The Michigan Daily-Thursday, March 3, 1988-Page 11
Individual brothers seek common goal
yle of play as rough as
it is to say her last name
By MICHAEL GILL
The small smurf figures, a Gumby poster, and a clown doll in her room
give you a feeling for basketball player Carol Szczechowski's personality.
They might give you the wrong one.
The 5-foot-10 first-year player from Mt. Carmel High School has
gained the reputation as a rough-and-tumble player, quite different from her
outgoing personality. Against Ohio State, Szczechowski literally bucked
heads with Buckeye star player Nikita Lowry, sending both reeling with
concussions. Lowry found herself sitting in a hospital bed and
Szczechowski wound up nursing a large bump on her forehead.
It could only have been expected.
Fastball down the middle
The Wyandotte native's baptism into the Michigan program was
anything but peaceful. She asserted her control immediately - but in a
way not pleasing to Michigan head coach Bud VanDeWege.
During summer practice in a game of five on five, Szczechowski
undercut VanDeWege's drive to the basket, sending both flying. On the
opening day of fall practice, a Szczechowski basketball fastball nailed
VanDeWege in the head.
"Bud calls me 'the goon,"' said Szczechowski. "He couldn't believe
what I did."
The bruised, beaten, and beleaguered VanDeWege said, "I told her if I
could survive her physical abuse we might have a good relationship."
A lifelong Michigan fan, Szczechowski immediately fell for the idea of
being a Wolverine. Playing for a small high school did not give her big-
time exposure. When Michigan knocked, she listened, liking the
atmosphere. It is a decision she does not regret.
"I want to play on a team that sticks together - even when we're
down," she said. "If we just hang together now - I've still got three more
years - we're so young. Right now we are on that track, but we've still
need some improvement.
"Even if we don't win it (Big Ten), if I can make friends, work as hard
as I can, and gather other values from basketball, I'll be really happy."
Change in attitude
The last two years have been seasons of growing and maturing for her.
Entering her senior year in high school, Szczechowski embarked on an on-
court personality change.
"My sophomore and junior year I always yelled at my teammates," she
said. "I finally grew up and changed my senior year. Yelling and screaming
at my teammates wasn't helping - it was only making things worse.
From here on out I don't try to yell at anyone."
Although there may be a change in method, the results are still there.
She inspires her teammates to improve. "She keeps everyone up," says
assistant coach Kathy LaBarge. "She may be down and depressed but she
does not show it."
VanDeWege said he likes how she plays "very aggressive, very
physical, very competitive."
Education outside the classroom
The rookie has learned lessons this season from the serious to the
" The Big Ten Season: "Vonnie (Thompson) told me it would get a lot
more physical than I had been experiencing," said Szczechowski.
" "Just Say No." Late in a tied game against Northwestern that
Michigan ultimately won, VanDeWege called on Szczechowski to inbound
the ball. "Uh-uh," she replied. VanDeWege looked up and commented,
"Here I am telling my players what to do and you say 'Uh-uh?"' It caused a
head rush of panic through VanDeWege's running mind.
"He was going OK OK OK you get it OK OK' a hundred times," said
Szczechowski. "Vonnie and all of us were cracking up. We were laughing
at him because he was more nervous than us."
. How to pack. While most players pack one suitcase, Szczechowski
regularly packs a suitcase, another bag for basketball gear, another for a
walkman and cassettes, a purse, and another bag. Enough for the Russian
- Picture taking and scrapbook keeping: Szczechowski proudly displays
scrapbooks and photobooks the size of Grenada, filled with every ticket
stub of every movie, show, or event she attended. The photobooks are
filled with pictures the Miami Herald would pay millions for if on a
stakeout. Included are pictures of all the coaches - sleeping.
Szczechowski herself is the only one not to sleep while travelling and
often wakes people up with her animated conversation.
The season winds down, and even for a vivacious person, the long
period of time can tire a player. She claims its been a season full of great
memories, yet anticipates the end.
"Physically and mentally I'm tired, but I'm sure in two weeks I'll be
ready to play again."
By STEVEN COHEN
In many respects, Michigan
wrestlers Mike and Sam Amine are
as dissimilar as two people can be.
Their do share at least one trait -
both will be representing No. 8
Michigan at the 74th annual Big Ten
wrestling championships this
weekend at Crisler Arena.
