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2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 31, 2005

CLUBSPORTSWEEKLY
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Athlete of the Week
Name: Emily Brunemann
Team: Women's Swimming and Diving
Hometown: Crescent Springs, Ill. Class: Freshman
Why: In her first collegiate performance, Brunemann won
hands down in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Her time of 16:48.41
allowed her to set the NCAA "B" standard. The second-
place swimmer finished at 18:04.34.

By Eileen Hengel
Daily Sports Writer
Junior Christina Falcone always knew that she wanted to visit Hawaii some
day. She had just always imagined that she would be visiting for longer than.
three days.
Some would claim visiting Hawaii is a childhood dream, but Falcone's dream
is not the visit but rather the reason for the visit. From Nov. 18-20, Falcon, a
member of the University's sailing club, will compete in the Inter-Collegiate
Sailing Association's annual Vanguard Single-handed North American Cham-
pionships in Honolulu.
This will be Falcone's third visit to the Vanguard, which took place in Florida in
2003 and Minnesota in 2004. She placed l1th out of 16 in 2003 and 14th in 2004.
In order to qualify for the tournament, Falcone won the Midwest's Single-
handed Championship in October at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
First stepping on a sailboat at age 10, Falcone began sailing competitively
soon thereafter. Not necessarily the most popular of sports for the average 10-
year-old, Falcone found in sailing what she had always wanted: an opportunity
to compete.
Attending eight-week courses at the Bay View Yacht Club in Detroit from
eight in the morning until five at night, Falcon admitted her summers since then
have consisted of sailing.
"Each week we had regatta against the other students at camp," Falcone said.
"I learned to love the competition that sailing offered."
But Falcone's competition at the Vanguard will be much different from
the rivals she faced at Bay View Yacht Club. Falcone will be sailing against
varsity teams, particularly those from the East Coast such as Harvard, Yale

and Dartmouth, all of which enjoys the perks of varsity status the least of
which is coaches.
"I will probably be the only person at the Vanguard Regatta without a coach,"
Falcone said.
With only club status at Michigan, the sailing team consists entirely of stu-
dents from the University, from the president to the secretary. And with each
new year, a new set of students fills in the spots left by the students who graduat-
ed. The constant fluctuation causes difficulties in stability that many club teams
do not understand. There is no coach to ensure that the team will survive.
Practicing three times a week in Dexter, 30 minutes from campus also causes
commuting difficulties for the team, not to mention Michigan's winters and the
tendency of the lakes to freeze.
Much like Falcone, the team consists of members that have been sailing since
a young age and for whom the thought of quitting is unthinkable. The atmo-
sphere on the team offers members an opportunity to not only sail but also to do
so without the pressures of winning.
Falcone admits that sailing in the Olympics is not one of her life goals.
"I hope to go on sailing for the rest of my life," Falcone said. "But I
don't want to sacrifice my sanity for it. Many of the women I will com-
pete against (at the Vanguard) have Olympic campaigns, making sailing
their life."
The race will consist of 15 short, 45-minute races, in a three-day period off
the coast of Oahu, specifically, Waikiki Beach. Each competitor will receive a
new boat and will put it together on the dock to ensure equality.
"Much of my success will depend on the wind," Falcone said. "And considering
my size (5-foot-3), if the wind is strong, the race will be more difficult for me. But
if the wind stays moderately clam, I have a good opportunity to do very well."

