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Host Gophers finish 16th at women’s swim meet

June 26, 2009

When Minnesota last hosted the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships in 1993, 17 of the Aquatic Center's 21 pool records went into the books. The March 19-21 encore gave a new breed of swimmers...

Gophers lose Peterson, pair of games at Dartmouth

December 11, 2000

Hanover, N.H. -- About the only time anything went right for the Minnesota women's hockey team this weekend was when the Gophers' bus started Sunday and took them away from top-ranked Dartmouth (10-0-1). Not...

Gophers splash into pool at U.S. Olympic Trials

August 11, 2000

INDIANAPOLIS -- While the official colors for this week's United States Olympic Swimming Trials are red, white and blue, there's plenty of maroon and gold around the pool as well. The Gophers women's team...

Gopher Olympians hope to succeed in water, not on it

June 7, 2000

Minnesota's Olympic history with water has usually involved the frozen stuff. When you think of Minnesotans in the Olympics, you should think of the 1980 Miracle On Ice. The last time the Olympics rolled...

Men’s tennis looks for Illinois rematch

April 28, 2000

While there are 10 teams at this weekend's Big Ten men's tennis championship, two are the clear favorites to win. Illinois, which has been consistently ranked in the top 20 and finished with a perfect...

U lacrosse team heads to regional tournament with talented lineup

April 27, 2000

The Minnesota club lacrosse team is hoping two weeks of good practice will lead to a strong showing at this weekend's Upper Midwest Lacrosse League Tournament. The stakes are high. The winner of the 12-team...

Men’s tennis finishes with wins

April 24, 2000

With two Big Ten wins over the weekend, the Minnesota men's tennis team finished a season-long message to the rest of the conference: The Gophers are back in contention for a Big Ten title. Minnesota's...

Men’s swimming and diving happy with seventh place

April 3, 2000

In most sports, a seventh-place finish isn't very impressive. But swimming and diving isn't like other sports -- favored teams almost always end up winning. In that context, the Minnesota men's swimming...

Beam trips up Gophers again at NCAA meet

April 3, 2000

With just one event left in the NCAA regional meet on Saturday, the Minnesota women's gymnastics team was in a dogfight to make the NCAA championships. The Gophers were strong in their first three events,...

Gophers’ Massura focused on titles

March 15, 2000

Alex Massura doesn't exactly look like a world-class athlete. Sure, he's tall, makes smooth strides when he walks. But just look at those long arms that go on forever, or his leng thy Brazilian legs. He...

Baseball wins two at Hormel Classic

March 6, 2000

The Minnesota baseball team finally settled down and produced decent results at this weekend's Hormel Classic. After getting spanked by McNeese State in three straight games a week ago, coaches were looking...

Women’s gymnasts win despite beam struggles

February 14, 2000

The Minnesota women's gymnastics team came back to the Sports Pavilion for the first time in nearly a month and met with mixed results. While the Gophers easily steamed past the competition at the Best...

Badgers best Gophers in emotional game, 66-64

February 7, 2000

The relaxed start of the Minnesota-Wisconsin men's basketball game belied the emotional fury to come. It all started simply. Wisconsin slopped its way to a 5-2 lead after four minutes while Minnesota looked...

Gophers hope to slow Badgers this time around

February 4, 2000

Wisconsin isn't the type of men's basketball team that runs away from teams. Usually. When Minnesota played Wisconsin last month, the Badgers steamed out to a 28-6 first-half lead on the shoulders of Mike...

Talented men’s

January 21, 2000

With a young, talented squad, the goal for the Minnesota men's tennis team is simple. Get hot. With only one senior, captain Martin Michalowski, the Gophers are assuredly a young team. Not that it matters....

Parity leaves pro football in a sorry state

January 19, 2000

This is what pro football has come to. Three of the four remaining teams in the playoffs didn't exist five years ago. Something called the Tennessee Titans is playing in the AFC Championship game. Its...

