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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 13, 1996 - 13

.Varsity status brings about changes for 'M'

By Tracy Sandler
For the Daily
The transition from a club-level sport
to a varsity sport has run pretty smooth-
ly so far for the Michigan women's crew
team. Not only has the team acquired
improved facilities and more school
support, but it has also performed
extremely well.
"They've been training extra hard
this year, and they have shown a lot of
maturity," Michigan coach Mark
Rothstein said. "They've had a great
work ethic, which has been pretty
steady throughout the fall. I think that
they have improved each week."
The team attributes a lot of its suc-
cess to regular weight training and
,fewer outside worries.
"We've had great academic and med-
ical support from the Athletic
Department," Rothstein said. "This sup-
port has allowed the athletes to focus on
training hard with less peripheral issues
to deal with, such as fund-raising.
"If someone gets injured, she can go
to the trainer, as opposed to waiting to
see her own doctor," Rothstein said.
"The athletes are also able to go to
Atudy table. They set high standards for
hemselves, both in the classroom and
in training"

As the fall season has progressed,
Nazema Siddiqui, a senior coxswain
and four-year team member, has
emerged as a leader.
"Nazema exemplifies the kind of kid
you want in your program; she is a great
leader and has a great attitude,"
Rothstein said. "She's always encourag-
ing her teammates. She takes her role
well. She's tough on the rowers when
needed, because they respect her abili-
ties. Several people on the team provide
leadership by example. It's a really good
The leadership role is one that
Siddiqui enjoys.
"I've been a part of the team's growth
from club to varsity," Siddiqui said. "I
like having people coming to me, if
they have problems. The coxswain is
the natural leader, because she has to
take care of things the rest of the team
doesn't think about."
The team's new-found varsity sup-
port has been an inspiration for the row-
ers. According to Stawski, the team's
competitors remain the same. The only
difference at the meets is the increased
level of achievement and competitive-
"The change has been nothing but
positive," rower Jeannette Stawski said,

"Everyone is raring to go. There is a lot
of energy and enthusiasm that's getting
tapped into. It's hard not to feel any-
thing but good, when everyone is
pulling for you."
One aspect of being a varsity sport
that was extremely new to the this year's
team was recruiting. It worked out well,
however, largely due to the behavior of
the team.
"We're getting a lot of good recruits"
Rothstein said. "We have a very enthu-
siastic, classy group. When recruits
come in, I think it's very appealing"
Michigan gained many motivated,
new rowers by holding tryouts this year,
Rothstein said.
The Wolverines look forward to both
the challenge of fierce competition and
to winning expectations. They are going
to be a tough team to compete against.
"Michigan will no longer be viewed
as an underdog because of the advan-
tages we're getting now," Siddiqui said.
"We're going to be viewed as the team
to beat, and along with that comes the
pressure of being the team to beat:'
Although they have performed well
during the fall season, the Wolverines
say it is due to preparation, hard work,
enthusiasm and dedication. The
Wolverines look forward to a successful

spring season.
"We are continuing to improve and
have put ourselves in a position to be
very fast this spring;' Rothstein said.
"We still have a long way to go, and we
still have winter training before our first

spring race in late March."
The Wolverines are in control of their
own destiny. They believe they will per-
form at a high level by working togeth-
"Doing well is ours for the taking; we

are ready to move water and win some
races." Stawski said. "We've gained a
lot of trust in each other. It's exciting to
look into everyone's eyes and see how
hard we're working now. It's all going to
pay off."

The Michigan crew team was elevated from club to varsity status after the University signed a $7 million contract with Nike
in 1994. The newest Wolverines have benefltted from scholarships and Athletic Department funding.
Men's golf can't wait for spring

soccer sets
sights on
next season
By Mike Rubi 4
For the Daily
The Michigan soccer team has come
a long way in a short time.
In the span of one season the
Wolverines (4-4-1 Big Ten, 10-7-3
'verall) have progressed from a group
of talented individuals into a cohesive
This transformation was the driving
force behind their success in the sec-
ond half of the year, which included a
seven-game unbeaten streak. They also
were able to battle No. I l Wisconsin to
a scoreless tie in Madison and notch a
Big Ten tournament win over Ohio
* The season had many high points,
but there were some in particular that
stood out to some of the Wolverines.
"I would have to say that the game
against Northwestern which we won
was the turning point for the season,"
Michigan coach Debbie Belkin said.
"That was the start of our (unbeaten)
streak, and it marked the point at which
we started to really play as a team?'
Freshman Mari Hoff, who became
n integral part of the 1996
Wolverines, recalled other moments
off the field.
"I really remember our trip to
Seattle," Hoff said. "We didn't do that
well in our games, but that was a great
opportunity for us to bond as a team."
Belkin goes into each year expecting
a lot from her players, but sometimes a
particular member of the team shines a
little brighter than the rest.
"Stephanie McArdle did a great job
Ilkr us adjusting to a defensive role
which was really new to her," Belkin
said. "And Michele Brach really

stepped up her play and turned in
steady defense all year."
With the loss of only two players to
graduation, the Wolverines will have a
great deal of experience back next
year. In the meantime, there will be
some fine tuning.
Michigan is constantly on the look-
out for the next "Great Wolverine,"and
the recruiting process is a tireless job
for the Michigan coaching staff.
"Feb. 8 is the signing date, but we
are constantly looking around the
country for prospective recruits,"
Belkin said. "The Midwest and the
East Coast have been particularly good
Just because the season is over does
not mean the work is over. The
Wolverines will start their offseason
conditioning program on Monday.

