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Page 9 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, April 15, 1992

Programmed for Success
'M' water polo player Quinn balances work, school and pool

Singles player Mitch Rubenstein and the rest of the Wolverines take on
No. 9 Notre Dame today at 2:30 p.m. at the Liberty Sports Complex.
wNo. 9 Irish pay visit to
depleted Blue netters

by Greg Richardson
Daily Sports Writer
It's difficult to say what she's
better at: computer software process-
ing or water polo. It may sound like
an unusual combination, but Candice
Quinn has been able to create an in-
spiring and stimulating lifestyle for
When not demonstrating the
skills that have made her a two-time
All-American, Quinn works at
C.T.E.X.T., Inc. Her company spe-
cializes in computer software for
newspapers, and she has the title of
application specialist. For the past
week and a half she has been in
Wilkes-Barre, Pa., setting up soft-
ware for a local newspaper.
It's obvious that Quinn is not
your typical student-athlete. She has
been taking one-credit classes the
last three years after making the
choice to not graduate in four years.
Putting off the completion of her
degree has enabled her to retain her
Quinn probably would have
graduated on time had the sport of
water polo not presented itself to her
in 1989, during the winter semester
of her senior year. At that time she
decided to terminate her career as a
varsity swimmer for Michigan.
She swam varsity as a frosh and
continued through her fourth year.
Her career came to a premature end
partly due to mononucleosis, which
struck during her third year.
"It was frustrating to train. Your
body won't do what you want it to
do," Quinn said. "I couldn't train as
hard as I wanted to. But I wasn't
tired from going to class or some-
thing like that."
She feels that she may have con-
tracted mono from working too hard.
However, that has not stopped her
pursuit of being an outstanding water
polo player.
Quinn got involved with water
polo mainly through her friend,
Nicki Wengrosski, who had joined
that team before the 1989 season.
"I needed something to do. I
thought it would be fun," Quinn
said. "I was the same type of person,
as far as swimming goes, that I had
been since I was five. So by playing

water polo I knew I'd be working
out, because I'd be with other peo-
Quinn hates to work out alone.
She has a very difficult time mo-
tivating herself unless she is with
other people. But she does not have
any problem doing what she is told
by her coach, because she has been
doing that since she was a toddler.
By February 1989, water polo
became a full-time commitment for
Quinn. She knew that becoming a
star player would not happen
"In water polo, you've got to be
able to swim real well, handle the

overseen Quinn's development from
a beginner to where she is now.
"At first I could see she had all of
the abilities to be an excellent
player," Russell said. "She was a fast
swimmer with good athletic ability."
Russell describes Quinn as an
aggressive but quiet player and an
intense competitor. She is one of the
people on the team he looks to for
goals, because of both the effort she
gives and her talent.
"It all comes down to dedication.
That's what has separated Candice
from the others," Russell said. "She
made the conscious decision to go to
California and play against the best
players in the country."
Quinn found her experience in
California last summer to be a posi-
tive one. But this did not have to be
the case. She could have been either
intimidated or discouraged from
playing against better players.
Instead, she maintained a positive
outlook, and her play improved im-
mensely from squaring off against
the best in the land.
Another example of Quinn's atti-
tude was the way she approached her
first season. During her first few
games, she did not get much quality
playing time. But this did not get her
"Sitting on the bench was an in-
centive to work hard," she said.
Perhaps the biggest indicator of
her hard work and dedication is that
she has not missed a single tourna-
ment over her four years with the
Quinn recently earned a spot for
the U.S. National team which will
compete in a June tournament in
Barcelona, Spain, the site of this
summer's Olympics.
Women's water polo is not an
Olympic sport, but some hope that
by holding the tournament immedi-
ately before the Olympics, the sport
will gain the exposure it needs to be-
come a full-fledged Olympic event
for the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
Quinn is excited about this world-
class showcase, because it will give
her further opportunity to improve
her game.
One area where she could im-
prove, Russell feels, is her shooting.

