The Minnesota Daily

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Victory gives men’s golf hope

August 26, 2002

Minnesota men's golfer Justin Smith has written his name countless times in his nearly 20 years, on everything from homework to his library card. Yet when the time came to sign his scorecard on the afternoon...

Inequality justifies not fighting for America

October 11, 2001

There have been several articles in the Daily over the last week or so concerning conscientious objection. I want to add my spin as to why I will not fight. I will not fight not because I am a coward (as...

Archer hauls down opposing ball carriers at furious pace

October 11, 2001

During Minnesota's football game at Illinois last Saturday, a member of the Illini media relations department approached a colleague from the Gophers staff in the Memorial Stadium press box. "What's No....

Ice time for freshmen, goaltending concern Lucia

October 4, 2001

Two days away from its season opener with North Dakota, Minnesota's men's hockey team addressed the media Wednesday with a bit of a different feel. The Gophers return to the ice with six sophomores who...

Mediocre results at Griak for runners

October 1, 2001

University of Washington senior Sabrina Monro sprinted ahead of the other 299 women runners at Saturday's Roy Griak Invitational almost as quickly as the starting gun blast. She established a sizeable...

Men’s hockey says hello to new faces, prepare for Sioux

September 28, 2001

Coach Don Lucia and the members of the Minnesota men's hockey team have been waiting a long time for this - an official return to the ice six long months after a 5-4 loss to Maine in the NCAA East Regional...

Vasiljeva a pleasant surprise for women’s cross country

September 28, 2001

Minnesota women's cross country coach Gary Wilson heads across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe about once a year to scout potential runners. After landing a literal diamond in the rough - Latvia's Darja Vasiljeva...

Canadian-born runners pace Minnesota’s success

September 27, 2001

Minnesota cross country runners Andrew McKessock and Will McComb share a lot in common. They both stand 6-feet tall and their weights are within five pounds of each other. They both hail from Ontario and...

Carlson makes long run from Arizona back to U

September 21, 2001

It's 8:15 on a Thursday morning and rather than sneaking into class late like some University students, Minnesota cross country runner Andrew Carlson has just finished up an early workout. The sweaty,...

Men’s swimming unfazed by heavy personnel losses

September 19, 2001

Although official practices don't begin for another couple weeks, the Minnesota men's swimming and diving team has been in the water since the start of the fall semester. Captain's practices have been...

Freeman marks improvement of squad, calls title talk premature

September 13, 2001

Moments after the Minnesota women's swimming and diving team captured the Big Ten championship trophy in February of 2000 - its second in as many years - the team took a celebration dip into the Indiana...

Anxious athletes rocked by news from homefront

September 12, 2001

Minnesota defensive end Greg White spoke softly with an anxious look in his eye after Tuesday afternoon's practice. He took a deep breath and sighed nervously before answering a slew of questions from...

Top recruits pacing CC’s expectations

September 11, 2001

The Minnesota women's cross country team may have lost its two biggest guns from last season, but plenty of bullets remain in the chamber to provide a valiant shot at repeating success. The 18th-ranked...

Fuel additives too much trouble

September 10, 2001

Once again in Washington, politics is overruling science and common sense to keep a costly and dangerous policy alive. The 1990 Clean Air Act amendments attempted to improve air quality by mandating the...

Former golf coach admits ‘mistake,’ plans for future

September 10, 2001

Breaking a brief silence, former Minnesota men's golf coach John Means issued a lengthy statement through attorney James Carson W. Bock on Friday concerning his resignation from the program. Means resigned...

U receives verbal commitment from Greenway’s Guyer

September 7, 2001

One of the nation's most highly-touted hockey recruits is staying within the close comforts of home. Senior Gino Guyer, the heart and soul of Greenway's hockey program, said he will choose Minnesota over...

Union workers rally at Northrop

September 5, 2001

Across from the pillars of Morrill Hall - the University's administrative abode - about 200 unionized University employees gathered in Northrop Plaza. They held hands, sang "solidarity forever, for the...

