The Wolverine

February 2019

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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FEBRUARY 2019 THE WOLVERINE 67 Women's Basketball (12-7, 3-4 Big Ten) U-M was 2-3 in the first five games in January … On Jan. 5, the Wolverines fell 71-70 to Purdue … U-M returned home to defeat Northwestern 79-78 in overtime Jan. 8 … Michigan was down four points with 37 seconds to go in the game, but made a comeback to force overtime … After that overtime victory, Michigan dropped two road games against ranked foes, to No. 9 Maryland 83-69 Jan. 12 and to No. 22 Iowa 75-61 Jan. 17 … Michigan got back on track at home Jan. 20 against Ohio State, winning 62-58 … Senior Hallie Thome was named Big Ten Player of the Week Jan. 14 after two double-doubles … Against Northwestern, she had 17 points and 11 rebounds, plus she posted a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds versus No. 9 Maryland … She became only the third player in program history to surpass 1,900 career points. No. 4 Men's Swimming and Diving (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) Michigan traveled to No. 3 Indiana Jan. 17 and lost 173.5-126.5 … Sophomore Tommy Cope beat defending NCAA champion Ian Finnerty in the 200-yard breaststroke, and also won the 200-yard individual medley over Finnerty by 0.01 seconds … Junior Miles Smachlo won both the 100- and the 200-yard butterfly … Sophomore Ricardo Vargas won the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,000-yard freestyle … Michigan rebounded Jan. 19 to dominate No. 14 Ohio State 202-98, winning 14 of 16 events in the meet … Sophomore Luiz Gustavo Borges swept the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle … Earlier in the month of January, Michi- gan finished first at the Orange Bowl Classic … Freshman Will Chan was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance at the event, which included winning the 50-meter breaststroke in a meet-record time. No. 2 Women's Swimming and Diving (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten) At the Orange Bowl Classic Jan. 3 in Key Largo, Fla., Michi- gan won and set new meet records in all 12 events against Minnesota State and Monmouth, going 1-2-3-4 in all but one individual event … Freshman Maggie MacNeil won the 50-meter butterfly and the 50-meter backstroke, earn- ing her Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors … Senior Catie DeLoof won the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke … Senior Siobhán Haughey won the 100-me- ter freestyle and the 200-meter individual medley … On Jan. 17, Michigan traveled to No. 14 Indiana and won 172- 128 … Haughey took first in three events, the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyles and the 200-yard individual medley … MacNeil captured the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly … The No. 2 nationally ranked Wolverines returned home Jan. 19 and defeated No. 22 Ohio State 196-104 … For the second time in one week, Haughey won the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley … DeLoof captured the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke … MacNeil won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly. — Andrew Hussey BY ANDREW HUSSEY M ore than halfway through the season, Michigan wrestling re- mains one of the best teams in the Big Ten and is perfect on the season with an 8-0 record. In January, the Wolverines scored three wins over ranked teams, beat- ing No. 16 Arizona State (23-12), No. 19 Illinois (28-10) and No. 18 Purdue (23-9). "A key is guys staying focused on improving every week and being ex- cited about their training and com- petition," first-year head coach Sean Bormet said. "I think it's an overall attitude and effort thing with this group." Not only are the Wolverines scor- ing major victories this season, they are dominating their opponents. In five dual victories to start January, Michigan is outscoring its opponents 137-49. "It's a team philosophy and some internal competition to score bonus points for the team," Bormet said. "We've talked about those things and we have a week-to-week award that we give out internally, and I think the guys are having fun with that. "They've bought into the philoso- phy that scoring a lot of points and wrestling is a winning style." Ranked No. 1 in the country at 133 pounds, redshirt junior Stevan Micic is undefeated on the season at 8-0 and leads the team with 36 dual points scored so far this season. He is one of the seven (out of 10) starters ranked in the top 11 nationally by at least one major poll, and all 10 are among the top 22 as of Jan. 15. "Stevan has been getting better week to week," Bormet said. "He was dealing with some injuries early in the season. Coming off the holiday break, I've really seen his motion, the timing of his offense and the inten- sity of his wrestling really increase." While Michigan is undefeated and wrestling well, Bormet said they still have room to grow. "We still have a lot more potential to reach individually and as a team," the coach concluded. ❑ Redshirt junior Stevan Micic opened the dual season with eight straight wins and was ranked No. 1 nationally at 133 pounds by Intermat as of Jan. 22. PHOTO BY DARYL MARSHKE/MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHY   OLYMPIC SPORTS UPDATE No. 6 Michigan Wrestling Off To 8-0 Start Updates On Winter Sports In Progress

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