2B -The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 8, 2004
Synchronized swimmers ready for nationals
By Chastity Roling
For the Daily
The Michigan synchronized swimming team
placed sixth overall at the North Regional Cham-
pionship in Columbus this past Saturday.
"We're going to the nationals," Michigan co-
head coach Rebecca Trombley said.
The road to this championship tournament was
not an easy one. Team practices are three times a
week for three hours each. Sophomore Ericka
Picciotto said that practice consists of laps,
stretches, land drilling and run through routines
in the water.
"Land drilling is an arm movement that corre-
sponds to leg movement done in the water," Pic-
ciotto said. "It's a way for us to practice our
routines outside of the water."
This technique allows the team to practice at
home and other places where a pool is not neces-
"The routines are set to music, so land drilling
really helps us concentrate on counting the move-
ments and staying on a steady beat before we
even get in the water," Picciotto said.
Sophomore Katie Davis, who is new to the
team this year, said training outside of the pool
includes "aerobics, workout videos and stretch-
es." These things help with flexibility when the
team is in the water.
"Synchronized swimming is not based on time
like competitive swimming," said Junior Kelly
Monahan, who swam competitively in high
"(When) you have six to eight people doing the
same routine in the water, you have to all be
doing the same thing at the same time," Monahan
said. "In competitive swimming, time was the
only obstacle to overcome."
Davis says that swimming and school take up
all of her time.
"I do not work as much and I cannot volunteer
anymore, because the routines are hard to learn,
but the coaches and my teammates work with
me," Davis said.
Monahan said that getting to know diverse
group of girls is a "growth on its own." People
from different regions of the U.S., different back-
grounds and different swimming experiences are
all welcome in this club sport. Considering the
fact that the team is rebuilding, Picciotto feels
there is opportunity for growth.
"I didn't swim in high school, so this team, for
me, is a nonacademic challenge that pushed me
to new heights," Picciotto said.
Synchronized swimming blends the flavor of
music, the flexibility of gymnastics, the leg
strength of dancing and the breath control of
"Swimming is a bond - we not only share our
friendship, but also out past experiences with one
another," Monahan said.
Michigan's synchronized swim team will host
the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming
Tournament March 25 -27.
"This tournament includes 30 schools and 300
athletes across the nation," Trombloy said. "We
have been planning on hosting this event for
about two years, and with the cooperation of
recreational sports and the help of Canham Nata-
torium facilities director Chris Onstead, this
event will finally happen."
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Who: Ryan Churella Sport: Wrestling
Hometown: Northville Year: Sophomore/Junior
Why: Churella claimed a Big Ten title in the 149-pound weight class at the
Big Ten Championships yesterday. Churella beat Penn State's Matt Stornio-
1o 5-0 in the final round. The Wolverines finished fourth overall.
Has the bubble burst?
Some Michigan basketballfans think it has, and they're hoping the Wolverines somehow win the Big Ten
Tournament. For others, there's still the possibility that other 'bubble' teams choke this week, allowing
Michig-an to sneak into the bracket. Here's how fourfellow bubble teamsfared last weekend...
SEATTLE (AP) - The Stanford
Cardinals never got a chance to pull
off another last-second victory.
The top-ranked Cardinals lost for
the first time this season Saturday,
falling 75-62 to Washington two
days after rallying to beat Washing-
ton State on a buzzer-beater.
"Nobody likes to lose, especially
when you have 26 wins straight,"
center Rob Little said. "We can't
always have a miraculous come-
Tre Simmons scored 16 points for
unranked Washington (17-10, 12-6),
enjoying its first winning season
"I said repeatedly that one day I
saw this coming," second-year
coach Lorenzo Romar said. "I didn't
know it would happen this year.
"I thought it would be great if we
could knock off the No. 1 team and
get into the tournament. It's awfully
exciting to be in this position."
Stanford was trying to become the
first Pac-10 team to finish a perfect
conference season. Instead it joined
Oregon State and Arizona as the
only teams to go 17-1. The 26-game
winning streak was the longest in
the Pac-10 since Oregon State won
26 straight in 1980-81.
Washington lost its first five con-
ference games, including an 85-72
setback at Stanford, and was in last
place in January. Since then, the
Huskies have won 12 of 13 league
games to claim second place. They
start four sophomores and a junior.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - No.
