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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 11, 1999

Blue track teams
open on the inside

By Jol Snyder
For the Daily
Michigan has become nationally
renowned for its athletic prowess in vir-
tually every sport. The men's and
women's track and field programs have
0e)9lne no exception.
Last year was highlighted by Kevin
Sullivan, Michigan's star miler, who
won the national championship in that
eveni. Sullivan led the team to a sixth
plih finish in the Big Ten's indoor sea-
son.,But the women's team surely was
not about to be done last season by the
men.-It has dominated Big Ten compe-
tition, finishing first overall as a team,
aria succeeding in nationals with a fifth
pla& finish there.
"Tils built high expectations for 1999
indotfr season, and both the men and
the women started that campaign
Saturday as they hosted the Wolverine
Invitational.
The meet was held at the Michigan
Track and Tennis building, as Michigan
playdd host to five other schools. The
widearray of schools gave the athletes
a chance to compete against athletes
they wouldn't regularly see.
"The meet was a great starter for the
teatn," freshman Jeremy Schneider
said. "It's something that could lead us
into the season with a positive attitude."
Saturday marked the beginning of an
extremely promising campaign for
many athletes, as they hosted Eastern

Michigan, Washtenaw Community
College, Toledo, Aquinas, Central
Michigan, Western Michigan and some
unattached runners.
The women's team has extremely
high expectations. They return three
All-Americans - Nicole Forrester,
Elizabeth Kampfe and Katie McGregor
- from last year's team, and its hoped
the trio can help replace all-everything
Tania Longe.
On Saturday, -the women's squad
proved to be up to the challenge.
Forrester set an NCAA provisional
record with her high jump of 5-foot-9.
Although the meet was a non-scoring
event, the women finished first in 11 of
the 14 events, clearly dominating the
rest of the field. Junior Maria Brown
won both the 60 and 200-meter dashes.
This Saturday, Michigan will see
some conference action against
Michigan State, Kansas and Indiana.
The men's team also had a great deal
of success. The athletes received a great
deal of competition in many events
from the unattached participants.
Schneider commented that team felt as
though they "ran well and were happy
with the results" of the non-scored
event.
Returning All-America junior Jay
Cantin (800-meter) and Steve Moffat
(600-meter) both won their events in
the invitational. They were Michigan's
only victors in the individual events.

LOUIS BROWN/Da
The Michigan women's swimming team fell to No. 16 Tennessee, 186-109. The time zone changes from practices In Hawaii may have been a factor for the women.
Tankers fall to Vols despite first finishes

By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Writer
This past weekend, the women's
swimming team traveled to No. 16
Tennessee for its first dual meet of
1999. Despite first-place finishes by
junior Shannon Shakespeare and
freshman Kerrianne Kalbko, the
Wolverines were unable to pull out a
victory, falling with a score of 186-
109.
The biggest problem that the
Wolverines faced in the meet was
fatigue, due to a hectic schedule
from last week.
The team returned from a train-
ing trip in Hawaii just in time for
the start of classes, worn out and rid-
dled with jet lag.

Just a few days later, it had to
make the trip to Knoxville to take on
the Volunteers.
"We hadn't got over the time
zone change and were still very tired
from the trip," Kalbko said.
The lack of rest and fatigue prob-
lems were evident in Michigan's
swimming as many of the swimmers
posted times below what was
expected. The meet, however, did
allow the Woverines to work on their
stamina.
"The meet gave us a chance to
swim tired," freshman Andrea Kurrle
said. "Now when we swim in the Big
Ten championships and NCAA
championships we'll be more pre-
pared to know how it feels."

Kalbko finished second in the
200-yard butterfly and along with
Kurrle and senior Cathy O'Neill led
the Wolverines to a 1-2-3 finish in
the 400-yard individual medley.
"It was a longer event that we had
to swim when we were tired," Kurrle
said. "It showed that our hard work
(in Hawai'i) paid off."
Shakespeare won the 100-yard
freestyle, finished second in the
100-yard breaststroke, and placed
third in the 100-yard butterfly. She
also led the 400-yard freestyle relay
team to a first place finish.
"I definitely made some
improvements over the trip to
Hawaii and saw it in my times,"
Shakespeare said. "But there is still

room for improvement."
Even though the Wolverines did-;
n't perform as well as they may have
liked and didn't post the times that
they were capable of, they found
other aspects of their swimming had
improved.
"We did well coming off of the
training trip in Hawai'i," Kalbko
said. "My times didn't improve
because I was tired, but I did see
improvements in my swimmin
technique that didn't show in m
times."
Michigan returns home this
weekend to face Purdue on Friday
afternoon at Ann Arbor Huron High
School before traveling to Georgia
on Saturday.

f:

Netting singles Snow say
Next up for the Michigan
men's tennis team is the By Joe Michelotti
Big Ten Indoor Singles For the Daily
Championsips. Tennis can be played on a number of
different court surfaces. Unfortunately
The Wolverines hope to for the Michigan men's tennis team, ice
rebound from a subpar per- and snow is not one of them.
formance last season. Just like the sun the past week, the
The three-day event begins tennis team did not show up.
Friday in Madisont Scheduled to compete in the
Milwaukee Tennis Classic this past
weekend, the team decided to stay
home in Ann Arbor, rather then risking
life and limb on slippery highways.
"We were supposed to drive and we
felt that is was not worth the risk for us
to try to get to Milwaukee:' Michigan
coach Brian Eisner said.

s no to men netters

prise week off, the team had two-a-day
practices and organized an informal
intrasquad singles tournament.
"It was important for us to get our
strokes back after the long holiday
break and the intrasquad tournament
helped us accomplish that," freshman
Ben Cox said "It was also real good to
get our competive juices flowing
because we have Big Ten Indoors next
week"
Despite weather problems and the
absence of the Wolverines, the
"Classic" was still held.
Set up in NCAA Tournament style
one-loss format, the Milwaukee event
usually makes for exciting tennis.
"We were dissappointed we were not

able to make it," Cox said.
The Wolverines will need get over
their disappointment quickly, because
one of the most important events of the
tennis season, the Big Ten 'Indoor
Championsips, is this weekend at
Wisconsin.
The singles championship provides
the players their last look at the individ-
ual tournament frame for the season.
Aloha-bound: "We're going to
Hawai'i," said Jennifer Vaughn.
While the men toil in the winter won
derland that is Madison, the Michigan
women's tennis team will make the
journey across the country to the
famous vacation paradise. Aloha
Hawaii, aloha snow.

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