EVANSTON, Illinois, January 11. NORTHWESTERN hosted Michigan, Notre Dame and the Rutgers women Saturday afternoon in a four-team dual meet. On the women’s side, Michigan swept all three schools, with wins over Northwestern, Notre Dame and Rutgers. Notre Dame beat Rutgers and Northwestern, and Northwestern defeated Rutgers. On the men’s side, Michigan swept Northwestern and Notre Dame, while Northwestern and Notre Dame finished in a tie.
Northwestern Women’s Press Release
Northwestern’s Lauren Abruzzo and Ellen Anderson won races Saturday for the Wildcats as NU defeated Rutgers 198.5-101.5.
The Wildcats fell to No. 25 Notre Dame 160-140 and to No. 24 Michigan 172-128.
Freshman Lauren Abruzzo earned the ‘Cats points by winning the 1,000 yard free, with a time of 9:55.66. NU’s Ellen Anderson took third in the race (10:00.25).
Anderson went on to take first place in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:53.27.
The Wolverines began the meet winning the 200 medley relay, swimming a 1:41.26. The ‘Cats squad of Lacey Locke, Julianne Kurke, Valerie Nubbe and Annika Winsnes took third with a time of 1:44.49.
The first three finishers in the 200 yard freestyle were separated by just 0:00.66. NU’s Lacey Smith took second (1:50.76), behind the Wolverines Courtney Beidler (1:50.31). Smith close the gap throughout the race and edged out Notre Dame’s Kelly Ryan, who took third (1:50.97).
In the 200 free, Ellen Stello earned points for NU with a second place finish (2:02.71). Bridget Casey won the race for the Irish (2:01.85).
The top three finishers in the 50 yard freestyle were also just separated by 0.30 seconds. The Wolverines Julia Salem edged out NU’s Vaerie Nubbe by the slimmest of margins, 23.98 to 23.99.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights posted an impressive time in the 200 yard backstroke. Joanna Wu swam an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:58.89, taking first place ahead of Northwestern’s Lacey Locke (1:59.41).
Northwestern Men’s Press Release
The Northwestern men’s swimming team knew it needs both of its 400 yard freestyle to place in the top three to tie Notre Dame heading into the final race Saturday.
And that’s exactly what happened when NU’s team of Jack Morris, Matt Wilcox, Uula Auren and Chase Stephens taking second place (3:02.14) and the team of Mark Ferguson, Dominik Cubelic, Charlie Cole and Andrew Jovanovic (3:02.85) taking third behind Michigan.
It gave Northwestern a 150-150 tie against No. 20 Notre Dame. Michigan, ranked No. 1 in the country, defeated the ‘Cats 177-115.
In the 200 medley relay, Northwestern opened the meet finishing in second place being Michigan. The ‘Cats Mark Ferguson, Uula Auren, Andrew Jovanovic and Chase Stephens swam 1:29.54.
The 1,000 yard free was a tight race between Northwestern sophomore Jordan Wilimovsky and Michigan’s Connor Jaeger. Separated by less than a second for most of the race, Jaeger edged out Wilimovsky to win the race with a time of 9:10.56, besting NU’s 9:11.47 swim.
Between events, NU freshman Andrew Cramer took second place in 3-meter diving, scoring 296.25.
In the 100 yard freestyle, Chase Stephens finished in third place for Northwestern, swimming 45.29. Stephens would finish in second place in the 50 yard freestyle, posting a time of 20.47.
Michigan’s Ryutaro Kamiya swam an NCAA “B” cut time in the 200 yard backstroke of 1:46.20. He was able to maintain his lead throughout the race. The ‘Cats Grant Halsall finished in second in the race, swimming 1:48.81.
Michigan Women’s Press Release
The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan women’s swimming and diving team added three more victories to its dual-meet record today (Saturday, Jan. 11), downing host Northwestern (172-128), No. 25 Notre Dame (168-132) and Rutgers (219-81) behind six event wins at the Norris Aquatics Center.
The Wolverines faced a quick turnaround today following a meet against Purdue on Friday (Jan. 10). It is the first time this season U-M competed back-to-back days.
U-M’s 200-yard medley relay started the meet by setting a new pool record of 1:41.26, shaving .62 seconds off the previous standard. The team of sophomore Ali DeLoof (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South), senior Angela Chokran (South Elgin, Ill./St. Charles North), sophomore Zoe Mattingly (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) and freshman Julia Fiks Salem (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Domus Sapientiae) touched more than three seconds faster the Notre Dame’s runner-up relay (1:44.33).
The Wolverines received a big boost from DeLoof, who won two individual events — 100-yard freestyle (career-best 50.13) and 100-yard backstroke (53.85).
Just one day after a three-win performance against Purdue, senior Courtney Beidler (Richboro, Pa./Council Rock South) touched first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.31). It marked the first time she had competed in that event since the first meet of the season (Sep. 27 vs. Iowa).
