The Wolverine

January 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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JANUARY 2017 THE WOLVERINE 65   OLYMPIC SPORTS UPDATE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (9-3 OVERALL, 0-0 BIG TEN) U-M was ranked No. 20 nationally in the NCAA Women's Basketball RPI through a Dec. 13 home win over previously un- defeated Ohio … In the 69-46 victory over the Bobcats, junior guard Katelynn Flaherty scored 25 points, topping 1,500 points for her career; she is just the sev- enth player in program history to reach that mark … The Wolverines defeated then-No. 25 Gonzaga 78-66 Nov. 24 … That victory came in the first game of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands … Michigan reached the cham- pionship game of the tournament before falling 76-62 to then-No. 10 Florida State … Two of the Wolverines' three losses have come against top-10 competition … In a 92-57 victory over San Diego State Dec. 9, senior guard Siera Thompson notched her first double-double with 11 points and 11 assists … Five Wolverines posted double-digit point totals in the win over SDSU … Freshman guard Kysre Gondrezick is averaging 12.5 points per game off the bench for the Wolverines … Sophomore center Halle Thome is the second-leading scorer for Michigan, averaging 12.7 points per game … On Dec. 13, head coach Kim Barnes-Arico an- nounced that sophomore guard Boogie Brozoski was granted her release from the program and would be transferring to another school … Michigan has two more games against non-conference opponents before taking on Rutgers at home Dec. 28 and Wisconsin on the road Jan. 1 to open Big Ten play. — Leland Mitchinson MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING (3-0, 1-0) U-M was tied for No. 12 in the Dec. 6 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll … Michigan took part in the Georgia Invitational Dec. 2-4 in Athens, Ga. … The team fin- ished sixth in a field of seven teams, tallying 503 points … The divers com- peted for the first time this season, with freshman Steven Anderson placing fifth for the Wolverines, the highest of any Michigan diver … All Michigan divers placed in the top 10 … The Wolverines had five top-eight finishes in Georgia, led by sophomore Blake Maczka, who finished second in the 1,650-yard free- style with a career-best time of 15:07.22 … The Wolverines will compete in the Orange Bowl Classic Jan. 3 in Key Largo, Fla., and then travel to Indiana Jan. 13. — Leland Mitchinson WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING (2-1, 1-0) The Wolverines were ranked No. 6 nationally in the Dec. 6 CSCAA poll … Michigan traveled to Athens, Ga., to participate in the Georgia Invitational Dec. 2-4 and took fourth place with 641 points … The team was led by a record- breaking performance from freshman Vanessa Krause, who set the school re- cord in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:55.76 … Michigan took the top two places in the 1,650-yard freestyle with sophomore Yirong Bi securing the victory with a time of 15:51.94, followed closely by junior G Ryan, who finished in 15:57.10 … Senior Allie Murphy earned a NCAA Zone Diving qualification with a score of 251.35 … The Wolverines will participate in the USA Diving Winter Na- tional Championships Dec. 19 and the Orange Bowl Classic Jan. 3 … The team will then see its second Big Ten oppo- nent when it travels to Indiana Jan. 13. — Leland Mitchinson VOLLEYBALL (24-11, 11-9 BIG TEN) The Wolverines were ranked No. 17 in the American Volleyball Coaches As- sociation Poll Nov. 28 before beginning play in the NCAA Tournament Dec. 1 … Senior middle blocker Abby Cole earned All-Big Ten honors and was selected to the AVCA All-North Region team, while freshman setter MacKenzi Welsh earned All-North Region team honorable men- tion … The Wolverines ended the regular season with a 3-0 win over then No. 14 Michigan State, followed by a 3-1 loss to then-No. 1 Nebraska … Michigan hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA Tourna- ment, facing American and then No. 19 Oregon … The Wolverines dominated on their home court, dropping just one set in the two home victories and mov- ing on to take on No. 21 Creighton in the regional semifinals Dec. 9 in Austin, Texas … Michigan put up a strong fight before finally falling to the Bluejays 3-2 … Soph- omore Carly Skjodt recorded a double- double with 10 kills and a career-high 21 digs in the loss … Welsh and fifth- year senior Kelly Murphy also recorded double-doubles … Michigan advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012 … It is the 16th tournament appearance for the program, and the No. 12 seed was the highest in the team's history. — Leland Mitchinson WRESTLING (3-1 OVERALL, 0-1 BIG TEN) U-M was ranked No. 14 in the country in the Dec. 13 National Wrestling Coaches Association/USA Today poll … The team posted road wins against then-No. 17 Oklahoma Dec. 18 and then-No. 24 Or- egon State Dec. 20 before placing ninth out of 36 teams in the Cliff Keen Las Ve- gas Invitational … Redshirt freshmen Stevan Micic (133) and Myles Amine (174) took second and third in their re- spective weight classes in Vegas, while classmate Logan Massa won at 165 … Amine knocked off a pair of returning All- Americans, while Massa beat the grap- pler who was ranked No. 2 nationally in the finals … Massa is now 15-0 on the year with three top-10 wins … The Wol- verines opened Big Ten competition at home against No. 13 Minnesota, falling in a close match, 22-18 … Ranked eighth at 133 pounds, Micic came away with a pin in the final match of the meet, overcom- ing No. 18 Mitch McKee … Michigan will begin the new year at home with tough matches against No. 3 Iowa Jan. 6 and Maryland Jan. 13, before heading on the road to take on No. 7 Nebraska Jan. 15. — Leland Mitchinson Sophomore Carly Skjodt recorded a double- double with 10 kills and a career-high 21 digs in the Wolverines' 3-2 loss to No. 21 Creighton in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. It was the furthest the program had advanced since 2012. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS

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