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12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Disappointed Wolverines finish in ninth

By Matt Kramer
Daily Sports Writer
This wasn't the way the Michigan golf team
wanted to finish its fall season.
The Wolverines struggled yesterday with
quick greens, slow play and long-par-fours as it
fired a two day total of 609 (304-305) to finish
tied for ninth place at the 24 team Tillinghast
Invitational in Scarsdale, N.Y.
Illinois won the tournament with a score of
17-over-par 577, three shots ahead of runner-up
Minnesota and 32 shots ahead of the Wolverines.
"I'm very disappointed in the way the team
played and the way we ended the fall season,"
Michigan coach Jim Carras said. "What hap-
pened to us over the past two days was typical of
our entire fall. We are not getting the balance in
scores that we need.
"One of our players will come in with a low
round and then follow it up with a bad round,
and that really hurts us."
After the first round on Monday was suspend-
ed by darkness, Michigan had to come out early
yesterday to finish its rounds before teeing off

again later to play the second round.
The Wolverines were led by senior Andy
Matthews who shot rounds of 72 and 78, 10
stokes over par.
Matthews finished tied for 28th individually,
12 shots behind medalist Geoff Lound of Illi-
nois.
Matthews was followed by sophomore Scott
Carlton (78-74-152), and seniors Andrew Chap-
man and Kyle Kilcherman, who both shot two-
day totals of 154.
After starting out the year strong with two top-
five finishes, the Wolverines have not been able
to shoot under 304 in its last four rounds of tour-
nament play. And rounds of 304 and 305 did not
make Carras happy.
"We should have shot under 300 in both
rounds," Carras said, "This was a very difficult
course to play, but shooting two consecutive
rounds over 300 isn't acceptable."
While this was the last fall tournament for
Michigan - which opens up the spring season
March 2nd and 3rd with the Wolverine South
Invitational in Savannah, Ga. - Carras still
believes that his team can compete with anyone.

"Well, we've dug ourselves a little hole and if
we want to make it to regionals we have to play
very well," he said. "But I haven't lost faith in
my guys.
"We just need to regroup, get back on track,
and be ready when early March rolls around."
How they finished
Michigan finished in a tie for ninth place out of
24 teams at The Tilinghast tournament held at
the Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y.
Here's look at the top-10 team scores for the
tournament.

FILE PHOTO
The Michigan women's swimming team will use this weekend's scrimmage to train.
Training a prioty
in weekend m-eets

Team
1. Illinois
2. Minnesota
3. Texas-Arlington
4. Penn State
Northwestern
6. Maryland
7. Indiana
8. Wisconsin
9. Michigan
St. John's

Total Score
577.
580
589
590
590
593
596
602
609
609

Shots over Par
17
20
29
30
30
33
36
42
49
49

By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
To be a part of the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team, one must
understand that practice never ends.
Even going into this weekend's
scrimmages against Harvard and

Michigan hoping for 'A' game on Sunday

By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
For the Michigan women's cross
country team, this is it.
Sunday morning, the squad will
compete at the Big Ten Champi-
onships at Illinois' Orange and Blue
golf course.
The 6-kilome-
ter race will serve
as an opportunity
for the Wolverines CHA
to prove that they Who: Michigan in the8
are part of the When: 10:45 a.m.
upper echelon of LatestYoung squad sh
teams in the con- Big Ten elite.
ference.
"This is our biggest meet of the
year," said Michigan coach Mike
McGuire.
Because Michigan is young and
lacks a strong front-runner to lead it,
the Wolverines should have their

hands full.
Michigan State and Wisconsin are
ranked 13th and 14th in the nation,
respectively, and are heavily favored
to finish one and two. That leaves a
five-team battle with Michigan, Pur-
due, Northwestern, Minnesota and
Penn State competing for the confer-
ence's third spot.

.MPAIGN
Big Ten championships
oots for top-3 finish among

"Our 'A' game
can get us third,
our 'A minus'
game can get us
fourth, and any-
thing below an
'A minus' game
puts us with five
teams in the

from its best runner of late, sopho-
more Lindsay Gallo.
Gallo finished tenth at the Wolver-
ine Interregional on Oct. 14 and has
been Michigan's top finisher in its
last four races.
"Gallo has been doing a good job
of leading us and I think she's capable
of a top-10 finish and maybe even
first team All-Big Ten," McGuire
said.
To make first team All-Big Ten, a
top-seven finish is necessary.
Michigan also needs big perform-
ances out of Jeanne Spink and Rachel
Sturtz.
Spink has been the Wolverines'
most improved and consistent runner
over the last month. Sturtz improved
tremendously over last season and
finished 16th at the Wolverine Inter-
regional.
A wildcard for Michigan will be
whether redshirt Freshman Andrea

