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Page 9 Friday, November 6, 1981 The Michigan Daily
Frieder's cagers rebuild
center. to run a lot more," said Frieder. "But Antonides on the bench.
By LARRY FREED With the 6-7 Person in the middle and if we don't rebound, we can't be effec- "Hopefully I will start at either the
A rebuilding year. It is one of the none of the forwards over 6-8, size and tive as a running team." second guard or the small forward
biggest euphemisms in sport, one that rebounding become obvious question HOWEVER, IF the Wolverine men- position," James said. "Whichever
usually kicks off a long, laborious marks for the cagers. tor wants size, he has instant height in position I play, my role will be to put the
season. Although the Michigan basket- "WHEN YOU have a 6-7 center, it the person of 7-2, Canadian-born Jon ball in the hole."
ball team is currently in this stage, the always presents a size problem, but Antonides. "He's a good shooter, a ONE CONSPICUOUS absentee from
1981-82 campaign could prove far from Ike's a strong rebounder and a good hard worker, but he doesn't get the the luncheon was Tim McCormick, who
boring. shooter," Frieder said. rebounds that he should," explained underwent two knee operations last
"It's strictly a,rebuilding year,'sim- With a short line-up, the Wolverines Frieder. summer. "I'm pessimistic about his
ply because we have so many young will be forced to rely on speed and Depth will not be a problem for the returning this year," Frieder said.
pilayers," coach Bill Frieder told the quickness, but Frieder cautions that the Wolverines, with Joe James, Dan "There is a possibility that he'll return,
media assembled for the annual team's height could still be a deterent. Peletoudas, and freshmen Leslie but I don't think it's real good."
preseason basketball luncheon at "If we can rebound the ball, we hope Rockymore and Willis Carter joining Without McCormick, the Wolverines
Crisler Arena yesterday. might be overmatched in the physical
ONE OF THOSE young players, Eric Big Ten conference.
Turner, might be the backbone of the "The conference will be as tough as
Wolverine attack this season. ever. In my estimation - and I think
"I think Eric's going to be a great it's been proven - it is the best basket-
player," Frieder said. "Defensively, ball conference in the country."
he's got a lot of improvements to make if Frieder continued.
he's to make it in this league. I think FRIEDER TABBED Indiana, Iowa
he's a good quarterback and an out- and Minnesota as the teams to beat-in
standing passer...l4is shooting is the conference. "You've got to avoid
coming along...he'll add a new dimen- the losing steak. I don't think anyone's
sion to Michgian basketball as a quick going to run away; I think a 13-5 could
penetrating guard." win it," Frieder said. "Realistically
Turner agrees with Frieder on the icwe're not going to win the Big Ten, but
role he must play if the Wolverines are we can have a good year."
to be a successful team. However, some of Frieder's players
"I'M LOOKING to run things, con-- exhibited more optimism. "I'm looking
trol the offense, and make sure forward to playing with Eric - it will
everyone keeps their head," said Tur- be a good opportunity for me," Hopson
,ner. "I'll be like a coach on the court." said. "We're gonna surprise a lot of.
The Flint native would be joined by people this season."
sophomore Dean Hopson at guard if the Daily Photo by JACKIE BELL Whether the Wolverines will surprise
season started today, according to FRESHMAN GUARD ERIC Turner fields questions from reporters at the fans at Crisler Arena may depend
Frieder. The rest of the line-up would yesterday's basketball luncheon held at Crisler Arena. Turner, an all-state on an undersized front line's ability to
feature captain Thad Garner and M. C. cager from Flint, is expected to play a key role on this year's Wolverine hit the boards and a freshman's ability
Burton at the forward and Ike Person at squad. to direct a quick-paced offense.
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Things are just not the same this year
for the Michigan women's swim team.,
the women tankers are still coached by
Stu Isaac and diving mentor Dick Kim-
ball, and they will once again start off
their season at the Bowling Green
Relays today and tomorrow.
But this season is different ┬░because
the Blue tankers must battle to regahi
the Big Ten championship title which
Indiana snatched away from them last
year after they had won it five con-
secutive times.

"I think we can win the Big Ten title
this year," Isaac said. "We'll have to
swim well to do it, but I think we have
improved more than Indiana."
The head coach also believes that the
Michigan swimmers can crack the top
six at the AIAW nationals in March.
According to Isaac, many of the
nation's top teams will go to the NCAA
Championships rather than the AIAW in
1982. To finish in the top six, though, the
Wolverines must still advance past five
or six teams that beat them in the
natinals last year. "The nationals are
our main emphasis," said Isaac. "It
would be great to win the Big Ten meet,
but we really aim for the nationals."
A strong group of returning swim-
mers makes it likely that the
Wolverines will be right in the thick of
the conference championships. Back
from last year are Big Ten champions
Milinda Copp and Sue Cahill in the 200
and 400-meter individual medleys,
respectively, butterflyer Denise Stun-
tzner, and three members of the 400-
meter medley team (Copp, Chris Hod-
son, and Carolyn Clymer).
ISAAC HAS several newcomers wno
will undoubtedly provide the tankers
with added depth. The team lists 22
swimmers on its roster currently com-
pared to only 16 in 1980-81, and several

of the first-year Wolverines are expec-
ted to make a big impact.
One of the fresh faces belongs to
Tammy Daumier, the gold medalist in
the 100-meter breaststroke at the 1979
Pan-American Games. Also coming to
Michigan this year is Diane Dudek, a
freshman from Seminole, Florida who
was the 1981 U.S. Nationals champion
off the one-meter board, and
sophomore Lisa Trombley, another
primising diver. A good middle distan-
ce freestyler, Leslie Beck will
strengthen the Wolverines in their
weakest area, the freestyle events.
Linda Jacob, a senior breast-stroker
who has not swum competitively since
her high school years.
The tankers lost several team mem-
bers to graduation, most notably Julie
Bachman, a past All-American and an
eighth-place finisher in the AIAW
meet last year. Veteran diver Vicki
Kimball, a ninth-place finisher in last
year's AIAW meet, along with Dudek
and Trombley, will attempt to fill this
gap in the Michigan diving corps.
The Wolverines possess adequate
talent with which to chase its goals, but
Indiana presence will probably make
the job difficult for them. The Hoosiers
are Michigan's archrivals in the world

of women's swimming, and they look
strong again this year. Gone is Theresa
Andrews, who captured four individual
Big Ten titles for Indiana last year, but
the Hoosiers, remain a very com-
petitive outfit.
With a strong squad-and tough com-
petition ahead, the ingredients for an
exciting season are present - only time
will tell if things are going to return to
normal for the Wolverine tankers this

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... optimist head coach.

ALTHOUGH last year's squad failed
to reach its preseason goals in both the
Big Ten meet and the AIAW nationals,
Isaac is not worried about it. "If
anything, it took the pressure off of us,"
he said of the Wolverines' second-
place Big Ten finish last year. And the
fact that the women swimmers did not
reach Isaac's goals last year has not
stopped him from announcing what he
expects from them this year.

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