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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, December 9, 1987-Page 11




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"When I first started swimming, I
didn't want to get in the water, but
they threw me in anyway, and I've
stayed in since."
Alec Campbell, an engineering
senior and co-captain of the Michi-
gan men's swim team, was All-State
at Farmington High School where
he still holds seven school records.
He used to be a distance freestyle
swimmer, but as a high school
sophomore, he swam the 100-fly at
a local meet in a time that would
have placed him third in the state
that year. Leaving the freestyle
events behind, he went on to place
i the top five at the state meet in
the fly and 200-individual medley
AT THE AGE of eight, Marty
Moran's mother enrolled him in
swimming lessons because "it was
something to keep me active." At
first, she had to bribe him to get
him into the water. In a short time,
however, the Pittsburgh native's
talents surfaced and the swim in-
structors encouraged him to swim
for the local team.
Moran chose Michigan over Cal-
Berkeley and Southern Methodist
because of the educational reputa-

tion, Wolverine head coach Jon Ur-
banchek, and the fact that the team
was improving.
Campbell chose Michigan over
Virginia for similar reasons. "I al-
ways had Michigan in my blood. I
like being a team member of a win-
ning organization rather than the
best swimmer of a lesser team."
Campbell had only the fifth
fastest butterfly time on the team at
the beginning of his first year, but
by the end of the campaign, he was
number two. Campbell's 200-fly
time has since become the third
fastest time in Michigan history.
But, unfortunately for Campbell, he
has swam in the same period as the
top two butterfliers, so he has never
claimed the number-one spot.
ONE OF those two butterfliers
ahead of Campbell is Moran. As a
rookie, Moran required some time to
adjust, as he had never really had a
team to swim for before he arrived in
Ann Arbor. Coach Bill McMaster
allowed him to work out with the
local United States Swimming team
and then compete for his high
"Everyone here wants to work for
the Big Ten Championship," said
Moran. "Working within the team

concept helped a lot in terms of be-
coming a better swimmer. I had
never really been on a team, let
alone a team competing for a cham-
Another new experience for
Moran was the annual trip to Miami
for a brutal Christmas training
camp. "I was nervous before the first
workout since I didn't know what to
expect," he said. "I had never been at
a training camp before then, but I
learned that there is nothing to be
nervous about."
The experience paid off. At the
Big Ten Championships his first
year, "I felt like a block had been
taken off my back after my first race.
I could get on with the racing and
not worry about being nervous".
Moran went on to final in all three
of his events.
AS A sophomore, Moran
attained his preseason goals of
finaling in the 200-fly at NCAAs
(an impressive fifth-place finish) and
winning both the 100 and 200-fly
races at the Big Ten Championships.
By also being a member of the
winning 400-medley relay team,
Moran now holds three all-time
Michigan records.
Campbell has remained in Ann

Arbor every summer to train with
the national power Club Wolverine
Swim Team. "It provides a better
atmosphere for training when you
swim with national-caliber swim-
Although he went home after his
first year, Moran stayed in Ann Ar-
bor last summer, finding it benefi-
cial working with Campbell.
"Urbanchek's program is a proven
winner," said Moran. "He knows the
skills of the swimmers' best and
makes it fun. Plus, training with
Alec only made me better."
Winning the Big Ten Champi-
onship the last two years makes all
of the work worthwhile for Moran
and Campbell. Both have team goals
of repeating as Big Ten Champions
and placing in the top five at
NCAAs (they were sixth last year).
IN ADDITION, both have the
individual goals of qualifying for the
NCAAs and Olympic trials. At the
Big Tens, they are strong candidates
to final in the 200-IM, and have a
strong chance to go one-two in the
Moran also hopes to successfully
defend his 100-fly title, and Camp-
bell should be among the, confer-
ence's elite in the 400-IM, an event

in which he currently has the sev-
enth ranking in Michigan history.
Urbanchek is glad that Campbell
and Moran lasted through the initial
swim lessons. The two are now the
best butterfliers on the the Michigan
team, ranked sixth in the country.
"I don't really know what I'd be

doing if I hadn't been in tnose
swimming lessons," said Moran. "I
probably would have pursued foot-
ball, but I wouldn't be this happy.
Swimming has been a positive
experience for me.
Added Campbell: "They threw
me in once, and I'm glad they did."




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DALLAS (AP) - The Boston
Red Sox, whose faulty bullpen led
to their 1987 collapse, put the heat
on the rest of the AL East Tuesday
by trading for hard-throwing reliever
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In a three-player deal that caught
even Red Sox Manager John
McNamara by surprise, Boston dealt
right-handed starter Al Nipper and
reliever Calvin Schiraldi to the
Chicago Cubs for Smith, 30, one of
baseball's premier stoppers.
The only National League reliever
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consecutive seasons, the 6-4, 245-
pound Smith had 36 saves this year,
20 more than the entire Red Sox
staff. Boston's 16 saves by Wes
Gardner (10) and Schiraldi (6) were a
major-league low.
McNamara had just told reporters
here for baseball's winter meetings
that the Red Sox badly needed bull-
pen help. Boston General Manager
Lou Gorman then pulled him aside
to tell him of the deal.
"We've given up a pitcher who
has been as good as anybody the last
four years," said Jim Frey, the Cubs'
newly named general manager. "But
we came to the winter meetings to
do something with our staff. We
wanted another starter and Al Nipper
has been a consistent winner if not a
big winner."
Nipper, 27, has never won more
than 11 games in his four-year big
league career and has a 42-43 career
record with a 4.61 ERA. Nipper had
a 1987 ERA of 5.43 with a record of
11-12, his third straight losing year
with 12 losses.
Another deal Tuesday sent Dave
Parker, a six-time All-Star, from
Cincinnati to Oakland for pitchers
Jose Rijo, 22, and Tim Birtsas, 27.
"You don't replace a Dave Parker,

but we felt we need some more
pitchers," Reds manager Pete Rose
Recently, when Parker appeared
headed to the New York Yankees, he
smiled at the thought of batting
between Don Mattingly and Dave
Winfield. Instead, he will join
slugger's row in Oakland with Mark
McGwire and Jose Canseco.
"We think he's going to give us a
lot of pop, particularly from the left
side," Oakland General Manager

Sandy Alderson said.
Parker, 37, hit 26 home runs
with 97 RBI last season but batted a
career-low .253. He has a .297
lifetime average with 273 homers
and 1.,190 RBI.
A minor trade sent Atlanta Braves
shortstop Rafael Ramirez to Hou-
ston for two prospects, third base-
man Ed Whited and pitcher Mike
Stoker. Both were with Houston's
Class-A minor-league affiliate last



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