Soccer coach jumps to Georgia over break

January 18, 2000

While Glen Mason has long been the subject of where-will-he-coach-now conversations, another coach slipped out of state. Minnesota soccer coach Sue Montagne left the Gophers for Georgia on December 29. "We...

Eggleston bolsters U’s cross country at NCAA

November 22, 1999

Staff Reporter It's easy to overlook Elaine Eggleston. She's not a dominant cross country runner, and unlike teammates Minna Haronoja and Rasa Michniovaite, she's not from a foreign country. She's from...

Men’s hoops opens year

November 22, 1999

Playing on the heels of the resignations of top officials in the men's athletics department, the Gophers basketball team wanted to set a new tone Saturday. Try something along the lines of "Shiny, happy...

Men’s athletics upset about results

November 20, 1999

Men's athletics department employees stood in front of Morrill Hall on Friday morning to show support for men's athletics director Mark Dienhart and two other athletics officials. About 50 men's athletics...

Women’s cross country upset with fourth place

November 15, 1999

It's not hard to figure out when women's cross country coach Gary Wilson is upset -- he's the quiet guy who's red in the face. And after his team placed fourth out of 25 teams at the NCAA District V meet...

Cross country rolls to first, makes NCAA

November 15, 1999

After a sluggish start to its season, the Minnesota men's cross country team is finishing strong. The Gophers plowed through the NCAA District V field Saturday to cruise into the NCAA championships next...

Hamner runs for 3 TDs in win

September 13, 1999

On a night when the Gophers complete just five passes, it's safe to assume one of two things. Either Minnesota was plowed by a top-ranked football team, or a running back had a big night. Fortunately for...

Football team still a long way from bowl berth

September 7, 1999

Hold off on the plane tickets to warm locations and tone down the impending rodent hysteria surrounding the Minnesota football team. They haven't won anything yet. Sure, all they need is a piddly six wins...

The Back Door

July 22, 1999

Looks aren't everything. Take a Minnesota Twins game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for instance. With student tickets costing $1 on selected dates, some University students have caught a Twins game. All...

Hell freezes over; ABBA

June 7, 1999

LEVEL 6, HELL -- A new "anal probe" of the Earth has revealed a fact that is stunning University researchers and fluffy bunnies alike. The main news from the probe, called "Jimmypagerobertplant-johnpauljonesjohnbohnham,"...

Big Ten rival takes McLean’s NCAA title

June 7, 1999

Luke Donald is not James McLean. Donald doesn't hit towering drives, he's not from Australia and he's never been bitten by an iguana. However, the sophomore from Northwestern has one thing McLean doesn't:...

U gets a dose of Hazeltine humility

June 7, 1999

So much for home cookin'. Before the NCAA tournament, the Minnesota men's golf team was talking about home-course advantage. After placing 11th at Hazeltine National Golf Club -- 28 strokes behind the...

U golfers stumble

June 3, 1999

CHASKA, Minn. -- It's safe to say the first hole of the NCAA men's golf championships didn't go exactly the way Minnesota had hoped. Off the first tee at Hazeltine National Golf Club, all five of the Gophers...

One More Time

June 2, 1999

The NCAA tournament presents a pair of story lines that weave together and apart: the obvious and the overlooked. The obvious story is that of a certain Minnesota sophomore from Australia. Everybody wants...

U coach

May 28, 1999

Fresh on the heels of losing out on a bid to host the NCAA regionals, Minnesota baseball coach John Anderson is making it known his team wants a new stadium. Minnesota applied to be one of the 16 host...

Gophers golfers win NCAA

May 24, 1999

Rarely does winning a tournament mean so little. All the Minnesota men's golf team had to do was finish in the top 10 at the NCAA regional tournament at Ohio State to qualify for the NCAA championships. But...

U golfers revved up for region

May 21, 1999

Immediately after the Minnesota men's golf team lost its bid to win the Big Ten championship last weekend, senior Adam Dooley hugged sophomore James McLean. "We still got the big one," Dooley told McLean. That...

