Dec. 3, 2013
Thursday Morning Taper with Mike Bottom
Thu-Sat., Dec. 5-7 -- at U.S. Winter National Championships (Knoxville, Tenn.), 9 a.m./5 p.m. [ Live Results | Psych Sheet ]
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The No. 23-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (2-3, 1-2 Big Ten) will send a contingent of 19 swimmers to the U.S. Winter National Championships Thursday through Saturday (Dec. 5-7) at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. Preliminaries will begin each day at 9 a.m. with finals commencing at 5 p.m. The meet will feature fellow Big Ten team No. 14 Indiana along with three other top-25 teams: No. 3 California, No. 11 Tennessee and No. 15 Louisville. The meet will be scored but will not count toward U-M's dual meet record.
The Maize and Blue is sending 19 swimmers to the meet: seniors Courtney Beidler, Erin Cameron, Angela Chokran and Nikki Hubbard; juniors Kayla Douglas and Claudia Lau; sophomores Ali DeLoof, Marie Georger, Zoe Mattingly, Sharalynn Missiuna, Marni Oldershaw and Jessica Wolf; and freshmen Julia Fiks Salem, Madeline Frost, Claudia Goswell, Elizabeth Harty, Madison Horton, Briana Jurries and Mary Kate Leary. The meet constitutes the midseason meet for the majority of Michigan's swimmers with the goal to achieve NCAA qualifying times.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Scheduled swimmers appear next to each event and are listed in italics and parentheses (based on psych sheet).
Several former U-M swimmers will be in action, including Emily Brunemann (2006-10), Justine Mueller (2005-08), Sean Fletcher (2010-13) and Ryan Feeley (2010-13),
Two members of Michigan's incoming 2014-15 freshman class will also be competing: Gabby DeLoof (100-yard and 200-yard backstrokes) and Emily Kopas (100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes).
Thursday, Dec. 5
200-yard Freestyle Relay
500-yard Freestyle (Wolf)
200-yard IM (Oldershaw, Beidler, Chokran, Jurries, Georger, Cameron)
50-yard Freestyle (Missiuna, Mattingly, Goswell, DeLoof, Fiks Salem)
400-yard Medley Relay
Friday, Dec. 6
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard IM (Beidler, Oldershaw, Jurries, Georger)
100-yard Butterfly (Jurries, Mattingly, Harty)
100-yard Breaststroke (Chokran, Hubbard, Horton)
100-yard Backstroke (DeLoof, Mattingly, Georger, Lau, Frost, Douglas, Fiks Salem)
800-yard Freestyle Relay
1,650-yard Freestyle (Wolf, Leary)
200-yard Backstroke (Georger, Lau, Oldershaw, Douglas, DeLoof)
100-yard Freestyle (Mattingly, Missiuna, DeLoof, Fiks Salem, Goswell)
200-yard Breaststroke (Chokran, Jurries, Horton)
200-yard Butterfly (Beidler, Oldershaw, Jurries, Harty)
400-yard Freestyle Relay
Michigan has earned a spot in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll each time the bi-monthly poll has been released this season. The Wolverines are ranked No. 23 in the latest poll (Nov. 27), up two spots from No. 25 (Nov. 14). [ CSCAA Poll ]
Michigan's 200-yard medley relay of Ali DeLoof, Angela Chokran, Zoe Mattingly and Julie Fiks Salem owns the ninth-fastest time in the nation this season at 1:38.83, achieved at the Michigan Open (Nov. 23). U-M is the only Big Ten team in the top 10 for this event.
U-M has two other relays ranked third in the Big Ten: the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:31.62, set by Julia Fiks Salem, Zoe Mattingly, Molly Schaefer and Ali DeLoof) and the 400-yard medley relay (3:38.31, set by DeLoof, Angela Chokran, Briana Jurries and Mattingly).
Five Wolverines have achieved NCAA provisional times so far this season:
Michigan has several athletes from foreign countries competing this weekend at the U.S. Winter National Championships. The swimmers will be racing for NCAA qualifying times but cannot score points for U-M. The foreign swimmers are Claudia Goswell (Australia), Julia Fiks Salem (Brazil), Claudia Lau (China) and Marni Oldershaw and Sharalynn Missiuna (Canada).
Senior Courtney Beidler has clocked top-10 times in the Big Ten in three different events so far this season:
U-M took a contingent of divers to the Pitt Panthers Invitational (Nov. 22-24), where six divers competed from the platform for the first time this season. Junior Nicole Honey led the way for the Wolverines with a second-place finish (224.75), narrowly missing a NCAA Zone diving standard.
Four Michigan divers have secured NCAA Zone Qualifying Scores so far this season:
LAST TIME OUT
The Wolverines hosted the University of Michigan Open (Nov. 22-24) with several swimmers treating the event as their midseason meet and the majority of swimmers competing in non-specialized events. U-M's divers traveled to the Pitt Panthers Invitational (Nov. 22-24), and Carey Chen swept the springboard competitions with scores of 281.25 from one meter and 288.15 from three meters. [ Recaps: Day One | Day Two | Day Three | Diving ]
Friday, Jan. 3 -- at Mike Pepe Invitational - Diving Only (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Noon
Friday, Jan. 3 -- at Orange Bowl Classic (Key Largo, Fla.), 2 p.m.
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