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SPORTS

The Michigan Daily

Friday, January 21, 1983

Page 10

'M' ICERS MEET REDSKINS _______

Offense faces defense

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By MIKE McGRAW
Special to the Daily
OXFORD, Ohio - The old saying is that a good defense
always stops a good offense. But if that's the case this
weekend, the Miami Redskins will give the Michigan hockey
team all it can handle.
The pride of coach Steve Cady's team are the guys that
stop the puck, with the key man being junior goalie Al
Chevrier (3.81 goals against). "The backbone of our team is
Chevrier and defenseman Kevin Beaton. When they go, we
seem to go," said Cady.
"WE HAVE no real scorers on offense, we're a lot like
Michigan was a year ago. Our goal is to try to shut down the
opposing offense and when we do that, we can be successful."
That could be difficult this weekend, however, since the
Wolverines own one of the more powerful offenses in the con-
ference. Co-captains Ted Speers and Brad Tippett, along
with freshman Chris Seychel, are all among the top '10
scorers in the league, and Tippett has gotten at least one
point in Michigan's last 15 games.
"When you play Michigan you need to be very alert," said
Cady. "We recognize the fact that we're going to be
pressured all over the ice. They have great scorers that come
at you all the time. They're a tough team to play against."
WHEN MIAMI does some scoring of its own, it usually
comes from leading scoring Greg Lukas (11 goals, 16 assists)
or seniors Steve Morris (7, 15) and Rich Kuraly (10, 10). The
Redskins split last week with Notre Dame on the road, win-
ning the opener 5-4 and then losing 9-6 in the finale.

Last weekend, the Wolverines split two games with Lake
Superior dropping a 4-3 decision before winning 2-1. The first
loss extended the team's record on Friday nights to 1-9. "I
think we might have been working too hard on Thursdays and
then were tired the next night," said Michigan head coach
John Giordano. "This week we've worked hard Monday,
Tuesday, and Wednesday so I'll give them a rest on Thur-
sday."
Michigan's task may be a little easier, because Miami is
experiencing a rash of injuries. "We're in the worst condition
that we have been all year right now," said Cady. "We only
had two of the lines we normally use in practice and we have
two of our starting defensemen hurt. The next two weeks are
going to be tough, we want to try to hold our current position
until we get our players healthy again."
The Redskins' current position is sixth place in the con-
ference, just one point ahead of Michigan, Ferris State, and
Western Michigan, as several conference schools are bat-
tling for eight playoff spots. Miami gets a break in the
schedule, as seven of their next eight games are at home,
while Michigan is in the midst of nine away games over a
five-week period.
"I hope that we can continue to grow as a team in the next
few weeks," said Giordano. "But whether we can mature
enough to make the playoffs remains to be seen.
This weekend's games from Miami Ice Arena will be broad-
cast on WJJX 650 AM radio. Game time is 7:15 p.m.

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Senior captain Bruce Gemmell churns through the water in a recent practice at Matt Mann pool. Gemmell hopes to im-
prove his 16th place finish in the 400 IM at last year's NCAA meet.

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C. Seychel, LW ....
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J. Milburn, C......
K. McCrimmon. RW
T. Carlile,)..
P. Goff, D........
D. Krussman, LW.
M. Neff, D........
T. Stiles, C ........
F. Downing, RW
D. May, D........
P. Kobylarz, RW ...
J. Grade, LW..
R. Dries, C.
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GP G A Pts
24 16 33 49
24 16 31 47
22 20 20 40
21 10 13 23
22 9 7 16
20 4 10 14
24 2 12 14
24 2 12 14
19 6 6 12
24 2 10 12
22 6 5 11
23 3 7 10
23 2 8 10
22 4 4 8
21 5 2 7
11 3 4 7
16 2 4 6
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19 2 1 3
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14 0 0 0
4 0 0 0
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24 121 186 307
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GP Per GA AvgSav Pct
Chiamp (6-4-0)............14 36 47 4.15 278 .855
Elliott (5-9-0).............14 40 70 5.62 404 .852

