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Ice Hockey
vs. Bowling Green
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

SPORTS

Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, March 3, 1992

Page 8

'Snik makes
Olympic team
by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - Michigan's Eric Namesnik has
captured many honors in his swimming career -
American record-holder in the 400 IM, second-fastest
man ever in that event, Pan Pacific gold medalist in
1991, silver medalist in the World Championships. Add
to this list 1992 Olympian.
Namesnik swam to victory with a time of 4:15.60 at
the 1992 U.S. Olympic team selection meet, earning
himself a trip to Barcelona this July. David Wharton, of
the Foxcatcher Swim Club, finished second with a time
of 4:17.58.
Namesnik was not the lone Wolverine in the 400 IM
finals, as sophomore Brice Kopas finished with a time
of 4:26.21, good for seventh place. Earlier in the day,
Kopis surprised the crowd with the seventh fastest qual-
ifying time (4:24.74) but not Michigan and U.S. men's
assistant coach Jon Urbanchek.
"His goal was the final and he did it," he said.
Namesnik was proud of his fellow Wolverine. "He
had a good swim," Namesnik said. "He reminded me of
myself four years ago. It's good for Michigan swim-
ming to have another swimmer in there."
In the men's 100 meter butterfly final, current world
record holder Pablo Morales completed his successful
comeback. After failing to qualify for the 1988 games,
Morales captured first place in :54.05, just outstretching
Mel Stewart by one hundredth of a second. 1988 silver
medalist Matt Biondi finished sixth.
In the evening's final event, 15-year old Anita Nall
lowered her world record from the morning with a time
of 2:25.32 shaving .57 seconds off her previous best.
For the day NaUl lowered the world standard by 1.36
seconds.

'M' women netters
struggle over break
by Sharnn Lundyv

Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis
team was ranked third in the Big Ten
at the start of the 1992 season - be-
hind Indiana and Wisconsin, but
ahead of Northwestern. However, in
their conference home opener during
spring break, the Wildcats showed
their skills, defeating the Wolverines
in a close match, 5-4.
"Going into the season we'd been
ranked higher than them and we re-
ally wanted to beat them, but we fell
short," first-year player Jaimie
Fielding said.
The teams split the singles
matches. Fielding posted a victory
over Northwestern's Julie Willett at
No. 3 singles. Michigan rookie Liz
Cyganiak pulled out a close match at
No. 5 singles over Joanna Ferla. Co-
captain Freddy Adam defeated Amy
Heath at No. 6 singles.
At No. 1 singles, Wolverine Kim
Pratt lost to Branaca Elsberry. Co-
captain Amy Malik was defeated at
No. 2 singles by Lindsay Matthews.
At No. 4 singles, Michigan's Allison
Schlonsky lost a tough three-setter to
Allie Turner.
The Wolverines failed to come
up with the necessary victories in
doubles. While Michigan's Adam

and Malik defeated Ferla and Heath
at No. 3 doubles, Michigan's Pratt
and Fielding weren't as successful.
Unable to convert a set point in the
first set, they ended up losing to
Willett and Elsberry at No. 1 dou-
bles. At No. 2, Michigan's Jennifer
Lev, returning after being out for
several weeks with a shoulder injury,
and Kalei Beamon lost to Matthews
and Turner.
"I thought we played well,"
Michigan coach Elizabeth Ritt said.
"It was a 100 percent improvement
over last week vs. Miami (Ohio)."
One day after the Northwestern
match, the Wolverines met their next
Big Ten opponent, Wisconsin, and
lost 7-2. Michigan could not convert
close three setters at No. 3 and 6
singles, and No. 2 doubles, and also
lost at No. 1, 2, and 4 singles, and
No. 1 doubles.
The two Michigan victories were
posted by Schlonsky at No. 5 sin-
gles, and Adam and Malik at No. 3
doubles.
The Wolverines also played three
nonconference matches during the
break. They lost to tough opponents
South Florida, 5-3, and Florida State,
6-3, but had a confidence boosting
8-1 victory over N. C. State in which
everyone performed strongly.

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'IL'HOTU'aiy
Kim Pratt and the Michigan women's tennis team fell to Northwestern, Wisconsin, South Florida
and Florida State over break, but rebounded to conclude with an 8-1 victory over N.C. State.

