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Men's and Women's Swimming
Speedo Collegiate Cup East
Today, Tomorrow, and Saturday, 10 a.m.6 p.m.
Canham Natatorium
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Thursday, December 3, 1992

Ice Hockey
vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

Page 5

Blue splashes into Speedo Cup
Women tankers gear up forfirst major home meet

by Wendy Law
Daily Sports Writer
After splitting its double-dual
meet with Penn State and Princeton
on Nov. 20, the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team now
prepares for its first major home
meet.
The Wolverines host the inaugu-
ral Speedo Collegiate Cup East
Championships at Canham Nat-
atorium, which runs from today
through Saturday. The preliminaries
begin at 10 a.m. each day with the
finals following at 6 p.m.
According to Michigan assistant
swimming coach Chrissi Rawak, the
Speedo Collegiate Cup meet, nor-
mally affiliated with the West coast,
takes on an unusual characteristic
this year.
"There's this meet out in
California that's been going on for a
few years called the Speedo Cup
Classic West," Rawak said. "Some-
one had the idea of having one on
the East coast. So that's what this
is. 'And what we'll do is fax results
back and forth and kind of keep a
running score as far as who is doing
better, East or West.
"It is an invitational. From what
I understand right now, there's
(several) women's teams coming.
Arizona State is one of them and
they'll probably be one of our
toughest competitions. (The Speedo)
is not Big Tens. Iowa is the only
Big Ten (team) along with us that is
going to be in the meet."
In addition to Arizona State and
Iowa, the Wolverines will be joined
by three otherhuniversities: Bowling
Green, Northern Michigan, and
Wright State. The meet will follow
Big Ten fonnats.
The Wolverines have trained hard
for the Speedo Collegiate Cup East
and are excited about having a full
squad at the meet.
"I think we're really well pre-
pared," Rawak said. "We have a mix-

ture of people. We've got six girls
that are taking a two-week rest. They
are probably going to swim faster
than any of the other girls. There's
about six more that are taking a
three-day rest. The rest of the team is
kind of swimming through it. They
are practicing as much as they did
before as far as yardage (is con-
cened)..
"I think they are ready. I think
they've swum really fast this
semester, faster than we ever have,
even though we have a losing

(record). We're 3-4, but we have not
been to one dual meet yet with a full
squad. That's a big factor. We've
gone away with no diving. We've
had at Penn State a squad of 17
swimmers where we could have had
a squad of 21. So we've never been
able to swim at our best yet as far as
with a full squad."
The Michigan divers will com-
pete in 3-meter diving today, 1-meter
tomorrow, and platform diving, a
non-scoring event, Saturday.
"We're on at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

on Thursday and Friday and at 12
p.m. on Saturday," Michigan diving
coach Dick Kimball said. "It should
be a good practice meet, but kind of
low key. I don't think there will be a
lot of good divers there except for
some of ours. It gives the divers a
chance to try to make their NCAA
cutoffs before we go to regionals."
"It's a good one to start with,"
Rawak said. "We have three big
meets this year at home that are re-
ally going to matter. They are this
one, the Northwestern dual meet, and
obviously Big Tens."

Invitational tests men 's swimmers endurance

ERIK ANGERMEIER/Di
Trish Andrew fights off a pesky Toledo Rocket for one of her team-high 11
rebounds Tuesday evening. The Wolverines were crushed at home, 90-67.

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BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK
Jury is still out after

by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
Two different philosophies will
be exhibited this weekend in the
three-day Speedo Cup challenge as
the Michigan men's swimming and
diving team takes to the pool. The
Wolverines will face Iowa, Bowling
Green and Wright State.
The Michigan swimmers are us-
ing the event as a rehearsal for future
multiple-day meets. On the other
hand, the divers are looking at the
competition as a way to meet NCAA
championship qualification stand-
ards.
"We're not ready to meet NCAA
standards yet," Michigan swimming
coach Jon Urbanchek said. "We're
taking this as a dress rehearsal for
Big Tens. We want everyone to
swim a lot of events and get used to
a three-day event. We're looking for
an honest swim."
"This gives us some good com-
petition," diving coach Dick
Kimball said. "We get a chance to
meet point standards. It's easier in
an 11-dive meet than in a six (round
meet)."
The toughest competition will be
from the Hawkeyes. Iowa was

ranked 13th in the preseason coach-
es' poll and returns two all-.
Americans from their 1991 Big Ten
squad. The departure of Artur
Wojdat, a 19-time all-American and
nine-time NCAA individual title
winner, will be a major loss for the
Hawkeyes. However, the return of
several lettennen and new recruits
will help ease the pain.
"Artur Wojdat is an irreplaceable
loss," Iowa coach Glenn Patton said.
"We may never have another
swimmer win nine NCAA titles. We
know we can't replace Artur singu-
larly."
Trying to pick up some of the
slack will be sophomore Rafal
Szukala, who leads Iowa by way of
the butterfly. As a freshman,
Szukala won both the 100-yard and
200-yard butterfly events at the Big
Tei Chaunpionships, and the 200
distance at NCAAs. In addition,
Szukala won a silver medal for the
Polish Olympic team in the 100-me-
ter butterfly, finishing behind
American Pablo Morales.
Freshman Krzysztof Cwalina,
another Polish Olympian, will be
counted on in the sprint freestyle

events. Cwalina is the Polish na-
tional champion and record holder in
the 50-meter freestyle.
Bowling Green finished fourth in
the Mid-American conference, and
Wright State is coming off of a first-
place finish in the Mid-Continent
conference last season. The Falcons
are led by junior Brad Birney in the
sprint freestyles, Rob Schaefer in the
individual medley and breaststroke,
and Guenter Miller in the butterfly.
The Michigan swimmers will be
led, as usual, by seniors Eric
Wunderlich, Eric Namesnik, and
Brian Gunn, sophomore Gustavo
Borges, and rookie Royce Sharp.
The Wolverines are currently ranked
fourth in the country.
The divers are in only their sec-
ond meet, but had strong perfor-
mances from Alex Bogaerts, Eric
Lesser, Abel Sanchez, and Jeff
Jozwiak in the Wisconsin dual meet.
"Alex really did a great job that
first meet, his first college meet,"
Kimball said. "He dove one-meter
and did an outstanding job. He's got
a lot of talent and it may take him a
season to live up to the talent he's
got."

