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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, January 31, 1989

Blue swimmers
sink Spartans

'M' swimmers finish
second at SMU invite

BY JAY MOSES
It would be unfair to accuse the
Michigan women's swimming
team of facing a "cupcake"
schedule. After all, the eighth-
ranked Wolverines (6-0 overall, 4-0
in the Big Ten) have faced some
very tough competition in their
invitational meets.
However, their constant quest for
a challenging dual meet opponent
was denied again Sunday, as they
defeated Michigan State, 81-58.
The Wolverines, despite
continuing to suffer from mid-
season fatigue, had less trouble than
they expected with their cross-state
foes from East Lansing.
"We thought they'd do better,"
junior freestyler Jennifer Eck said.
"I don't think they have the depth
that Michigan has."
Michigan head coach Jim
Richardson was positive about his
team's performance.

"I was really pleased,"
Richardson said. "Our 200 (-yard
butterfly races) were probably the
four best 200 flies I've seen since
I've been at Michigan." He also
mentioned the team's backstroke
swims and Eck's 100 freestyle as
highlights from the meet.
First place finishers for the
Wolverines included Gwen DeMaat
in the 1000 freestyle, Susie Rabiah
in the 50 and 200 yard freestyle
events, Lisa Anderson in the 200
backstroke, Ann Colloton in the
200 breaststroke, and Katherine
Creighton in the 500 freestyle.
In diving, Michigan was led by
seniors Amy Hansen, who took
first place in the one- and three-
meter diving competitions, and
Clara Trammell, who took third in
both events.
Richardson downplayed fatigue
as a factor. He indicated that the
swimmers were more tired from

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Rabiah
...helps defeat MSU
hosting perspective recruits for the
weekend than they were from their
training schedule. The team has
entered the resting phase of its
season in preparation for the Big
Ten Championships February 16-
18. Are they on an acceptable pace?
"I hope so," Richardson said.
"The signs that we're seeing in
workouts and in the meets indicate
that we're going to have a good Big
Ten Championships."

BY JODI LEICHTMAN
At the end of Friday's races at the two-day SMU 1
Invitational in Dallas, Texas, the University of Texas
trailed the Michigan men's swim team by 0.5 points.
However, by the close of the meet on Saturday,
first-ranked Texas pulled ahead, swimming past the
second-ranked Wolverines (269 points) to capture first
place with 293.5 points. Third-ranked Southern
California (254) placed third, followed by California 1
(251.5), Southern Methodist University (228), and
Stanford (227).
"This was a rather honest meet," Michigan head
coach Jon Urbanchek said. "All six teams were equally
tired and competed with only eight of their best 1
athletes. We stayed ahead of them the first day. We had
all the breaks the first day, but [Texas] had all the
breaks the second day."
DESPITE Michigan's defeat, which included a
disqualification when Eric Wunderlich jumped into the
water before the signal, the team captured ten first-
place finishes and had two NCAA qualifying times.
"I think we swam really well," said Marty Moran.
"We opened up some eyes this weekend. We ,
challenged Texas. We didn't beat them, but we still
challenged them."
The 400-yard medley-relay team of Alex Alvizuri,

Mike Barrowman, Brent Lang and Moran captured first
place -less than a second in front of the Texas team.
"Brent Lang had an outstanding meet," Urbanchek
said.

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Lang outswam SMU's Todd Pace in the 50-yard
freestyle, missing the NCAA qualifying time by 0.02
seconds. He also swam past Texas' Adam Werth and
finished first in the 200-yard freestyle. Lang's first-
place finish in the 100-yard freestyle earned him a
NCAA qualifying bid.
ERIC NAMESNIK placed first in the 400-yard
individual medley and Mike Barrowman captured first
in the 100-yard breaststroke. Wunderlich took first
place in the bonus heats for both those events.
Other qualifying times which were met at the meet
included: USC's Gary Anderson (1:48.14); Michigan's
Alvizuri (1:49.60); and Stanford's Jeff Rouse (1:49.65)
who each made the qualifying time of 1:49.72 in the
200-yard backstroke.
Ron Karnaugh of California stopped the clock at
2:00.91 beating the qualifying time of 2:01.57 for the
200-yard breaststroke. He also finished strong in the40
200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:48. 51 to
earn a second qualifying bid.
"I think it ended up the way it's suppose to be,"
Urbanchek concluded. "We're number two and their
number one."~

Soccer
team
places
third

BY JEFF SHERAN
The First Annual Great Lakes Intercollegiate Soccer Tournament kicked
off last weekend, providing some outstanding soccer and some pleasing
results for the Michigan club team.
The Wolverines reached the semifinals of the tournament, where they
faced Michigan State. They battled to a 3-3 tie, but MSU won
The University of Akron captured the tournament, justifying its top-15
national ranking. Michigan finished third.
Akron, however, faced Michigan in the division finals. Despite the
outcome of the game, both teams would advance to the quarterfinals. In the
contest, the Wolverines prevailed over eventual champion Akron, 3-2.

Fencers duel for varsity status

BY JEFF SHERAN
Furthering its quest for varsity
status, the Michigan fencing club
asserted itself among several quality
teams in a meet at Wayne State
University last weekend.
In the men's foil competition, the
club's strongest event, the
Wolverines finished behind only
Illinois, a recent NCAA champion
contender, and ahead of four other
schools. Standouts Kevin Mills (11-
3) and Mikhail Tretyak (7-4) led the
team in its defeat of Eastern
Michigan, Wayne State, Oakland

University, and the University of
Chicago.
In the epde competition,
Michigan topped Eastern Michigan
and Chicago, but the sabre and
women's foil competitions yielded
less impressive results. Team
president Raj Kothari attributed this
to the team's club status. "It's very
tough to get players to travel when
you're not a varsity sport," he
explained.
Besides easing travel and expenses
for Michigan, varsity status would

enable the Big Ten to hold a
championship tournament. NCAA
rules require that each conference
possess at least six varsity teams
and there are presently five. In
addition, the Wolverines would be
eligible for NCAA postseason
individual competition.
Michigan is preparing for an
upcoming meet at Notre Dame.
There, it faces the Fighting Irish,
Wayne State again, Tni State
University,tCleveland State, and the
University of Detroit.

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