Another stumble keeps Welch from joining hockey team

September 5, 2001

Minnesota hockey player Dan Welch has not fulfilled his contract with the University's College of Liberal Arts for the fall semester and therefore cannot join the team this fall. Welch took four classes...

Men’s cross country reloads for a fifth NCAA run

September 4, 2001

After taking a quick peek at the roster, you may say they are young. And while you're at it, you may assume they aren't quite the best of friends yet. However, you may not call them inexperienced. Losing...

Volleyball team happy with season but not with last match

December 11, 2000

HONOLULU -- The most successful season in Minnesota volleyball history came to a close Thursday night after a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to UC Santa Barbara in the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in Honolulu,...

Pearl Harbor still lives in infamy as nation remembers

December 8, 2000

HONOLULU -- On the back lawn of the Arizona Memorial Visitors Center here, a crowd had gathered Thursday morning. Yet it was eerily quiet. The time was 7:55 a.m., exactly 59 years to the minute after bombs...

Volleyball team loses heartbreaker in Hawaii

December 8, 2000

HONOLULU -- It's about as close to a home court advantage as the Minnesota volleyball team was going to get playing just off the lovely shores of Waikiki Beach. Wearing their white home jerseys and already...

Hebert expects tough game from alma mater

December 7, 2000

The last time Minnesota's volleyball team witnessed a point scored at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, UCLA was scoring its 15th point of a decisive fifth game to win 3-2. The loss sent the Gophers...

Aloha, sweet 16

December 6, 2000

The Minnesota volleyball team bid good riddance to -30 degree wind-chill temperatures Tuesday morning aboard a flight bound for tropical Honolulu. Most of the Gophers are making their second trip in as...

Heading to Hawaii

December 4, 2000

The difference in match-time between Friday night's thwarting of Robert Morris College by Minnesota and the gritty effort needed to beat Arizona State 3-1 the next night was exactly one hour. A flight...

December Madness

December 1, 2000

After going 17-3 and finishing second in one of the strongest volleyball conferences in the nation, Minnesota is gearing up for a bit of a different breed this weekend at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers,...

Volleyball seniors look to go out with a playoff bang

November 29, 2000

They are three seniors from two states with one common denominator. The Minnesota volleyball team hosts the first and second rounds of the 2000 NCAA tournament this weekend at the Sports Pavilion. It will...

Second-ranked wrestlers keep rolling against Northern Iowa

November 27, 2000

It may be true rankings are just a number on a piece of paper, but the Minnesota wrestling team proved its number means something. Ranked second in the Intermat polls, the Gophers took on No. 15 Northern...

Branagh spikes way into record books against Iowa

November 27, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- While Nicole Branagh smacked each of her 23 kills Saturday night at St. John Arena, she not only helped the seventh-ranked Gophers battle No. 17 Ohio State, she added tally marks to the...

Volleyball team falters in last game, settles for second in Big Ten

November 27, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- To say the seventh-ranked Minnesota volleyball team had its first Big Ten title in program history in sight would be a severe understatement. So would saying the Gophers could smell it,...

Volleyball team two wins away from share of Big Ten title

November 22, 2000

After weeks of anticipation and wondering, the finish line is within sight for the Minnesota volleyball team. Just two matches remain from a gruelling 20-match Big Ten season. For the eighth-ranked Gophers...

Volleyball team wins two

November 20, 2000

Following Friday night's volleyball match with Michigan, Minnesota captain Lindsey Berg visited with Wolverines defensive specialist Cobey Shoji. Both are graduates of Punahou High School in Honolulu,...

Spikers keep eyes on prize

November 17, 2000

When Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert took the reins five years ago, he stated he would bring the program its first Big Ten championship. And while the feat of hanging the first championship banner...

Badgers loss could be key for spikers chance at conference championship

November 15, 2000

A group of about 35 Minnesota volleyball players, coaches and boosters scattered around tables at a West Lafayette, Ind. restaurant last Saturday night. But rather than concentrate on their appetites after...

