The Mighigan Daily - Monday, April 3, 1989 - Page 11
Not just a basketball weekend
Swimmers take 3rd at NCAA
BY ANDREW GOTTESMAN
Olympic swimmer Brent Lang won his second national championship
and Mike Barrowman his first in leading the Wolverines to a third-place
finish at the NCAA Championships last weekend.
Michigan, which came in fifth last season, finished with 315 team
points, behind Texas (475), and Stanford (396). The Wolverines barely edged
out UCLA by 1.5 points in recording their best finish since 1966.
"The goal was to move up one or two spots," Michigan head coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "That is exactly what we did, from fifth to third."
Lang won the 50-yard freestyle in 19.68 seconds, edging out Texas' Sean
Jordan by three one-hundredths of a second. Lang also set a Big Ten record
of 19.50 in a preliminary race.
"I wanted to get the team on a roll," he said. "My win added some
excitement to the team."
Lang, however, ran into some trouble in the 100-freestyle when he was
disqualified for a false start.
"He accepted it as a man," Urbanchek said. "It made him that much more
determined to prove he was the fastest swimmer in the country."
Which is exactly what Lang did in the last event of the meet, the 400-
freestyle relay, to clinch third for Michigan. After Texas edged out UCLA
by .3 seconds for the win, the Wolverines needed at least a seventh place
finish in order to get third overall. Lang, anchoring the relay, brought
Michigan that seventh-place time.
' Barrowman's title came in the 200-breaststroke. His 1:55.72 finish was
also a Big Ten record.
"I was worried after the prelims this morning," Barrowman said. "I don't
think I've ever been in such a physically demanding meet and because of
that I was worried about how fast I'd be able to go in the final."
* Barrowman also came in second in the 100-breaststroke, finishing in
54.27 seconds. Michigan's other individual second place finisher was Eric
Namesnik in the 400-individual medley.
he Wolverine divers played an integral role in the overall finish, scoring
58 points for Michigan. Senior co-captain Lee Michaud place fourth in both
the 1 and 3-meter springboard events. Junior Bill Hayes also finshed fourth,
on the platform. "The divers came through as always," Urbanchek said.
Overall, Michigan totaled 11 All-Americans, which is awarded for a top-
eight finish. In addition to Lang, Barrowman, Michaud, Hayes and
Namesnik, Alex Alvizuri, Marty Moran, Eric Wunderlich, Greg Varner,
Mick Wilkening and Eric Bailey won the honor.
Baseball team wins 3 out of 4
BY STEVEN COHEN
As the Michigan baseball team prepared to open its Big Ten season
against Northwestern, 6-16-1, the squad couldn't help but notice the Wild-
cats' horrendous pitching. The lowest ERA compiled by a Northwestern
starter was 7.14.
Last weekend, Michigan, 16-7, won three of four games against a greatly
improved Wildcat pitching staff, which bore little resemblance to the team
that had walked 135 batters in 133 innings.
The teams split on Saturday, with the Wolverines winning the first game
2-0, and losing the second contest 2-1, in nine innings. On Sunday,
Michigan took two, 2-1 and 4-3.
"It was a real tough series, both teams played well," Michigan third
baseman Doug Kaiser said. "I think it will be like this all year in the Big
Ten. The competition will be good throughout the league."
Added leftfielder Jim Durham: "I think as a team we didn't hit real well,
but good pitching and defense kept us in the games."
"Good pitching" is putting it mildly. Lefthander Ross Powell(2-0) struck
out eight and allowed only one hit to win Saturday's first game.
Righthander Tim Lata pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing only three hits, in a
losing effort in the nightcap. Lata's ERA now stands at a miniscule 0.69.
On Sunday Mike Grimes (3-1) started Michigan off with a one-hitter. In
the next contest, Jeff Tandery's pitched six scoreless innings before con-
ceding three runs in the sixth. Russ Brock earned his first save of the
Kourtney Thompson, who won Sunday's first game with a pinch hit
single in the bottom of the seventh, shined offensively, as did Greg
McMurtry, and Phil Price.
McMurtry hit the ball with authority all weekend, but only had a 3-for-
10 showing. "You're not going to see the ball hit any harder than McMurtry
hit it today," Northwestern coach Paul Stevens said Saturday.
Price, upset over his 1-for-6 performance on Saturday, spent an extra
hour after the game in the batting cage. Evidently it helped, as Price went 2-
for-3 in both games on Sunday. Price moved up to fourth on Michigan's
career doubles list with his double in the first game.
Third baseman Tim Flannely, despite going hitless, stood out
defensively, as did speedy leftfielder Durham, second baseman Matt Morse,
and shortstop Dave Everly, who started in place of the injured Chris Gagin.
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Seton Hall coach P.J. Carlesimo hugs forward Andrew Gaze, who
scored 20 paints in the Pirates' 95-78 win over Duke to launch the
Hall into the championship game against Michigan.
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