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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 31, 1997 - 3B

M' crew
splits first
By Ginger L Zabel
For the Daily
The Michigan women's crew team
had a solid start Saturday in its first
official meet as a varsity team when
it defeated George Washington but
fell to Virginia at Charlottesville, Va.
The Wolverines beat George
Washington with all four crews rac-
The first boat had a substantial
win with the margin of victory close
to six seconds.
Then the Wolverines followed
their performance with a close race
against Virginia - expected to be
one of the top-ranked teams in the
The first boat stayed with Virginia
throughout the race, leaving no open
water between the two boats and fin-
shing only 1.3 seconds behind the
Virginia crew.
"Prior to the season, we had no
indicator of how fast we were,"
Michigan rower Jeanette Stawski
said. "This was a good confidence
builder and we're going to have a
"great season."
The Wolverines were not only
fighting against Virginia and George
Washington, however. Early morn-
k ids made the race against
"Conditions were horrible for the
races all day,' Michigan assistant
coach Emily Ford said.
Despite the bad weather and the
loss to Virginia, the team feels posi-
tive about the competition.
"We're not supposed to peak for
another month and a half yet, so this
was great for our confidence.
"We had a fantastic start, but we
have to work on our sprint at the
Assistant coach Emily Ford
"The team had a pretty solid race,"
she said. We feel good about the
margin, but we didn't have a real
strong sprint."
The team will be working out
these difficulties and concentrating
W n technical problems throughout
e week. A strong sprint could be
the difference that the Wolverines
are looking for to boost their time to
those of the top-ranked crews in the
As a rookie team with varsity sta-
tus, it's hard to tell in what direction
the team will be going this year.
"I think that in the sport of row-
ing, it's always hard to tell from the
rst race what your position is,"
ord said. "A lot of teams have had
different amounts of water time up
to this point.
"But what it does say is that we
are in a very strong position, but we
have plenty of room for growth. The
general feeling is it was a good start
for all four crews but we have a long
road to go yet."
The Wolverines may have the
cance to see how long its road is, if
@0th the Wolverines and Colonials

make it out of their heats in the
upcoming San Diego Crew Classic.

Sollenberger in Paradise

Des ite "down" time,
M'great moments ex


o, you seniors are about to graduate, aren't you?
That means it's time for me to present to you ... drum roll, please ... the
class of 1997's five greatest moments in Michigan sports!
Of course, I know that besides hockey it's been a "down" four years for
But if a "down" four years in football means a record of 33-16, what does it
mean at Purdue? 0-44?
If a "down" four years in men's basketball means a record of 85-45, what does it
mean at Northwestern? 8-120?
You get the picture. Despite struggles, Michigan sports still have had their
moments recently. So many, in fact, that many deserving ones have been left off the
You won't find a single men's basketball moment, despite two victories over
Duke and one over Glenn Robinson and Purdue.
You won't find the football team's 1993 and '95 upsets of unbeaten Ohio State
Heck, even a national champion has been left off. The 1995 NCAA title won by
the men's swimming team was a great moment, but not great enough.
So, here's the top five:
No. 5 - Brendan Morrison becomes Michigan's first-ever Hobey Baker win-
ner, March 28,1997
For Morrison and Michigan, it was an award a long time in coming.
Before Saturday, the Wolverines had never had a Hobey Baker champion.
The senior, a three-time finalist for the Hobey, grabbed the award after leading the

The Michigan women's track team was hoping to find stronger competition at the Raleigh Relays this weekend, and the
Wolverines found it. Michigan managed only one first-place finish at the meet.
'M' women's track finds tough
competition at Raleigh Relays

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By Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
Last week, Michigan women's
track coach James Henry said that
his team needed to face better
At this weekend's Raleigh
Relays, he got it.
The Raleigh Relays featured
athletes from 80 different teams,
and with the tough competition,
the Wolverines could manage only
one first-place finish - Nicole
Forrester in the high-jump.
Forrester's jump of 5-foot-8 3/4
was good enough for first place, but
despite the victory, Forrester was not
"It wasn't a really good result,"
Forrester said.
"But it was good in the sense that
I was trying a different approach. My
coach wanted me to be less depen-
dent on him, so he wanted me to feel
what I was doing wrong instead of
relying on him.
"I eventually figured out what I
was doing, but that was when it was
This weekend's meet marked
Forrester's return after being held out
a week ago because of tendonitis in
her achilles.
"Nicole is such a hard worker and
competitor that she'll overlook pain,"
Henry said. "I kept her out last week,
and if I wasn't so nice I'd (have kept)
her out this week too, but she's like a
pit bull - all chained up and wanti-
ng to start chomping at the competi-
In the sprints, freshman Maria
Brown led the Wolverines, placing

"She's like a pit
bull.. wanting to
start chomping at
the competition."
-- James Henry
Michigan track coach.
on Nicole Forrester
fifth in the 200 meters with a time of
"I wasn't really happy (with the
race), but considering all of the races
I've run, I can't be to upset either,"
Brown said. "The time isn't that far
One week after running the third
fastest time in Michigan history, the
4x100 relay team of Brown, Kenise
Bocage, Brandi Bentley and Aniya
Bussey finished fourth. Their time of
47.05 was a half second slower than
last week's time.
In the 4x200 relay, the team of
Bocage, Bently, Bussey and Brown
finished third with a time of 140.80.
Even though their time was slower
than last week, Brown said she was
pleased with the performance of the
Brown blamed the slower times on
difficulties with the exchanges
between runners.
"A couple of our changes weren't
perfect," Brown said. "Once we per-
feet the changes we'll (do well)."
Tania Longe had a disappointing

weekend for the Wolverines. Longe's
jump of 5.84 meters was only good
enough for sixth place in the long
jump. Longe did not finish her heat
in the 100 hurdles, an event which
she won last week.
In other field events, Nikki Keith's
throw of 13.54 meters was good
enough for ninth in the shot put, and
Amy Johnson finished 10th in the
javelin, with a distance of 41.20
Michigan got a strong showing
from its distance runners.
In the 800, freshman Lisa Ouellet
finished fourth with a time of
2:10.29, nearly three seconds faster
than last week.
Katie McGregor's time of 9:52.70
was good enough for third in the
3,000. In the 5,000, Marcy Akard
took sixth with a time of 16:41.93.
The Wolverines will have next
weekend off before returning to
North Carolina for the Duke
Invitational on April 11-12.

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