Page 6D - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 6, 1984
Tracksters run for the
By MIKE REDSTONE
Men's track coach Jack Harvey was,
faced with hefty doses of both good and
bad news following last year's track
The good news: Almost all of his top
runners would be returning for the 1985
THE BAD NEWS: Gone to
graduation were his top shot putter, his
top discus thrower, his top pole vaulter,
his top high jumper, and his top long
Losses such as these could put a real
damper on the "field" portion of a track
and field team.
This may be true, but Harvey has
chosen not to dwell on his field athlete
losses and instead is optimistic about
the experienced group of runners that
will be returning in 1985.
"ALL OF OUR runners are back ex-
cept one or two of last year's seniors,"
said Harvey, whose teams had won four
straight Big Ten outdoor champion-
ships before last season's third-place
finish. "So I think we can realistically
shoot for another top-three finish in this
year's Big Ten."
Despite the abundance of quality field
athletes on last year's team, Harvey
still refers to that season as a
rebuilding year. With the loss of those
top seniors, however, it looks as though
1985 will be a repeat of 1984 for the track
Harvey builds his hopes for a top
three conference finish on the return of
several key runners.
SENIORS BILL Brady, Dave Meyer,
and Dennis Keane and junior Chris
Brewster will make up a very strong
long distance unit for Harvey.
Other top returners include sprinters
Steve Johnson, middle distance runners
Bob Boynton and Ron Simpson, and
hurdlers Derick Stinson and Thomas
Harvey has also had an outstanding
recruiting year in bringing a well-
balanced class of freshman to
The 11th-year coach has landed two
top runners from Trinidad, John Mc-
Carthy and Earl Parris, as well as
Omar Davidson, who won the Michigan
high school class 'A' 440-yard dash.
Other top recruits include miler Rollie
Hudson and triple jumper Declan
By MIKE REDSTONE
Consistency was the key word to
describe the 1984 women's track team.
Unfortunately, consistency meant
sixth-place finishes in both the outdoor
and indoor Big Ten Championships.
IN THE INDOOR meet, several
strokes of bad luck hampered the
Wolverines. In the outdoor event, no
such hardships occurred but the result
was the same. After the Big Ten meet,
Joyce Wilson in the 400 meters, distan-
ce runner Sue Schroeder, and high
jumper Angie Hafner, had all emerged
as qualifiers for the outdoor NCAA
Championships. Wilson took 13th in her
event and went on to the Olympic trials
later in the summer.
The highlight for Michigan at_ the
outdoor meet was the petformances of
high jumpers Dawn Rich and Hafner.
The duo finished one-two for the
Wolverines to help keep Michigan in
contention for the sixth spot.
At the indoor NCAA meet in Syracuse
the 3200-meter relay team of Jennifer
Rioux, Martha Gray, Wilson and
Schroeder earned All-America honors
and broke a school record as they
finished fifth with a time of 8.44.42.
WITH ONLY four seniors graduated
off of the 1984 squad, this year's team
should be improved by a solid core of
experienced performers in both track
and field events.
One major blow to the team will be
the loss of coach Francie Goodridge af-
ter three seasons. Goodridge announ-
ced that she would be leaving to become
women's track coach at Wake Forest
shortly after the indoor Big Ten Cham-
pionships in March. Her husband, John
will be coaching the Deacons' men's
As of June 8, no replacement had
been named but reaction from
Goodridge's runners was strong.
"I THINK it was a shock to everyone,
said Wilson. "She had just gotten the
job a few years ago. It came all of a
"She had a good relationship with
everyone. I've learned as much under
her as I would have under anyone else."
With the solid nucleus Goodridge has
built over the past three years, the new
coach should be able to enter the 1985
track season withan optimistic outlook.
Daily Photo by CAROL L. FRANCAVILLA
Derek Harper takes off on his school-record long jump at last season's Big
Ten Indoor track meet held in the Track and Tennis Building.
Strong diving propels tankers in
Men's team powerful'
Returnees aid women
By MIKE REDSTONE
Just when you thought you've heard
about all of the top-ranked teams at the
University of Michigan.. .
Well, you better add one more to
your list -=the men's swim team.
AFTER A 1983-84 season in which the
team finished third in the Big Ten and
11th in the NCAA, the Wolverines are
hoping to break into the top ten in the
nation this year.
"We finished a stronger third than we
thought we would in the Big Ten last
year," said Wolverine assistant coach
Bruce Gemmel. "We were very pleased
with our results."
