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Illinois blanks softball in Big Ten tourney opener

May 9, 2003

Minnesota had to wait a few hours longer than planned before playing its first softball game at the Big Ten tournament. However, a few hours was nothing compared to the four years the seniors waited and...

After three-year hiatus, softball preps for Big Ten tournament

May 8, 2003

It's a whole new ballgame for Minnesota's softball team. The current members of the team are playing in the Big Ten tournament for the first time in their careers. Even though the tournament is a new high...

Roberts’ versatility an asset to Minnesota softball

May 7, 2003

Her nickname is "V." Usually the letter stands for victory, which is something Veronica Roberts has helped Minnesota's softball program strive for during her four-year tenure. When talking about Roberts,...

Softball goes extra innings, splits with Wisconsin

May 5, 2003

Celebrating the careers of departing seniors and breaking old records were the result of Minnesota's final regular season softball series. When all was said and done, a split with Wisconsin (19-26, 7-13...

Six seniors hope to guide final home softball weekend

May 2, 2003

As the members of Minnesota's softball team milled around the dugout Thursday afternoon, there was one recurring question among players. "What are we doing today, coach?" Co-head coach Lisa Bernstein laid...

Nygren’s determination an asset to softball team

April 24, 2003

Most little kids start playing a sport because their parents sign them up to play. Jordanne Nygren was no exception. She started playing softball at the age of seven thanks to her mom and dad and cried...

Softball rebounds for two road wins

April 21, 2003

Minnesota's softball team returned from its final road trip in Illinois trying to heal after a rough fight through the weekend. The wounds were slightly mended at Northwestern with 1-0 and 3-1 wins after...

Softball ends road schedule with tough Big Ten duo

April 18, 2003

The Land of Lincoln will be the travel spot for the Minnesota softball team this weekend. The fifth-place Gophers (30-13-1, 6-4 Big Ten) face Illinois on Friday and Saturday, and then go to Northwestern...

Nanchy leads softball to win, weather takes game two

April 16, 2003

Northern Iowa played scrappy softball against Minnesota on Tuesday night, just as Gophers' co-head coach Julie Standering anticipated. For one full game at least. The Panthers held Minnesota to a 1-0 game...

Softball gets mixed bag in games with Michigan schools

April 14, 2003

The state of Michigan brought some strong softball clubs to Minnesota over the weekend as the Gophers faced Michigan State and No. 13 Michigan. Michigan broke the Gophers' six-game winning streak Sunday...

Strother and Alvarez potent one-two punch at NCAA meet

April 10, 2003

Clay Strother is returning to the gymnastics meet where, as a sophomore, he won his first two national championships. Guillermo Alvarez is a sophomore going to a gymnastics meet trying to win his first...

Softball posts two shutouts in opener

April 9, 2003

Home openers are supposed to be scheduled so the host team will win. The Minnesota softball team was able to follow that rule with its home opener Tuesday. The Gophers shut out Wisconsin-Green Bay in both...

Trio of gymnasts lead U to NCAAs

April 9, 2003

A laid-back attitude, big scores and consistent performances are the respective qualities Laura Johnson, Carolyn Yernberg and Mary Skokut bring to Minnesota's women's gymnastics team. When mixed together,...

Rowers returning to San Diego for tough Crew Classic event

April 4, 2003

Minnesota's rowing team went to San Diego in December to train for the spring season. The Gophers return this weekend to see just how far they've come. Winter training propelled Minnesota to a 2-0 spring...

Men’s swimmers finish seventh in NCAA meet

March 31, 2003

Minnesota men's swimming and diving team finished seventh in the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas. The Gophers finished the three-day event with 228 points, just behind sixth-place Florida at 232. Auburn...

Gymnastics teams prep for conference meets

March 28, 2003

Going into the Big Ten Championship meet, the Minnesota women's gymnastics team doesn't really have a clue. Coach Jim Stephenson said he can't estimate where his team will end up. The Gophers finished...

Silkaitis emerges as one of top swimmers in nation

March 27, 2003

Big Ten Swimmer of the Year Terry Silkaitis was doing tricks with a hula hoop before on the pool deck at the Aquatic Center on Monday, an odd sight at the last home practice for Minnesota's men's swimming...

