2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - Monday, January 24, 2005
Dancers claim 10th in Florida tournament
Athlete of the Week
By Billy Heisler
For the Daily
They had each gone through it over and over
again in the hundreds of hours spent rehears-
ing. Every beat and every step was memorized
and programmed into their minds and bodies.
Yet their hearts were pounding, their breath was
quick, and beads of sweat dotted their foreheads.
The members of the Michigan Dance Team were
huddled up backstage, keeping loose and sup-
porting each other in every way possible. They
awaited their turn in the UDA College Cheer and
Dance National Championship in Orlando, Fla.,
on Jan. 15.
"This is the year that we are dancing from
our hearts and dancing how we want to dance,"
senior co-captain Katie Russell said to the team
as they waited.
When "The Victors" began to blast out of the
arena's speakers, signifying their turn to per-
form, it was time for the team to bring down the
Up on stage, the worries of rankings and
numbers simply evaporated into the heat of the
lights. The dancers were there to prove that the
years of undying devotion to their passion had
empowered them to improve as individuals and
as a team. They were there to embody Michigan
spirit and pride. But most of all, they were there
for each other. In the middle of the performance,
with their bodies in elegant and perfectly in-sync
motion, Russell shouted, "I love you guys!" This
love was shared by every member of the team,
along with coach Valerie Stead Potsos.
The Michigan Dancers placed 10th, finishing
above140 of the 150 teams competing, most var-
Name: Justin Laury
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Senior dancer Rebecca O'Brien had no
"We danced the best we could dance and
(wanted) to give the program a good name,"
In all, the National Championship competi-
tion pushed each member to smash personal and
team goals and to showcase the class and profes-
sionalism of the Michigan program.
"We cried tons of happy tears," Russell said.
The dancers are still red-hot. Stead Potsos has
been taking innovative steps to ensure that the
team remains on the cutting edge, and the danc-
ers have been putting in hours of hard work to
stay on top. They perform at every men's home
basketball game and will be performing their
award-winning halftime show when the Wolver-
ines take on Michigan State at Crisler Arena on
Why: Laury set a new Michigan all-around record with
a score of 56.050 against No. 7 Oklahoma on Saturday.
Laury came in first on the vault and second on both still
rings and high bar. The Wolverines also set a school
record for most points scored in a meet with 222.275.
1/26 W Tennis at Notre Dame
M Basketball at Michigan State
W Basketball at Iowa
W Swim/Diving vs. Notre Dame Ann Arbor
Wrestling at Wisconsin Madison
W Gymnastics at Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
Ice Hockey vs. Northern Michigan Ann Arbor
By Dan Ketchel
Daily Sports Writer
Down but not out. That is where
the Michigan women's swimming and
diving team sunk to over the week-
end. Visiting No. 23 Northwestern,
the Wolverines traveled all the way to
Evanston and then came out flat, los-
ing 168-132 - the first time they've
lost there since Jan. 27, 2001.
The Wildcats clawed their way
to victory on their senior night. The
win was long overdue for the team's
seniors who hadn't solved the Michi-
gan puzzle in more than four years.
For the No. 13 Wolverines, the loss
dims their chances of taking first in
the Big Ten for the second consecu-
tive year. In Michigan Jim Richard-
son's 20-year tenure, only once has
he led the team to a conference title
in a season with more than one loss.
Regardless, the Wolverines (3-1 Big
Ten, 3-2 overall) are still hopeful that
they can claim coach Richardson his
15th Big Ten championship.
"We're trying to focus on Big Tens,"
senior Amy McCullough said. "That's
our big meet that we put everything
into. We're hoping that pays off in the
end and that we'll be able to swim a
lot faster then. It's going to be inter-
esting to see how the team steps up
1/29 Water Polo vs. Colorado State
1/29 W Track/Field
at Michigan Intercollegiate
1/29 W Tennis vs. Alabama
1/29 M Swim/Diving at Ohio State
1/29 M Tennis at William and Mary
1/29 Water Polo vs. Indiana
1/29 Ice Hockey vs. Northern Michigan
1/29 M Track/Field at
Boston Indoor Games
Water Polo vs. UCLA
Water Polo vs. Slippery Rock
M Tennis at
Wrestling at Minnesota
M Basketball vs. Purdue
W Basketball at Wisconsin
McFarland not too
Keen on outcome
Sophomore Kaitlyn Brady captured the 50-yard freestyle title for the fifth consecutive meet in a loss to the Wildcats on Saturday.
at the end and how we come together.
It's going to be fun though. A good
hard-fought battle regardless of how
well it goes."
Most of Michigan's usual top per-
formers persistently attempted to
push their team past Northwestern.
Michigan sophomore Kaitlyn Brady
had a pair of first-place finishes, tak-
ing the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-
yard backstroke. Freshman Justine
Mueller continued her dominance of
the individual medley, taking first in
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the 200-yard event as well as the 100-
yard backstroke. But Mueller, couldn't
quite overcome Wildcat sophomore
Brielle Bovee, who beat Mueller out
in the 200-yard breaststroke and was
nearly uncontested in the 100-yard
Michigan sophomore Lindsey
Smith had a rough day in the pool,
coming up just short in both her two
individual events and the two relays
she competed in. Smith was bested in
both the 100- and 200-yard freestyles.
'Each time she came in a disappoint-
ing second to Northwestern freshman
Andrea Hupman, who held more than
a one-second margin in both races.