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'M' SCHEDULE
Date Event Location
11/1 W Basketball vs. Athletes in Action Ann Arbor
11/3 W Soccer vs. Penn State Ann Arbor
Big Ten Tournament
11/3 W Tennis at ITA National Columbus
Championships
11/3 M Tennis at ITA National Columbus
Championships
11/4 W Soccer if necessary Ann Arbor
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
11/4 Field Hockey at Iowa Iowa City
Big Ten Tournament
11/4 Volleyball vs. Minnesota Ann Arbor
11/4 M Soccer at Ohio State Columbus
11/4 Ice Hockey at Notre Dame South Bend
11/4 W Tennis at ITA Indoor Columbus
Championships
11/4 M Tennis at ITA Indoor Columbus
Championships
11/4 W Tennis at Thunderbird Tempe, Ariz.
11/5 Ice Hockey vs. Notre Dame Ann Arbor
11/5 W Rowing vs. Eastern Michigan Belleville
11/5 W Swim/Diving vs. Georgia Ann Arbor
11/5 M Swim/Diving vs. Georgia Ann Arbor
11/5 M Basketball vs. Grand Valley State Ann Arbor
11/5 Volleyball vs. Iowa Ann Arbor
11/5 W Tennis at Thunderbird Tempe, Ariz.
Invitational
11/5 W Tennis Columbus
at ITA National Indoor Championships
11/5 M Tennis Columbus
11/5 Wrestling at EMU Open Ypsilanti
11/5 Field Hockey if necassary Iowa City
Big Ten Tournament Semifinals
11/6 W Soccer if necessary Ann Arbor
Big Ten Tournament Championship
11/6 W Basketball vs. Ohio Legends Ann Arbor
11/6 W Tennis Columbus
at ITA National Indoor Championships
11/6 M Tennis Columbus
11/6 Field Hockey (if necassary) Iowa City
Big Ten Tournament Championship
11/6 W Tennis at Thunderbird Tempe, Ariz
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Golf sees season end 1n North Carolina

By Max Kardon
Daily Sports Writer
For most people, the thought of a bed
of soft, rolling Bermuda grass may con-
jure an image of peaceful rest. A golfer
approaching a ball nestled in the grass's
treacherous cradle may envision the peril-
ous landscape of a waking nightmare.
And for the Michigan women's golf
team, the lush North Carolina course this
weekend will not produce many photoge-
nic memories.
Battling a strong national field at the
Landfall Tradition, the Wolverines spent
the weekend in Wilmington, N.C. on the
Jack Nicklaus-designed Pines-Ocean
course at the Country Club of Landfall.
Hoping to cap a disappointing fall leg
of its season with a strong finish, Michigan
was plagued by inconsistency. Although
the team led the field for a brief period
in the first round, a late collapse in that
round triggered a continued fall. An 11th-
place finish in a field of 12 ensured that
the Wolverines would enter an extended
break from competitive play with a bitter
taste in their mouths.
"I would say we had a little advantage at
the start of day one," senior captain Amy
Schmucker said. "It was cold and windy,
the type of rough conditions we are used
to practicing in. A few rough holes ruined
the possibility of a strong score."
Schmucker - consistently the Wol-

verines' most solid performer - was
cruising to put Michigan ina secure posi-
tion during Friday's round. But her round
was tarnished by the water surrounding
Landfall's par-three 17th island green.
The aquatic barrier proved effective,
claiming two of Schmucker's approach
shots and guaranteeing a water soaked
triple-bogey to bloat her round's final total
to an unsightly 82. Schmucker stayed out
of the water to finish the tournament with
consecutive 2-over par 74's, but the first-
round blemish was impossible to hide
despite a fifth straight finish in the top-20
individual golfers.
"As much talent as this team has,
you couldn't tell from the scores we
have posted this fall," Schmucker
said. " It's frustrating to play like
this in the fall season, but now we
have the time for conditioning that
will help us refocus on showing our
capability during the spring sea-
son."
Another hole had a similarly devastat-
ing effect on the Wolverines' tournament
hopes during the second round. A rare
quadruple bogey helped the team post a
total of 11 strokes over par on Landfall's
16th during Saturday's localized team-
wide collapse that included to drop the
team further on the leaderboard.
"It was definitely a tough week-
end," coach Kathy Teichert said.
"Lots of double bogeys always spell

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Captain Amy Schmucker cruised through round one, but crashed in later rounds.

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trouble. We had strong starts, but the
girls kept hitting a wall on the back
nine. When you're up against a tough
field of teams playing in good condi-
tions like this, you have to play well
consistently, and we just didn't."
Michigan's 952-stroke team total was

75 strokes behind the tournament-cham-
pion Purdue squad.
"We all wanted to end the fall season
well," junior Ali Stinson said. "Now it's
best to put away our clubs for a while,
take a break and come back ready to
work hard."

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