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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 12, 2001- 78


e All-America honors
S e n io r Katie Jazwinski reached All-
America status Friday after
shine alt- competing in the 5,000 meter
s ines at event. This marks her first
appearance at the NCAA indoor
championships. She is also a
nationals two-time Ali-American in cross

Men dF apponted
with NCAA meet

Freshman diver Cobe n
qualifies for NCAAs



By Rhonda Gilmer
Daily Sport Writer

Time flies.
At her- first NCAA Indoor
Championships, senior Katie
Jazwinski came away an All-
American. She was also the only
Michigan women's track team mem-
ber to compete in Fayetteville, Ark.
in the championship last weekend.
In addition to her two All-America
awards in cross country, Jazwinski
has finally proven herself as an All-
American for indoor track.
Running in the 5,000-meter event,
Jazwinski ran a personal best, fin-
ishing seventh with a time of
This earned her two points -
enough for All-America status, an
award only given to the top eight
runners in the nation.
"Overall I'm happy to qualify for
nationals and be at this meet for the
first time," Jazwinski said.
Jazwinski described the 5,000-
meter run as a "strange race." The
competition was rough and the run-,
ners went out fast right from the
But the race was not run with an
even-pace. Competitors took the
lead, dropped back, then caught up
again - it was anybody's race.
Despite the varied influence of

other contenders, Jazwinski was able
to shift into her own gear and pull
out a good finish.
"I just wanted to make sure I did
my best," Jazwinski said. "I gave it
my all and raced the best I could on
that day."
Prior to the meet, Jazwinski was
ranked 15th in the nation for the
5,000. She provisionally qualified to
run during the Big Ten
Championships last month. There,
she also qualified for the 3,000
meters as well.
After a great stint in the 5,000
meters on Friday, Jazwinski felt
drained for Saturday's 3,000-meter
run. She came out ready to go, but
had pushed her body too much the
day before.
"Every race is not exactly what I
want it to be," Jazwinski said. "I can-
not predict what other girls who are
on my caliber or a higher caliber will
do. I just go with the flow and try to
race my best."
Jazwinski finished 15th in the
3,000 with a time of 9:42.34. she
bested her national ranking coming
into the meet by two spots.
Jazwinski attributes her success
partially to her coaches.
"They have all really helped me to
come where I've gotten and continue
to help on the road to success,"
Jazwinski said.

By Shawn Kemp
Daily Sports Writer
Three members of the Mitt higan
men's track team had high expects tions
entering this past Friday night a t the
indoor NCAA Championships s in
Fayetteville, Ark.
But neither Charles DeWildt, I 'Wike
Wisniewski or Ike Okenwa came. t-lose
to accomplishing the goals they sex for
While Okenwa's primary goad was
to advance to the; finals in the :200-
meter dash, he failed to make it o sit of
the first round of'preliminaries, run-
ning 21.82 to finish third.
In the week before the n h -et,
Okenwa reflected on his perform, ,nce
from last year's outdoor NCkA
"I expect to do a lot better tt an
nationals last year," Okenwa sa id.
"Because last year was the first yea ar,
you're just walking around with ya ur
eyes wide open, just seeing all i of
"This week, I'm more focused, as id
I'm going in there determined as helL. I
plan on placing real high"
Coach Ron Warhurst said in onrd r
for Okenwa to advance to the final he it
of his event, he would have to run hi s
season's best. Okenwa's time at th
national meet was .88 seconds off hi 3
season's best, 20.94, an indication (t f
why he didn't advance to the finals.
Wisniewski, an All-American in thE
10,000-meter run at last year's outdo s
NCAA Championships, felt he could

finish in the top 10 of the 5,000-meter
run this past Friday.
"I'll have a good race if I just get
into the race and compete,"
Wisniewski said prior to the meet. But,
he added, "You never know how you're
going to feel when you get out. You
could be in the best shape of your life,
but some days you just don't have it."
Perhaps Wisniewski predicted his
own future, as his time of 14:30.25, 25
seconds slower than his qualifying
time, placed him 16th and out of con-
tention for All-America honors.
DeWildt, a pole-vaulter, set out to
finish in the top three, as he jumped a
lifetime best 17-9 one week before.
"The top eight are All-American,
but I think I can do a little better than
that," DeWildt said before the meet.
"This will be the toughest competition
I've had, and I can jump higher - I
still have a lot of room."
But DeWildt's effort of 16-10 placed
him a disappointing 10th in the meet.
All three of the athletes have com-
peted in the outdoor NCAA
Championships, but none have ever
made it to the indoor national meet.
"Everything is experience when you
get to this level - you have to keep
cool heads," Warhurst said.
Although the three did not attain the
goals they set for themselves prior to
the meet, the national experience they
gained will help them in their outdoor
The Wolverines will begin their out-
door season March 24 in San Diego,
Calif. at the Aztec Invitational.

