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The Michigan Daily
Thursday, November 3, 1988
WOMEN AND MEN'S SWIMMING
BY JAY MOSES
Sometimes the toughest act to
follow can be your own.
The Michigan women's swim-
ming and diving team can attest to
that, as they prepare to begin a new
season coming off a Big. Ten
championship and an eighth-place
showing at the NCAA Champion-
ships last year.
Despite setting a tough precedent
with that performance, the team
remains confident that it can improve
"Each person needs to take it upon
themselves to move it up one step,"
said assistant coach Kara McGrath.
"If the whole team does that, we're
going to be fantastic."
APPARENTLY, the experts
agree. In a national preseason poll,
the Wolverines are ranked seventh,
and are expected to repeat as Big Ten
The team is very well-rounded,
boasting strong competitors in al-
most every event, except the 100-
meter butterfly. McGrath feels that
the Wolverines will be able to
remedy that situation.
"We have people who, if they
train well, will be able to fill in
those spots," said McGrath.
Only four people graduated last
year, three of them divers. The most
notable loss was All-American diver
Mary Fischbach. The rest of the
swimmers return, along with eight
first-year students, many of whom
were high school All-Americans.
ALMOST ALL of the strongest
swimmers from last year's team
return this season. Among them are
Susie Rabiah, a senior sprinter,
versatile junior Gwen DeMaat, and
junior breaststroker Ann Colloton.
Colloton finished fifth at the
Olympic trials this past summer.
Junior breaststrokers Jennifer Eck
and Laura Rollins are also expected
to make significant contributions to
the team's quest for a second consec-
utive Big Ten title.
The Wolverines are excited to be
swimming in the new Canham Nat-
atorium. They hope to see attendance
go up this year, and hope that their
past success, combined with the new
facility, will attract more spectators.
"It's worth their while to come
check it out," said McGrath.
"Michigan swimming is definitely
on the upswing. We're the best team
in the Midwest."
Three Big Ten Championships in
a row. A fifth place finish last year
at the NCAA Championships. Ten
team members who competed at the
Olympic Trials this summer.
The Michigan men's swimming
team hopes to repeat this year as Big
Ten champs, and possibly even cap-
ture an NCAA title.
"We'll be putting our main
emphasis on the NCAAs this
season," said head coach Jon
Urbanchek. "Certainly we'd like to
build on the momentum we have and
move up a spot or two in the final
standings, but I definitely would not
complain if we won the whole
WITH THE return of five All-
Big Ten performers and the addition
of several outstanding prep stars, the
team has set high expectations.
"We have one of the best
freshmen classes in the country,"
said Urbanchek. First-year students
Eric Wunderlich and Eric Namesnik
are expected to play pivotal roles
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this season. Wunderlich placed
fourth at the Olympic Trials in the
400-meter individual medley, while
Namesnik ended up seventh in the
Although the younger swimmers
possess much talent, the returnees
will be called on to lead the
Olympic gold medalist and
NCAA 100-freestyle champion Brent
Lang should anchor the returning
swimmers. He hopes to repeat as
Big Ten Swimmer-of-the-Year.
Mike Barrowman, who set an
American record holder in the 200-
meter breastroke in qualifying for the
Olympics last August, will return as
FELLOW Olympian, Alex
Alvizuri, will lead Michigan's pack
of talented backstrokers.
"Alex is a gifted athlete," said
Urbanchek. "He and (Rick) Wilken-
ing and (Ron) Howard should give
us more depth in backstroke than
any team around."
All-Big Ten performers Marty
Moran, Scott Ryan will also propel
the team this year in their quest for a
fourth straight Big Ten title.
Dick Kimball's defending Big
Ten championship diving team will
also be very strong. Senior Lee
Michaud, who last season finished in
the top five one the one-meter
springboard in both the Big Ten and
NCAA Championships, will be the
top diver for the team. He will be
closely followed by Mike Bayerl and
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