Powell wins Sullivan

Men's tennis stumbles home, 0-4

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by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - "Bad luck."
That was Michigan graduate
Mike Barrowman's reply after being
asked why he thought he would not
win at last evening's Sullivan Award
presentation. The award is presented
annually to the nation's outstanding
amateur athlete by the Amateur
Athletic Union. Mike Powell won
the award announced in Indiana-
polis, yesterday.
"To be a finalist is all that really
matters," Barrowman said. "I am
happy to get this chance."
Powell set the world record in the
long jump last summer at the World
Championships in Tokyo with a
jump of 29' 3 1/4". The jump broke
Bob Beamon's 21-year old record,
set at the 1968 Olympics.
"I am just happy to be a part of

this kind of situation," Powell said
after receiving the award. "I'd like to
say thank you to my family for mak-
ing me the person I am, because
without them I definitely couldn't be
here right now."
Barrowman, who was a finalist
for the second consecutive year and
nominated for the third time, will
compete later this week in the
Olympic trials.
"The meet (Olympic trials) is the
most important thing," Barrowman
said. "I'm excited to go into com-
petition."
Kent Ferguson, world champion
in the 3-meter springboard and
Michigan graduate, was also among
the 10 finalists.
"Realistically, I didn't think I
could win," Ferguson said. "But the
thought did cross my mind."

HOCKEY
Bowling Green
Yost Ice Arena

VS:
AT:

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
It's not that the Michigan men's
tennis team was blown out in its four
matches during spring break, it's just
that the Wolverines didn't win.
Michigan (0-1 Big Ten, 0-4 overall)
fell to Wisconsin, Florida, Miami,
and Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets stung the
Wolverines in the closest match of
the stretch Sunday, winning 5-4. The
two teams were even at three after
singles play. Georgia Tech's Paul
Stevens and Rob Givone easily de-
feated Dan Brakus and Eric Grand,
6-2, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles. The No. 2
contest went three sets, but Wol-
verines David Kass and Terry

London fell to Scott Cotton and
Mark Ottinger, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, giving
the Rambling Wreck the victory.
Michigan did win at No. 3, with
Mitch Rubenstein and John Lingon
defeating Joe Nickels and Zubin
Sarkary, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4,
Only Kass, playing at No. 1
singles, could weather the storm
from the top-10 Hurricanes Feb. 28
as Miami blew by Michigan, 5-1.
Kass drowned Dean Cohen, 7-6, 6-3.
Of the five other matches, No. 2
Brakus came closest to a victory,
losing to Tonny VandePieterman, 6-
4,4-6,6-2.
The Wolverines lost a tough 5-1
decision to the Gators Feb. 26 in

Gainesville. London defeated Scott
Farmer, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, in one of four
three-set matches. Kass' loss to
Bruce Hadded was particulaarly
difficult for Michigan to take. After
being blanked, 6-0, in the first set,
Kass stole the second set, 6-4, and
lost the match in a tiebraker, 7-6.
Michigan dropped its Big Ten
opener Feb. 23 at Wisconsin, 6-3.
Kass defeated Brian Nelson, 7-5, 4-
1(retired), but Joey Deer defeated
Brakus in three sets , 6-2, 4-6, 7-6.
Rubenstein was Michigan's big
winner on the afternoon, defeating
Dan Nabedrick at No. 3 singles, 6-4,
4-6, 6-4, and teaming with Lingon to
defeat Rob Oppenheim and Jordan
Richman at No. 3, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6.

TIME:

7:30 p.m.

BASKETBALL

VS:
AT"

Ohio State
Columbus
7:30 p.m.
ESPN

TIME:

Women skiers advance, men falter

TV:

World record falls at Olympic trials

15-year old Anita Nall br
by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer

