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The Michigan Daily -Monday, November 14, 1988 -Page 13

Easy swims



Women run to NCAA bid


Men top Michigan State

You know a Wolverine team is
dominant when Michigan State
isn't even considered a major rival.
That is exactly the case for the
men's swimming team this year,
and they displayed it on Friday
when they disposed of the Spartans,
72-41, in their first Big Ten meet.
"We don't really have any rivalry
with Michigan State," head coach
Jon Urbanchek said. That
classification seems to be reserved
for swimming powers such as
Stanford and Southern Methodist.
In recording the win, Michigan
(2-0 overall, 1-0 in the Big Ten)
took first place in five events. Five
different Wolverines took first
places against Michigan State (0-1).
Namesnik took the 1,000-yard
freestyle in 9 minutes 38.47
seconds, in addition to placing
second in the 200 individual medley
and the 500 freestyle.
"I don't think I could have gone
any better than I did," Namesnik
said. "I'm happy even though I lost
two events. My opponent was a
little more rested than I was."
Senior Greg Varner was the only
other Wolverine with multiple
placing finishes. He finished first in
the100 freestyle in 47.60 and third
in the 50 freestyle, at 22.08.
Senior co-captain Marty Moran

won the 200 butterfly in 1:53.62
and sophomore Ron Howard took
top honors in the 200 backstroke,
finishing in 1:53.86.
First-year student Eric
Wunderlich won his second race of
the season, taking the 200
breastroke in 2:04.74.
Michigan State did have some
bright spots. First-year swimmer
Kevin Zelinski won the 200
freestyle event in 1:42.53 and
senior Mark Talbot took the 50
freestyle in 21.89.
Both of those events are usually
swum for Michigan by Olympic
100 freestyle gold medalist Brent
Lang. Urbanchek doesn't feel that
Lang's absence, or that of fellow
Olympians Alex Alvizuri and Mike
Barrowman due to Olympic
training, will hurt the team,
"It will have no effect on the
outcome of the season," he said.
"All of our major competition will
be during the second semester, and
they will be back."
Michigan also completely
dominated the diving segment of
the competition, taking first,
second and third in both the one-
and three-meter events. Senior Lee
Michaud won both events, tallying
317 points and 328 points.

Rain, cold, wind, and mud are usually an athlete's
nightmare. For the Michigan women's cross country
team, these conditions helped make a dream come true.
The Wolverines placed second in the District
Championships in Ames, Iowa, this weekend, despite
horrendous weather conditions. The showing earned them
an automatic bid to the NCAA championships.
"We hope that the weather is miserable for NCAAs,"
coach Sue Foster said. "We tend to do better when the
weather is awful."
Wisconsin won the meet, scoring 43 points.
Michigan followed with a score of 69 points. Third-place
Indiana finished 10 points behind the Wolverines.
Mindy Rowand was the top runner for Michigan. She
finished third with a time of 17 minutes 30 seconds.
"She ran a super smart race and she is running the

best that she ever has," Foster said. "She'll be a top
contender at the NCAAs."
Rowand said: "I was a stress monster before the race; I
was freaked and miserable. I was cold for the first three
kilometers and then things fell into place. I knew I could
do it."
Senior Traci Babcock scored a 10th-place finish for
the team. She ran the 5,000 kirometer race in 18:04.
Teammates Karen Wilke and Ava Udvadia finished 17th
and 18th with times of 18:21 and 18:22, respectively.
First-year runner Kim Haluscsak took 21st with a
time of 18:24. Carol Boyd was 23rd (18:26) and Jennifer
McPeck was 29th (18:35).
The NCAA championships will be held Nov. 21.
Foster said, "If we run like we did this weekend, I
think we will be capable of finishing in the top ten at
NCAA championships."

