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Men's Tennis
vs. South Alabama
Today, 2:30 p.m.
Track and Tennis Building

SPORTS

Men's Swimming and Diving
at NCAA Championships
Today through Saturday
Indianapolis

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The Michigan Daily

Thursday, March 26, 1992

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Men tankers to race in
Indy for NCAA crown

Moeller deals with
'M' depth problem'.

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by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
At last year's NCAA Men's
Swimming Championship in Austin,
Texas, the Wolverines came away
with a sixth-place finish, over 200
points behind champion Texas.
Despite the redshirting of All-
American swimmers Eric Wunderl-
ich and Eric Namesnik, along with
the graduation of Mike Barrowman
and diver Steve Hamerski, the Wol-
verines will attempt to outdo last
year's performance when they com-
pete in Indianapolis for the national
championship beginning today and
ending Saturday.
"We're looking to finish between
third and sixth," Michigan assistant

Jeff Rouse. Rouse is also a member
of the 1992 Olympic team.
Despite the team's No. 1 ranking
at the end of the dual season,
Stanford coach Skip Kenney said he
does not see his team as the favorite.
"Texas is the favorite," Kenney
said. "We've got to overcome the
hurdle of (the fact that) Texas knows
how to win at the big meet, and our
group has never won there.
"I think there are two teams at the
top, and that's Texas and Stanford.
There is a big fight for the next four
or five spots, which includes
Michigan," he added.
Noetzel held a different point of
view.
"Texas is a strong team," Noetzel
said. "And they do have the
defending champion in the one-
meter diving, but Stanford is on a
different page."
Rookie Gustavo Borges will lead
the Wolverines in their quest for the
title. Borges, the Big Ten champion
in the 100 and 200 freestyle, will be
swimming in those events and five
others as well - the 50 freestyle,
the 400 and 800 freestyle relays, as
well as the 200 and 400 medley
relays. He is the only Michigan
swimmer who will compete in the
maximum seven events.
Sophomore Rodney Van Tassell
will be competing in five events. He
will be helping the Wolverines in
their attempt to duplicate an eighth-
place, All-American performance of
a year ago in the 800 freestyle relay.
Van Tassell will also take the pool in
the 400 freestyle relay and the 100,
200 and 500 individual freestyle
events.
Brian Gunn is also attempting to
recapture All-American status. The
junior will swim in the 500 freestyle
and the 100 and 200 butterfly. Gunn
finished fifth in the 200 last year to
earn the honor of one of collegiate
swimming's top performers.
However, Michigan faces a larger
problem than competition - fatigue.
This is the Wolverines third big meet
in the last two months, after the Big
Ten Championships and the
Olympic Trials.

by Albert Lin
Daily Football Writer
Spring football practice is only a
week old, but coach Gary Moeller is
already worrying about more prob-
lems than he would like.
The team seems to have depth
problems at nearly every position -
offensive backfield, secondary, line-
backer, defensive line, wide receiver
- but Moeller is going ahead with
all the scheduled workouts.
"You constantly gotta scrim-
mage," Moeller said yesterday.
"We've got different guys - even
today - getting their injuries looked
at. But you've got to scrimmage to
teach the game, and you've got to do
that in spring ball."
The squad had a scrimmage last
Saturday, and will have another this
weekend. Moeller was particularly
impressed with Ricky Powers' and
Walter Smith's performances, in ad-
dition to the expected excellence of
the seniors.
"Ricky ran real well. He's a more
dominating type of runner right
now," Moeller said. "Walter Smith
is a tough son-of-a-gun. He can
come in the first day, and if you
throw the ball up there he'll come

down with it.
"I don't want to say this, but he
plays too hard sometimes - he
plays so physical that he's beating
himself up. He's as physical a player
as we have on our team - bar
none."
Smith will play -an important role
during the upcoming season. With
Desmond Howard turning pro, Der-
rick Alexander still out of action and-
Yale Van Dyne graduating, Smith'-
will be Moeller's top returning re-
ceiver next fall, along with Felman
Malveaux.
"Th'ere are two things that re-
ceivers have to learn," Moeller said.
"They've got to learn how to catcli'
the ball in traffic, and they've got to-
learn how to run their routes under
pressure, when they've got people
trying to bang 'em."
Powers' backfield mates are also
in short supply right now. Jesse
Johnson may be held out the entire
spring to concentrate on his aca-
demics, and Greg McThomas' move
to linebacker leaves Burnie Legette
and redshirt frosh Che Foster to hold
down the fullback position.
See FOOTBALL, Page 10

Ricky Powers breaks through the line in action from last season. Powers
will have to carry a big load next year as a key returning offensive starter.