Hupman's relay teams also got
the best of Michigan, taking both
the 400-yard freestyle and medley
relays. The Wildcats, winning by
nearly two seconds, defeated the
freestyle team of Smith, senior Abby
Seskevics, McCullough and senior
Tracy Egnatuk. The medley team
of Mueller, freshman Valeria Silva,
Brady and Smith made more of a
stand. However, they were bested by
just .22 seconds.
McCullough, who had a dominant
year in her junior campaign, has been
nearly silent. McCullough showed
some life for the first time this season
after missing the first three meets with
mononucleosis. Gilliam, who planned
on flying out to Evanston separately
from the team, could not make it due
to the inclement weather. The veter-
an McCullough did her best to keep
Michigan afloat with convincing wins
in both the 500- and 1000-yard free-
styles, recording almost four-second
margins in each.
"Swim meets don't always go as
planned," McCullough said. "Last
minute, we had to change the lineup
around a lot, and I got moved around.
I was a little nervous, but I stepped
in anyway, and I did what I needed to
do to win the two events. It ended up
working out all right."
The backbreaker for the Wolverines
came in the butterfly events. North-
western took first and second place
in the 100-yard race and swept the
top three in the 200-yard race. Senior
Christy Olin and freshman Katie
Braun orchestrated the control over
the two flies. Braun stole the 100-yard
and Olin romped five seconds ahead
of the nearest Michigan finisher in the
The victory was the Wildcats'
third win this season over a ranked
opponent. Meanwhile the Wol-
verines have lost two to ranked
opponents. They hope to get some
revenge against Northwestern at the
Big Ten Tournament starting Feb.
16. In the meantime, Michigan will
have another shot at a ranked oppo-
nent when they take on No. 21 Notre
Dame at home in Canham Natato-
rium this Friday at 6 p.m.
By Mark Giannotto
Daily Sports Writer
"It was a .tough weekend for us,"
Michigan coach Joe McFarland said
about his team's struggles at the Cliff
Keen/NWCA National Duals in Cleve-
land this weekend.
After the Wolverines started off the
dual season winning six of their first seven
meets, they hit a collective bump in the
road this weekend.
No. 4 Michigan went 3-2 in the dual
meet tournament, with wins over Arizona
State, Hofstra and Penn State and losses
to Minnesota and Oklahoma. The Wol-
verines finished a disappointing seventh
place in the 16-team field.
Throughout the tournament, Michigan
was forced to forfeit the opening 125-
pound weight class due to sophomore Jim
Shutich's inability to wrestle according to
NCAA rules governing weight loss.
Unlike in their opening match against
Arizona State, where Michigan was able
to dig itself out of the hole created by the
loss in the opening bout, the Wolverines
could not come back against Big Ten rival
Michigan's dual meet against the
No. 8 Gophers started on a sour note
for the Wolverines. Not only did they
give up a forfeit at the 125-pound
weight class, but usual standout Mark
Moos was pinned in the 133-pound
"After 133, we put ourselves in a huge
hole, being down 12-0," McFarland said.
"We fought back though, to the point
where it came down to that last match".
That last match pitted No. 2 ranked
heavyweight Greg Wagner of Michigan
against No. 3 ranked Cole Konrad of
Minnesota. With Michigan down 18-16, a
win by Wagner would have given Michi-
gan the dual meet win.
The match was low scoring, with Kon-
rad picking up just two takedowns. Wag-
ner was unable to score many points from
the bottom position, which eventually
led to Konrad's 4-1 victory. The loss was
Wagner's first of the 2004-2005 season.
"Greg just didn't wrestle his kind of
match against (Konrad),"McFarland said.
"Greg is a real athletic guy, and he needs
to do things on the mat that will take
advantage of that athleticism. (Konrad) is
more of a push and shove kind of wrestler,
and he was able to get Greg to wrestle his
style. Greg just wasn't aggressive enough @
With the loss to Minnesota, Michi-
gan fell to the consolation bracket of the
tournament, where it seemed to turn its
fortunes around with a 19-18 victory over
No. 6 Hofstra.
Unlike in the Minnesota match, Wag-
ner was able to deliver in the final match
Michigan was down 18-13 going into
the heavyweight bout, and another loss
would have eliminated them from the
tournament. But Wagner put an end to
those thoughts with a pin over Hofstra's
Billy Simmons. This gave the Wolverines
the six team points necessary for a win.
Michigan's hopes of placing in the top
four of the tournament ended with a 24-
13 loss against No. 10 Oklahoma. Red-
shirt freshmen Josh Churella and Eric
Tannenbaum lost close matches to Teyon
Ware and Matt Storniolo,"respectively.
Churella was unable to get any points
from the top position, which is usually
his strength, while Tannenbaum could
not convert consistently from the neutral 0
"Individually, each person has certain
things that they need to improve upon as
well," McFarland said.
On a bright note, co-captains and 2004
All-Americans Ryan Bertin and Ryan
Churella finished the tournament with
perfect 4-0 records.
The Wolverines lineup was also miss-
ing a key cog this weekend - Willie Brey-
er was sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Breyer had been coming on strong as of
late with two victories over ranked oppo-
nents in the past two weeks.
"We're a little banged up, and we didn't
have a full lineup this weekend," McFar-0
land said. "The bottom line is that you
can't go into a national dual tournament
giving up weight classes. We need to get
healthy for next week, and, hopefully
we'll be at full strength."
Luckily for Michigan, it will have an
opportunity to avenge one of its losses
from this tournament next weekend when
it travels to Minnesota to face the Gophers
in a regular Big Ten dual meet. The Wol-
verines also face No. 13 Wisconsin on Fri-
day night in Madison.
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Senior Amy McCullough finished first In the 500-yard freestyle event this weekend.
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