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Dominating thenaces The women of the 1999-2000 crew team experienced an inspirational and dynamic season. Led by head coach Mark Rothstein and four-year veteran coxswain Belinda Koo, the varsity team merited such honors as first place at the Big Ten Championships and fifth place at the NCAA Championships. Aside from these honors, women ' s rowing was not just a competitive team, but a family as well. As junior psychology major Christina Meyer voiced, " I came to the University know- ing nothing about crew and knowing nobody on the team. I will leave here having discovered amazing things about my body, my mind, and the true meaning of ' team. ' My teammates and coaches are the most inspirational people I have ever met. They will be my friends for the rest of my life. " Not only did the crew team earn outstanding times and secure many wins at meets, coach Mark Rothstein was named the 2000 Central Region Coach of the Year and co-Big Ten Coach of the Year. However, the awards did not stop there. Junior Kate Johnson was named Big Ten Conference Women ' s Rowing Athlete of the year, as well as the team ' s Athlete of the year. Other team awards included senior Jeanine Seeger being selected as the Maize and Blue Award recipient, senior Jaime Stilson receiving the Academic Achievement, honoring junior Laurel Donnell-Fink with the Most Improved Rower award, and Helen Dalis being recognized as the Freshman of the Year. Despite these awards, the women of crew knew how lucky they were to be parts of the team. Senior organizational studies major Caroline Gregory expressed, " Rowing has been like no sport I had ever done before in that it is ' the ultimate team sport. ' Getting to be a part of this program has enabled me to work day in and day out with some of the most amazing people on campus! " She went on to say, " Being a part of the Michigan Crew team has taught me more than just what would enable me to compete at my best. It has allowed me to learn about who I am as an individual and that if I want something bad enough, no one has the power to tell me I can ' t [have it]. " by Jennie Putvin 10 2 10 24 10 31 3 25 3 25 4 1-2 4 15 4 16 4 29 5 13-14 5 26-28 at Head of the Ohio at Head of the Charles at Head of the Elk at North Carolina, vs. Central Florida vs. Virginia San Diego Crew Classic vs. Ohio State vs. Michigan State Big Ten Championships Central Region Championships NCAA Championships 3rd of 15 6th of 64 1st of 24 1st of 3 W 5th of 6 W L 1st place 1st place 5th place Determined to win their heat, the first varsity eight rows in perfect rhythm at the Big Ten Championships. The first varsity eight won each of its three races at the championships, photo courtesy of Athletic Media Relations Sports 169
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1 The Wolverine first varsity eight tears through the water en route to a Big Ten Championship. After winning the Big Ten, the team went on to win the NCAA Central Region Championship, photo courtesy of Athletic Media Relations Pulling out to an insurmountable full boat length lead, the second varsity eight dominates the finals of the Big Ten Championships. The second varsity eight finished in 6:24.88. photo courtesy of Athletic Media Relations rag (Women ' s Rowing
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Bumping through we Competition The Wolverine volleyball squad entered the season with high hopes for the veteran team. The Maize and Blue returned five of six starters from the 1 999 team that enjoyed one of the best seasons in the program ' s history. The Wolverines stormed into the season ranked within the pre-season top twenty-five for the first time in the program ' s history. The Wolverines seemed to be ready to fulfill the expectations set by the pre-season polls when they opened the season by winning eight of their first nine matches. However, the team could not maintain the momentum of their first ten matches throughout the season. The Wolverines torrid start was tempered by a lackluster mid-season performance. In the middle of October the team went on a four game conference losing streak. Losses against Iowa, Minnesota, Penn State and Indiana seemed ready to topple the season. November, however, saw the team turn the season around again, as the Wolverines won their first three games of that month against Illinois, Michigan State, and Ohio State, respectively. The streaky season was a result of having a very difficult schedule. Of their first 31 matches, 20 were against teams that participated in the 1999 NCAA National Championship Tourna- ment. Despite the extremely difficult schedule the team still man- aged to finish the season well above the .500 mark. The Wolverines were led by fifth year senior Sarah Behnke and senior Shannon Melka; the pair were returning captains from the 1 999 squad. When healthy, Behnke had been a consistent starter for the Wolverines since her freshman year. Behnke entered the season needing 483 kills to break former teammate Karen Chase ' s school record of 1261. Melka led the 1999 squad with 1374 assists, the second highest tally in the program ' s history, by Jon Hammer and Caelan Jordan A Maize and Blue defender dives to dig a spike and save the point. Consistent hustle and leadership kept the Wolverines in NCAA tournament contention all season long, photo by Naomi Trager The (Ffn) l?( c 9 1 :rv v3 s u . Maryland c=y 3-0 10 14 at Wisconsin 0-3 9 2 Sacremento State 3-0 10 18 Notre Dame 3-0 9 2 at Pacific 0-3 10 20 Iowa 2-3 9 8 Northern Illinois 3-0 10 21 Minnesota 0-3 9 8 New Mexico 3-0 10 27 at Penn State 0-3 9 9 South Carolina 3-0 10 28 at Indiana 1-3 9 15 Houston 3-2 11 3 Purdue 3-0 9 16 Virginia 3-0 11 4 Illinois 3-0 9 16 at Arkansas 3-0 11 8 Michigan State 3-2 9 20 at Michigan State 2-3 11 10 Ohio State 3-0 9 24 at Ohio State 1-3 11 17 at Minnesota 0-3 9 26 Toledo 3-0 11 18 at Iowa 1-3 9 29 at Illinois 3-0 11 24 Wisconsin 0-3 9 30 at Purdue 1-3 11 25 Northwestern 3-1 10 6 Indiana 3-2 NCAA 1st 2nd Round 10 7 Penn State 2-3 11 30 Louisville 3-1 10 13 at Northwestern 3-2 12 1 at Arizona 0-3 Overall Record: 19-14 Big Ten: 8-12 170 Volleyball
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