WRESTLING is in their blood.
Their father, Nazem, was a bronze
medalist in the 1960 Olympics and
the two began to wrestle in 1976 at a
freestyle program in their
neighborhood. The two went on to
win state titles at Lincoln High
School in Warren, and this year Sam
joined Mike at the college level.
To many this is where their
"If they were football players,"
said Michigan coach Dale Bahr,
"Sam would spike the ball after a
touchdown while Mike would just
lay it down."
Mike said, "We're just two
different people," Mike said, for
instance, that he prefers Top 40
music while Sam appreciates rap
It took teammate and fellow
captain Joe Panteleo to remind Mike
how he was in his younger days.
"He's a soul fanatic, but I was a
little like him. I was a little wild
when I first came here but I think
everyone changes from season to
season as they go from freshman to
LAST YEAR their worlds,
musical and otherwise, collided as the
two were roommates. Sam was
attending Washtenaw Community
College at the time, earning the
credits he would need to transfer to
Michigan and wrestle while Mike
was wrestling to a fifth-place finish
in the Big Tens.
What emerged from their living
together was not only the ribbing
expected from two competitive
athletes - Sam still reminds Mike
that he won two state titles to
Mike's one - but also a healthy
respect for one another.
"Rooming with Mike provided me
with a lot," said Sam."Whenever I
needed help he was there. He talked
to me and told me to study. Even
now he encourages me to work hard.
He's always telling me 'It'll pay
With Mike's help, Sam has
developed what he calls a "CBA"
attitude. That is to "conceive, believe
THE TWO HOPE hard work
will pay off this weekend at the
conference championships. Both are
fully aware that sometimes the
difference between winning and
losing can be very small. To reach
their high personal goals the two
will have to perform at optimum
Last year, Mike learned what it
means to have a dream fall just out
of reach. After earning a wild card
spot in the nationals, Mike won four
of his six matches. The two matches
he lost were 7-6 decisions decided by
the one-point advantage time awarded
to his opponents.
"The losses went through my
mind over and over. It just pushes
me that much harder. I think until
I'm an All-American or national
champ it will be heavy in my mind.
To be that close and not get it - it
For Mike to reach his goals - he
currently is ranked No. 12 nationally
- will have to contend with the
likes of No. 1 Dave Lee of
Wisconsin and No. 7 Rod Sande of
Minnesota, two wrestlers he is
capable of beating.
"To beat Lee I have to control the
tempo of the match but right now I
am more concerned of the guys
before him. I plan to take every
match one at a time."
SAM is also no stranger to close
losses, losing a few close ones this
season. One such defeat was at the
hands of Brian Dolph of Indiana.
Sam dominated the No. 2 Dolph, but
lost the match after he picked up
Dolph and body slammed him.
If he had deposited Dolph more
gently on the ground, he would not
have been penalized. Instead of losing
one point he would have earned as
many as five and won the match.
But the Amine brothers are not
just out for themselves. They would
like to do their share to earn
Michigan a Big Ten title. The
Wolverines were the last team
besides Iowa to do so, and that
happened way back in 1973.
They've conceived and believed.
Now its time for the Amine brothers
and Michigan to achieve.
Fridays in The Daily
Men swimmers lookto
win third straight title
By STEVE ROEDER
The men's swimming and diving
team will take to the water through
Saturday in Indianapolis with the
goal of bringing home their third
straight Big Ten title.
Leading the Wolverines are three
double winners from last year's meet.
Jan-Erick Olsen (100- and 200-
breaststroke), Marty Moran (100- and
200-butterfly) and Mike Creaser
(100- and 200-backstroke) will
attempt to lead a successful team
defense while repeating as individual
Olsen has won the 200 in all three
years at Michigan. His m a i n
competition will come from
teammate Mike Barrowman,
Minnesota's Dan Egeland and
Indiana's Sergio Lopez. Barrowman
and Lopez have the two fastest times
in the nation.
The three stroke specialists will
be joined by freestyler Brent Lang.
The sophomore from Portland is
expected to dominate the 100- and
200-freestyle events, and should place
among the top three in the 50-sprint.
Diver Lee Michaud, Bill Hayes,
and Mike Bayerl should bolster
Michigan title hopes as they should
qualify for the NCAAs in both the 1-
and 3- meter events.
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