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June/July 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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JUNE/JULY 2017 THE WOLVERINE 69   OLYMPIC SPORTS UPDATE … Michigan will take on Valparaiso in the NCAA Regional May 12 at in Palo Alto, Calif. … If U-M defeats Valpo and wins its second-round match against Idaho or Stanford May 13, it will com- pete at the NCAA Championships May 18-23 in Athens, Ga. … The NCAA Individual Championships will occur May 24-29 in Athens, Ga. WOMEN'S TENNIS (21-5 OVERALL, 11-0 BIG TEN) Michigan was rated No. 10 nationally in the ITA rankings released April 25 … In the April 25 rankings of doubles teams, the tandem of sophomore Kate Fahey and junior Alex Najarian was listed No. 9 nationally … In the April 25 singles ratings, sophomore Brienne Mi- nor was ranked No. 24 and Fahey was ranked No. 25 … Michigan defeated Northwestern 4-2 in its final home match of the season … The Wolverines closed out the regular season with a 4-0 road win over Illinois … At the Big Ten Tournament April 28-30 in Cham- paign, Ill., Michigan posted a 4-0 vic- tory versus Indiana and topped North- western 4-1, but lost 4-0 to No. 4 Ohio State in the championship match … Michigan will host an NCAA Regional May 12-13 and take on Youngstown State in their first match … If the Wol- verines top Youngstown State and then defeats either Kentucky or Dartmouth in the second round, they will com- pete in the NCAA Team Championships May 18-23 in Athens, Ga. … The NCAA Individual Championships will take place May 24-29 in Athens, Ga. MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD At the Jesse Owens Classic April 21-22 in Columbus, Ohio, graduate student Ned Willig won the 1,500-meter race with a time of 3:45.44 … On the final day of the event, junior Brennan Mun- ley took second in the 800-meter race … At the Longhorn Invitational April 28 in Austin, Texas, junior Joe Ellis broke his own school record in the hammer throw with a toss of 69.30 meters … Michigan relay teams took two top-10 finishes at the Penn Relays April 29 in Philadelphia … At the Toledo Invita- tional May 4-5, freshman Desmond Mel- son won the 400-meter race in 49.39 seconds, while classmate Stephen Ha- gen finished first in the 100, running a wind-aided 10.88 seconds (+3.4 m/s) … The Big Ten Outdoor Championships run May 12-14 in State College, Pa. … The NCAA Preliminary Round is slated for May 25-27 in Lexington, Ky., and the NCAA Outdoor Championships will be held June 7-9 in Eugene, Ore. WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD Senior Gina Sereno won the 3,000-me- ter race with a time of 9:14.22 at the Penn Relays April 27 in Philadelphia … Junior Claire Borchers took third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Penn Relays as well … Freshman Court- ney Jacobsen tied her career best of 59.64 meters in the hammer throw and came in fifth place at the Longhorn In- vitational April 28 in Austin, Texas … At the Adidas/Steve Scott Invitational April 29 in Irvine, Calif., senior Jamie Morrissey won the 800-meter race by 0.01 seconds with a career-best time of 2:06.63 … Junior Claire Kieffer-Wright had her season-best performance with a runner-up finish in the high jump … At the May 4 Toledo Invitational, rookie Meagan Malloy finished as the runner- up in the hammer throw, with a toss of 54.74 meters … The following day, fifth-year senior Gina McNamara won the 800-meter race (2:15.93) … The Big Ten Outdoor Championships will be held May 12-14 in State College, Pa. … The NCAA Preliminary Round is slated for May 25-27 in Lexington, Ky., and the NCAA Outdoor Championships are June 8-10 in Eugene, Ore. WATER POLO (28-8 OVERALL, 8-0 CWPA) Michigan was ranked No. 7 nation- ally in the Collegiate Water Polo Asso- ciation Poll May 3 … The Wolverines participated in the CWPA Champion- ship Tournament April 28-30 in Bloom- ington, Ind., entering the competition as the No. 1 seed and winning with a 5-4 decision over No. 9 Princeton … It was the team's seventh championship, joining the conference title squads in 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2016 … The victory gave the squad a 16- game winning streak; they haven't lost since an 11-10 setback against No. 6 UC Irvine March 5 … U-M was well rep- resented on the CWPA All-Conference squad, with senior Allison Skaggs being named the league MVP and freshman Maddy Steere joining her with first- team honors … Steere is the first Michi- gan rookie to make the league's top squad since 2010 and just the seventh ever to do so … Fellow rookie Heidi Ritner, sophomore Kim Johnson and senior Danielle Johnson were listed on the second team, giving the Wolverines at least five all-conference selections for the second straight year … Michigan is the No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face No. 3 USC May 12. ❏ In the April 25 singles ratings, sophomore Brienne Minor was ranked No. 24 nationally. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS Senior Allison Skaggs was named CWPA MVP for both the regular season and confer- ence tournament. PHOTO COURTESY MICHIGAN ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS

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