Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 1, 1990
Daily Sports Writer
Remember the first tim
went up on the high divin
your local swimming pool
ber how scared you were?F
the only reason you jumpe
such a tremendous heigh
cause the kid behind youv
you that 'What, are youc
The first time for M
senior diving star Amy H
no different. "The first tir
do the platform (ten mel
cried. I was scared," Ha
"But, once you do it, it'ss
7.5 meters, the fear goes a
Luckily for Michigan,
fear disappeared as she pla
on the ten meter platforn
tition at the NCAA cham
last year. Hansen perform,
ably in the one meter and t
events placing 24tha
respectively. Overall she h
the best meets of her lifea
named an All-American.
Fortunately, Hansen wa
another way - she wasn
at her first NCAA Champ
had been going to natio
since I was fifteen," Ha
And unlike swimming,v
hundreds of competitors e
national level, the div
number much fewer.
"It wasn't a big deal
knew everybody...and ha
the situation before," Han
In her previous nation
ments, Hansen had always
as an individual diver, bu
was different. "It was real
nsen anchors Michigan diving team
go with a team," said Hansen. This fact about the Michigan swimming
year Hansen is anchoring the team, and diving team. Hansen is orig-
e you ever not only because of her talent but inally from Cedarburg, Wisconsin*
ig board at also because she is the only senior and one might think that being as
? Remem- on the diving squad. good as she is she would have cho-
Remember "Sometimes the coaches said sen to swim for other swimming
d off from 'Well you're the oldest now, and you powers in warmer climates.
t was be- - But there was a clear cut reason
was giving why Hansen came to Michigan: The
Wolverine's diving coach Dick Kim-
ball. "Everywhere you go in the
lichigan's diving world you hear his name,"
ansen was Hansen said.
me I had to However when Hansen first
ters) I just arrived at Michigan she was a little
nsen said. --- disappointed with Kimball's style. "I
so close to had expected him to be a real strict
way. , coach," she said. Hansen expected to
Hansen's be told exactly what she was doing
ced fourth wHansen"rong and how she could improve.
m compe- Eventually, Hansen learned to enjoy
npionships have to fill in for those who came Kimball's style of just being there
led admir- before you,"'she said. Hansen, for the divers when they had
hree meter though, is well prepared to fill in problems.*0
and 19th both as a leader and a diver. "It's Every morning and afternoon
had one of easier to handle the responsibility Hansen and the diving team work on
as she was when you are good," she said. their diving skills at Canham Natat-
But the other divers think that orium. In addition to aerobic activ-
as lucky in Hansen adds more to the team than ities, the divers must practice requir-
't nervous just a good diver. ed and optional dives.
ionship. "I Junior diver Karen Sinclair said, Although diving does not require
)nals ever "We all help coach each other...(But) the same amount of physical exer-
nsen said. I know when I have a problem with tion as swimming, the immense
which has the coaches I ask Amy." Sinclair amount of mental concentration in-0
ven at the added that there is even more depth volved makes the divers just as tired
ving elite to Hansen's contributions to this as the swimmers after a typical day's
year's team. practice.
because I Said Sinclair: "Amy has a great But it appears that all the work
Ld been in time at meets. She makes it fun. has paid off for Hansen because this
sen said. Even when she is just about to do a year she is second in the Big Ten in
ial tourna- dive she is joking around. She helps three meter diving. Hansen has also
competed relax the tension." already qualified to go to NCAA's
it last year Hansen's reason for becoming a zone competition, where divers qual-
ly good to Wolverine points out an important ify for NCAA Championships.
Wolverines court Rockets
By Eric Berkman
Daily Sports Writer
That's Michigan's men's tennis coach Brian Eisner's
focus as he heads into today's home match against
Toledo. The Wolverines are 1-0 on the season and
Eisner feels guardedly optimistic.
"We just came out of the Big. Ten Indoors at
Michigan State and I was pleased with the way we
performed there," Eisner said. "In each succeeding match
you should be moving forward, and we seem to be
moving in that direction."
"This match should be a step in defining the way we
play as a team," Eisner explained. "We're looking at
concentration and focus level. With younger players, it
takes a lot of work. And focus level is something that
can't be worked on in practice. Therefore, this match is
very important not only for actual winning, but also as
a tool to keep improving."
The Wolverines will be led by number one singles
player David Kass, who is ranked number 17 in the
country. Eisner is hoping for a good performance from
his sophomore captain.
"I think David should do well since he is one of the
premier players in the country, but you can't take
anything for granted," Eisner said.
