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Women's Swimming
vs. Iowa
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
Matt Mann Pool
,he Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Thursday, November 21, 1985

Women's Basketball
vs. Holy Cross
Monday,,7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
Page7

Freshman Fensen doing

swimmingly for

Tankers

By LISA CHERNEV
When Becky Fensen joined the
wim team at the Lakeside Field Club
sIn North Salem, N.Y., at age 11, she
Zidn't have aspirations of becoming
Die next Tracy Caulkins. She joined
Decause a friend did.
"When I joined I had no interest in
the sport, I knew nothing about it,"
said Fensen, a freshman out of
Xatonah, N.Y. "We practiced three
pays a week, for maybe half an hour,
iwas nothing."
STHAT NOTHING turned into
something really big for Michigan.
Although she hasn't been a Wolverine
very long, the adjustment has been an
easy one for the 18 year old freestyle
sprinter. "I've adapted easily," said
Pensen. "I'm fitting in well."
But it was at Lakeside where Fen-
en's natural abilities came to the
re. Like a fish in water, you might
Say. "I loved it right away," said the
S Wolverine freestyle sprinter.
Fensen didn't begin her competitive
swimming career, however, until the
ripe old age of 15. For swimming
that's over the hill.
IT WAS then that she joined the
.ilton Wahoos, a nationally com-
petitive AAU team at the Wilton,
Conn., YMCA.
"I started way behind the other
girls. Some of them had already won
Junior National championships," said
SFensen.
But Fensen wasted no time catching
up.
_IN 1983 and 1984, she helped Wilton
din the YMCA National Champion-
ships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Fen-
sen and crew set a YMCA record in
Fhe 400-yard freestyle relay. "I never
Nound out the (winning) time, it didn't
natter," said Fensen whose best time
4s 53.8 seconds in the 100-yard
Freestyle relay.
First year head coach out of Iowa,
Tim Richardson attributes Fensen's
;access, partly, to her late start.
'Swimmers who start later have
Fnore enthusiasm for the sport and are
3ess aware of how good they are," he
laid. "It's a double edged sword,
:ecause they also have less experien-
!Gridde picks
O.K., all you suave young sports
prognosticators, here is the SINGLE
_MOST IMPORTANT STATISTIC
CONCERNING THE MICHIGAN-
OHIO STATE MATCHUP (fanfare,
;:please, or at least give a few
;Hail"s):
NO OHIO STATE STUDENT OR
FACULTY MEMBER HAS EVER
WON GRIDDES! (As far as we know.
If you find one who has, tell us quick
,b we can make fun of him in
)Jomorrow's paper.)
This simple little stat is all you need
to know to make a bundle. If wild old
Woody Hayes couldn't win Griddes
-(and lord knows he tried, punching
people out and working himself into
the hospital trying to win that Pizza
Express pizza and Dooley's guest
pass) then what are the chances of
OSU beating Michigan, which is un-
defeated in Griddes competition?
Zilcho. Percentages of your take
will be accepted starting Monday.
"THE WEEK"
1. Our THE GAME
Ohio State at MICHIGAN
(Pick total points)
2. The oldest THE GAME
Lafayette at Lehigh
3. First called THE GAME
Cal at Stanford
4. Big Eight's THE GAME
Nebraska at Oklahoma
5. Los Angeles's THE GAME

UCLA at USC
6. Ivy League's THE GAME
Harvard at Yale
7. Illinois's THE GAME
Illinois at Northwestern
S; Indiana's THE GAME
Purdue at Indiana
9. Pennsylvania's THE GAME
Penn State at Pitt
10. Washington's THE GAME
. Washington State at Washington
1X. Arizona's THE GAME
Arizona at Arizona State
12. Oregon's THE GAME
Oregon State at Oregon
I3. South Carolina's THE GAME
Clemson at South Carolina
14. North Carolina's THE GAME
Duke at North Carolina

Don't be misled by Fensen's lack of
years, however. Wilton is a
nationally-oriented team. "She (Fen-'
sen) was able to gain a lot of ex-
perience in a short time," said
Richardson.
TEAMMATE Margret Huson, a
freshman backstroker, who started
swimming at age five, also said Fen-
sen has an advantage in starting late.
"Sometimes it's better, because
otherwise you get into too much of a
grind."
Fensen hasn't reached that grind
yet. Although it may be a possibility
for the future, it doesn't seem a
probability.
"Becky's greatest asset is her com-
petitiveness," said Richardson. "She
loves to race in work outs. She loves to
race in swim meets. It's fun for her.
Some kids are too sophisticated to
have fun. Her attitude is contagious."
HUSON SEEMS to have caught
Fensen's positive attitude. "We're
small, so we all have to push each
other," said Fensen. "We don't have
anyone pulling us through and we
don't have anyone pulling us down."
In the Wolverines' meet against

Waterloo and Etobicoke, Fensen
helped pull the team in three races.
She won two individual heats, the 50-
yard freestyle and the 100-yard
freestyle, with times of :25.39 and
:53.99 respectively. With teammates,
she won the 200-yard medley relay, in
1:52.6.
Fensen's first tough competition
will come this Friday when the
Wolverines begin their Big Ten
schedule, squaring off against Iowa.
"This will be a learning year for
Becky," said Richardson.
Maybe she'll even teach a few
swimmers a thing or two.

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON

Freshman swimmer Becky Fensen
has starred for Michigan despite
being in only her fourth year of com-
petitive swimming. With three first
place finishes behind her, Fensen
will lead the Wolverines against
Iowa Friday.

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