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Page 6-The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday - March 2, 1992

In Th e
OflympiC hopefuls
go for wall in Indy
competitive experience.
by Andy Stabile It begins with the natatorium.
Daily Sports Writer Mention "Indy" to swimmers and
INDIANAPOLIS - Although their faces light up like they are
Albertville's Olympic flame is thinking about their first kiss. Not
extinguished, Olympic dreams fuel a just a pool, the IUPUI Natatorium is
similar fire burning within each a stadium built around three pools.
swimmer in Indianapolis this week. The arena seats 4,700 spectators and
Each is here at the Indiana at the finals each night it fills to
University-Purdue University at capacity.
Indianapolis (IUPUI) Natatorium, And it is loud. Most swimmers
trying to lay claim to one of the 52 bring their own following with them.
available spots which will comprise One of them, Joe Hudepohl, a high
the swimming contingent of the schooler, from Cincinnati, has an
1992 U.S. Olympic team. entourage of about 100 fans here to
Every swimmer has come to the cheer him onto the Olympic team.
'92 Olympic Team Selection Meet When he swam his first race in
with different goals and different the 200-meter freestyle preliminary
expectations. For some, just yesterday morning, his crowd
qualifying and competing at this roared. Soon, as if the excitement
meet is the culmination of a were contagious, the entire audience
successful swimming career. was cheering wildly. That's part of
For others, dreams of a lifetime the electricity that surrounds the
can only be realized through success Olympic Trials.
in one or two performances at this As for the pool itself, it is very
meet. But no matter how these fast. This is a phenomenon of the
swimmers define success, all will sport that is sometimes difficult to
leave Indianapolis convinced the believe. But all other factors being
Olympic Trials is the ultimate See WALL, Page 8
COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS
n---WANTED!
Here's the chance to tell your classmates
what your years here at
The University of Michigan
have meant to you.
WHO: All eligible graduating LS&A seniors (through
Winter Term 1992).
WHAT: Commencement Speech: 2-3 minutes long-to
be delivered at the LS&A Commencement.
WHERE: Michigan Stadium.
WHEN: May 2, 1992, 12:00 Noon
Entry deadline is Monday, March 9. All speeches will be
judged by an LS&A student commencement committee.
Final selections will be made by March 26.
Send all typed texts to LS&A Development and External
Relations, 350 South Thayer, Ann Arbor, Ml 48104-1608

Wunderlich misses
Olympic team by .33

by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - For Mich-
igan swimmer Eric Wunderlich, a
day that began with so much
promise concluded with great disap-
pointment.
Yesterday, Wunderlich finished
third with a time of 1:02.47 in the
100-meter breaststroke at the 1992
Olympic Trials, one place out of a
spot for the Olympic team. At the
Trials, held at Indiana University-
Purdue University at Indianaplolis
(IUPUI) only the top two swimmers
in each event make the Olympic
team.
The winner of the event was
Nelson Diebel, who set a new
American record of 1:01.40, topping
his clocking of 1:01.49 he had set
earlier in the preliminaries. His new
mark was the second fastest in his-
tory. Diebel was quite pleased with
his effort.
"I went harder tonight probably
than I should have," he said. "This is
what I've been training for. This is
what my whole life has been about.
I'm glad to be here. Anything can
happen here. People just come out of
nowhere. This meet brings out the
best in people."
Also qualifying for Barcelona
was Hans Dersch, who finished sec-
ond in 1:02.14.
"I expected to be faster and my
time was disappointing, but I'm glad
I made it," Dersch said.
Earlier in the day, Wunderlich
seemed headed towards the
Olympics when he registered a
1:02.11 in his qualifying heat.
Unfortunately, Wunderlich, who
redshirted this year at Michigan to
concentrate on the Trials, couldn't
duplicate the time in the finals. Also
in the breaststroke prelims,
Michigan rookie Steven West fin-
ished with a time of 1:04.55, placing
him 16th.
Wolverine sophomore Rodney
Van Tassell had an opportunity to
make the finals, his chance in the
200-meter freestyle. While he fin-
ished first in his heat with a career-
best 1:50.88, Van Tassell fell short
as his time placed him 10th, .28 of a
second too slow to make the cham-
pionship heat.
In the finals, Joe Hudepohl of the
Cincinnati Marlins finished first,
touching out Doug Gjertsen of Texas