Two crucial road wins keep Minnesota spikers on pace with Wisconsin for Big Ten title

November 13, 2000

In 1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "With a Little Help From My Friends." Ringo Star put lyrics to the song, and as a group, The Beatles made the tune famous. Now, 33 years later, don't be surprised...

Spikers still have shot at Big Ten title

November 10, 2000

If the old phrase "history repeats itself" has any truth to it, things are looking bright for the final stretch of the Big Ten volleyball season for Minnesota. With three weeks remaining in the conference...

Volleyball coaches consider using new game format

November 9, 2000

The Minnesota volleyball team completed a season sweep of defending national champion Penn State last Saturday night, the first team to do so since 1995. Along with the pivotal win for the program, it...

Spikers sweep Penn State, defeat Indiana to stay in Big Ten hunt

November 6, 2000

When all was said and done Saturday night at the Sports Pavilion, Minnesota volleyball setter Lindsey Berg jokingly apologized to outside hitter Nicole Branagh inside the Pavilion's media room. The exhausted...

Spikers face Penn State again after breaking Lions home win streak

November 3, 2000

September 29, Rec Hall, State College, PA. The date will be forever etched into the books as one of the brightest matches in Minnesota volleyball history. After a first game loss, the Gophers stormed back...

Minnesota faces easier opponents down the stretch

November 1, 2000

Mere seconds after the sixth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team sealed its win in the fourth game Saturday night, the Badgers' bench poured onto center court and formed a giant hug. They just defeated No....

Volleyball hits the road to Madison for Big Ten showdown with Wisconsin

October 27, 2000

Ladies and gentlemen, to the thousands in attendance at the Field House in Madison, Wis., and to the households across the Midwest which will watch on a tape-delay basis on MSC . . . Let's get ready to...

Road travels not a problem as volleyball sweeps in Michigan

October 23, 2000

Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, Mich., over 100,000 fans packed inside Michigan Stadium to witness the Wolverines battle cross-state rivals Michigan State in Big Ten football. Later in the evening, inside...

Volleyball team hits road, hopes to stay atop Big Ten

October 20, 2000

Heading into the midpoint of the Big Ten season, the Minnesota volleyball team sits with three other teams at 7-1 atop the conference. However, the seventh-ranked Gophers have hit the road just once over...

Injury to Spartans’ Sanborn could prove costly

October 18, 2000

On paper, it looked as though fans who piled into the Jenison Field House Friday night would see quite a show when the Michigan State volleyball team hosted the Gophers. Minnesota's Stephanie Hagen (.417)...

No jinx for volleyball team in spiking Buckeyes

October 16, 2000

Forget black cats. Forget walking under ladders. Forget re-naming your boat, breaking mirrors or any of the other Friday the 13th mumbo-jumbo rumored to bring you bad luck. For the Minnesota volleyball...

Unbeaten Buckeyes storm Sports Pavilion for showdown

October 13, 2000

Heading into the 2000 volleyball campaign, the outlook for Ohio State's program was mediocre at best. After a 17-12 showing (10-10 Big Ten) in 1999 the thought of the Buckeyes atop the conference standings...

Branagh’s career night leads to Minnesota victory

October 12, 2000

Earlier this week, Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert said he wasn't sure where his team's blocking had gone. After all, the Gophers managed just 10 total team blocks in last weekend's split with No....

Improved Iowa team up next for Minnesota volleyball

October 11, 2000

While it's true there might not be an 'I' in team, the vowel does sit in 'confidence.' Just ask the Iowa volleyball team. After finishing last year's season a sub-par 4-23, the Hawkeyes enter the Sports...

Volleyball team swept by Badgers, loses first of year

October 9, 2000

A crowd of 4,523 showed up Friday night at the Sports Pavilion to witness the first matchup of two top-10 teams in the building's history. The majority of the showing -- the second largest in Pavilion...

Still-perfect volleyball team looks to continue streak against Badgers

October 6, 2000

The Minnesota volleyball team was able to celebrate last Friday's pinnacle victory over then-No.11 Penn State for about half an hour. Despite being the first team (since 1995) to knock off the Lions at...

