The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - February 3, 2002 - 7B
Big Ten perfection
Late lead not enough
to keep Irish at bay
By Waldemar Centeno
Daily Sports Writer
Ohio State didn't spoil No. 4
Michigan's annual Senior Recogni-
tion Day, but Michigan's fantastic
freshmen sure did in the last 800-
yard freestyle relay - a matchup
of seniors and freshmen.
"The most exciting part of the
race was the last relay," head coach
Jon Urbanchek said. "We took the
freshman class against the upper-
classmen. Last year, the upper-
classmen got third at the NCAA
Tournament in that relay. So the
freshman class pretty much demol-
ished the third place team at the
Although Saturday's meet was
for the commemoration of Michi-
gan's seniors, the freshmen class
stole the day's spotlight. While the
seniors tried to trash talk the fresh-
men down during the final relay,
the freshmen prepared to send the
upper-classmen out as losers.
"This (victory) was for pride,"
Urbanchek said. "The freshmen
have been taking so much shit this
year from the upperclassmen. This
was the ideal way for pay back. It
kind of made me feel good because
they're young guys. Nevertheless,
when you're a rookie or a fresh-
man, you do take a lot of crap from
the upperclassmen. However, the
freshman class was able to carry
the team this year. They predomi-
nantly controlled our destiny."
Although the seniors rushed out
to an early lead, the confident
freshmen came back from a con-
siderable deficit and captured the
victory over the older generation
with a time of 6:36.86.
After beating the Buckeyes 161-
114, the Wolverines recognized
seven soon-to-be-graduates swim-
ming in their final dual meet at
Canham Natatorium. Justin Drake,
Ryan Earhart, Josh Hack, Tony
Kurth, Garrett Mangieri, co-cap-
tain Jeff Hopwood and co-captain
Heath Novak were all honored at
"I can't even describe it," Hop-
wood said. "The sheer camaraderie
with the guys that I met over the
last four years, who came in and
out of the program, is something
that I'll never forget. Those guys
will always be life-long friends.
The experience of competing on a
superb athletic team, such as
Michigan, is just unbelievable."
Leading Michigan (5-0 Big Ten,
8-2 overall) to victory over Ohio
State was the freshman Peter Van-
derkaay with an NCAA automatic
qualifying time in the 1,650-yard
freestyle. Just one second from
obtaining an NCAA qualifying
time in the dual meet win against
Texas, Vanderkaay swam with a
vengeance in his win against Ohio
Chris DeJong won both the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events en route to
Michigan's regular season-ending victory over Ohio State.
By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer
Last Saturday, before beginning its post-
season training, the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team suffered a
heartbreaking 153-147 loss at the hands of
The Wolverines were on their way to vic-
tory, winning four of the first five events
against a tough pack of Fighting Irish. But
they began to slip after Notre Dame's yicto-
ry in the 200-yard butterfly, and halfway
through the contest, the score was tied at
75. No. 19 Michigan (3-3) struggled to
keep up for the remainder of the meet, and
despite victories in seven events, lost to No.
18 Notre Dame by a mere six points
"We haven't beaten Notre Dame in
four or five years," Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said. "So we knew this meet
would be back and forth. Every swim
Michigan learned this lesson the hard
way. The swimmers went into the last two
events of the competition with an eight-
point lead, and let victory slip away. The
Fighting Irish's Marie Labosky edged out
Michigan's Sara Johnson in the 200-yard
individual medley. The Wolverines still had
a shot at victory if they placed first in the
200-yard freestyle relay.
Victory, it seems, was not in the cards for
Michigan, as it was edged out by a minis-
cule .3 seconds.
"We really thought we could win that
relay," Richardson said. "I really thought
we'd do it. But they had a great lead-off,
and we had a bad turn. We might've had it
if the pool was five yards longer."
Michigan's relay defeat came as a shock
"It was like we had cooked the dinner,
and set the table, and just as we were about
to sit down, they jumped in our chairs and
ate all the food!" he said.
This was a disappointing loss for Michi-
gan, but the meet did not lack outstanding
"I thought we competed better this week
than we did against Northwestern, even
though we won that meet,' Richardson said.
The Wolverines placed first in seven
events, including the 200-yard medley
relay, the 1,650-yard freestyle and the 200-
yard freestyle, and achieved several NCAA
One swimmer who attained her consid-
eration time was Junior Emily-Clare Fenn.
Fenn bettered her personal best this sea-
son in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a
"Emily has been very, very strong over
the past three weeks," Richardson said.
"She's been swimming the 1,650 pretty reg-
ularly, and hasn't had a bad race yet."
Wolverines Amy McCullough and Anne
Weilbacher also swam NCAA considera-
Junior diver Tealin Kelemen placed sec-
ond in the one-meter event, but still man-
aged to pull off an automatic NCAA
qualifying score of 267.52.
