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10 - The Michigan Daily - January 22, 2003

When man falters, Blue plays zone

By Gennaro Filice
Daily Sports Writer

Michigan junior Erica Walls spans her arms mid-stroke as she competed in the 100-
meter butterfly against Toledo on January 10.
Speed not the only thing
needed to swim for M'

By Steven Shears
Daily Sports Writer

Similar to the University's ideal, the
Michigan women's swimming and div-
ing team strives to attract well-rounded
students. In addition to fast times, there
are other abilities the typical high school
All-American needs to have to compete
for the Maize and Blue.
The 2003 recruits - Kaitlyn Brady,
Susan Gilliam, Lindsey Smith and
Anne Stein - compose Michigan's
fastest group of incoming freshmen in
recent years. But more importantly,
coach Jim Richardson says they are not
just swimmers - they are true "stu-
"I recruit people who are highly
achievement-oriented, very driven, and
they have goals for themselves both in
the pool and out of the pool," Richard-
son said. "Then we look at character and
that they're not one-dimensional. They
must be leaders and have a high level of
responsibility. We have a very strong
philosophy here."
Even if athletes are not the best swim-
mers that Michigan can recruit, Richard-
son still considers their other qualities
with equal importance.
"Certainly, -they have to be fast
enough to swim in the Big Ten, but
we'll look at kids that aren't extremely
fast or haven't swam for a great pro-
gram, and give them a chance to walk
on," Richardson said. "As long as they
think academics are important. If they
don't, she and I are going to have a
Many on the team understand that
they have little chance of making a
career out of the sport, so succeeding in
academics is an important goal for them
- it is included in their team mission
statement every year.
In fact, Richardson even allows some
members of the team to miss praotices
in order to keep up with their classes,

Who: No. 19 Michigan (1-0 Big Ten, 2-2 overall
vs. Northwestern (1-3 Big Ten, 6-3 overall)
When: 2 p.m.
Latest: After loosing three straight dual
meets, the Wildcats have rebounded to win
their last three.
which is almost unheard of with other
varsity programs.
"We have a swimmer that doesn't
practice on Tuesdays," Richardson said.
"She goes to class 9-5, so Tuesdays are
awful for her. I'm not going to ask her to
work out in addition to that workload.
It's better for her academically."
Brady, Gilliam, Smith and Stein are
no exception to Michigan's standards.
Brady is a three time All-American
who holds four Delaware state records
in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, the
100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard
Gilliam, who competes for the Bolles
School in Jacksonville, Fla., is one of the
first Michigan swimmers to come from a
southern high school. She has the sec-
ond-fastest high school time in the 500-
yard freestyle, and has led her school to
12 consecutive state championships. She
is also a three time All-American.
Smith is a versatile swimmer, and
Richardson said that she is willing to do
whatever the team needs her to do. She
holds the Michigan state high school
record in the 100-yard freestyle.
Stein was on the U.S. National Junior
team, and is currently ranked 23rd in the
world in the 1,500-yard freestyle with a
time of 16:37.51. She is also an All-
Of course, the records and statistics
are important, but Richardson values the
responsibility, intelligence and character
of the new recruits just as much.
The team's average GPA is a 3.1,
which Richardso ,say-is higher than
the University's average.

In the majority of her seven years
at Michigan, coach Sue Guevara
has kept her defensive strategy
plain and simple: The Wolverines
start off the game in man-to-man,
then when tired, turn to man-to-
man, and during the stretch run, uti-
lize a healthy dose of man-to-man.
At times, the zone has made a guest
appearance when defending an out
of bounds play, but it quickly disap-
pears when play settles and the
Wolverines have had a chance to
switch back to their patent man-to-
In Sunday's 71-68 victory over
Indiana, Michigan snagged 12
steals and produced 20 Hoosier
turnovers - relatively normal num-
bers for the Wolverines' pressure
man. Only one problem: For much
of the game, Michigan wasn't run-
ning its bread and butter.
"They had been struggling from
the floor, so in order to make that
difficult for them, we stuck with the
1-3-1 zone until they figured it out,
and then we switched to a 2-3
zone," Guevara said.
1-3-1? 2-3? What about M-A-N?
"You don't want to be too pre-
dictable all the time," Guevara said.
The Wolverines have diversified
their once man-heavy defensive
approach, hoping to rattle opposing
teams with a foray of defensive sets.

