The Minnesota Daily

All content by Jim Schortemeyer

Soccer team warms up for NCAAs

October 30, 1998

It isn't the promised land, but it will have to do for now. With the Big Ten Tournament next weekend and the NCAA Tournament a week later, the Gophers soccer team's upcoming matchups with New Mexico and...

Bolder gives U a boost off the bench

October 27, 1998

It's becoming a common scenario for the Gophers soccer team: Senior Corinne Bolder drives through traffic and gets off a shot, only to have it blocked, caught or ricocheted off the side of the goal. "I...

Soccer surging toward postseason

October 26, 1998

The Minnesota women's soccer team swept Texas Christian and Southern Methodist this weekend, improving its win streak to four. A party in the Gophers' honor might be premature, however. They've done this...

U messes with Texas

October 23, 1998

A quick trip to the St. Paul Campus soccer field will tell you what the grounds crew thinks of the Minnesota women's soccer team. With the regular season nearly over and the team's chances for post-season...

Lee battles Big Ten, asthma

October 21, 1998

Living with asthma can be frustrating for anyone, but competing in sports takes it to a new level. Some cases are occasional, and only require a quick breath from an inhaler. And then there's the case...

Would-be stars take their shots

October 20, 1998

The search for the next Hosea Crittenden began Monday morning at Williams Arena. Would-be Gophers arrived at 7 a.m. for the 13th annual walk-on tryout with gym bags over their shoulders and beat-up hightops...

Gophers await

October 20, 1998

The logjam at the top of the Big Ten finally cleared out over the weekend, as Penn State beat Northwestern Saturday to clinch the regular season championship. But Minnesota's postseason status will remain...

Lineup changes cure what ails soccer team

October 19, 1998

Alert the X-Files. Call up Sigourney Weaver. Aliens have apparently kidnapped the Minnesota women's soccer team and replaced it with a group of look-alikes. That's what it looked like, anyway. Minnesota...

Home stand a must for U

October 16, 1998

The Gophers women's soccer team is no longer thinking about the conference title, which drifted out of reach last weekend. They're just trying to salvage a partially wrecked season. After finishing last...

U soccer team in recovery

October 13, 1998

The Minnesota women's soccer team took advantage of a day off from practice Monday to meet and try to figure out what's gone wrong so far. The Gophers (7-5 overall, 3-4 in the Big Ten) are coming off a...

Gophers drop out of title race

October 12, 1998

Just as one good turn can lead to another, one bad turn led to another for the Minnesota women's soccer team this weekend. The Gophers' hopes for a repeat Big Ten championship were on the line in Friday's...

Soccer can’t meet preseason goal

October 12, 1998

Minnesota women's soccer coach Sue Montagne was almost at a loss for words. She had just watched her team lose its second game of the weekend, and the realization that the Gophers had failed to live up...

Fifth-place soccer still in Big Ten hunt

October 9, 1998

The race for the Big Ten soccer championship is as tight as ever. But for once, Minnesota is on the outside looking up. Four teams are within one game of each other atop the conference standings, with...

Seidl succeeds in

October 8, 1998

It's a brisk spring night, and another long day of school has passed. Soccer practice was a little rough, and a pile of homework sits undone. What would you do? Gophers sophomore soccer player Laurie Seidl...

Touset still seething

October 6, 1998

Minnesota women's soccer coach Sue Montagne wasn't talking about senior captain Vanessa Touset's red card in Friday's game with Michigan State, but she and Touset had plenty to say Monday. The incident,...

Rough Michigan weekend ahead for U

October 2, 1998

After a trying homestand last weekend, the Minnesota women's soccer team is heading to Michigan with its lingering hopes for a Big Ten Championship in tow. The Gophers (5-3 overall, 1-2 in the Big Ten)...

Soccer seeks relief in Michigan

September 30, 1998

The Minnesota women's soccer team may be thankful that their weekend is over, after dropping games against Wisconsin and Northwestern, but the schedule makers are giving the Gophers little respite from...

Two losses drop U soccer in Big Ten rut

September 28, 1998

Disappointment was all over the faces of the Minnesota women's soccer team after they lost their second game in 48 hours, 2-1, to Northwestern on Sunday. That loss, on the heels of Friday's 2-0 game with...

Rough weekend for U goaltenders

September 28, 1998

Minnesota women's soccer goalkeepers junior Dana Larson and freshman Julie Eibensteiner might need a hockey mask and extra padding if the rest of the season follows the standard set this weekend. Larson...

U soccer prepares for rugged

September 25, 1998

The school year has just begun, but the Minnesota women's soccer team is about to face one of its most difficult tests of the year when it opens the home portion of the Big Ten season this weekend. The...

Lee, Rackley pace U in win at Washington State

September 24, 1998

Ball control on offense and a disruptive defense led to the Gophers' fifth straight win Monday, 4-2 over Washington State. The win improved Minnesota's record to 5-1, while the Cougars dropped to 2-3-2....

