2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 30, 2006
Kayakers combine fun with safety
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Athlete of the Wee
Name: Peter Vanderkaay
Hometown: Rochester Hills
By Daniel Greenblatt
For The Daily
Wetsuits aren't just for surfers. Kayakers look just as
cool sporting the O'Neal skin while doing loops or cart-
wheels - common kayaking tricks. If only they would
take out their nose plugs.
Kayakers are amazing athletes. Not only do they per-
form gravity-defying tricks, they also face the challenges
of whitewater rapids and waterfalls.
But don't be intimidated by the advanced tricks or
dangerous rapids. Half of the kayak club consists of
beginners. On the first day, very simple safety maneu-
vers are learned, such as a wet exit - getting out of an
"(The boat) slides off faster than a pair of pants,"
coach Jim Mplinowski said.
The club is not about extreme tricks. Members prac-
tice every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 10 pm. at
the North Campus Recreation Building pool. Paddlers
can practice their turns through gates that project from a
cable down toward the surface of the pool.
Club members can choose which boat to use at prac-
tice. Play boats are much shorter than traditional kayaks
and are commonly used for performing tricks, while
traditional boats are used to perfect stroke technique and
other paddling skills.
There is a debate about whether this new era of "play
boating" is worth teaching. The old-school whitewater
kayakers are against it, while newer paddlers praise it.
But the kayakers say play boating is not a serious issue,
just something that people like to argue about.
"When you're on the river, it doesn't matter,"
Club members say kayaking is a great outlet for stress
- paddling down the rough waters of a raging river
alongside trees, mountains and rock formations can set
one's mind at ease.
"When you're on a trip, you forget about everything,"
said Brian Rudd, graduate student and club treasurer.
Added graduate student and club president Bryan
Toth: "You feel at one with nature."
The club goes on numerous trips throughout the conti-
nent. Past excursions included visits to Canada, Tennes-
see, West Virginia and the Huron River. Some members
like the nature aspect of the trips, but others enjoy them
for the fast-paced action of the whitewater.
"Some people are in it for adrenaline; others want to
go down a pretty river," Malinowski said.
There are 65 people in the club, but about 25 regularly
show up. Additionally, the club is in contact with vari-
ous paddlers in the area. Roughly 185 people are on the
e-mail list, so it is easy to contact members of the paddle
community outside the University.
The club was founded in 1967, making it one of the
oldest recreational sports clubs on campus. Influenced
by a Peanuts cartoon, it was given the name Raw
Strength and Courage Kayak Club - a comical way to
Members practice some of the following tricks, like a
cartwheel - the kayaker makes his boat do a cartwheel
off the water, rotating the boat so that the front and then
the back of the boat touch the water. A bow stall is where
the front of the boat submerges beneath the surface so
that the boat is perpendicular to the water. And the best
trick of them all - the helix. The boat turns upside
down in the air and does a full 360-degree turn.
Joining the club has many benefits. You learn how to
kayak and perform great tricks, and you can also use
the boats on your own time. The fee for joining is $20 a
semester and $30 a year. New members are always wel-
come - so don't be afraid to give kayaking a try.
Why: Vanderkaay won two events in each of Michigan's vic-
tories this weekend. The Wolverines defeated No. 18 Ohio State
on Saturday and then beat No. 11 Indiana on Sunday.
Ice Hockey vs. Western Michigan
M Basketball vs. Penn State
W Basketball at Penn State
M Track and Field
at Meyo Invitational
W Track and Field
at Meyo Invitational
M Tennis vs. Rice
Wrestling at Illinois
W Gymnastics at
State of Michigan Classic
Ice Hockey vs. Ohio State
Water Polo vs. Long Beach State
Water Polo vs. Colorado State
Water Polo vs. Indiana
W Tennis vs. South Carolina
M Swim/Diving at Northwestern
M Basketball at Iowa
Ice Hockey vs. Ohio State
Water Polo vs. UC San Diego
Water Polo vs. Slippery Rock
W Tennis at Maryland
M Tennis at Virginia
Wrestling at Purdue
W Basketball at Minnesota
Moos and Churella pace'
By Robert KaltzF
Daily Sports Writer
Coaches are always looking for any break they can
find for their team. Fortuitous scheduling can sometimes
be that crucial break. It's always beneficial to have some
luck, but the team still must capitalize on it.
The Michigan wrestling team certainly did. The Wol-
verines came off a bye week and swept both matches
this weekend, looking fresh and strong in the process.
Saturday night, Michigan dispatched No. 16 Northwest-
emn, 22-15, and proceeded to beat intrastate rival No.
18 Michigan State 27-12 on Sunday behind a vocal and
enthusiastic packed crowd at Cliff Keen Arena. The vic-
tories improved the fourth-ranked squad to an 11-2 mark
and an undefeated 3-0 in the Big Ten.
"I think we really took advantage of (the break),"
Michigan coach Joe McFarland said. "We were able
to give the kids a couple of days to rest, then worked
them real hard for five or six days before letting them
prepare for the weekend."