"(Michigan teammate) Lori
Barnard came to Michigan with a
tremendous shooting arm. Candice
came to Michigan with tremendous
speed," Russell said. "She's got the
type of defensive skills of a Dennis
Rodman. Now she's looking for the
offensive skills of a Michael
Some of that improvement came
last spring while in Canada. Quinn
journeyed to Winnipeg, Manitoba,
on a business trip for her company.
Before returning, she stayed in
Victoria, British Columbia, to train
with a collegiate club while putting
in 60-70 hours a week with a local
newspaper for her firm.
One thing that was obviously dif-
ferent for her in Victoria was the
'It all comes down to
dedication. That's
what has separated
Candice from the
- Scott Russell
'M' water polo coach
coaching. She says that her Canadian
coach emphasized different skills,
some of which related to Russell's
teachings. The drills that she learned
in Canada have helped make prac-
tices at Michigan less monotonous.
"The majority of water polo skills
I ha'ie learned are from Scott,"
Quinn said. "But I've had the oppor-
tunity to play with other quality
It is Russell's coaching in partic-
ular which has Quinn and her team-
mates anticipating next month's na-
tional collegiate tournament. Quinn
feels her team can do better than last
year's eighth-place finish.
"We have a lot of new players. I
hope they stay because they have the
potential to become very good," she
said. "We have the potential to form
a great team."
Russell thinks Quinn will become
an even better player if she continues
to play 12 months out of the year.
For her to be better than she is right
now has to be a scary thought for her
opposition. Then again, maybe she's
better at computers.

by Todd Schoenhaus
Daily Sports Writer
This afternoon the Michigan
men's tennis team will face its
strongest test of the season. Barely
having time to relish a 6-0 crushing
of Iowa, the Wolverines (4-4 Big
Ten, 4-12 overall) will playhost to
ninth-ranked Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish come to town
as, the top-ranked team in the
Midwest and are undefeated in the
region. They are led by three play-
ers whose national collegiate rank-
ings are in the top 100.
"They are a veteran team whose
record is well-deserved," Michigan
coach Brian Eisner said. "On paper,
they are a better team. But we are
prepared to go right after them."
Michigan will not have the ser-
vices of usual starters John Lingon
(knee tendinitis) and Eric Grand
(fractured toe). Aside from these
injuries, the Wolverines are rela-
tively healthy and will go with the
same lineup that swept the
First singles will pit two of the
nation's premier college players.
No.16 David Kass (10-1 in singles
play) will confront third-ranked
Golden Domer David DiLucia (15-

0). Kass was ranked fourth for a
while but then tapered off with an
arm injury. DiLucia, the Volvo
Tennis/Player of the Month for
March, has been ranked in the top
10 all season.
"DiLucia is the best volleyer in
college tennis," Eisner said. "His
strategy will be to get to the net as
quick as possible. It will be impor-
tant that Kass serves well to keep
him back."
At second singles, Wolverine
Dan Brakus will meet No. 65 Andy
Zurcher, while at third singles
Mitch Rubenstein will take on No.
94 Will Forsyth. Terry London,
Adam Wager and Scooter Place
will complete Michigan's singles
lineup. Fortunately for the depleted
Wolverines, Notre Dame's regular
player at fifth singles will miss ac-
tion due to an injury.
"They have a very strong lineup
all the way through," Eisner said.
"Their (Nos.) 2, 3 and 4 singles
players are just a notch behind
DiLucia. If a team happens to get
by them in singles, they are equally
strong in doubles. But if we play
the way we're capable, we'll match
up really well."


ball and learn all the strategies with
the team," she said.
From the get-go, Quinn had no
trouble with the swimming aspect of
water polo. Her years of experience
with the freestyle stroke made that
feature of the game very easy to ad-
just to. However, there were other
areas that needed work. Lots of
"I was awful at throwing and
catching at first," she said.
Quinn's development into an All-
American did not happen by acci-
dent. It required a tremendous
amount of dedication. She decided
that if she wanted to approach the
top of her game she would play 12
months out of the year.
Michigan coach Scott Russell has

