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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 19, 2001 - 7B



'M' netters prosper.,

in doubles, win 6-1


b ..


National loss salvaged by conference title

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports W\rr

By Steve Jackson
Daily Sports Writer

Both Jen
posted lifet
race for M

LONG ISLAND, NY -- After 14 win the co
straight years in the top 15, many ninth place
would view 18th place as a disappoint- Unfortu
ing showing for the Michigan wumen's the entirer
swimming team, but nc t coach Jim those two p
Richardson. Crisman
"Anywhere in the top 20 is good for ranked fifth
pis beam," Richardson said. "Maybe 50 free and
could have done better, but I like But shef
the way we finished." either one
The last day of competition provid- respectivel
ed the team with some long awaited her three-y
success. Richard
In an amazing upset performance, that kept th
freshman Emily Fenn became the finish - a
Wolverines' only All-American with a ence meeta
sixth-place finish in the I,650-yard "We fin
freestyle. bunch of ti
Fenn dropped 11 seconds off of her "But thoset
previous personal best with a time of "We don
16:18.87. that's okayN
Because she was seeded 18th corn- The tear
ing into the event, Fenn competed in ther deple
the ┬žecond of four heats, and could medallist,S
only'watch the final race and hope that to sit out th
her time would hold up. ailing shou
Fihally, more than 40 minutes after But even
she emerged first from the pool, Fenn gan was f
realized that her time was good season, not
enough to stand on the winners' podi- a 13th Big
0n,. "We allr
"It's just a shock right now," Fenn Big Ten's.I
said after the race. "This will keep me Sugar said.
mostjyated for months and years to hard to swi
corr1e." "I'm no
1Tbe freshman Fenn may have been happens he
theAII-American, but the Wolverines' they did a
senior captains saved their moment in said.
the; sun for Saturday evening's finral "That w
event, the 400-yard freestyle >ckix. team accor

n Crisman and Missy Sugar
time-best splits in their final
ichigan - good enough to
onsolation heat and secure
nately for the Wolverines,
meet didn't go as well as
particular races.
entered the championships
h in the country in both the
the 100 backstroke.
failed to reach the finals in
finishing 12th and 13th,
y. The performance ended
ear run as an All-American.
son pointed at two things
is team from another top-15
n emphasis on their confer-
and a lack of star power.
ished in the top 10 here a
mes". Richardson explained.
teams were top-heavy."
n't have superstars here, but
with me."
n's upper echelon was fur-
eted when Olympic gold
Samantha Arsenault, opted
he championships to rest her
without Arsenault, Michi-
ocused from day one this
on the NCAA final, but on
Ten title in 15 years.
realized that we tapered for
That was our goal all year,"
"And when you do that, it's
im well again here."
t going to let anything that
ere detract from the great job
at Big Ten's," Richardson
vas the truly great thing this
mphished this year."

The Michigan wome~i's tennis
team went to Marquette looking to
improve to 5-6 following its come-
back win over Western Michigan.
The Wolverines started off by
winning the doubles point and then
five of the six singles matches,
defeating Marquette 6-1.
This is Michigan's second win
since endinga stretch where it faced
five ranked opponents.
"We had a bad streak, but it feels
great to get two consecutive wins,"
junior Jen Vaughn said. "We are at a
crossroads in our season. Coach
(Bitsy Ritt) has talked a lot about
coming together as a team and
everyone fighting for every point."
The Wolverines gained confi-
dence from their win last week,
when they were able to win all the
singles points.
The ability to win long matches
would be crucial against the Golden
Eagles. Michigan would need to
persevere through several three-set
matches on Saturday.
No. 2 Chrissie Nolan's opponent,
freshman Genevieve Charron, won
the first set by hitting a lot of base-
line winners. In the second set,
Nolan adjusted and moved up to
play the net. The more aggressive
style allowed Nolan to control the
remaining sets winning the match 4-
6, 6-3, 6-2.
"I couldn't be cautious so I tried
to take the match to her," Nolan
said. "Also, I didn't let her take

