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t it wasn't reality. TWiseman set off a mob celebration with an over- They have to live with it for the rest of their
Reality featured Rob Valicevic rocketing a time goal, giving the Wolverines a 4-3 triumph. lives.
slapshot from 10 feet inside the blue line past Michigan completed a season sweep the following "it's a hard end to a season," Wiseman said.
senior goalie Steve Shields 2:31 into over- night, 5-2. "Especially when you're never going to put this
time. But as the postseason approached, the Lakers jersey on again."
Reality also featured Shields struggling to field started getting hot. A moment later, Wiseman stared up towards the
press-conference questions like, "Did you see that And Michigan started worrying. ceiling and closed his eyes, fighting off tears.
last shot?" or "Do you remember what happened "There's no doubt they're in the back of our It was all too much.
on the third goal?" minds, especially the seniors," Oliver said the Because the Lakers have laughed last.
"Nope," Shields answered to the latter, staring weekend before the CCHA finals. "They've Again.
blankly into the crowd of reporters. He was prob- knocked us out three years in a row."

WBER 8, 1994

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Hockey
Icers playoff
champs for
first time ever

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Daily Hockey Writer
So. You're coming to Ann Arbor,
You've probably heard all about
Heisman Trophy candidate Tyrone
Wheatley and the Fab Five (not to
mention National Rifle Association
Man of the Year candidate Shonte
Peoples and drinking buddies Jimmy
King and Ray Jackson). But you prob-
ably haven't heard a peep about an-
other Michigan team that spent most
of the season at the top of the polls and
came within a sneeze of winning the
national title -- hockey.
Yes, the Wolverines are a national
hockey power and no, they don't play
their game on the Diag, although at
times people think they could. Actu-
ally, Michigan competes in Yost Ice
Arena, one of the oldest and largest
college-owned hockey facilities in the
nation with a capacity of 8,100 seats,
Recent renovations have made Yost
a top notch arena, as much. as recent
improvements have made Michigan a
top-notch team. Since former Wolver-
ine Red Berenson took the coaching
reins in 1984, Michigan has climbed
from being a sub-.500 team to being a
national powerhouse. In the past three
years, Berenson's club has picked up
enough honors to fill the Graduate Li-
brary. During that time the Wolverines
have won two Central Collegiate
Hockey Association (CCHA) regular
season titles and one CCHA postsea-
son championship.
Michigan has been ranked No. tin
the nation during each of the past three
seasons and reached the national semi-
finals in 1992 and 1993.
Michigan would have made it to a
third straight national seminal this year
had it been able to eke out a victory
over archrival Lake Superior State in
the quarterfinal's. But in a tightly con-
tested thriller, the Wolverines fell, 5-4,
in overtime. The Lakers went on to win
the national championship.
Still, it was a remarkable season for
Berenson's troops. The Wolverines

were supposed to be rebuilding after
losing their entire first line and top
four defensemen to graduation or the
NHL. But, led by seniors Brian
Wiseman, David Oliver, Mike Stone
and Steve Shields along with nine
talented freshmen, Michigan ex-*
ceeded even Berenson 's expectations.
After tying its CCHA opener at Bowl-
ing Green, Michigan won 16 straight
conference victories - a streak that
was snapped on Jan. 21 by Michigan
State, The Wolverines faced no seri-
ous challenge in the CCHA race and
wrapped up the regular season title
Feb. 12 - the earliest any team had
clinched the title'since 1985.
With nothing left to play for,,
Michigan dropped four of its last five
games and also lost its grip on the
nation's top ranking, which it had±
held for over three months.
The team, however, got back on"
track in the CCHA tournament, win-'
ning the first postseason conference
title in school history. The victory was
especially sweet because Michigan beat
Lake State for the championship. The
Lakers had knocked Michigan out of
the last three CCHA tournaments.
A week later in the NCAA tourna-
ment, Lake State got its revenge. De-
spite that disappointment the Wolver-
ines garnered several awards-Oliver;'
CCHA Player of the Year; Brendan'
Morrison, CCHA Rookie of the Year;
Stone, Defensive Player of the year;F
and Shields, the conference's best
goaltender. Wiseman, Shields and
Oliver were also named first team all-
conference.
Top returnees for Michigan are se-
nior Mike Knuble, and sophomores-
Morrison and Jason Botterill.
Th o v rn swl l oa d oeof the nation's top recruiting classes,'E
led by goalie Marty Turco, the NHIL's
Central Scouting Bureau's ninth-
ranked player in Lhis year's NHL draft.
Other recruits are forwards Robb
Gordon, Matt Herr, Bill Muckalt, and
defenseman Marty Turco,

