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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 5,1990 - Page 5
Lions fall to 'Skins, 41-38

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - Jeff
Rutledge, voted Alabama's most
popular student in 1978, climbed to
the top of the Washington Redskins'
ballots on Sunday.
Rutledge, who had thrown only
seven passes in the last two years,
completed 30-42 for 363 yards to
rally the Redskins from a 21-point
deficit to a 41-38 overtime victory
over the Detroit Lions.
"In Jeff's case, I just think he is a
producer," Washington coach Joe
Gibbs said. "He has always been that
way, and he's a great guy. He is a
class individual."
Chip Lohmiller's 34-yard field
goal with 5:50 left in overtime
climaxed the comeback but Rutledge
made it possible with a 12-yard TD
on a draw play with 18 seconds
remaining in regulation.
"The quarterback draw is some-
thing we didn't put in until Satur-
day," Gibbs said. "I saw a couple of

other quarterback draws run on them
so I thought we may want to use it."
Rutledge, who was signed as a
free agent after appearing in only one
game last season for the New York
Giants, called it the best game of his
NFL career. -
"The first thing I did was pray,"
Rutledge said. "It was 35-14 when I
went in there. I said, 'Good Lord let
me go in there and relax and come
back and take it a little bit at a
time.' I had the feeling when we
scored the first time we had a chance
to win this ballgame."
Lohmiller's climactic field goal
followed a 12-play drive from Wash-
ington's 10 to the Detroit 17. Rut-
ledge, who took over for Stan Hum-
phries in the second half, completed
five passes for 69 yards in the drive.
"This is something I'll always
look back on if I never play another
game again," Rutledge said.
It was the 13th consecutive time

the Redskins (5-3) have defeated the
Lions (3-5), including the first game,
in the 1982 playoffs.
"We just didn't make the pays
when we had to," said Bob Gagliano,
who quarterbacked Detroit after
Rodney Peete pulled a hamstring in
the third quarter. "It was a team eff-
ort. This is one of the worst defeats
I've ever been associated with. It was
The Redskins overwhelmed the
Lions statistically. It was four
turnovers - three interceptions and
a lost fumble - that gave Detroit
the lead.
Washington, controlling the ball
for 49 minutes, 52 seconds, rolled
up 674 yards to just 347 for Detroit,
which had the ball only 19:18,
including one possession in over-
ime. Humphries and Rutledge com-
bined for 482 yards in the air to 187
for the Lions.

.IUA RE-Jaiiy
Sophomore Missy McCracken swims her way to second place in the 400 freestyle in Friday's opening meet
against NCAA Division II Champion Oakland University. The Wolverines defeated Oakland 142-92.
Women swim to opening win

1: I

by Jason Gomberg
Daily Sports Writer
Friday evening at Canham Natatorium, the
Michigan women's swimming and diving team
unveiled their own version of "The Young and the.
Restless." The Wolverines featured individual victor-
ies by four first-year swimmers and two sophomores,
sinking Division II Oakland University, 142 to 92, in
the opening meet for each squad.
In total, the home team tallied first-place finishes
in 12 of the 13 events. Leading the victory parade
were junior backstroker Lisa Anderson and frosh
freestyler Karen Barnes, who each took part in three
winning efforts. A pair of freestylers, sophomore
Kathy Diebler and frosh Kate Girard, and one
breaststroker, Vallery Hyduk, collected two triumphs
Other Wolverine victors included newcomers
Nicole Williamson (400 IM) and Cinnamon Woods
(3-meter diving), and sophomores Lisa Cribari (1-
meter diving) and Missy McCracken (200 fly).
"I was really impressed with our distance
swimming," coach Jim Richardson said, "And our
strokers, backstrokers and breaststrokers, looked really
good from an aerobic standpoint."
Barnes appeared in strong form, pulling away from
her teammate Michelle Swix in the 1500-meter free

with a time of 17:22.41. She also edged out Diebler
in the 800 free, 9:09.85 to 9:12.68. "I thought I
swam well for this time in the season. I've never
gone this fast this early." Barnes said.
Diebler, who provided a blistering final freestyle
leg in the 400 medley relay (1:00.09), also captured
the 400 free (4:27.53). She attributed her fine
performances to a change in practice ritual.
"Coach Richardson changed his program from last
year - we're doing more distance," said Diebler, "We
were swimming between six and seven thousand yards
per practice and now we're between seven and eight.
"I was pretty surprised - I brought back my races
faster than I thought I would."
The added distance for the shorter races seemed to
take its toll more on Oakland's swimmers than it did
the Wolverines. Michigan swimmers maintained form
longer into their events. Along with Diebler, Hyduk
and Mc-Cracken excelled at driving through and
extending their strokes.
Consistent form, however, is not yet the coaches'
top priority. Instead, they are seeking to further
increase endurance and strength among their athletes.
"Right now form is something that you talk about,"
said Richardson, "but there's nothing you can do
about it now because they're so tired."