Englishmen set tone for run

May 17, 1999

When a pair of Englishmen met on the first tee of the Big Ten men's golf tournament Saturday, it wasn't for the first time. Minnesota's Martin LeMesurier and Northwestern's Luke Donald were teammates on...

Gophers upset by Northwestern

May 17, 1999

Half an hour after the Big Ten men's golf tournament ended on Sunday, Minnesota senior Jeff Barney sat alone on the patio of Les Bolstad University golf course. He stared at his hands, then stared into...

Golfers blow by field

May 10, 1999

If anyone ever doubted the Minnesota men's golf team could take four weeks off and come back competitive, the Gophers proved them wrong this weekend. The well-rested and 10th-ranked Gophers blew past the...

Men’s golf uses rest to prep for Big Tens

May 7, 1999

A short vacation can be nice because suddenly there's time for watering the flowers and feeding the cat. But four weeks off is a different story. The Minnesota men's golf team had nearly a month off from...

Women’s golfers

May 3, 1999

After weeks of high hopes -- thanks to a stronger-than-usual spring -- the season ground to a halt for the Minnesota women's golf team. The Gophers finished eighth at the Big Ten tournament in West Lafayette,...

WCHA forms new

April 30, 1999

The second women's hockey conference in the nation has been founded, and Minnesota will be a part of it. The WCHA established a new women's conference Thursday at its annual meeting in Marco Island, Fla....

Golfers shaky going into Big Tens

April 30, 1999

The Minnesota women's golf team has more stumble than rumble in its stride as the squad rolls into the Big Ten championships today in West Lafayette, Ind. The Gophers recently finished sixth at a meet...

Weichert breaks away from pack

April 29, 1999

Ordinarily the members of the Minnesota women's golf team finish a tournament in a pack, separated by only a few strokes. But two weeks ago senior Kristi Weichert broke away from the pack. She tore up...

Williams

April 27, 1999

The Minnesota women's golf team took a double hit Monday afternoon. Hours after the team was notified it hadn't made the NCAA regional tournament, coach Kathy Williams told her team she won't be returning...

Golfers finish sixth at Buckeye

April 26, 1999

With a postseason berth on the line, the Minnesota women's golf team left a bid to the NCAA regional tournament in jeopardy with a sixth-place finish at the 54-hole Buckeye Invitational this weekend. The...

Golfers off to Ohio;

April 23, 1999

The Minnesota women's golf team's hopes for a Big Ten championship have been quelled by two sound beatings from Indiana over the last two weekends. Now senior Kristi Weichert says the team's focus is on...

Retirement won’t slow former Gophers coach

April 22, 1999

His name sits immortalized on the chain-link fence, just above former Gophers greats Dave Winfield and Paul Molitor, at Siebert Field. The name belongs to Minnesota coaching legend Herb "Ike" Isakson....

Women’s golf takes new role in Big Ten

April 19, 1999

The Minnesota women's golf team isn't used to being in this position. The Gophers are usually hard to spot in Big Ten invitationals. They tend to hover in the middle of the pack. But with four seniors...

Women ride hot streak into weekend tourney

April 16, 1999

Rarely does a fourth-place finish embolden a coach to refer to her team as a "freight train." But just four days after the Minnesota women's golf team finished fourth at the Indiana Invitational, coach...

Gophers softball splits at Iowa St.; Beeler tops HR list

April 14, 1999

This probably isn't the start the Minnesota softball team hoped for. The Gophers were swept by Michigan last weekend to drop their Big Ten record to 2-4 and damage their hopes for a Big Ten title. Add...

U men’s golf finishes third at BellSouth

April 12, 1999

On the verge of a four-week layoff, the Minnesota men's golf team had one last chance to beat Nevada-Las Vegas in the regular season this weekend. But as they have all season, the Rebels proved they were...

