ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 23. IN the first home meet of the season, the University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team won both diving events and 12-of-15 swimming events to speed by Toledo, 170-120, and the University of Toronto, 198-81, in a double-dual meet Friday afternoon (Oct. 23) at Canham Natatorium. With the two wins, Michigan improves its record to 3-0 on the young season.
Fifth-year senior Emily Brunemann (Crescent Springs, Ky./Notre Dame Academy) continued the scortching start to her season. A 2008 NCAA champion, Brunemann won three events — the 1,000-yard freestyle, 400-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle. Fellow senior and 11-time All-American Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) won the 200-yard feestyle (1:50.94) and dominated the field in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.95). Kelly also gave Michigan a head start during the first leg of the 200-yard medley relay and was the anchor of the 400-yard freestyle relay (both wins).
Sophomore Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford) swept both backstroke races, picking up her second win of the season in the 100-yard backstroke (57.08) by the slimmest of margins, one one-hundreth of a second. Johnson later won the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.58), with freshman Mattie Kukors (Auburn, Wash./Mountainview) coming in right behind her in second.
Michigan also swept both diving events, with sophomore Amanda Lohman (Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair) taking first place in both the one- and three-meter dives. Senior Stephanie O'Callaghan (Howell, Mich./Howell) and junior Rachael Ropeik (Ann Arbor, Mich./Huron) alternated second and third in both events.
The Wolverines return to the pool next weekend in Austin, Texas, when they take on Texas and Big Ten rival Indiana next Friday and Saturday (Oct. 30-31). Action will start at noon on Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday. The three teams met last season in Ann Arbor, but Michigan fell to both in a double dual (225-164 to Texas; 232-157 to Indiana).
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