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- ~ Monday, May 5, 2008
1The Michigan Daily - michigandaily.com
ost ' 'limps to t at Big Tens

By ACE ANBENDER
For the Daily
BELLEVILLE - It was a dreary,
overcast day at Belleville Lake for
the Big Ten Rowing Championships
on Saturday.
No. 11 Michigan's performance
matched
the
weather,
strug- See a gallery
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a fifth- www michigandaily.comr
place fin-
ish in the seven-team tournament.
The Wolverines finished 60
points behind No. 6 Michigan State,
which took the title with wins by its
first varsity eight, first varsity four
and second varsity fourboats.
Just three of Michigan's six boats
-firstvarsityeight,firstnoviceeight
and second varsity four - qualified
for the grand finals, making it dif-
ficult for the team to accumulate
points in the afternoon finals.
"Overall, we didn't achieve what
we hoped to," junior Julia Nelson

said of the Wolverines' disappoint-
ing day. Coming in, Michigan was
expected to compete with Ohio
State for second.
The first varsity eight gave the
Wolverines their strongest perfor-
mance, finishing third behind the
champion Spartans and runner-up
Buckeyes. The Wolverines finished
just five seconds behind the Spar-
tans, who led the whole way.
The rest of Michigan's boats
couldn't find a rhythm. The second
varsity four and first novice eight,
the other twoboats to qualify for the
grand finals, both finished fourth in
their respective races.
"We have a lot of emotion about
today," Nelson said. "If we can chan-
nel that emotion into the oar, we're
feeling hopeful about the rest of our
championship season."
Michigan hopes to bounce back
with a strong performance at the
Central/South Region Sprints on
May 17-18 in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The
race is the primary way to qualify
for the NCAA Championships in
Sacramento, Calif.
draw from much deeper pools than
a Hoosier squad that wholly over-
achieved one Sunday in April.
Purdue has been right with
Michigan for the top spot in the
Big Ten standings. Unlike lastyear
when the Wolverines lost 5-of-8
down the stretch and still held a
comfortable lead, they can't afford a
two-weekend vacation now.

The Michigan rowing team finished fifth of seven teams at the Big Ten Championships in Belleville on Saturday.

BASEBALL
From Page 11
"That whoopin' was a wake-up
call," Maloney said. "(Now) we
know that we're going to have to
do a better job if we want to accom-
plish things ahead of us."
But the Wolverines' motivations

Although hosting the confer-
ence tournament may not seem
important, it gives the Wolverines
yet another chance to show off
Ray Fisher Stadium at the Wilpon
Complex to the NCAA Selection
Committee. That can only help in
Michigan's quest to receive one of
the six coveted hosting bids for an
NCAA Regional - a goal it has had
since construction was complet-
ed on the new stadium.
Last year, the Wolverines had

an at-largebid locked up, so they
had nothing to play for in the Big
Ten Tournament. This year, the
motivation to win the tournament
is there.
"In order to host, we need to win
the Big Ten, in my opinion," Malo-
ney said.
All the Wolverines have to do
now is execute. Unlike last season
when Michigan was just happy to
get in the NCAA Tournament, this
team wants more. Because of that,

the desperation the Wolverines
have been known to play with on
the biggest stages - like last year's
NCAA Regional-winning victory
over Vanderbilt - is bound to pro-
pel Michigan through the next two
weeks and into the Tournament.
Get ready for Ann Arbor's first
baseball regional - it should be a
fun weekend.
- Andy Reid can be reached
at andyreid@umich.edu.

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