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16 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, April 11, 1994

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WHO: Tracy Carr
TEAM: Softball
HOMETOwN: Columbiaville
YEAR: Sophomore
EUGIBLTY: Sophomore
WHY: In this weekend's four-game series against Northwestern, Carr, the Wolverines' third baseman,
went 5-for-15 (.333) with six RBIs, two walks and one double. She also pitched the Wolverines to a 5-4
victory in game three. Carr is the squad's starting third baseman and the newest addition to the Wolver-
ines' pitching rotation. She is the team's leading batter with a .291 average.
BACKGROUND: Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and Michigan Rookie of the Year last season. Carr
was also a two-time All-State player in high school.

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Laxers defeat illinois, MCATs do in Notre Dame

By WILL McCAHILL
DAILY SPORTS WRITER

Finally, the Michigan's men's la-
crosse team thought they were going to
get a little competition. Instead, they
got the MCAT.
Actually, it was the members of the
Fighting Irish of Notre Dame who had
to take the big test, and it forced them to
return to South Bend with a loss by
virtue of their forfeit to Michigan.
But it was the Wolverines who got
the short end of the stick-so to speak
- from this weekend's Michigan
Invitiational Tournament. Instead of
using the tourney as a tune-up for next
weekend's Big Ten tournament, the
Wolverines got a blowout win over
Illinois Saturday and a forfeit victory
over Notre Dame Sunday.

"They had a very decent team,"
coach Robert DiGiovanni said of the
Irish. "We're pretty disappointed."
DiGiovanni said the Notre Dame
coach only told him after the Irish
game against Michigan State Satur-
day that the team wouldn't be stick-
ing around for Sunday's contest.
"They basically just drove in,
played (Michigan State) and left,"
DiGiovanni said.
On the positive side of the week-
end, the team had a little fun against
Illinois, scouted its next opponent
(Michigan State) and got in some
playing time outdoors, something the
Wolverines desperately needed.
"The guys did well with the field,"
DiGiovanni said. "They worked by
themselves on ground balls during the

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'M' crew nearly
By TIM SMITH
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Who says winning is the only thing?
The Michigan crew team finished
second in the Merrill Lynch Regatta
this past weekend, but considering the
competition, that's really not too bad.
The Wolverines competed in the
first ever Big Ten Championships and

fills role of giant
went up against the clear favorite,
Wisconsin. The Badgers are the only
Big Ten team funded by its university
as a varsity sport, so it was expected
that the only real race of the day
would be for second place.
Michigan showed the Badgers that
they had to do more than just show up,
as the Wolverines and Badgers fought

killer in Merrill Lynch Regatta

week, and it helped."
Difficulty with ground balls has
been, by all accounts, an Achilles
heel for the Wolverines this season,
both in and out of doors.
The coach attributed some of this
success to the field itself, which was
not the soggy mess it could have been
because of last week's inclement
weather.
The field was dry and hard, giving
the ball a more regular bounce, closer
to the true bounce off the artificial turf
the team is used to.
The weekend also witnessed the
return from injury of midfielder and
co-captain Ivan Frank.
Frank made his presence felt im-
mediately, tallying seven assists in
Saturday's 23-2 rout of the Illini. The
MEN
Continued from page 15
"Both qualified on the same
events last year," Darden said. "Rich
really had to work hard to get over
the sprained ankle he suffered last
week.
Other individuals who placed for
the Wolverines included Winkler
(13th place vault), sophomore Bob
Young (13th place all-around) and
Verrall (15th place parallel bar).
"We showed we do have a very
fine program with talented athletes,"
Darden said. "We would like to con-
tinue at the same level, but with pro-
gram problems over the last two years,
our recruiting has been limited.
"Its nice to have this moment in
the sun. We had a good effort across
the board."

senior suffered a knee injury during the
club's spring break trip to Florida.
Graduate attackman Doug Henke
tied Frank for game-high point total,
piling up six goals and an assist for
seven total points.
All 27 players on hand for
Saturday's game were able to get play-
ing time, including the third- ana
fourth-string goaltenders.
However, the forfeit by the Fight-
ing Irish was enough to put a damper0
on the Wolverines' weekend, despite
Saturday's romp.
This was only the third forfeit that
DiGiovanni has had to put up with in
his two decades of coaching. And
none of those, the coach is quick to
add, have been forfeited by the Wol-
verines.

WOMEN

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toe to toe throughout the day.
In the biggest upset of the day, the
Michigan women's varsity eight beat
the heavily favored Badgers. The Wol-
verines pulled ahead from the begin-
ning and defeated Wisconsin by nearly
ten seconds with a time of 8:07.4.
"They executed the racing strategy
perfectly," Michigan men's varsity

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coach Gregg Hartsuff said. "We have a
way we want to race, and the team
really carried through with a big clutch
performance when they needed it."
Going into the final race - the
men's varsity eight -- a Michigan win
would have given them the victory over
mighty Wisconsin. A Wolverines'
comeback in the waning momentscame
a little too late, however, as they lost to
the Badgers by 1.3 seconds.
Although he was not happy about
coming so close and not achieving vic-
tory, junior Matt Beelan realized how
much the Wolverines accomplished.
"I was disappointed at first,"
Beelan said. "But after thinking about
what we actually did, I was pretty
happy about how well we did."
All things considered, winning is
definitely not everything.

Continued from page 15
and Meredith Willard (39.475) of
Alabama.
Other top all-around finishers frorn
Michigan were Wendy Marshall (7th
with a score of 38,85) and Kelly
Carfora (11th with a 38.5). Marshall's
performance was highlighted bya
10.00 on the vault, which was the
only one of the meet.
"I was really excited," said Wymer
in reference to her all-around victory.
"I didn't have my best performance
of the year, but I stayed consistent and
did what I had to do to help my team
out."
Even with the shaky start, Plocki
was pleased with the team's perfor-
mance, and feels that they are hitting*
their stride at just the right time.
"I am very pleased that we quali-
fied for the National Championships;"
Plocki said. "We are at the level that
we've worked so hard to be at."

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