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Tankers take first 1 in win
By ASHLEY BILKIE
For the Daily
No. 11 Michigan swept its meet against
Michigan State and Princeton at the Canham
Natatorium on Saturday.
The Wolverines dominated, with first- and
second-place finishes in the first 11 events.
Michigan swimmers tallied 173 points, 71
points ahead of its nearest competition.
Michigan State totaled 102 and Princeton fin-
ished with 100.
"I thought that we competed fairly well
yesterday," junior captain Grant Burtch said. :
"Our goal has been to gain experience and get
a little faster each time we swim, no matter
who we are competing against. I thought we f
did a good job of that against MSU and Princ-
eton."'
In the 100-yard backstroke, sophomore
Matt Patton (24.51), freshman Andre Schultz Fr
(25.19) and junior Dane Grenda (25.36) fin-"
ished first, second and third, respectively.
Patton also won the 1,000-yard freestyle Sophomore Matt Patton led a 1-2-3 Michigan sweep in the 100-yard backstroke this weekend.
in 9:13.73 and the 200-yard backstroke in
1:48.92. (45.76). Dauw finished second in both the 100- of the 2007 U.S. National Team, had a big day,
The Wolverines (1-0 Big Ten, 3-2 overall) yard butterfly (50.06 seconds) and 200-yard with wins in the 400-yard individual mediey
lost three key seniors to graduation - cap- butterfly (1:50.30). (3:54.85), the 200-yard butterfly (1:49.81) and
tains Peter Vanderkaay, Chris DeJong and "I have been very impressed with our a second-place finish in the 100-yard breast-
Davis Tarwater - but the sophomore class is sophomore class so far this season," Butch stroke (57.61).
making the losses easier. said. "They have stepped up their level of per- The Wolverines travel to West Lafayette
In addition to Patton's contributions, soph- formance and have reallytried to compensate on Nov. 30 to swim at the U.S. Open, but then
omores Bobby Savulich, Evan Ryser and Cur- for the loss of last years senior class." have a break in their schedule until Jan. 2
tis Dauw played critical roles in Michigan's Michigan's freshman class is no slouch when they face the Mexican National Team
dominating win on Saturday. Savulich cap- ,either. Scott Spann took the 100-yard back- in La Loma, Mexico.
tured the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.72) and stroke in 55.65, and Chris Brady claimed the Michigan does not return to Canham Nata-
took second in the 100-yard freestyle (45.76 100-yard butterfly in 49.93. torium until Jan. 12, when it will meet Pur-
seconds), just behind Ryser, who finished first Junior captain Alex Vanderkaay, a member due.
W E liMMN AND V G
In the pool, Blue triumphs once again

PANTHERS
From page 1B
overtimes and we competed," Spen-
cer said.
The first-half competition did not
go as expected. Both sides failed to
generate any sustained offensive
pressure, combining for just three
shots in a choppy half.
Michigan lost one of its steadiest
defenders, freshman Amy Klippert,
who suffered a devastating injury
in the 21st minute that forced her to
leave the field ona stretcher. As has
been the case all season, though, a
younger player filled in admirably
for an injured starter. Sophomore
defender Erica Gordy seized the
opportunity, playing in just her sev-
enth game this season.
"I am pleased with (Gordy's)
ability to go into a big game and be
able to focus and contribute the way
she did," Michigan coach Debbie
Rademacher said.
Gordy was a big reason the game
remained scoreless through regula-
tion. After halftime, Wisconsin-Mil-
waukee (7-0 Horizon League, 17-3-1
overall) dominated territorially and
creatednumerousdangerouschanc-
es. Crucial blocked shots from the
sophomore prevented near-goalsfor
the Panthers. And Tuura, as she has
done for her entire career, took care
ofanythingthatmade itthroughthe
Michigan defense.
The goalie's best friend came in
handy, too.
In the 63rd minute, Panther Kate
Megna's shot from just outside the
18-yard box on the left side was
ticketed for the far post, top corner.
Tuura reacted quickly and got her
fingertips on the ball, causing it to
ricochet into the crossbar. It took a
fortuitous bounce and fell into Tuu-
MAVERICKS
From page 1B
and the third line can contrib-
ute, too," Naurato said. "Whether
we're getting points or just hav-
ing an energy shift to get everyone
going, it's huge for the team."
Naurato's first goal got Michi-
gan (4-2-0 CCHA, 7-3-0 overall)
on the board when he stuffed the
rebound of a Jack Johnson shot
between Dupont's skate and the
post. The puck barely crossed
the goal line before being cleared
away, but referee Mark Wilkins
was in excellent position and his
call was upheld by video replay.
Fardig assisted on both of Nau-
rato's goals and the line's third
member, Morgan Ward, added an
assist as well.
Third-liner Brian Lebler tallied

