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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 7, 2005 - 3B

. not enough
for Blue
By Nate Sandals
Daily Sports Writer
Payton Johnson and her teammates on
the Michigan women's swimming and
diving team went into their meet against
Georgia on Saturday with a positive atti-
tude. But even that couldn't keep the No.
14 Wolverines out of the wake of the No. 1
Georgia Bulldogs.
Georgia, the defending national cham-
pions, dominated in the swimming events
and defeated the Wolverines 170-122 at
Canham Natatorium.
Johnson's first-place finish in the 100-
yard butterfly was one of the few bright
spots for Michigan (1-0 Big Ten, 1-2 over-
all). The freshman looked crisp throughout
the race and swam more powerfully than
anyone else in the event.
* ."I just went into the race with a positive
attitude," Johnson said. "Even though we
started off slowly as a team, it was impor-
tant for me and my teammates to keep our
heads up and improve over the course of
the meet."
But Johnson's performance was an excep-
tion - most events involved one Georgia
swimmer way out in front and then a race
for second.
The Wolverines struggled in the opening
event, the 200-yard medley 'relay. Michi-
gan's "A" relay team never looked relaxed in
the pool and finished second, 1.26 seconds
behind Georgia's "A" squad.
"We were tight at the beginning of the
meet," Michigan coach Jim Richardson said.
"I expected more from that medley relay
team. They brought their 'B-game' against a
team they needed to be perfect to beat."
Richardson admitted that he grew more
* impatient as the meet progressed, but he said
he was glad that his team did not give up after
falling behind to a talented Georgia team.
At times, the coach struggled to hide his
frustration, throwing his hands up in bewil-
derment when his athletes did not quite hit
their marks.
Michigan continued to flounder in the
pool, and many of the swimmers ran out of
gas at the end of their events.
Richardson attributed his team's fatigue to
the tough training regiment the team main-
tained last week. While the coach called the
team's training efforts its best of the season,
he did acknowledge that it might have result-
ed in the team's lackluster showing.
Still, Richardson is confident that his
team caA be in the top-10 at the NCAA
Championships in March: The coach knows
that the tough losses against quality teams
like Georgia (4-0) will be forgotten when
February and March roll around.
"This meet is just part of a foundation for
us to peak at NCAA championships," Rich-
ardson said. "The team cannot get down
after meets like this one. I told them that we
were not going to compromise an important
week of training just to look a little bit better
against the defending national champions."
Despite its struggles in the pool, Michi-
gan excelled in the diving events. Sopho-
more Elyse Lee finished first in both the
one-meter and three-meter springboard
events. Her teammate Ellen Van Cleve took
second in the one-meter and fourth in the
"Elyse has all the tools," Richardson
said. "She has a great chance to score points
for the team in the diving events at NCAA
With an important meet on Saturday in

Columbus against Ohio State and Purdue,
the coach said he hopes that his team will
not be discouraged by the loss to Georgia.
"We'll know how they respond when
they come in to train on. Monday," Rich-
ardson said. "If they walk through the
door with their heads up and ready to work
hard, I'll be even more convinced of this
team's potential."

Forget about
Michigan's Big
Ten title run
don't know what most of the people in Ann Arbor did
on a beautiful fall Saturday without Michigan football to
watch, but I had a pretty nice day planned out, and it didn't
even involve a trip to Home Depot or Bed, Bath & Beyond.
You see, because my plans to attend all the Wolverines'
games this season - home and away - fell apart due to a
couple ill-timed midterms, I figured one small way to redeem

myself was to watch the Wisconsin-
Penn State game.
But by halftime, the Nittany Lions
were up 21-0 and I was certain of two
things: 1) I had absolutely no desire to
watch the second half, and 2) The Wol-
verines' conference title' and BCS bid
hopes were still alive. (Repeat after
me ... Michigan over Indiana and Iowa
over Wisconsin this Saturday, Michigan
over Ohio State and Michigan State over
Penn State the Saturday after ... )
Of course, only about four hours had
passed before I was back in front of the
television again. This time, wandering
from channel to channel, I was shocked
when I discovered that two unbeaten
teams, Virginia Tech and UCLA, were
Miami and Arizona.

The Sportsionlay
getting blown out by

Freshman Bobby Savulich won the 200-yard freestyle, finished second in the 50-yard and placed third in the 100-yard free events.
Vanderkaay leads the way

in M'

romp over Bulldogs

By Anne Ulble
Daily Sports Writer
After swimming in three events and totaling more
than 100 laps of competition, senior co-captain Peter
Vanderkaay stepped up on the block to anchor the final
race of the afternoon - the 200-yard freestyle relay.
With an arm's length of open water between the
Michigan relay team and the inching Georgia relay,
Vanderkaay cleared the water with a fast start and left
the Bulldogs floundering in his wake. After a strong
turn, Vanderkaay sprinted in his final lap and hit the
wall with a dominating clash - 19.97 - the fastest split
of any swimmer in the race.
Said Vanderkaay: "I was thinking, 'Well, I've swam
2,500 yards already. I might as well go out with a bang."'
The No. 4 Michigan men's swimming and diving
team hosted No. 11 Georgia on Saturday and impres-
sively dominated the 2004 SEC Champions, 179-121.
"I think the meet went well," Michigan coach Bob
Bowman said. "The guys stepped up and did what they
needed to do. Georgia is a very good team, and I think
we showed that we are much improved."
In the past, Michigan has been led by a strong dis-
tance team, while its sprinters have fallen short against
most elite programs.
But this year has been different. After recruiting four
freshman sprinters, the first-years proved their abilities
this weekend, scoring important points which would
have been lost last year.
Freshman sprinter Bobby Savulich secured a win in
the 200-yard freestyle, went on to earn a second place
finish in the 50-yard free and was third in the 100-yard
free. Teammates Brian Vessels and Jamie Martone fol-
lowed Savulich and earned top-five finishes in each of

