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Win over Mankato St. fails to impress U baseball coach

Published March 17, 1998

Gophers baseball coach John Anderson had a hard time putting his team's 9-7 come-from-behind win over Mankato State on Friday night at the Metrodome into words. During post-game interviews, Anderson was...

Hoops season leaves bars thirsting for patrons

Published March 12, 1998

A year ago when the Gophers men's basketball team advanced to the Final Four, large caravans of Minnesota fans traveled to every NCAA tournament game and all the campus-area bars and restaurants overflowed...

Hockey sweep sets up series in Duluth

Published March 9, 1998

Coming into the final series of the regular season Friday night against second-place St. Cloud State, the seventh-place Gophers men's hockey team was searching for anything to turn its abysmal season...

nderstaffed Gophers no match for Badgers

Published March 2, 1998

INDIANAPOLIS -- The seven Gophers women's basketball players suspended earlier in the week by coach Cheryl Littlejohn for team rules violations stood silently underneath one of the baskets at the RCA...

Iverson takes the high road after sitting out her final Big Ten game

Published March 2, 1998

INDIANAPOLIS -- Senior center Angie Iverson stood outside the visitor's locker room at the RCA Dome 20 minutes after the Gophers women's basketball team's 65-47 season-ending loss to Wisconsin in the...

Suspensions hurt Gophers’ slim Big Ten chances

Published February 27, 1998

It's amazing what close games against two of the top three teams in the conference can do for the confidence of a team mired in the midst of an 11-game losing streak and a 4-22 season. But that was just...

U’s Littlejohn shelves seven hoops players

Published February 26, 1998

Coach Cheryl Littlejohn on Monday suspended seven members of the Gophers women's basketball team for violating team rules late Sunday night. Littlejohn notified her players of the suspensions Monday during...

Birth of daughter shifts priorities for U’s Taylor

Published February 25, 1998

Sometimes fate has a strange way of touching a person's life. A year and a half ago, Gophers women's basketball guard Swantreca Taylor was dealt one of those surprises when she learned she was pregnant...

Gophers’ Olson mum about controversial foul call

Published February 24, 1998

Only a few inches separated the Gophers women's basketball team from a possible victory Friday night at the Sports Pavilion. With the Gophers trailing Michigan 54-53 and 12.2 seconds on the clock, Minnesota...

Late collapse dooms women’s hoops

Published February 23, 1998

For a while Sunday at the Sports Pavilion, it looked like the Gophers women's basketball team was capable of upsetting first-place Iowa, halting the Hawkeyes' Big Ten title hopes and snapping their own...

Loss of grandfather splits attention of Gophers women’s hoops player

Published February 20, 1998

There has always been at least one constant in junior Gophers women's basketball guard Mindy Hansen's life. She had to deal with her parents getting divorced when she was younger, the difficult experience...

Award jockeying starting early for women’s hoops

Published February 20, 1998

In a display reminiscent of the treatment that top blue chip high school sports recruits receive from college coaches, Big Ten women's basketball sports information personnel have blanketed the 22-person...

Offense sputters as women’s hoops team loses by 33 points

Published February 16, 1998

If the Gophers women's basketball team has proven one thing this season, it is that the squad is capable of losing games in a variety of different fashions. Indiana became the latest team to notch a 'W'...

Indiana situation a case of trial and error, several say

Published February 13, 1998

The 1997-98 Indiana women's basketball media guide describes junior Hoosiers point guard Dani Thrush as an "exciting" and "talented" player who "gets in the middle of every play." This season, however,...

Comeback sparks new focus for U

Published February 10, 1998

Silver linings have been hard to come by this season for the last-place Gophers women's basketball team, but that's just how the team described its two close weekend losses to conference leading Illinois...

Women’s hoops gains confidence in losses

Published February 9, 1998

There was a noticeably different atmosphere during the Gophers women's basketball team's post-game interviews after the team's pair of eight-point weekend losses. Instead of wearing their normal tired...