Hagen sets pace for record-breaking Gophers

October 4, 2000

The Minnesota volleyball media guide lists Stephanie Hagen as "the most improved player on the team and arguably the most improved in the Big Ten." And now, maybe the nation will agree. Hagen was given...

Awards flow in for volleyball following stellar weekend

October 3, 2000

After defeating defending national champion Penn State -- handing the Lions their first home loss since 1995 -- and Indiana on the road last weekend, accolades are piling up for Minnesota volleyball team. The...

efense shuts down Kittner’s high-flying attack

October 2, 2000

Following his postgame interview with ESPN on the Metrodome turf, Glen Mason trotted off the field into the end zone tunnel and gave a wave to the cheering student section. The beaming smile on his face...

7-match winning streak halted by Minnesota

October 2, 2000

Penn State volleyball: The Tribe has spoken -- the Minnesota Tribe, to be exact. You have been voted off Immortality Island. The streak was going to end sometime. Friday night was sometime. After Penn...

tate College demons await undefeated volleyball team

September 29, 2000

Heading into the second weekend of the Big Ten season, it's little surprise the No. 6 Minnesota volleyball team is protecting an undefeated conference record. After doing away with Purdue and Illinois...

Gophers volleyball ranked sixth in nation

September 26, 2000

As expected, Minnesota's volleyball team moved up in the weekly USA Today poll released Monday night. The Gophers moved up three spots to No. 6, the highest Minnesota's volleyball program has ever been...

olleyball team riding wave of dominance

September 25, 2000

After giving the final statistics sheet a long look-over, Minnesota volleyball coach Mike Hebert glanced up, raised his eyebrows, smiled a bit and uttered one phrase: "Pardon me while I go frame this." Minnesota...

till-perfect spikers open Big Ten season

September 22, 2000

For the last 15 years, Minnesota-Illinois volleyball has been the Mike Hebert show. From 1985-95, Hebert (then Illinois head coach) and the Illini took 20 of 22 matches from the Gophers, including 12 straight...

pikers ready for Big Ten season challenge

September 20, 2000

With last weekend's ho-hum tournament sweep, Minnesota volleyball is off to its longest winning streak in 22 years. The Gophers finished the non-confernce portion of their schedule unscathed at 11-0 for...

Gophers make pussycats of Panthers

September 14, 2000

Why stop a good thing? Showing no signs of letting up on a 7-0 start to the 2000 season, the Minnesota volleyball team did away with Northern Iowa Wednesday night in three games, 15-10, 15-9, 15-6. "We...

Undefeated spikers seek revenge in Rochester

September 13, 2000

Call it the great compromise. Last year, Minnesota's volleyball team decided to try something new and met Northern Iowa precisely halfway between Minneapolis and Cedar Falls, Iowa, in Rochester, Minn. But...

Volleyball team stays perfect against Pacific

September 11, 2000

At first glance, the Minnesota volleyball schedule had one eye-catching early-season game. Scrambled somewhere between two unranked foes, the 10th-ranked Gophers were to lock horns with No. 11 Pacific...

Spikers stay perfect in Tech Classic tune up

September 8, 2000

It almost looked as though the Minnesota volleyball team was going to get this weekend's four-match road trip in Atlanta off on the wrong foot. On paper, it seemed to be a nice tune up for the anticipated...

Branagh leads volleyball against tougher competition

September 7, 2000

Though it's never bad to open a season with a tournament win, last weekend's Silver Legacy invitational in Reno, Nevada, was a dogfight between a poodle and a pitbull. The Minnesota volleyball team played...

Spikers open season with tourney sweep

September 5, 2000

Coming off a 27-win season in which the Minnesota volleyball team finished as one of the final 16 teams in the nation, expectations are running high for the 2000 campaign. The Gophers return five starters...

U diver earns trip to U.S. Olympic Trials in Seattle

April 24, 2000

After missing the U.S. Olympic Trials on the 10-meter platform by nine points Tuesday, Minnesota junior diver Dan Croaston knew he had the 3-meter springboard to look forward to. After all, the 3-meter...