Defending Big Ten champs open conference with a bang

September 21, 1998

The easiest part of the schedule was supposed to be over by now, but with their 3-0 win at Iowa Friday, the Gophers women's soccer team continued to make winning look simple. The Gophers dominated on...

Life after Jens not bad

September 21, 1998

After the loss of All-American Jennifer McElmury and her All-Big Ten teammate Jennifer Walek to graduation, the Minnesota women's soccer team seemed to have more questions than answers to start the season. The...

Women’s track, CC teams look to lead Big Ten pack

August 24, 1998

Minnesota coach Gary Wilson's two teams -- the women's cross country and track and field teams -- were a study in contrasts last season. After the high of the cross country team's lowest-ever point total...

Men’s X-country, track teams hit stride

August 24, 1998

The Minnesota men's track and field and cross country teams share a few things: coaches, athletes and fortunes. Last fall, the cross country team got the ball rolling with its first NCAA appearance since...

U swimmers go for Goodwill gold

July 23, 1998

While Minnesota men's basketball's Clem Haskins and Quincy Lewis have been lavished with attention during their trip to the Goodwill Games, there are other Gophers lurking beneath the surface. Away from...

Study: Big Ten track winners go faster than losers

June 9, 1998

The Big Ten Conference is reeling from the news released two weeks ago that winners of all the men's races at the recent track and field championships ran faster than the other runners. "Shocked, I am...

Last chance to shine for track athletes

June 3, 1998

Most of this year's track and field season has been a study in opposites between Minnesota's men's and women's teams. The men have had their most successful season in 88 years of Big Ten history -- winning...

Poll of U tracksters finds no vault is no good at Big Tens

May 26, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio --Noticeably absent from the smorgasbord of women's events at this weekend's Big Ten outdoor championships was the pole vault. It wasn't a snafu, a typo or any other error. The vault simply...

U track secures Big Ten crown

May 26, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There was no suspense at the end of the men's Big Ten outdoor track and field championships. No last-minute drama, and no down-to-the-wire heroic efforts. Minnesota knew it had won its...

Three event winners lead Uwomen

May 26, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- It was a banner weekend for a few Minnesota athletes at this weekend's women's Big Ten outdoor track and field championships. Others would probably just like to forget the spring season. The...

Colorful jumpers score big

May 26, 1998

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- From Tyler McCormick's maroon hair to Staffan Strand's high-stepping stride, the Gophers high jumpers were a colorful group to watch at the Big Ten Championships. But they weren't only...

Border battle set for Big Ten track

May 22, 1998

The Minnesota men's track and field team is going after its second Big Ten championship in three months, but things are different this time around. The Gophers won the indoor title in March by a scant...

Gophers hope to build at Big Ten meet

May 21, 1998

Call it a dress rehearsal, call it an individual meet, just don't say Minnesota hopes to win the Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship. There are only two teams from the Big Ten ranked in the top...

Throwers shine for U women’s track

May 18, 1998

The results just keep getting better for Aubrey Schmitt and Nicole Chimko. Both throwers made the best of the Last Chance meet on Saturday at the Bierman Track and Field Stadium. The two combined to post...

Rodgers corners the market on sprint wins

May 18, 1998

One might think that Fred Rodgers' nerves would be so shot from trying to outthink opposing quarterbacks that he wouldn't be any good for the Minnesota track team. Yet there was Rodgers on Saturday at...

Beadle’s track career with U comes full circle

May 14, 1998

For senior Scott Beadle, running track has always come naturally. Unfortunately for him, so have injuries. Now just weeks away from his last day of class at Minnesota, Beadle's results have matched the...

U women poised for late surge

May 11, 1998

Minnesota women's track and field head coach Gary Wilson is known for shouting, "Loistava!" to his athletes after their events. That term, Finnish for "excellent," was used often by Wilson during Saturday's...

Spirits high as records fall for U men’s track and field

May 11, 1998

Things finally started to come together for the Minnesota men's track and field team this weekend, after what has been a very trying spring thus far. Several Gophers traveled to Stanford for the Cardinal...

U benefits from Haronoja’s obscurity

May 7, 1998

Running track is something Minna Haronoja has done for a long time, but unlike those who are naturals at the sport, Haronoja has earned every mile she has run. Four years ago, Haronoja wasn't even planning...

Women’s track comes together in the midst of difficult season

May 4, 1998

The Gophers women's track and field team started off on the right foot and never looked back in Saturday's Minnesota Classic at the Bierman Track and Field Stadium. It was something of a new experience...

Men’s track team controls home meet

May 4, 1998

The only thing classic at the Minnesota Classic track and field meet was the soft drink served. The Minnesota men's track team tore through the assembled competition, which included the likes of St. Thomas,...

