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Lacrosse
vs. Hillsdale College
Today, 7 p.m.
Tartan Turf

SPORTS

Baseball
vs. Adrian
Sunday 1 p.m.
Ray Fisher Stadium

The Michigan Daily'

Wednesday, March 26, 1986

Page 8

YOUNG SWIMMERS ADD TO EXCITEMENT
Sync swimmers nab fifth

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By DUANE ROOSE
Overcoming inexperience has been
no problem for the Michigan Women's
Synchronized Swim Club this year.
And after placing fifth in the Inter-
collegiate National Championships in
Tuscolusa, Ala. last weekend, the
team continues to impress coach
Laura LaCursia.
Sandy Pawelak and Penny Hershey
captured sixth place in the Duets
enabling them to advance to zone
competition in Milwaukee April 10-13.
Shauna Roberts and Kim Singletary
also performed well in Duets, placing
eighth.
PAWELAK AND HERSHEY

Thomason placed sixth and seventh
respectively. All three earned the
right to advance to the finals. Also in
Second Level Figures competition,
Singletary and KellyeFitzpatrick
placed in the top 12, earning team
points for Michigan.
The Club's fine performance in
Tuscolusa was indicative of the suc-
cess they've enjoyed all season.
Such success has come unexpectedly,
hnwever "We lost five seniors last

year to graduation," said LaCursia,
who was worried how much inex-
perience would hurt the team this
year.
"Swimmers who were B-level last
year, however, have come up and
done an exceptional job," said LaCur-
sia. "We're a small group, but the
girls have been very dedicated this
year and I'm very proud of them."
The younger swimmers have injec-

ted a great deal of energy into the
team this year, according to LaCur-
sia. The team has so impressed the
coach that she called this season her
"most enjoyable."
For now, the swimmers will concen-
trate on zone meets and other com-
petitions. Those who place will in the
zone meets will advance to the
national finals in Santa Clara,
California.

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Members of Michigan's synchronized swim club showing their routine that earned them a fifth place finish at
the Intercollegiate National Championships last weekend.

Then there were four...
...unsung Louisville has edge
D ESPITE the Michigan basketball team's failure to make the Final
Four (and this writer's confidence that the Wolverines would make
it), it's time again to make a prediction for the weekend in Dallas.
Duke should win the National Championship, but the Blue Devils won't.
Nor will Larry Brown's Kansas Jayhawks (even if the clock fails to work
for 40 minutes). The cinderella LSU Tigers could take it, but coach Dale
Brown's foolish comparisons with the USA Hockey Team will counteract
his club's chances.
That leaves Louisville. The Cardinals are not the most talented team
of the NCAA's four finalists, but perhaps the most experienced. Denny
Crum has carried his team to the Final Four six times in his 15 seasons at
Louisville, and he captured the National Championship in 1980.
Game experience hardly helped Michigan, but then the Wolverines
hardly had any NCAA tournament experience. They seemed to know the
formula for consecutive Big Ten Championships. What they didn't know
was how to win, or better, survive an early-round dog fight.
Lousiville doesn't have that problem. The Cardinals are unlikely to
succumb to any Final Four pressure and it doesn't take Dick Vitale's
brain to figure out that the team which makes the fewest mistakes will
win.
Aside from the NCAA tournament, some thoughts for the beginning of
the spring sports season:
" Bo Schembechler's 1986 campaign does not begin for six months, but
that doesn't mean Bo isn't busy. Spring football practice began last week.
Not that it really matters, but the prospect of quarterback Jim Harbaugh
improving his game over last year might help quell agonizing over
Michigan's player losses.
* It's tough for one member of the press to criticize another, but I can't
resist, especially when its network sports. James Brown and Verne Lun-
dquist of CBS aptly demonstrated their keen grasp for the obvious when
Brown told Lundquist that Danny Manning's early departure from
Friday's Michigan State-Kansas clash "should give the Spartans an ad-
vantage." Really, Jim.
" The Detroit Free Press reported Monday that ratings were significan-
tly down from last weekend's college basketball games. It could have
been the teams themselves, but does anyone think CBS's announcers
have something to do with the less interested audience?
" It's a travesty. Broadway Joe's contract was bought out by ABC for
$850,000. Whither Joe? Maybe he'll go the Jim Brown route. Nah, that's a
silly joke.
" Talk about silly jokes, how about Peter Ueberroth? His self-righteous
attempt to removing drugs from baseball have resulted in unnecessary
press and punishment for Keith Hernandez, et. al. Why can't Ueberroth
and the players association agree to a confidential solution?
" Surely the fiasco the New England Patriots suffered after the Super
Bowl has some lessons. When the players' names were smeared on the
newspapers, they were needlessly help up to public ridicule. Granted,
drugs are a serious problem in professional sports, but they are more a
personal problem than anything else. The players should be treated with
decency, not deprivation.
" The question of parity has been tossed around in sports for several
years. Thankfully, college basketball has it, which makes for many a fan-
pleasing upset. Parity in the NBA is a scam. The upper echelon (the
Lakers, Celtics, Bucks, 76ers, and maybe Houston) dominate, and then
Boston and LA battle for the championship. Same old song. Needs new
tune.
" Last fall in this space, I lambasted the Michigan band for its taste in
popular music. I heard about it and thanks. No criticism this time but still
more band talk.
After three years of Michigan football, it's not difficult to say the
Michigan band probably plays the school's theme song more often than
any other band plays their school's. Alas, this may be false. In Min-
neapolis at the opening rounds of the NCAA tournament, NC State's band
and cheerleaders must have done the Wolfpack chant every 45 seconds
for the full 40 minutes.
Even more amazing, the NC State cheerleaders may perhaps have the
most plastic smiles of any in the country, Despite a warm Metrodome and
edge-of-the-chair finishes, these cheerleaders never failed to exhibit
cheerleading's patented brand of phony ecstacy.
Hey, it's all part of sports.
Sampson recovers after
s erin freak back injury