... picked for the top

Women beat Hawkeyes

Michigan women's swimming
head coach Jim Richardson must
have picked up a few things while
he was an assistant at Iowa. In
Michigan's Big Ten opener
Saturday, the Wolverines defeated
the Hawkeyes, 80-58.
Michigan won 12 of the 14
swimming events and both the one-
and three-meter diving events.
One of the biggest reasons for
Michigan's dominance was
Stephanie Liebner, who won the
1000-yard freestyle in 10 minutes
27.30 seconds and placed second in
the 200 freestyle and 100
backstroke. Liebner swam all three
races consecutively.
"I tried not to think about it
(racing three events in a row)
beforehand," Liebner said. "I just
tried to take it one race at a time.
"By the time I got to the
backstroke, I not only was tired and
sore but out of breath. That's what
scared me the most."
After finishing the 200 freestyle
in 1:54.63, Liebner held on to
swim a 1:01.83 in the backstroke,

placing second behind Michigan's
Lisa Anderson (1:00.18).
The meet, though, was more
than a one-woman show. Susie
Rabiah won the 50 freestyle in
23.92, placed second in the 1000
freestyle in 10:30.59, and finished
third in the 200 backstroke at
Gwen DeMaat won both the 200
freestyle and the 200 butterfly,
while Jennifer Eck won the 100
breaststroke. While both Eck and
DeMaat were happy with their
times, they commented on how the
team is a little fatigued at this stage
of the season.
"November is usually the
toughest month in training.
Everyone is swimming tired," Eck
The swimmers also said that the
Hawkeyes were not in peak form
either, having swum the night
before against Michigan State.
"They're tired from being on the
road," Richardson said. "But you
can see the talent. Their swimmers
will come along."

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I've got higher academic require-
ments than anyone else. I don't care
about junior-college players since I
don't recruit them," Frieder said.
Michigan forward Glen Rice was
selected preseason Big Ten Player of
the Year (64 of 84 votes) and was
the top vote-getter on the preseason
all-conference team. Joining Rice
on the first team were Iowa guard
B.J. Armstrong, Purdue forward
Melvin McCants, and Illinois
forwards Kenny Battle and Nick
Absent from the annual event
was Indiana basketball coach Bob
Knight. Knight, who has missed
such functions before, scheduled a
basketball game against Athletes in
Action for Sunday afternoon. Big
Ten rules dictate a one-game
suspension be given to any coach
who fails to attend the conference.
But Big Ten commissioner
Wayne Duke said no such penalty
was in the works. "We would have
liked to have Bobby here, but this
is a situation where they called us
well in advance and warned us of the
conflict. He will not be suspended
for one game," Duke said.
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The Michigan men's cross
country team finished third in the
NCAA District IV meet this
weekend in Champaign, Ill. The
team's finish earns them a place at
the NCAA Championships next
week in Ames, Iowa.
Wisconsin's strong 64-point
first-place finish was followed by
Notre Dame (118), Michigan (120),
and Central Michigan (132).
"Going into the race, I knew
the race for the team would be won
by Wisconsin," coach Ron Warhurst
"The real unknown was who
would finish after that. I knew it
would be a dogfight for the
remaining three positions between
CMU, MSU (fifth), and
Indiana(llth), with Notre Dame
being the real unknown.
"Notre Dame proved
themselves by running a great race as

did our guys to get third," Warhurst
Central Michigan's Bill Taylor
finished first, breaking the tape at 31
minutes 5 seconds, followed by Ohio
University's Shannon Ritchie
(31:12). Michigan's Brad Barquist
crossed the line third (31:14) -just
seconds before Indiana's Robert
Kennedy, who beat Barquist at the
Big Tens two weeks ago.
"Brad ran well within himself,
Saturday," Warhurst said. "He didn't
go out and kill himself to get third.
He saved himself for the NCAA
John Scherer (31:36) finished
second for Michigan (ninth overall).
Tony Carna (32:24), Jeff Barnett
(32:30), and Ryan Robinson (33:01)
finished 28th, 30th, and 50th overall
to achieve the third-place finish for
the Wolverines.
"Our team established their
positions at the 3,000-meter mark

Men finish third in district'


and stayed there for the remainder of
the race," Warhurst said.
Robinson said: "It was the
hardest race I've ever run. It was true
cross country. We were in mud up to
our ankles. I was hurdling over
people who fell in front of me."
Saturday's meet marked the,
10th time in 15 years that a
Warhurst-coached team has earned a
place at nationals. Last year,
Michigan failed to earn a place at the
nationals by one spot, but individual
runners, Barquist and Scherer,
represented the team.
Warhurst said, "The way
they've been running this season,
they know they can run with the
good guys."
If the team continues to run as
they have been, Warhurst believes
that Barquist, Scherer, and the team
have a good chance to finish in the
top 10.

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