Helped by strong performances from three of its freshmen, the Michigan women’s gymnastics team defeated Rutgers, West Virginia and No. 24 Iowa State in its season-opening meet at the Cancun Classic with an overall score of 196.05.
Michigan’s men’s and women’s swim and dive teams, both 5-0 and Nos. 6 and 3, respectively, returned to the Florida Keys this year for their annual winter training trip. After 10 days spent training five hours a day, the results were evident, as the Wolverines beat Texas A&M (No. 12 in men’s and No. 6 in women’s) and Monmouth in the annual Orange Bowl Classic meet, which took place at a neutral site in Key Largo.
It’s Oct. 30, 2004. Usher’s “Yeah!” is blasting from the speakers in the Big House. Though it’s unseasonably warm for late October in Michigan – the day’s high is 73 degrees – the student section is uncharacteristically quiet. Dejected fans flood out of Michigan Stadium as their Wolverines trail Michigan State, 27-10, with 8:43 left in the game.
That was a decision that many of them ended up regretting, as Michigan would score 18 points to come back and win, 45-37, in triple overtime during one of the most iconic games of the in-state rivalry.
It’s not often that swimmers from Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota’s powerhouse swimming and diving programs are all on the same team. But this weekend at the inaugural Big Ten/ACC Swimming and Diving Challenge, that’s exactly what happened.