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September 22, 2008 - 3B
Blue begins fall season Warhurst leads team at
with losses to State
old stomping grounds
By JACK FERNBACHER
For the Daily
BELLEVILLE - On a cold and
foggy Sunday morning on Bel-
leville Lake, the women's rowing
team started its fall season with
an exhibition match against in-
In the competition, the eight-
person boats competed in 5-min-
ute intervals called pieces and
were limited to 26 strokes per
minute. The boats were put into
two different flights, with Michi-
gan and Michigan State racing
two boats and Eastern Michigan
racing just one boat in the first
"Today was really about focus-
ing on our own goals," senior
Laura Dunn said. "I was pretty
happy with the results today, but
I think the two even boats should
have been closer with the compe-
In the first flight, the Wolver-
ines and Spartansraced even early
in all five pieces, but Michigan
State won four of the five pieces.
Eastern Michigan trailed the pack
in the first flight and finished in
fifth place each time.
Inthe first outingofthe season,
Dunn and the 11 other return-
ing seniors helped lead the team.
Dunn, a coxswain, has seven of
eight rowers returning from last
season on the boat.
"We have been a really young
team for a while now, but this year
we have a strong and big senior
class," Dunn said. "We have a lot
of depth and are really looking for
the freshman to step up and make
a contribution on this team."
The four recruited freshmen on
the team have mixed into a team
with veteran experience. Last sea-
son, the Wolverines finished 11th
at the NCAA Championships. The
rowing championships are in the
spring, so the fall season is a way
for the rowingteam to warm up.
To get ready for the season,
the coaches schedule non-scoring
meets so the rowers can get used
to competition and work on what
they have learned in practice.
"When we line up against
another team, it brings a little
more intensity and anxiety," Mark
Rothstein said. "It changes the
dynamics of the rowing, and that's
what we were looking for today. It
was the firsttime we have compet-
ed and it exposed some things."
The Wolverine rowers focused
on working on their technique
and said they felt good in the first
"I think we are making some
progress, and the idea of (Sunday)
was to work on what we have been
practicing on," Michigan coach
Rothstein said. "We wanted to see
how well we executed in competi-
By TIM ROHAN
For the Daily
Michigan men's cross country
coach Ron Warhurst raced at the
historic Van Cortland Park in New
York 46 years ago.
He returned Saturday with his
team for the Br. Doyle Meet of
Champions, and the Wolverines
Redshirt sophomore Ciaran
O'Lionaird was Michigan's top fin-
isher for the second meet in a row.
After winning the Spartan Invite
last weekend, O'Lionaird finished'
third in New York. The Wolverines
won the meet with 39 points far
ahead of second place Penn State
With senior Lex Williams side-
lined with a sore back, Michigan
needed O'Lionaird to step up.
Unlike Michigan, No. 4 Iona, No.
18 Providence, and Penn State all
had raced on the course before.
But once the gun sounded, the
Wolverines weren't intimidated.
"I haven't felt at home at a race as
I did today," O'Lionaird said. "We
had so (many) supporters on the
course. We had a lot of parents. A
lot of alums came out. Even alums
who ran 20 years ago under Ronnie
came out and supported us today."
For the first four miles of the
race, O'Lionaird kept up with Iona's
Mohamed Khadraoui, who finished
second on his home course.
"At four miles, it's a steep hill
about 300 meters long," Warhurst
said. "The kid from Iona made a
quick break up the hill and Ciaran
just kind of didn't fight him on it."
Though Khadraoui beat
O'Lionaird up the hill, Michigan
found overall success for the day.
In addition to O'Lionaird's third
place finish, sophomore Craig Forys
came in fourth (24.52) and redshirt
junior Sean McNamara finished
This specific course had special
meaning behind it for Michigan.
Warhurst had raced at the famous
cross-country course in 1962.
"Its great that we were able
to go to a big city like New York,"
O'Lionaird said. "It's away from
home. It's our first time out on the
East Coast, and yet we still have so
much support. So many people get-
ting behind us in the race, and it
makes you proud to be running for
Michigan. It makes you proud to be
The Wolverines had trained
hard all week, running more than
"Definitely weren't resting for
this one," Warhurst said.
Though the Wolverines won
the event convincingly, O'Lionaird
thought they were capable of "team
domination" had they not been so
"I think you see the hard work
we are doing now will really show
come Big Ten, come regionals, come
nationals," O'Lionaird said. "But
you don't see it just yet, because we
are tired. But once we start easing
up, I think there's more to come
from this team"
that seemed to be missing from
everyone's game this weekend.
One bright spot for the Wolver-
ines was sophomore Louisa Shu,
who carded a 74 in the final round to
help Michigan jump three spots in
the standings Sunday.
Shu's round was the lowest score
of any Wolverine all weekend.
Despite Shu's efforts, Teichert
and the Wolverines won't be satis-
fied until they begin to shoot lower
"I am just disappointed," Teichert
said. "Whether we expected to play
like this or assumed that we were
going to play this way, we just didn't
get the job done."
Wolverines suffer tight
losses to top competition
By NICK COSTON senting all 20 women in the pro-
Daily Sports Writer gram."
