Nov. 2, 2006
I want to apologize to our fans and supporters who came to campus on Saturday to find it as busy as a football weekend. There was a conference of some kind in the Breslin Center. This was unbeknownst to us. If I had known, I would have warned people last week.
Saturday, Jan. 17, 2003 was the last time our women's program had the feeling of beating a fellow Big Ten program in a dual meet. The dual-meet win against Iowa was very satisfying for our team because Iowa is a very good team. More than that though, it was satisfying because everyone contributed to the win. We only won seven of the 16 events, so many of our points were scored through depth. It also helped that for the fourth time this year, we had incredible diving which led to us sweeping both boards. The high point in the meet came in the 200 IM when we came out of the meet's final break and swept the event to clinch the victory. The hope is that we built a little momentum for the remainder of the semester.
On the flip side was the men's meet. I remember telling my staff in the beginning of the season that there was going to be a time during the season that we would lose a meet based on a poor lineup. Iowa competed hard and earned the victory. However, many poor decisions we made in the meet lineup cost us. We won eight events and we swept the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles. We also swept the 200 free relay. However, in some events we did not put our best people up and that was the difference. The meet did serve as a pretty good lesson for our young people that college dual meets are difficult and you have to be ready to compete in every race.
Mara Loniewski remained undefeated in the 200 freestyle by winning in both the Michigan and Iowa meets.
Adam Schmitt won four events at the Iowa meet.
Gabe Strickler swam to a personal-best time in the 200 backstroke.
Jason Vadney won the 100 fly in his first meet back from shoulder surgery.
Sasha Lewerenz continued her undefeated streak in the backstroke events.
Cassie Hamilton had a personal-best time in the 200 backstroke.
This weekend will be free of meets, but will have the return of football to campus. In addition, this Saturday will mark the final practice outdoors as the university will close the outdoor pool for the winter on Nov. 5. We invite any tailgaters to come by our practice on Saturday from 8-11 a.m. The final outdoor practice marks the traditional singing of the fight song on the 10-meter platform by the class of 2007.
This weekend I also plan to meet with Jim Clemens, captain of the 1957 Big Ten Champions. He is coming to campus for the football game. We hope to get plans together for the 50th reunion of the championship team next fall.
My weekly obligatory plea to please remember to renew your Ralph Young Membership. Current RYF members for the 2006-07 year: Fred Carter Mary Jane (Manchester) Meyers Coach Jennifer Parks Samuel Kasley III Terri Eudy Jim Clemens Don Korten Deb O'Neil Karen (Carboni) Kimple Coach Richard Fetters
Until next time,