U’s Littlejohn remains upbeat and outspoken

Published February 6, 1998

Twenty-one games into the Cheryl Littlejohn era at Minnesota, the performance of the Gophers women's basketball team has been somewhat of a disappointment to the team, the fans and, most of all, to Littlejohn...

Montagne says soccer class is her best ever

Published February 5, 1998

Two months after the conclusion of its most successful season to date, the Gophers women's soccer team was rewarded with what coach Sue Montagne calls her best recruiting class ever. On Wednesday, the...

Recruit’s ties to U coach go way back

Published February 5, 1998

More than 30 years ago, Gophers volleyball coach Mike Hebert and Dennis Berg were teammates on the UC-Santa Barbara men's volleyball team. Back then, Hebert had no idea that he would one day coach Dennis'...

Coach collars Klun because of poor play

Published February 3, 1998

Junior forward Sarah Klun did not play for the Gophers women's basketball team on Friday at Purdue or Sunday at Ohio State because of a coach's decision by Cheryl Littlejohn. While Littlejohn refused...

44-point loss sends women’s hoops to new low

Published February 2, 1998

Just when it seems things can't get any worse for the Gophers women's basketball team, something else happens to top the team's past failures. Over the weekend Minnesota (4-17 overall, 1-10 Big Ten) suffered...

Walk-on made the right call

Published January 29, 1998

Cheryl Littlejohn still remembers where she was when she received the call. The Gophers women's basketball coach was in her new office only days after taking over the reigns of the team from ex-coach...

Iverson struggling after stellar year

Published January 27, 1998

Before the start of the season, the women's athletic department touted senior center Angie Iverson as an All-America candidate. And why not? The 21-year-old Owatonna, Minn., native was coming off a season...

U women’s hoops loses two at home

Published January 26, 1998

Gophers women's basketball coach Cheryl Littlejohn paced the sidelines impatiently during the second half of Minnesota's 67-54 loss to No. 17 Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon at the Sports Pavilion. No matter...

Wisconsin looks to avenge tourney loss

Published January 23, 1998

It's been almost a year since the 11th-seeded Gophers women's basketball team upset sixth-seeded Wisconsin, 80-75, in the first round of the Big Ten women's basketball tournament. Both teams have varying...

Women’s hoops coach benched Gophers guard

Published January 21, 1998

Sophomore Gophers women's basketball guard Kiauna Burns did not play during Sunday's 84-65 loss at Northwestern for a basketball-related reason coach Cheryl Littlejohn characterized as a "coach's decision." "It's...

Gophers regress with pair of losses in winnable contests

Published January 20, 1998

After the Gophers women's basketball team's 81-73 upset win at Michigan State on Jan. 11, it looked as if Minnesota and new coach Cheryl Littlejohn were about to turn the corner and erase the memory of...

U’s Whitfield out for year with injury

Published January 14, 1998

Ayesha Whitfield, a freshman shooting guard on the Gophers women's basketball team, will have surgery next week after suffering a season-ending knee injury in a Dec. 28 game at Iowa. The meniscus tear...

Women’s hoops wins at Mich. St.

Published January 12, 1998

It took a new starting lineup and contributions from several unlikely sources, but the Gophers women's basketball team finally got its first Big Ten win of the season Sunday afternoon at Michigan State. Before...

Waiting game over for Gophers’ Olson

Published January 9, 1998

Erin Olson has become accustomed to watching basketball games from the sidelines. From her familiar perch in the stands last year and her current spot on the bench this season, the 5-foot-9 sophomore...

Ellis adjusting to life after leaving Gophers women’s basketball team

Published January 8, 1998

During almost every practice earlier this year, Jaime Ellis could be seen pedalling away fervently on an exercise bike and shouting words of encouragement to her teammates from the sidelines. But for...

Maybe it’s a si…

Published June 9, 1997

Maybe it's a sign of the times, a result of new-found independence or just a form of expression. Whatever the causes, the University and its athletic teams have seen an increase in the number of tattoos...

Halldorson: Now is not the time to start resting

Published June 6, 1997

Cardboard boxes and loose stacks of paper decorate new Gophers women's hockey coach Laura Halldorson's office at the Bierman Athletic Complex. A signed picture of Hall-of-Fame hockey player Darryl Sittler,...