The Notre Dame dual meet brought the
Wolverines' regular season to a close and
marked the beginning of an 18-day break
before the Big Ten Championships. Cur-
rently, Michigan has its sights set on a peak
performance at Big Tens.
"Right now, we're resting and tapering,"
Richardson said. "I'd like to think that we
could get nine girls to the NCAA Champi-
onships. If we could do that, that'd be out-
State (1-2, 7-2) with a time of
"Peter Vanderkaay had the best
swim of the day," Urbanchek said.
"Even though he is a freshman, he
is now No. 2 going into the NCAA
meet behind Erik Vendt from
Southern California, who is the
returning NCAA champion."
Junior diver Jason Coben also
contributed to the team's effort by
once again winning both the one-
and three-meter diving events.
Coben scored a 332.4 in the one-
meter and 295.35 in the three-
Also, earlier in the week, Michi-
gan seized a victory over North-
western (0-4, 4-7) with a 153-132
win. Garrett Mangieri secured two
-wins against Northwestern in the
50- and 100-yard freestyles.
The Wolverines are now looking,
forward to the Big Ten Champi-
onships in Ann Arbor from Feb. 27
to March 1.
"This (meet) was the rehearsal
for the Big Ten Championship, and
I believe that we accomplished
what we set out to do," Urbanchek
said. "It was a learning and teach-
ing experience for this team."
Seminoles hand netters season's worst loss
Gal leads Michigan attack
By Brad Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
Florida State's Mat Cloer swept into
the Varsity Tennis Center yesterday
and taught Michigan's previously
unbeaten Michael Rubin a valuable
"If you give someone the opportu-
nities to strike, he is going to cash in
on you," said Rubin, the Wolverines'
top singles player with a 4-1 record
"(Cloer) played a little more offen-
sively than I did. I saw right away that
he was the kind of guy who would be
able to hurt you even if he was out of
position. He was able to change direc-
tions really well."
Rubin's loss was just the tip of the
iceberg. The Seminoles (2-0) beat the
Wolverines 6-1 yesterday, a day after
Michigan defeated Ball State at the
Varsity Tennis Center.
Florida State opened yesterday's
match by storming to the doubles
"We came out tiptoeing instead of
charging out of the lockerroom,"
Michigan coach Mark Mees said.
The Seminoles continued their
solid play in the singles portion of the
competition, winning all but one of
the six matches with Michigan sopho-
more David Anving being the lone
victor. Anving took his match 6-2, 6-4
over Seminole sophomore Chip
"We had some spots where we
played significantly better in singles,
but we got thumped pretty good in
others," said Mees.
On Saturday, the Wolverines (3-2)
notched a 4-3 comeback victory over
Ball State at home, a win which saw
junior Anthony Jackson take a tough
Jackson dropped the first set 3-6
but came back to win the final two
sets 7-5, 7-5, in a hard-fought
marathon that lasted nearly three
"He is a real competitive kid," Mees
said of Jackson. "One of the things he
has to do is define his style and play
his game regardless of what the score
is. He did a good job yesterday of
Michigan also struggled in doubles
play against Ball State, winning just
one of its three matches and surren-
dering the doubles point as a result.
The strong singles play of the Wolver-
ines, however, was the difference in
the victory over the Cardinals.
"We have been coming out a little
tentative at the beginning of the dou-
bles, and against good teams you can't
do that," Mees said. "You have to be
ready to match the intensity of the
other team. You're not going to be able
to back into any wins."
The coach stressed that the team
needs to serve better, return better and
improve their movement on the court
in order to turn its doubles play
Despite the tough loss to Flori-
da State, the Wolverines remain
"We are always going to go out and
improve ourselves", Rubin said. "We
are going to have to really play well to
come out with the wins."
By Jeremy Antar
Daily Sports Writer
Confident after a strong start to the 2003
season, the Michigan women's track and
field team walked into Eastern Michigan's
gym on Friday hoping for its second team
victory in as many meets. And that is what it
The Wolverines stampeded to victoryat
the Michigan Intercollegiate hosted by the
Eagles. Michigan placed first out of five
teams, finishing with 187 points.
The Wolverines had a monstrous day in
the distance events. Sophomore Lindsay
Gallo won the 3,000-meter run in her first
time running the event this season. But
Gallo was not surprised with her time
because she had been doing well in practice.
"I ran how I expected to run," Gallo said.
In the mile, freshman Katie Erdman and
sophomore Andrea Parker captured first and
second place. Erdman was happy with how
she and Parker ran.
"It was a good race for both of us," Erd-
In the 800-meter run, again, the Wolver-
ines finished in first and second place. This
time, senior Rachel Sturtz and sophomore
Theresa Feldkamp led the way, both running
season-best times. Feldkamp said she
wouldn't expect anything else than a first
place finish from Sturtz. While Feldkamp
was fine with finishing second, she certainly
will not become complacent. She has
worked hard in practice and she says that she
"expects to run better as the season goes on."
Following the trend in the distance events
was freshman Amy Barker, who won the
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