Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Download this Issue


Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

This collection, digitized in collaboration with the Michigan Daily and the Board for Student Publications, contains materials that are protected by copyright law. Access to these materials is provided for non-profit educational and research purposes. If you use an item from this collection, it is your responsibility to consider the work's copyright status and obtain any required permission.

March 09, 1999 - Image 8

Resource type:
The Michigan Daily, 1999-03-09

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

Scoroboard- A
NEA Portland at
BASKETBALL Vancouver, inc.
Philidelphia 89 HOCKEY
Atlanta 114, CAROLINA 4,
ORLANDO 110 Buffalo 1.
DETROIT 75, Florida 5,
Washington 71 MONTREAL 2
Chicago 76 Toronto 2 OT

Tampa Bay 3
Atlanta 9,
Detroit 7
N.Y. Mets 3,
Montreal 2
Cleveland 4,
Toronto 3

Sabr £ltchiuz tt

Tracking Daily contests
It's not too late to enter the Daily's NCAA Tournament
Contest and win 10 free pizzas from Pizza House! Just
fill out the bracket from yesterday's Daily and drop it.
off at 420 Maynard St. by noon on Thursday.
March 9, 1999

Wolverines take solace in NIT

Michigan's Tim
Sicillano and Jeff ,'K
Hopwood (right)
were named
1999 Big Ten
freshmen of the
'M'swimmiers should be pleased

By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON - There are two
distinct contrasts in life. The way things
should happen in theory and the way
things actually turn out.
The Michigan men's swimming and
diving team went to Bloomington with
the idea of taking first place in the Big
Ten Championships
and reinstating the SWIMMING
dominance it once
held over the con- Commentary
ference. --------
On paper, Michigan was supposed to
finish second to last year's champ
Minnesota. In reality, Michigan finished
a close third in a tight three-team race for
the conference championship - behind
Minnesota and new Big Ten and nation-
al power Penn State, which won the title
"We never really thought about Penn
State being a factor in this, but they
were, and they came out victorious; said
Michigan co-freshman swimmer of the
year Tim Siciliano.
In a meet filled with mishaps and odd
occurrences, it shouldn't be a surprise
that an upstart like Penn State would step
up and pull off the upset, even though the
Nittany Lions were supposed to finish
third on paper, possibly battling the
injury-riddled Wolverines for second.
"Not a big surprise," Michigan coach
Jon Urbanchek said. "We kinda suspect-
ed them all the way through the year."

Odd and out of place are better ways
to describe the events that led to Penn
State's rise and Michigan's worst finish
at Big Tens in 14 years.
Starting with the disqualification of
three teams in the 200-yard freestyle
relay, it was clear that this meet would
not go as scripted. was disqualified for
false starting and a probable 40 points
were taken away from the favorite.
Michigan and Penn State took advantage
of the mishap as the Lions took first in
the relay and the Wolverines took the
lead after the first day by 26.5 points.
But the oddities didn't stop after
Thursday. On Saturday, the third day of
competition, even more peculiarities
took place. In the 200 backstroke conso-
lation heat, the cable that holds the line
of flags over the pool snaped and forced
the race to be run again.4
Michigan didn't have any competitors
in the race, but the mishap forced the
timing of the meet off by half an hour.
The timing didn't affect Michigan's
divers as they took first, fifth and sixth
place in the 10 meter platform diving.
Ten meter diving is the equivalent of cliff
diving, making the dives more spectacu-
lar- and the back flops that a couple of
divers endured all the more painful.
But senior Brett Wilmot won the event
by launching himself off the platform
from a hand stand position and managing
to twist and turn his body a dizzying
mumber of times before slicing into the
water drawing a huge crowd response.

"It's a big relief," Wilmot said. "This is
my last chance to win a Big Ten
Championship. It was fun."
But the event was only an exhibition
and not scored. Had it been scored,
Michigan would have won the meet,
forcing Minnesota and Penn State into a
close call for second place.
Despite its effort, Michigan couldn't
get enough breaks to fall their way in
Bloomington. With the loss of freshmen
Jon Arndt (shoulder surgery) and Jason
Mallory (knee surgery) for the season
earlier this winter, Michigan entered the
meet at a disadvantage and with the
probable loss of at least 40 points
between them.
Add in that star senior Tom Malchow
was fighting a relapse of pneumonia that
prevented him from hitting his taper at
Big Tens (and limiting his use to what
Urbanchek called "sparingly") and
Michigan lost out on more points.
"I've got mixed emotions right now,"
senior Andy Potts said. "I'm real proud
of the guys and we fought hard. We did-
n't give up one single thing and we gave
them everything we had."
With the oddity of three teams vying
for the championship and all the injury
and illnes that have bitten the
Wolverines, they should be happy
with their placing. A break here or
there, or one more odd occurence,
could've made the difference between
the worst finish since 1984 and the
best since 1997.