Men’s swimming recruits have big hole to shore up

Published May 28, 1997

The Gophers men's swimming and diving team has signed four new recruits this spring. Minnesota signed two swimmers and two divers to try to help replace departing senior swimmers Matt Schlessman, Mitch...

Lentaris quits U swimming team, goes home to Greece

Published May 20, 1997

Junior swimmer Manolis Lentaris has started swimming again following two seasons of turmoil at Minnesota that saw him suffer various injuries, academic troubles and motivational problems. This time, however,...

Disappointing season ends for Gophers

Published May 19, 1997

The Gophers' men's golf team ended their roller-coaster season appropriately over the weekend by failing to advance to the NCAA championships. Minnesota finished 17th out of 21 teams at the NCAA Central...

Gophers are 14th after first day of NCAA regional

Published May 16, 1997

After the first day of the three-day NCAA Midwest Regional in Norman, Okla. on Thursday, the Gophers were tied with Tulsa for 14th place out of 21 teams with a one-round 297. Texas A&M was first with...

U men’s golfers look to fix problems at NCAAs

Published May 15, 1997

Not only could this weekend's NCAA regionals be the last tournament of the season for the men's golf team, it could also signal the end of senior golfer Mark Halverson's Gophers career. For the last four...

Gophers sign golf, swimming recruits

Published May 15, 1997

The Gophers women's swimming team announced 13 new signings for next season on Wednesday. Coach Jean Freeman called the new class the best she has ever recruited. The new swimmers come from a broad background,...

Freshman golfer blossoms at Big Tens

Published May 12, 1997

Prior to the start of the Big Ten men's golf championships on Friday in Columbus, Ohio, conference officials sent out a mailing, previewing the top teams and individuals in the Big Ten. The conference...

Gophers get bid to NCAA regional

Published May 7, 1997

As anticipated, the Gophers men's golf team received an invitation to the NCAA Central Regional on Tuesday. "We've expected to get there all year," Gophers coach John Means said before learning that his...

Gophers take fifth at Big Ten tourney

Published May 5, 1997

After finding out that she was denied a chance to be the lone individual competitor not on a team invited to the NCAA East Regionals, Gophers junior golfer Amy Dahle took out her aggression on the Forrest...

Men’s golf finishes fourth at Kent Invitational

Published May 5, 1997

Despite recording their lowest three-round total in two months, the No. 20 Gophers men's golf team finished fourth Saturday at the Kent Invitational in Ravenna, Ohio. Minnesota was in second place at...

U feels no pressure for Big Ten meet

Published May 2, 1997

The women's golf team feels it has nothing to lose at the Big Ten championships, which run today through Sunday in East Lansing, Mich. The team will be playing under considerably less pressure this weekend...

Men’s golfer rewards coach’s gamble with standout season

Published May 2, 1997

For one of the few times in his 18-year career, Gophers men's golf coach John Means gambled on a recruit last spring. He signed freshman golfer Martin Le Mesurier to a national letter of intent without...

Golfer excels following return to game

Published April 25, 1997

Golf has been a major part of sophomore men's golfer Bill Thompson's life since he was a toddler. He got his first set of golf clubs when he was just 4 years old and grew up playing with current PGA competitor...

U takes time to refocus before NCAAs

Published April 24, 1997

Before the start of the Gophers men's golf team's spring campaign, this season figured to be one to remember. But with the conclusion of its spring competitions looming near, Minnesota would like to forget...

Playoff hopes die for Gophers women’s golf team

Published April 21, 1997

The Gophers women's golf team's worst fears were realized this weekend as the team was eliminated from postseason competition in its last regular season meet of the year. Minnesota finished sixth out...

Former walk-on gets chance with U golf

Published April 18, 1997

When senior women's golfer Carolyn Klecker came to Minnesota as a freshman five years ago, golf was about the farthest thing from her mind. Klecker initially came to the University for it's aeronautical...