21 Kansas, victimized so many
times over the years at the Hearnes
Center, spoiled the final game at the
Freshman reserve David Padgett
scored with two seconds left and
Wayne Simien had 22 points and
seven rebounds in the Jayhawks' 84-
82 victory over Missouri on Sunday.
"To beat a team like this at the
buzzer, it's the best thing that's hap-
pened to me so far," Padgett said.
"Nobody's going to feel sorry for
us," coach Quin Snyder said. "I feel
bad for our seniors, and I think they
feel bad for our fans that we just did
not close this building's tradition
out on a winning note."
Snyder isn't sure what this loss
means to the Tigers' NCAA hopes,
although they now likely need a
strong showing in the Big 12 tour-
nament this week in Dallas. Mis-
souri is seeded sixth and will
Texas A&M in the first round on
"We've had our share of adversi-
ty," he said. "There is no answer,
except to pick up the pieces and go
down to Dallas and fight like hell."
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
ATLANTA (AP) - In the final
home game of his college career,
Marvin Lewis finally stood out.
He scored 16 of his 21 points in
the second half and tied a season
high with five 3-pointers, helping
No. 19 Georgia Tech hold off Flori-
da State 63-60 Saturday.
Adam Waleskowski and Anthony
Richardson each had 12 points for
the Seminoles (18-12, 6-10), who
lost their fourth straight and fin-
ished 0-8 on the road in the ACC.
Despite five victories over Top 25
teams, they likely need a run in the
conference tournament to qualify
for the NCAA tournament for the
first time since 1993.
"I knew going into the game that
as a team we were entering unchart-
ed waters with the importance of
this game," Florida State coach
Leonard Hamilton said. "There's a
certain mind-set that you have to get
into to win on the road. I was hop-
ing, with our backs against the wall,
we'd be able to find it."
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Fresh-
man Lawrence McKenzie hit a pair
of free throws with 21.4 seconds left
and Jaison Williams made a steal on
the next possession, helping Okla-
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Washington players celebrate after stunning Stanford with a 75-62 win yesterday.
Before this game, Stanford was undefeated.
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homa avert a loss that would have
been disastrous to its NCAA tourna-
ment hopes with a 46-41 victory
over Baylor on Saturday.
Oklahoma (18-9, 8-8) will proba-
bly still need a win or two in next
week's Big 12 tournament to clinch
an at-large berth to the NCAA tour-
nament. The Sooners, who will be
the seventh seed, will face Nebraska
in the first round.
The victory, however, showed just
how far the three-time defending
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During his match with Blevins,
Wagner let out a little of his frus-
tration by shoving his opponent off
the mat and into a wall. It only cost
him a point for unnecessary rough-
ness. In the consolation finals,
Wagner struggled and dropped a 8-
2 decision to Cole Konrad of Min-
"I got a few guys that just aren't
committing on their attacks and that
hesitation is costing us," McFarland
said. "It just cost Wagner that match."
Illinois, who sent two Michigan
wrestlers home without a title, con-
tinued to wreak havoc on the
Wolverine squad. The Illini bumped
Michigan out of the top three in
team scoring, making the Wolver-
ines' 96 points worthy of a fourth
Big 12 tournament champions have
fallen this season.
Baylor (8-21, 3-13) ends its
painful season here because of self-
imposed penalties stemming from
major NCAA violations under for-
mer coach Dave Bliss. The Bears
would've qualified for the Big 12
tournament had they been allowed
to go - a credit to first-year coach
The Bears almost pulled off its
biggest win of the year in the finale.
place finish. Iowa ran away with the
team title, with 129.5 points. Min-
nesota made a late push to finish
second with 124.5, and Illinois
dropped in right behind in third
"I was just a little disappointed
that we let third place slip away, but
I guess we just didn't do the things
we needed to maintain it," McFar-
land said. "I think we just have to
wrestle a little tougher at (the)
Freshmen Mark Moos and Nick
Roy also qualified for the NCAA
Championships in two weeks by fin-
ishing sixth and seventh, respectively.
"I lost a lot of close matches
where I was winning and I could
have done better," Roy said. "But
when you go to the NCAAs, it does-
n't matter what seed you are, it just
matters how 'on' you are."
Wizen you gotta
Illinois' Alex Tirapelle, top, takes revenge on Michigan's Ryan Bertin. At 157 lbs.,
Bertin beat Tirapelle to win the title at last year's NCAA Championships.
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