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to shatter 'M' records
By IAN KAY The coaching staff's confidence
Daily Sports Writer is hardly surprising considering
Pendleton has been represent-
The excitement for Emily ing the Michigan track and field
Pendleton's senior prom started program since long before she
long before the dance actually arrived on campus.
started. After verbally committing to
Compet- Michigan after her junior year,
ing at the PENDLETON she got to work immediately
Oak Har- building her future team. Using
bor Invita- connections forged while com-
tional mere peting on the U.S. Junior Olym-
hours before pic team, Pendleton aggressively
her hair recruited other top throwers and
appoint- runners to join her in Ann Arbor.
ment, YEAR: Freshman "Emily is basically the quar-
Pendleton HOMETOWN: terback of her recruiting class,"
launchedher Lndsay Oh Takacs said. "She was able to use
final discus her ability to seek out other peo-
throw of the EVENTS: ple at her level of talent, even in
day 183 feet Discus shot put the other event groups."
and three hammer throw Takacs cited freshman dis-
inches. tance runner Danielle Tauro as
The toss well as freshman throwers Alli-
shattered son Liske and Danica Haight as
the all-time Ohio state record teammates whose decisions to
by more than six feet and would attend Michigan were at least
have been enough to take second partially influenced by the pros-
place at last year's NCAA cham- pect of competing with Pendle-
pionships. ton rather than against her.
With those kind of numbers, "I'm really excited to have
it's no surprise Michigan coaches them on the team and we have
have sky-high expectations for some great expectations for each
the Lindsay, Ohio native in three other," Pendleton said.
throwing events - discuss, shot Now that she's actually throw-
put and hammer throw. ing for the Maize and Blue,
"She should break the school Pendleton is ready to make an
record in the discus this year, and immediate impact in competi-
she'll probably qualify in (discus, tion.
shot put and hammer throw) "I look at the people that I'm
for NCAA regionals," Michigan competing against, and I know
assistant coach Anne Takacs that I can throw with them,"
said. "She should go to NCAA Pendleton said. "I know I've done
Nationals and be in the top five in the distances before. I know it's
discus and she also should make in me, and it's just a matter of
it to Olympic trials." whether I do it that day or not."
Patton sets sights on Beijing in 2008
By RYAN A. PODGES
Daily Sports Writer
When junior Matt Patton walks
into Canham Natatorium every
day for practice, he passes through
doors proudly painted with block
'M's, the Olympic rings and a motto
overhead that reads, "It's not every
four years; it's every day."
Michigan's tradition of excel-
lence has produced generations of
world-class swimmers from Tom
Malchow to Michael Phelps. Sur-
rounded by this rich history, for-
mer Olympians and a U.S. Olympic
Team coach, Patton is working
everyday to reach this summer's
Patton already has an impres-
sive resume. He was the 2007 Big
Ten Champion and an NCAA All-
American in the 500-yard free-
style, the 1,650-yard freestyle and
the 800-yard freestyle relay. Last
August, Patton won a gold medal as
a member of Team USA in the 400-
meter freestyle at the Pan-Ameri-
can Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"Matt has been such a great suc-
cess story at Michigan," Michigan
coach Bob Bowman said. "He has
really developed into an interna-
This summer, Patton will stay
in Ann Arbor to train with Bow-
man and other Olympic hopefuls
for the Olympic trials to be held
June 30 through July 7 in Omaha,
Neb. He must finish in the top two
in his event to earn a spot on the
U.S. Olympic Team. Patton's best
chances are in the 200-meter and
While training for the Olympics
Junior Matt Patton is working to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in the 200-meter and 400-meter freestyle.
is a difficult task, Patton will have
the help and encouragement of a
including Michigan alum and 2004
gold medalist Peter Vanderkaay and
University student Michael Phelps,
who won six gold medals at the
2004 Olympic games.
"Its pretty fun to try and race
(Phelps) at practice," Patton said.
"But he's definitely just like anoth-
er guy on the team because he has
weaknesses like everybody. Some
days he'll be off and someone else
will be on and he'll get his ass
Despite having celebrity team-
mates like Phelps, Patton says his
coach is his biggest source of moti-
"It's a pretty love-hate relation-
ship," Patton said of Bowman. "He
definitely expects a lot of things
out of me and I try to do as much
as possible, but a lot of times what-
ever I can do is really not ever good
enough. He kind of puts me in my
place and lets me know I can always
Patton won't be the only member
of his family competing for a chance
to swim at the Olympics this sum-
mer. Patton's twin brother Sean,
who swims for Texas, will also be
racing for a spot.
The Matts, N.C., natives chose
their respective schools based on
the programs they felt best fit their
events. Sean swims backstroke and
never considered attending Michi-
gan, while Matt swims distance
freestyle and had always known he
wanted to be a Wolverine.
Coincidentally, No. 4 Michigan's
only loss this season came against
top-ranked Texas in November.
The Longhorns toppled the Wol-
verines by 37 points, but the result
didn't bother Matt.
"I still talk to him everyday and
it will always be friendly between
me and him," Patton said. "I like it
a lot because he knows when I need
encouragement, and I know when
he needs it. And it definitely helps
us be the best we can."
As Olympic trials approach,
Patton may need his brother's
encouragement more and more.
All Olympic athletes need a strong
group of supporters behind them
- as if Patton didn't have enough
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now see each other every day
- they're roommates.
"I get along with him better
than I thought I would," Bal-
dus-Strauss said. "The longer
I'm around him, the more I like
Outside of competition, Kel-
ley is a typical freshman, always
ready for a laugh. But the minute
a meet or even an informal event
4 begins, he's all business.
"I want to say he's probably
one of the most talented guys
I've seen in the past eight years,"
assistant coach Scott Vetere
said. "Probably one of his best
qualities is (that) he's some-
one who is aggressive when he
In his first meet, the Windy
City Invitational in Chicago,
Kelley excelled in his best
event, high bar, posting a score
of14.40 and tying Illinois fresh-
man Paul Ruggeri for third.
Because Kelley is from nearby
Libertyville, Ill., much of his
extended family was there to
cheer him on.
"(He) has one of the best
high bar routines in the coun-
try right now," junior Ryan
McCarthy said. "His form is
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