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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - February 8, 1993- Page 7

In The
Men bring civility
to 'M'-MSU rivalry
by Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - Trash talking. Pushing and shoving. Fans
throwing objects at players. Sometimes, even fighting. All this and
more are associated with any Michigan-Michigan State contest, right?
Maybe not.
The men's swimming and diving teams of the two schools competed
in a more civilized manner in their dual meet Friday night at the
Charles McCaffree Pool.
Going into the meet, both teams knew who the better team was.
Michigan, ranked No. 3 nationally, is clearly head and shoulders above
the rest of the Big Ten. The apparent disparity in talent did not take
away from the fierceness of this intra-state rivalry, though.
Michigan State, 7-1 going into Friday night's meet, faced its tough-
est competition of the season. The Spartans were clearly overmatched
but tried their best to stay with the Wolverines.
The Wolverines, with their four Olympians, easily drowned the
Spartan tankers by 55 points. Chris-Carol Bremer, Michigan State's
own Olympic connection, helped the Spartans win their only two
events of the night.
After the meet, these swimmers and others were mobbed as fans
were allowed down on the pool deck to meet the swimmers. Each
swimmer patiently signed autographs for everyone who wanted one.
The likes of Bremer, Gustavo Borges, Marcel Wouda, and student
assistant Mike Barrowman signing autographs thrilled fans of both
Both sides carried on in a way that truly represented both schools,
including everyone from the swimmers to the coaches and to the fans.
There were no hard feelings after the meet like other Spartan-
Wolverine matchups in recent history. No trash talking and no con-
frontations. The two teams milling around after the meet was really a
sight to see. They showed nothing but respect for one another.
"Michigan has a great team," MSU coach Richard Bader said. "Jon
Urbanchek is an excellent coach and he has a super program."
"It was a challenge for me and I really looked forward to it," Bremer
said. "I knew Brian Gunn was a good swimmer and Eric Namesnik was
a good swimmer. This team is really good."
The ugliness of this rivalry was nowhere to be seen Friday night. No
Michigan athletes stomping on the Spartan 'S' and no Michigan State
fans pelting Michigan with garbage. In this case, everything was settled
in the pool without so much as a wave of controversy.

Michigan's Marcel Wouda swims the 500 freestyle against Michigan State Friday night. Wouda broke Gordon Downie's 16-year old Wolverine record.

Men tankers shatter Spartans,

by. Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
are meant to be broken. But this
was a little ridiculous.
If the record board at Charles
McCaffree Pool was a pane of
glass, it was shattered into a mil-
lion little pieces last weekend.
Friday night's swim meet be-
tween Michigan and Michigan State
was full of record-setting perfor-
mances. In total, five pool records
were broken during the Wolverines'
166-111 dismantling of the
"Every time you break a pool
record, that's a good feeling,"
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek
said. "Records are made to be
broken. It got the crowd excited and
the kids excited."
Michigan. State coach Richard
Bader agreed with Urbanchek.
"That's exciting," Bader said.
"When you have both schools in
there and the record board is going
down, you can't ask for much more
than that. That shows progress with

programs. It's good for the sport,
and it's good for the programs."
The largest break in the glass
was made by Michigan's Eric
Wunder-lich. In the final individual
race, Wunderlich set a new record in
the 200-yard breaststroke by swim-
ming it in 2 minutes, .72 seconds.
The old record (2:01.28) was set in
1991 by a familiar name. Michigan
swim-mer, world-record holder and
current student assistant coach Mike
Barrow-man held the record and was
on hand to see it fall.
"To me, personally - you can't
like it," Barrowman said. "But, it's
great in my eyes because that record
will stand for a long time now. It's
a great record for this pool. We're
kind of a team. (Wunderlich) and I
are always together, and it means
probably just as much to me as it
does to him. I'm real happy."
Wunderlich said he was very
happy with his swim and will try
to use it as a measuring stick for
"It was fun," Wunderlich said. "I
came in and that was the first thing

I looked for because I remembered
that he had set it two years ago
when we were here. I wanted to see
where he was then and how he
ended up that year. You can't
always judge yourself on where he
was as compared to where I am
because everyone is different. But it
gives me a little some-thing to go
Wunderlich was not the only
Michigan swimmer to take down a
record. In the 100-yard freestyle,
Gustavo Borges broke a 16-year-old
record set by Indiana's Jim Mont-
gomery by swimming a :44.44.
"It was a 16-year-old record,"
Borges said. "I was really pleased.
He (Montgomery) was the first guy
to break 50 (seconds) in the 100
free, so I feel really good breaking
his record."
Marcel Wouda provided a third
crack in the glass for Michigan.
Wouda broke another 16-year-old
record, this one coming in the 500
freestyle. The old standard was held
by a former Wolverine, Gordon

"I didn't really go for it, but I
thought I had a shot," Wouda said.
"They told me just before my race
what the pool record was. I really
didn't look at it. I did my best per-
formance I could give right now."
Although these records paced the
Wolverines to victory, it took solid
performances from lots of other
swimmers to win the meet. Royce
Sharp came up with victories in
both the 100- and 200-yard back-
Eric Namesnik and Wouda tied
for the win in the 200-yard indi-
vidual medley and Rodney
VanTassel won the 200 freestyle.
Borges and Wunderlich also won
one other event each.
Michigan State did have one
outstanding performer at the meet.
Freshman Chris-Carol Bremer put
two more breaks in the glass as he
set two pool records. His first was
in the 1000 freestyle.
He broke his own record that
was set the previous week. Bremer
also lowered Brian Gunn's record in
the 200-yard butterfly.

