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Women's basketball
vs. North Carolina St.
Tomorrow, 2 p.m. (NCAA 2nd round)
Raleigh, NC
The Michigan Daily
Women swimmers
begin NCAAs in 8th
by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Writer Michigan record of 3:43.94

SPORTS
Friday, March 16, 1990

Men's basketball
vs. Illinois St. (NCAA 1st round)
Tonight, 9 p.m. (Ch. 2)
Long Beach, CA
Page 10

WOMEN'S TENNIS
Michigan faces EMU

The Michigan women's swim
team completed their first day of
competition in the NCAA Champ-
ionships in Austin, TX and things
are looking right on track. The Wol-
verines currently stand in eighth
place with 42 points. The University
of Texas is in first with 203 fol-
lowed by Stanford (177) in second.
"I'm very pleased with where we
are right now, we're in the same
place as we were last year," coach
Jim Richardson said. "We have some
stronger events coming up."
Michigan swam only two events
yesterday: the 400-yard medley relay
and the 200 freestyle relay.
The 400 medley team of Stefanie
Liebner, Jennifer Eck, Minky Gehrs,
and Kathy Diebler finished in 7th
place with a time of 3:45.47. This
final time was almost two seconds
slower than their one in the pre-
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"I was pleased with the swim by
the 400 medley relay in the pre-
liminaries," Richardson said. "In the
final I think they got a little tired."
The 200 freestyle relay, con-
sisting of Jen Love, Eck, Michelle
Swix, and Diebler, finished a couple
of spots lower, in ninth, placing
them first in the consolation heat
with a time of 1:33.80.
Richardson was extremely happy
with their results. "The 200 free
relay had a great performance in their
final and I was very pleased to see
them swim faster than in the
prelim," he said.
But the central highlight of the
meet was not focused around the
Wolverines. Stanford's first-year sen-
sation Janet Evans, a three-time gold
medal winner at the 1988 Olympic
Games, broke and 11-year old
American record in the 500 freestyle
in a time of 4:34.39.

after Texan
by Douglas Donaldson
Daily Sports Writer
After a rough Texan road trip last
weekend in which the Wolverines
lost their first matches of the year,
the Michigan women's tennis team
will attempt to rebound tonight at
Eastern Michigan University.
Tonight's match in Ypsilanti
will be the 22nd meeting between
the two schools. Michigan (7-2 in
dual meets) holds an 18-3 edge in the
series and defeated the Hurons, 5-4,
in the State of Michigan Tourna-
ment last November.
Ritt believes Michigan is even
better than that score indicates. "In
the preseason rankings, Eastern was
ranked 10th, and we were 6th," she

tribulations
said. "But since then, we've im-
proved greatly."
In the November match, No. I
seed Christine Schmeidel defeated
Eastern's top player, Karen Stube,
by a score of 6-0, 6-1. Still, Ritt ex-
pects tough competition from Stube,
as well as the Hurons' No. 3 seed,
Naomi Mokekle. As for her own
team, Ritt has a simple plan.
"I'm hoping that we'll be ag-
gressive when we get out there," she
said. "We can't hang back and wait
for them to make mistakes."
Ritt sees this kind of philosophy *
as crucial for continued success in
the Wolverines' future. "In order for
us to be competitive (this year) and
maybe pull off some upsets, that's
what we need to do."

Wolverine swimmers Jennifer Eck (left center) and Stefanie Liebner lead
tieir teammates in singing "the Victors" after winning their 4th straight
Big Ten title. The team is pursuing the NCAA crown this weekend.

MEN'S TENNIS
Young M' team pitted
against formidable foes"

Gymnasts end regular season
by Sarah Osburn

Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's gymnastics team heads into
East Lansing tonight for their last regular season meet
against Michigan State and Central Michigan. They
beat Central by two points earlier this season but lost
to the Spartans.
Michigan's spring break trip to California may not
have been as successful as coach Fry had hoped, but she
did not find the results completely negative. "I think
that it may have been a slap in the face for the girls, and
it may have woke them up," she said.
"We had an inter-squad meet today (Wednesday), and
from the scores we got, if we would have had a meet
today it would have been our best meet of the season,"
Fry said. "We are looking for some good things to

happen on Friday at Michigan State."
But Fry does not feel this will insure a second
victory. "It's going to be a really close meet, we could
come in first, second, or third," she said. "It's really a
toss up, and what ever team hits the most routines is
going to win the meet."
According to Fry, the team's main goal is to score
their highest all-around total of the season in
preparation for the Big Ten Championships, which are
at home next Friday and Saturday in the Varsity Arena.
"I don't want to say that it's not our goal to win,
but if we don't beat Michigan State on Friday, it's not
going to kill us or deflate us," Fry said. "If we better
our best score, and we win, then that's great but we're
just priming for Big Ten's."

by Eric Berkman
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's tennis team
will test its mettle in the Steel City
this weekend.
The Wolverines (2-5 in dual
meets) travel to Pittsburgh, where
they hope to better their record
against Arkansas and West Virginia.
Despite his team's record, No. 1
singles player David Kass remains
optimistic.
"We started off a little shaky,"
Kass said, "but we're young. We've
got a lot of freshmen and first-year
players. And we're getting better."
He added that, "both teams look a
little better on paper, so we're under-

dogs, but not heavy underdogs."
Kass, who is currently ranked
twelfth in the nation, will face the
Razorbacks' Mike Brown and the
Mountaineers' Joby Foley. Both are
ranked in the top ten.
"I have two tough matches, but
I'm playing well," Kass said. "I like
my chances and I'm pretty confi-
dent."
The Wolverines will also rely on
first-year performers Scott Cuppett
who just moved up to number two,
and number-four player Terry Lon-
don for help in singles play.
According to Kass, doubles are
where the Wolverines are "lacking
the most.
"But we've gotten a lot better,"
Kass said. "And we have a much
better chance to win now than
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