Michigan senior Matt Dikin fights for the ball during a home soccer game earlier this season.


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took when he was 12.
"After catechism, I started think-
ing about life in a different way," he
says. "This was a huge step in the
maturation process and was when
morals and values became impor-
tant." It was important enough for
Dikin to find time outside of school
and soccer in order to remain active
with the youth group in his church.
Over the summer, Dikin coun-
seled at his church's camp. With his
"amiable" qualities, he was a hit
with the kids. "I act like a kid my-
self," he says. "I get down, or up to
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decision was based on playing for a
big-time university with a big-time
academic background. Other than the
Ivy League, Michigan presents the
best combination for me."
NCAA rules prohibit Howard
from signing a letter of intent until
November 14. Fisher refused to
comment on the situation until the-
Chicago native has officially signed
with the team.
A week ago Howard said his
decision was "50-50" between Mich-
igan and Arizona State. But he chose
the Wolverines because of the
proximity of the university to his
"My decision was based on my
family and friends being able to see
me play," Howard said. "Most
people I know can't afford a plane
trip to Arizona.
"I didn't want to go through my
college career without my grand-
another being able to see me play.
She is the biggest reason behind my
decision. She always has been very
supportive and has had a great
influence on my life. I want to make
it possible for her to see me play
whenever she wants to," he told the
Fisher hopes Howard's decision
will influence Chris Webber, another
top-five recruit from Detroit Country

their level when I'm around the teens
at church. I'm able to relate to them
because I don't try to act perfect.
They hear from their pastor about
being perfect; I think they get tired
of that."
When asked if his leadership qual-
ities at camp relate to his leadership
on the soccer field, Dikin says,
"with the kids, I'm really laid back
in my leadership. On the soccer
field, however, I'm pure intensity."
With all the diversity in his life,
soccer is his one constant. It is a
second home. During his prep career,
Dikin was fortunate to play at Troy
Athens, a hotbed of Michigan high
school soccer. In his four years at
the class-A school, the most com-
Day, to sign with Michigan. Webber
is not expected to announce his
decision until next spring.
Webber's father is a close friend
with Detroit Southwestern coach
Perry Watson, and might encourage
Webber to go to Michigan if Watson
is hired as assistant coach. Fisher,
however, has said he does not expect
to name a replacement until the

petitive class in Michigan, Athens
never failed to make it to the state
semifinals. Twice it won the state
championship and another year it
finished runner-up.
Dikin, who also played basket-
ball and tennis, totalled nine varsity
letters during his high school years.
Still, he passed up a possible schol-
arship at Eastern Michigan, which
has a varsity men's soccer program,
to come to Michigan, which he felt
is richer academically.
Now, after 16 years of competi-
tive soccer, Dikin will once again
have the chance to dabble in other
Last Thursday was Dikin's final

game as a Wolverine. "I'm relieved
and sad at the same time," he says.
"But now I have the time to pursue
other things."
"Other things" include working
towards a career which will keep him
involved in the sports world. "I want
to go into sports medicine," he says
with a laugh. "I've had some experi-
ence in the field. I've had my share
of injuries."
For the last six months, Dikin
has been working at Med-Sport, a
research institute at Domino's
Farms. He's been assisting in a pro-
ject which studies the dislocation of
the kneecap. Dikin started as a vol-
unteer, but "they liked me, so they

started paying me."
Ideally, Dikin would like to at-
tend medical school in the West to
be closer to his sister Becky in Col-
orado. "I wouldn't mind doing a lit-
tle skiing out there," he says.
If Dikin does make it to Col-
orado, it will be because of his
strong sense of family - a feeling
instilled in him by his parents. As a
youngster, Dikin's soccer games
were a family affair.
Dad coached.
Mom fretted.
And his grandpa Walt accompa-
nied the three on Matt's out-of-state
His dad, though not presently

coaching, remains active in Matt's
soccer career. Throughout high
school and college, the elder Dikin
has shot hundreds of rolls of film for
team and individual pictures. For
Matt's teammates, Mr. Dikin has
been a common sight on the side-
lines with camera poised and words
of encouragement for the team.
It is easy to understand why
Dikin places such a high priority-on
family. With his work ethic, leader-
ship, and talent, Dikin's success is
not surprising. And, as Dikin is
careful to point out, "a supportive
family life helps too."

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