Gophers suffer below average performance

Published April 14, 1997

Sophomore men's golfer Bill Thompson soared past several of his more-heralded teammates on his way to an eighth-place tie at the Marshall Invitational Friday and Saturday in Huntington, W.Va. Thompson...

Men’s golfers primed for breakthrough

Published April 11, 1997

After making four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances for the first time since 1964, the men's golf program is on the brink of a breakthrough season. The Gophers have placed in the upper division...

Shaky performance in spring cripples U

Published April 9, 1997

Before the start of the fall season, the Gophers women's golf team sat down and made out a list of goals for the upcoming year. Among them was placing in the top two at the Big Ten championships and making...

Fourth-place finish doesn’t cut it for women’s golf

Published April 7, 1997

Junior Amy Dahle turned in another strong performance over the weekend, carrying the Gophers women's golf team on her shoulders Saturday and Sunday at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. Dahle's...

U hopes to regain edge at Indiana

Published April 4, 1997

Minnesota's women's golf team is hoping that a trip to Indiana this weekend will help them scrape away the cobwebs that accumulated during its three-month layover. The No. 17 Gophers will compete Friday...

Gophers finish 12th as hosts to NCAA championships

Published March 31, 1997

Over the weekend, the usually quiet University Aquatic Center was transformed into a loud, raucous arena during the men's NCAA swimming and diving championships. Throngs of people packed into the building...

Bishop surprises all at NCAAs

Published March 31, 1997

Before the start of the second day of the men's NCAA swimming and diving championships Friday night at the University Aquatic Center, freshman Gophers swimmer Bill Bishop fake jabbed at his teammates...

Hegener becomes U’s first women’s swim champion

Published March 31, 1997

Almost simultaneously, the two hands touched the wall through a spray of water on Mar. 21 at the women's NCAA swimming and diving championships in Indianapolis. Immediately, junior swimmer Gretchen Hegener...

Coach is happy with end to long season

Published March 31, 1997

Gophers women's swimming coach Jean Freeman's words about her team's performance at the NCAA championships summed up the story of the meet. She was clearly pleased, but the occasional cracking of her...

Swimmers seek record finish

Published March 17, 1997

Minnesota's women's swimming and diving squad is in the midst of perhaps the best season in school history. This week in Indianapolis the No. 8 Gophers have an opportunity to set or tie the all-time team...

Men’s swimmers project a top 10 placing at NCAAs

Published March 17, 1997

Call it karma, fate or whatever. No matter what word you use, the fact remains that something unexpected has seemed to happen the past two years to prevent the Gophers men's swimming and diving team from...

Lentaris looks to drown his pain

Published March 17, 1997

Junior Gophers men's swimmer Manolis Lentaris wore an elated look on his face as he held up his left arm after last season's improbable upset of defending national champion Michigan at the Big Ten championships...

Gophers divers set for qualifying meet

Published March 14, 1997

Three years ago, when a trio of untested freshmen divers took to the pool for their first NCAA Zone Diving competition in Cleveland, Ohio, they had much different aspirations than they do now. Laurie...

Zielinski is sparkplug for men’s swimmers

Published March 12, 1997

When sophomore Gophers men's swimmer Martin Zielinski stands next to his teammates, he looks like he doesn't belong on the squad. He is 5-foot-9, 170-pounds and only bench-presses 145 pounds, whereas...

Men’s swim team second

Published March 3, 1997

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- One look at the Gophers bench Saturday night at the Counsilman/Billingsley Aquatics Center told the story of the Big Ten Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Minnesota's swimmers...

U takes new confidence into Big Tens

Published March 3, 1997

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Gophers men's swimming and diving team had an air of confidence about them this weekend at the Big Ten championships that was not there a year ago. Minnesota's improbable upset...

Men’s swimming in first after Day 1

Published February 28, 1997

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- As the championship finalists of the 50-yard freestyle were announced Thursday night at the Councilman/Billingsley Aquatic Center, Minnesota's benched reacted in a wild, frenzied...

Men’s swimmers hope to repeat at Big Tens

Published February 27, 1997

A year ago, an overachieving Gophers men's swimming and diving team shocked the Big Ten and themselves by beating a heavily-favored Michigan squad at the Big Ten championships. This time around, however,...