Women’s golf

April 12, 1999

With nine of 11 Big Ten teams in the field, the Indiana Invitational figured to be a good indicator for the Big Ten women's golf tournament. The perennial favorites, Indiana and Ohio State, finished first...

U golfers get another

April 9, 1999

There was no beating the Nevada-Las Vegas men's golf team last weekend. The Rebels destroyed the field en route to winning the Compaq Collegiate Golf Championships. This weekend figures to be a different...

Age, wisdom are U’s greatest assets

April 9, 1999

Age and wisdom are as valuable as youth and skill -- or so hopes the Minnesota women's golf team. Experience is one thing the Gophers aren't short on this season. Of the five golfers Minnesota takes to...

U golfers slip to 2nd

April 5, 1999

It was a weekend of mixed results for the Minnesota men's golf team at the Compaq U.S. Collegiate Golf Championships in Lecanto, Fla. The 16th-ranked Gophers beat two teams ranked above them, but everybody...

U golf team hopes to shine against tough

April 2, 1999

After an inconsistent spring, the Minnesota men's golf team will have an excellent opportunity to prove it's on the rebound this weekend. Starting today, the Gophers will face some of the best teams in...

U on upswing as season winds down

March 31, 1999

As temperatures rise and the days get longer, most duffers are digging their clubs out of their basements or closets and starting the search for that ever-elusive "A-game". The Minnesota men's golf team...

‘Grandma’ Hegland ends U hockey career

March 29, 1999

Amber Hegland has played her last game for the Minnesota women's hockey team, and it was a bittersweet end for the lone Gophers senior. But while she's happy with her time on the team, Hegland won't miss...

U pounds on Northern Illinois

March 15, 1999

After struggling through the early part of the season, the Minnesota baseball team is finally starting to look like the squad that won last year's Big Ten championship. The Gophers (10-6) tore through...

Healthier U baseball team

March 12, 1999

Last weekend the Minnesota baseball team played No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Wichita State and lost twice. This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, the Gophers (7-6) will host lowly Northern Illinois (1-5)...

Women’s hockey whips Minnesota State — again

March 12, 1999

It figured to be a blowout. After all, the Minnesota women's hockey team had beaten Minnesota State-Mankato by a combined score of 33-3 prior to Thursday night's game. And true to form, the Gophers won...

Baseball sneaks past Wichita St.

March 8, 1999

The Gophers baseball team came dangerously close to going without a win in this weekend's Hormel Classic at the Metrodome. Minnesota lost to Washington State 6-5 on Friday and Florida State 9-5 on Saturday...

Bullpen bails out U in pitching-poor Classic

March 8, 1999

With pitchers Dan McGrath and Ben Birk out with injuries, there's little question that the Minnesota baseball team is short on arms. But help is on the way. Junior Kelly Werner made his return to the starting...

Hormel Classic is host to some of nation’s best

March 5, 1999

What might be the best baseball team in Minnesota will be in action at the Metrodome this weekend, but there won't be a professional in the house. The Hormel Classic usually includes the Gophers and several...

U falls to Michigan in Big Ten tourney opener

March 1, 1999

INDIANAPOLIS -- After the Minnesota women's basketball team upset Michigan 54-47 in January, Wolverines coach Sue Guevara was so upset that she called the loss the worst moment of her coaching career....

Turnaround slow in coming

March 1, 1999

INDIANAPOLIS -- A 7-20 record isn't usually considered an improvement. But when it comes to the Minnesota women's basketball team, almost anything is better than last year's 4-23 season. It wasn't always...

Women’s hoops outlook for Big Tens is grim

February 26, 1999

The Minnesota women's basketball team's chances of winning the Big Ten tournament, which starts today in Indianapolis, are slim. That said, there is at least a chance they'll make it out of the first round....

Losses, adversity mark seniors’ career at U

February 25, 1999

Seniors Swantreca Taylor, Sonja Robinson and Mindy Hansen don't want to talk about losing. As members of the women's basketball team, they have just 19 wins to go with their 89 losses in the past four...

