Weekly Release #6: U-M Looks to Win Seventh Straight EMU Invite

Dec. 1, 2009

This Week
Fri-Sat., Dec. 4-5 -- at EMU Invitational (Ypsilanti, Mich.), 3:30 p.m./10 a.m./6 p.m.
Live Results

The No. 19-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (3-4, 0-1 Big Ten) returns to action this weekend, making the short drive across Washtenaw County to Ypsilanti, Mich., to participate in the EMU Invitational at the Jones Natatorium (Dec. 4-5). Action will commence at 3:30 p.m. on Friday (Dec. 4) and conclude Saturday (Dec. 5) at 10 a.m.

Schedule of Events
Friday Dec. 4 (3:30 p.m.)
1,650-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
400-yard Freestyle Relay

Saturday Dec. 5 (10 a.m.)
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
100-yard Butterfly
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Breaststroke
100-yard Backstroke
800-yard Freestyle Relay

6 p.m.
200-yard Freestyle Relay
500-yard Freestyle
200-yard Individual Medley
50-yard Freestyle
400-yard Medley Relay

Top Times
50-yard Freestyle: 22.85, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational)
100-yard Freestyle: 49.34 Margaret Kelly, (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
200-yard Freestyle: 1:49.05, Emily Brunemann (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)r
500-yard Freestyle: 4:41.84, Emily Brunemann (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational)p
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: 55.79, Mattie Kukors (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)p
200-yard Backstroke: 1:58.00, Mattie Kukors (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
100-yard Breaststroke: 1:02.58, Julia Andracki (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)
200-yard Breaststroke: 2:15.15, Julia Andracki (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
100-yard Butterfly: 53.07, Margaret Kelly (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)
200-yard Butterfly: 1:59.89, Caitlin Dauw (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
200-yard Individual Medley: 1:57.11, Margaret Kelly (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational)
400-yard Individual Medley: 4:15.08, Emily Brunemann (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)p
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: 1:30.38, Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole, Alexa Mehesan, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational)
400-yard Freestyle Relay: 3:19.22, Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole, Alexa Mehesan, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
800-yard Freestyle Relay: 7:16.32, Emily Brunemann, Margaret Kelly, Liz Koselka, Kristyne Cole (Nov. 21 at Purdue Invitational)
200-yard Medley Relay: 1:39.87, Margaret Kelly, Julia Andracki, Caitlin Dauw, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 22 at Purdue Invitational)
400-yard Medley Relay: 3:39.52, Liz Johnson, Julia Andracki, Margaret Kelly, Natasha Moodie (Nov. 20 at Purdue Invitational)
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)

p - Preliminaries
r - Achieved on a Relay

Scouting The Opponents
Eastern Michigan -- Eastern Michigan (3-3, 2-2 MAC) has had a few weeks off after its 223-100 home loss to Purdue back from Nov. 13-14. The Eagles own conference wins over Bowling Green and Akron and a non-conference victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Freshman distance swimmer Briana Emig paces the Eagles and holds the conference's top time in the 500 free (4:56.52) and second-fastest times in the 1,000 free (10:10.95) and 1,650 free (17:04.66). Eastern Michigan is coached by Peter Linn, who is in his fifth season coaching the EMU women (and 21st coaching the EMU men). He owns a 37-13 mark over that span and is a two-time MAC Coach of the Year (2005, 2006).

Toledo -- Toledo (8-1, 4-0 MAC) comes into the weekend having defeated six straight teams (Univ. of Toronto, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Miami [OH], Ohio). Michigan handed the Rockets their only loss of the season back on Oct. 23 (180-120) at Canham Natatorium. Carly Harter (50 free, 100 free, 200 IM, 400 IM) and Jacy Dyer (500 free, 1,000 free, 1,650 free) pace Toledo in the pool, holding team season highs in each of the events listed in parenthesis. The Rockets were ranked 16th in CollegeSwimming.com's Mid-Major poll. Toledo is coached by Lars Jorgenson, who is in his sixth season.

Also competing are Division II schools Wayne State, Findlay (OH) and Waterloo (Canada).

Wolverine Dominance
Michigan has finished first at the last six EMU Invitationals. Below are the team scores for the last six seasons:

2003-04 - 1,010
2004-05 - 1,091
2005 - 1,075
2006 - 1,192
2007 - 1,147.5
2008 - 1,102.5

The Wolverines have never lost to Eastern Michigan (16-0), Toledo (5-0) or Waterloo (2-0) in dual-meet competition.

