The Wolverine

February 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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66 THE WOLVERINE FEBRUARY 2018   OLYMPIC SPORTS UPDATE "Only the top four teams get up there, and we'd love to be one of them fighting for that top spot." WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 17-4 OVERALL, 6-2 BIG TEN Senior guard Katelynn Flaherty scored 26 points in U-M's 69-64 over- time win at Nebraska Jan. 13, elevating her career total to 2,457; she moved past former U-M men's basketball star Glen Rice (2,442 points) for the school record in points scored by a male or fe- male … Michigan came in at No. 19 in the Jan. 15 Associated Press poll, mark- ing its highest ranking since it was No. 18 on Dec. 31, 2001 … Freshman forward Hailey Brown was tabbed as both the Big Ten Freshman of the Week and the USBWA National Freshman of the Week after she tallied a combined 35 points and 18 rebounds in consecu- tive wins over Indiana and Nebraska Jan. 10 and Jan. 13, respectively … The Wolverines picked up a huge 84-75 victory at No. 8 Ohio State Jan. 16 — the program's fifth win ever against a top-10 team … U-M's 17-4 record is its best 21-game start in school history. WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS 3-0 OVERALL, 2-0 BIG TEN Michigan kicked off its 2018 cam- paign Jan. 5 with an impressive 196.200-195.675 defeat of No. 4 Ala- bama … Junior Olivia Karas won the all-around with a score of 39.350 and earned Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors for the sixth time in her career as a result … The Wolverines followed up their win over the Crimson Tide with a 197.550-194.925 victory over No. 29 Ohio State Jan. 13 … Several Wolverines won individual honors af- ter taking down the Buckeyes, includ- ing rookie Syd Townsend (Big Ten Freshman of the Week), junior Emma McLean (Big Ten Event Specialist of the Week) and senior Paige Za- ziski (Big Ten Gymnast of the Week) … U-M also topped No. 21 Illinois 194.975-194.325 on the road Jan. 19, and checked in at No. 3 in the College Gymnastics Association poll Jan. 15. MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING 7-1 OVERALL, 4-1 BIG TEN U-M dropped its first meet of the season to No. 4 Indiana (170.5-129.5) Jan. 13 at Canham Natatorium … The Wolverines dominated the distance events, though, behind a pair of wins from senior distance specialist PJ Rans- ford in the 500-yard freestyle (4:23.03) and the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:01.88) … Sophomore Tommy Cope and class- mate Jacob Montague finished one-two in the 200-yard breaststroke (1:56.77 and 1:57.82, respectively) … Michigan was ranked No. 7 in the Jan. 17 edi- tion of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll … Behind a combined six wins from Ransford, senior butterfly specialist Evan White and senior backstroker Tristan Sanders, U-M swept No. 16 Ohio State (157-143) and No. 19 Vir- ginia Tech (196-104) Jan. 20 at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING 8-0 OVERALL, 6-0 BIG TEN Michigan claimed an impressive 180-120 win over No. 10 Indiana Jan. 13 … Four different U-M swim- mers were victorious in the freestyle events — senior freestyler/backstroker Gabby DeLoof in both the 100-yard freestyle (49.17) and the 200-yard free- style (1:46.21), junior distance special- ist Yirong Bi in the 500-yard freestyle (4:44.53), freshman distance specialist Sierra Schmidt in the 1,000-yard free- style (9:50.11) and junior freestyler/ backstroker Catie DeLoof in the 50- yard freestyle (22.77) … U-M clocked in at No. 2 in the Jan. 17 CSCAA poll … Bi, senior backstroker/individual med- ley Clara Smiddy and sophomore but- terfly specialist Vanessa Krause all won multiple events Jan. 20 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio, helping lead U-M to defeats of No. 11 Ohio State (176-124), No. 24 Virginia Tech (224-76) and Rutgers (233-67). MEN'S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD U-M was tabbed at No. 24 in the Jan. 10 United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) rankings … The Wol- verines debuted its new U-M Indoor Track Building Jan. 13 for the Wol- verine Invitational, hosting Eastern Michigan, Hillsdale, Michigan State, Notre Dame, South Florida, Western Michigan and Western Ontario … Freshman Jandon Briscoe had an im- pressive debut, winning the 400-me- ter final in 47.82 … The Wolverines posted 147.5 points (narrowly edging out Ohio State's 146.5) to come in first out of four teams at the Simmons-Har- vey Quad Jan. 20 in Ann Arbor. WOMEN'S INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD U-M was tagged No. 12 in the Jan. 10 edition of the USTFCCCA rankings … Michigan kicked off its season Jan. 13 inside the new U-M Indoor Track Building with the Wolverine Invita- tional … Sophomore sprinter Jade Har- rison was a double winner, coming out victorious in the 400 meters (55.48) and the 4x400-meter relay (3:44.91); she was one of 13 top-five performances on the day for the Maize and Blue … Fifth- year senior distance runner Erin Finn placed fourth in the mile (4:40.17), fin- ishing behind only professionals and clocking the best time in the country among collegians, and was named Big Ten Co-Athlete of the Week Jan. 17 for the 15th time in her U-M career … She followed it up by running the 3,000 me- ters in a career-best and school-record time of 8:58.69 at the Simmons-Harvey Quad Jan. 20 in Ann Arbor. WATER POLO 3-2 OVERALL, 0-0 CWPA U-M was tabbed No. 8 in the pre- season Collegiate Water Polo Associa- tion poll, its 38th straight with a top- 10 ranking … The Wolverines opened their season at the UCSB Winter Invi- tational Jan. 20 in Santa Barbara, Calif., and fell to No. 3 UCLA (5-4) before defeating No. 21 Cal State Northridge (14-5) and No. 19 UC Santa Barbara (10-7) … Michigan wrapped up the event Jan. 21 with an 11-4 win over No. 16 UC San Diego and a 5-3 loss to No. 5 Arizona State … In the event's final day, senior attacker Caroline An- derson became the first player in school history to record 200 career assists. ❏ Senior attacker Caroline Anderson became the first player in school history to record 200 career assists, and had 204 after the season's first five contests. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS

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