Owen kicks into gear after bout with foot injury

May 1, 1998

When Jason Owen was in eighth grade, he placed fourth in the 800-meter run at the Minnesota State High School League Track and Field Championship. He went on to win four consecutive championships in that...

Pole vaulter gets fans’ appreciation

April 27, 1998

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The loudest cheer at this weekend's Drake Relays wasn't for a race or a star athlete. Instead, the biggest ovation came for ... the pole vault? Drake Stadium rocked Saturday as Kellie...

Depleted women’s team holds own at Drake Relays

April 27, 1998

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Track meets are interesting to observe. One weekend Minnesota faces essentially no challenge in team competition, and the next weekend it's facing Olympians in some of its events. Just...

Drake yields mixed results for men

April 27, 1998

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Some of the Minnesota men's track team's best athletes were at the prestigious Drake Relays this weekend, but most of their performances fell short of the pace they set while winning...

Chimko’s shot puts her ahead

April 23, 1998

Athletes often talk about going back to basics to improve, and one Minnesota athlete has met with success doing just that. Nicole Chimko, a thrower for Minnesota's women's track and field team, has seen...

In the shadow of a different school

April 16, 1998

To anyone who follows track and field, it might seem like there's a funnel cloud from Kansas following prep runners from Minnesota. Oddly enough, a high school coach with close ties to the University...

Zielinski wins title, qualifies for Goodwill Games

April 6, 1998

An old sports maxim held true at this weekend's Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships: Age and wisdom will always defeat youth and talent. But while the veteran U.S. National team members held their...

Cahoy qualifies for U.S. National team

April 3, 1998

Embracing a better-late-than-never attitude, members of the Gophers men's and women's swimming teams are showing signs of rebounding from subpar performances at the recent NCAA Championships. Competing...

National swimming meet brings long list of stars to Aquatic Center

April 2, 1998

Minnesota's Aquatic Center was just beginning to cool off after the recent NCAA Championships, and now the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships are in town. Some of the biggest names in U.S. swimming...

Gophers men’s swimming team finishes 14th at NCAAs

March 30, 1998

Sometimes, the best just isn't good enough. Minnesota's men's swim team learned that lesson this weekend at the NCAA championships in Auburn, Ala. With a few exceptions, every time they turned in was...

Men’s swimming team looks for top 10 finish at NCAAs

March 17, 1998

In a sport governed by split-times and hundredths of seconds, accuracy would seem to reign supreme. But current goings-on in the world of men's swimming and diving have left some scratching their heads. Voters...

Women’s swimmers set to host NCAA Championships

March 17, 1998

As if the pressure of finals isn't enough, Minnesota's women's swimming and diving team has to deal with the NCAA Championships, starting Thursday at the University Aquatic Center. The Gophers are one...

U baseball team takes two of three at Classic

March 9, 1998

One of the golden rules of baseball -- Thou shalt pitch well to win -- came under heavy fire from the Gophers baseball team this weekend at the Hormel Classic. The pitching was less than spectacular in...

Baseball roster is full of home-grown talent

March 9, 1998

The Gophers men's hockey team gets an abundance of attention for recruiting Minnesota players, but the baseball team isn't much different. Every position player that started for the Gophers at this weekend's...

U swimmers sink Michigan

March 2, 1998

The Big Ten swimming and diving championships might as well have been a dual meet between Minnesota and Michigan. The Gophers and Wolverines have claimed the top two spots every year since 1990, and the...

Conference title validates 1996 championship for U swimmers

March 2, 1998

This year's Big Ten men's swimming and diving title was not just rewarding for Minnesota -- it also served to validate members of the 1996 team who also beat Michigan. Two years ago, the Wolverines complained...

Men’s swimmers lead Michigan after first day of Big Tens

February 27, 1998

There was intensity in the air, and speed in the pool, as the Big Ten kicked off its men's swimming and diving conference championships at Minnesota's Aquatic Center. The Gophers repeated their first-day...

Men’s swimmers ready for Big Ten showdown

February 26, 1998

The stage is set for a dramatic and assuredly close Big Ten men's swimming and diving championship, starting today at the University Aquatic Center. For 10 years, starting in 1986, Michigan was the Big...

Hulseman hopes for happy ending

February 25, 1998

The scenario is almost too perfect for Erik Hulseman. Back in 1994, Hulseman was just putting the wraps on his prep career at Edina High School. He closed it out in style, winning the Minnesota state...

owe dives into success at Big Tens

February 23, 1998

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Gophers diver T.D. Rowe had a breakthrough weekend, and the entire Big Ten Conference was privileged to be there. Rowe, a junior transfer, never won a Big 12 crown while at Nebraska,...