Aquatics by .16 seconds with a time
of 1:48.73.
Hudepohl, who won the gold
medal at the Pan Pacific meet in the
same event, felt relaxed throughout
the race.
"I didn't really feel the pressure.
Our high school meet is like that,"
Hudepohl said. "Whoever was in the
lead after the 150, I wanted to be
with."
IUPUI Natatorium has a reputa-
tion as one of the world's fastest
pools, and Sunday morning's prelim-
inaries did nothing to dispute this
notion, as the women's 100-meter
freestyle participants created the
fastest field ever in the event. In the
third heat of the 100, Angel Martino
of North River Swim Club nipped
her existing American record of
:55.14 with a time of :55.00.
However, Martino's standard
stood all of five minutes. Two heats
later, Stanford's Jenny Thompson
not only broke Martino's new
American record, but shattered the
five-and-a-half-year old world
record of then-East German Kristin
Otto with a time of :54.48.
Thompson is the first American
woman to hold the world record in
this event since 1931. Yet the 19
year old remained modest about her
accomplishment.
"Other people get world records,
not me," she said. "I set my goal re-
ally high, not really knowing if I'd
make it or not."
In the finals, Thompson barely
skipped a beat. Her winning time of
:54.63 was the second fastest ever,
just behind her record-breaking time
swum earlier in the day.
Nicole Haislett of Florida came
in right behind Thompson, posting a
time of :55.15. In third place was 17-
year old Ashley Tappin, finishing in
:55.47.
The women's 400-meter individ-
ual medley marked a changing of the
guard in women's swimming as
Stanford's Summer Sanders topped
the field in 4:40.79, topping second-
place finisher Erika Hansen of Texas
by .27 seconds. In third place was
the 1988 gold medalist in the event,
Janet Evans, who finished with a
time of 4:45.55.
Evans wasn't discouraged despite
finishing out of the money.
"I was disappointed, but I'm
looking forward to my freestyle. I'm
proud of myself for not scratching. I
could have taken the easy way out,
but I went out and tried. "

KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily W
Michigan's Jimmy King takes the ball to the basket against Northwestern's
Kip Kirkpatrick in the Wolverines' 76-63 victory Feb. 21 in Evanston.
'M' cagers struggle

through r
by Kenneth J. Smoller
MADISON - After being upset
by Wisconsin and mildly challenged
by Northwestern last week, the
Michigan men's basketball team is
ready for a break.
Last Wednesday, a Badger team,
inspired by coach Steve Yoder's re-
cent resignation, upset the Wolver-
ines, 96-78, at Wisconsin Field-
house. It was Wisconsin's first
defeat of an AP-ranked team since
1989. First-year guard Michael
Finley led the way with 30 points
and 13 rebounds.
Wisconsin built up a six-point
lead at the half and proceeded to
blow out the Wolverines. The
Badgers opened up a 92-71 margin,
their largest of the evening, on a re-
sounding stuff by Carlton McGee
with 1:28 left in the game..
Michigan managed to shoot only
40.6 percent for the game. Two
Wolverine starters, Ray Jackson and
Jimmy King, were ineffective from
the floor. Jackson mustered only
four points, while King was held
scoreless.
In addition to the lack of offense,
the Wolverine defense struggled, al-
lowing Wisconsin to shoot 51.6 per-
cent, including a blazing 66.7 per-
cent in the second half.

oad trip
"We got whipped by a very good
team that is well coached," Michigan
coach Steve Fisher said.
Yoder, who announced he would
not return to Wisconsin next year
downplayed the effects of his resig-
nation.
"It was a total team effort. I'm,
just a basketball coach," Yoder said.
"If we win a couple more games, Ir
may just re-apply for this job."
Yoder maintained that what was
more inspirational for the young
Badger squad was something a
writer from Michigan wrote last
week. According to the Wisconsin
coach, some "cute writer wrote,
'Wisconsin has Finley, (guard
Tracy) Webster, and a well-dressed
intramural team."'
Earlier during break, Michigan
overcame upstart Northwestern in
Evanston. Michigan finally put the
Wildcats away, 76-63, after
Northwestern pulled within four
points midway through the second
half.
The first half of the Feb. 22 con-
test was marred by a combined 27
fouls. After the break, the referees
slowed down on their whistles.
"The fouls in the first half both-
ered both teams' flow," Fisher said.
"Maybe it was to set the tone."
After Northwestern's spurt,
Michigan built up a sizable lead
keyed by an effective fullcourt press
that caused two consecutive back-
court turnovers.
Michigan had a well-balanced
scoring attack, with four starters in:
double figures.
As with numerous other road
games this season, the five first-year
players ran into problems with al-
leged trash talking. Early in the
game, a referee warned Jalen Rose
about taunting the Wildcats.
Fisher claimed that Rose "was:
instructed that smiling and laughing
would not be tolerated on the court.
It troubles me that (the media) feel
that we have players that trash talk
or don't play with class. Jalen just
enjoys playing."

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