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UAF blanks 'M' in Anchorage

Michigan rebounds
* with five-goal win
the next night
By TIM ROHAN
Daily Sports Writer
ANCHORAGE - The Michigan
hockey team may want what hap-
pened in Alaska to stay in Alaska -
well, at least part of it.
The fourth-ranked Wolverines
were shut out in their season open-
er for the first time in program
history, losing 2-0 to the Alaska-
Fairbanks Nanooks on Friday.
Dating back to last year's 2-0 loss
to Air Force in the first round of
the NCAA Tournament, Michigan
was shutout in consecutive games
for the first time since the 1942-43
season.
The Wolverines played in the
19th annual Kendall Hockey Clas-
sic in Anchorage this weekend.
They took second place out of four
teams after topping the Alaska-
Anchorage Seawolves at Sullivan
Arena on Saturday night, 6-1.
On Friday, Michigan (1-1) knew
See NANOOKS, Page 2B

Gregg and Co. post
strong startto 2009

SAID ALSALAH/Daily
Junior Chad Langlais ,seen here in Michigan's exhibition win over Windsor, notched two assists against Alaska-Anchorage
in the Wolverines' 6-1 win Saturday. The day before, Michigan suffered a 2-0 loss in its season opener to Alaska-Fairbanks.

By RYAN A. PODGES
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan freshman Evan Gregg
waited anxiously on the starting
block, ready to swim the final leg
of the 400-yard medley relay in his
first race as a member of the Michi-
gan men's swimming and diving
team. The competition in the first
three legs of the relay were tight,
and by the time he entered the
water, his three relay teammates
had given him a narrow lead of just
over a second and a half.
With the other swimmers in
his lane rooting for him behind
the blocks and his coaches and
teammates screaming and cheer-
ing on the pool deck, Gregg not
only maintained that lead, but
increased it by over three seconds
to secure first place and set a new
meet record.
It was an impressive start to the
meet for the Wolverines and hope-
fully a glimpse of what they can
expect to see from this season's

freshmen class.
This year, Michigan has 16
freshmen, which represents just
less than half the team and is the
largest in the program's 88-year
history. Friday night was the first
chance for coaches and upperclass-
men to see the freshmen perform
in a competitive situation. By the
end of the meet, nine freshmen had
scored points for Michigan.
The meet was hosted by Notre
Dame and featured all relay events.
It was Michigan's first competi-
tion of the year, and the Wolverines
took first place by winning every
swimming event and outscoring
the Irish by 32 points. Oakland,
Valparaiso and Cleveland State also
participated.
"For me it was really nice to see
the guys were workingtogether and
appreciated each other's efforts,"
Michigan assistant coach Josh
White said. "It was a great way to
introduce our freshmen to Michi-
gan and a great way for our upper-
See SWIMMING, Page 2B

* The Michigan women's tennis team was
led by a freshman this weekend at the
Kentucky Invitational. Page 2B.

The Michigan men's soccer team was
served a bitter 1-0 defeat after a last-chance
attempt to score fell short. Page 2B.

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