Four Gophers to represent U.S. at Four Nations Cup

Four members of Minnesota’s women’s hockey squad have been selected to represent the United States at the 2002 Four Nations Cup in Ontario.

Winny Brodt, Natalie Darwitz, Krissy Wendell and Kelly Stephens will compete in the event Nov. 6-10 against teams from Canada, Sweden and Finland.

The four players will miss the Gophers’ series against Bemidji State at Ridder Arena that same weekend.

All four have previous experience playing at the international level.

Brodt left the Gophers after her junior season in 2000 to play on the U.S. National Team. Wendell and Darwitz competed in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, while Stephens was a member of the U.S. Under-22 team in 2001.

“It’s great that Gopher women’s hockey will have such a large contingent on the team,” Minnesota head coach Laura Halldorson said. “We will miss them that weekend, but know that they will represent our program well at the tournament.”

Varsity rowers second

the University of Minnesota rowing team competed in the Head of the Rock regatta in Rockford, Ill. last weekend. The course was approximately 2.75 miles long, with nine Gophers boats participating. In varsity racing, Minnesota claimed second in the Open 4, fourth in the Open 8+ and third place in the singles event. The novice team placed second in the Open 8+ race.

Placing second in the Open Varsity 4+ race with a time of 17:32.6 were coxswain Catie Hill, Jackie Gagner, Melissa Roche, Heidi Rose and Jill Peters.

Coming in at 16:00.9 in the fourth-place Varsity 8+ boat were coxswain Katie Nelson, Kirsten Kosloske, Jessi Johnson, Katie Thurstin, Jackie Gagner, Jill Peters, Heidi Rose, Melissa Roche and Beth Hornby.

Hornby raced in the singles event and finished in 19:55.

In the novice boat were coxswain Kristi Branigan, Natalie Olvera, Sarah Reed, Janette Gustafson, Casey Christensen, Jillian Casey, Therese Hrncirik, Jenna Buskohl and Colleen Brown, finishing in 17:16.7.

Minnesota’s next competition will be Oct. 20 at Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass.

Men’s tennis sweeps

the University of Minnesota men’s tennis team swept six singles matches against Michigan State on Sunday to wrap up play at the Minnesota Invitational in the brand-new Baseline Tennis Center. In the three-day, six-team event, the Gophers won 25 out of 34 singles matches.

Junior Chris Wettengel claimed a 6-2, 2-6 (10-3) win over the Spartans’ Adam Hourani to finish the weekend with a perfect 6-0 singles record. Junior transfer Clay Estes also remained perfect in four singles matches with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Mike Brown.

Softball ends fall season

the University of Minnesota softball team closed out its fall season last Saturday with the Minnesota Invitational at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. The Gophers lost 3-1 in their first game to Augustana before downing Concordia-St. Paul, 8-0, in the final game of the fall campaign. For the season, the team went 6-3.

The Gophers open the regular season as host for the Metrodome Softball Tournament on Feb. 6-9, 2003.