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Page 8-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-Sports - Thursday, September 10, 1992

Women swimmers

Men shine at Big Tens,

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win sixth
by Wendy Law
Daily Sports Writer
Under the leadership of co
Jim Richardson, the Michigan w
en's swimming and diving team
Big Ten, 9-2 overall) won its
precedented sixth straight BigI
title last year. The WolverinesI
ished seventh out of 42 teams in
NCAA Championships.
Going into its winter breakI
to California, Michigan was un
feated. However, Michigan fel
both UCLA and South
California.
The Wolverines finished out
season with a sweep, capping it m
a home victory over India
Michigan then easily defeated
competition at Big Tens to capt
the title.
Rookies Lara Hooivelda
Alecia Humphrey had five sea
bests between them. Hooiveld, u
competed in the 1988 Olympics,
two of her three season bests in

straight title
100- and 200-meter breaststroke.
Humphrey, a four-event qualifier in
ach the 1990 Olympic Festival, set sea-.
om- son bests in the 200-meter back-
(7-0 stroke and the 200-meter individual
un- medley.
Ten With the Big Ten title put away,
fin- Michigan geared up for the NCAA
the Championships in Austin, Texas.
Twelve Michigan swimmers and
trip three divers qualified to compete in
nde- the championship meet. Mindy
1 to Gehrs, Humphrey, and co-captain Jeny
ern Love all qualified at the Olympic
trials. Other national qualifiers in-"
the cluded Lisa Anderson, Katherine
with Creighton and diver Lisa Cribari.
na. Along with a Big Ten
the Championship, the Wolverines also
ture set a goal of finishing among the top
15 nationally. Led by Mindy Gehrs, DOUG KANTER/Dai
and Katherine Creighton, Alecia
son Humphrey, Lisa Cribari and several Kirsten Silvester helped the Michigan women's swimming and diving team
who others, Michigan edged out Auburn win its sixth consecutive Big Ten Championship last season. The
set for a seventh-place finish at Wolverines went on to place seventh at the NCAA Championship.

the

NCAAs.

Water polo wins Midwest, places seventh at Nationals

by Greg Richardson
Daily Sports Writer
During its 1991 season, the play-
ers and coaches of the Michigan wa-
ter polo team expected to win the
Midwest regional. Michigan coach
Scott Russell said he felt his team
was easily the best in the Big Ten
and the Midwest.
The Wolverines did not let their
coach down, as they captured the
Midwest crown at Michigan's Can-
ham Natatorium. Michigan over-

whelmed Illinois in the champi-
onship game, 10-4. The champi-
onship enabled Michigan to travel to
Vienna, Va., in mid-May for a
chance to contend for the national
title.
At nationals, the Wolverines won
one of their five games. In each
game Michigan squared off against
quality competition as it lost its first
four contests to top seed UC-Davis,
Maryland, Cal-Poly and Cal-
Berkeley. However, Michigan pulled

Arcade Barbers 1

out its last game with a 6-5 victory
over Bucknell. It was Michigan's
first ever win at a national tourna-
ment. Lori Barnard and Candice
Quinn led the way with nine and six
goals respectively.
Despite the team's strong re-
gional showing, the Wolverines got
off to a dismal start in Slippery
Rock, Pa. The Wolverines were
dusted off by the Slippery Rock
Rockets - the No. 1 team in the na-
tion. Michigan also lost to Maryland,
the fourth-ranked team in the
country.
Despite the disappointing show-
ing, Russell maintained faith in his
ninth-ranked Wolverines.
"I'm hoping that this'll be the
motivation we need to improve," he
said.
The team only lost twice more
the rest of the season. Those losses
came in Michigan's first home tour-
nament ever. The Wolverines kept
their standing as the best team in the
Big Ten, as Michigan defeated
Wisconsin and Illinois. However,
once again, Michigan had major
problems with Slippery Rock, as the
Rockets whipped the Wolverines.
Michigan also lost to McMaster, a

top Canadian team.
After its home tourney, Michigan
steadily improved and dominated its
opposition in almost every game. In
their tournament at Madison, the
Wolverines conquered each of the
four teams they faced.
In the Madison tourney Barnard
stepped up her game, and scored 18
goals for the tournament. Quinn, a
two-time All-American, had 11
goals, and Becky Luebke registered
10. Heather Staeven tallied five
goals.
There were no surprises at the
Midwest regional tournament as the
Wolverines waltzed past Bowling
Green, Ohio State, Northwestern and
Illinois. Both Karen Gorny and
Justine Sarver played well in goal
for the Wolverines.
The victories set the stage for
Michigan's rematch with Illinois in
the title game. The Wolverines ful-
filled their expectations with the
win, and went to Virginia confident
that they would give teams like
Slippery Rock and Maryland, the
host team, all they could handle.
However, Michigan could not com-
pete with those top teams at
Nationals.

