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Page 2 -The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 12, 1990
Michigan Sports
A compilation of Michigan sporting events and
information for the coming week.
Monday, February 12
No events scheduled
Tuesday, February 13
No events scheduled
Wednesday, February 14
No events scheduled
Thursday, February 15
Men's Basketball at Minnesota, 8 p.m. (Raycom)
Women's Swimming at Big Ten Championships,
Friday, February 16
Ice hockey at Michigan State, 7:30 p.m.
Women's basketball at Wisconsin, 7:30 p.m.
COED Indoor Track at Eastern Michigan Classic,
time TBA
Saturday, February 17
Ice hockey vs. Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena,
7:30 p.m.
COED Gymnastics vs. Wisconsin at Varsity Arena,
7:30 p.m.
Men's Swimming at Ohio State, 3 p.m.
Sunday, February 18
Men's Basketball at Ohio State, 2 p.m. (ABC)
Women's Basketball at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Indiana at Varsity Arena, 2 p.m.
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Backs in the future for football?

by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
WANTED: A running back. He
can be big or small, short or tall, but
he must be able to carry the foot-
ball. If interested, contact Mich-
igan football coach Gary Moeller.
With Tony Boles' future in
doubt, and Leroy Hoard looking to
spend next year in the NFL, the
Wolverines feel the need for a new
running back.
Moeller may find a replacement
soon, as three of the nation's top
backs - Jerome Bettis, Ricky
Powers and Sebastian Small - will
announce their plans this week. All
three have included Michigan on
their lists.
If Moeller is going to persuade
Bettis (a 6-foot-1, 235 pound

fullback) to come to Michigan, the
Detroit MacKenzie star will have to
pass up Notre Dame. This weekend,
Bettis had his final conversations
with recruiters from both schools
and will announce his decision
"Both are great academic institu-
tions, and the football is about the
same," Bettis said. "You have to
judge by the little things. I'm kind
of in the middle. I'm not having any
nightmares about it. Either decision
won't be a bad one."
Although Notre Dame coach Lou
Holtz has made a strong impression
on Bettis, Moeller has been able to
keep Bettis interested in Michigan.
"He's a very sincere man and a
very nice man," Bettis said about
Moeller. "He may be a little closer

with the guys than Bo was."
Moeller has also said the right
things to Powers, a slashing tailback
from Akron, Ohio. Powers (6-1,
190), who ran for 2,014 yards on
200 carries at Buchtel High School,
has narrowed his choices to
Michigan and Michigan State.
"I'm not leaning towards any-
where just yet," Powers said Friday.
Powers' thinking has been cloud-
ed by his brother Scott's attempts to
transfer to Michigan State. Scott
played at the University of Cincin-
nati last season after not being re-
cruited by any other schools, and
now the Bearcats are hesitant to
release Scott from his scholarship.
Cincinnati is skeptical of the Spart-
ans' sudden interest in Scott and
won't release him if Ricky signs

with State.
"It has helped make my deci-
sion," Powers said about the contro-
versy. "But after a while, I'm going
to make my own decision anyway."
The Wolverines' opening at run-
ning back appeals to Ricky, but he
has been told by both Michigan
schools that he will play in his first
"At both schools, I know I have
a good chance to play, maybe even
start," Powers said.
Small, a 5-11, 195 tailback from
Fayetteville, North Carolina, had
committed to Nebraska, but appar-
ently changed his mind. He visited
Michigan recently to consider the
Wolverines before he formally signs
with any school on February 14, the
national signing date.


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Wolverine Eric Wise does the backstroke in the 200-meter medley in Saturday afternoon's meet against Indiana. Michigan soundly defeated the Hoosiers
at Canham Natatorium, improving its season dual-meet record to 9-2.
Wolverines plus water equals wins.

IM Fraternity Top 20
Here's a look at total points thus far this seasoFtr
Fraternity (Letters) Points

by David Schechter
Daily Sports Writer
Directions for ready-made victory: just add
It seemed almost that easy for the Wolverines
Saturday as they dominated the Indiana Hoosiers
at Canham Natatorium, 78-35.
Indiana won only the 100-yard freestyle as the
Wolverines soundly avenged last year's, 63-50,
loss to the Hoosiers in Bloomington.
Brent Lang turned heads with a standout, back-
to-back performance. Lang won the 200 freestyle
in a time of 1 minute and 39.8 seconds and then
jumped back into the pool one minute later to
record a win in the 50 freestyle with a time of
20.7 seconds.
"He put in an awesome double...that really
makes him stand out as the fastest US swimmers
right now," assistant coach Mark Noetzel said.
Scott Ryan, Mike Barrowman and Lang each

won two events. Although no swimmer on either
squad turned in a NCAA qualifying time, new-
comer Steve Bigelow came close with a time of
1:50.2 in the 200 backstroke.
By winning the 500 and 1000 freestyle events,
Ryan set a standard the rest of the team could
strive for. "He took on a good role today and
really led the team by winning his events,"
Noetzel said. "Those are good times for him,
probably the best of the season. Swims like that
are what you're looking for."
First year swimmer Tom Hay recovered from a
recent stomach sickness to turn in his best
swims of the year with a 1:56.7 and 1:53.5 in
the 200 individual medley 200 butterfly, respect-
ively. Still, he has yet to do his best swimming.
"I'm going for the cut at Big Ten's. I'll prob-
ably be ready at Big Ten's. (Today's times) gave
me an indication that I'm starting to go faster and
bringing my confidence level up," Hay said.

