This is the ranking that makes me smile the broadest: football, basketball and the others come and go, and are done by others. We all do this together and it doesn't change much, year to year: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2013/reputation-ranking/range/01-50.
[Ed-S: My brother, who coaches and helped to found the skiing program at Novi HS, has been on me all year about covering Michigan's alpine ski team and their unprecedented run as one of the nation's elites. For a Midwestern state school to even be on the national radar is weird; to see them end the season sharing a podium with schools named for mountain ranges is nigh unbelievable. They're not even officially a sport to the university—they have no coaching or funding—yet the team is littered with All-Americans and ended a remarkable season standing next to the traditional powerhouses. To that end I have dragooned team member Andrew Thomas* to summarize the season.]
Going into this season we had an idea that Michigan's alpine team was going to be good. Better than good. Expectations were for the best run in the team's history but as it turns out that was lowballing it.
There was a certain excitement and buzz in the air just knowing that the UM Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team had such great potential. The ski team is comprised of a group of guys that have a true passion and love for the sport of ski racing, many of which have been racing with one another for many years.
Throughout the regular season the men’s team outperformed the competition in the Michigan Division of the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association. Teams in the Michigan Division include the likes of: Michigan State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Notre Dame, and Grand Valley.
In the Midwest regional qualifier at Marquette Mountain in Michigan’s upper peninsula, the team placed 2nd behind St. Olaf College. This ensured the men’s team a bid to the 2013 USCSA Nationals held in Sun Valley, Idaho.
This historic result marked the first time in many years that the UM Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team qualified for nationals. The Wolverines faired well in the very competitive USCSA Nationals in Sun Valley. In Slalom the team finished in 3rd position behind Rocky Mountain College and Sierra Nevada College. Both of these colleges had a large majority of their racers hailing from European countries.
Some key performances by University of Michigan skiers at the 2013 Nationals included a 12th place finish by Sophomore Taylor Hunter (above-right) and a 13th place finish by freshman Kane Boynton in Slalom, both helping to bring the team to a 3rd place overall team finish in slalom. Some other notable skiers on the national team included: Stephen Siddall, Zach Hill, Andrew Thomas, Will Sanford and Nick Hill. Combined the team ended up in 7th place.
The great results at Nationals capped off a winning season, as the team looks forward to 2014 ski racing season.
*If you're from the Bloomies and you ski you probably bought your first pair of Rossignols from his grandpa Don's eponymous Sporthaus
The softball team dropped a heart-breaker to VT today at Cal State Fullerton. VT took the win 3-2 with some timely hitting.
We were down 3-0 and had bases loaded in the 6th. Sara put one over in RF foul territory for the sac fly and an RBI. We could not score any more. VT did not score in the top half of the 7th.
In the bottom of the 7th, Amy Knapp hit a double to deep center which scored Ashley Lane, who drew a walk, for a 3-2 score. Jacklyn Crummy came in to PR for Amy. We just could not get a key hit to tie it up.
Haylie started and took the loss. She pitched 4.2 innings, gave up 1 ER off 3 hits. She had 3 Ks and 0 BB but had 2 HBP. Sara came on in relief and gave up 2 ER on 2 hits. She stuck out 2 and walked 1.
This loss is a killer. We should have took this game but just could not get a key hit. We had plently of opportunity to continue a rally but just could not get it.
Keep up the hard work ladies. We are proud of you all.
The SB Team pounded the puppies of #18 Washington by a score of 6-1. They are playing in the Judi Garman Classic in Southern California. This tournament is a showcase with most of the teams in the Top 20. We remained #14 in both polls this week dispite losing to Louisville.
Sara Driesenga and Sierra Romero were the offensive heroes today. Sierra went long, twice. She ended up 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Sara ended up 2 for 3 with an RBI. Lauren Sweet got the bat hot by hitting a 3 run dinger. She ended up 1 for 3 with 3 RBIs and a run scored.
Sara was the winning pitcher as well. She dominated Washington by giving up 1 ER off 5 hits. She had 4 Ks, 1 BB and 1 HBP. This is another great performance by Sara.
Overall a very good start against a good team in Washington. We did committ 2 errors which is not very exciting but Freshmen will be Freshmen.
Saw this on Chris from Smart Football's Twitter feed. Visual representation of the B1G conference in the form of Simpson's characters. Pretty spot on...
Here is the link:
I'm not sure if anyone else on the board is a gear head, but the socks that the basketball team has been wearing are available on Eastbay/Footlocker.com if anyone is interested.
Colors available are the standard Blue with maize trim, as well as the Bleed out all maize socks.
These socks provide excellent cushion and moisture wicking, but are a tad on the pricey side. The all-maize ones are a lot less neon in person.