Junior Karen
helped the
Wolverines win
half of their Big
Ten games this
season and put
together an
impressive seven-
game unbeaten
streak that culml-
nated in a victory
over Ohio State
in the Big Ten
"If we want to get better, hard work
in the strength and conditioning areas
will be key," Belkin said.
With the experience and talent that
the Wolverines bring to the table, it is
realistic to expect a high level of play
from them in the future.
When asked if Michigan can join the
elites of women's soccer, Belkin said,
"Hard work and good recruiting are
key. The better we do, the better the
players that come here will be."
Junior forward Karen Montgomery
said, "Overall, the season went really
well, but with the talent we had we
could have gone much farther."
The Wolverines will be back next
year, trying to do just that.

By T.J. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
With the season's first snowfall, the
Michigan men's golf team has come to
its midseason break. Unlike many sea-
sons in the past, this fall will be looked
back upon with pride for the Michigan
"We have had a very, very good fall,
especially in regards to the strength and
sizes of the tournaments we have com-
peted in;' Michigan coach Jim Carras
said. "In fact, this ranks among the top
three fall seasons since I have been at
Carras' optimism about this season
was enhanced by the lineup of Isaac
Hinkle, David Jasper, Michael Harris,
Brent Idalski and Kyle Dobbs. These
five players, who made up the lineup in
four of the five tournaments, led the
Wolverines to top-seven finishes in
every event, including a victory at the
Wolverine Invitational on the weekend
of Oct. 6.
"We have five solid players that we
could go out with day after day and
compete with anyone" Carras said.
Carras has tried to convince his team
that it can compete with anyone, a con-
cept to which the team has responded.
This was evidenced by last week-
end's Nelson Invitational in Palo Alto,
Calif., where Michigan took seventh
out of 17 teams. While the numbers
weren't impressive, the Wolverines fin-
ished six shots out of second place and
bettered national powers such as Duke,
Colorado, Kansas and Auburn.
"We proved that we are capable of
competing with schools you hear about
in the paper," Carras said. "(The
Nelson) had the strongest field we
faced this fall, with seven nationally
ranked teams, and we were competi-
The high point of the season came at
the Wolverine, where Michigan won its

first tournament in two years. In win-
ning the tournament, the Wolverines
finished 20 shots ahead of runners-up
Marshall and Miami (Ohio), a differ-
ence almost unheard of in college golf.
Hinkle took second individually.
Jasper also garnered individual hon-
ors, taking second in the Falcon
Invitational in September and fighting
for a third-place tie in the Kroger
Invitational in Memphis last month.
Jasper's strong play in the Falcon
helped the Wolverines take third in the
tournament, which was the first event
of the season.
Despite the individual honors that
Michigan golfers have received, it has
been a team effort that has pulled the
Wolverines through this season. In
both the Wolverine and the Kroger, all
five golfers finished in the top 25 indi-
vidually, allowing Michigan to take the
Wolverine title and finish fourth in the
"The key to success is good balance,
which we have had so far this season,"
Carras said. "You just can't have two
players have bad days in the same
round and hope to compete."
Carras also wants to instill a killer
instinct in the team, which seemed to
be lacking in the final two tournaments
this fall. Michigan was tied for first
with eventual champion Auburn going
into the final round of the Kroger
before falling to fourth. The
Wolverines were also in contention for
the Nelson title before faltering on the
back nine in the final round, pushing
them down to seventh.
"We had a darn good fall, but we

need to learn how to close the door on
the last day," Carras said. "We didn't do
that well at all in the last two tourna-
Another thing Carras looks to do in
the spring is to establish more depth
among his substitute golfers.
When Ildalski and Dobbs were
unable to compete in the Northern
Intercollegiate Tournament in
Columbus on the weekend of Sept. 29,
the Wolverines found that their back-
ups could not compete on the level of
the rest of the field. As a result of this,
Michigan fell to eighth out of 15 teams,
by far its worst performance of the sea-
There is hope for spring, as the
Wolverines boast a wild card in junior
Keith Hinton. Hinton had a great sum-
mer, competing in the U.S. Amateur
Championships, but he was unable to;
get going this fall.
"I really expected Keith, after the
summer, to be one of our top players,'
Carras said. "I don't know whether he
was burned out (from the summer), but
if he can find his game, that will be
very good for us:'
Other players who could help out in,
the spring include the improving Kevin
Vernick and Mike Emanuel, a highly-
touted recruit last year who has been
unable to get his game together due to
health problems caused by a case of
mononucleosis last year.
Michigan starts its spring season in
Myrtle Beach, S.C., after spring break.
Between now and then, the team will
be working to improve strength and


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