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Women's Basketball
vs. Minnesota
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Wrestling
vs. Indiana
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
Page 8

The MichiganDaily

Tuesday, January 14, 1986

WOMEN GARNER FIRST VICTORY OF NEW YEAR
Tankers splash to win

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By DEBBIE deFRANCES
By beating Oakland University 82-56, the women's
swim team is one notch closer to its New Year's
resolution.
First year head coach Jim Richardson said this year's
"ultimate goal is to do very well in the Big Ten Champion-
ship meet. We'd like to place our team in the top couple in
the Big Ten."
BEHIND A 6-4 record, Richardson is confident that the
Wolverines have trained hard enough over the Christmas
break to keep them en route to meeting their goals.
"I think that we have done what we needed to over
Christmas," said Richardson. "We know what we need to
do, and I think we're doing fine now."
Michigan's fine qualities came through when it swam
against Oakland last weekend. The foursome of Cecilia
Sheehan, Candice Quinn, Lisa Lundsford and Becky Fen-
sen won the medley relay with a time of 1:52.08. To add to
their team effort, each one of the four swimmers also had
at least one individual victory in the meet.
FRESHMAN Becky Fensen had a pair of wins in the 50-

yard and the 100-yard freestyles with times of :25.48 and
:55.80, respectively.
Lundsford recorded a victory in the 200-yard butterfly
with 2:12.61, while Quinn won the 200-yard breaststroke in
2:30.33 minutes. Rounding out the quartet's individual vic-
tories was Sheehan who pulled off a win in the 100-yard
backstroke.

Richardson noted there were no individual standouts,
but that the win was an overall effort. "Everyone put in a
solid performance," he said. "To highlight one swimmer
would be wrong."
THAT SORT of teamwork is what Richardson feels it
will take to win, especially in the Big Ten. Spending the
holidays together, training in Indianapolis made the girls
stronger not only in their racing times but also in their
ability to swim together successfully, according to
Richardson.
"I feel good about our intensity right now and if we can
'keep going by the end of February (when the Big Ten
Championships are held) we should come up with a good
Big Ten season."

Associated Press

SPORTS OF THE DAILY:

Alvie and kicking
Edmonton Oiler goaltender Grant Fuhr makes a pad save in the first period against Boston last night. Fuhr and
the Oilers won the game, 5-3.

Womenti
By DOUGLAS VOLAN
The 1986 version of the women's
gymnastics team opened up its season
at home with a victory over Western
Michigan at Crisler Arena on Sunday.
The Wolverines dominated the
meet, winningrthree of the four even-
ts. Their only setback was on the
vault, but even there a bright spot
emerged in the form of Angela
Williams, a sophomore who finished
first with a 9.45.
WITH THAT score and another first
place finish on the floor exercise,
Williams placed first overall with a
total of 35.45 points. "Williams came
through as a consistent performer as
she has been doing since her fresh-
man year," said coach Dana Kem-
pthorn.
Michigan had other outstanding in-
dividual performances as well.
Freshman Amy Meyer captured first
place on the balance beam with a
9.05, and then followed that up with an
8.85 on the uneven bars to finish third
in that event. "I was very pleased
with Amy's performance" said

amblers roll in opener

Kempthorn. "She showed total men-
tal readiness and her hard work paid
off."
Junior Heidi Cohen also had a
strong meet, finishing second overall,
with 35.25 points. Another freshman,
Janne Klepek, finished first on the
uneven bars with. a 9.0.
Men take fifth
Michigan's men's gymnastics team
travelled to East Lansing last
weekend for the Spartan Invitational.
However, this group of athletes tum-
bled out of East Lansing with a little
less success than most Wolverine
teams are accustomed to when ven-
turing into Spartan territory.
The team finished a disappointing
fifth out of six teams, but head coach
Bob Darden saw some good individual
performances and believes the team
is close to becoming more com-
petitive.
"THE TEAM attitude is good as a
team, however some of the parts are
greater than the whole," said Darden.
"I wish the players would balance off
each other more to give the team

more motivation."
The individual highlight of the meet
belonged to Brock Orwig. The junior
from Winnetka, Illinois scored d
overall 9.3 and finished an impressive
first place in the entire competition.
Other Wolverine gymnasts also had
some- impressive individual feats.
Scott Moore finished first in the vault
and fourth overall. Mitch Rose gar-
nered first place on the still rings and
third on the horizontal bar. Gavin
Myerowitz had a second on the vault,0
and freshman Steve Yuan placed
second on the pommel horse.
The Spartan Invitational was won
by the host Spartans, Wvho edged
Wisconsin by a mere two points.
- GREG MOLZON
Thinclads compete
Although the Wolverines were not
scored as a team, last Friday's EMU
versus Michigan men's track meet
revealed a solid Michigan squad. The
meet, which was the first of the
.season, got the individuals who com-
peted back on track for the rest of the
season.
"It's a way for everybody to get
back into things after break,"
said assistant coach Mike Shea,
whose outlook for the team was high.
"If we can get the big point production
out of the big men, we have a good
chance of having an excellent seasonO
"WE'VE JUST always been a
strong team all around and it shouldbr.
be a better year then last year."
One of the big men Shea will be
counting on will be junior Butch
Starmack, who set a meet record
Friday, triple jumping 49'9", bet-
tering all his previous jumps from the
'85 indoor season.
That jump was short of his mark
from the intra-squad met, where
Starmack sprang close to 51 feet*
displaying his great potential.
Showing equal potential in the intra-
squad meet was J.J. Grant. The
freshman put the shot nearly 53 feet,
donning his football attire after a
workout with the football team.
- EMILY BRIDGHAM

