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The Michigan hockey team lifts the Mason Cup as the CCHA Tournament champions. The Wolverines became the first-ever seven seed to win the tournament, and earned an NCAA Tournament bid with the victory.

'M' draws
Bemidji in
first round
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - The thousand-pound gorilla was
hoisted off the Michigan hockey team's back on
Saturday night and tossed aside. After the Wolver-
ines poured out of the bench to celebrate their 2-1
victory over Northern Michigan and consequent
CCHA championship, hoards of Michigan fans
stuck around to watch the unveiling of the cham-
pionship banner.
They certainly had something to celebrate as
the Wolverines extended their record NCAA Tour-
nament appearance streak to 20. And of all years,
this one seemed like it might be the year Michigan
would be left out of the 16-team field competing for
a NCAA championship. Instead, the win vaulted
the team to a first-round matchup with Bemidji
It took six straight wins in the CCHA Tour-
nament for the berth to become a reality, after a
season during which the Wolverines never strung
together more than four victories. Saturday's win
epitomized the run - solid defensive hockey and
timely goals.
"There is not many teams that are going to push
you like those guys pushed us tonight," Northern
Michigan coach Walt Kyle said. "They are fast
and they came at us. I knew going into the year,
everyone knew, that they were going to be good.
For whatever reason, chemistry, injuries, etc., they
stumbled a little bit, but when they found it, they
found it."
See TOURNEY, Page 3B

After months of letdown, the Wolveri
seized their last opportunity to salvage
season, rallying around backup-to-hE
goaltender Shawn Hunwick and taking
conference crown to keep their record N
Tournament streak alive at 20 years


Blue defies
odds to win
CCHA title

Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - Three weeks ago, the Michigan
hockey team was standing at the foot of a moun-
tain and they couldn't see the peak.
After beating No. 2 Miami 5-2 in the CCHA
semifinals Friday and following it up with a 2-1
over No. 12 Northern Michigan in the champion-
ship game at Joe Louis Arena on Saturday, Michi-
gan had scaled the mountain and extended their
19-year NCAA tournament streak to20.
No. 17 Michigan started the journey as the sev-
enth seed in the CCHA Tournament and many had
dismissed the team's chances. A seven seed had
never won the CCHA Tournamentbefore.
Starting goalie Bryan Hogari went out with
a groin injury two games before the playoffs.
Junior Shawn Hunwick, who had played in just
two games his whole career up to that point, was
forced to step in.
If that wasn't enough, senior captain Chris
Summers went out with knee injury in Michigan's
first-round series.
But after two impressive wins, this weekend the
Wolverines stood at the top of the mountain, won-
dering how they got there.
"I don't know," junior Louie Caporusso said.
"Maybe it was just the commitment and playing
defensive, sound hockey. We had to play as a team.
I can'ttell you what it was; maybe it was the adver-
sity throughout the whole year. Finally, we just
ARIEL BOND/Daily said it is up to us."

Sophomore David Wohlberg had three goals and three assists in the CCHA playoffs.

Michigan advances in WNIT
ByALEX HERMANN 72-57 win over Toledo on Sunday at
Daily Sports Writer Crisler Arena.
"I think it was important to
Midway through the second half have momentum on our side at that
of Michigan's WNIT second-round point," Phillips said. "If I hadn't
matchup, senior center Krista have done it, someone else would
Phillips have. That's the good thing about
caught a TOLEDO 57 our team."
lob from MICHIGAN 72 Even with a team-high 22 points
freshman and 11 rebounds, Phillips certainly
Dayeesha Hollins and banked in a didn't have to do it alone. In fact,
layup over her head from under- three players put in 62 of Michi-
neath the basket. In the next two gan's 72 points.
possessions Phillips recorded a Hollins put in 19 to go along
block, nailed a 3-pointer and then with six assists while sophomore
followed it up with another bucket forward Carmen Reynolds scored
in the post, finishing and drawing 21 points, including going 4-for-9
a foul. from deep. Junior guard Veronica
Phillips's quick seven points Hicks's eight points represented
gave the Michigan women's bas- most of the remaining scoring for
ketball team an insurmountable TOREHAN SHARMAN/Daily Michigan.
ten-point lead, which the Wolver- Senior Krista Phillips had 22 points in But Hicks's contributions were
ines would never relinquish in their the Wolverines win over Toledo. See WNIT, Page 4B

Wolverines' seniors fall short at NCAAs

Daily Sports Writer
Two of the most decorated
members of the Michigan wom-
en's swimming and diving team
competed in their final meet as
Wolverines this weekend at the
NCAA Championships held in
West Lafayette, IN.
Fifth-year senior Emily Brun-
emann and senior Margaret Kelly
had hopes of returning to Ann
Arbor with a pair of individual
national titles, they didn'tbutboth
earned All-American honors.
The two led Michigan to a
15th-place finish (76 points) while
Florida (382) edged out Stanford
(379.5) for the NCAA team title.
The last time the Wolverines
had an individual national cham-

pion was two years ago when swim her best time and hope it
Brunemann registered a victory would hold up against the field in
in the 1,650-yard freestyle. the A Final. Brunemann touched
Brunemann found herself in a the wall second in her heat a sec-
familiar place, in the final of the ond and a half behind Lauren
1,650-yard freestyle vying for a Boyle of California. But the effort
second career NCAA title in her was enough for fifth place overall
signature event. A victory would and All-American honors.
have erased memories of a disap- It was that determination and
pointing Big Ten meet, in which effort that Michigan coach Jim
she finished second and third in Richardson admires most about
the 500 and 1,650-yard freestyle Brunemann, whom he considers
respectively. the best distance swimmer in pro-
Brunemann took an early lead gram history.
in the B Final in the event. She "She did a great job halfway
blistered the first 200 yards in through the race but she wasn't
1:53.05, two seconds off her pace able to hold on," Richardson said.
in the prelims for the 500-yard "She went for it. There were other
freestyle. swimmers who swam strategic
But the fifth-year senior had races. But her goal was to swim a
a disadvantage swimming in the time faster than she swam before."
consolation final. She could only See NCAAS, Page 3B

The fourth-ranked Wolverines beat
No. 2 Arizona in extras and scored 30
runs on the weekepd. Page 2B1

The Michigan men's gymnastics set a
school record on senior night to beat
rival Ohio State. Page 2B

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