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Page 10 -The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 5, 1989

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by David Schechter
Daily Sports Writer
Mess with the bull and get the
horns.
The Michigan swim team fin-
ished fourth out of six teams this
weekend at the Longhorn Invit-
ational in Austin Texas.
Top honors in the meet went to
Tennessee followed by Texas, Iowa,
Michigan, South Carolina and
Southern Methodist.
Although a fourth place finish
might worry some top ranked teams,
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek is
not nervous.
"The competition was pretty
stiff. We had two teams who came
in very well prepared, Iowa and
Tennessee took this meet very
important. But Michigan and Texas
kind of swam through this meet,"
Urbanchek said.

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Michigan, as always, is focused
on the end of the season and the
NCAA tournament. While other
teams took the Longhorn
Invitational with great seriousness,
Michigan swam as if it were just
another stop along the way.
Mike Barrowman, who qualified
for the NCAA tournament this
weekend, took the meet in 'stride,
too.
"I'm not surprised we lost.
Everyone came in rested. We can't
take time out of our schedule to
prepare for these kinds of meets,"
said Barrowman.
Still Barrowman expected to
achieve his qualifying time in the
200 yard breaststroke in Austin. "It's
where I should be at this time if I
want to be strong in the end. I
should have made the cuts with no
problem and did."

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Brent Lang also qualified for
NCAAs by winning the 100 yard
freestyle. He also finished the 50
yard freestyle with a first place
ribbon.
Longhorn swimmer Doug
Gjertsen captured first in the 200
yard individual medley. Wolverine
swimmers picked up the third,
fourth, and fifth spots in that race.
Michigan's Eric Namesnik
finished second in the 400 yard
individual medley. In all, Michigan
placed in 17 of the 18 events offered
in the three day meet.
The Wolverines showed their
strength even in their loss. Michigan
practiced day in and out, while the
other teams at the meet had rested
and geared up for the meet.
Urbanchek is pleased with the

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way his team held its character. "We
were able to withstand the
excitement of the two hyped teams.
We didn't let that get us down.
"We performed up to par as to
what we thought we could do under
the circumstances. We went on to do
what we had to do. Paying attention
to what the other teams did helped us
focus in on what we have to do at
this stage of the game."
As Urbanchek sees it, this meet
was not a critical win or lose
situation. "This was not a high
pressured meet. Basically this is a
yardstick meet.
"It tells us where we are at this
time, halfway through the season.
We know now where we have to
prepare for the NCAAs. We learned a
lot and we'll go forward."

Women swimmers prove they belong

by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Writer
At the beginning of the 200
breaststroke event of last weekend's
Grand Prix Invitational, Michigan's
Ann Colloton found another
swimmer in her lane. Unsure of
what to do, the all-American jumped
into another lane to swim. As a
result, both she and the other woman
were disqualified from the event.
Colloton swam the 200 anyway,
as an exhibition event. She left the
rest of the competitors behind,
reaching the wall a good two seconds
before any of the other swimmers. In
doing so, Colloton produced the best
time of her career (2:15.7) - which
at this point is the fastest in the

country.
"It was good experience for Ann
and the other swimmers who saw
(the disqualification) happen,"
Richardson said. "I don't think
anything like that will happen
again."
The bright spot that shined
through Colloton's dark cloud
symbolized the Wolverines entire
weekend. Despite many
disadvantages, they proved to the
country that they are a force to be
reckoned with.
The team placed sixth at the
Grand Prix, and sixth is pretty good
considering that five of the other
seven teams placed in the top ten in

the nation last year.
Michigan's disadvantages were
evident from the start. Unlike the
other teams, the Wolverines took
only 12 members of their squad to
California.
"We were really pleased (with the
results) considering we only had half
our team there," coach Jim
Richardson said. "If we had taken the
full team we could have done better."
First place finisher California and
fifth place USC, which ended with
only 18 more points than Michigan,
not only had their entire force, but
were rested and shaved.
"I was proud of the team since we
didn't really rest for the meet,"
Richardson added. "If we had rested
another 3 or 4 days we would have
had a good chance of placing higher
and competing at a higher level with
Stanford (second) and Tennessee
(third)."

In the wake of these setbacks,
Michigan is excited with what took
place in L.A.
"I'm even more encouraged than I
was before," Richardson said
speaking of his swimmers perfor-
mances. "Even at a disadvantage we
didn't show any reluctance at all to
go out and race."
Senior Colloton agreed with the
team's improvement and their
positive attitude.
"We got better every session,"
Colloton said. "We were pulling for
each other and were behind each
other all the time."
With this meet behind them,
Michigan heads to winter training in
Hawaii encouraged and ready for next
term and the NCAAs in March.
"I was really impressed with our
team," Richardson concluded, "and
we've got a lot of firepower
waiting."

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Sports Illustrated
by Steven Cohen
Daily Sports Writer
I had to check the masthead repeatedly on the cover of my November
13 Sports Illustrated. A gaudy, tricolor representation of Deion Sanders
garbed in leather coat and sunglasses bore the indistinguishable stamp of
other fine publications such as Tiger Beat and Dynamite.
"NEON DEION: PRIME TIME LIVE," the cover beamed.
The Falcons' rookie, also known as "Money," for his vast affection
for moola, liked the cover, however.
"I was supposed to be on it before, but Pete Rose got it," the
flamboyant two-sport star exulted. "Sports Illustrated never had a cover
like that."
It's great that a magazine with a circulation of nearly four million
would choose to break tradition for such a worthy and deserving soul as
Sanders.
Perhaps next time SI might even let Sanders draw the cover himself.
If SI felt compelled to feature him on its cover, they should have
showcased him performing either baseball or football, not hamming it up
in front of a grotesque multicolored array.
By not showcasing him playing a sport, Sports Illustrated seems to
be indicating that his personality is so unique that it merits such a
showcase.
In the same issue, the Lions' Barry Sanders and the Chiefs' Derrick
Thomas, were mentioned in the "Inside the NFL" column as being the
two best rookies. So apparently, the reason he was featured rather than
them concerned these factors:
-Sports Illustrated can sell more copies because he is more
interesting.
-Sanders' status as both a pro baseball and football player is
particularly noteworthy.
-Because it takes so much nerve to do and say the things "Prime
Time" does, he deserves to be on the cover.
But it cheapens Sanders to feature him in that fashion. He deserves
recognition because he is a dazzling talent. When he is finished counting
his money, perhaps he will regret allowing himself to become a self-
parody.
The Sanders who donated a tenth of his salary to his church was not
deemed as cover-worthy and interesting as the Sanders who donated a
tenth of his salary to his jeweler.
It's not that I am too serious to tolerate Sanders' glittery personality
or Sports Illustrated's desire to be creative. Athletes like Sanders, who
are not afraid to speak their mind, can be refreshing.
Though it's interesting to hear a Brian Bosworth lambaste the
"National Communists Against Athletes," or to see a Fennis Dembo
high five the opposing teams bench after a dunk (as he did in college),
too often style supersedes substance.
A magazine shouldn't be so willing to embrace those who it thinks
are "offbeat" and "eccentric" characters. Only a few athletes, such as
Muhammed Ali or Joe Namath, have been able to combine excellence on
the field with a sincerely colorful personality.
Sports Illustrated has a separate magazine entitled Sports Illustrated
for Kids . If the latter had to choose between the two Sanders, it is likely
it would choose Barry Sanders. The fact that certain athletes are deemed
more suitable for a kids magazine tells as much about the magazines as it
does the readers.
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