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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 12, 1990- Page 7

Tankers
show
depth,
134=108
by Ken Sugiura
Daily Sports Writer
This season, the NCAA insti-
Ytuted a new dual meet scoring
format. The change calls for five
swimmers, instead of three, to score
points in each individual event.
The rule, in Michigan coach Jon
Urbanchek's opinion, presents prob-
lems for teams lacking depth.
"In the past, a couple great
' Swimmers could win a dual meet,"
"Urbanchek said. "You can't do it
anymore."
* Considering the results of the
men's swimming meet against Wis-
consin on Friday, the Wolverines
have more than a couple great
swimmers.
'*Michigan relied on their world-
class talent, capturing eight first
places in the 13-event meet,
including both relays, in scoring 76
of the 121 possible first-place
" points. The 76-45 advantage almost
completely alloted for the margin of
victory in their 134-108 triumph
over the Badgers at Canham
Natatorium.
Junior Eric Wunderlich led the
way, taking the 200-meter individual
medley, the 200-meter breaststroke,
and teaming up with Steve Bigelow,
Jarret Winter and Rodney VanTassell
to claim top honors in the 400
'~medley relay. with a clocking of
3:56.65.
Wunderlich was "definitely"
pleased considering the team had just
finished a week of arduous training.
"When I got up on the relay and
went a 'four', which is a pretty good
{split for right now," Wunderlich said
of his time of 1:04 in the
breaststroke leg of the relay, "I knew
.1I could have a fairly decent meet."
* As it turned out, fairly decent
meets were the order of the day.
Sophomore Brian Gunn swam away
with a win in the 800 freestyle, a
second place in the 200 butterfly,
and anchored the victorious 400

Wrestlers open
by Eric Sklar
Daily Sports Writer

YPSILANTI - The Michigan
wrestling team opened its 1990-91
season with a strong showing
yesterday at the Domino's Pizza/
Eastern Michigan University Open
tournament.;
The Wolverines' only first-place
finisher was heavyweight Phil
Tomek, who won an 11-10 decision
in the championship match. Thej
victory was Tomek's first tour-;
nament championship.
"I got a lot of help from the
team," he said. "When I wanted to
relax and coast on my lead, the guys;
started and the coaches started push-
ing me. That's the most important
thing. A lot of people think that
wrestling is not a team sport, but it
really is."
In addition to Tomek's victory,

several other Wolverines placed in
other weight classes. Fritz Lehrke
(190), Salem Yaffai (126), and Sean
Bormet (158) each came in second; -
James Rawls (142) finished third;
and Lanny Green (177) and Jehad
Hamden (190) came in fourth.
Hamden, who is normally a 177
pounder, wrestled up a weight class
for the tournament. Both Hamden
and his Michigan State opponent
wrestled evenly during regulation,
entering overtime tied at one.
Neither wrestler was able to gain an
advantage early in the extra period,
but 47 seconds into overtime
Hamden got his opponent on his
back and pinned him.
"He was a strong guy, but I knew
he didn't have what it takes,"
Hamden said. "I was just waiting for

season
the right time to move. I had to wait
until he got tired."
Hamden pulled a back muscle in
the match, and was unable to wrestle
for third place.
One wrestler who was absent
from the top finishers was 134-
pounder Joey Gilbert. The Michigan
coaches felt that Gilbert would have
placed first had he not been
disqualified earlier in the tournament.
"I think that he was the best kid
in the tournament," Michigan coach
Dale Bahr said.
In general, Bahr was pleased by
the effort put out by his team.
"Overall, the team looked pretty
good, but they also showed that
there are some things that we have
to work on, from a technique
standpoint," Bahr said.

Men's soccer prevails in 1990

JENNIFER DUNETZ/Daily
Backstrokers waitfor the gun in Friday's dual meet against Wisconsin. The
defending Big Ten champs were victorious in the meet. They won eight
events and outscored the Badgers 134-108.

freestyle relay of Noel Strauss,
Winter, and Kent Tschannen,
nipping Wisconsin's relay by .26 of
a second to finish in 3:36.74.
Also turning in a superb
performance was backstroker Steve
Bigelow. The sophomore stole the
thunder from Big Ten 200-yard
backstroke record-holder Jack Young.
In both of their encounters,
Bigelow emerged the better, winning
the opening backstroke leg in the
medley relay and posting a time of
2:05.69 in the 200 backstroke,
nearly a second ahead of Young.
"Bigelow, I thought, looked real
good," Wisconsin coach Jack
Pettinger said. "I thought he did a
really good job in both his
backstrokes."
Friday marked the opening night
for the first-year swimmers and

divers, and it was VanTassell who
shone brightest.
In the 100 freestyle, with the
outcome of the meet still in doubt,
VanTassell faced Badger Torgeir
Ekkje, who had earlier won the 50
freestyle. Despite Gunn's assertion
of the 100 freestyle as "not a really
good event for us," youth prevailed,
as VanTassell touched out the senior
by .04 of a second in finishing in
53.81.
"He is really impressive," Gunn
said. "He really kept us in the meet."
In the diving well, redshirt Eric
Lesser put on his own show. Lesser
returned from his fourth-place finish
in the one-meter diving event to
defeat Wisconsin all-American Terry
Butler at the three-meter board,
compiling 345.45 points to Butler's
323.85.