Slowed by

February 22, 1999

MADISON, Wis. -- It was supposed to be difficult for the Gophers to win the Big Ten men's indoor track and field championships over the weekend. But when half of the team became injured or ill, it became...

U’s Jensen overcomes

February 22, 1999

MADISON, Wis. -- In a weekend largely devoid of standout performances, senior Ben Jensen put on a prodigious display. Battling a phantom knee injury, Jensen won both the vault and the heptathlon at Big...

No. 2 Purdue up next for U

February 19, 1999

It might not be a pretty sight tonight when the Purdue women's basketball team takes on Minnesota. The Boilermakers (14-0, 23-1) are what some might call a good basketball team. They're ranked second in...

Improvement, not win

February 18, 1999

By all accounts, last year was not a good one for the Minnesota women's track and field team. In the spring, the Gophers finished seventh in the Big Ten championships. While nobody's talking about a championship...

Women’s track runs over

February 15, 1999

With the Big Ten championships looming next weekend, the Minnesota women's track and field team did what they're supposed to do -- the Gophers invited over a gaggle of Division III schools and took it...

Men’s track relaxes for championships

February 15, 1999

It was a fitting performance for a track and field meet called the Snowshoe Open, in that the Minnesota men's track and field team probably could have won while wearing snowshoes. The Gophers won both...

Things go

February 15, 1999

When it comes to the Minnesota women's basketball team, things usually go from bad to worse. So when the plane carrying the Gophers was unable to land at the airport near State College, Pa., on Saturday...

U women

February 12, 1999

The Minnesota women's basketball team beat Northwestern 70-68 in mid-November. Since then, they've lost five games by an average of 18 points. Despite the mounting losses, the Gophers (7-15 overall, 2-10...

Transfer hopes to halt Gophers’ inconsistent trend

February 11, 1999

A trend is developing on the Minnesota women's basketball team where a player will score in double digits in one game and find herself sitting near the water dispenser in the next. And then there's junior-college...

Blevins shines, but not bright enough for U to beat Michigan

February 8, 1999

The Minnesota women's basketball team lost its sixth straight game on Sunday, an 88-65 setback to Michigan, but some small rays of light shone through an otherwise woeful performance. The suddenly strong...

IT students speed toward solar car race

February 3, 1999

A basement just a few blocks away from a livestock building and just down the road from the state fairgrounds may seem like an improbable place for high-tech research. But this is Minnesota. Deep within...

Women’s hockey on a roll

January 25, 1999

On Nov. 5, the Minnesota women's hockey team tied 1-1 with New Hampshire. The Gophers (16-0-1) have won 16 straight games since that early-season matchup with the third-ranked Wildcats, and plowed through...

Home is no place like road for women’s hoops

January 19, 1999

While the Minnesota women's basketball team is better than any in recent memory, it's still searching for mediocrity. The Gophers (7-10, 2-5 in Big Ten) have already achieved more than in any of the past...

Women’s hockey rolls to easy win

January 11, 1999

The Minnesota women's hockey team shook off nearly three weeks of rust in a routine 10-0 win over St. Cloud State Saturday night. The Gophers (12-1-1) played just three games during the winter break --...

Women’s hoops drops second straight, 53-51

December 3, 1998

Following the Gophers women's basketball team can be a tease. They show hints of improvement, and then they have a disappointing showing. Such was the case in Wednesday's 53-51 loss at Howard, which dropped...

Weekend sweep drowns v-ball

November 30, 1998

A late season sweep by 21st-ranked Illinois and Purdue knocked the Minnesota women's volleyball team from the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995, and dropped the Gophers into an eighth-place...

U rebuilding effort underway

November 30, 1998

The Gophers women's basketball team's reputation as the Big Ten's perennial cellar-dweller might be under fire, judging by the team's early success. Minnesota (3-3) is at .500 through six games for the...