Michigan will be without the services of Terry
London, the team's fourth singles and third doubles
player, who is out with a cold and a sore throat.
However, Eisner is not particularly distressed.
"I'd like to have him (London) there, but he's sick,"
Eisner explained, "and my philosophy is that I don't
worry about things I don't have control over. If Terry -
plays sick, he obviously won't be able to perform as*
Jon Karzen will move up from the number five spot
to replace London and David Pierce will move up a
notch to play number five singles. Frosh Mike Nold
will make his Michigan debut in the number six spot:
Nonetheless, Eisner remains optimistic about his
However, Eisner is more concerned with the play of
his doubles teams.
"Doubles were not real good in the first match
(versus Eastern Michigan)," Eisner said. "We've worked*
on it and it should be a little better, but we have a lot of
work to do to get to the level we want," Eisner added.
"Our doubles is not yet at the level of our singles."
Eisner expects the match to be quite competitive.
"Toledo's coach, Pat Birney is excellent," he said. "I'm
sure they should give us an excellent match."
The match will take place at 2 p.m. in the Track and
B4AS4 4KETBAL N4O44EO
Women cagers to face*'
formidable foe Friday
by John Niyo
Daily Basketball Writer
MaChelle Joseph of Purdue
probably wasn't all that disappointed
to find out she didn't earn top honors
in the Big Ten for the week ending
January 28. Why not? Because her
teammate, Joy Holmes got the
Holmes did a little of everything
for the Boilermakers, shooting over
70 percent from both the free throw
line and the field, tallying 44 points
in victories over previously unbeaten
Northwestern (79-70) and Wisconsin
The junior forward also helped
Purdue claim a share of first place by
grabbing 15 rebounds and six steals,
to go with five assists and two
Joseph, a sophomore guard, pun-
ished the Wildcats for 26 points and
followed that by lighting up the
scoreboard for 27 against the Bad-
gers. She now leads the Big Ten in
scoring with 23.7 points per game.
Holmes is fourth at 18.1 ppg.
Michigan will have their hands
full this coming Friday as they
travel to West Lafayette for a 7:30
"IF ONLY I COULD MAKE
A FREE THROW."- Val Hall
echoed the thoughts of many of her
teammates when she said that after
last Friday's game against Michigan
Michigan has been finding it easy
to get to the charity stripe recently
but getting the free throws to fall
isn't as simple. Michigan knocked
down a woeful 56.8 percent of their
chances (21-37) against the Spartans.
That dropped them to eighth in the
league in free throw percentage.
Hall, who made three of eight,
added that "We'll be shooting
hundreds of free throws all week
END OF AN ERA-Iowa
ventured into Ohio State's St. John
Arena and came out with something
few teams ever do: a win. Sixty-six
straight times a Big Ten team had
come to Columbus and 66 straight
times a team has left a loser. All
that ended; however, when the
Hawkeyes came in Sunday and blew
away Ohio State 71-48 in front of a0
near-record 11,301 fans.
The Buckeyes average almost
4,000 fans per game at home.
D. Williams tops Plan B free agents
(AP) - If you were an NFL
general manager with a sense of
history and a blank checkbook, the
list of Plan B free agents available
this week could offer some interesti-
Expected to be on the
marketplace when the clubs submit
their lists of 37 unprotected players
tomorrow are some marquee names
including a man who wrote Super,
Bowl history just two years ago.
Doug Williams, who threw a
record four touchdown passes in one
quarter at the 1988 Super Bowl, is
rnfnvTin2A tire inatnn Ryt'ln P k n
going to happen."
Some other owners of Super
Bowl rings could be available.
In Chicago, wide receiver Dennis
McKinnon, part of the Bears' 1985-
86 championship club, seems
vulnerable. His criticism of play-
calling in a season in which the
team didn't make the playoffs, left
management less than pleased and
the housecleaning could start with
Others expected to be swept out
by the Bears include safety Maurice
Douglass, punter Maury Buford,
linebacker Jim Morise vand
when Joe Morris suffered a season-
ending broken'foot, Anderson proved
invaluable, rushing for 1,023 yards.
Now both Anderson, 32, and
Morris, 29, may be available along
with 32-year old center Brad Oates.
All were with the Giants' 1987
Super Bowl champions.
Philadelphia didn't protect wide
receiver Greg Garrity last year and he
could return to the Eagle's list of
Plan B eligibles. Wide receiver Ron
Johnson, reportedly considering
retirement, and cornerback Eric'
Everett are other nossibilities.