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The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 31, 1992 - Page 11

Women tankers face improved EMU,


by Rich Mitvalsky problem which plagued Ohio State,
Daily Sports Writer Michigan's most recent victim.
Michigan women's swimming "Eastern doesn't have a lot of
oach Jim Richardson doesn't be- depth. Their top swimmers are fast,
7eve last season's results are indica- but they don't have too much under-
tive of what the Wolverines should neath," Richardson said.
expect this weekend. Tonight and While Michigan has never lost
tomorrow afternoon, Michigan to Eastern Michigan in 13 meets, the
faces intrastate rival Eastern Mich- Indiana series is considerably closer.
igan, and conference foe Indiana in Michigan leads that series, 9-5, but
its final Big Ten dual of the season. last season's Hoosier contingent
Last season, the Wolverines earned the "cellar dweller" spot in
dominated both teams, crunching the Big Ten. With Michigan the
the Eagles, 149-95, and the Hoosiers, five-time defending conference
* 77-121. However, this year Rich- champion, one might expect a blow-
ardson feels Eastern Michigan has a out, right?
few swimmers who could be very Not by Richardson's account.
competitive. "This is not the same (Indiana)
"They are gradually improving team as last year's," he said. "This
and have some girls who could season they have a new head coach,
swim on our team, Richardson Jill Sterkel. She has worked with
said. "They have a :58 second back- Texas and other top teams."
stroker, a sprinter and middle dis- Sterkel's coaching credentials are
tance freestyler, and a distance nicely complimented by her swim-
*wimmer who could swim in our ming background. She competed on
rogram. four United States Olympic swim-
The Eagles suffer from a similar ming teams, from 1976 through
Continued from page 1
Defense is the calling card of Jeff Jackson's Lakers
(15-3-2, 17-4-2), who have yielded a conference-low 43
goals, 19 fewer than second-best Michigan.
"They always have an outstanding goalie and a
trong defense," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"That's the strength of their program.
This season's outstanding netminder is all-Ameri-
can Darrin Madeley, who with a 2.03 goals against av-
erage, is the stingiest goalie in the NCAA.
The Wolverines haven't been defensive slouches
themselves, evidenced by six one-goal performances
this year. Despite the key role he will play, goalie Steve
Shields doesn't feel any pressure.
"It's not going to come down to one guy carrying
the whole team," he said. "It's going to come down to
*the everyone playing their part."
A subplot to the offense-defense matchup will be
streaks. The game will feature more of them than a
nudist camp. Michigan has not lost in 19 regular season
games at Yost, and owns a mini-streak of three straight
victories. The Lakers ride into town unbeaten in seven
contests. Perhaps more importantly, Lake State hasn't
lost in Yost in 12 ganes, its last loss coming in the
'83-'84 season.
That Laker dominance stokes the fires in the hearts
of seniors Felsner, Doug Evans, Ted Kramer, Mike
*Heber and walkon Vaclav Nedomansky.
It's a big deal for plenty of other people, too.
Friday's gane is a sellout and only 800 tickets remain
for Saturday's contest. esGoaltender Stev
"I wish I could see the gamnes," Pedrie said, rival Lake Super

This is not the same
(Indiana) team as last
year's. When a team p
gets a new head ~
coach, oftentimes.
swimmers will.
improve dramatically
just from the breath
of new and fresh air.'
- Jim Richardson
'M' swim coach a

1988. Through her experiences with
other collegiate teams, she has also
worked side-by-side with the
world's finest coaches. She brings a
vast amount of knowledge and ex-
perience to the Hoosier program'n
and the change of leadership should
benefit Indiana.
"When a team gets a new head
coach, oftentimes swimmers will
improve dramatically just from the

breath of new and fresh air,"
Richardson said.
Competition tonight begins at 7
p.m. and tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the
Canham Natatorium.

Keen on victor
Women gymnasts ready for Iowa
by Joshua Marlow
The Michigan women's gymnastics team seeks its fourth consecutive
victory tonight, when it takes on Iowa at Keen Arena at 7 p.m.
As it is their home opener, the Wolverines (1-0 in the Big Ten, 3-0
overall) are especially enthused for this match. Michigan will compete
with many gymnasts nursing injuries, which Michigan coach Bev Fry has
tried to keep her team from worrying about.
"I don't want to dwell on the injuries, I want to focus on the positive
aspects," Fry said. "This is a big meet for us tonight. The girls are ready,
they're prepared, and we're fielding a strong team."
Team morale remains very high because of Fry's efforts and Michi-
gan's 3-0 start, which the Wolverines achieved without the services of
many of its veterans.
Rookie Beth Wyimer has paced the team with record-setting perfor-
mances at Pittsburgh and Ohio State. The Wolverines' victory over the
Buckeyes in Columbus has also been a big boost for the squad.
Because of good showings like these, on both team and individual lev-
els, Michigan has developed confidence and mental toughness.
"Everybody's doing wonderful," Fry said. "The girls are still
healthy and competitive, and are very focused and together."
Michigan has already equaled its highest point total of last year with
its score of 187.2 against Ohio State, just eight-tenths of a point shy of a
team record.
"We are going to go out and give Iowa a run for their money," Fry
said. "I wouldn't be surprised if some records were broken."
Led by Laurie Cole, Sandy Stengel, and Meredith Chang, a transfer
from Wisconsin, Iowa, last year's Big Ten runner-up, enters the match
with a 4-4 record.
Men hope to end winless tumble
by Eric Sklar
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's gymnastics team will have two chances to win
its first meet of the season this weekend. It hosts Iowa State tonight at
Keen Arena and travels to East Lansing for the Michigan State Invita-
tional tomorrow.
"These are two big, important meets for us," Wolverine coach Bob
Darden said.
This will be the Wolverines' second meeting with the Cyclones, hav-
ing finished ahead of them at the Windy City Invitational a few weeks
ago. However, Darden realizes that past competition is not necessarily a
good indication of what to expect tonight.
"Things have changed since then," he said. "We're both moving in the
right direction, it's just a matter of who's moving faster."
Rookie Brian Winkler feels the team will pick up its own pace this
"The past three meets we haven't competed up to our level," Winkler
said. "But we had good practices this week and hopefully we can score in
the 270s."
Michigan faced the Spartans last weekend at Illinois, where the Spar-
tans scored 275.25 points to Michigan's 265.2.
"They've been doing exceptionally well," Darden said. "They should
be a dominant team, both in the Big Ten and nationally.
"We would like to be able to put it together and say that we gave
Michigan State a run."
Darden isn't concerned about the lack of rest between the two meets.
"We had our best competitions last year when we had three meets in
four days, but guys really rose to the occasion," he said.


ve Shields leads the Wolverines into this weekend's battle against arch-
rior. The hockey titans will clash twice at Yost, tonight and tomorrow.

The outgoing senior sports editors would like to wish k-
their staff continued success in the coming years. Theodore Cox' Phil Green 'Jeff heran


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