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

Oilers too much for Wei

By RICK KAPLAN
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - The Edmonton Oilers
never expected to gain an advantage
when Esa Tikkanen was whistled for a
holding penalty at 8:33 of the second
period against the Detroit Red Wings.
Less than a minute later, however,
the Oilers' Mark Messier had scored
two short handed goals and Edmonton
was well on its way to a 7-2 win last
night at Joe Louis Arena.
THE GOALS broke a 2-2 tie. Detroit
scored twice early in the second
period to deadlock the score.
"We knew we had to kill the

penalty," said Messier. "We didn't,
expect to come off that well. It was a
big kill for us."
Messier's first tally came right off
the face off following Tikkanen's in-
fraction. Edmonton defenseman Paul
Coffey passed to Messier streaking
down the right wing. The Oilers center
beat Detroit goalie Ed Mio to the
glove side for the game-winning goal
at 8:43.
THIRTY seconds later Messier slid
the puck inside the left goal post. Ed-
monton center Wayne Gretzky
assisted on the play for his 200th point
of the season marking his third

straight year with 200 points.
"I'm happy about the 200th," said
Gretzky, "but I'm just trying to help
the hockey team."
Before the night was out, Gretzky
added another assist on a Coffey goal
in the third period.
EDMONTON turned the jets on af-
ter a lackluster first period which saw
18 Red Wing shots on goalie Grant
Fuhr. "We were sloppy," said Oiler
coach Glen Sather. "We gave (the
Red Wings) a lot of chances that we
shouldn't have.
"But when we need to put it in
another gear, we seem to click."
The two-time defending Stanley Cup
Champions jumped out to a 2-0 lead in
the first period. Gretzky got his 199th
point on a Mark Napier goal from the
right circle. It was also Napier's 200th
career goal.
Edmonton's Glenn Anderson also
notched a milestone. The right winger
scored a goal at 11:36 of the third
period for his 100th point of the
season.
The biggest milestone of the night,
though, was earned by Detroit. The
Red Wings clinched the number one
draft choice in June's entry draft. The
loss guarantees them the worst NHL
record this season.
Detroit 9, St. Louis 8
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Home
runs by Chet Lemon and Mike Laga
helped the DetroitTigers to a 9-8 come-

R7-2
from-behind victory yesterday over
the St. Louis Cardinals.
With the score tied 8-8 in the Detroit
eighth inning, Darnell Coles singled
off loser Mark Ross and scored the
winning run on a triple by Laga.
ST. LOUIS, 8-8, scored four runs in
the fourth. Brian Harper started it
with a single and went to second when
Frank Tanana hit John Morris with a
pitch.
Shortstop Doug Baker's error
resulted in two runs to key the inning.
But the Tigers answered with four
runs in their half of the inning. Laga
led off with his seventh homer. Lemon
hit his first home run of the spring
following two walks.
TITO LANDRUM started a three-
run St. Louis fifth with a triple and
scored on Harper's double. Jerry
White tripled Harper home and Tom
Nieto sacrificed White across. ,
The Tigers got two in the bottom of
the inning with Darrell Evans and
Dave Engle getting run-scoring
singles.
TheCardinals got their final run in
the sixth on a sacrifice fly by White.
But the Tigers, 13-6, came back in
the bottom of the inning with a single
by Coles and a sacrifice fly by Evans
producing the runs.
Danny Cox started and worked fivec
innings for the Cardinals, giving up
six runs on five hits while walking
four.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Houston
center Ralph Sampson, injured in
frightening fall at Boston Garden, suf-
fered a severe bruise to his back and
is not expected to play the next two
games, a spokesman for the NBA
team said yesterday.
The 7 -4 Sampson was carried
from the floor on a stretcher after
falling late in the first half while he
was going for a rebound against the
Celtics Monday night.
THE FORMER Virginia All -
American was not with the team when
it arrived in Indianapolis for tonight's
game with the Pacers and was retur-
ning to his home in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Rockets said he would not play
agianst the Pacers or against Detroit

on Friday, ending his streak of 236
consecutive games played during his 6
three-year career in the NBA.
Houston public relations director
Jim Foley said Sampson might be
able to rejoin the team for Saturday's
game at Washington.
The bruise is in the thoracic area of
Sampson's back - the cavity that
contains the heart and lungs. News
that Sampsondwould be lost for only
two games drew sighs of relief.g
because the early reports Monday
night were much ominous. He
initially had no feeling and
movement in his right leg, raising
fears that he may have suffered a
fractured back.

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