2B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 6, 2006
Freshmen get'eye-opener,'finish third
Athlete of the Week
By Anne Uble
Daily Sports Writer
The No. 7 Michigan men's swimming
and diving team knew that its chances of
winning the Big Ten Championships last
weekend were slim to none, but that didn't
stop it from setting high expectations and
keeping its eye on the prize.
And after placing a lackluster third at
the meet, the Wolverines left Bloomington
dissatisfied and feeling the aches and pains
of the growing process.
"It's always a disappointment not to
win," Michigan coach Bob Bowman said.
"I think we could have done a little better,
but we weren't the favorites. We performed;
not at our best, but we performed."
The host, No. 11 Indiana, claimed the
conference title at the Counsilman-Bill-
ingsley Aquatic Center with 760.5 points,
its first since,1985. No. 9 Minnesota was
runner-up with 652 points. Bowman indi-
cated that both teams had an advantage
over Michigan with their impressive depth
and number of high-scoring divers.
"Indiana deserved the win," Bowman
said. "And Minnesota, while deeper than
us, got more out of their freshmen than we
were able to get. Our freshmen needed to
step up for this meet, and I don't think they
really performed at the level where we
needed them to."
Prior to the championships, Bowman
placed high expectations on his 10 fresh-
men. They were expected to carry the bulk
of the meet and the dream of a confer-
ence title. Unfortunately, with a sub-par
performance - just three claimed top-lO
performances in individual events - the
Wolverines were forced to realize that they
were in the midst of some growing pains.
"I think (the meet) was an eye opener
for (the freshmen)," senior co-captain
Peter Vanderkaay said. "It's hard to walk
into the Big Ten Championships for the
first time and do well. I think the meet will
be part of their learning process."
The freshmen may have faltered, but the
upperclassmen exhibited their resilience
with seven first-place-individual finishes.
Vanderkaay led the team with three indi-
vidual titles over the three-day-long meet.
On day one, the senior garnered the 500-
yard freestyle title - his fourth consecu-
tive - with a pool-record time of 4:13.02.
Vanderkaay and Indiana's Sergiy Fesenko
pulled away from the pack early, and, by
lap 10 in the 20-lap event, the swimmers
had a solid three-second lead on the rest
of their competitors. With only three laps
to go, Vanderkaay made a move and hit
the wall with two body lengths between
Vanderkaay went on to take the
200-yard freestyle in the second day
with senior co-captain Chris DeJong
close behind in second place.
With his final win in the 1,650-yard
freestyle - his third consecutive title in
the event - Vanderkaay became the first
Big Ten swimmer to win all three events
at the meet since Iowa's Artur Wojdat in
Vanderkaay's impressive performance
earned him his third Big Ten Swimmer of
the Year Award.
"I think winning the award was such an
honor for him," Bowman said. "It was a testa-
ment to his work ethic and his drive to win."
The oldest Vanderkaay brother may
have walked away the most decorated,
but his younger brother, sophomore Alex
Vanderkaay, had the breakout perfor-
mance of the team.
After finishing a close second to Min-
nesota's Adam Mitchell in the 200-yard
individual medley on the first day, Alex
mentally prepared himself to beat the
defending Big Ten champion the next day
in the 400-yard individual medley.
"I'm a little stronger in the 400-yard
individual medley than the 200;' Alex
said. "So I felt pretty confident going up
Name: Matko Maravic
Hometown: Zagreb, Croatia
Why: The No. 95 singles player pulled off a major upset of the
nation's No. 7 player, Pepperdine's Scott Doerner, 7-5, 7-6(8).
It was his second win over a top-15 opponent in the last two
Peter Vanderkaay captured his third Big Ten Swimmer of the Year award.
against Mitchell for the second time."
At the start of the race, Alex and Mitch-
ell pulled away from the pack and kept
within hundredths of a second of each
other throughout the entire event. With
just four laps of freestyle remaining, Alex
knew he had to make a move.
"Going into the final 100 yards, I felt
pretty strong," Alex said. "But I didn't real-
ize the race was that close"
Alex hit the wall .05 seconds ahead of
Mitchell and earned his first Big Ten indi-
vidual title of his career.
"When I looked up at the scoreboard
and saw that I won, I was thrilled,"
Alex said. "I didn't really go into the
race planning on winning, so getting
the title was pretty exciting. It's still
sinking in for me."
Peter said that he was extremely proud
of his brother.
"I was ecstatic when I saw that he won,"
Vanderkaay said. "He swam a great race.
It was close the whole way through, and
he brought it home in the last part of the
race. It was pretty special to have him win'
Other titles were won by senior co-cap-
tain Davis Tarwater in the 200-yard butter-
fly and DeJong in the 200-yard backstroke.
The wins for both swimmers marked their
third consecutive victories in the events.
"Our captains did what we hoped they
would;' Bowman said. "They led by
Even though the Wolverines didn't
perform at the level they hoped for, the
team has three weeks remaining to train
and make improvements for the NCAA
Championships in Atlanta.