U diver steps closer to Olympic Trials at Senior Nationals

April 20, 2000

He doesn't have the burly mass of a recently-drafted NFL rookie. His face is not scruffy and battered like that of a Hobey Baker hockey candidate. He isn't 7-foot-1 and hoping to be picked by the NBA this...

Gophers up for hosting NCAAs

March 23, 2000

With 14 members competing in this weekend's NCAA swimming and diving championships, Minnesota has just as many competitors as Stanford. The Cardinal finished second behind Auburn at the 1999 championships,...

U swimmers come back at NCAA meet

March 20, 2000

A mere four days ago, it looked as though the Minnesota women's swimming and diving team traveled to Indiana to see the sights. After day one of competition at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, the Gophers...

Swimmers face rough water at NCAAs

March 17, 2000

The waves didn't float Minnesota's way on the first day of competition at the women's NCAA swimming and diving competition at Indianapolis. The Gophers managed just a 17th-place finish in the 200-meter...

Seniors eye final NCAA meet

March 14, 2000

You've probably heard the saying. You know the one, where owners start to look like their pets? Two Minnesota swimmers' careers resemble the name of their event:the butterfly. Minnesota seniors Jenny Hennen...

Pair of Minnesota divers qualify for NCAA meet

March 13, 2000

Minnesota juniors Dan Croaston and Tracy LaVoi extended their respective diving seasons by advancing to the NCAA swimming and diving meet. The two qualified at this weekend's NCAA Zone C diving meet held...

Galloway’s shooting powers Hawkeyes win

March 10, 2000

CHICAGO -- Iowa guard Kyle Galloway stood in a perfect line with the rest of his bench teammates while the starters were introduced on the floor of the United Center. A 6-foot-6 sophomore, he knew that...

U diver makes presence felt in Division I

March 8, 2000

You probably remember hearing the phrase in "Back to the Future." "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything," Marty McFly tells his father, then in high school. Following a typical Hollywood...

Baseball hopes to get hot at Hormel Classic this weekend

March 3, 2000

Through the past 15 years, Major League Baseball's J.T. Snow, Mike Mussina and Jeff Conine have graced the Metrodome field as college athletes in the Minnesota spring tournament. Now in its sixth year...

Swimmer and diver power U team

February 28, 2000

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Minnesota's Alex Massura and Dan Croaston are no strangers to winning. It should come as no surprise that the two provided a bevy of points for the Gophers this weekend at the Big Ten...

Swimmers finish second at Big Tens

February 28, 2000

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It was a weekend where host Michigan had everything going for it at the Big Ten swimming and diving championships. Despite a late run by Minnesota, no one could ever catch the Wolverines....

Swimmers in second after first day at Big Tens

February 25, 2000

ANN ARBOR, Mich., -- After day one of competition at the men's Big Ten swimming and diving championships, few surprises have been seen at the Canham Natatorium. Depth-powered Michigan leads the prowl with...

Gophers restocked and ready for Big Ten championships

February 24, 2000

Coming off nearly three weeks of rest and preparation for this weekend's Big Ten championships, the Minnesota men's swimming and diving team is ready to hit the pool. But joining the team are nine others...

Split second decides contest

February 21, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS -- In the past two years, there's only one thing faster than the margin of victory in the women's 100-yard butterfly at the Big Ten championships: The speed of light. Or, at least it seems...

Women’s swimming earns Big Ten repeat

February 21, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS -- The members of the Minnesota women's swimming and diving team crowded the championship podium with smiles stretching from ear to ear Saturday night. They stood on the IUPUI natatorium platform,...

Swimmers lead after first day at Big Ten

February 18, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Minnesota women's swimming and diving team is in a familiar situation after day one of the Big Ten championships. After six events, the Gophers are atop the leaderboard with 174 points....

Swimmers prepare to defend Big Ten title

February 17, 2000

The wait is over. After months of practice, dual meets and invitational tournaments, the Big Ten championships have arrived for the Minnesota women's swimming and diving team. It has been a year since...

