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Page 12- The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 5, 1993

Tankers hope to
tune up for NCAAs
by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan and Michigan State.
Some students at these schools would say that the only thing similar
about them is the "Michigan" in their manes.
The same holds true for the schools' men's swimming and diving teams.
But this difference may be a more emphatic one.
Tonight at 7 p.m., the Wolverines (4-0 Big Ten, 5-1 overall) head to
East Lansing for their final road dual meet of the season against the Spar-
tans. And just as the other conference dual meets have gone this year, this
one should not. be much of a challenge for Michigan.
The Wolverines are coming off a road sweep of Indiana schools last
weekend, where they pounded Indiana and defeated Purdue soundly. Both
meets allowed Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek to look at unique combina-
tions of swimmers in different races. It also allowed the swimmers to break
up the monotony of competing in the same events all the time.
However, this weekend's meet brings the Wolverines back to their pre-
mier events as they begin preparing for the Big Ten and NCAA Chunpi-
onships in March.
"We're putting our swimmers in their best events (against MSU)," Ur-
banchek said. "We want an honest effort against their three best (swimmers).
We want to contain them. We're using this as a tune-up for nationals."
State's "three best", according to Urbanchek, are senior tri-captain Ron
Orris, freshman Chris-Carol Bremer and junior Alec Mull.
Orris is a solid performer in the 100-yard butterfly and the 200 individual
medley. He placed third in the 100 fly at the 1992 Summer Senior Nationals
and finished sixth in the Big Ten Championships last year.
Bremer was a member of the German national team and finished ninth in
the 200-meter butterfly at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Ile is also
the current German national champion in the 200 fly. Mull's best events in-
clude the 200- and 500-yard freestyles.
However, these three will not be able to challenge Michigan by them-
selves, and this allows the Wolverines to focus their attention elsewhere.
The team is concentrating on individual improvement with the Big Ten
Championships and NCAAs looming just around the corner.
Un i ye rs i ty of W isconsin-Platte viii e

Blue vs. Irish? Pick a
subplot, any subplot


Kathy Deibler and the rest of the Michigan women's swimming team face
off against two Indiana schools this weekend, Notre Dame and Indiana.
Women gymnasts face
in-state rivals at Invite

by Dave Kraft
When the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team faces
Notre Dame tonight at Canham
Natatorium, there will be several in-
teresting subplots.
For starters, this will be the first
time the No. 11 Wolverines (4-2 Big
Ten, 7-4 overall) and Fighting Irish
(7-1-1) have ever competed against
each other in a dual meet.
Secondly, both teams are in the
midst of tapering down for their re-
spective conference championships
and therefore will not be swimming
at top form.
Finally, tonight's meet will mark
the first time the squads have met
since the tragic evening, almost a
year and two weeks ago, when Notre
Dame swimmers Meghan Beeler and
Colleen Hipp were killed in a bus
accident on a return trip from a meet
at Northwestern.
"The effect on everyone has been
enormous," Irish coach Tim Welsh
said. "Since then, we've raced really
well, especially on the road."
Despite the heavy emotional ties
the Notre Dame squad will carry into
the meet, Michigan coach Jim
Richardson does not expect his team
to be seriously challenged.
"(Notre Dame) has very good in-
dividual swimmers, but overall they

lack a little bit of the depth we
have," Richardson said.
One of those individuals who
could make some waves will be
Tanya Williams, one of the top
swimmers nationally in the 400 in-
dividual medley.
Because of the Fighting Irish's
lack of depth and the Wolverines'
current tapering stage, several
Michigan swimmers will compete in
other events.
"People are going in different di-
rections and, are not at the stage
where they are going to turn in a
peak performance," breaststroker
Lara Ilooiveld said. "It could
conceivably hurt people mentally if
they were to swim their main events
and turn in a bad performance."
Aside from Hooiveld, Kathy
Deibler (freestyler) and Mindy
Gehrs (IM and butterflyer) make up
the trio of Wolverines who have al-
ready qualified for the NCAAs.
Richardson's goal is to have these
three swimmers at their peak for the
National Championships.
On Saturday, the Wolverines
travel to Bloomington to take on
Indiana (4-5, 3-4).
"The Hoosiers are much im-
proved from last year, but overall I
think we'll be just fine," Richardson


by Thom Hoden
Daily Sports Writer
The 13th-ranked Michigan wom-
en's gymnastics team (2-0 Big Ten,
4-0 overall) travels to East Lansing
Sunday for the Michigan Invitational
Tournament. The Wolverines will
square off against Western Michi-
gan, Eastern Michigan, Central
Michigan and host Michigan State.
The competition with the Spar-
tans, who many Big Tien coaches
feel could end up in the top 20 na-
tionally by the end of the season,
should be strong. When healthy, the
Spartans are characterized by strong
vaulting. They also have Cal-State
Fullerton transfer Wendy Minge, a
1992 NCAA qualifier, who excels at
the uneven bai-s.
Central and Eastern Michigan
both have solid programs and are
usually at the top of the Mid-Ameri-
can Conference. The Eagles are
suffering from a few early-season in-
juries, so their depth will'be tested

Sunday. The Broncos are typically
regarded as a team that. is rebuilding,
but has the potential to turn in some
good scores.
Even though Michigan has
slipped in the polls, the Wolverines
enter the tournament with a great
deal of momentum and confidence
after their record-breaking
performance against Illinois last
Saturday night.
The slip in the polls has not fazed
the Wolverines.
"I'm not concerned at all that
we're ranked 13th," Michigan coach
Bev Plocki said. "I know as the sea-
son continues, we'll be back in the
top ten."
The general consensus among
team members is that defending
their Big Ten title is very important.
If that happens, the Wolverines feel
they will receive a berth in the
NCAA tournamnent, something they
just missed doing last year.

Former 'M' swimmer
presides over King case

"If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost.
That is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them."
-Henry David Thoreau



from staff reports


U.S. District Court Judge John
Davies, a former stand-out student-
athlete for the University of
Michigan, is currently the presiding
judge over the Rodney King civil
rights case, which began yesterday
in Los Angeles.
While an undergrad at Michigan,
Davies earned three letters in
swimming from 1950-52 under for-
mer Wolverine head coach Matt
Mann. He captured two NCAA in-
dividual titles (100- and 200-yard)
and five AAU national titles (100-
and 200-meter, and 100- and 220-
yard) in the now discontinued but-
He was also a 220-yard national

champion in that event in his native
Australia, and set four American
records in the 200-meter, 200- and
220-yard butterfly-breaststroke.
Davies competed for Australia in
the Olympic games twice, in 1948
and 1952. He earned a gold medal in
the 1952 200-meter butterfly-
breaststroke after finishing fourth in
the same event four years earlier.
Davies also attended Michigan's
Law School for two years, but
transferred to UCLA, where he
graduated in 1959.
Davies will decide the fates of
Sgt. Stacey C. Koon, Officers Lau-
rence M. Powell and Theodore J.
Briseno and former Officer Timothy
M. Wind of the Los Angeles Police

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