The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 6, 2000 - 15A
*It's back to Big
Ten country for
y Rhonda Gilmer
7aily Sports Writer
When Tiger Woods steps onto the golf course a silent
hush descends upon the audience.
The simple touch of his club seems to draw spectators
in. Whoosh! His golf club spars through the air manifest-
ing a sound so unique that experts say no other golfer can
duplicate it or even touch the style Woods presents.
Although the Masters is this weekend too, the Michigan
women's golf team hopes to silence a crowd of its own
when it trudges into Big Ten country for the Indiana
nvitational in Bloomington. Indiana will host the invita-
tional that will pit the Wolverines against nine Big Ten
teams. After coming off three tournaments in warmer cli-
mates, the team must readjust to playing in the Midwest.
This weekend's meet is a 54-hole tournament and the
Wolverines who have traveled to Bloomington in the past
are up for the challenge.
On Saturday, the Wolverines will compete in a 36-hole
tournament, and they'll finish on Sunday shooting 18
holes. This is the seventh time that Michigan coach Kathy
Teichert has seen Indiana's course. Wisconsin, which fin-
10shed nine strokes under the Wolverines to win the Saluki
Invitational two weekends ago, will be Michigan's tough-
Kim Benedict, who led the Wolverines in the Saluki
Invitational, finishing fourth, eagerly awaits her opponents
and plans to pounce on them early.
"Our team practices hard by constantly doing drills and
shooting endless balls around the course," Benedict said.
Misia Lemanski, who finished sixth at Saluki, hopes to
thwart the competition by creating a defecit that rival
golfers will not be able to overcome.
"We need to try and outshoot the competition so it will
*e hard for them to follow our lead," Lemanski said.
Courtney Reno and Bess Bowers are also expected to
Rowers set for Big Ten
By Albert Kim
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan rowing team will kick
off the 2000 Big Ten season this weekend
in Columbus as it takes on No. 8
Wisconsin and No. 17 Iowa in a double-
The seventh-ranked Wolverines hope
to erase the bitter taste of last weekend's
disappointing fifth-place finish at the
San Diego Crew Classic, in which the
team admittedly did not bring its best
race. It was a wake-up call for the
women, and showed that this team still
has a ways to go.
"It was a good lesson we learned, we
need to work on our preparation going
into races," sophomore varsity transfer
Sophie Roberge said.
Will changes be made in response to
the team's performance? There will be
some, tinkering, but Michigan coach
Mark Rothstein feels the lineup wasn't,
and isn't, the problem.
"The lineup isn't really the issue right
now, we just need to perform better,"
It will be a tough challenge to get back
on the winning track for the rowers, as
Wisconsin looks to move up in the rank-
ings. As the preseason favorites to win
the first-ever Big Ten Championships,
the Wolverines know that Wisconsin will
be hungry and will come in with an
"We can't ignore Wisconsin, they'll be
giving everything," Roberge said.
On the national level, the Wolverines
fell two spots in the polls as a result of
their performance at the Classic.
Washington, the winner of the
Classic, took over the No. I ranking,
while defending champion Brown fell
to No. 2. National rankings aside, the
Wolverines just need to row well in
their next race,
"We have a long way to go to the
national championships. Right now the
Big Ten races are more important,"
This weekend will show many things
about this team. The team's maturity,
mental toughness and depth will be test-
ed, and it must step up to the challenge. A
key to a good season is a good start, and
that is what the Wolverines need.
"This weekend is important. We have
to step it up from now on," Roberge said.
Every team goes through a learning
and growing period, and it is still very
early in the season. The difference
between a good team and a great team,
though, is the leadership shown in times
of adversity. Do the Wolverines have that
quality? Only time will tell.
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play in person 20 times out of just 42
games. Not only that, they have hours of
film on the defenseman that they will
watch in the near future.