Continued from page 8
final inning.
Michigan shot out to an early
lead in the nightcap, scoring two
runs in the first inning. The team
then had one of its biggest innings of
the season in the third. The Wol-

GM says Colts will pick Emtman, Howard

Irsay says the Indianapolis Colts
lan to use the first two picks in the
ril 26 NFL draft on Steve
Emtman and Heisman Trophy win-
ner Desmond Howard.
But plans have been known to
change, and by draft day, the Colts'
general manager may end up with a
new strategy.
"We know what direction we're
going, but nothing is etched in
stone," new coach Ted Marchibroda
*uid yesterday. "Anything can hap-
pen between now and the 26th."
For weeks, there had been reports.
that Emtman the defensive tackle
from Washington who won the
Lombardi Award and Outland
Trophy, did not want to play for the
Colts. His stance softened after a
weekend visit to Indianapolis.
Howard, the flanker from Mich-
igan, is among the top offensive
.layers in the defense-heavy draft.
The Colts are also interested in
Indiana running back Vaughn
Dunbar, Texas A&M linebacker
Quentin Coryatt, Wisconsin corner-
back Troy Vincent, Pittsburgh de-
fensive end Sean Gilbert and
Stanford tackle Bob Whitfield.

"We got all the film on each of
these guys, all 11 games. We've
evaluated them and met with most of
the players. Some of them are still
scheduled to meet with us. The de-
cision on how we use the picks is
still to be decided," Marchibroda
The Colts gained the No. 1 pick
for finishing with a league-worst 1-
15 record. They got the No. 2 pick
from a 1990 trade that sent quarter-
back Chris Chandler to Tampa Bay,
which finished 3-13 last season.
Irsay says he doesn't plan on
trading away the top two picks,
choosing instead to bring two new
players into the program right out of
college. And Marchibroda says each
of the players being considered is
capable of starting this season.
"We're not going to aim to fill
any specific need in the draft,"
Marchibroda said. "This is only the
second time in NFL history that a
team has the first two picks and
we're looking for the two best
athletes that we think will help the
Colts the most.
"We're not seriously considering
any trades, but we are still willing to

listen to offers," the coach added.
On the 6-foot-4, 280-pound
Emtman, Marchibroda said, "In ad-
dition to talent, we've been looking
at character. He'll help with the pass
rush. He plays every play. He's re-
lentless in pursuit."
On Howard, he said, "He cer-
tainly would lend credibility to our
offense. He's an outstanding receiv-
er. He's very fast and he's got great
hands. He's a home-run hitter."

verines batted around, scoring six
runs on six hits.
Heams was perfect at the plate,
going 2-for-2 with two runs. The
Kunnen sisters, Kari and Karla, also
contributed to the Wolverine attack,
driving in two runs apiece. Patti
Benedict finished the day 6-for-7,
driving in three runs on three hits in
the second game.
Kari Kunnen added to her team-
leading base-on-balls total with three
to raise her season total to 20. She
also scored four runs, keeping her at
the top of the Big Ten with 20.
The Wolverines hope to extend
their winning streak to nine today.
when they face Western Michigan in
a doubleheader (3 p.m.) at Varsity
Diamond. Michigan took a pair of
contests from the Broncos last year,
4-1, 5-4, and Hutchins is expecting
two good games.

Continued from page 8
exclamatory strikeout to seal the
game. Marion tied his single-season
record for saves in a season with
eight and extended his career record
to 22.
Michigan will play host to
Western Michigan (13-13) in a 3
p.m. game today at Fisher Stadium.
Wolverine coach Bill Freehan is
3-2 against Western in his two pre-
vious seasons.

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