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Page 8-The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 3, 1987

Blue

Berenson's patience ...
... soon to pay off

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By PETE STEINERT
It would be appropriate for Webster's Dictionary to
adapt a new definition for patience. It would read:
patience n. see Red Berenson.
No other word more acccurately describes what
Michigan's hockey coach has been through in his three
years at the helm, attempting to turn the program
around.
This season Berenson faced the task of trying to
incorporate 10 freshmen into his lineup, a challenge for
any coach. It was a slow and sometimes ugly process.
When Minnesota swept Michigan in early
December, the Wolverines returned home with an
unimpressive 4-14 record. Surely at that point in the
season some Michigan fans started to second-guess
their hockey team.
But Berenson knew better. He realized his team was
not going to be an instant winner no matter how
talented a freshmen class.
"We were playing 10 freshmen out there every
night, and that's just too many young players," said
Berenson. "The transition and getting over the college
difficulties for the freshmen cost our team a lot of
games."
Through the losing, though, Berenson never
complained. He never shunned reporters after games.
Most importantly, he never lost confidence in his
players.
Slowly but surely things started turning around.
Michigan gave Berenson his first wins at Michigan
State and Lake Superior State. The Wolverines' 8-2
victory over the Spartans at Munn Ice Arena in January
highlighted the season.
"Ever since Christmas we've been turning around
and playing well," said senior Brad Jones, the
Wolverines' all-time assist leader. "A great deal of the
credit goes to coach Berenson for motivating us."
Although Michigan State swept Michigan last
weekend in the first round of the playoffs, it did little
to take away from how far the team has come. With
the exception of the first 6:22 of Saturday's game, the
Wolverines played the Spartans straight up.
"I think that State's probably saying that it's glad to
get us over with because I think we gave them a good
scare," said captain Jeff Norton.

It is just another stage in the development of the
hockey program. You cannot build a champion
overnight, and the Wolverines are living proof.
"They're not any stretch of the imagination a
seventh-place hockey team based on how they can play,
and I think they're a team of the future right now," said
Michigan State head coach Ron Mason.
"I thought our team hung in there with a lot of
pride," Berenson said. "They showed a lot of character.
We got a lot of good experience this season, and I feel
very good about our team. I think we'll be a much
better team next year.
"If you know the ages and the classes of the players,
I'd rather have our team next year than (Michigan
State's) team."
CCHA notes
-Jones, Michigan's second all-time leading scorer,
was, named first team All-CCHA yesterday by the
league's coaches. Norton was named second team, and
defenseman Myles O'Connor was named honorable
mention.
-In the semi-finals of the CCHA playoffs at Joe
Louis Arena Friday, it will be regular season league
champion Bowling Green against Ohio State, and
Michigan State against Western Michigan. The
winners will meet for the championship on Saturday.
-Berenson had nothing but good things to say about
senior forward Bruce Macnab who had his most
productive season of his career (9 goals, 16 assists, 25
points). "I just can't say enough about the way he's
played for us this year. I'm very proud of what he's
done."
-Center Mike Moes finished the season as the
team's leading freshman scorer (11-15-26), edging
Bryan Deasley (13-11-24).
-Joe Lockwood set a school record with five
shorthanded goals this year, two of which came last
weekend against Michigan State. The team's 16
shorthanded goals is also a record.
-An important statistic in last week's series was that
the Spartans' top four goal-scorers (Mitch Messier, Bill
Shibicky, and Kevin and Kip Miller) outscored the
Wolverines' top four (Jones, Brad McCaughey, Todd
Brost, and O'Connor), 10-1.

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Lady tankers win title

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Coach Red Berenson has seen his share of ups and downs since taking the reigns
program three years ago. His patience finally paid off this season when the Wolverines
the squad, fought back from a 4-12 record.

-Sports informotio
of Michigan's ho
,with ten freshm4

By ALLEN GELDERLOOS
When over half of a team
consists of freshmen, it is usually
on Photo considered a rebuilding year. Not so
ckey for the women's swim team as it
en on won its first Big Ten championship
in seven years.
The Wolverines, with 611
points, easily outdistanced a
surprising Minnesota team (496.5)
and Ohio State (495).
Leading the way was freshman
All-American Gwen DeMaat. The
Grand Rapids native recovered from
tendinitis and become the only
individual triple winner of the meet..
In the process, DeMaat qualified for
the NCAA's to be held in three
weeks. She also anchored four of
five NCAA qualifying relays.
"GWEN'S swims were really
courageous considering her shoulder
problems after Christmas," said
second-year coach Jim Richardson.
Michigan, fifth at last year's
championships, took the lead after
the first day and never looked back
in one of the fastest Big Ten's ever.
Michigan's divers blew the meet
open by taking five of the top eight

spots in both the one and three
meter diving. Junior Mary
Fischbach won the one meter and
qualified for the NCAA
championships.
"Our divers dove exceptionally
well," said diving coach Dick
Kimball. "The diving was a crucial
part of the meet since we scored
145 points in diving as compared to
none for Minnesota."'
FISCHBACH, who placed in
the top four nationally as a
freshman, missed last year due to
injuries.
Other divers in the top eight
were Bonnie Pankopf, Clara
Trammell, Cokey Smith, and
Carolyn Kennedy.
Joining DeMaat and Fischbach
at the NCAA's will be
breaststrokers Christi Vedejs and
Ann Colloton and freestyler Suzie
Rabiah.
Vedejs led the 200-yard
breaststroke with a meet record time
of 2:17.55 and turned in a quick
second place showing in the 100-
yard breaststroke (1:03.87). Both
times were career bests.

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"CHRISTI had a great season
overall," said Richardson. "It was
just indicative of the way she
trained all year."
Freshman Colloton finished
close behind Vedejs in both the 100
and 200-yard with times of 1:05.44
and 2:21.25 respectively, good for
fourth place finishes.

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