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Women's Swimming
UM Alumni Meet
Friday
Canham Natatorium

SPORTS

Men's Swimming
Maize and Blue Intra Squad
Friday
Canham Natatorium

4

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, November 1, 1988

Page9

Cross

country

finishes

BY KAREN GROMALA
It was cornfields, cross country, and
conquest last weekend at the University of
Iowa.
The unranked Michigan women's cross-
country team placed third behind
Wisconsin and Indiana at the Big Ten
championships held in Iowa City. The
Wolverines beat nationally ranked Iowa
and Minnesota.
"We surprised a lot of people this
weekend," said senior runner Ava Udvadia.
"We were not expected to finish that
well."
MINDY ROWAND was the top
Wolverine runner, finishing fourth with a
time of 17 minutes, 25 seconds. Rowand
earned a place on the All-Big Ten team for
her efforts.
"Everyone on our team ran really well,"

Rowand said. "We just clicked, while Iowa
and Minnesota choked."
Senior Traci Babcock also ran well.
"She was the hero for the day," Michigan
coach Sue Foster said.
Babcock placed 15th with a time of
17:59 and broke a three-year Big Ten meet
jinx. She has not run her up to her
potential at previous Big Ten meets,
especially last year's. "Last year I had heat
exhaustion and crawled across the finish
line," Babcock said.
Udvadia and senior Carol Boyd also
contributed to Michigan's fine showing at
the meet. They placed 20th and 23rd,
respectively. Junior Jennifer McPeck added
a 25th-place finish.
Michigan will compete in the district
championships in two weeks with a field
that includes front-runners Wisconsin and

Indiana. "If Indiana has a bad day, we
might be able to squeak in second," Foster
said.
Barquist leads men
The Michigan men's cross-country
team finished third just behind Wisconsin
and Michigan State Saturday at the Big
Ten championships.
Indiana's Robert Kennedy broke the
tape first followed by Michigan's Brad
Barquist. "I was pleased," Barquist said. "It
would always be nicer to win it than take
second, but I was happy with the way I
ran.
John Scherer, who finished eighth
overall, was Michigan's second runner
across the line. He was followed by the
Wolverines' Tony Carna (16th), Ryan
Robinson (21st), and Jeff Barnett (26th).

Michigan finished one point shy of
Michigan State.
WITH THE exception of their fifth
runner who finished 32nd, "State ran really
tight together as a team," said Barquist.
"Wisconsin is always up front. They had
six guys in the top 12 - that's pretty
impressive."
-Although the team was happy with
third, they were disappointed that they
missed second. "It was a bummer. We
don't know where they came from," said
Barnett. "It was tough. Everyone went out
together and then broke apart quickly."
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst said: "I
was very pleased with Brad. He showed a
lot of guts and ran the kind of race we
wanted him to run. He will be a major
contender in the final two races of the
season."

third'
MICHIGAN is a team which trains
for long runs. To date, most of its runs
have been 8,000 meters. Districts and
NCAAs are 10,000 meters, and the team
plans to do well. "It seems like most of
the field at the Big Ten meet were slowing
down at the end," Barquist said. "The
further into the race we get, the stronger
we get relative to the rest of the field."
Warhurst said: "John started a little
slow and made up lots of spaces in the
final mile. He'll be tough when we start
running 10,000 meter races at Districts
and NCAAs.
"We have been improving all season
and will continue to do so. I was fairly
pleased to place third. Second would have
been nice though. We really would have
liked to get State."
- JODI LEICHTMAN

Spikers
drop to.
Big Ten
BY ERIC LEMONT
There are rumors that the plight of
the Michigan women's volleyball
team has driven people to
superstitious measures. Rumors that
local deejays won't leave their
statiohs, and Preacher Mike won't
leave the Diag until the team wins a
game in the Big Ten. Hope Mike
doesn't get too cold.
The Wolverines fell to 0-11 in
league play last weekend, losing to
Ohio State and Indiana on the road.
What can be said that has not been
said already about the Wolverines'
play? Well, maybe this:
"We're getting really close to
winning," captain Marie Ann
Davidson said. "It seems we're getting
a little closer and a little closer each
time."
MICHIGAN coach Joyce Davis
said: "It's been an interesting year. I.
really have no idea what to attribute it
to. he Wolverines lost to the
Buckeyes, 9-15, 5-15, 9-15, after
falling behind 8-0 in the first two
games.
The biggest problem Michigan had
was returning Ohio State's serves.
The Wolverines committed 12
receiving errors to the Buckeyes' two.
Ohio State coach Jim Stone
believes his team's superior serving
was the main factor in the match.
"Michigan was never able to create a
consistent offense," he said. "That's