"I know as a point guard you
always have to read the defense, and
if we keep switching it up on them,
it takes them more time to get in
sync," freshman point guard Rachael
Carney said. "We can throw them
off guard a little bit, which is what
we are really looking to do."
The Wolverines have especially
taken a fondness to the steal-friend-
ly 1-3-1.
"It's a different look for us," Gue-
vara said. "With our 1-3-1, I think
it lends us to trapping a little bit
more. We've got decent size to run
it, and the kids really like it."
Guevara is keen on how much
ground the 1-3-1, a very wide-
spread defensive set, covers
"If you've got big kids with long
arms, it looks like it's going to take up
the whole half court," Guevara said.
Although Carney, who has started
at point guard for the last two
games, is just in her first year with
Michigan, she is a seasoned veter-
an, Guevara says, in the Wolver-
ines' favorite new set.
"Rachael Carney ran a 1-3-1
when she was in high school, so
she's very familiar with it up top,"
Guevara said.
Senior captain LeeAnn Bies sup-
ports Michigan's varied defensive
gameplan because it gives the
Wolverine's more flexibility.
"It makes us very adjustable and
adaptable in a game situation," Bies
said. "If a team is pounding it down

low, then we can go zone and sag it
in, or if they're hitting from the out-
side we can switch it up, and we're
not stuck in a defense."
Look for the Wolverines to incor-
porate their new defensive attack in

games against Northwestern tomor-
row and Penn State this Sunday.
"We're going to try and mix it up
a little bit- change up what zone
we're running, and play some man,"
Guevara said.

Michigan's Niki Reamas (24) knocks the ball loose from Indiana's Cyndi Valentin
(3) on Sunday, January 19. Michigan won 71-68.

Boyle's near record drives her for lucky 13

By Jeremy Antar
For the Daily

At the Michigan Quad last Saturday, freshman
Elizabeth Boyle came as close as you could possibly
come to clearing 13 feet in the pole vault. Although

she didn't quite make it, Boyle has over-
come much higher obstacles to get
where she is.
Boyle was a gymnast for 11 years
while growing up in Northbrook, Ill.
Then one day in the summer between her
freshman and sophomore years in high
school, her uncle suggested she give
pole-vaulting a shot.
"I fell in love with it after my first try,"
Boyle said.
That fall, Boyle retired from gym-
nastics and joined her high school's

Who: Michigan
Simmons Invita
When: 9:30 a.m
Latest: Freshma
vaulter Elizabet
made an impac
meet last week
she nearly hit 1

Instead of giving up on the dream, Boyle vaulted on
the men's track team during her sophomore and junior
years. But she knew something was unfair about that,
and she intended to do something about it.
Along with another family, the Boyles then peti-
tioned on the basis of Title IX that pole vault be insert-
ed into women's track in high schools
throughout Illinois. In the middle of her
OR junior year, Boyle got a call that she
U ILDING would never forget. A call informing her
hosts Red that pole vault was going to become an
tional event in high school women's track in
n. and noon Illinois. Boyle was ecstatic.
an pole "It was so great for all the girls in
h Boyle Illinois, not just me," Boyle said. "By
t in her first having girls pole vault, everyone was
end when given a chance."
3 feet. For now, Boyle is enjoying her time at
Michigan. She has great relationships
with both Michigan coach James Henry and her pole.
vault coach David Woolley.
"They're both great coaches" Boyle said.
Boyle is very happy with the team as well. She loves

the fact that she gets to practice with the girls, unlike
many times in high school when she would be practic-
ing on her own.
"It is so nice to have people to train with,"
Boyle said.
Boyle had already set a new school and building
record for the vault when she cleared 12' 6" on Jan. 11.
Her attempt at 13 feet last Saturday was so close, only
those in attendance could truly appreciate it. For some
athletes, this might lead to a great deal of frustration
and possibly a setback in their work ethic, but not
Boyle, as she remains optimistic.
"It will happen when it's supposed to happen," Boyle
said of hitting 13 feet.
As for the future, Boyle, like everyone in track and
field, someday hopes to compete in the Olympics.
But she does not like to look too far ahead. She
remains focused on what she needs to accomplish
every day.
"I'm taking it one step at a time' Boyle said.
Henry believes that Boyle will be able to be
successful not only in the Big Ten, but on-a
national level as well.

