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Men's Basketball
vs. Ohio State
Tonight, 7:00 p.m (ESPN)
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Wrestling
vs. Illinois
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Varsity Arena

The Michigan Daily*

Thursday, January 18, 1990

Page 9

HARD WORK AND DEVOTION GIVES SENIOR FREESTYLER RESPECT AND SUCCESS

Capt. Honig lifts 'M'
by Jeni Durst as much as the other swimmers who "Amy had a rought
Daily Sports Writer are faster than me and so I think I freshman ver then each

Amy Honig may not be the best
known member of the Michigan
women's swim team. She may not
be the highest scorer. She may not
always win. But Honig brings to the
team and her teammates a more
important quality: her spirit of
commitment and devotion.
Four years ago she walked onto
the Michigan swim team filled with
awe and anticipation. After years of
perseverance, Honig will swim her
final race in a little more than four
weeks - this time as a captain.
The 500-yard and mile freestyler
thinks it is her average talent that
factored into her being chosen as a
team co-captain.
"I can reach both ends of the
team," Honig explained. "The people
that aren't the fastest on the team
can relate to me because I'm not the
fastest on the team... and yet I've
put in the work and put in the time

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Michigan guard Demetrius Calip will play a prominent role against Ohio
State, as the guards try to shut down frosh phenom Jimmy Jackson.
*Ayers and Fisher start
new 'M'-OSU rivalry?

Glancing around Honig's room,
past the scattered pictures, ribbons,
and, most notably, the 1985-86
State Team Championship plaque
won during her senior year at Ann
Arbor Pioneer high school, one is
reminded of the sport to which she
has devoted much of her life for the
past 16 years.
Yet, things have not stayed so
positive for Honig, the water not so
clear. Troubles began for the senior
her first year as a Wolverine.
Academic problems during her
second semester forced Honig to
petition for both admittance back
into the University and athletic
eligibility. She missed summer
training in order to attend classes
during the spring and summer terms.

ankers
That persevering attitude is what
pulled Honig through another trying
time last year as a shoulder injury
put her out of action for a month.,
With her arm in a sling, she watched
from the sidelines as her teammates
swam toward a Big Ten Champion
ship and a 6th place NCAA finish.
"There were times I thought of
quitting, especially after last year...it
was my first bad season ever. It was
really hard for me to deal with,"
Honig said. "But I didn't want to
quit. I'm not a quitter."
While Honig's goal of placing in
the Big Ten's may not be as lofty as
some of her teammates, she is deter-
mined to see it through.
"It helps to see her dedication,"
first-year swimmer Mindy Gehrs
said. "She's doing so well this year
and it helps us to work harder too."

Honig

by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer

New Ohio State coach Randy
Ayers must have a videotape of "Bo
and Woody: The Ten Year War." He
must also have read Bo's book and
#*learned about the tremendous ani-
mosity between the two schools in
football.
"Taking a young team into battle
this year in Ann Arbor, which has
always been a tough place to play
because of the rivalry, it'll be a big
challenge for our young people,"
Ayers said.
Football, Randy, football. That's
the rivalry.
When your team comes out for
warm-ups, Crisler Arena will be half
empty. At game time, it will be full
- and quiet.
But Ayers is right. Michigan,
like most Big Ten teams, are a
tough team to beat in their own
confines. The Wolverines are un-
defeated at Crisler this year and 37-3
since Rumeal Robinson, Terry Mills
and Co. saw action on the hardwood.
Ohio State enters the contest in
third place in the conference at 3-1
(8-5 overall) with victories over
Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. Their
only loss came last Thursday to
Michigan State. The sixth-ranked
Wolverines are in fourth place at 2-1
(12-2 overall) and are coming off a
big 74-70 road win at Illinois.

Leading the Buckeyes into Ann
Arbor is frosh Jimmy Jackson. A 6-
foot-six forward from Macomber
High in Toledo, Jackson is
averaging 20.8 points per game in
conference play, and shooting 72
percent from the floor.
"The last four games he's been
very aggressive offensively,"Ayers
said. "We like to see him shoot 12
to 18 times per game. He's such an
unselfish player who tends to think
pass before thinking shot."
Michigan coach Steve Fisher
cracked, "We better have somebody
guard him; he's playing up a stonn."
Drawing that assignment would
be Sean Higgins. Higgins has
effectively slowed the scoring
exploits of some of the league's top
players lately - namely Minn-
esota's Willie Burton and Illinois'
Kendall Gill.
Ayers is stressing ball control for
tonight's contest as well as being
able to keep Ohio State playing their
style of ball.
"I think we have to work on our
turnovers and have enough patience
to make three or four passes. We've
been tending to shoot after one pass
and there's people out of position to
rebound."
Should it be a good game
tonight? Sure, Michigan tends to
keep the score close. But rivalry?
Let's wait for November.

coach Jim Richardson said. "Because
of the fact that she had a rough time,
she really appreciates being here at
Michigan a lot and that's reflected in
her attitude."

Adam
Benson

Moeller excited as recruiting
season gets into full swing

Gary Moeller's coaching career
has begun. Although he hasn't taken
the field yet, Michigan fans have
already begun to look at num-
bers...of recruits.
Moeller isn't complaining. In
fact, he too is looking at how many
people he can bring in, and where.
The Michigan football team he
inherited has holes to fill.
"We need some help at line-
backer," Moeller said. "We have to
get some guys who can run the
football. I would like to get a look
at some real good quarterbacks, some
input into our wide receivers, get
some wide receiver/defensive back
types. We've always got to bring
along some lineman, both offensive
and defensive.
"It sounds like we need a little bit
of everything, but there are some
places where we have to put
emphasis. We didn't take a true, true

tailback last year, so that's very
important. And when you lose a
McMurtry and Calloway, you need
some help there."
Recruiting figures as much in a
coach's success as wins, losses, and
the teams' graduation rate. Former
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler
wrote in his autobiography of his
disdain for recruiting. Maybe in
time, Moeller will feel the same

way. Right now, Moeller is feeling
the thrill of doing it for the first
time.
"We're into it pretty heavy,"
Moeller said about the Wolverines
recruiting drive. "We don't know
that much about (where people) are
going right now. We had a big
weekend last week, with 26 kids
coming in. Our coaches are all out
banging around. trying to get things

lined up. I don't know a lot about
names right now, but I get a lot of
speculation right now. I feel pleased
that there are a number of good kids
interested in Michigan."
In truth, Gary Moeller is not a
recruiting virgin. In past seasons,
Moeller's efforts have been a part of
the Schembechler machine, which
consistently generated one of the top
See BENSON, page 10.

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