The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 6, 1989 -Page 11
'M' WINS FOURTH CONFERENCE CROWN IN A ROW
BY ANDREW GOTTESMAN
The Michigan's men's swimming team won
its fourth consecutive Big Ten championship this
weekend at the Indiana University Natatorium in
Michigan accumulated a total of 679 team
points, to Iowa's 497.5 and Minnesota's 466.5.
Four Michigan swimmers placed first in
individual events: Mike Barrowman in the 200-
yard breaststroke, Brent Lang in the 100-
freestyle, Marty Moran in the 200-butterfly and
Rick Wilkening in the 100-backstroke.
"The Big Ten's are a little bit bigger than the
dual meets," said Michigan head coach Jon
Urbanchek. "The depth carried Michigan through
IN ADDITION to retaining the conference
title, the Wolverines added four new individuals
to its compliment of NCAA qualifiers. Eleven
Michigan swimmers have now qualified to
compete in the NCAA's at the end of March.
Senior tri-captain Moran made NCAA cuts in
two events, the 100 and 200-butterflies. In
addition to placing first in the 200, recording a
time of 1 minute, 46.15 seconds, he also took
second in the 100 in 48.28.
Wilkening, also a sophomore, qualified in the
100-backstroke with a time of 50.22.
Sophomore Scott Ryan made his cut on the
first day of competition, finishing the 500-
freestyle in 4:22.61.
The fourth Michigan qualifier was first-year
swimmer and Ann Arbor-Huron graduate Eric
Bailey. He qualified in the 500-freestyle,
finishing in 4:22.60.
Urbanchek feels three more Wolverine
swimmers have a shot at making NCAA cuts in
the two remaining pre-NCAA meets: Mats
Nygren in the 500-freestyle, Zeb Esselstyn in the
200-butterfly and Ron Howard in the 200-
ALSO, two relay teams, the 4x100 and
4x200-freestylcrs, qualified for the NCAA's. The
4x100 team, consisting of Greg Varner,
Wilkening, Bailey and Lang, finished in 2:57.36
and the 4x200 group of Nygren, Bailey, Steve
Pancratz and Lang came in at 6:32.51.
Ubanchek is happy with his NCAA qualifiers.
"This is just a road to NCAA's," he said. "That's
Two of Michigan's big guns, Barrowman and
Lang, won their events without the benefit of
shaving or tapering. Shaving the hair off a
swimmer's body, and tapering, which is fine-
tuning a training schedule to produce peak
performance at a particular meet, are both edges
commonly used in swimming. Michigan has
tailored its training schedule this season to
coincide with the NCAA's.
Nonetheless, Barrowman took the 200-
breaststroke in 1:57.34 and Lang the 100-
freestyle in 43.51.
According to Urbanchek, this was the first
time four Michigan swimmers had gone to the
Big Ten meet without shaving or tapering. "We
were a little more confident this year," he said.
Michigan's divers also put in a good
performance, placing three competitors in the
finals in both the 1 and 3-meter springboard
events. Senior Lee Michaud finished second in
Wrestlers suffer setback in Big Ten finale
Indiana's Lyndon Jones has the ball stripped by Illinois' Lowell
Hamilton, left, and Kenny Battle.
111ini shock Hoosiers, 70-67
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Indiana got a taste of its own
medicine yesterday when Nick
Anderson hit a desperation 35-
footer at the buzzer to give No. 8
Illinois a 70-67 victory over
third-ranked Indiana, preventing
the Hoosiers from clinching the
Big Ten title and keeping alive
the Illini's hopes for a share.
Indiana defeated Michigan two
weeks ago on a last-second three-
point shot of its own by Jay
"(Anderson's) was a tough
shot. Indiana did a good job
covering him," Illinois coach
Lou Henson said. "I never really
thought it was going to go in
when he put it up."
Illinois, which can tie Indiana
by winning its last two games if
the Hoosiers drop their final two,
over-came a 13-point deficit in
the final 12 minutes as they
snapped Indiana's 15-game home
"We won a couple of close
games at the end and we lost one,
so I don't have any complaints,"
Indiana coach Bob Knight said.
After Jay Edwards' fallaway
12-foot baseline jumper had tied
the score at 67-all with three
seconds left, Illinois called time-
out. Anderson, who led the Illini
with 23, then took a three-quarter
court inbound pass and hit his
Illinois is 25-4 overall and 12-
4 in the conference and Indiana is
24-6 and 14-2 in the conference.
BY STEVEN COHEN
Last weekend's Big Ten
Wrestling Championships at Purdue
were supposed to be a coming out
party for fourth-ranked Michigan.
The Wolvernes expected to unseat
top-ranked Iowa for the first time
since the Wolverines' 1973 victory.
Instead, it was an anniversary
party for the Hawkeyes, winning
their 16th consecutive crown.
"This is special, it definitely is,"
said Iowa coach Dan Gable. "This is
the year we were supposed to be vul-
nerable, it was a rebuilding year. It
was also nice to win because we got
.knocked off and lost our Big Ten
dual meet streak to Michigan earlier
this year and people started to doubt
AS EXPECTED, the tourn-
ament came down to Iowa, Michigan
and Minnesota. The eleventh-ranked
Gophers' second-place finish, with
113.75 points, ahead of Michigan,
with 109, was somewhat of a
surprise, as earlier this season
Michigan defeated the Gophers. Iowa
won with 125.25.
"I think even though (Michigan)
qualified eight people they're
disappointed," said Michigan grad-
uate assistant coach Will Waters.
Iowa wins again,
"They thought they could qualify all
ten wrestlers and have at least four or
five Big Ten champs." Michigan
ended up with eight qualifiers and
two conference champs.
Said Gable: "I thought we could
come in here and win it and we had
to prove it. Thoughts are thoughts
and actions are actions and we did the
The frustration lingering from
last year's Big Ten Championships
in Ann Arbor primed Michigan to
win this year. Last year's Iowa
victory hinged on the somewhat
controversial 3-2 loss t h e
Wolverines' Joe Pantalco suffered to
Iowa's John Heffernan.
THIS YEAR'S championships
had several things in common to last
year's. The Wolverines again qual-
ified eight wrestlers for the national
championships, 150-pounder Sam
Amine and heavy-weight Bob
Potokar repeated as fourth-place
finishers, and for the third season in
a row, John Fisher was the Big
Ten's 134-pound champ.
But the significant re-occurrences
were the close decisions which didn't
M' finishes 3rd
go Michigan's way. Pantaleo, the
nation's top-ranked wrestler with a
35-1 record, again suffered a
heartbreaking defeat. Pantalco's loss
to Minnesota's Gordy Morgan was
the difference between second and
third place for the Wolverines.
167-pounder Mike Amine, last
year's national runnerup, also lost a
narrow decision. In Amine's first
match against Northwestern's Brad
Traviolia, Amine received the
downside of a 4-4, 2-2, criteria
As a consolation to the
disappointing third-place finish,
Michigan can look to the
performances of 142-pounder Larry
Gotcher, who took top-place honors
with a 10-3 victory over third-ranked
Stacy Richmond of MSU, and
Fisher, who was able to hang on to
the title after his 11-3 lead to Iowa's
second-ranked Joe Melchiore was
whittled to a 13-10 margin.
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