E 'M' rowers win
n bag of medals

BY JOSH MITNICK
The Michigan men's and women's
varsity crew came home with five
medals and a silver cup after a
successful campaign at the Speakman
Regatta in Columbus last weekend.
Entering eight boats in six races,
the Wolverines faced tough,
competition from regional foes
representing Mercyhurst, Cincinnati,
Marietta, Purdue and Ohio State.
En route to capturing the gold
medal, the men's lightweight-eight
boat completed the 1,500-meter
course with a time of four minutes,
45.2 seconds, edging the squad from
Mercyhurst by 0.8 seconds.
SENIOR team member Tom
O'Brien said that entering the race the
lightweight-eight squad was coming
off a disappointing finish at the Head
of the Charles Regatta in Boston and
didn't know what to expect from their
competition.
Tom Webber, the coxswain
(steerer) of the winning boat, said that
the boats were virtually even during
the last 250 meters of the race. "It
was basically a dogfight at the end,"
he said.
According to O'Brien, the race was
too close to call. "At the end, our
coxswain (Webber) thought we had
won, but when we got to shore, the
people that were watching thought
that Mercyhurst had edged us out."
Both the men's lightweight-four
and women's-eight boats finished

second in their races to receive the
silver.
ALTHOUGH the second-place
showing was more than respectable,
the women's eight squad was
disappointed with their finish. Taking
the bronze medal with a third-place
finish in the club eight division at the
Head of the Charles Regatta the week,
before and posting the best times in
the heats had the team anticipating-
gold.
"The heat was a very good-race for
us, but in the final race, our
concentration was muddled," said team
member Regina Dodge. "It wasn't as
smooth in the final as it was in the
heats."
The women's-eight posted a time
of 5:18.9, two seconds behind the
winning boat from Purdue.
"Actually, we thought that Cincinnati
would be our major competition,"
added Dodge. "But Purdue is always
strong, so we weren't very surprised."
In addition, the men's
heavyweight-eight and heavyweight-
four boats finished with times of
4:39.6 and 5:08.9, respectively, to
claim the bronze medal in heir
competitions.
This week the team is sponsoring
an Erg-a-thon to raise money for new
equipment, coaching and racing fees.
Team members will be out on the
Diag on Wednesday and Thursday
rowing for donations.

KAREN HANDELMAN/Daily
Autumn Collins (3), Carla Hunter (7), and the rest of the Michigan volleyball team suffered
two more setbacks over the weekend with losses at Ohio State and Indiana. The Wolverines
travel to Michigan State on Wednesday, still looking for their first conference victory.

the bottom line."
AS FOR Michigan's season-long
slump, Stone cannot pin down a
reason.
"In the two games we've played
against them this- season, their talent
has been OK. I think Michigan has
been a fairly competitive team. We
have really had to take care of
business to beat them."
As has been their pattern this
season, the Wolverines played better
in the second game of the weekend
set. Although losing the match in
four sets, 6-15, 16-14, 11-14, 15-17,
Michigan out-dug and out-blocked

Indiana, 63-37 and 28-18,
respectively.
"We don't seem to be able to do
what we want to do on Friday night,
but we bounce back on Saturday
night," said Davidson. "We all played
well against Indiana. I really don't
know why we lost."
Whatever the reason, Davis does
not want a repeat of last weekend's
performance Wednesday at Michigan
State. She has not scheduled any days
off for the team between games.
"We are by no means sitting
around crying about the loss," Davis
said. "Michigan State is a must win."

Nine games
left for Blue
Nov. 2 at Michigan State
Nov. 5 at Notre Dame
Nov. 8 at Central Michigan
Nov. 11 MINNESOTA
Nov. 12 IOWA
Nov. 18 at Purdue
Nov. 19 at Illinois
Nov. 25 NORTHWESTERN
Nov. 26 WISCONSIN

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