 TOP TIMES
50-yard Freestyle: 22.94, Natasha Moodie
100-yard Freestyle: 50.56, 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: 57.05, Mattie Kukors
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: 54.47, Caitlin Dauw
200-yard Butterfly: 1:58.56, Adrienne Bicek
200-yard Individual Medley: 2:02.96, 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: 1:32.46, Natasha Moodie, Deirdre Jones, Alexa Mehesan, Caitlin Dauw
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:24.11, Natasha Moodie, Alexa Mehesan, Deirdre Jones, Adrienne Bicek
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:21.15, Liz Johnson, Adrienne Bicek, Kristyne Cole, Liz Koselka
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:43.67, Mattie Kukors, Nikki Hubbard, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:45.79, Liz Johnson, Angela Chokran, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie
The Wolverines inked two divers -- Emily Boyd (Monrovia, Calif./Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy) and Marina Nazario (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) -- to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period on Nov. 17. Boyd and Nazario both dive for club teams that are affiliated with USA Diving.
Michigan did not add any swimmers during the period.
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).
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 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 165-69 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 & Recordbook
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 will take one month off from competition, returning to the pool after the turn of the New Year at Copa Coqui on Jan. 2. The meet, which takes place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will begin at noon.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423