advantage of unforced errors. I took
control of the third set immediately
and that made a huge difference."
This was the second three-set
match she has played this week and
her fifth of the year, three of which
she has won..
"As a freshman playing one and
two singles, everyone I face is'
tough," Nolan said. "But I had won
in three sets against Western just-a
few days earlier so I knew I could
do it again."
Since being paired tip in San'
Diego, Nolan and fellow freshman
Kavitha Tipirneni have played four'
doubles matches together. Saturday
was their third win, 8-4,
Alison Sinclair and Szandra,
Fuzesi picked up the other win in
the doubles matches, securing the.
doubles point for Michigan.
It was the fourth doubles point
the Wolverines have picked up this'
After capturing the meet's oper-
ing point, Joanne Musgrove made
quick work of her opponent, putting
the team up 2-0.
On three occasions, Michigan"
split before winning the third and'
decisive set. It was the second con.-,
secutive match the Wolverines have>.
played three three-set matches and,,
come away with victorious in all of
"We have a really positive atti-
tude and winning convincinpl.v
helped our con fidence," Vaughn,
said. "We got two points really
quickly and won all three three-set


Spartans and Illini
continue to- dance


Freshman Emily Fenn is the only Wolverine to take home All-America honors.

By Steve Jackson
Dai).ipors inWrtcr
ni rtood wvaving to the Lor
wi ers' podium, smiling I
go:sui t.
Tose colors and that si
a ornia flans.
titalie Coughlin, thc NC
Year, had j.lst finished her
mabic fashion.
iree individual events.
'Three NCAA records.
A'Vo individual America
Arnercan records in her rela
tfhis was without questi
Sfc' Coughlin said.
tUnfortunately, the eye;
loomd so kindly on the Caiil
gtck in March of 1999, d
hi school. Coughlin ton
>tt hurt after practice, but
ofit" said Coughlin who ha
?ose; Z
State' players were dancin
buzzer, having jolted NorthC
with one of the biggest upse
NCAA tournamienL
The- 82-74 victory came agai
* Is team that advanced to
Four last year and sent the Nitta
to the round of 16 for the first ti
Titus Ivory and Joe Criss
scored 2 1points for seventh
Penn State (21-11). Gyasi Clin
added I() points.
TEIPLE 75, FoRnIA 54
NEW ORLEANS - -- Templ
freely admit it takes them years
out coach John Chaney'sf
With only one day to pie
something it had never seen,
stood'no chance.
Temple frustrated the Gator
renowned matchrrp zone and, b
shooting of Quincy Wadley a
Gree,'r won 75-54 yesterday in
end round of the NCAAN South
4EMPHIISenn. - ier
much N Michigan State didn't do
terday, and that's why the de
national champion is in the rou
for the fourth straight year.
The top-seeded Spartans (2
eight-players score six or more1