1976-77 players reflect on a season of broken dreams

Published February 26, 1997

Even though the current Gophers basketball team is enjoying one of its best seasons in recent history, Clem Haskins's crew will always be compared to another Gophers squad that might have been the best...

Sisters reunited in the water at Big Ten championships

Published February 24, 1997

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Big Ten Women's Swimming and Diving Championships was a reunion of sorts for Gophers distance freestyler Kim Wilson. The junior from South Bend, Ind., wasn't only competing in her...

Women’s swimmers trail at Big Tens

Published February 21, 1997

INDIANAPOLIS -- Rows of school banners, logos and hand-made signs adorned the sides of the walls separating the crowd from the pool Thursday at the Indiana University Natatorium. A deafening roar emanated...

Splichalova looks to repeat at Big Ten swimming meet

Published February 20, 1997

Three years ago an overwhelmed 19-year-old college freshman named Olga Splichalova stood inside the University Aquatic Center for the first time, in awe. The junior distance freestyler was agape at the...

Women’s swimmers seek revenge

Published February 20, 1997

Minnesota's women's swimming and diving team will be looking for revenge this weekend at the Big Ten championships in Indianapolis, Ind. A year ago, when the Big Tens were held at the Gophers' home pool,...

International swimming recruits ride U’s waves

Published February 18, 1997

Perhaps the most intriguing storyline surrounding the Minnesota Challenge swimming meet during the weekend involved two athletes who aren't even members of either Gophers swim teams. Not yet, anyway. The...

Rest pays off for Gophers freshman swimmer

Published February 17, 1997

After winning the 500-yard freestyle event Friday night at the University Aquatic Center, Gophers men's swimmer, Bryan Carlson, decided he needed to rest up for the next day's competition. Carlson, a...

Swimmer makes mark on U’s team

Published February 14, 1997

Gophers junior swimmer Brian Stroshane's emotion is contagious. He seems to be everywhere, cheering with his boisterous voice and keeping his teammates loose on the sideline with his quick wit. He is...

U swimmers change lineup, flatten Iowa

Published February 10, 1997

Before Saturday's swim meet against Iowa at the University Aquatic Center, Gophers women's swimming coach Jean Freeman allowed all of her seniors sign up for one event in which they wanted to compete....

Diving duo makes splash on Big Ten

Published February 7, 1997

Most of the attention surrounding the No. 8 women's swimming and diving team's 14-0 start has centered around the team's top guns Olga Splichalova, Jenny Hennen, Tanya Schuh and Gretchen Hegener. But...

Gophers swim teams stay undefeated

Published February 3, 1997

Illinois women's swimming coach Jim Lutz paraded around the pool deck, his face turning a bright red color from the loss of oxygen as he wildly cheered for his team. A handful of Illinois swimmers followed...

U swimmer a Schuh-in for national meet

Published January 31, 1997

Tanya Schuh emerged from the pool, dripping wet, with a wide smile on her face. She covered her mouth, still grinning, as she looked up at the scoreboard in astonishment. Her name and the time :54.24...

Slash’ as different as guns and roses

Published January 30, 1997

Senior men's swimmer Matt Schlessman's personality is as varied as the slow ballads of classical music and the ripping jams of a Rage Against the Machine song. "He's got two sides to him," said student...

Swimmers still undefeated

Published January 27, 1997

Friday night's dual meet between ninth-ranked Minnesota and Ohio State at the Aquatic Center was bittersweet for A-Lisa Miles. The Buckeyes freshman swimmer was competing in her first meet in her home...

Men’s swimmers drench rival Iowa

Published January 27, 1997

The ninth-ranked Gophers men's swimming and diving team's 210-89 thrashing of the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes at the Aquatic Center Saturday night was more than just another win -- it was revenge. Iowa has...

McLeod enjoys U after Olympic disappointment

Published January 24, 1997

Something separates Gophers sophomore swimmer Jonathan McLeod from the rest of his teammates. Others celebrate their performances and joke loosely during practice. McLeod remains a picture of concentration. His...

