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January 25, 2013 - 1:12pm

Block 'M' Blog: Daily Sports Power Rankings, Jan. 25

BY COLLEEN THOMAS

With over 900 athletes in 31 varsity sports, we’d hope you could name a few athletes on campus besides Denard Robinson and maybe a basketball player or two.

If you can’t, fear not. It’s Friday, and here’s your opportunity to impress your friends and family with knowledge of other Michigan athletes besides that quarterback with untied shoes: it’s the Daily Sports Power Rankings. Warning: If you’re expecting to see a hockey player on this list, forget about it.

10. Kiley Tobel (Women’s track and field)
The junior already has the Michigan program record in the pole vault, but apparently that’s not good enough. In the 19th-ranked Wolverines’ first indoor home invitational last weekend (just their second meet of the season), Tobel was already looking to beat her record. She had already secured first place when she barely nicked the 13-feet, 11.5-inch bar, which would’ve set the record. With an entire season ahead, my guess is she easily breaks her own mark.

9. Glenn Robinson III (Men’s basketball)
The past week was a good one for the freshman forward with a couple of SportsCenter Top 10 dunks — first the 360 dunk against Minnesota and a one-handed slam Thursday night against Purdue. Oh, and he got back into his scoring groove with 12 points and nine rebounds, too.

8. Kate Thompson (Women’s basketball)
Though Thompson has cooled off since hitting a program-record seven 3-pointers, she’s still scoring in double figures for the Wolverines. In Thursday’s win over Indiana, the senior guard scored 10 points. She’s No. 23 Michigan’s leading scorer, averaging 15 points per game, and Thompson is still hitting from beyond the arc — Thursday marked her 15th game in which she has hit at least three from deep.

7. Angela Chokran (Women’s swimming)
The No. 24 Michigan women’s swimming team upset No. 15 Ohio State last Friday and got a huge performance from the junior swimmer. Chokran won the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke at the dual meet and helped the Wolverines’ 200-yard medley relay finish first, all of which helped earn her Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors.

6. Miguel Ortiz (Men’s swimming)
In last weekend’s SMU Classic in Dallas, the senior won one individual race, the 100-yard backstroke; helped Michigan win the 200- and 400-yard medley relays; and earned Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors this week. Ortiz’s outstanding performance is just one reason why the Michigan men’s swimming team is the top-ranked team in the country.

5. Rachel Sheffer (Women’s basketball)
Though the Wolverines suffered a tough home loss on Monday to No. 8 Penn State, snapping their 10-game win streak, Sheffer hit a milestone in her career. The senior forward tallied her 999th and 1,000th point with two free throws in Monday’s game, becoming the 23rd player to hit that mark in program history. Sheffer also led the team with 19 points and six rebounds in No. 23 Michigan’s win over Indiana Thursday.

4. Katie Zurales (Women’s gymnastics)
The senior captain for the No. 1 Michigan women’s gymnastics team had an outstanding performance in the squad’s dual meet against Illinois. Zurales won the uneven bars and balance beam in addition to the all-around title. She also posted a career-high score in the all-around which helped the Wolverines post its highest team score since 2008.

3. Tim Hardaway Jr. (Men’s basketball)
Tim Hardaway Jr. is starting to look like the Tim Hardaway Jr. we all know — a sharpshooter and good defender. In Thursday’s win over Purdue, the junior guard had 13 points and shot 60 percent from beyond the arc and shut down Boilermaker guard D.J. Byrd — Byrd didn’t score a point all second half when Hardaway was defending him.

2. Trey Burke (Men’s basketball)
Michigan just one win away from hitting the top spot in the rankings for the first time since 1992, and it’s due in large part to this sophomore point guard. It took a half to get Burke and the rest of the Wolverines going, but his game-high 15 points and eight assists led Michigan to a win. And because of his consistent performances, he’s also in the running for the National Player of the Year award.

1. Adrian de los Angeles (Men’s gymnastics)
Without 2012 Olympian Sam Mikulak currently competing with the men’s gymnastics team, you’d think the third-ranked Wolverines would’ve struggled in last weekend’s Windy City Invitational stocked with some of the nation’s best teams. But an outstanding performance by the sophomore garnered him all-around honors at the meet and earned him not only Big Ten Gymnast of the Week honors and National Gymnast of the Week honors by the College Gymnastics Association, but the coveted No. 1 spot in the power rankings this week.