Sophomore Marni Oldershaw (Oakville, Ontario/Iroquois Ridge) came away with Michigan’s last individual win, taking the 400-yard individual medley in 4:19.59, nearly four seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Meanwhile, junior Kelsey Cummings (El Segundo, Calif./El Segundo) provided consistency in the distance events, placing second in both the 500 and 1,000-yard freestyles.
Sophomore diver Sarah Kamstra (Zeeland, Mich./Zeeland) gave the team a lift with her winning performance from the three-meter springboard. The sophomore took home a score of 299.45 to top the competition.
The Wolverines will not compete again until the end of the month (Fri-Sat., Jan. 31-Feb. 1) when they travel to a Big Ten double-dual meet against Ohio State and Nebraska at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.
Michigan Men’s Press Release
Swimming its third meet in eight days, the No. 1-ranked University of Michigan men’s swimming and diving team won all 14 swimming events in a 177-115 victory at Northwestern on Saturday (Jan. 11) inside the Norris Aquatics Center. Sophomore Dylan Bosch (Johannesburg, South Africa/Crawford College, Sandton) was unquestionably the top swimmer on Saturday, winning three individual events: the 100-yard butterfly (48.26), the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.58) and the 200-yard individual medley (1:48.96).
In addition to Bosch, two others won multiple events on Saturday: senior Ryutaro Kamiya (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary’s International) in the 100-yard backstroke (49.63) and 200-yard backstroke (1:46.20) and junior Bruno Ortiz (Tokyo, Japan/St. Mary’s International) in the 50-yard freestyle (20.21) and the 100-yard freestyle (44.81).
After not swimming the 1,000-yard freestyle against Purdue yesterday (Friday, Jan. 10), senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) was back in his familiar No. 1 spot, taking top honors (9:10.56). He was neck and neck with Northwestern’s Jordan Wilimovsky the entire race, but Jaeger got to the wall almost a second faster for the win. Following Jaeger, senior Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) won the 200-yard freestyle (1:35.88), nearly two-and-a-half seconds faster than sophomore teammate Anders Nielsen (Vanloese, Denmark), who was second (1:38.37). Nielsen also took second in the 500-yard freestyle later in the meet (4:29.98).
Other winners included junior Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona), who continued his fast swimming in the 100-yard breaststroke (54.08), junior Justin Glanda (Rochester Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood) in the 500-yard freestyle (4:29.79) and senior Kyle Whitaker (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:01.02).
The Wolverines also won both relays, taking first in the 200-yard medley relay (1:28.36) and in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:57.96). Ortiz was the only swimmer to appear on both relay teams.
For the second day, sophomore Timothy Faerber (Potomac, Md./Churchill) was the top U-M athlete in the diving well, taking second on three-meter (306.70) and third on one-meter (294.60).
Michigan will send nine members — eight swimmers and one diver — to the two-day SMU Classic, running next Friday and Saturday (Jan. 17-18) in Dallas, Texas. The meet will begin at 7:30 p.m. CST both nights.
Rutgers Press Release
Facing off against two of the top teams in the nation, the Rutgers swimming and diving team was swept by No 24 Michigan, No. 25 Notre Dame and Northwestern by scores of 219.00-81.00, 206.00-94.00 and 198.50-101.50, respectively on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.) led the Scarlet Knights with three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a win in the 200 yard backstroke.
Wu would touch the wall first in the 200 back in a time of 1:58.89 and added a third-place finish in the 100 yard backstroke (55.66) and a seventh-place finish in the 500 free (5:01.95).
Senior Mary Moser (Wyomissing, Pa.) also posted three top-10 finishes on the day, including third in the 100 yard butterfly (56.38), seventh in the 50 free (24.11) and 10th in the 200 yard free (1:54.80).
Junior Greta Leberfinger (Chatham, N.J.) was the final Scarlet Knight to finish in the top three in a swimming event, claiming third in the 100 yard breaststroke at 1:04.56. Leberfinger also notched a sixth-place finish in the 200 breast (2:20.47) and a ninth-place finish in the 400 yard I.M. (4:33.85).
Sophomore Morgan Pfaff (Red Lion, Pa.) also had a solid day for Rutgers, finishing sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:02.50), eighth in the 400 yard I.M. (4:32.08) and ninth in the 100 back (57.88).
The 200 yard medley relay team of Wu, Leberfinger, senior Brittany Guinee (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) and Moser finished in 1:46.00, good for sixth-place. In the other relay event of the day, the 400 yard freestyle relay, the team of freshman Rachel Stoddard (Hillsborough, N.J.), sophomore Sarah Coyne (Osceola, Ind.), freshman Meghan Kiely (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and sophomore Julia Kudryashova (New Providence, N.J.) recorded a time of 3:32.92 to finish eighth.
On the boards, senior Nicole Scott (Toronto, Canada) would secure third in the 1-meter dive with a score of 247.90 and fourth in the 3-meter dive, totaling 262.15 points.
