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February 17, 1994 - Image 8

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8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 17, 1994

Crew gets ready for outdoor season
with some Florida spring training


The Spanish Armada it's not, but
the Michigan men's and women's crew
team will certainly be nearly as impres-
sive next week when they take to the
waters of Tampa, Fla., for a week of
spring training.
For the 93 men and women who
make up the teams, the trip to Tampa is
a chance to finally get into real boats
and row on real water after spending
most of the last few months training on
machines indoors.
The teams have been building
strength by working out several hours
each day on ergometers (rowing ma-
chines) in the Sports Coliseum.
"In the winter we spend less time
training, but it's more efficient than in
the spring," women's coach Mark
Rothstein said.
Men's coach Gregg Hartsuff con-
curred, adding that the rowing ma-
chines are good because they give row-
ers "instant feedback as far as their
In the spring, practice takes more
time because everyone needs to travel
to the boathouse on the Huron River.
Additionally, it takes time to prepare
the boats prior to each practice.

The crew team currently owns 10
boats, although a few of the older,
wooden ones are rarely used, as the
teams tend to prefer the newer, carbon-
fiber compound boats are much faster
and lighter than the others.
Although the women's team does
not elect captains, Rothstein says he
expects the seniors in the varsity eight
boat to step up and lead the team.
"At this point, it's hard to say who
will make the first boat," Rothstein
"Carrie Hogg is coming off a good
winter, and so are Wendy Wilcox,
Ingrid Hogle and Missy Giddings."
However, Rothstein stressed that
there is little opportunity for individu-
als to make a big splash competing for
the team.
"Everyone's basically a part of a
machine," Rothstein said.
"They want to feel themselves go
fast," Hartsuff said of the men's squad.
He feels there is more room for note-
worthy individual performances in the
sport, although it is within a team set-
Hartsuff expects his top performer
to bejunior MattBeelen, who the coach
believes may have a shot at making the
1996 U.S. Olympic team. Beelen will

anchor the first boat, accompanied by a
core of younger rowers.
Both teams will have younger row-
ers in key spots this season.
"We have more talent this year than
last, but significantly less experience,"
Rothstein said.
Both coaches are optimistic about
their teams' respective chances this
season, and Hartsuff has already
coached his team to victory in a race
last weekend, an individual competi-
tion using the ergometers.
The men's team crushed Big Ten
foes Purdue and Michigan State as well
as Grand Valley State and Notre Dame,
winning the meet outright by placing
first in every varsity event, and also
claiming a free rowing machine.
The women's team is coming offits
best season ever, highlighted by a sil-
ver medal at the Southern Intercolle-
giate Rowing Association champion-
ship regatta.
The teams' main competition this
season will be against other Big Ten
teams, most of which are also club
teams. The main power in the confer-
ence, however, is the varsity-level
Wisconsin squad.
Rothstein and Hartsuff agreed that
the high point of this season should be
the inaugural Big Ten Championship
regatta April 19, which would crown a
conference winner for the first time.
The women's team will have the
chance to compete in unofticial races
against teams from Western Ontario
and Rollins College while in Florida
next week, although the main focus of
the week off is training.
Both teams' will compete at home
for the first time this season against
Purdue on the Huron River March 26.
Continued from page 5
This weekend's event marks the
last Big Ten meet for seniors Nicole
Williamson and Kathy Deibler, half of
Michigan's freestyle relay team. Also
competing in their last meet are Karen
Barnes, Judy Barto, Vallery Hyduk
and captains Higgins and Stephanie
The tournament gets underway to-
day, with preliminary contests in the
morning. The top eight swimmers from
the morning races compete for their
event's championship in the finals at
night. The competition ends with the
last of the finals Saturday evening.


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After splitting its matches last weekend against Indiana and Ohio State, the
Michigan women's tennis team defeated Western Michigan yesterday.
Women netters smiash
Western in 8-1 triumph
The odds were against the Michigan women's tennis team yesterday when it
squared off with Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.
It was the Wolverines' first dual road meet of the season. They were facing
Bronco Holly Taylor, the No. 4 singles player in the Midwest, and Michigan
coach Bitsy Ritt expressed concern over her players' intensity levels after last
weekend's matches against Indiana and Ohio State.
"(Compared to Western) we really have a more solid lineup," Coach Ritt said.
"Our primary focus will be to avoid letdown."
None of this seemed to matter to the Wolverines, as they pummeled Western
Michigan, 8-1.
Michigan co-captain Jaimie Fielding bounced back from a disappointing 0-
2 singles start, trouncing Audrey Smith 6-1,6-2. She later teamed with Tara Graff
to defeat Andrea England and Shannon Dean in straight sets.
"After last weekend it felt really good to come out and win," Fielding said.
Holly Taylor provided the Broncos with their only victory by defeating
Bojana Jankovic 6-3, 6-3.
It was the only blemish for what was an otherwise solid day for the
Wolverines. So much for the odds.