A Quick Look Back
Michigan won the six-team Purdue Invitational (Nov. 20-22) with a score of 774.5, 45 points ahead of second-place Louisville. The Wolverines won 11 events and saw swimmers earn a total of 19 NCAA 'B' qualifying marks over the three-day span, including eight by senior Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer).

Facing Top Competition
The Wolverines checked in at No. 19 in the first CSCAA poll, released back on Nov. 17. Southern Methodist is also at No. 19.

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

Making The Mark
The following Michigan swimmers below have met NCAA 'B' qualifying standards:

Emily Brunemann
200-yard freestyle: 1:49.05r
500-yard freestyle: 4:41.84p
1,650-yard freestyle: 16:11.67
400-yard individual medley: 4:15.08

Margaret Kelly
100-yard freestyle: 49.34
100-yard butterfly: 53.07p
200-yard individual medley: 1:57.11
400-yard individual medley: 4:19.30

Natasha Moodie
50-yard freestyle: 22.85
100-yard freestyle: 49.66

Mattie Kukors
200-yard backstroke: 1:58.00
400-yard individual medley: 4:16.55

Julia Andracki
100-yard breaststroke: 1:02.58
200-yard breaststroke: 2:15.15

Alexa Mehesan
100-yard butterfly: 54.00

Caitlin Dauw
100-yard butterfly: 54.24
200-yard butterfly: 1:59.89

200-yard freestyle relay: 1:30.38 (Kelly, Leigh Cole, Mehesan, Moodie)
400-yard freestyle relay: 3:19.22 (Kelly, L. Cole, Mehesan, Moodie)
800-yard freestyle relay: 7:16.32 (Brunemann, Kelly, Liz Koselka, Kristyne Cole)
200-yard medley relay: 1:39.87 (Kelly, Andracki, Dauw, Moodie)
400-yard medley relay: 3:39.52 (Liz Johnson, Andracki, Kelly, Moodie)

p - Preliminaries
r - Achieved on a relay

Kelly -- Best of the Week
Kelly was named Big Ten Co-Swimmer of the Week last Tuesday (Nov. 24) for the second time in her career for her efforts in leading Michigan to a first-place finish at the Purdue Invitational. Sharing the honor with Northwestern's Emily Wong, she won three races (200-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard freestyle) and swam a leg on all five of Michigan's first-place relay teams. Her time of 49.34 in the 100-yard freestyle was just 0.01 seconds off her personal best, set nearly one year ago to the day (Nov. 23 at the Texas A&M Invitational).

Kelly is a five-time NCAA All-American and 11-time NCAA All-America honorable mention. She last received the honor Jan. 22, 2008, after winning four events against Michigan State and Northwestern, both U-M wins. She is also the first U-M swimmer to receive the conference's honor since Hannah Smith earlier this year (Feb. 10).

Wolverines Ink Six For 2010-11
Head coach Jim Richardson announced the signings of six high school standouts to National Letters of Intent during the November early signing period. Swimmers Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South), Erin Cameron (Rockwood, Mich./Oscar A. Carlson), Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), Nikki Hubbard (Granger, Ind./Penn), Molly Osterhage (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and diver Erin Bridgewater (Kawkawlin, Mich./Western) will join Michigan for the 2010-11 season.

Wolverines Pen Six for 2010-11 Campaign

Lohman U-M's Best
Sophomore diver Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Claire) continues to be the Wolverines' top diver after earning team-high finishes in all three diving events at the Purdue Invitational. Despite competing against several All-America divers, she earned a third-place finish on the three-meter board (314.30) and secured two fourth-place finishes, one on the platform (233.45) and one on the one-meter board (298.15). Lohman holds team season highs in all three events this season and was named Big Ten Diver of the Week back in late October.

Moodie & Kukors Return
Junior Natasha Moodie (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) and freshman Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) both returned to action at the Purdue Invitational and gave the Wolverines a boost after missing the last two meets. Neither seemed to have skipped a beat, as Moodie earned six 'B' marks (four relays, two individual races), while Kukors won the 200-yard backstroke and finished inside the top four in two other events (400-yard IM, 100-yard backstroke; 'B' marks in both).

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).

The Ann Arbor Swimming Pipeline

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2009-10 Record Book and Yearbook!
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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 action Jan 2, 2010, when it travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to participate in the Copa Coqui meet. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon EST.

Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 647-4237