'eaks record in 200-meter

INDIANAPOLIS - Standing
behind the starting block at the 1992
Olympic Trials, with the latest from
Erasure pumping through her
Walkman's headphones, Anita Nall
was only moments away from be-
coming America's next sweetheart.
What happened in the interim
was not just 200 meters of breast-
stroke. Instead, it was a complete
erasure. One of the most glorifying
kind.
First, Nall, who is only 15 years
old, erased the existing world record.
Her time of 2:25.92 showed she
covered the distance 78 hundredths
of a second faster than any woman
in history. At the finals last night,
the scene repeated itself, as Nall
broke her own world record with a
time of 2:25.35 and qualified for the
Olympic team.
Then the second erasure began -
that of her identity as an average
high school kid. Like a baptism, she
emerged from the water someone
new.
With all the media attention,
present and future, Nall is sure to be

a household name by the time she
takes to the pool in Barcelona. Yet,
Nall was an unknown when she
moved from her Harrisburg, PA.
club to the North Baltimore swim
club. There, coach Murray Stephens
provided Nall with an individualized
training regimen and a positive
outlook.
"I tried to make some adjust-
ments that would be able to make
her competitive at the inter-national
level instead of the age group level,"
Stephens said. _
Whatever adjustments he made
worked. In 1990, Nall won the 200
breaststroke, ending the season as
the top-ranked American. In 1991,
she finished fourth at the Pan Pacific
championships, shattering the Amer-
ican record in the process. Nall has
improved so much so rapidly that
before she swam at the Olympic
trials, many knew her name, but few
knew her face. Then, in the last heat
of the last race of yesterday's pre-
liminaries - while her friends were
having lunch back at Townson
Catholic High School - Anita
broke a world record.

breaststroke
When asked about what she likes
and dislikes about swimming, Nall is
very candid.
"I like the support you get from
your teammates. What I don't like,
well, I love it. I don't not like any-
thing about it."
So far, Nall's storyline reads
much like that of Janet Evans' at the
Seoul Olympics in 1988. Remember
"Just Janet?" America meet Anita.
Just Anita.
"She likes being a kid," Stephens
says. "She would prefer to be Anita,
the 15-year old girl ... who happens
to have a world record."
Nall likes that scenario. Even
though she will receive her driver's
license after she represents the U.S.
in Barcelona, she knows that she
won't be judged by her age.
"When you're in the water, it
doesn't matter how young you are,"
she said.
But in reality, Anita Nall is only
15. And although she is an Olym-
pian, she is also a sophomore in high
school. She just happens to like
swimming, just happens to have a
world record, and just happens to
like Erasure.

by Meg Beison
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan ski team had
mixed results at the regional cham-
pionships two weekends ago. The
women took second overall and
qualified for the national meet, while
the men suffered a disappointing
ninth place finish.
The Wolverines, unlike many
southbound students, took a trip
north to Sugarloaf Mountain where
they competed against 17 teams. The
top three would continue on to Lake
Placid, N.Y. for the national cham-
pionships.
The women began their trek to
nationals on Saturday with an im-
pressive second-place finish in the
slalom, despite a four-hour delay
between runs. The skiers-were on the
slopes for a total of 12 hours due to
the delay caused by technical diffi-
culties with scoring.
"Our second runs were practi-
cally run in the dark," junior Amy
Gray said, "but we had a really fun
day."
Senior captain Lisa Witty raced
past the entire field, capturing first
place with a time of 93.69 seconds.
Amy Portenga was not far behind in
third in 95.09. Other Wolverine fin-
ishers were Kelly Copeland in 16th
(103.71), and Gray in 21st (106.6).
The men took 11th place in the

slalom after two disappointing
crashes. Senior Tim Sattelmeier, the
Wolverines No. 1 skier, along with
Mike Johnson, the No. 3 skier, fell
and were disqualified.
"It was very frustrating," Sat-
telmeier said. "We had hopes of
going to nationals."
Sophomore Matt Turner finished
33rd in 91.72, and senior captain
Kevin Gietzen placed 37th in 93.12..
Chris Holmes rounded out the
Wolverine finishers.
The competition continued on
Sunday with the giant slalom. The

women overcame a crash by rookie
Amy Portenga to finish in fourth
place.
Witty led the Wolverine finish-
ers once again as she raced to a fifth-
place finish in 56.33. Copeland took
seventh in 57.04, and junior Sara
MacKeigan crossed the line in 23rd
(61.08).
The men were much improved in
the giant slalom, capturing sixth
place. Sattelmeier was the first Wol-
verine finisher, placing 14th (65.28).
Turner was close behind in 18th in
65.64, and Johnson raced to 25th
place in 66.30.

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