Zayjdari scored the game's
Friday, Michigan got two first goal after Michigan deliv-
from its senior captain, ered a flurry of shots against the
the team's scoring leader. Connecticut goalkeeper in the
unday, the Wolverines got opening six minutes.
from a trio of sophomores "The quick start was criti-
combined for two goals last cal to our game plan," Cox said.
n. "We knew we had to play with
t another weekend against a greater sense of urgency and
competition left the youth- physicality and we did both of
lichigan field hockey team those today."
two narrow defeats at the Redshirt freshman Christi
y Invitational in Storrs, Barwick started her third con-
After dropping a 3-2 con- secutive game in goal for Michi-
o No. 20 Albany (5-2) on gan and made five saves. Last
y, the Wolverines took No. season's starter, Paige Pickett,
inecticut (8-0) to overtime did not see the field this weekend
e falling, 4-3. after starting the first five games
nior Sarah Wilhite account- of the season.
or both Michigan goals "Paige and Christi will con-
st Albany, but on Sunday, tinue to compete for the oppor-
mores Zara Saydjari, Ali- tunity to start in goal until one of
ayer, and Meredith Way all them clearly demonstrates who
d for Michigan (3-5). Way's the starter is," Cox said. "Every
goal of the season sent the one of our players steps on the
into overtime with less practice field knowing that they
a minute left in regulation. have to earn their minutes."
hese kids know that it That spirit of competition has
't matter what year they given the team a positive attitude
Michigan coach Nancy Cox in the midst of a tough opening-
"They know that once you season schedlule.
he jersey on you're repre- "If you don't play top-10teams,
then how do your kids know the
level at which they have to com-
pete?" Coxsaid. "Michiganneeds
to be a top-four team every year
and playing teams like Connecti-
cut affords us the opportunity to
gauge how we need to improve."
Cox said the early-season
gauntlet will prove invaluable
when the Wolverines play con-
"We just played a top-four
team and we took them to over-
time," Cox said. "We will be
ready for Big Ten play next week-
Michigan's conference open-
er comes next Saturday in Ann
Arbor against Northwestern.
'M' drops off after
By MARKBURNS The Wolverines had a little let
Daily Sports Writer down after winning the Wolverine
Invitational on their home course
For the Michigan women's golf last weekend. Most of the Wolver-
team, this weekend in East Lansing ines were still riding high as they
was one to forget. came into this weekend's tourna-
The young Woverine squad fin- ment.
ished seventh of 13 teams at the The Wolverines will need be able
Mary Fossum Invitational. to keep their emotions in check as
"When you're hot, you're hot, and they head deeper into their season.
when you're not, you're not," Michi- "You can't have a good round or
gan head coach Kathy Teichert said. tournament, and think you're on top
The 2008 Wolverines don't see a of the world," Teichert said.
low finish as acceptable. Michigan will have two weeks off
"We should definitely be doing before heading to Skokie, Ill., for the
better with the talent we have," 2008 Windy City Collegiate.
junior Ashley Bauer said. They'll have time to work on their
Bauer and freshman Milena Sav- iron-play and putting, two aspects
ich led the Wolverines, tying for
32nd with a two-daytotal of 234.
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Michigan wins back- H H 0 U E
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terday, allowing Michigan to hold
on for the win.
"We proved a lot to ourselves
today," said senior co-captain
Bill Rankin, who didn't have any
three putts and hit almost every
green in regulation Sunday. "We
didn't have our best stuff, and we
still beat some of the best teams
in the country. I'm just really
proud of the guys for hanging in
there and doing so well."
Pumford shot four-under par
for the weekend to tie for sixth.
Despite holding the individual
lead entering Sunday, Pumford
couldn't best UC-Davis's Ramie
Sprinkling, the eventual tourna-
Pumford putted well for most
of the weekend but struggled on
the back nine yesterday. His sec-
ond shot on the par-five 11th hole
went under a tree, but he hit a
spectacular punch shot to save
On 15, Pumford scrambled
after hitting his tee shot near a
lafge oak to save another par.
But bogeys on 12 and 17
allowed Sprinkling, who birdied
three holes on the back nine after
shooting one-over par on the
front, to pull away.
"I played unbelievably Satur-
day," Pumford said. "I hit a lot
of good shots and made a lot of
putts. (Yesterday) was a struggle.
But it's good to get the team win,
that's the most important."
Every Michigan starter fin-
ished in the top 25. Rankin tied
for 11th while junior Ross Mill-
man and sophomore Alexander
Sitompul tied for 16th. Sopho-
more Lion Kim tied for 22nd.
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Jung shows promise
By DAN BOYD the weekend. The sophomore
For the Daily displayed resiliency, winning
the seventh game of a set after
Sophomore Jason Jung was being challenged in two separate
dominant at the Wolverine Invi- matches.
tational over the weekend, rack- Looking to improve on last
ing up 32 points in the warm-up year's No. 16 ranking, the Michi-
individual tournament. Senior gan men's tennis team started
Andrew Mazlin and junior Mike the year off with a bang, show-
Sroczynski also finished in the ing flashes of brilliance in its first
top 10 in individual points with 18 action of the season this weekend.
and 14 points, respectively. The team will use the two weeks
But the show belonged to Jung, until the Oct. 6 tournament at the
who won two of his three matches D'Nova All American Champion-
in straight sets, displaying good ship in Tulsa, Okla. to regroup
fundamentals on both his ground and build on its early success as
and net play. He also showed his Jung, Sroczynski, and Mazlin
versatility in doubles play, win- look to lead the way for the Wol-
ning two of three matches over verines.
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