On the strength of its performance
in last year's Big Ten meet, Michigan
sent nine swimmers and divers to the
NCAA Championships, including freshmen
Dave Kerska, Jeff Godon, and Joe
OTHER Wolverines to make the
NCAA cut include Alex Wallingford,
Kirstan Vandersluis, Mark Noetzel,
Benoit Clement, and divers Bruce
Kimball and Kent Ferguson, who went
on to win the NCAA three-meter com-
With the return this year of all of
these swimmers and divers except
Noetzel and Vandersluis, Gemmel
believes the Michigan team will have
the necessary experience to improve on
last year's NCAA finish.
"We should definitely be improved
with the added experience even though
there are no seniors on the team this
year," said the former Michigan cap-
tain. "A top ten NCAA finish is a
challenging, but realistic goal for the
team this year."
THE RETURNEES, combined with
several recruits, could give the
Wolverines the strength they need to
improve in the Big Ten also.
Michigan, which was "two or three
swimmers short of winning the Big
Ten" last year according to head coach
Jon Urbanchek, may have found what it
was looking for in Europe. Urbanchek
has been working on recruiting several
top prospects from his native Hungary
which would greatly improve the
team's overall strength.
Two others swimmers who are likely
to give the team a big boost this year
are Lance Schroeder and Pete Hovard.
Schroeder took last season off to swim
on the Canadian National team after
winning the 200-meter butterfuly as a
freshman at the 1983 Big Ten Cham'-
pionships. Hovard is a transfer who
should be a top scorer in the 200-
By MIKE REDSTONE
Boycott or no, women's swimming
coach Peter Lindsay must be very glad
that the Olympics have come and gone.
What could give a college-level swim
coach such an attitude?
HE'S GOTTEN sick of all the boycott
Nope. But he probably did feel a bit
weak in the stomach when two of his
All-American swimmers missed most
of the 1983-84 season to try out for the
Canadian Olympic team.
These two Canadians, who will rejoin
the Wolverines this year are Naomi
Marubashi and Melinda Copp.
AS A FRESHMAN, two years ago,
Marubashi was the Big Ten champion
in the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard freestyle
events and went onto earn All-America-
honors in the 100-yard event. Copp, who
will be the only senior on the Michigan
squad this year, also decided to take a
shot at the Canadian team after earning
All-America laurels in the 200-yard
After a fourth-place finish in the Big
Ten and a ninth in the NCAA last year,
Lindsay is hopeful for an improved,
"The strength and experience of
those two swimmers (Marubashi and
Copp) should help our dual meet totals
tremendously," said the second year
coach. "We really had no sprinters last,
season so we should be much more
balanced this year." Lindsay also
foresees a 1984-85 team with better dep-
th than last year's with the return of
several "big scorers."
THESE TOP returnees include
freestylers Kay Lundy, Jeanne Perk)is
and Caroline Lindemulder,
backstrokers Jane Esselstyn and
Cecilia Sheehan, butterflyer Lisa Lun-
sford, and divers Mary Fischbach,
Leigh Anne Grabovez and Diane
Lindsay has also put special em-
phasis on recruiting a top breast-
stroker, something the team sorely.--
needs. In doing this, the Wolverine4
coach landed a top prospect in Christi
Vedeja from Madison. Other top
recruits according to Lindsay are but-
terflyers Christi McMaster of Rye, New
York, and Ann Rood of Walnut Creek,
Cal., and Mollie Blieden, a sprin-
ter/butterflyer from Bloomfield Hills.
true blue.. .
World class diver Bruce Kimball heads for the water at a dual meet against
Michigan State last January at Matt Mann Pool.
By MIKE MCGRAW
After a disappointing eighth-place
finish in the Big Ten, Michigan golf
coach Jim Carras is once again left
hoping for a first-division finish in the
Big Ten, something the golf team
hasn't acheived in six years.
"There are five very good teams in
the Big Ten. It's very competitive,
more so than I ever remember," said
Carras. "So an upper-division finish is
MOST OF THE top golfers will be
returning in the spring of 1985, but for
the Wolverines to do any moving up
they'll have to make some big im-
provements during the off-season.
The team is led by senior Dan Rober-
ts from Ypsilanti. Who was an all-
conference selection as a sophomore
but slumped last season with a 75.8
average and finished well down in the
Big Ten tournament.
Michigan's other senior is Ken Clark
(79.0 average), while two juniors who
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were second and third respectively On
the team last year, Chris Westfall and
Peter Savarino, will also be back.
CARRAS IS looking for sophomore
Steve Ludwig (78.6) to show some im-
provement and thinks Mike Seekell,
who didn't get much playing time last
year, will come on to help the team.
Others who could contribute are Jon
Rife, Scott Chipokas and John Codere.
"I'm hoping' Roberts has the type of
year he can give us," Carras said.
"We're not a super-talented team, but
we could've done better. I was very
disappointed with last year's team.
"I hope we show dramatic im-
provement. And I expect to, based on
'the fact that last year we had a young
and inexperienced team."
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