still not ready to compete with the very best, but they're
much improved, and I think they can get the job done
for us.
"They're all still figuring things out. They're still try-
ing to cope with swimming a lot of events very close
together at a high level."
The freshmen only had to look at senior captains
Vanderkaay, Davis Tarwater and Chris Dejong for good
examples of swimming several events with little time
between them. All three swimmers won each of their
individual races and relays. Bowman was pleased with
how his top-three swimmers performed on Saturday
and said he thinks they are exactly where they need to
be at this point in the season.
Speaking specifically to Vanderkaay's races, Bow-
man thought the senior was filling the role of captain
and champion swimmer.
"His (200-yard freestyle relay) split was an excep-
tional swim," Bowman said. "To come out of the 400
(yard individual medley) and show that kind of speed
just shows you the kind of kid Peter is. He's as tough as
they come.
Olympians Michael Phelps and Klete Keller faced off in
two exhibition races on Saturday during breaks between
races. Phelps broke his own pool record in the 200-yard
freestyle by one second (1:33.41) and fell short of breaking
his pool record in the 100-yard freestyle by .01.
"They swam fantastic," Bowman said. "Those were
great times for both Michael and Klete. I couldn't have
asked for anything more."
Michigan will get a meet-free week this week and then it
will swim against Michigan State on Nov. 18 at Canham.
"We'll train really hard before then," Bowman said.
"We'll try to correct some of the things that didn't go well
here and see if we can make some improvements. I think
Michigan State will offer us the chance for some people to
swim some events that might not be their best."

I (and most other college football fans I figure) was dis-
appointed by the two results. First of all, in today's college
football, unless you're Notre Dame, if you have even one loss
nobody pays any attention to you. And UCLA's loss severely
squashes the hype that will lead to its game against No. I
Southern Cal in four weeks.
But not everybody was disappointed by Saturday's results.
The people who run college football - whoever they are -
were ecstatic to see the Hokies and Bruins fall. Great, they're
telling themselves, now we just need Alabama to lose, and
then we've got the Texas-USC championship we all want.
With a brand-new poll and all those wacky computer rank-
ings, these conference and bowl game presidents have lost all
control and have to pray for the season to end with two - and
just two - unbeaten teams. This year, they might just get
lucky. But they didn't last year when Auburn and Utah fin-
ished undefeated, or the year before when No. 1 Southern Cal
was excluded from the National Championship game.
Of course, life in the Big Ten isn't much different. Like the
college football rulers rooting for the undefeated to crumble,
Michigan fans are now rooting against Wisconsin and Penn
State. In fact, it's not hard to imagine 110,000 people in Michi-
gan Stadium this Saturday checking for Iowa-Wisconsin score
updates every couple minutes and not even paying attention to
the game in front of them (Though it is understandable - after
all, Michigan will be playing Indiana.). And if the Wolverines
pull it out, the same thing could happen the following week for
the Michigan State-Penn State game, which would be a shame
considering they'll be playing Ohio-freakin' State.
It's still pretty unlikely Michigan is headed to the Fiesta,
Orange or Sugar bowls, but if the Wolverines beat Indiana and
especially Ohio State the next two weeks, where they are spend-
ing their winter break shouldn't mar the season as a whole. Sure,
we could all look back to that third-down run against Minne-
sota, but we could also talk about how the Wolverines recovered
from the injuries to Mike Hart, the safeties and offensive line-
men, bounced back from early struggles and gutted out close
wins. Of course, that's if they beat Ohio State.
Because the bowl system is so ridiculous these days, I'm
just going to stop worrying about who could play whom, and
wait until we all know who will play whom. Maybe all the
Michigan athletes I've talked to the last couple years - the
ones who love to make use of what they learned in Sports
Cliches 101 - are right after all. It's useless worrying about
what you can't control.
- Sharad Mattu can be reached at
smattu @uinich.edu.

their events.
"They're all coming along," Bowman

said. "They're

" Selsky sets record as Spikers split

By Chris Herring
Daily Sports Writer
In the world of sports, being aggressive
can be a double-edged sword.
When unsuccessful, the aggression can
be the downfall of the match for a team, but
when successful, it can create momentum
swings that change the course of a game.
The Michigan volleyball team experi-
enced both the success and failure in the
aftermath of its aggression this weekend.
A night after being beaten at home by No.
17 Minnesota in four
games, the team camew 1
back strong against
Iowa by winning the
match in four games, 30-24, 19-30,30-17,30-
24 at Cliff Keen Arena on Saturday night.
Though Michigan (5-9 Big Ten, 11-12
overall) took the match against Iowa (4-9,
14-12) in four games, the Hawkeyes momen-

talked about it, made some small adjust-
ments and then played much better in games
three and four."
It was in games three and four when the
Wolverines came back to life.
Michigan coasted to victory in the last
two games, coming out with increased
intensity to finish off Iowa. In game three,
the Wolverines won a point on a rally that
lasted nearly 30 seconds, helping Michigan
build momentum against Iowa. After that
point, the Hawkeyes looked to be no match
for Michigan.
Sophomore Lyndsay Miller led the team
with 16 kills in the match.
"Last night (against Minnesota), we
focused on taking the game one point at a
time, and I think we got better at doing that
from last night," Miller said."
The Wolverines reached a few milestones
with their win on Saturday. Sophomore
Stesha Selsky set a Michigan single-season

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