Parker will be able to compete. She
has had an achilles heel problem over
the past couple weeks and has been
unable to run since the Notre Dame
Invite back on Oct. 5. But the team
does expect her to be ready to go on
Sunday morning.
Michigan expects the flat terrain on
the Orange and Blue Golf Course to
be an advantage. Because the course
should not pose any challenges to the
runners, they could post the personal-
best finishes that they are striving for.
"If the course is dry it will run
extremely fast," McGuire said.
Despite the teams that they will be
up against, the Wolverines should be
up to the challenge, returning to the
site where they won their first confer-
ence title 11 years ago.
"For us to be a top-three team we're
going to have kids come up with life-
time bests, and I think we'll be able to
do that," McGuire said.

now will make all the difference later.
"In all honesty, win-loss records
don't mean anything in swimming,"
Richardson said. "We were 4-5 last sea-
son and we still were Big Ten champi-
ons.
"We care about the national champi-
onships at the end of the year. So you
don't want to be swimming your best
times in October and November,
because if you are then you are in trou-
ble."
For their dual meets this season, the
Wolverines' times will be slower than
what one might expect. But in reality,
their Friday and Saturday meets will be
days five and six in their weekly train-
ing, meaning that they won't have the

Brown, the Wolverines will
only be concerned with how
they race and not the points
that they can earn.
While it is tough to grasp
that winning is not impor-
tant at this point, Michigan
coach Jim Richardson
knows that in the long run,
how his team conditions

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Who: Michigan
Harvard (0-0)
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few individual n
petitors over th

two days rest that most teams have.
"If you spend your whole time wor-
rying about dual meets and trying to
swim extremely fast in them, and you
do that instead of spending your time
focusing on the integrity of your train-
ing, you're going to be in trouble at the
end of the season; Richardson said.
Although'he and his team
" will not be concerned with
?oN the outcomes of the upcom-
(0.1) vs. ing scrimmages, they will
get some challenges, which
are always welcomed.
an will face a Michigan's first meet on
ationai com the weekend will pit senior
e weekend. against senior as well as
sophomore against sopho-
more. Senior co-captain Lindsay Carl-
berg will face the Crimson's All-Ivy
League swimmer Janna McDougall in
the 100-yard backstroke in what could
be one of the closest matches of the
weekend.
Michigan Sophomore Sara Johnson
will have to deal with one of Harvard's
best returning swimmers from last year
in the individual medley events, Katie
Wilbur. Wilbur returns for Harvard as
one of its best chances on the team to
earn a NCAA qualifying time in the
400-yard IM.
"We treat swim meets like high quali-
ty workouts," Richardson said. "And we
want to try to be as competitive as we
can be."
Michigan's
Webb set
for big one
By Daniel Bremmer
Daily Sports Writer

hopper," McGuire said.
Because of this log-jam after the
top two teams, Michigan will need to
run its best meet of the year in order
to finish in the top three.
This would include a top-10 finish

Led by two veteran seniors and a
world-class freshman, the Michigan
men's cross country team looks to
improve on last season's finish in the
Big Ten Championship.
"We were seventh last year and we
will improve," said Michigan coach
Ron Warhurst, who expects the team to
finish in the top three along with
favorite Wisconsin 'and rival Michigan
State.
Freshman Alan Webb - who many
consider the nation's best distance run-
ner - has won all three collegiate
races he has run. If the past is any
indication of what's to come, Webb
will have a strong showing this week-
end.
Seniors Mark Pilja and Mike Wis-
niewski have both been running well
and should strengthen the team's per-
formance. Pilja finished in the top five
in all his races this season, including
second-place finishes at the Wolverine
Interregional and the Great American
Festival.
Wisniewski's season has been high-
lighted by a second-place finish at the
Wolverine Invitational and a third-
place finish at the Wolverine Interre-
gional.
The Wolverines are familiar with
Wisconsin. On Sept. 29, Michigan ran
in the Roy Griak Invitational in Min-
neapojis. Wisconsin won the event
while Michigan placed seventh out of
36 teams. The Wolverines, however,
were without Webb.
According to Warhurst, the Wolver-
ines will need to run man-for-man with
Wisconsin in order to win the meet on
Sunday. If a Wisconsin runner places
first, a Michigan runner has to finish
second, and if a Wisconsin runner fin-
ishes third, a Michigan runner has to
place fourth. This pattern must contin-
ue through the top three runners on
both teams.
"We have to beat them with the
fourth and fifth men. They are critical
to the meet," Warhurst said.

Another critical aspect for the
Wolverines is the mental aspect.
"At this point it's probably 50 per-
cent in their heads," Warhurst said.
"Don't panic, and keep your compo-
sure. That's very important."
Above all, this weekend's Big Ten
Championship event will come down
to which team runs better on that given

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