Rivalry put on hold as
women swim past ND

Field hockey twins make
Maccabiah Games team

by Dave Kraft
When Notre Dame and Michigan
compete against each other, it is
usually a fierce battle in which
bragging rights and school pride
take precedence.
In a departure from the norm, the
rivalry between the two schools did
not take top billing at the women's
swimming and diving meet Friday
night at Canham Natatorium.
While No. 11 Michigan (5-2 Big
Ten, 8-4 overall) compiled an easy
156-131 victory, there were clearly
other priorities for the Fighting Irish
and Wolverines.
For Notre Dame (7-2-1), which
usually brings its men's and wom-
en's swimming squads together for
meets on the road, Friday was the
first time the women traveled alone
since that foggy night in January
1992. On that tragic evening, as the
Irish returned from a meet at North-
western, swimmers Meghan Beeler
and Colleen Hipp were killed when
the team bus slid off the road and
flipped over a few miles before
* reaching campus.
Since then, the Irish have re-
bounded remarkably well from the
"Our mental state was really
good," Fighting Irish coach Tim
Welsh said in reference to Friday
night's meet. "We have been han-
dling things really well, which is
great to see."
"It's something that has affected
everyone in the swimming commu-
nity," Wolverine coach Jim
Richardson said.
As for Michigan, the meet was a
break in its preparation for the Big
Ten championships, less than two
weeks away. The Wolverines have
been in the process of tapering down

for Big Tens since late January.
Friday night's competition, there-
fore, was not a valid indicator of
where Michigan stands right now in
its hunt to win a seventh consecutive
Big Ten crown.
"Everybody's in different cycles
right now, " said tri-captain Mindy
Gehrs, winner in the 100-yard
breaststroke, 200 individual medley
and member of the victorious 400
medley relay team (3 minutes, 54.45
seconds). "We were really tired but I
think we turned in some decent
Friday's contest also marked the
last home dual meet for Gehrs and
five other Wolverine seniors, includ-
ing diver and tri-captain Margie
Stoll, who claimed first place in the
one-meter diving competition with a
262.35 tally.
Another senior who excelled in
her final home dual meet was
Kirsten Silvester, who joined Gehrs
on the winning 400 medley relay
team as well as cruising to victories
in the 200 butterfly (2:06.32) and
200 freestyle (1:51.45).
Silvester, a native of the
Netherlands, was a major force in
Saturday's 184-114 thrashing of In-
diana in Bloomington. The freestyler
set a meet record in the 100 freestyle
(52.75) while also picking up vic-
tories in the 200 freestyle, 100 but-
terfly and 200 medley relay.
Also contributing to Michigan's
victory over the Hoosiers was Alecia
Humphrey, who set a meet and Ro-
yer Pool record in the 200 back-
stroke with a winning time of
The Wolverines do not compete
again until the conference champi-
onships beginning Feb. 18 at Can-
ham Natatorium.

by Charlie Breitrose
Daily Sports Writer
When asked what the greatest
achievement for athletes to attain,
virtually all would say that repre-
senting their country is at the top of
their list.
Just look at Magic Johnson. A
man who had won an NCAA title,
numerous NBA titles and almost ev-
ery individual award imaginable, he
felt that his career would not be
complete with out competing in the
red, white and blue uniform of the
United States.
Michigan field hockey players
Lelli and Kalli Hose share these
sentiments. The twin sisters will rep-
resent the United States in the 14th
Maccabiah Games.
The Maccabiah Games are an
international, Olympic-like competi-
tion held in Israel for Jewish athletes
around the globe. The event takes
place every four years, the year fol-
lowing the Summer Olympics. Fol-
lowing the Summer Games and the
Pan Am Games, the Maccabiah con-
tingent is the largest the United*

States sends.
Past American Maccabiah squads
have included Olympic champions
Mark Spitz and Mitch Gaylord.
The Maccabiah Games will be
held in July. The U.S. field hockey
team will play squads from Great
Britain, The Netherlands, South
Africa and Argentina. This will
mark the first time the Americans
send a field hockey squad.
Lelli, a junior defender for the
Wolverines, expressed great excite-
ment in being selected for the na-
tional squad.
"I'm really excited," she said. "It
will be so cool representing my
But the experience will not solely
be an athletic one. The trip is also
intended to be one for the athletes to
discover and explore their Jewish
The Hoses, along with the other
competitors will see such historical
sites as the city of Jerusalem, the
Dead Sea and Yad Vashem, a
memorial to victims of the

The Michigan women's swimming and diving team beat Notre Dame and
Indiana this weekend.

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