By DAVID RUSSELL
Daily Sports Writer
With raucous fans cheering for both sides,
it was clear the rankings did not mean much
for Friday night's women's swimming and
diving meet between No. 10 Michigan and
unranked Ohio State.
"It doesn't matter whether it's Twiddly-
winks or Pick-up-Sticks, it's Michigan and
Ohio State," said Michigan coach Jim Rich-
ardson after the Wolverines defeated the
Buckeyes 138-99. "Enough said."
The result was a continuation of Michigan's
historic domination of Ohio State (2-1 Big
Ten, 2-1 overall), as the Wolverines (2-0 Big
Ten, 3-2 overall) won their 13th straight meet
against the Buckeyes and improved their all-
time record against them to 17-1. They kept
the weekend winning going on Saturday as
they defeated Princeton 134-101.
While it was a typical night for the pro-
gram, it was at. atypical one for junior diver
Elyse Lee.
In the three-meter dive, Lee finished
fourth, behind three Buckeyes, with a score

of 265.05. In the first three meets of the sea-
son, Lee had won twice and finished second
from that height.
But to her credit, Lee kept her undefeated
season going on the one-meter board, with a
season-best score of 305.55.
"I didn't think I did that bad, but the Ohio
State girls are really good," Lee said of her
performance Friday. "(In order to beat them),
you have to be solid, and I missed a couple."
Whatever the divers gave up was taken
back by the swimmers, who won 8-of-9
events, yielding their only defeat in the 1,000-
yard freestyle.
Three Wolverines put up season-best
times. Two came in the same event, as senior
Kaitlyn Brady and freshman Margaret Kelly
tied for first in the 50-yard freestyle with the
time of 23.50 seconds.
Sophomore Emily Brunemann also had a
best in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of
4:54.23.
Saturday morning, the Wolverines wel-
comed Princeton (0-0 Ivy League, 1-1) to Can-
ham Natatorium. On the one-meter board,
they took the top three spots, as Lee dove

her way to a 5-0 season record in that event.
Teammates senior Ellen Van Cleve and junior
Katie Skendrovic took second and third. In
the three-meter dive, Lee recovered from her
fourth-place finish on Friday and captured
first place.
Michigan swam to 1-2 finishes in 7-of-13
and finished first in three others. The only
losses came to the Tigers' speedy freshman,
Alicia Aemisegger, who took victories in the
long-distance 1000- and 500-yard freestyle
events as well as the 400-yard individual
medley.
After Michigan's close loss to No.5 Georgia
last week, Richardson said he was concerned
about the team battling fatigue, and had the
same concern after Saturday's meet.
"We had a couple people who were running
on fumes," Richardson said, "When people
had the opportunity to step up and swim ... I
thought they did a great job."
Richardson plans for the team to practice
"100 percent" on Monday before tapering off
during the week and going to the Texas A&M
Invitational, where it will compete against
five opponents over the weekend.

ra's lap before a Panther attacker
could knock the ball into the open
net.
The Wisconsin-Milwaukee fans
saw it differently, as they boister-
ously celebrated a goal even while
play continued.
Regulation ended with the game
scoreless. Ever-resilient Michigan
(4-3-3 Big Ten, 9-8-5) regrouped
and almost stole the game in over-
time. Junior striker Melissa Dobbyn
unleashed a rocketvolley fromlong-
range in the 107th minute. But goal-
keeper Erin Kane reached up and
punched the ball over the crossbar.
Dobbyn, who was injured in Michi-
gan's last game, gave a gritty perfor-
mance playing with a leg brace that
reached up to her thigh.
With the reliable Tuura defend-
ingthe net,itlooked like the Wolver-
ines could make it through penalty
kicks with the win. But Wisconsin-
Milwaukee's shooters were dead-
on, and Michigan's season ended on
a heart-breakingnote.
The loss marks the finish to the
collegiate careers of an extremely
productive trio of seniors - striker
Judy Coffman, Spencer and Tuura.
But even with the disappointing
result, Michigan could still reflect
positively on a season in which it
overcame adversity to qualify for
the tournament.
"I feel we had the ability to go
further, but we also had numerous
injuriestokeyplayers,"Rademacher
said. "We have had people contrib-
ute big-time goals at crucial points
in the season when they had never
even scored before or have not had
much playing time before."
Despite its first-round exit, there
is a bright future for the Michigan
women's soccer team. It returns
its starting defense that allowed a
program-low 20 goals and saw the
emergence of some youngtalent.
his second goal in two nights when
he capitalized on a bad clearance
by Nebraska-Omaha and fired
a wrist shot from the slot over
Dupont's glove hand.
Goalie Billy Sauer also put forth
an impressive performance. The
sophomore rebounded from Fri-
day's lackluster showing to record
32 saves and allow just one goal
against the high-powered Nebras-
ka-Omaha (2-3-1, 3-4-3) offense.
"(Friday) night I was really kind
of struggling, I wasn't seeing the
puck very well," Sauer said. "So
to come out tonight and have a
real big night was a big confidence
booster."
Sauer's biggest save came when
teammate Chris Summers nearly
put a rebound back into his own
net at the start of the third period.
Sauer dove toward his own goal
line to maintain the 3-0 Michigan
lead.
The Walworth, N.Y., native con-
tributed to a solid Michigan pen-
alty kill, which didn't give up a
goal for the first time this season,
stifling the Mavericks on each of
their three chances.
It was just the second game this
year the prolific Nebraska-Omaha
power play failed to score.
On Friday, the Wolverines
fought back from an early 3-1 defi-
cit to beat the Mavericks. Junior
Kevin Porter was the first Michi-
gan player to solve Nebraska-
Omaha goalie Jerad Kaufmann.
Porter scored twice more tofinish
the game with a hat trick, giving
him a team-leading 10 goals on the
season. Senior alternate captain
T.J. Hensick assisted on all three
of Porter's goals.
Despite recording the sweep,
Michigan struggled on the power
play. The Wolverines went 0-for-
7 on the man advantage for the
weekend, registering just 10 shots.
Still, Michigan coach Red
Berenson was happy to beat the
same team two nights in a row for

the firsttimethis season. It's some-
thing Michigan will have to do
consistently in the coming months
if it hopes to win the CCHA regu-
lar-season title.
"(The sweep) is a long time com-
ing," Berenson said. "It's been a
few weeks or maybe a month since
we've had two games back to back
that we felt pretty good about."

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