Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Friday, February 7, 1992
Men tankers third after
four events at Big Tens
Kass overcomes slow
start in first round
from staff reports,
The Michigan men's swimming
and diving team completed the first
day of the 1992 Big Ten Champi-
onships in third place. The host
team, Minnesota, leads with 151
points. Indiana is in second with 106
points. Michigan has 98 points. Ohio
State and Iowa round out the top
The Wolverines could only
muster a ninth place finish in the
meet's first event, the 200 yard
freestyle relay. Minnesota's team
took the race in a time of 1:19.02,
with Indiana and Iowa finishing in
second and third places, respec-
tively, about one second off the
Golden Gophers' blistering pace.
In the 500 yard freestyle,
sophomore Rodney Van Tassell fin-
ished in fourth place for the
Wolverines. Van Tassell was two
seconds back of Iowa's Artur Woj-
dat, who set a pool record of
4:19.99. Also in the race, Michigan
captain Eric Bailey was seventh,
while teammate Brian Gunn took
In the 200 IM, Minnesota's
Matt Brown set a pool record with
1:49.35. Michigan's top finisher was
Kent Tschannen at 1:52.55.
In the 50 yard freestyle, Michi-
gan's Gustavo Borges finished sec-
ond to Minnesota's Del Cerney,
who set a pool record with a time of
:19.76. Borges' time of :19.95, quali-
fied him for the NCAAs.
Michigan head coach John Ur-
banchek was not worried about the
Wolverines' first day performance.
"We will make it up tomor-
row," Urbanchek said. "We're not
panicking, we weren't in the lead
The Wolverines have won the
last six Big Ten Championships.
by Todd Schoenhaus
Daily Sports Writer
Yesterday in Minneapolis, Mich-
igan men's tennis star David Kass
hurdled his first obstacle en route
to capturing the Rolex Indoor
Tennis Championship. This first
confrontation was much more diffi-
cult than Kass would have pre-
ferred, but nevertheless, it brought
him one step closer to winning a
Collegiate Grand Slam Tournament.
As the No. 2 seed, the Wolverine
junior needed three sets to defeat
unseeded Tamer El Sawy of
Louisiana State, a member of the
Egyptian Davis Cup team. Kass, who
was ahead 5-3, lost four straight
games to drop a grueling first set, 7-
5, in ninety minutes.
"The guy came out and played a
little better than I had expected,"
Kass said. "I still should have won
the first set but I lost focus and
didn't close it out."
At the conclusion of the first set
the momentum began to shift. Kass
bounced back to convincingly take
the next two, 6-3, 6-1.
"I decided to concentrate on each
point individually," he said. "Sawy
got a little tired and could not keep
up. I picked up my level and played a
really strong third set."
Michigan men's tennis coach
Brian Eisner recognized Sawy as a
very tough competitor and knew it
would be a great match.
"David used his speed to just
physically break the guy down,"
Eisner said. "He ran Sawy around
the court and forced him to hit too
many shots. But he still had to earn
Kass, recently bothered with
Brown takes over Clippers
cramping, has slightly altered his
nutritional preparation and is feel-
ing pretty fit at the moment. He
hopes to have an easy morning match
and be totally refreshed for the af-
This morning Kass will confront
Ball State's unseeded senior, Dan
Kronauge, who is ranked No. 25 in
collegiate tennis. Kronauge is a 6'3"
heavy hitter who relies more on
power than quickness. Eisner has
some concerns about this pairing.
"Early matches are a problem
with David - he doesn't adjust
well to the morning," he said. "In
addition, Kironauge has always been
ranked behind Kass in both the
Midwest region and the nation, so
he will have an added incentive to
win this one. Dave just has to move
him around and exploit his weak-
Kass is certainly in a favorable
position to win the Grand Slam
tournament, comprised of 21 of the
nation's top 25 college players.
Stanford's Alex O'Brien, No.1 in
the NCAA, passed up the tourna-
ment to compete this week on the
professional circuit. His absence has
freed up Kass' half of the draw and
given him a seemingly clear path to
the finals. However, Kass views the
"I wish O'Brien was here! I
would love to get a rematch (from
last fall's Volvo Collegiate
Championship)," he said. "But I
can't worry about one player.
Everyone here is excellent.
"I am going to take it one match
at a time. If I can make it past today,
I like my chances."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It fig-
ured that Larry Brown and the Los
Angeles Clippers would finally get
Brown has been a man on the
move much of his career, coaching
six different teams over the past
two decades. The Clippers have been
a revolving door for coaches.
As Brown begins his seventh
head coaching job, his second in Los
Angeles, he also becomes the Clip-
pers' seventh coach in the past 10 1/2
"Obviously, I've stood up in a
lot of different places," Brown said
at a news conference at the Sports
Arena. "I have a lot of confidence in
my ability to coach, and I have a lot
of confidence in the people I'm go-
ing to work with here....
"I think we have all the ingredi-
ents of a team that can win. I'm
hopeful I can keep you (reporters)
from coming to press conferences to
announce new coaches."
The Clippers have not had a win-
ning campaign since 1979, when they
were in San Diego, and have not been
in the NBA playoffs since 1976,
when the franchise was called the
Braves and played in Buffalo.
Brown, fired by the San Antonio
Spurs on Jan. 21, said he didn't plan
to take another job so soon, but
Clippers general manager Elgin
Baylor and vice president Harley
Frankel convinced him to sign on.
Michigan's David Kass hits a forehand against Ohio State last season.
Yesterday, Kass defeated Tamer El Sawy to advance to the second round
of the Rolex Indoor Championships.
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