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Falcons soared to the top .. .
... 'M' brought them back to earth

By RICK KAPLAN
LOOKING for an argument? Try mentioning college
sports polls. There is the controversy of the mythical
national championship in football, the clash of AP and UPI,
and the meaningless basketball rankings. But the good folks
of Bowling Green, Ohio, learned the hard way about college
hockey polls.
Yes, there are college hockey polls. Three of them, in fact.
And entering last Friday's game against Michigan, the KB-
JR-TV Coaches Poll from Duluth, Minn., the WMPL-Radio
Coaches Poll in Hancock, Mich., and the WMEB-FM Media
Poll out of Orono, Maine all ranked Bowling Green number
one in the nation.
But the Falcons fell from their lofty rankings after Friday's
game at Bowling Green Ice Arena. Michigan trailed 4-1 in
the second period before storming back to beat the CCHA
leaders, 7-4. Aside from two wins at Oxford over last-place
Miami of Ohio, the win at Bowling Green was the Wolverines'
first away from home.
The Falcons lost their concentration and that lost them the
game. The recent rise to the top of the rankings and Bowling

Green's Friday night collapse were not coincidental. The
Falcons had read their clippings, and ended up with their
wings being clipped.
Bowling Green coach Jerry York also blasted his team's
effort. "We've got to be more concerned about playing the
game," York said, "and less concerned about where we are
in the national rankings.
"We haven't had a problem so far," said York about
dealing with the acclaim. "This is the first poor effort we've
had." It was also the first time his team was ranked number
one. Moving from number two to number.one may be only
one notch in the polls, but it's three notches in the hat size.
Falcon goaltender Gary Kruzich was set to notch his 16th
win of the year when he lost his poise in the third period. The
Wolverines deserve credit for a clutch team effort, but
Kruzich was not the same goalie he was at the start of the
game. He admitted that the loss may have been caused by
excessive ego inflation.
"We were just too lackadaisical out there," said the con-
ference's third-rated goalie. "We can't go out there and think
when we put on a Bowling Green jersey we're going to win

the game.' It just doesn't work."
Bowling Green right winger Jamie Wansbrough worked his
way into a tie for the league lead in scoring, but he and his
teammates were shut out in the decisive third period.
"Because we were ranked number one," Wansbrough said,
"guys may not have been up for the game as much as they
would have been."
The Falcons returned to form Saturday night, defeating
Michigan 7-3 at Yost Ice Arena.
After they had insured a split, Bowling Green's players and
coach backed down a bit on their stance about the number-
one syndrome. "The whole team was working harder
tonight, offensively and defensively," said Kruzich. The
Falcons also gave Michigan the credit it deserved. "I think
Michigan is a legitimate top four team," York said Saturday.
Bowling Green fell to number two in all three polls this
week, as Denver took the top spot. But that does not diminish
Michigan's weekend efforts. "If they are (the number one
team), we proved we can beat them two out of four games,"
said Michigan center Todd Brost. "I think that says
something about our team, too."

Women cagers split

road trip

By LIAM FLAHERTY
With most of us still writing 1985 on
our checks, the Wolverines' women's
basketball team has done in 1986 what
it could not do all of last year.
Michigan's 71-68 win over Purdue
Saturday gave the Wolverines a 2-2
record in Big Ten play. The two wins
doubled last year's not-so-grand total
of one Big Ten win. Their overall
record now stands at 8-6, which also
tops last year's total output of vic-
tories.
IT WAS a tight game, with
the Wolverines' biggest lead being
six points at halftime. Michigan was
led by senior co-captain Wendy
Bradetich, who had 22 points, shooting
16 for 19 from the foul line.
Bradetich iced both ends of. a one-
and-one with eight seconds left, to put
the game out of reach. Sophomore

forward Lorea Feldman had 16 points
and 14 rebounds. Michigan shot 50

percent from the field for the first
time in Big Ten play this year.
However, the weekend was not all
victorious for the Wolverines as they
also lost to Illinois on Friday night.
The Fighting Illini had an easy go of

it, trouncing Michigan 92-61. Feld-
man led all scorers with 19 points.
The Wolverines continue their
record-setting Big Ten tour with Min-
nesota and Iowa at home this
weekend.

Bradetich
... 22 against Purdue

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