The Wolverine

August 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Y ou might not know the name Siobhan Haughey. But you will. Or at least you should. Haughey traveled halfway around the world to become a Michigan swimmer. She left her family behind in Hong Kong, taking a chance on an immense and dramatically differ- ent world in Ann Arbor. Opportunity and adventure beck- oned, and Haughey answered sight unseen. "I realized Michi- gan was the perfect place for me," she said. "I didn't visit the school before I came here, so it was a bit risky, but I knew I made the right choice when I came here." Michigan head coach Mike Bottom knew she was the right choice for his program almost immediately. He watched her dili- gence in training. He appreciated her receptiveness to teaching. And he knows she's a winner. Haughey proved it in overwhelm- ing fashion as a Michigan freshman. She became the Swimmer of the Championships at the Big Ten meet, playing a key role in the Wolverines' first conference title since 2004. She went on to become an NCAA All- American in the 200-yard freestyle. Now she's headed for Rio de Janeiro, competing against the best swimmers in the world at the Olym- pic Games. You probably do know Sierra Romero, thanks to the growing popu- larity of college softball as a high- lighted TV sport. She was recognized as the best player in the nation as a college senior and is already playing pro ball. Romero comes across as humble as humanly possible, especially for the Charles Woodson of the diamond. She earned enough hardware this year to give Ace and True Value a run for their money. At the same time, she learned from head coach Carol Hutchins that it's not about her. WOLVERINE WATCH   JOHN BORTON Wolverines That Shouldn't Be Ignored Softball senior Sierra Romero was named The Wolverine's Female Athlete of the Year and is just one of several U-M stars that had a banner year in 2015-16. PHOTO BY DARYL MARSHKE/MICHIGAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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