By KATIE BLACKWELL
Starting from 6:00 to 8:00 in the mor-
ning, and again from 2:30 to 5:30 in the
afternoon - five hours a day, including
Saturday workouts - the Matt Mann
pool is a busy place,
Since September, the members of the
Michigan men's swim team have been
trying to keep up with this rigorous
practice schedule demanded by first
year coach, Jon Urbanchek, as well as
the academic demands of the Univer-
sity.
THERE IS one man who thrives on
both. Senior captain, Bruce Gernmell
has not missed a practice all year, he
also maintains a 3.2 GPA in mechanical
engineering.
"I try to get to sleep by 11 p.m. and
also try to get some sleep during the
day, so I have to make my study time
count," saysGemmell.
At the tender age of six, Gemmell
was first baptized into the competitive
world of swimming when he tagged
along to his older sister's swimming
lessons. The early start paid off.
Gemmell, went on to Mt. Pleasant High
School in Wilmington, Del. where he set
11 state records enroute to earning All-
American honors.
NOW GEMMELL is striving for fur-
ther recognition, collegiate All-
American.
"The top 12 places from the NCAA
meet become All-Americans. That's
one reason why I'm swimming this
year," said Gemmell. Last year in the
NCAA meet, Gemmell placed 16th in
the 400 IM after qualifying for the meet
during the Big Ten meet, where he was
first in the 400 IM and second in the 200-
yard backstroke with times of 3:57 and
1 :50.6, respectively.
Will Gemmell make it to his goal of
All-American? He currently holds the
best time in the Big Ten in the 200-yard
backstroke (1:53) which is three seconds
off his NCAA qualifying time of a year
ago. This doesn't bother Gemmell who
typically reaches his peak toward the
end of the season. By that time he
hopes to carve his time down to 1:48.
"I FEEL that I am ahead of where I
was last year at this time',' said Gem-
mell. And Urbanchek has plenty of con-
fidence in his lone senior swimmer. "In
my mind, he's already an All-

American," said Urbanchek. "He's a;
good all-around kid. I think he'll reach.
his goal. He knows what he wants and,
where he's going."
One place that Gemmell will be goingz
is to Michigan's graduate school where..
he hopes to earn his master's degree in
mechanical engineering. It remains to,
be seen how swimming will fit into his
life after graduation this April..
"At the end of this year, I'll sit down
and evaluate where I am and if I have a,
legitimate chance to make the Olympic
team, I'll go for it. It all depends how I,_
do at Nationals.'
MICHIGAN may never have had the
good fortune of having quality student.!
and swimmer like Gemmell if it had not-,
been for the recruiting of graduated,.,,
Wolverine swimmer Scott Crowder,.
who was a teammate of Gemmell on they,
Wilmington Aquatic swim club back in,
Delaware. Crowder brought Gemmell.
to the attention of retired Michigan;
coach, Gus Stager. Stager was in-
strumental in getting Gemmell a
scholarship and persuading him to,
follow his teammate's footsteps at:
Michigan.
Stager came out of retirement .to-0
coach the 1981-82 season and his start
recruit. He, like Urbanchek who swam,
under the coaching of Stager at
Michigan, is confident of Gemmell's
abilities.
"Bruce had a terrific year last year,"
said Stager. "He is a tough and ver-
satile swimmer, but is also real.'
human."
IN COMPARING the coaching styles'
of Urbanchek and Stager, Gemmell is,
quick to point out that Urbanchek7
demands more time from his swim-
mers than did Stager.
"It must be hard for the freshmen on
the team to try and adjust to school as'.
well as the long practice hours," said
Gemmell. "Jon demands a lot from us
but he'll get a lot from us too."
Gemmell sums up Stager's method of'
coaching by saying, "It wasn't nearly.-
as much time - but more quality work
and less quantity.
In the end, Gemmell feels that the.
rigorous workouts that Urbancheck
uses wil help him. "Jon's making
swimming more time-demanding, but I'
think I'll swim faster in the end. As u
long as you swim faster in the end, $:
that's all that counts."

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