Women gymnasts lose finale

March 24, 2003

Seniors Jenny Alf, Leigh Dixon and Kelly Watson shed a few tears as they competed in their last home gymnastics meet of the season at the Sports Pavilion on Saturday. University President Robert Bruininks...

Trio of talented swimmers represent Gophers at nationals

March 13, 2003

Dana Baum, Keri Hehn and Juleen Rodakowski are eating better, sleeping more and staying off their legs in preparation for the biggest swim meet of the season. The trio heads to Auburn University in Alabama...

Men’s gymnastics stuns No. 3 Ohio State with win

March 10, 2003

Minnesota's men's gymnastics team came to its last home meet Sunday with a different kind of energy than previous meets. The Gophers were focused on hitting their routines, and they competed with high...

Quiet Alvarez’s performances are anything but

March 4, 2003

The public address announcer read Guillermo Alvarez's name as the next competitor on the floor exercise during the men's gymnastics meet last Saturday night against Oklahoma. The crowd and his teammates...

Gymnasts record highest score of year in loss to Sooners

March 3, 2003

A quiet Minnesota men's gymnastics team faced the whoops and hollers of Oklahoma's team on Saturday night at the Sports Pavilion. Even though they were reserved off the floor, the Gophers showed what they...

Solid swimming trio buoys Gophers’ Big Ten hopes

February 27, 2003

Jeff Hackler, Todd Smolinski and Matt Taylor are shaved, rested and ready to go for the men's swimming and diving Big Ten championship meet. The three senior captains exemplify the attitude and dedication...

Opsahl’s sister act fulfills dream for both gymnasts

February 25, 2003

Alicia Opsahl stood bent over with her hands on her knees while watching her younger sister Maria perform on floor Saturday night when the Gophers gymnasts faced Iowa State. Maria assumed the same position...

Women’s gymnastics scores its best team mark of year in loss

February 24, 2003

The machine coach Jim Stephenson calls the women's gymnastics team was the most in tune it has been all season Saturday night. However, Iowa State's machine was running just a little bit smoother. The...

Medley relay team will guide Gophers at Big Tens

February 18, 2003

The "mini-team" of Megan Moore, Keri Hehn, Juleen Rodakowski and Dana Baum, within the Minnesota swimming and diving team, compete together in the 400-yard medley relay. The women swimming in this relay...

Men’s gymnastics tumble in loss to Michigan

February 17, 2003

Coach Fred Roethlisberger said his team was feeling optimistic after competing well against Iowa and Illinois. Going into their meet against Michigan on Saturday the Gopher gymnasts once again hoped to...

Swim teams honor seniors, ready for postseason

February 10, 2003

Designed to be a tuneup before the Big Ten championships in three weeks, the Minnesota Invite was a final look for coaches at what the men's swimming and diving team has to offer. Season-best times were...

Four-time NCAA champ gears up for all-round title

February 4, 2003

Country music was playing in the Cooke Hall gym before men's gymnastics practice. Clay Strother and his teammates were kicking around a volleyball, ready to start their workout. The two-time NCAA champion...

Pro-Alumni game connects members of baseball tradition

February 4, 2003

The meager crowd of 727 people that Monday's Minnesota Pro-Alumni baseball game drew didn't emphasize the significance the event could have for the Gopher team. The Pro-Alumni Team beat the current Gophers...

No. 1 Utah, injuries prove too much for U gymnasts to take

February 3, 2003

Even if its regular starting lineup would have been available, Minnesota's women's gymnastics team would have nothing more than realistic expectations facing No. 1 Utah. But the Gophers were at a disadvantage...

Gymnasts mark anniversary with upset of Illinois

January 27, 2003

MAlumni filled the crowd to watch and find out what their team has become. Minnesota did it right with an upset over the third-ranked Illini, 208.45 to 206.80. "Illinois was very generous to us today,"...

Vaulting through a century

January 24, 2003

Back when Sid Wolfenson was a gymnast at Minnesota, the mats he tumbled on were only three and a half feet wide, and he would be disqualified if he left those parameters. Tumbling became the floor exercise...

Track teams post solid performances

January 21, 2003

The Minnesota Open on Saturday was expected to be a typical second meet for the Gophers women's track and field team. Get the jitters out, let some younger athletes get some experience, and let the veterans...