Minnesota second at Big Tens

February 23, 1998

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. --Minnesota's athletes, sporting maroon and gold fingernails and toenails, showed their emotions throughout this weekend's Big Ten swimming and diving championships. They supported one-another...

U in 2nd at Big Ten swimming

February 20, 1998

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Predictability has been the name of the game through day one at the Big Ten women's swimming and diving championships. As expected, sixth-ranked Michigan is proving to be the best...

Gophers set for Big Ten meet

February 19, 1998

While many people associate late February with signs that winter might be ending soon, it has a different significance for members of the Gophers women's swimming and diving team: an annual attempt to...

Gophers’ Wilson going home for Big Ten meet

February 18, 1998

A chance to go home is always nice, especially when the trip includes an opportunity to become a three-time Big Ten champion. It will be a homecoming of sorts for senior swimmer Kim Wilson at the Big...

Musical diver makes a splash

February 11, 1998

In the world of diving, only a select few reach immortal heights on the 10-meter platform. Greg Louganis and Mark Lenzi, two of the most recognizable names in diving history, have made it to that level. But...

Baseball team honors 34-year assistant coach

February 9, 1998

Herb "Ike" Isakson began his coaching tenure with the Gophers baseball team in 1964 -- a time when high socks were not merely a fashion statement and the designated hitter rule did not exist. On Sunday,...

Swimming teams dominate at tune-up for conference meet

February 9, 1998

It was a quirky weekend for the Gophers men's swimming team at the Minnesota Challenge. The evidence: ù The person who played the national anthem jumped into the pool with all his clothes on. ù...

Swimming teams set for home weekend tune-up

February 6, 1998

The Gophers men's and women's swimming and diving coaches hold no illusions that this weekend's Minnesota Challenge is the most important meet of the year. The competition -- Gustavus, St. Thomas, UW...

Freshman diver will only get better for U

February 5, 1998

Two members of the Gophers men's swimming and diving team's freshman class have emerged from the pack this season, although one, in terms of attention, has made a bigger splash so far. Freshman Alex Massura...

Men’s swimmers take triangular meet

February 2, 1998

The men's swimming and diving team got exactly what it expected over the weekend in Madison in its first Big Ten action in more than two months. The Gophers mauled Wisconsin, 219-116, and won a tough...

Women’s swimming team takes first place at quad meet

February 2, 1998

It was an interesting weekend for Minnesota's women's swimmers and divers. Pool records were set, meet records were swum -- and freak accidents occurred. Along the way, Minnesota beat Illinois by a margin...

Splichalova has Olympic talent without the ego

January 28, 1998

First impressions are funny. Normally, athletes are very confident in their abilities, and like to display their team affiliation. Olga Splichalova is an exception. The senior captain of the Gophers women's...

Swimming teams have mixed results

January 26, 1998

Head coach Dennis Dale and most of the No. 13 Gophers men's swimming and diving team went into this weekend's triangular meet in Nebraska thinking they were under-ranked. With the results from the meet,...

Men’s swimming captains are mirror images

January 23, 1998

Geographically, senior captains Ty Bathurst and Jeremy Rients are the "Odd Couple" of the Gophers men's swimming and diving team. Bathurst hails from Albuquerque, N.M. Although the Rio Grande flows through...

Women’s swimming team wins at PennState

January 20, 1998

It was back to business for the Gophers women's swimming and diving team over the weekend. Minnesota, which hasn't faced a Division I opponent in two months, won its dual meet at Penn State on Saturday,...

Rowe another U steal from ‘Husker state

January 16, 1998

Maybe Gophers coaches are onto something. Bobby Jackson transferred from a community college in Nebraska and went on to lead the Gophers men's basketball team to the Final Four. T.D. Rowe, a transfer...

Men’s swimmers crush Invite field

January 12, 1998

After a two-week layoff, it was back to business for the men's swim team over the weekend. Friday night, the Gophers met and mauled Northwestern by a final score of 148-78. The carnage continued into...

Women’s swimmers shake rust

January 12, 1998

The Gophers women's swimming and diving team ended a one-and-a-half-month hiatus from competition Saturday by steamrolling the competition at the Gold Country Invitational. The final tally had Minnesota...

Women’s swimming team ready to get back into pool

January 9, 1998

Rust was the operative word for the women's swim team Tuesday night. The swimmers haven't been in a meet since Nov. 23rd, and it had been a while since they'd been timed coming off of the blocks. "We...

No. 15 men’s swimming team looks to move up in rankings

January 9, 1998

The men's swimming and diving team, after easily defeating Hawaii and Northwestern over the holiday break, is starting the 1998 season with a flurry of action. Today, the Gophers will be competing with...

Five-minute spurts bring Gophers down in opener

January 5, 1998

The good news for the Gophers women's basketball team Friday was that they played thirty minutes of hard-nosed basketball. Unfortunately, the first five minutes of each half put the Gophers in a hole...