Power play life and death for Gophers

Published January 21, 1997

Before Saturday night's game against St. Cloud State at Mariucci Arena, the Gophers held a players-only meeting where they decided it was time for them to stop losing points in the WCHA standings. The...

Both swim teams down Wildcats

Published January 21, 1997

Minnesota's women's swimming and diving squad expected this weekend's meet at Northwestern to be its toughest test until the Big Ten championships on Feb. 20-22. The team wasn't disappointed. The tenth-ranked...

Freeman as excited as ever about 28-year romance with U swimming

Published January 16, 1997

She is always animated as she runs around, waving her arms enthusiastically and shouting out instructions to her swimmers along the edge of the University Aquatic Center pool. After 28 years in the Gophers...

U swim teams beat up Kansas

Published January 13, 1997

One word pretty well summed up the women's swimming and diving team's weekend meets -- confidence. Only three events into Friday night's home dual meet against No. 19 Kansas, most of the swimmers on No....

Kansas looks to avenge men’s swimmers

Published January 10, 1997

The No. 9 Gophers men's swimming and diving squad hopes to turn back the clock this weekend. A year ago, Minnesota defeated Kansas 139-104 on the road for its sixth dual meet victory of the season. That...

U women get back into the swim of things

Published January 10, 1997

Minnesota's women's swimming program is no stranger to success. The Gophers have posted winning records in dual meets every season for the past 15 years. During that same span the team has finished lower...

Senior breaks sophomore slump

Published January 9, 1997

The voice on the other side of the phone wavered for a second. "I'm not really sure," Gophers women's swimmer Jessica Grass responded, searching for the right words to describe her disappointing sophomore...

Women’s swimmers still undefeated

Published January 6, 1997

In the morning shadow at the east end of the University Aquatic Center on Dec. 31, Gophers women's swimming assistant coach Terry Nieszner led several athletes in stretching exercises. At the opposite...

Men’s swimmers dive into title chase

Published January 6, 1997

It was a strange sight. Gophers men's swimming assistant coach Clark Campbell and student coach Kenji Sudoh stood side by side in silence at the University Aquatic Center, twirling their stopwatches in...

Attitude is everything for Gophers’ Bjorklund

Published January 6, 1997

The 22-year-old looks like he has just gotten out of bed, as he slowly strolls around the pool at the University Aquatic Center during practice. He is barefoot and clad in yellow shorts and a white 1996...

Rigorous training helps men’s swim team

Published January 6, 1997

The goals of most male college students for winter break include, sleeping, watching sporting events on TV and eating a lot of turkey. Not the Gophers men's swimming and diving teams, though. "One of...

Women’s swimmers set ambitious new goals

Published December 6, 1996

Women's swimming coach Jean Freeman sat down this week with her team and made some goals for the rest of the season. All athletes wrote down their own expectations as well. The team expressed more ambitious...

Men’s swimmers to face Miami, Clemson

Published December 6, 1996

After three and a half months of juggling school, practices and meets, the men's swimming team has finally earned itself a vacation. No. 8 Minnesota will travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Dec. 15 for...

Hennen tops challenges in school, swimming

Published December 5, 1996

A loud cheer emanated from the stands in the University Aquatic Center at the Minnesota Invitational on Nov. 24 as swimmer Jenny Hennen's name was announced. Even though she is only in her first year...

U runner finishes a disappointing 71st at the NCAA meet

Published November 26, 1996

After crossing the finish line at the 1996 NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships in Tucson, Ariz., on Monday, Gophers runner Anna Gullingsrud bent over and started to cry. She had hoped to finish in...

Gophers sophomore to run at the NCAAs

Published November 25, 1996

Anna Gullingsrud's collegiate cross country career has followed a long and winding road with a disappointing pit stop along the way. But she's back where she wants to be. The sophomore will compete in...

U swim squads win big

Published November 25, 1996

A hand printed sign on the door of the women's swimming and diving team's locker room at the Aquatic Center on Sunday read, "this is Gopher territory." Both the men's and women's swimming teams lived...