SStevens'

first action

by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer

In past seasons, the Michigan women's basketball team has struggled to
land top recruits from within the state of Michigan. This season the ebb of
change came when highly-touted Tannisha Stevens brought some fast-
paced flow to the Wolverine backcourt.
After her college debut in Michigan's loss to Toledo Tuesday night, the
Mt. Clemens native gained mixed reviews. Stevens showed no signs of
nerves, scoring 22 points in her 29 minutes of action. And, as expected, the
rookie's style of play complemented first-year coach Trish Roberts' desire
for an up-tempo game. But in light of Stevens' numbers, Roberts saw plenty
of room for improvement in the rookie's game.
"In stretches, I was very pleased with her performance," Roberts said. "I
think one thing that she definitely has to work on is her stamina. She can go
hard for five or six minutes and then four or five minutes she has a tendency
to rest."
HACKING AWAY: Roberts has made no bones about involving several
players in the offense this season. However, foul trouble in the frontcourt,
more than anything else, may have forced her into that decision against the
Rockets Tuesday. Very early in the second half, senior Trish Andrew, who
has a history of foul trouble, and Nikki Beaudry collected their fourth
personals, requiring Roberts to dig into her already sparse bench. The foul
trouble was magnified, because Michigan's injuries concentrate on four six-
footers. With junior center Rhonda Jokisch out for the season 'following
shoulder surgery, and classmates Michelle Hall and LaTara Jones out
indefinitely, Roberts will be all too ready for freshman forward Jennifer
Brzezinski's expected return to the lineup.
Because of the injuries, Michigan dressed only nine players against the
Rockets, not quite enough to integrate the effective running game Roberts
hopes to use. Turnovers and errant passes plagued the worn-down
'Wolverines in the second half of their contest, and Roberts couldn't put
fresh legs onto the court.
SIBLING RIVALRY: Although Rocket freshman Noelle Beaudry didn't
see much action Tuesday night, she got onto the court just in time to hack
sister Nikki on a turnaround jumper. The younger Beaudry got away with
one, though, as the foul was charged to teammate Patricia Wagner.
GOTTA' GET ON THE BALL: Although Stevens is in the fold, one of
Robert's primary concerns entering her first season dealt with recruiting
prep standouts from the homeland. Saginaw's Erinn Reed, recently crown-
ed Michigan's Ms. Basketball, has declared her intent to play for Vivian
Stringer's Iowa Hawkeyes next year. According to Roberts, prep athletes
entertain a variety of thoughts when considering Michigan, including
intimidation concerning the rigorous academic reputation. Nevertheless,
one slipped away.
LOOK MA', I'M ON TV: The Big Ten and SportsChannel Chicago
reached a recent agreement placing Michigan's February home game with
Ohio State on the TV. This game marks only one of nine Big Ten games
which SportsChannel has agreed to televise. In the second half of the
season, CBS and ESPN will join in the broadcast commitment.

Men cagers throw praise on Rice hoops

by Ken Sugiura
Daily Basketball Writer
HOUSTON -- Tuesday night's
cliffhanging triumph by Michigan
was but a prelude to the postgame
contest. No score was kept for this
match, but it appeared that the flow-
ery-tongued eloquence of the Rice
basketball team catalyzed an Owl
victory.
Michigan coach Steve Fisher, af-
ter leading his charges to a 75-71
victory, fired the first volley.
"Rice is a very good team," he
said. "They have four starters back
from a team that won 20 games a
year ago. If they continue to play as
hard as they played tonight, they will
have a very good season."
Incensed, Rice center Brent

Scott rebutted.
"They're the number one team in
the country and they showed why,"
Scott said. "They did what they had
to do to pull out the game."
Upon hearing Scott's sentiments,
Fisher responded with a flurry the
likes of which have rarely been seen
in these parts. His target was Scott,
the 6-foot-10 Lansing Everett gradu-
ate.
"He's a good player," he said.
"He's gonna have every record in
the history of Rice University and
he's an all-conference player in the
Southwest Conference."
Not to be outdone, Rice forward
Torrey Andrews closed out the
evening's session. Andrews toasted
forward Chris Webber, who had a

mammoth performance. In addition
to scoririg 20 points, Webber
grabbed 19 boards, 10 of them of-
fensive, blocked six shots and had
four steals.
"It was a tough match. He's a
real good player," Andrews said. "I
respect him and I think he respects
me now."
TRADING PLACES: In the battle
of Michiganders at Rice vs. Texans
at Michigan, in terms of total points,
the Owls came out on top. For
Michigan, Texans Jimmy King and

Ray Jackson scored nine and four
points, respectively.
On the Rice side, Scott, David
Holmes (Jackson), Robert Glaze.
(Detroit), and Thomas McGhee
(Pontiac) collaborated for 26, led by
Scott's 20.
NUMBERS GAME: Webber's 19
boards were a career high, while his
six blocks tied his personal best, set
last season against Central Michigan.
Juwan Howard's three steals were
a career best.

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