Swimming supreme

By DARREN EVERSON
Daily Sports Writer.
As successful as Michigan
athletics have been over the past
decade, no sports program here has
bee n as consistently dom inapt as the
swimming and duving teams.
The men's and women's squads
have won 17 consecutive Big Ten
championships between them, and
their stranglehold over the rest of the
conference is only getting tighter.
Led by junior Alecia Humphrey
and a trio of freshman All-Big Ten
swimmers, the womnens team ran
away with the conference drown in
February. Humphrey, a seven time
All-American,. has been named Big
Ten Fema le Swimmer of the Yearthe
last two years.
All Rachel Gustin, Anne K~ampfe
and Melisa Stone were asked to do
was come in asfreshmen anid pickupo

Women's Gymnastics
Women hi
grab best-(
By TIM SMITH
Daily Sports Writer
While finishing fourth may not seem
like a good consolation, for the 1993-
94 women's gymnastics team it was
almost as good as winning the gold.
The Wolverines, whose previous
best national finish was ninth, had their
best season ever which culminated in a
fourth place finish in the "Super Six" at
the NCAA championships.
Michigan coach Bev Plocki knew
~he beginning of the year that the
team had what it took to make it that far,
and kept the goal of reaching the NCAA.
Super Six as a motivator all year.
"When Bev set that (reaching the
Super Six) as our goal, I wasn't sure

mblers win Big Ten,
ever finish at NCAAs

where the graduating seniors left off.
Each won a race at Big Tens, and the
Wolverines remained among the
nation's elite, finishing eighth at the
NCAA Championships.
The Michigan men, meanwhile,
came back from a few early season
setbacks to win their ninth straight
Big Ten title. The Wolverines, led all
season by Gustavo Borges, Tom
Dlolan end Royce Sharp, went on to
place third at NCAAs. Borges, a 1992
Olympic silver medalist in the 100-
meter freestyle, won that event and
the 200-freestyle at nationals.
The principals responsible forthe
Wolverine dominance are coaches
Jon Urbanchek and Jim Richardson.
Richardson,the women's coach, has
wone the conference title every year
he's been here, while Urbanchektook
the men's team close to national
championship.
Women -run
their wa to
'triple crown'
By EUGENE BOWEN
Daily Sports Writer
If the Michigan women's track and
field team did anything this past sea-,
son, it was break records,
Under the guidance of their senior
tri-captains, Richelle Webb, Laura
Jerman and Jessica Kluge, the Wolver-
ines seemed invincible during their in-
door season.
Eleven women qualified for the in-
door NCAA's this year. The team won
seventh place and had seven All-Ameri-
cans -- both University records.
One highlight was the distance
medley team comprised of junior,
Courtney Babcock, and seniors Webb,
Molly McClimon and Kristine
Westerby setting a United States

all had that success. We always knew
that we were one of the best, but now
we proved it to ourselves and the coun-
try."
Along with Wymer, sophomore
Wendy Marshall and junior All-Ameri-
can Kelly Carfora were instrumental in
the Wolverines success this year.
Marshall turned in many excellent per-
formances on the vault, while Carfora
scored consistently high in the all-
around this year.
The team's road to the Super Six
was full of many exciting and dominat-
ing meets along the way.
In mid-February, the Wolverines
dominated a two meet weekend se-
ries against Western Michigan and
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title. The team faced the tough chal-
lenge of going in front of a large crowd
in State College who were cheering for
their second-seeded Nittany Lions.
Michigan, however, came through with
a high-pressure performance on the
balance beam and narrowly defeated
Penn State to claim its third-straight
title.
The Big Tens also marked the
emergence of a future star in Michigan's
Andrea McDonald, as she was voted
Big Ten Rookie of the Year in a post-
meet awards ceremony. Plocki also
received some recognition by being
voted Coach of the Year.
Two weeks after Big Tens, the
team was in Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the
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