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Writer
The magic number all season was
18. But with an early loss in the Big
Ten Tournament the Wolverines will
have to settle for 17.
Michigan women's basketball
coach Sue Guevara repeatedly
emphasized the importance of 18
victories to receive a bid to the
NCAA Tournament. But losing in
the second round of the Big Ten
Tournament left the team one win
away, but still in the postseason.
The Wolverines will travel to
Western Michigan on Thursday to
take on the Broncos in the Women's
National Invitation Tournament. This
is Michigan's first-ever appearance
in the WNIT.
Three Big Ten schools were select-
ed to the 32-team bracket. Along
with Michigan, Michigan State and
Wisconsin will also compete. But
unlike Michigan, Michigan State and
Wisconsin will host first-round
Michigan players said they do not
find it to their disadvantage to begin
the tournament away from Crisler.
"Sometimes, unfamiliar courts are
your best friends," freshman Alayne
Ingram said.
If Michigan defeats Western, they
will face the winner of the Michigan
State-Akron game. The Wolverines
may also face Wisconsin if both
teams make it to the third round of
the tournament.
The NCAA women's Tournament
selected four Big Ten teams to par-
ticipate. Purdue, the No. I team in
the nation, received a top seed and
Ohio State, Illinois and Penn State
also received bids.
The Wolverines were hoping for
their second-straight NCAA bid as

After Illinois sent Michigan home early from the Big Ten toumament, the
Wolverines accepted a bid from the WNIT and will face Westem on Thursday.

well. Last year, the Wolverines made
it to the Big Ten Tournament's semi-
finals, which earned them their sec-
ond-ever NCAA appearance.
"It's a little bit disappointing that
we didn't make it to the NCAAs,"
Ingram said. "We wanted to do what
the team before us did. But the
WNIT is a chance to keep on play-
Ingram's teammates share that
sentiment. They hoped their quarter-
final loss in the Big Ten Tournament
would not be their last chance to play

this season.
"I hope we can go on from her*
and get a couple more wins," senior
Ann Lemire said after the loss to
The majority of the WNIT games
take place next week, with the first,
second and third round games played
over consecutive two-day spans. The
finals take place on March 23, with
the site and time not yet determined.
This year will mark the first°o
back-to-back postseasons for the

Joltin' Joe has left and gone away
After long battle with cancer, Yankee great DiMaggio dies at age 84

Do you have a
We need you! Measurement Incorporated is an
educational testing company that hires hundreds of
people each year to hand-score tests. Bachelor's
degree in any field required. Paid training provided.
Scorers are hired per project. Projects usually last 3-6
As a reader/evaluator, you will work in a professional
but relaxed atmosphere with many interesting people
from around Ann Arrpsilanti area. We employ a
diverse group of individuals which often include new
college graduates, retired persons, and teachers
looking for supplemental income.
Day shifts - 8:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday
Evening shifts: 5-10:15 p.m. Monday - Friday
$8.50 per hour
734) 528-3468
y;lnt, MI Call For Application

There's a whole world
out there!
Explore it with Contiki-
The #1 tour for 18-35 year olds

These prices do not include taxes
and are land only.
Council on International
Educational Exchange
1218 South University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 134-998-0200

Associated Press
Joe DiMaggio, the elegant Yankee
Clipper whose 56-game hitting streak
endures as one of baseball's greatest
records, died yesterday at his home in
Hollywood, Fla. Joltin' Joe has left and
gone away, as the song said, at age 84.
DiMaggio, who underwent lung can-
cer surgery in October and battled com-
plications for weeks afterward, died
shortly after midnight, said Morris
Engelberg, his longtime friend and attor-
At his bedside were his brother,
Dominick, a former major league out-
fielder; two grandchildren; Engelberg;
and Joe Nacchio, his friend of 59 years.
A funeral will be held Thursday in his
native Northern California, with burial
to follow in the San Francisco area.
"DiMaggio, the consummate gentle-
man on and off the field, fought his ill-
ness as hard as he played the game of
baseball and with the same dignity, style
and grace with which he lived his life,"
said Engelberg, DiMaggio's next-door
During his 99 days in the hospital,
DiMaggio suffered several setbacks

from lung infections and even fell into a
coma briefly, but he astounded his doc-
tors by repeatedly bouncing back.
When DiMaggio left the hospital Jan.
19, he was invited by New York Yankees
owner George Steinbrenner to throw out
the ceremonial first
ball at the Yankees'
home opener April
9. After DiMaggio
came home from a 4
the hospital, a sign
was placed on his
bed saying "April 9
Yankee Stadium or
Bust." DiMagglo
Ste inbrenner
said today he visited a weak but alert
DiMaggio five days ago to remind him
of the invitation.
"He just smiled," Steinbrenner said.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig
said DiMaggio, as the son of an immi-
grant, "represented the hopes and ideals
of our great country."
"I never saw a player who was as
graceful. The was an aura about him that
was amazing. I idolized him. He'll
always be my all-time favorite," Selig
The Hall of Fame flag in
Cooperstown, N.Y., was lowered to half
staff and a wreath was placed around
DiMaggio's plaque. U.S. flags at Yankee
Stadium, including one at Monument
Park in left field where another plaque

honors DiMaggio, were also at hal
The New York Yankees' center fielder
roamed the basepaths for 13 years
through 1951, missing three seasons to
serve in World War I. During that time
he played for 10 pennant winners and
nine World Series champions, batted
.325 and hit 361 home runs.
More than anything it was The Streak,
during the magical summer of '41, that
riveted a country fresh from th
Depression and elevated him from base-
ball star to national celebrity.
He ascended even higher in popular
culture in 1954 when he wed Marilyn
Monroe, a storybook marriage that
failed all too quickly and left him bro-
kenhearted. For years after she died in
1962, DiMaggio sent roses to her grave
but refused to talk about her.
His swanky swing and classy counte-
nance inspired wistful lines in literature
and song, including Paul Simon's
lament to lost heroes in "Mrs.
Robinson" from the movie "The
Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
Joltin'Joe has left and gone away.
His legend stands shoulder-to-shoul-
der with the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou
Gehrig and very few others who could
measure up to them on the sports scen
this century.

0e o

Wing It!At



1220 South University

+ . * ~ .

J -

25C wings
.9 7 /Ditrhar



9' Eli

Back to Top

© 2024 Regents of the University of Michigan