Olympic sw
by Chad Safran
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's swimming
and diving team has had a long his-
tory of outstanding team and indi-
vidual performances. Last season
was no exception.
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek's
squad captured its seventh consecu-
tive Big Ten Conference title, which
was made more difficult because of
the absence of several standouts.
Eric Namesnik and Eric Wunderlich
both redshirted to prepare for the
Olympic Trials and Mike
Barrowman, the world record holder
in the 200-meter breaststroke, was
no longer eligible to compete. The ti-
tle was the ultimate in team effort.
"You win it with new people
each year," Urbanchek said. "And
this year's team was not the same.
All 20 counted more this year than
the past. The team picked it up, dug
in and gave more."
Rookie standout Gustavo Borges,
a member of Brazil's 1992 Olympic
team, captured his first conference
title with a time of 1:35.17 in the
200-yard freestyle. He outdistanced
defending champion Artur Wojdat
by .67 seconds. Borges continued to
show why he was named the confer-
ence's rookie of the year when he set
a Big Ten record in the 100 freestyle
with a winning time of :43.14.
The Wolverines won two relay ti-
tles at the tournament as well.
Rodney Van Tassell, Kevin Glass,
Noel Strauss and Borges finished
2.44 seconds ahead of Indiana in the
800 freestyle relay with a victorious
time of 6:28.59. The 400 freestyleI
relay team of Van Tassell, Strauss,j
Borges and Tom Hay came out on
top with a time of 2:56.44.
The next big meet for several of
the Wolverines was the 1992
Olympic Trials in Indianapolis.
Namesnik qualified for the team in
the 400-meter individual medley
with a first-place time of 4:15.60. He
is the American record holder in this
event and missed breaking his record
by .39 seconds.
"I try not to think about (the
record)," he said. "My main priority
was to make the team."
Brice Kopas made a strong
showing in the event, coming up
with a seventh-place time of 4:26.21.

im trials

"He had a good swim,"
Namesnik said. "It's good for-,
Michigan swimming to have another"
swimmer in there." ,
Qualification eluded Wunderlich
as he finished third twice. In the'
100-meter breaststroke, he touched1
the wall .33 seconds behind second- >
place finisher Hans Dersch of Swim
Atlanta. His other third-place finish
was in the 200 breaststroke, finish-
ing in 2:15.87.
Brian Gunn touched the wall sev-
enth in the 200-meter butterfly with ,,-
a time of 2:00.75, more than five<'
seconds behind winner Melvin,
Stewart.
Royce Sharp, who will be swim-
ming for Michigan this year, quali-
fied for the team and broke the'-':
American record in the finals of the
200 breaststroke. He shaved the
mark down to a time of 1:58.6.
The NCAA Championships'.°
forced the Wolverines into their'
third big meet in a seven-week span.".,
The weary team finished in 10th-=r".
place with 184 points. Stanford cap.'
tured 632 points on the way to lock-"
ing up the title.
"They could not perform up to'a
their best," Michigan coach Jon
Urbanchek. "But the NCAAs were-0
not the most important part of the-
year for us. Olympic trials only
come around once in a while. The Q
NCAA meet happens every year."
Once again Borges was the
standout as he continued Michigan's
tradition of NCAA champions with
titles in the 100-and 200-yard
freestyle. In addition, he finished
fourth in the 50 freestyle.
"This morning I was swimming
pretty good in the water," Borges
said of his winning effort in the 200<,
free. "I tried to put a good effort in
my first 50 to stay with the front
group. After the third 50, I saw I was
ahead, so I just closed my eyes and
went for it."
Michigan's relay teams per-
formed well with the 800 freestyle
relay quintet of Van Tassell, Glass,,
Borges and Gunn touching the wall
in second place, finishing the best of
all the relay teams.
With Wunderlich and Namesnik
returning to the team and the first-
year presence of Sharp, Urbanchek
is optimistic.

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