'M' NETTERS HOBBLE TO CAMPUS FOR AFTERNOON CONTEST ,
Wolverines to face USA today=

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Van Tassel
coach Mark Noetzel said. "The
favorite is Stanford. They are far and
away the best team."
The Cardinal finished second last
year with 420 points, far behind
Texas' total of 470, but this year is
different. Stanford features what is
generally regarded as the best group
of backstrokers' in collegiate
swimming - and possibly the
world.
In last year's NCAAs, they
captured five of the top 12 places in
the 100 anI 200-yard events. Each
member of the group is returning to
the annual meet. Included in the
quintet is defending 100 backstroke
champion and world-record holder

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
Don't call the members of the
Michigan men's tennis team the
Wolverines. Call them the Walking
Wounded.
As many as four players could be
out with injuries when Michigan (3-
4 Big Ten, 3-7 overall) hosts South
Alabama (16-1 through yesterday's
match at Purdue) today at 2:30 p.m.
Due to a lack of available court
space at the Liberty Sports Complex,
the match will take place at the
Track and Tennis Building.
No. 1 singles David Kass has fi-
nally resumed workouts, but Mich-
igan coach Brian Eisner said his
playing status won't be known until
just before the match.
No. 5 singles John Lingon, who
aggravated a knee injury in Mich-
igan's 5-4 victory over Purdue ear-
lier this season, practiced Tuesday
for the first time since then, but is
also listed as questionable.
No. 6 singles Adam Wager
missed Michigan's last match with a
strained right quadracep, but Eisner
said he is "doing better" and is likely
to play. Finally, No. 4 singles Eric
Grand, who Eisner said has had "an
assortment of minor injuries," will
also probably play.
"I really don't know what to ex-
pect," Eisner said of his injured
players. "I'd really like to have at
least two in the lineup. If we get all
of them, that would really be a

bonus. But I'm not expecting that to
happen."
Eisner said he is as uncertain
about the Jaguars as he is about his
own lineup.
"I don't have a great feel for
(South Alabama)," Eisner said. "I
know what kind of team they've lost
to (South Alabama lost, 9-0, to No.
'I really don't know
what to expect. I'd
really like to have at
least two in the lineup.
If we get all of them,
that would really be a
bonus. But I'm not
expecting that to
happen.'
- Brian Eisner
Michigan tennis coach
10 Louisiana State), but I don't
know much about who they've
beaten."
Eisner's questions made refer-
ence to the primarily small, southern
opposition the Jaguars have plowed
through - teams such as Oklahoma
City (an 8-1 victory), Rollins Col-
lege (5-1), and Auburn-Montgomery
(6-1).
Like Michigan, South Alabama is
a top-heavy team. The Jaguars have
won over 75 percent of their first

through third singles matches, but;
only 60 percent of fourth through
sixth. Peter Kuhn, a 6-foot-1 sopho-
more from Durbin, South Africa, '
leads the team at No. 1 (11-3
through Sunday).
The Jaguars are equally strong at
doubles. The No. 1 tandem of Kuhn
and Clive Ullyett, another import
from Durbin, began the season 11-3.
"I'm sure they're excellent play-10
ers," Eisner said, "but I'm not really
that concerned about them. What.
I'm really concerned about is mak
ing sure that our team is healthy and'"
ready to go"
Michigan will be looking to re-
bound from last weekend's fiasco in "
Houston, in which the team dropped
matches to Rice, Tennessee and'
Kansas. Inconsistent weather, recui--
ring injuries and a new tournament-""0
format gave the Wolverines fits. n
"I'm not making excuses," Eisner
said. "But when you lose a nation-
ally-ranked player (Kass), and
you're playing with people who~
wouldn't ordinarily be in the lineug;
and you're playing high-quality;
competition, you just aren't going to
win those matches."
The controversial first-to-four .
format will not be repeated today,
and Eisner said he is relieved.
"I didn't like it at all," he said.
"There were several great singles
matches that had to be stopped, there
were no doubles involved at all, and
I found it very discouraging."

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