Indiana vs. Michigan (women)

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, January 7. A victory in the three-meter diving competition by senior Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) gave the No. 22-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team a narrow 151.5-148.5 victory over No. 8 Indiana on Saturday afternoon (Jan. 7) inside Canham Natatorium. Lohman scored a career-high 360.60 on the three-meter springboard to secure the team win.

The result of the meet came down to the result of the diving competition. The one-meter competition was first, with Lohman tying for top honors (305.48), pushing the Wolverines' lead to 141.5-139.5. The Wolverines needed a first-place finish to clinch the meet, and got one from Lohman, whose career-best effort sealed the deal.

The Wolverines finished 1-2 in the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet. The 'A' team of junior Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), sophomore Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), senior Caitlin Dauw (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and senior Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) won the race with an NCAA consideration time of 1:42.12. Junior Adrienne Bicek (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) followed with a win in the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:56.43).

Indiana answered with victories in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke, but Michigan countered with a dominant 1-2-3 finish in the 100-yard breaststroke. Chokran was first (1:03.51), junior Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) was second (1:04.67) and junior Melissa Lang (Edison, N.J./Bishop George) was third (1:04.76). The Maize and Blue got two more wins heading into the first break, first from Dauw, who recorded an NCAA 'B' time in the 200-yard butterfly (2:00.09), while Mehesan did the same in the 50-yard freestyle (22.93).

Michigan led Indiana, 76-55, through seven events, but out of the break, the advantage was trimmed to just three after successive IU wins — in the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke. Chokran got the Wolverines back on the board with a narrow victory in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.03), touching the wall barely ahead of IU's Allyssa Vavra (2:17.28). After Indiana won the 500-yard freestyle, once again trimming the lead to three points, Michigan got its second 1-2-3 finish of the day, this time in the 100-yard butterfly. Dauw scored her second victory in the butterfly of the day (54.26), followed by Cohagen (56.75) in second and sophomore Nikki Hubbard (Granger, Ind./Penn) in third (56.78).

Michigan led 122-105 with two events remaining, plus diving. The Hoosiers won the 400-yard IM, but second- and third-place finishes from sophomore Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) and Bicek, respectively, kept the Wolverines in front. Beidler swam a season-best time of 4:23.41, while Bicek touched the wall behind her at 4:26.79. Indiana won the final race of the afternoon, the 400-yard freestyle relay, but Michigan held its edge on the scoreboard due to second- and third-place finishes.

The Wolverines return to the pool next Saturday (Jan. 14) for a double-dual meet at 1 p.m. against Northwestern and Notre Dame at Canham Natatorium.

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