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12 - The Midhgan Daily Summer Weeky- Wednesday, May 20,1992
Water polo finishes season seventh at Nationals

by Greg Richardson
Daily Sports Writer
There were no "gimmees" for the Michigan
women's water polo team at the national tourna-
ment in Vienna, Va.
Michigan(22-10)earneditslonevictoryofthe
tournament against Bucknell with a 6-5 win,
whilelosing its fourothergames.TheWolverines
finished seventh in the nation, a step up from last
year's eighth-place finish at nationals.
The Wolverines lost their first four games at
the tournament, and defeated Bucknell in the
seventh-place game. Michigan opened against
top-seed UC-Davis and lost, 19-3.

"We didn't have a bad game all weekend.
They (UC-Davis) didn't blow us out," Michigan
coach Scott Russell said. "They once beat us 28-
2.This time,they beat us something like5-1 every
quarter."
Michigan's second game against Maryland
was one of the more exciting games of the touma-
ment. The Terrapins outlasted the Wolverines,
12-9. The largest margin between the clubs
throughout the game was two goals until the
Terrapins added a late goal for the final margin.
In its third game, Michigan faced possibly the
bestgoalieinthenation,andwerestymiedbyCal-
Poly, 10-1.

Athalftime,Michigantrailed Cal-Poly,2-1,as
theWolverines' soliddefensecontainedCal-Poly's
attack. As Cal-Poly widened the gap, Russell
started to play his bench, while Cal-Poly kept its
starters in. This was part of the reason for the nine-
goal margin.
Michigan's final loss came against Cal-Ber-
keley, 17-6. It was close until the fourth quarter,
when Russell said his team "ran out of gas."
The Bucknell game was the highlight for the
Wolverines. Candice Quinn was superb, scoring
three of her tournament six goals in the game, and
shutting down Bucknell's best player, Vicky
Gormon. Russell said he felt that Quinn played

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great defense on "a dominating player."
Lori Barnard was Michigan's topscorer of the 9
tournament with nine tallies. Becky Luebke con-
tinued toshine,scoring five times,including twice
against Bucknell.
Russellalsosaidhereceivedsolidgoaltending
from Karen Gomy, especially in the Bucknell
game. Gomy finished her career in the tourna-
ment,and Russellsaidherpresencewillbe missed.
"Wehavenever playedagame without Karen.
It's going to be a little strange," Russell said.
UC-San Diegowon its third consecutive cham-
pionship.UC-DavisfinishedsecondandSlippery
Rock took third.
SOFTBALL
Continued from page 11
gan coach Carol Hutchins credits the
respectable performance tothe factthat
the team treated Arizona like its other
opponents.
"Our team was not intimidated and
you need to do that against the No. 2
team in the country," Hutchins said.
"We played well and had a lot of
chances."
Senior Sue Sieler, who won Big
Ten player-of-the-week honors May
12 following a 12-for-16 performance
against Minnesota, said that the team
- was more relaxed because they had
already wrapped up the Big Ten.
"We went in feeling pretty good.
We knew that if we played our game 9
we'd do well against them (Arizona),"
Sieler said. "There was not as much
stress because we only needed to play
one game a day and not a double-
header."
Michigan did not come as close the
secondday,endingitsseasonwithan8-
0 loss. Patti Benedict was the only
Wolverine to record a hit off Wildcat
- pitcher Susie Parra (24-2). Benedict's
two hits, included a double in the sev-
enth inning. 4Y
"Thesecondday,weseemedalittle
tentative," Hutchins said. "Arizona
turned it upa notch and we weren'table
to turn it up with them."
WINKLER
Continued from page 11
meet with his NCAA Championship
performanceonthe floorexerciseApril
25 in Lincoln, Neb. Winkler became
the first national champion for the
Wolverines since John Corritore won
the parallel bar competition in 1978.
Winkler was true to form on the
floor this weekend. His 9.7 optional
score gaered him top honors on the
exercise.
"That really validates his NCAA
championship,"Darden said."He'shad
a great year and I expect bigger things
from him next year."
Though Winkler'sperformanceof- S
ficially ends Michigan's 1992 cam-
paign, Darden will be working with
SWinklerand many of the gymnasts on
a volunteer basis this summer.
"We've got a lot of dedicated guys
- on this team," Darden said. "The extra
workover thesummerisreally goingto
help us."
The Daily s
congratulates formr
on his new job.

.CY CHAPMAN

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