h o n o s CH NCE LOO dribbles the all uIp the court s
ria freshman awarded top honors E F lackadaisically you'd think re
Continued from Page 1B was a third period awaiting.
(Stanford, Arizona, UCLA and And then there was Boston Co"-
record in the 100-yard backstroke during her sopho- said. "But because that time period was so hard for Southern Cal), the Big Ten proved lege, whose Sweet 16 hopes were
more year: "I woke up in the middle of the night and rme, I could really have cared less. I was the only one to be as top heavy as its AP rank- thwarted by their own niathemati-
it was throbbing. By the next day at practice I who didn't make it that wasn't crying." ings. cal deficiencies. Behind by threp,,
The nation's best swim- couldn't even lift my arm" Coughlin was anxious to start over with a clean Victims of three major first-round the Eagles attempted both a layup,
ig Island crowd from the It sounded like it was time fOr a doctor and some slate at college. But the trainingi methods at Califor- upsets, only Michigan State, Illi- and a dunk as the clock expired. It
proudly in her blue and rest, but Coughlin wasn't about to get out of the water. nia were a little hard for her at first. nois and Penn State remain. stymied the bejesus out of every-
"I thought it was just regular shoulder pain, the "They brotighit in this stroke guy, Milt, and he just The conference slipped a notch one, in c ludin g two BC gurards
mile were designed for kind every swimner has" Coughlin said. "So I con- had us floating and doing basic stuff for the first cou- from the previous two years, but perched behind the arc, f'rantically
tinued to train on it, which was really stupid." pe weeks," Coughin said. "I learned to swini all depth should return with teams like calling for the ball.
C'AA's Swimmiier of the Three weeks later she finally gave in and went to over again." Purdue, Minnesota and (dare we DA I i t nAsK ETBA L. WRITERS'
comeback story in dra- get an MRI. Diagnosis -torn labrum. Once she got the techniques down, Coughlin was say) Michigan able to mix it tip B ACKETs: Watching good picks
Coughlin rested for a short spell, before returning a force to reckon with everywhere she went. again next year. turn sour because teams can't fin-
to the pool again" and tearing herself right back But in the back of her mind, she was always wor- Besides, if the Fighting lllini and ish off their opponents is thorough-
down. ried that she woud hurt herself again. Spartans can both reach the Final ly frustrat ing. lona, Ark ansas
an bests and two more "It was really hard for me emotionally," Coughlin Thien came the NCAA Championships, and all her Four, no one will remember that Indiana: For shame!
ys. said. "It set me way back." fears were swept away in the moment. Ken Johnson was schooled by On the plus side, the Daily's pr-
on the best meet of iy The full rehabilitation process lasted into the sum- "I feel really good now;' Coughlin said after her Demitrius } ill reincarnate in a season Final Four picks remain
mer of 2000. final individual race. "There hasn't been any pain." Utah State uniform. largely intact. Duke, Arizona and
of fate have not always ActiveCare in San Francisco, a popular treatment After setting four American and two NCAA Ciuic IPERFORMANCES: Down Maryland (our pick for national y
fornia freshman. center for the NFLs Oakland Raiders and Sari Fran- records in Long Island, Coughlin has earned the by one with three seconds remain- champion) are all alive and thriv-
buring her junior year of sicso 49ers, helped get Coughlin into racing shape in respect of'the swimming commrnity. ing, Wiscon s in's Mark Vershiaw ing. Our fourth pick - NIT firs
re a tendon in her left time for the Olympic trials. "A Natalie Coughlin only comes around once misses two free throws, handing round loser Seton Hall - is tb
She had her best finish -- fourth - in the 200- every five or six years" said Indiana Coach Dorsey the game to Georgia State. With hockey beat's fault. We grantit"
t I didn't think anything meter individual medley Tierney, the Big Ten's Coach of the Year. "You're eight seconds remaining and Vir- them one selection and they bl ,
ad already set a national "I didn't have a good meet at trials," Coughlin seeing something special." ginia trailing Gonzaga, also by a it.
point, The Cavaliers' Roger Mason Buncha amateurs.
and U NDiscover how to incorporate your international interests into your career
at the University of Michigan and beyond!!
- Penn right after the Itish had taken a 55-54
g at the lead -their first of the second half--Ino t a l
Carolina on Ryan Humphrey's 10-footer.
ts in the Jason Flanigin's foul shot with two +
seconds to go iced it for the third-seeded
nst a Tar Rebels, who have advanced farther thanids
the Final any other Mississippi team after being
ny Lions picked last in the SEC West.
ime since GoNZAGA 85, INriANA S rwi 68
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Gonzaga was
pin each trailing Indiana State by three points in .0F
i-seeded the second half Yesterday when Dan
ne-Hleard IDickau prulled up for a quick 3-pointer
that banged off the rim. 1
Mark Few, Gonzaga's coach, had seen Tuesday, March 20,11am-3pm, Pendleton Room, MI Union
e players enough.TapR
to figure ie imrediately called timeout anddn
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Florida Gonzaga beat No. 13 Indiana Sta
S with its ARIZONA 73, Buti ER 52
eehind the KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Arizona
ind Lynn answer for Butler's disciplined style
the sec- play was defense. All over the floor,4
Region- the time. On the inside and at t-
Slrn. 65 And in the second half, the Wildcat
e wasn't talent was too much for the tenacio
well yes- Bulldogs.
efending Arizona got balanced scoring, stron
nd of 16 rebounding and the tough defense
needed and pulled away for a 73-52 vi
6-4) had tory in the Midwest Regional.
points in ILiNsois 79, CHARnGoTE 61




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