Malnik leaves army to join Gophers

February 16, 2000

Turning 18 years old in the United States entitles citizens to several things. You can choose to smoke, you can win millions playing the state lotteries and, if you are a male, you are required to fill...

Losing streak rolls on for women’s basketball

February 11, 2000

And the streak goes on. More often than not, streaks, in sports, are a good thing. Welcome to the not. The Minnesota women's basketball (8-15, 1-11 Big Ten) team lost its 23rd consecutive Big Ten home...

Swim teams tune up for Big Tens

February 7, 2000

Preparations were on the minds of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams this weekend at the Aquatic Center. Both teams participated in their final regular season match, the Minnesota Invitational....

Women’s hoops loses on road to Michigan 69-50

January 31, 2000

Michigan's outside shooting seemed unstoppable in the first eight minutes of Sunday afternoon's women's basketball game. Concurrently, Minnesota's overall shooting in the same time frame seemed nonexistent. The...

Gophers fly past ranked competition at swim meet

January 31, 2000

There was little doubt the 10th-ranked Minnesota men's swimming and diving team would win this weekend. The only question was: Could the team continue on its recent tear of Big Ten foes? Look no further...

Minnesota rolled past its competition with season-best swims

January 31, 2000

The Minnesota women's swimming and diving team found itself in a foreign situation this weekend -- the Gophers were considered underdogs in a dual meet. On paper, the Gophers, ranked 14th in the nation,...

Purdue adds to Gophers’ home losing streak

January 28, 2000

Purdue guard Kelly Komara danced to the beat of the warm-up music while practicing shooting drills prior to Thursday's game with Minnesota. Perhaps it's her way to get pumped up for a Big Ten game. Or...

Gophers hope to lose rust from long break

January 28, 2000

Coming off of its annual winter training trips to Hawaii and Texas, Minnesota's women's swimming and diving team needed a meet last week. Coach Jean Freeman said her team finished break with a positive...

Men’s swimmers to face stiff Big Ten competition

January 28, 2000

Three swimming and diving teams ranked in the nation's top 25 will compete at the Aquatic Center this weekend. Three teams at three levels of competition and with one goal somewhere in their minds: To...

Gophers relocate, slam Hawkeyes in home pool

January 24, 2000

The thermometer on the deck of the Aquatic Center reads a balmy 80 degrees during a standard swim meet. As of late, it's not the only thing on the rise. The eighth-ranked Minnesota men's swimming and diving...

Swim meet cancelled due to leaky pool

January 21, 2000

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And again. And if it still doesn't work, just forget about it altogether. At the beginning of the 1999-2000 swimming and diving season, the schedule had the...

Gophers down lowly Bobcats, 77-67

December 9, 1999

The string of bad luck that has plagued the Minnesota women's basketball team in the last 10 days was cut Wednesday night at the Sports Pavilion. The Gophers (3-4) capitalized on a team record-tying 10...

Swimmers hold their own on Texas road trip

December 6, 1999

Ask and ye shall receive. Going into this weekend's Texas Invitational, both Minnesota swimming and diving coaches said they asked their respective team members to turn in fast times this weekend. They...

Swimming faces NCAA-like meet

December 3, 1999

It's fitting that the last meet of the 20th century for the Minnesota swimming and diving teams comes against some of its toughest competition. The Gophers, ranked No. 10 and No. 15 respectively for men...

The men’s swimmi…

November 22, 1999

The men's swimming and diving team likes to think its strength is its unity. The team often gathers before each meet for a workout. They come together as one during the relay events. And sometimes, they...

Minnesota swimming and diving rolls to win

November 22, 1999

From the blaze orange of Tennessee to the yellow and black Zubas of Iowa, they showed up at the Minnesota Aquatic Center this weekend in colors that would make Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat jealous. But...

Swimming and diving face second strong weekend

November 12, 1999

The tidal wave of ranked competition that came crashing into the Aquatic Center last weekend has long subsided. But a new ripple has formed and the Minnesota swimming and diving teams are just as prepared...