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer
"It went so well, I even surprised
myself," Michigan freshman diver
Jason Coben said.
Coben gave an impressive show-
ing at the NCAA 'Zone Diving Meet
this weekend in Bloomington. He
earned one of six spots in the NCAA
Championships (March 22-24 in
College Station, Tex.) by taking sec-
ond place on the one-meter spring-
board with a score of 300.90.
"I think the reason I did so well
was that I had the attitude that 'I
might not make it,"' Coben said. "I
just went out to have fun."
Coben placed fifth in the three-
meter dive and then toned his routine
down for the 10-meter platform hop-
ing to rest his injured elbow.
The injury, which Coben
described as "a bruise or stress frac-
ture," forced him to withdraw from
the final event of the Big Ten
"It's doing better," Coben said. "I
will give it some rest and I should be
good by the time we go to Texas."
In Texas the stakes will be higher
for Coben.
"It's going to be tough for him;'
Michigan coach Dick Kimble said.
"He doesn't have that big time expe-
rience yet. But if he dives as well as
he did this weekend he has an excel-

lent chance of getting to the finals."
But Coben wasn't the only
Wolverine in attendance. Two men-
ber's of the women's diving team
also competed in Bloomington:
Tealin Kelemen and Kelly Vander
Kelemen, another freshman sensa-
tion, posted her best marks in the three-
meter, where she took tlth place.
"She didn't do as well as she. is
capable of," Kimble said. "But she
was fantastic for us all season."
Vander Kuyl came very close to
qualifying on the platform, where
she finished fourth.
"This was really good for her,"
Kimble said. "She loves the tower, and
she was really close to making it."
The Michigan women's swim-
ming team will compete without
any divers this weekend at the
NCAA Championships in Long
Island, N.Y.
Following the NCAA meets,
Coben is tentatively scheduled to
compete in the U.S. Nationals, which
determine the American representa-
tives for the Goodwill Games and
the World Championships.
"Right now I need to concentrate
on school," Coben said. "If I keep
my grades up, Coach Kimble and I
will go."
The national finals take place
April 17-22 - right at the beginning
of final exams.




myn Michiia:

Notre Dame sweeps 'M' tennis



By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer
NOTRE DAME - The Michigan
women's tennis team (3-6 overall) was
expecting a tough match at Notre Dame
this weekend. What it got was a tutorial
on how to play intelligent power tennis.
Michelle Dasso, arguably the best
player in the nation led the experience-
laden, eighth-ranked Fighting Irish to a
-0 victory over the Wolverines while
:'only losing two sets in the entire match.
"(As a team), they hit with a ton of
pace on the ball," Michigan coach Bitsy
Ritt said. "They control the points and hit
the ball hard. When that happens you feel
a lot of pressure from your opponent"
Notre Dame's power was able to force
Michigan to make errors and take bad
shots, putting the Fighting Irish in a bet-
*r position to win points. Acting as fur-
ther incentive to make quick work of
Michigan was Notre Dame's desire to
start its spring break as early as possible.
"Tomorrow, we leave for Miami so we
are excited and we wanted to leave on a
good note, Dasso said after the meet on
,aturday. "We were much more relaxed
because we don't have school this week
and I think that is why we played so well."
Freshman Kavitha Tipirneni, who was
placed in the top spot in the lineup after
e Northwestern match, has played well
ince ascending to the position despite
her 3-5 dual-match record.
She continued to play well against
Lasso and against a lesser opponent
probably would have won the match. But
Dasso, a senior who will likely turn pro
after this season, was in control of the
match from the start. She refused to let

up and looked in control even on the
points she lost - winning 6-1, 6-1.
"I was trying to stick to her forehand
and using a couple of drop volleys,"
Dasso said.
Dasso was unsure whether or not she
was going to play on Saturday due to an
ailing back, but decided to play after
warming up.
Her back prevented her from playing
with as much power as she normally
does and, consequently, hit a lot more
drop shots than she would have had her
back been feeling well. At times, this
gave the impression that she was toying
with Tipirneni, Notre Dame coach Jay
Louderback said.
"That is as smart of a match as I have
ever seen her play, Louderback said.
Dasso played with ease and seemed to
always be at the ball half a step to a step
before the ball arrived, giving her time to
set herself and hit the ball -- often to a
spot where Tipirneni would have to run
all-out to reach the ball.
When playing from the baseline,
Dasso had Tipirneni running back and
fourth and prevented her from putting

pace on the balls she was able to hit.
"She was balanced on the court a d
didn't give me any points," Tipirneni.
said. "She was consistent with her pla
and nothing came easy. Her techniquj :
was stable and everything was in sync .
She is at the level I want to be."
Dasso's control on the court and of het'
racquet were evident with her placement
and use of the drop shot. Almost con-
sciously deciding to end a volley, sho
would use just the softest touch to dead. -
en the ball, leaving it in a spot th& t
Tipirneni could not hope to reach.
"I am in good shape and am pretty
quick on the court but she was a little bit
quicker and that made a huge differ-
ence," Tipirneni said. "But I love playing
people like that. It is hard to learn on the
court but when you look back in retro-
spect you realize that you really can
learn a lot from these type of matches"
With Kim Plaushines out with a
bruised hip flexor, senior Alison Sinclair
played her first match since the season
opener on Jan. 19, against Bowling
Green. After winning the first set, she
lost the match 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Losing streak
Over Michigan's current six-
match losing streak it has played
five teams in the top 35 in the
nation, 3 of which are in the top
20. Over that stretch, Michigan
has only won four out of its 33
singles matches.
Kavitha Tipirneni 1-5 3-6
Chrissi Nolan 0-6 2-7
Jen Vaughn 0-6 3-5
Szandra Fuzesi 4-5 1-5
Kim Plaushines 0-4 2-4
Joanne Musgrove 2-3 5-3
Alison Sinclair 0-1 1-1
Tipirneni-Vaughn 0-4 2-5
Nolan-Sinclair 0-1 2-2
Fuzesi-Plaushines 1-6 4-5
Duprez-Vaughn 1-1 1-1
Nolan-Musgrove 0-3 0-3
Nolan-Tiperneni 1-1 1-1

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