The wrestlers responded extremely well, and they
all turned in gritty performances. Mark Moos and
Josh Churella - 133 pounds and 141 pounds, respec-
tively - were the two best individual performers this
Moos hardly broke a sweat this weekend. Ranked
12th in his weight class, Moos pinned Northwestern's
Daniel Quintela in 32 seconds, then followed that up
the next day by pinning Spartan Jeff Wimberley in 45
"I've really been wanting to work on my condition-
ing, so I didn't want to pin him right away" Moos said
with a smile after his first match.
But the team will be content with that sort of effort
on a consistent basis.
"The pin (over Wimberley) really got us into the match
emotionally" McFarland said. "(Moos is) working real
hard in practice, and it's showing on the mat."
Churella also turned in an impressive perfor-
mance over the weekend, with the extremely
difficult task of wrestling Michigan State's fourth-
ranked Andy Simmons and Northwestern's sixth-
ranked Ryan Lang. The fifth-ranked Wolverine
relished this challenge and won both matches by
decision. Churella defeated Simmons in the Big
Ten championship last year.
"I needed to open up this time against Simmons
because I wrestled too timid last year;" Churella said.
"I've been a little frustrated since the Lehigh match,
and I've wanted to open up."
Moos and Churella gave the Wolverines an early
cushion and allowed them to cruise to victories in both
0 WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD
Blue beat Beasley
By Chris Herring
Daily Sports Writer
Mark Moos won both of his matches this weekend In his 133-pound weight class in less than a minute each.
Redshirt freshman Casey White provided an
inspiring performance in his match on Sunday,
defeating Michigan State's Jeff Clemens by a 9-5
decision. Down 5-3 in the third period and notice-
ably limping around the mat, White seemed to be in
serious trouble. But White gritted out the rest of the
period, scoring a reversal, a three-point near fall and
a riding time advantage above one minute that gave
him an additional point. The effort further fired up
the energetic crowd.
"I had a lot of adrenaline going in the match that
allowed me to fight through," White said after the
match as he was icing his hurt ankle.
After White's victory sealed the match for the
Wolverines, the only thing left to decide was whether
third ranked heavyweight wrestler Greg Wagner could
remain undefeated. Wagner and his co-captain, top
ranked 165-pound class wrestler Ryan Churella, both
won their matches this weekend to remain undefeated
and improve to 18-0 on the season.
Redshirt sophomore Jeff Marsh also stepped up over
the weekend, defeating Northwestern's Greg Hagel 7-5
in overtime. The 157-pound class wrestler earned his
first victory at Cliff Keen Arena.
The weekend also marked the debut of the Blue
Crew student cheering section, and it was an over-
whelming success. Players and coaches both credited
the group for drawing stalling warnings on the opposi-
tion and helping to motivate the Michigan wrestlers.
"Our fans really got us pumped up today, as I had to
keep on pushing hard," White said.
Added McFarland: "It was a great crowd tonight. I
love the Blue Crew!"
Michigan will lose the home advantage next week-
end when it travels to Champaign to face No. 3 Illi-
nois next Friday. The Wolverines' next home match is
Feb. 17 against top-ranked Minnesota, and a sellout is
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan
sprinter Patrice Beasley was a woman
among girls at the Michigan Intercolle-
giate meet on Saturday.
Her 60-meter dash time of 7.42 shat-
tered both the fieldhouse and meet record,
and her 200-meter dash time of 2398 was
good enough for a NCAA provisional
But the Michigan women's track and
field team wasn't fazed by Beasley's
efforts in its first scoring event of the year,;
and that shows how strong a performance
the Wolverines put together.
Michigan scored 163 points -40 more
than second-place Eastern Michigan - to
win the meet. The Wolverines swept the
top three places in three events to leave the
"To (Eastern Michigan's) credit, they
did score significant points in the shorter
sprints:' said Michigan coach James
Henry. "Of course they have a headliner.
(Beasley) is an outstanding athlete. But we
try to balance it out from event to event.
Our middle and long distance should
be the strength of our program, and as a
team, we showed that we could pull it out
in the end."
The middle and long distance runners
scored big for the Wolverines. Freshman
Amber Hay caught a second wind to edge
out sophomore Laura Glynn for first place
in the 800-meter run. Senior Jennifer Wil-
liams, who ran in a separate heat, ended
up taking third place in the event.
"I was more relaxed," Hay said after
the victory. "I tried to strategize more
rather than just run wild. Having more of
a strategy helped me out a lot."
The team also dominated the 3,000-
meter event. Sophomore Alyson Kohl-
meier won the event with a time of 9:39.35.
Senior Ana Gjesdal and freshman Heath-
er Sirko finished in second and third place
respectively. The trio led the race from
start to finish.
The meet spoke volumes of this year's
team, especially when one takes into
account the fact that junior Katie Erdman,
sophomore Nicole Edwards and freshman
Geena Gall didn't participate in the meet.
"Eastern Michigan has a great track
team," said Hay. "A lot of teams have
some really good runners, but just don't
have the depth that we have."
The Wolverines took the top three
spots in the high jump as well. For the
second consecutive meet, Williams and
senior Stephanie Linz tied for first-place
honors. Freshman Bettie Wade took third
for the team, picking up six points in the
Among other winners were freshman
Casey Taylor (triple jump), junior Kelly
Catino (pole vault) and junior Rebecca
Walter (mile). Michigan's distance medley
team also finished in first place, giving the
team seven top finishes on the afternoon.
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