"The number one thing that goes into
this decision is how he sees himself as a
hockey player, how we see him as a play-
er and, 'Is he ready for the pro game as an
athlete?"' said Lombardi, who, in the
interest of both parties, cannot comment
specifically on Jillson until he has spoken
with the latter in person.
"Jillson has the potential to be a top
defenseman. That's why we recruited him
and we're very happy that he fell to us in
that spot. Now it's a question of where he
Berenson said fitting in is perhaps the
most crucial part of the decision that
Jillson will have to make.
"Playing in the NHL is a huge chal-
lenge and you'd better be ready' said
Berenson, a 17-year NHL veteran and
former coach of the St. Louis Blues. "I
broke in as a forward, but it's much
tougher to break in as a defenseman. In
fact, right now there are probably only 10
defensemen under 22. There's not a rush
and it's something Jeff can think about..
I'll try and give him good advice.'
In the end, it will be Jillson's decision.
"My parents always tell me that things
happen for a reason," Jillson said. "Right
now I'm just taking it day-by-day."
The Michigan women's golf team returns to the Midwest
this weekend at the Indiana invitational.
contribute and would probably not be far behind the com-
"It means a lot if we put our best foot forward and
induce a feeling of nonstop competition between not only
ourselves and the competition, but also individually to
improve our performance," Bowers said.
Jennifer Baumann and Trish Watkins want to make it a
race to the finish by hopping past golfers with their clubs.
"We're looking forward to this upcoming tournament,
and we hope to finish well as a team, and individually,"
Teichert expects the course to be challenging, but she is
eager to see how the Wolverines will fare.
"This tournament will give us an opportunity to see
where we stack up against other Big Ten teams," Teichert
said. "I hope they take their best game into the tourna-
ment, have confidence in their swings, and trust in their
abilities. The game is up to them and the key is to stay
mentally tough and focused."
Friends meant more tha
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on a Wednesday night? We'd all return
rom various reaches of campus and
meet in the living room to suffer
through ESPN-Plus announcers.
Had a late night on Saturday?
Making a noon tip-off at Crisler the
next day still went without saying.
You can sleep after the game.
My entire time here, I never had
to wake my friends up for a game,
tell them who we were playing or
tell them who won. I always kept up
with what was going on, and could
*ount on them to do the same. For
something that means as much to
me as Michigan sports, it was cru-
cial that I had people to share it
People to curse the NCAA every
time it hands Jamal Crawford a new
suspension. People to paint myself
with before the Duke game this year
in a shameless yet successful
attempt to get on CBS. People to
buy Michigan jerseys with on the
way to our first football game fresh-
man year, settling for a Wilson
knock-off brand to avoid having the
popular Scott Dreisbach version
from Nike that everyone else had.
(My friend bought No. 2 - he
was probably the first one on cam-
pus. I bought No. 33 and spent the
next three years trying to convince
the rest of my friends that Clarence
Williams was blessed with a Gale
Sayers-like ability to turn the cor-
But once I'm out of Ann Arbor,
I'll be in very different company. I'll
wake up on game day and wander
out to the living room, only I'll
probably be watching it by myself.
Or certainly not with someone who
cares as much about it as my friends
But I'll always be in touch with
these guys. And when I am, you can
bet we'll spend a good chunk of our
i the games
time talking about Michigan sports.
Even when we're dirty old men.
( Wow, that Kevin Gaines, Jr. is
even quicker than his pops. I know, I
used to watch his old man play years
ago. Stevie, stop putting potato
salad on grandpa's head...')
Some of the movies I play in my
mind will get a little hazy over the
years, especially as I advance fur-
ther and further toward that mild
and lovable brand of senility all old
men eventually attain.
But it won't matter if I can't remem-
ber the beginning, middle or even the
end of some of these motion pictures.
Because I'm always going to remem-
ber the audience I watched them with.
- Writing this column was the on/v
responsibility that Ands Latack has
had for the last two months. Now that
he, done with it, he probab/y won 't
know what to do with himself But he's
enjoyed writing and hopes that you 'e
enjoved reading. E-mail him at
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