track and field team. There was just one problem:
The women's track team at New Trier High School
(and other high schools throughout Illinois) did not
have a pole vault event.

creative arts workshops
Michigan League - Winter 2003

Beginning Knitting
Section A: Wed: Feb 5 & Feb. 12, 6-8pm, Room 4
Section B: Wed: Mar 5 & March 12, 6-8pm, Room 4
Fee: $ 15.00 (per two sessions)
This workshop will teach you the basics of knitting.
It will cover lessons on how to make scarves or
hats. Make something "handmade" for your loved
ones and friends by joining this workshop. Or learn
the skills to join the U of M Knitwit that make hats
for those in need. Supply cost is $15.00 and avail-
able from the instructor.
Catherine Rector, instructor.
Charcoal Drawing
Thurs: Feb 6 & 13, 6-8pm, Room D
Fee: $ 15.00
Discover how to develop sensitive drawings that
express moods and mystery. Special attention will
be given to opposing elements e.g., light and
dark, negative and positive space, to create
strong compositions that have unity and move-
ment. Participants will create drawings through
experimentation on different types of papers,
using several types of charcoals and techniques.
No experience necessary. Supply cost is $ 5.00
and available from the instructor or bring your
own charcoal and a 9" x 12" or larger sketchbook.
Janet Kohler, instructor.
Portraiture Drawing
Wed: March 19 & 26, 6-8pm, Room 4
Fee: $ 15.00
Capturing the essence of a person in a portrait is
a wonderful and fulfilling achievement. But how
do you go about it? In these sessions, you will
learn how to construct the head and
successfully establish proportions. Learn how to
draw with color and you'll tap into the power
that your favorite medium can provide. Bring a
large sketchpad, or plain paper, and pencil, or
charcoal, or pastel. Nancy Weiss, instructor.

Basic Drawing
Thur: March 20 & 27, 6-8pm, Room 4
Fee: $ 15.00
How do you make an object or a shape recede
or come forward in space? Discover techniques
to unlock your creativity and imagination while
developing your eye-hand coordination in a fun
and relaxing environment. Gain a greater
awareness and understanding of the basic
elements and formal techniques of drawing. No
experience necessary. Bring a sketchpad (9 x 12
or larger), soft pencils (type: HB, 2B or 6B) and
kneaded eraser. Janet Kohler, instructor
Drawing Flowers in Pastels
Wednesday: April 2 & 9, 6-8pm, Room 4
Fee: $15.00
Do you have some drawing experience and want
to learn how to draw with pastels. Then, this
workshop is for you. Learn the techniques of using
pastel medium while you enjoy drawing flowers in
the middle of winter. Participants will do
preliminary sketches before drawing in pastel.
Realistic drawing skills will be taught but
expressiveness and creativity will be encouraged
as well. Supply cost is $ 6.00 and available from
the instructor. Kathleen Amaru, instructor
Creative Designs in Color
Thursday: April 3 & 10, 6-8pm, Room 4
Fee: $15.00
Enjoy creating nature designs while you learn
about different approaches to design using
colored pencils. The instructor will supply a variety
of nature forms for inspiration but participants are
encouraged to bring their own as well. Partici-
pants will do designs at first in pencil from the
actual nature subject, their own drawing of
nature, or nature photographs. Finished designs
will be in colored pencil. Beginning drawing skill
recommended but basic drawing techniques will
be reviewed. Supply cost is $7.00 and available
from the instructor. Kathleen Amaru, instructor

Stop by the Michigan League Programming Office (First floor of the Michigan League)
and fill out a registration form. All classes are $15 each. Please make checks payable
to the Iniversitif AAchinnn



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