Additional notable performances were turned in by Guinee, senior Allyson Perrotti (Branford, Conn.) and junior Brogan Lee (Lindstrom, Minn.). Guinee finished sixth in 200 yard butterfly (2:03.98) and seventh in the 100 fly (57.59), while Perrotti claimed sixth in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:05.55) and Lee captured eighth in the 1000 yard freestyle (10:33.04).
Rutgers returns to the confines of the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center on Jan. 25, as the Scarlet Knights host local Fordham, Rider and Yale at 10:30 a.m.
Notre Dame Women’s Press Release
In its first meet of 2014, the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team won six individual events and a relay to power the Irish to victories over former BIG EAST foe Rutgers (206-94) and Big Ten member Northwestern (160-140) in a four team dual meet Saturday at Northwestern Aquatic Center. Notre Dame’s lone loss on the day came to Big Ten member Michigan (168-132).
Notre Dame’s veterans carried the Irish on the day as junior Emma Reaney won three individual events, while fellow juniors Bridget Casey and Allison Casareto and senior Kelly Ryan also earned individual victories. The Irish closed out the day with a win by Ryan, Reaney, freshman Catherine Mulquin and sophomore Catherine Galletti in the 400 free relay (3:25.15).
“With the amount of training we put in this past week, we looked fairly stressed today,” said head coach Brian Barnes. “But I asked for a tough team and they raced tough. There is no doubt that we did what we needed to do in the Bahamas. I wish we had been more competitive with Michigan today, but they were more prepared than us. I’m definitely not disappointed though, I’m actually quite happy with where we are as a team.”
Reaney started off her day with an easy win in the 100 breast as she won by over three seconds (1:00.77 to 1:04.06) and picked up an NCAA B cut to boot. She next claimed victory in the 200 breast in another NCAA B cut time (2:14.09). In this race, she won by just under four seconds (3.99). She closed out her individual slate with a victory in the 100 fly (54.92) by 1.22 seconds over Galletti. Notre Dame dominated the event as the Irish claimed four of the top five spots with junior Courtney Whyte (57.30) and senior Sarah Dotzel (57.36) taking fourth and fifth to help Notre Dame pull away from the Wildcats.
“I think we were a little tired from our long training trip and it showed at the beginning,” said Reaney. “We picked it up nicely after the first couple of events and I’m really proud of how tough we were as a team. I’m just glad I could contribute to a win in a close meet against Northwestern.”
As soon as Reaney won her first event, Casey followed it up with a victory in the 200 fly as she touched the pad in 2:01.85, .86 better than the runner-up.
Ryan was next to put her name in the victory column as bested the field in the 50 free by an impressive .29 seconds (23.69).
In the diving well, Casareto blew past the field to win the 1-meter discipline by 16.15 points (271.15) to give the Irish four straight individual wins.
The Irish (6-4), who have won six of their last seven duals, continue their season next Saturday when they head to former BIG EAST archrival and future ACC foe Louisville for an 11 a.m. dual next Saturday.
Notre Dame Men’s Press Release
The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team went down to the wire with Northwestern Saturday, and a pair of top three 400 freestyle relay finishes for the host Wildcats in the final event of the day yielded a rare 150-150 tie between the teams at the Norris Aquatic Center. No. 1 Michigan defeated Northwestern 177-115, but the Wolverines and Irish did not score against one another in the meet after competing against each other on two previous occasions during the season’s opening weekend.
The tie for No. 20 Notre Dame (4-4-1) was just the second in its 56-year program history, and the first since the inaugural Irish dual meet on Dec. 6, 1958 at Chicago (43-43). Notre Dame had competed in 664 dual meets since its first tie before squaring with the Wildcats on Saturday.
Freshman diver Joe Coumos swept both the 1 and 3-meter diving events to give Notre Dame two crucial victories during the meet. Coumos scored 311.80 points off the 1-meter board and totaled 339.50 points in the 3-meter dive to complete the double-win.
Junior All-American John Williamson earned runner-up finishes in both the 100 (49.18) and 200 (1:47.91) butterfly events behind Michigan’s Dylan Bosch, scoring first-place points in each distance in the dual format against Northwestern. Williamson’s 200 fly effort also earned him an NCAA B-cut.
Junior All-American Zach Stephens was the second swimmer to the wall behind Bosch in the 200 IM (1:49.19), logging first-place points for the Irish in the process. Stephens contributed an additional runner-up result in the 200 breaststroke (2:01.09) and a pair of third-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (20.70) and with the 200 medley relay `A’ team that registered a total time of 1:30.86.
Junior Cameron Miller added an NCAA B-cut of his own in the 100 breaststroke, clocking a time of 55.08 in a runner-up swim. Miller also added third-place results in the 200 breaststroke (2:01.58) and as a member of the 200 medley relay team.
Notre Dame returns to action at former BIG EAST Conference and future Atlantic Coast Conference foe Louisville on Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. (ET) inside the Ralph Wright Natatorium.