2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 15, 2004
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By Kevin Wright
For the Daily
What do stoners, dogs and a Frisbee disc have
Many students believe that Ultimate Frisbee
contains at least one of these three elements, and
the members of Michigan men's Club Ultimate
Frisbee team get fed up with all the preconceived
ideas people have about the sport.
Dave Collins and Nick Siovan - two of the
four team captains - want to end the stereo-
types and clarify the true elements of the game
of Ultimate Frisbee.
"All the time, I get people coming up to me
and asking if Ultimate Frisbee is the game with
the dogs," said Collins. "There are no dogs, no
holes and it's not just for stoners."
Ultimate Frisbee is a game played between two
teams with seven players on each team. The field
is similar to a football field with two larger end-
zones. At the start of a game, one team "pulls"
the disc to the opposing team at the other end
of the field. After a score, the team that has just
scored repeats the pull.
Overall, the goal of the game is to maintain
possession of the disc, drive down the field and
catch it in the endzone.
"All the players know the plays and know
where the disc is," said Slovan. "At the begin-
ning of a possession, the defense is stifling, and
the offense tries to break it open by throwing the
disc to people downfield."
Other nuances in the game include different
kinds of offensive and defensive strategies that a
team can use to gain an advantage.
"The offense stacks in the middle at the begin-
ning of a possession, and then they cut from the
stack," said Collins. "There are different kinds
of stacks - the iso, horizontal and vertical -
depending on what you want to do."
Since defenders can closely guard an offen-
sive player, a variety of throwing motions are
needed to advance the disc down the field. The
backhand throw is the most common throw in
the game while the forehand is used for quick
Another important throw - the hammer
- is the overhead throw used for throwing the
disc over the top of the defender. It is such a
valuable throw that Collins patented it "the
In the fall, the team holds seminars for new
players to learn the rules and techniques of Ulti-
mate Frisbee. During the recruiting process, Slo-
van and Collins look more for athletic students
than just for students who can throw a disc with
distance and accuracy.
"Throwing is the easiest part of the game,"
said Slovan. "You can teach someone how to
throw, but you can't teach athleticism. You need
endurance for running up and down the field
r the dogs
and good jumping ability to catch the disc over
While the fall season for the men's Ultimate
Frisbee team is just a warmup for the real season
in spring, the fall is used to integrate new players
into the system.
"The fall season involves getting the team to
come together," said Slovan. "We have to teach
the new players and bond as a team."
Throughout the fall and the spring, the team
travels to different tournaments. The Michigan
Student Assembly provides it with a $3,000 bud-
get, but it also has fundraisers to pay for tourna-
ment entry fees, food and gas.
Although the budget keeps it financially lim-
ited, the men's Ultimate Frisbee team still finds
a way to have fun.
"It's a great way to stay competitive," said
Slovan. "All but two on our team played varsity
sports in high school. Even though we came to
Michigan for the education, playing in a club
sport allows us to get our competitive fix."
In the spring, the season ends with sectionals,
and if the team wins, it advances to regionals. If
the team wins regionals it goes to nationals, the
culmination of the season. In five out of the last
six years, the team has gone to the national cham-
"We have a lot of returnees from last year,"
Slovan said. "This year I think that we can do
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By Dan Ketchel
Daily Sports Writer
Consistency. That's what the No.
17 Michigan women's swimming
and diving team (2-0 Big Ten, 2-1
overall) is all about.
Need proof? Look at its dual-
meet conference record over the last
four seasons. With the Wolverines'
126-112 victory over Ohio State this
weekend, they have now won 12
consecutive dual meets against con-
ference opponents. Their last loss
came on Jan. 18, 2002.
The Wolverines' latest conquest
came over rival Ohio State at Can-
ham Natatorium. The comfortable
victory marked the beginning of
their Big Ten dual-meet season,
which they hope to keep perfect for
the third consecutive year.
But Michigan has a very differ-
ent squad from last season, as it lost
a lot of experience to graduating
seniors. The Wolverines - who fea-
ture 14 freshmen on their roster this
season - have impressed Michigan
coach Jim Richardson with their
"I'm really proud of this team."
Richardson said. "I think that they
just have a lot of integrity in their
preparation. They're sticking to the
plan. We came into this meet want-
ing to be sure that the way we race
reflects the way we prepare. We pre-
pare really well, and I thought we
raced really well."
The meet was highlighted by
some impressive individual perfor-
mances for many young Wolverines.
Sophomore Susan Gilliam contin-
ued to blow the competition out of
the water single-handedly, taking
both the 500- and 1,000-yard free-
style races. Gilliam's performance
was particularly amazing in the
1,000-yard freestyle in which she
posted the second fastest time in
school history (9:45.89), finished
nearly 30 seconds ahead of the next
closest finisher and nearly two laps
before anyone else.
The Michigan 400-yard med-
ley relay of junior Carolina Sierra,
freshman Valeria Silva, sophomore
Kaitlyn Brady and junior captain
Abby Seskevics started off the scor-
ing for the Wolverines with a pow-
,erful first-place finish. The victory
was just the beginning for Brady
- the sprinter and backstroker led
1-2-3 Michigan sweeps in both the
50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard
"I know everyone's still a little
tired," Brady said. "This week has
been really hard -training, so it was
tough to go from that and then come
into this meet. But I think everyone
swam really well because we took this
meet pretty seriously."
Sophomore Lindsey Smith fin-
ished on top in both the 100- and
200-yard freestyle races. The fresh-
man duo of Justine Mueller and
Michelle Uhlig also finished first
and second, respectively, in the
200-yard individual medley.
With veteran divers, such as
senior captain Alexis Goolik, taking
a meet off and sophomore Ellen Van
Cleve performing a little below par,
the diving responsibilities fell on
the shoulders of the freshmen talent.
Up-and-comer Elyse Lee was the top
Michigan finisher, taking second in
the one-meter dive and fifth in the
The Wolverines will take a break
from dual meet competition this Friday
when they head to Bloomington, Ind.
for the Indiana Invitational.
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Wolverine sophomore Susan Gilliam won the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle races in this weekend's meet against Ohio State. Her
time of 9:45.89 in the 1,000-yard freestyle was the second fastest in Michigan history.
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