The past week of resting, or tapering, did not
result in the improved times the coaching staff
had hoped for. Noetzel pointed out that the
overall times posted by the team were down on
the average.
"It made a lot of people swim slower," he said.
"As we're staying home more, we're able to train
more...we're working more and more to get them
to maximum effort," he said.
Team manager Alex Alvizuri, however, likes
what he sees in the Michigan squad. "They are
improving...they are looking really good, with a
lot of team unity...they're getting close and they
know it," Alvizuri said.
The team has consistently shown signs that
they will be highly competitive at the NCAA's
in March. Michigan will most likely have be-
tween nine and 11 swimmers qualify for the
tournament, compared to last year's seven.



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Women dominate track Invitational

by Eric Berkman
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's indoor
track team is learning how to exper-
ience life in the fast lane.
In their first scoring meet of the
season, the Wolverines thoroughly
dominated the Red Simmons Invita-
tional Tournament in Ann Arbor
Saturday, capturing first place with
207 points. The nearest challenger,
Toledo, finished second with 83
"We did dominate the meet,
which was thoroughly expected,"
coach James Henry said. "Eastern
Michigan and Michigan State didn't
bring their full squads. It was pre-
dicted that we would win fairly

The Wolverines did particularly
well in the mile, where Molly
McClimon finished first with a
personal best of 4:45.38. Mindy
Rowland finished second in the mile,
clocking in at 4:53.27, augmented
that performance with a first place
finish in the 3000-meter run. The
coaches rewarded Rowland by nam-
ing her Outstanding Runner of the
Michigan also looked impressive
in the sprints, where Suzette
Thweatt captured first in the 60-yard
hurdles with a time of 8.18 seconds.
She also won the 60-yard dash,
finishing in 7.32 seconds.
Long jumper Rhonda Ricketts
rocketed to second place on Mich-
igan's all-time list with a first-place

leap of 19 feet, 3 inches, six inches
longer than she had ever jumped
before at Michigan.
Clearing the bar at 5 feet, 7 1/2
inches, Lisa DeVries took first place
for Michigan in the high jump
"That's been Lisa's average this
year," Henry said. "She's been our
most consistent performer, jumping
between 5-8 and 5-9 and-a-half all
year. We're very pleased with her
Pentathlete Alana Davis rounded
out the field events for the Wol-
verines with a total of 3409 points,
good enough for first place.
"This was a personal and
collegiate best for her," Henry said.
"She was fifth in the Big Ten last
year, and has an excellent chance of

being in the top three this year, if
she continues to improve."
Michigan's overall performance
gives Henry reason for optimism as
he looks toward the Big Ten meet.
"We set out for this meet treating
it as a pre-Big Ten Championship
meet, to go all out and do our best
as though a championship were on
the line," Henry explained. "We
expected to win the meet, but we
didn't know we'd do that out-
standing, perormance-wise. (Our ath-
letes) weren't pushed by the compe-
tition. They were pushing them-
selves, which is a good sign.
"It's imperative that we continue
to perform on this level when the
conferences come," Henry said. "If
we do, we have an excellent chance
at the top three overall."

Sports Monday
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Night Editor
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Assistant Night Editor
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Answer to Sports Monday Trivia
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Track takes 8th in Wisconsin

by Eric Berkman
Daily Sports Writer
America's Dairyland was by no
means the land of opportunity for
the men's indoor track team this
The Wolverines finished in
eighth place at the Central Colleg-
iate Championships at the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin with a team total
of 42 points. Eastern Michigan, the
first place finisher, garnered a total
of 141 points.
"I'm a little disappointed," coach
Jack Harvey said. "I think maybe I

time of 1 minute, 52.14 seconds. In
addition, pole vaulter Brad Darr took
second place with a leap of 17 feet, 3
inches. Darr's chief Big Ten rival,
Purdue's Greg Fenza, placed first,
clearing the bar at 17 feet, 7 inches.
"Fenza's done 17-8 and is
definitely the favorite for the Big
Ten and will probably score well at
the nationals," Harvey said. "I also
think that Brad. should be a little
further along at the Big Ten meet.
He's definitely capable of 17-7."
The high jump was disappointing
for the Wolverines. Brad Holwerda

previously done. Even Newman has
run faster.
"The guys were as disappointed
as I was," Harvey said. "They all
thought that they'd do much better."
The team will look to improve
before the Big Ten meet in an open
meet at Eastern Michigan this

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