Women’s hoops follows win with loss to undefeated UNLV

November 30, 1998

The Minnesota women's basketball team was just cruising along, riding their first two-game win streak in more than two years, when reality finally smacked them upside the head. The Gophers (3-3) continued...

Lazy golf

November 28, 1998

Saturday started out as a typical day on the links for junior Chris Huntley. Hopes were low, temperatures were high and the scores were somewhere in between. Then things went horribly wrong, sparking the...

Fracas puts the body in the pokey

November 28, 1998

Three members of the Minnesota wrestling team, a small rodent and Gov.-elect Jesse Ventura are in prison following fisticuffs during a recent taping of "Monday Night Nitro." Bail has been set at $10,000...

Women’s

November 23, 1998

The Gophers' run for respectability took them to Hawaii this weekend for games against Hawaii, Kansas and Massachusetts. After losing the first two games of the tournament, Sunday's game with Massachusetts...

Trip to Hawaii

November 20, 1998

There's nothing quite like the sandy beaches of Hawaii, especially when the temperature in Minnesota is below freezing. But the Minnesota women's basketball team is in for more than just a relaxing trip...

Women’s hoops wins opener

November 18, 1998

Before anyone gets too excited about the Minnesota women's basketball team's season-opening 67-63 win over Illinois State, let's get a few things straight. Neither team was very good last season. The Redbirds...

Soccer’s NCAA run ends at Portland, 3-0

November 16, 1998

The Minnesota women's soccer team played 21 games this season, but after one six-minute stretch on Sunday, it was all over. Portland exploded for three quick second-half goals, sending Minnesota home with...

Re-energized soccer

November 13, 1998

The Minnesota women's soccer team can't think about yesterday. So what if the Gophers creamed Kentucky 6-0 on Wednesday? What does that mean now? It means the Gophers (14-5-1) will face Portland (16-2-2),...

Soccer crushes Kentucky, 6-0

November 12, 1998

Only a thesaurus could do justice to Minnesota's 6-0 victory over Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament. The Gophers throttled, mauled, pummeled, decapitated, dismantled, pounded,...

Soccer opens NCAA tourney vs. Kentucky

November 11, 1998

Break out the scratchy recording of the Minnesota Rouser and haul in the porta-potties -- the Minnesota women's soccer team is back in town. The Gophers have been on the road for the better part of a month,...

Soccer awarded with

November 9, 1998

They didn't get what they wanted out of the Big Ten Tournament, but on Sunday night the Minnesota women's soccer team got what it hoped for when NCAA Tournament bids were announced. The Gophers received...

Soccer slips in first round to Indiana

November 9, 1998

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. -- If there is such a thing as a soccer god, it sure didn't smile on the Minnesota women's soccer team this season. The ghosts of Big Ten tournaments past came back to haunt Minnesota...

U opens Big Ten

November 6, 1998

STATE COLLEGE, Penn. -- It's not exactly walking wounded, but the Minnesota women's soccer team certainly is still far from healthy for this weekend's Big Ten tournament. Already dealing with the loss...

Careers nearing end for U defenders

November 4, 1998

The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to the defense of the Minnesota women's soccer team. The Gophers have allowed 18 goals in 18 games, including only four in the last six games -- two of which...

Big Ten tourney offers U soccer last shot at redemption

November 4, 1998

The Big Ten women's soccer second season begins Thursday with the opening of the Big Ten Tournament. At stake is a free ticket to the first round of next weekend's NCAA championships. But the top seeds...

Women’s hockey whallops Mankato

November 2, 1998

There's only one thing that can be said about any 11-1 game: No matter who you're rooting for, it isn't pretty. It was all out ugly on Friday, when Minnesota bulldozed Minnesota State-Mankato to give the...

U soccer wins sixth straight, Big Tens up next

November 2, 1998

It's official: The Minnesota women's soccer team is on a roll. With wins over UNLV and New Mexico this weekend, the Gophers have won six straight games to finish off the regular season -- and gain back...