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The Michigan Daily - Monday, July 26, 2004 - 15

Gallo sets 'M' record;
eyeing trip to Beijing
By Sam Olson "I had to relax and not get too nervous," the
For the Daily Michigan senior said. "I stayed focused and
looked at it like any other race."
Michigan distance runner Lindsey Gallo After turning in a respectable finish at this
looked at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Track and year's trials, Gallo hopes to build on the expe-
Field Trials as a chance to gain some valuable rience as she sets her sights on the 2008
experience against world-class competition. Olympics. Though she did not qualify for the
She left the trials in Sacramento, Calif. which U.S. Olympic team, the Michigan runner left
lasted from July 9th to thet8th, not only with with many positives from her time in Sacra-
confidence to compete at a high level, but also mento and commented on the value of the
with a new Michigan record. Gallo left her experience.
mark in the semifinals of the 1,500-meter run, "It was really great. It made me realize that
setting a new school record in the event and going to the Olympics is something I'd really
advancing to the finals. The distance runner like to do," Gallo said. "It was good experi-
clocked in at 4:09.94, which was good enough ence for four years from now."
to land her fourth place in the semifinal heat. Other Michigan athletes who competed in
"I was excited to break the school record," Sacramento were hurdler Verra Simms, javelin
Gallo said. "It has been a goal of mine all thrower Lindsey Stephenson and discus thrower
season." Melissa Bickett. Simms ran a time of 1:00.91 in
Despite not making the Olympic team, the quarterfinals of the 400-meter hurdles, fin-
Gallo finished as the top collegian runner in ishing 23rd. Stephenson finished 15th in the
the final heat, finishing in I lth place. preliminaries of the javelin throw with a dis-
Gallo also made sure she had the proper tance of 151'8" (46.24 meters), and Bickett fin-
training and mindset to compete against ished 16th in the discus throw preliminaries with
world-class competition. a distance of 176' (53.64 meters).

Michigan's Undsey Gallo was the top college runner in the 1,50-
will be a disappointment. And with
11 seniors on the team, there is a By Seth Gordon
sense of urgency intensifying the Daily Sports Editor
pressure. No position is more vital
than goaltender, and they need to With 11 senio
be unflappable. The only way to team that was on
become impervious to pressure is Frozen Four last
to deal with it over and over, and hockey team has
the minors don't offer that opportu- That didn't sto
nity. In fact, because he will face the Wolverine
similar pressure in New York, the from picking up
Rangers benefit as well. pair of top-notc
With Montoya's return, all the forwards, Cha
pieces are in place for a deep run in Kolarik and Kevi
the NCAA Tournament. Because it Porter, from th
is a single-elimination tournament, nearby U.S
anything can happen. But make no National Develop
mistake: The Wolverines should be mental program.
at the top of the rankings all season "You can neve
long. They have experience up and have too muc
down the lineup, and no real weak- offense," associ
*nesses. Pearson said. "I
Montoya's decision benefits both of them w:
everyone. Except maybe Page Six. they would com
thing to our team
M NOTE What Michiga
that has becor
Ba ins Big Ten being paired toge
Both spent tw
teamthe U.S. Natio
Program in Ann
Sophomore Amadou Ba of the attended high s
men's basketball team has been became friends.
selected to join the 2004 Big Ten In their first y
0 Conference Foreign Tour team on an al team they we
11-day trip through Europe. on the team in sc
The team, which will be coached Now, they at
by Penn State's Ed DeChellis, will Michigan, where
play five exhibition games against incoming freshme
top teams from host countries. The "We both came
venues include France and England. mental program)
The Mauritania, Africa native became really go
played 15 minutes in seven games said. "It's definitel
off the bench, pulling down 0.4 we've both comr
* rebounds a game while being held We probably could
scoreless. next 20 years of oi
Ba, who speaks five different lan- Aside from h
guages, was awarded Michigan's Porter, Kolarik
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship award gan by a commo
this pest season. recruits consi

-meter Olympic qualifier. She finished 11th.

hopes to break into veteran lineup

rs returning from a
e win away from the
year, the Michigan
few holes to fill.
S. , '
,h Kolarik
ate head coach Mel
think we recruited
ith the thought that
e in and add some-
an will add is a duo
me accustomed to
o years playing for
nal Developmental
Arbor, where they
chool together and
ear with the nation-
re first and second
re both coming to
they will be the only
en on the team.
(to the U.S. Develop-
at the same time and
od friends," Kolarik
ly developed now that
mited (to Michigan.)
d end up spending the
ur lives together."
is friendship with
was drawn to Michi-
n experience among
dering becoming

Wolverines - a trip to the Big House.
"On my first recruiting trip, I
actually went to a football game and
I heard 'Hail to the Victors', and it
just gave me the chills," Kolarik
said. "From that point on, I knew it
was right."
This past
month, both were
drafted by the
Phoenix Coyotes
in the NHL draft.
While Porter was
tabbed in the
fourth round,
Kolarik went in
the seventh.
Porter attended
Porter the draft, while
Kolarik was unaware that they had
been drafted by the same team.
"He was the first one to call me
actually and tell me that I had been
drafted by Phoenix," Kolarik said. "I
guess before they drafted me they
asked him about me and he said a few
good things. It was funny."
Despite the tendency to lump them
together, each has their own style and
identity when they step on the ice.
"Porter is more of an all-around
forward. He's a very good playmak-
er, a good skater and very hard
working," Pearson said. "Porter
might be like a player we had years
ago named Kevin Hilton. His goals-
to-assists ratio was more assists
than goals. Kevin Hilton could play
in every situation and it's a lot like
Kevin Porter. He can play in any sit-
uation and be successful."
In contrast, Kolarik sees himself
more as offensive-minded forward
with penchant for goal-scoring.
"My strengths are speed, quickness,
offensive ability and goal-scoring,"
Kolarik said. "I need to work on my
defense, but that's my game."
In the past, Michigan has been

put in a position, often by players
leaving school early for the NHL,
where freshmen have been given
opportunities to shine. With so
many returning players, Porter and
Kolarik may find it hard to find the
ice right away.
"I'm just hoping to be in the line-
up," Kolarik said. "They have a real-
ly good team coming back so it's
going to be an uphill battle."
Despite the competition, Pearson
believes that these two young for-

wards will come in and push their
new teammates for ice time.
"We think (Porter) is going to be a
high-end player for us, even though
we have a good number of returning
players," Pearson said. "But he'll
push some people for spots, either on
the powerplay or on one of the top
two scoring lines. Chad had a bit of a
down year last year, but I expect him
to come in and contribute for us.
Both of them should come right in
and give us some more offense."

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