by Walter Butzu
Daily Sports Writer
There's something about those
teams that seemingly have all the
cards stacked against them yet some-
how turn hardship into success.
Cincinnati's sweep of Jose Can-
seco and the rest of the Oakland A's
had the nation buzzing over the
news. And people are still talking
about the U.S. hockey team's upset
of the U.S.S.R. in the 1980
Olympic Games.
In their own small way, the
Michigan men's soccer team and its
scant but loyal supporters have also
battled adversity throughout its 1990
season.
In August, while most students
were putting the finishing touches
on their tans, the Wolverine kickers
began straggling into Ann Arbor, As
new coach Don Schwartz began
putting the team through condition-
ing exercises, many players must
have wondered whether all their work
was worth it.
After all, soccer is a club sport
- 100,000 fans would not be greet-
ing them at their home opener, no
scholarship money was available,
and no luxuries of the varsity athlete
existed.
What, then, was the motivation?
Love of the game and wearing the
Michigan uniform are possible an-
swers.
Maybe, in the back of their

minds, the players realized what the
season had in store for them.
Maybe they believed they could
go up against some good varsity
teams and win.
Maybe they could foresee the
friendships that would develop.
Whatever the motivation, they
were a part of the team and with the
season fast approaching, all thoughts
turned to soccer and preparation.
Schwartz brought along first-hand
knowledge of the game.
"Just now we are starting to see
second-generation soccer coaches,"
Schwartz explained. "It used to be,
when I played, that someone's dad
(who had never played the game)
would decide to coach. Now we have
coaches who have grown up playing
the game."
Schwartz's vigor for the game
and his young age made him an
instant success with the team. But
this young coach, in his mid-
twenties, had a demanding schedule
staring his team in the face and
would have to handle both the highs
and lows that are inevitable in a long
season.
Now, with an 11-7 season behind
them, it is safe to say the highs
vastly outnumbered the lows.
Among the highs:
Senior Doug Spamer's heart
and dedication. Though plagued with
shin splints all season, Spamer's
constant hustle was an inspiration to

the team. "If we had 11 Doug
Spamer's we wouldn't lose a game,"
a fan said of his enthusiasm.
Senior goaltender, Marc
Kuiper, and the Blue defense which
held opposing teams to only two
goals over the last six games of the
season. This included a string of four
consecutive shutouts.
A come-from-behind victory
to defeat Eastern Michigan Uni-
versity, 21, to end the season with
six straight wins: (Credit parent
Gary Dikin with an assist in this
win. With time running out, the ball
was kicked out of bounds. Dikin, his
camera in hand, chased the ball down
and hurried it to Greg Hake. Hake's
quick throw-in, thanks to Mr. Dikin,
resulted in a score for the
Wolverines).
With six games left in the
season, the team had only five vic-
tories against seven defeats. The
team went on a six-game win streak
to finish the season with 11 wins to
wind up four games over .500.
The seniors leaving the team -
Rob Albritton, Matt Dikin, Eric
Johnson, Eric Moore, Todd. Neff,
Kuiper and Spamer - will all take
memories with them. Though only
an average of fifty fans attended their
games, though they paid all their
own expenses, and though none of
them will be turning pro, it is clear
that none will ever forget their years
as Michigan athletes.

Women swimmers sink Badgers

by Charlie Wolfe
Daily Sports Writer
In a moist and humid Canham
Natatorium Friday evening, where
infinite hoots, hollers, and victory
cheers echoed against the dome walls
in resounding fashion, the women's
swim team sank the Badgers of Wis-
consin in impressive fashion, 153-
90.
Michigan started off slowly, tak-
ing only two of the first six swim-
ming events. However, Wolverine
diving victories from senior Whitney
Scherer (one-meter springboard) and
junior Lisa Cribari (three-meter
springboard) seemed to jumpstart the
team and the Blue squad went on to
first-place sweeps in the final five
events.
"I thought they were crisp and
swam well beginning to end,"

Michigan coach Jim Richardson
said.
While he had noted before that
Wisconsin had "three or four very
good swimmers," it became obvious
they would not be able to stick with
Michigan the entire meet.
"Wisconsin just didn't have the
depth we do," Richardson said.
The Wolverines enjoyed double
victories from three swimmers: ju-
niors Lisa Anderson and Michelle
Swix, and first-year freestyler Nicole
Williamson. All three took part in
winning relays, but Swix (100-meter.
freestyle) and Williamson (400
freestyle) both had individual tri-
umphs as well.
Coach Richardson added that the
experienced Anderson and Swix have
"in the past been mainstays in the
Big Ten" and he called Williamson

"a diamond in the rough."
Other team members gaining in-
dividual victories were junior Jen-
nifer Love (400 freestyle), sopho-
more Jenny Sutton (200 breast-
stroke), and newcomer Kate Girard
(200 backstroke). In all, Michigan
garnered first-place finishes in nine
of the 13 events.
A few of the more exciting fin-
ishes included Swix's first-place fin-
ish in the 100 freestyle with a time
of 1:00.55, just barely edging Wis-
consin's Erin Jones' 1:00.78. An-
other dash to glory occurred between
Michigan teammates Love and
Kathy Deibler in the 50 freestyle.
Love bested Deibler, :28.30 to
:28.35.
"Actually, I was just hoping to
survive the meet," Richardson said.

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