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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - April 13, 1998 - 7B

Wolverines handily defeat
Iowa, sweep varsity races

By David Alfred
For the Daily
P BELLEVILLE LAKE - In what
ould have been a matchup of Dayid
vs. Goliath,.the Michigan rowers forced
a different outcome. And, as expected,
Michigan's rowing team proved to be
too much for an undermanned Iowa
squad.
The Wolverines, who are now ranked
fourth in the country, convincingly beat
the Hawkeyes in each of the varsity
boat races.
The regatta began with the premier
*rsity eight race. Because Iowa lacks a
junior varsity boat, the Wolverines
raced their first and second boats
against Iowa's only varsity eight boat,
The Wolverines' first boat got out to an
early lead, eventually increasing it to a
13-second win over Iowa.
The Wolverines' first boat posted a
time of 7.05:59 while Iowa's boat fin-
ished with a time of 7.18, just two see-
'ds ahead of Michigan's second boat.
"We tried a different strategy than we
did at San Diego against Washington,"
starboard Kate Johnson said. "Against
Iowa we raced at long, short and steady.
"We rode our first 1;000 meters at a
sfeady pace, keeping internal focus on
our boat. For the second 1,000 meters
we tried to move and open up our
water. That is where we took our huge
lead."

Emerging as the best race of the
afternoon, the Wolverines first varsity
four boat routed the H awkeyes, 8.28 to
8.38. Midway through the race the
Wolverines overcame a two-length
deficit; slowly moving into a lengthy
lead of their own.
This victory allowed the first varsity
four boat to display its endurance,
strength and ability to handle pressure
while trailing a race.
"The varsity four was our best race
today,' Michigan coach Mark
Rothstein said. "They got behind at the
start, but stayed composed and made
their move with about 800 meters to go.
This was a great victory for us."
Coxswain Marcie Klein and port
Dawn Emick were the boats' key con-
tributors in Michigan's race. The rest of
the crew includes Kelly Raczak, Vita
Scaglione and Kathy Stone.
Iowa finished the race in second,
with a time of 8.38, while the
Wolverines' second varsity four boat
finished at 9.12, despite an outstanding
effort.
The regatta concluded with all three
novice boats participating in exciting
races. The first and third boats upended
the opposition with 24 and 31 second
victories in their respective races.
Interestingly enough, a "technical
difficulty" in the equipment of Iowa's
first novice boat caused their back row-

ers to stop rowing. Lacking power and
direction, the boat veered off course
into Michigan's lane.
The Hawkeyes' boat looked con-
fused and unorganized, and the frenzy
allowed the Wolverines to pull ahead by
a considerable amount.
As a team, the Wolverines competed
with intensity and received victories
from each of their boats. This meet
wasn't as significant as previous ones
for the Wolverines, in part because the
Hawkeyes are unranked.
"We have beaten higher ranked crew,
which ends up being more of a person-
al victory," Johnson said. "This race let
us focus more on ourselves, because we
were rowing with a little less emotion.
In addition, we were able to work on
things which help to prepare us for our
road to nationals."
Michigan's prolonged season breaks
next weekend, which will allow them to
work on important end of the year
strategies. The season winds down the
following weekend when the team trav-
els to Madison to compete in the
Midwest Sprints.
Michigan has never won this compe-
tition, due to a consistently prepared
and dominating Wisconsin crew. But
due to confidence after the win over
Iowa, the Wolverines expect that their
consecutive losing streak to Wisconsin
will end this year.

LOUIS BROWN/Dady
Facing an outmatched Iowa team, the Michigan rowing team avoided the upset, soundly beating the Hawkeyes in all three
varsity races. The Wolverines have slowly ascended the national rankings and currently hold the No. 4 spot in the country. LeW
by coxswain Belinda Koo, the Wolverines twice defeated then-No. 3 Virginia and gave a strong showing against top-ranked
and defending national champion Washington.

Harris thrives as Michigan golf struggles
Sophomore claims his third tournament victory at the Marshall Invitational

Barnes to coach Texas hoops

By Kevin Rosenfield
ily Sports Writer
Still hampered by persistent bouts
of depth and inconsistency, the
Michigan men's golf team continued
its struggles this past weekend.
Just don't blame Mike Harris.
Returning to the success of his fall
season, Harris won the individual
crown of the Marshall Invitational in
Huntington, W. Va., with a 5-under
par performance (72-67-69) that
ve him a one-
sroke victory
and established This kid
a new tourna-
ment record. a kind. If
But despite
the Herculean ike Har
efforts of Harris
and the strong tem we
play of Keith c
H i n t o n,
*ichigan fin- fr en
ished ninth in
the 20-team champion
field, 17 strokes
behind Illinois,
the tournament
champion. on sop
For Harris, in
only his second season, the victory

i
e1
Iti
Mic
hot

I had five Mike Harris' on my team,
we would compete every year for the
national championship."
Carras singled out Harris' attitude
as sparking his success.
"He's extremely talented and he
never gets rattled. If he continues to
progress, he could easily become
Michigan's next All-American."
Hinton had his strongest showing
of the spring season, posting a 73-
72-70 that left him tied for ninth
place.
The remaining
S one of Wolverines,
once again high-
had fe lighting the
team's lack of
nn o My depth, had diffi-
culty overcom-
ing poor open-
ing rounds and
veryultimately ended
ional up near the bot-
tom of the field.
h M i k e
p ~ EEmanuel fin-
- Jim Carras ished in 72nd
chigan golf coach place (78-76-
more Mike Harris 75), while, in
their first tour-
nament of the spring, Keith Vernick
and Scott Hayes both struggled.
Vernick finished in a tie for 88th
place (83-76-74), and Hayes wound
up in 94th (77-76-82).
Erratic spring weather in Ann
Arbor had left the team with few
opportunities to practice outdoors,
putting Michigan at a strong disad-
vantage.
"We got into a hole early in the

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -
Clenison's Rick Barnes will be the
new head baskctball coach at Texas,
The Associated Press has learned.
Texas officials were expected to
announce the hiring by press release
at about 9 p.m., according to a high-
ranking university source who spoke
on condition of anonymity.
Barnes was expected to be formal-
ly introduced at a news conference in
Austin today.
The hiring of Barnes ends a search

; i ".

that began when Tom Penders, win-
ningest coach in Texas history,
rcsigncd April 2 aftcr a player revolt.
The search had focused on Utah's
Rick Majerus until Saturday. But
Majerus had always been a difficult
target because he makes roughly SI
million at Utah, and Texas athletic'
director DeLoss Dodds had said that
the basketball coach wouldn't make
more than new football coach Mack
Brown, who earns 5750,000 annual-
ly.

FILE PHOTO
The Michigan men's golf team is struggling as of late. The Wolverines finished ninth
out of 20 teams at the Marshall Invintational -17 strokes.behind winner Illinois.

was his third win of the year, which,
coupled with a second-place finish
rlier in the year and several top 10
rformances, puts him among some
of the top collegiate golfers in the
country.
"'This kid is one of a kind,"
Michigan coach Jim Carras said of
Harris. "He's impressed me like no
other player in a long, long while. If

spring and may never fully get out of
it," Carras said. "But I think we're
definitely progressing and I was
pleased with our improvement this
weekend."
Michigan travels to Columbus
next weekend for the Kepler
Intercollegiate, while the all-impor-
tant Big Ten Championships looms

at the beginning of May.
"Our main focus right now is to
prepare for the Big Ten since we are
just too much of a long shot to make
it to retionals," Carras said.
"We need to take advantage of
good weather, get some solid prac-
tice in, and find a line-up that
works."

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