The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - January 27,1992- Page 7
$K ' Men's swimming whips MSU, 137-106
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by Chad Saf ran
Daily Sports Writer
A race car needs to be finely
tuned before a big race. Minor ad-
justments are made to make sure it is
in the best possible condition for all
to go smoothly.
The same can be said of the.
Michigan men's swimming team as
they head into the Big Ten Champi-
onships after their victory Friday
over Michigan State. The No. 4
Wolverines showed the No. 20 Spar-
tans who still rules the waters in the
state of Michigan with a 137-106
Michigan (9-1 overall, 4-0 in the
Big Ten) jumped out to an early lead
by taking two of the three places in
the 200-yard medley relay. The team
of Eric Bailey, Steve West, Tom
Hay and Gustavo Borges captured
the top spot in 1:32.19, outdistancing
MSU by 1.8 seconds.
The combination of Steve Bige-
low, Drew Hansz, Dan Abruzzi and
Matt Jaffe earned two more points
for the Wolverines with a third-place
In the one-meter diving, State's
John Maxson captured the first posi-
tion, but Rob Silverman, Matt
Jozwiak and Eric Lambert finished
second through fourth. In the three-
meter, Eric Lesser was the victor
with a score of 310.95 and fellow
teammates Jozwiak and Silverman
filled out the top three.
Gustavo Borges anchored the
medley relay, won the 50 freestyle
and swam a 19.72 as the final
swimmer in the 200 freesyle relay.
Michigan's Brian Gunn, who was
not told until Wednesday that he was
going to swim because of an ongo-
ing battle with the flu, showed
his third-place finish against S
ford last week was not typical o
ability with a victory in the
butterfly in :50.05.
Teammate Tom Hay fini
right behind Gunn .14 seconds k
He later finished third in the
freestyle, an event he did not ex
to swim in originally.
The Wolverines, who are air
for their seventh consecutive coi
ence crown move on to the Big
championships in 12 days, are
actly where Urbanchek wants th
"We have made signifi
progress on our times," he said.
are right on target. The next
weeks we are just fine tuning an
pering (lowering the mileag
workouts). Endurance is no loi
Wolverine backstroker Jim Hume swims a leg of the individual medley in
Friday's victory over Michigan State at Canham Natatorium.
Michigan's Chris Pierce spikes in the Wolverines' defeat of Iowa.
Men's volleyball spikes
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
Getting there was half the battle. Early Saturday
morning, the Michigan women's swimming team left
Ann Arbor for a trip to Columbus. Not without ner-
vous anticipation, though.
In one of the most devastating tragedies of the
young year, two members of the Notre Dame women's
swimming team were killed - and another critically
injured - late last week when the team bus flipped
over just miles from the South Bend exit while return-
ing from a dual meet.
The tragedy had more than a subtle effect on the
Wolverines. Many members of both the men's and
women's squad had personal ties with the victims.
Once in Columbus, the Wolverines put any distrac-
tions behind them and swam to a 144-114 victory over
Ohio State, preserving their perfect conference record
Michigan pounced on the Buckeyes early, sweeping
the top three places in the first race, the 400-meter
s top Buckeyes
medley relay. Michigan led, 60-12, following identical
1-2-3 sweeps in two of the next three events. The
Wolverines and Buckeyes then scored fairly evenly in
the remaining events, capped by an Ohio State victory in
the 800-meter freestyle relay, the final race.
"Part of our team is in the middle of taper right
now, so some of our times were really good," senior
co-captain Jen Love said. "Others are swimming pretty
average, though, because they haven't rested yet."
As the meet progressed, the swimmer's times re-
vealed a current in the pool.
"In some lanes, like lanes 1 and 8, there was a cur-
rent in the pool," Love said. "Times going down the
pool were as much as three seconds faster than those
Senior Katherine Creighton, junior Kirsten Sil-
vester, and rookies Alecia Humphrey and Melissa
McLean also had top performances.
Humphrey led off the winning 400 medley relay,
and won the 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokes.
McLean took first in the 50-meter freestyle.
by Dan Linna
Daily Sports Writer
Neither Iowa nor Northwestern
could win a game Saturday as the
Michigan men's volleyball team
cruised past both squads at the IM
rWolverine Stan Lee led Mich-
igan with 16kills against the Hawk-
eyes. Senior Mike McCune added
11 kills and Jack Behar led the
Michigan defense to a 15-12, 15-8,
I-"We played pretty well," co-
captain Keith Baar said. "There
were some spots where we were
down, but it's difficult to play
against teams that you don't see as
Iowa and Northwestern squared
off in the second match of the Tri-
match. Northwestern beat Iowa and
hoped to give the Wolverines a
fight. But Michigan quickly dashed
those hopes as they disposed of
Wildcats, 15-5, 15-8, and 15-8.
McCune keyed Michigan with
14 kills against Northwestern, while
Rico Latham and senior Norman
Hu led the serving attack.
"We stuck to our game plan
against Northwestern and really
drilled them," co-captain Latham
For an improving Wolverine
squad the matches provided another
step in their quest for the Big Ten
"This was just one of many in-
portant weekends," sophomore
Tony Poshek said. "We're going to
need a couple more weekends like
this. This is a good start for us to
really come together as a team."
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