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Page 12-The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 30, 1990

'M' swimming teams divide
squads for weekend meets

Men aim high for
Indy, Ypsi meets
by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's swimming team participates in
not one, but two meets today and Sunday, neither of
which are in Ann Arbor. The 24-member squad will
split into two squads, with 12 swimmers attending each
individual meet.
While half the team will be in Indianapolis for the
U.S. Open, the other will travel around the corner to
Ypsilanti for the Eastern Michigan University
The U.S. Open rates as a national competition that
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek described as "a tune-up
for the world championships." The Open, however, does
not feature the regular team competition rules, with the
results of the Open having no bearing on Michigan's
overall record in the NCAA this season.
The U.S. Open, according to Urbanchek, requires a
certain "standard of performance." The swimmers all
must have finished within a specific time frame in their
event in order to compete. Since qualification for the-
world championships occurs at the Open, senior Mike
Barrowman, who has been training at home thus far this
season, will join the team at the event. Barrowman is
the world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke and
national Swimmer-of-the-Year, a title he has held since
Barrowman will not be all the Wolverines have to
offer, though. Michigan will send three other swimmers
to the world championships in January and all will
swim in Indianapolis this weekend. The trio consists of
Brent Lang, a world-class freestyler who graduated last
year, and juniors Eric Namesnik in the distance freestyle
and Eric Wunderlich in the breaststroke competition.
Urbanchek also has high expectations for the two
sophomores making the trip: backstroker Steve Bigelow
and butterflyer Mike Gunn.
"I think the two sophomores will be able to pick up
an NCAA standard time at this meet.," Urbanchek said.
The rest of the team has a shorter trip - just down
the road to Eastern Michigan for the EMU Invitational.
Led by acting captain Scott Van Appledorn, the
Wolverines should face stiff competition against a field
primarily from the Mid-American Conference.
But just because these swimmers' times were not
good enough to make the Open, Urbanchek does nots
feel that this reflects poorly on them.1
"It's just a good way to split the team in half," he
said. "(The group going to EMU) shouldn't actually be
called the B-team. It's just the second half of the team."1

Race lengths may
hamper women
by David Kraft
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend, the Michigan women's swimming
team hopes to do in two locations what they are accus-
tomed to doing in one - outclassing their opponents.
While the top 12 Wolverine swimmers compete in-
dividually in Indianapolis at the prestigious U.S. Open,
the remainder of the squad will test their abilities in
Ypsilanti at the Eastern Michigan University
Although Michigan (3-0 in dual meets, first at the
Northwestern Relays) has dominated its previous oppo-
nents, it is not expecting the same type of stellar per-
formances this weekend.
This season, the Wolverines have focused their train-
ing on competing in long distance events. Therefore,
the small pools in Indianapolis and Ypsilanti will place
Michigan at a distinct disadvantage.
"Being a pre-Olympic year, we are focusing on in-
tensive, over-distance training," Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said. "In trying to build systematic en-
durance, we will also be stronger for February and
With Richardson's plan, the three-time defending Big
10 champion Wolverines will peak in March for the
1991 Big Ten and NCAA Championships.
At the U.S. Open event, No. 8 Michigan will get its
first taste of top notch competition from No. 4 UCLA
and No. 5 USC. Unlike the Wolverines, both the
Bruins and the Trojans consider the Open to be one of
their major events of the season.
Although the event will not affect the national rank-
ings, it is important for Michigan to see some of the
top West Coast squads in action before they compete
against them again in December and January.
"Whatever we get out from (our swimmers) in Indy
will be a plus down the road," Richardson said.
Richardson will rely on strong performances from
first-year Canadian breaststrokers Vallery Hyduk and
Tara Higgins.
Like the U.S. Open, the EMU Invitational will not
produce a top-level performance from the Wolverines.
Although the less competitive of the two tournaments,
EMU will offer some excellent competition.
Division II champion Oakland and Division III
champion Kenyon join Michigan as three of eight
teams scheduled to compete.
In Ypsilanti, the Wolverines will look to junior
freestyler Katherine Creighton, who recently rebounded
from mononucleosis.

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head to "
by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend, the Michigan
wrestling team completes the first
half of its season at the Las Vega
Classic. Assistant coach Joe Wells
describes the event as "typically one
of the best collegiate wrestling tour-
naments." Following this tourna-
ment, the Wolverines come home to
open the dual meet stage of their
Eight of the nation's top 10
teams will be in Las Vegas with
Iowa and Penn State not making he
trip. In past years, Michigan ha
come out of this tournament as part
of this elite group. This year, Wells
plans to use the Classic to gage the
progress of the team.
"We are pointing to this toun'-
ment for our best first half perfor-
mance," he said. "This is an excel-
lent opportunity to test ourselves na-
tionally. We can see what individtl-
als need to work on and common
weaknesses to focus on."
Youth will be one of the
Wolverines' biggest concerns as
seven of the 10 starters are either
first- or second-year wrestlers. Only
senior Fritz Lehrke (190 pounds),
junior Phil Tomek (Hwt.), and se-
nior Salem Yaffai (118) holda
tremendous amount of collegiate
match experience.
Additionally, Yaffai dropped fr
126 pounds this season, yet Wells
remains optimistic about the change.
"Now that he is down to 118, it
will give him an edge in strength
over the smaller wrestlers," the as-
sistant coach said.
Though the team is young, Wels
has not lowered his expectations fdr
the team this year.
"We expect them to do well. The
biggest problem will be inconsis-
tency. They will be great one day
and average the next," Wells said.
"We have to become more seasoned,
predictable, and consistent. We'll be
young, but talented."
Both Lehrke and Tomek faired
well in Las Vegas last year, with
Lehrke placing second and Tomek
third. In the tournament, Tomek beat
two eventual NCAA semifinalists.
But Wells knows it will be diffi-
cult for them to improve their plac-
ing this year.
"This is a very high quality tour-
nament. They will need to wrestle
their best to win their weight class,"
Wells said.
Sophomore Joey Gilbert (134),
who was one match away from earn-
ing all-American status last year,
will probably be seeded this we-@
Wells expects redshirt frosh Sean
Bormet (158) to perform well,
though he withdrew from the Ohio
Open two weeks ago with a slight
knee injury. In his first season of
competition, Bormet has lost twice
to Roy Hall of Michigan State by

one point.
Two other sophomores in the.
Michigan starting rotation; James
Rawls (142) and Jason Cluff (126),
have each placed twice already jin
early tournament competition. The
Wolverines will also use Briaw
Harper (158) and Kevin Williams
(167), who are both competing as
first-year wrestlers. Harper was a red-
shirt last year while Williams holds
true first-year status.
The Wolverines open their dua
meet season next weekend at home,
with meets against Ferris State,
Eastern Michigan, and Toledo.


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