American grabs silver in
Olympic mogul event

Blue laxers *
get back to
basics over
Cradling. Poke-checks. Man-down
That's what's on the agenda for the
Michigan men's club lacrosse team
next week. Practicing the fundamen-
tals of their game, perhaps a little rusty
- or frozen - after a long winter.
Fortunately for them, they get to do "
it in sunny Tampa, Fla., a far cry from
dreary Ann Arbor.
Club vice-president, team captain
and starting midfielder John
Kolakowski said that anyone can play
club lacrosse, regardless of experience,
but cuts are made before spring starts to
separate the men from the boys. The
team trimmed its roster down to 34
from approximately 50 in the fall.
"Fall is really a maintenance time
forus," Kolakowski said. "In the spring
we like to bring the team up to a more
competitive level. The real season is
In fact, the real season has already
begun for the Wolverines. The team
clubbed West Virginia, 20-6, in its
season opener last weekend.
The Wolverines seem to be picking
up were they left off last season, when
they tallied 16 wins against a mere
three losses, and garnered their fourth
consecutive Big Ten club champion-
ship and fifth in seven years.
"We've only lost two or three guys
from last year's team," Kolakowski
said. "We have a major nucleus of the
returning guys and some good younger
players also."
Coach Robert DiGiovanni is also "
enthusiastic about this year's club.
"Believe it or not, this might be one
of the best Michigan teams ever,"
DiGiovanni said.
Sten Carlson and co-captains Steve
Simich and Tony DiGiovanni spear-
headed the team's attack.
The starting line of midfielders is
composed of Kolakowski and return-
ingplayersIvan FrankandPaul Dreyer,
with senior Ben Hohmuth teamed with
Gannon Dudlar on defense. Dudlar
played linebacker for the Michigan
football team this past season.
The Wolverines won'tjust be prac-
ticing in Tampa next week, however.
Also on the schedule are three matches
against southern club teams. Thesquad
squares off against the Tampa Bay
Lacrosse Club, a private team, before
taking on Florida State and Georgia
The Wolverines also plan to stop
off in Columbus to face Ohio State, one
of the few varsity lacrosse programs in
the Midwest.
"We're excited about that one,"
Kolakowski said. "It's not often we get
to compete against a serious varsity
All this travel toexotic locales takes *
a bit of cash, almost none of which
comes from the athletic department
"We're more or less self-funded,"
Kolakowski said. "We do some team

fund-raising events and we get some
corporate donations through our con-
nections, but we have minimal support
from the University."
Continued from page 5
Less than a minute into the second
stanza, aputbackby Iowa'sJim Bartels
sparked a 12-0 run. It produced the
Hawkeyes' biggest lead of the game, at
49-44, with 16:47 left to play.
But behind Rose's two three-point-
ers, the Wolverines responded soon
after with their own burst of scoring,
an 18-4 binge, to make it 64-55, Michi-
gan, with 10:01 to go.
The Wolverines retained at least a
nine-point cushion for the remainder of
the game. Their biggest lead of the
night came at the 3:47 mark when
Jimmy King nailed a three-pointer to
put Michigan up, 80-66.
King invited noise once again with
his uncontested reverse jam with just
14 seconds left.
Despite the game's outcome, Michi-
gan coach Steve Fisher said he had
concerns about his team's consistency.
"I thought at times tonight, we took
a deep breath and coasted," Fisher said.
"The final score was good. How we got



arC .11

Today's debate: Is moguls a worthy
Olympic event or a snowy beer com-
mercial masquerading as one? Or as
American Liz McIntyre was all but
asked yesterday in the aftermath of
finishing second in the women's com-
petition: "Do you really deserve a sil-
ver medal for that?"
Nobody asks these questions of the
souls in Bud Greenspan's Olympic
movies. But consider that yesterday's
moguls final - half of the freestyle
skiing competition - on a hillside
overlooking the Olympic flame and
the town of Lillehammer included:
A live band, the "Texas Twisters,"
who played shriekingly loud metal
while grinding away barehanded on
electric guitars in five-degree weather.
Recorded music while skiers made
their runs, blasted through seven behe-
moth speakers.
The distinct atmosphere of a

winterbowl to view the final bounced
and rocked with the music, did the
wave and waved flags, and resorted to
straight, no-nonsense cheering only
when Norwegian gold medalist Stine
Lise Hattestad made her winning run.
(And booing when McIntyre followed,
which is outrageous in this country).
Daffy twisters, cossacks, double
twisters and twister spreads.
Also, "Twisting by the Pool" and
"The Twist." The former are aerial
maneuvers, part of the event. The latter
are tunes played during the races.
So is it sport enough?
Ask Hattestad, a 27-year-old who
won Norway's third gold medal of the
Games yesterday (speedskater Johann
Olav Koss made it four an hour later in
the 1,500 meters), and then promptly
confirmed her retirement at the end of
the season.
"I think this is a good last one," she
said. "I don't know if I even quite
understand what I've done."

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