Date Event Location Time
3/9 M Tennis @ Texas Austin 7 p.m.
3/9- M Basketball @ Big Ten Tour- Indianapolis 2:30 p.m.
3/10 M Swimming/Diving @ NCAA Columbus 11 a.m.
Zone C Diving Championships
W Swimming/Diving @ NCAA Columbus 11 a.m.
Zone C Diving Championships
Baseball vs. Louisiana Tech . Waco, Texas 3 pm.
Ice Hockey vs. Ferris State Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
3/10- M Track/Field @ NCAA Indoor Fayetteville, Ark. 12 p.m.
W Track/Field @ NCAA Indoor Fayetteville, Ark. 12 p.m.
3/11 W Tennis @ Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. 11 a.m.
M Tennis @ Texas A&M College Station, 2 p.m.
Baseball @ Baylor Waco, Texas 6 p.m.
M Gymnastics vs. Ohio State Ann Arbor 7 p.m.
W Gymnastics vs. Georgia Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Ferris State Ann Arbor 7:35 p.m.
3/11- W Golf @ SunTrust Lady Gator Gainesville, Fla.
3/12 Baseball vs. Pacific Waco, Texas 12 p.m.
3/12 Ice Hockey vs. Ferris State (if Ann Arbor TBA
*Bold Indicates home event
M MEN'S TENNIS
Maravic upset not enough for Netters
By Lisa Gentile
For the Daily
Sophomore Matko Maravic felt good fac-
ing the seventh-ranked tennis player in the
nation on March 2 in Malibu, Calif.
He felt even better when he beat him
in two sets, 7-5 and 7-6. Maravic's win
extended his three match-winning streak,
removing him further from his early-sea-
"I was just very consistent throughout
the whole match;" Maravic said. "It was
outdoors, which is a better match for me
than playing indoors; I felt great."
But, despite Maravic's win at No. 1 sin-
gles and junior Ryan Heller and freshman
Andrew Mazlin's defeat over Ivor Lovrak
and Pedro Rico in No. 2 doubles, the No.
36 Wolverines (6-4) were unable to cap-
turc a win over No. 2 Pepperdine.
In the team's first outdoor match of the
dual season, Heller and Mazlin played
through a long set that ended in a 9-8 (5)
win, preventing a doubles sweep by Pep-
perdine. Michigan coach Bruce Berque
said he was happy with the effort.
"I was very pleased (with how the team
played,)" Berque said. "I told the team
afterwards that I was definitely proud of
the way they competed. With each match,
I'm feeling more confident in our team, and
I feel like we're establishing our identity."
The team fought through every match,
coming close but never able to fully clinch
the win. Junior co-captain Heller, at No.
3 singles, came back from a 3-6 loss in
the first set to win 6-3 in the second. He
forced a tie-breaking third set that ended
in a 7-5 loss to the Waves' Lovrak.
"I just showed that I wasn't going to
quit," Heller said. "I think that was good
for my own confidence as well as show-
ing everybody that not only myself, but the
University of Michigan won't go lightly."
Regardless of the loss, the team con-
tinued to move up in the rankings and
improve. Beginning the season ranked in
the SOs, the team has moved into the No.
36 spot, and Berque projects the Wolver-
ines to continue their ascent.
"I definitely feel like we're progress-
ing." Berque said. "I feel like we're doing
a good job competitively and also in the
last couple of weeks we've done a good
job of focusing in practice ... and trying
to get as good as we can. We're making
The team will head out on the road again
for a long weekend at Texas on Thursday
and Texas A&M on Saturday.
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and earn a provisional qualifying
time. Kohlmeier, freshman Amber
Hay, freshman Geena Gall and Erd-
man made up the record-setting
After losing the lead with two laps
to go, Edwards pulled back in front
of Illinois's Cassie Hunt in the final
60 meters to win the mile-run title.
Edwards, who picked up 10 points
with the win, along with Erdman,
Hay, Gall, Kohlmeier and Webster,
was named to the All-Big Ten first-
Freshmen Bettie Wade and Tiffany
Ofili, seniors Stephanie Linz and Jen-
nifer Williams and Walter all were
named to the second team for their
contributions over the weekend.
Wade placed second in the pen-
tathlon, and while Ofili finished
second in the 60-meter hurdles at the
championship meet. Linz and Wil-
liams both cleared 5-10 in the high
jump and tied for second place.
Despite the great finish at the con-
ference meet, Henry isn't necessarily
thinking about a team national title.
"Not only did we place in an out-
standing fashion at the meet, but
it was out of the ordinary that our
times were outstanding too," Henry
said. "Our team now sees that it can
perform well under championship-
meet conditions. We're not going (to
nationals) expecting a team cham-
pionship, but we are going there
expecting to do well and do well as
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three-round total of 907, 12 strokes
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In an 11-8 victory at Colorado
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Both sophomore Allie Shafner
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losing the first set.
Lindsay Howard collected the
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