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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Friday, February 19,1993

Women s gymnastics
faces Western foes
by Thom Holden
Daily Sports Writer
The Wolverines (2-1 Big Ten, 8-1 overall) left yesterday for three meets in
six days in Oklahoma, Utah and Colorado.
Feb.19, the No.12 Wolverines start their western swing in Norman, Okla.,
against the No. 19 Sooners.
From there, they travel to No. 16 Utah State for ameet on the 19th. Feb. 22,
they take on host University of Denver.
On individual apparatuses, the Wolverines are ranked ninth nationally on
the uneven bars, 11th on the vault and 15th on the balance beam.
For invididual performers, sophomore All-American Beth Wymer is
ranked 12th overall on all-around performance.

Michigan wrestler Brian Harper grapples with Willy Short of Minnesota last Sunday. The Wolverines square off
tomorrow against 10th-ranked Wisconsin, a team about which Michigan coach Dale Bahr admits he knows little.

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Men tumblers seek
improvement on road
by Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
As the Michigan's men's gymnastics team embarks on a two week, three-
meet road trip to California and Arizona, it heads into a crucial part of its
season. After two months of competition, the No. 13 Wolverines will attempt
to develop the scores that they hope will carry them into postseason play.
"We really need to set the pace (on this road trip) so we can head into March
and get the scores that will qualify forregionals," Michigan coach BobDarden
The road trip begins with a dual meet with Illinois and UC-Santa Barbara
tonight. The Fighting Illini, who are putting up team scores in the mid-270's,
are the favorite of the meet. Michigan and the Gauchos should be competitive,
each hoping to hit the lower-270's.
Tomorrow night, the Wolverines will take on San Jose State and defending
national champion Stanford at Palo Alto. The Cardinal, with scores in the
270's, have lost little from last year's level.
The Wolverines finish their road trip next Friday at Arizona State. The Sun
Devils are capable of scoring in the 270's and will be a tough match-up for the

Wrestlers face faceles

by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team
dropped several rungs down the Big
Ten ladder last weekend, when it
lost to sixth-ranked Ohio State and
No. 8 Minnesota.
The Wolverines climbed back up
a little bit against Michigan State
Wednesday, and they can continue
their rise tomorrow at Wisconsin.
Wisconsin, ranked 10th in the
country, features five wrestlers
ranked in the top 20. But the Bad-
gers could send ten football players
out on the mat and the Wolverines
probably wouldn't be able to tell the
"To tell you the truth, I haven't
seen Wisconsin and I don't know
much about them," Michigan coach
Dale Bahr said. "I know they've
struggled a little this year, for one
reason or another. Hopefully we can
go up there and beat them."

"We don't know much about
Wisconsin," Michigan senior James
Rawls added. "We know that they're
tough at 118 (pounds), 142, and 190.
Other than that, we don't know
Unfortunately for Michigan,
Wisconsin's strengths are at the
same weights as the Wolverines'
One of those weights is 190
pounds, where Michigan continues
its search for Jehad Hamdan' s re-
placement. Hamdan had surgery
yesterday to repair torn cartilage in
his knee. He is expected to be 100
percent by the start of next season.
The Badgers will wrestle Keith
Davison, ranked No. 5 in the coun-
try, at 190. Bahr said he is consider-
ing forfeiting the weight if Michigan
has already clinched a victory, some-
thing he did against Michigan State.
"We expect to win at 190," Wis-
consin coach Andy Rein said.

s Badgers
"Hopefully we can get a pin, or at
least a major (decision). But at 126,
177, and heavyweight, I don't think
it's possible for us to win.
"As a coach, I expect to win
whenever we go out there. But
Michigan, on paper, is a better team
than we are. Hopefully our fans can
help us win the meet."
One of the most interesting
matches is at 142. Wisconsin's Ryan
Lord will wrestle Rawls. Rawls beat
Lord 4-3 at last year's Cliff Keen
National Team Duals.
"(Lord) is a good athlete, but he's
not that good as far as wrestling is
concerned," Rawls said.
Wolverine Sean Bormet, ranked
third in the nation at 158, will return
to action after sitting out the Michi-
gan State match because of his
chronic bad back.
"Sean's back is a lot better,"
Bahr said. "(Not wrestling) really
helped him."



Men laxers to play
two in Louisiana
by J.L. Rostam-Abadi
The Michigan men's lacrosse team caravanned down to Baton Rouge, La.,
yesterday for spring break activities, including practice, two games and a taste
of Mardi Gras. The Wolverines' games are scheduled to be played Feb. 27,
against Louisiana State and Red River Lacrosse Club. The games will be
preceded by a week's worth of practice, and a side trip to New Orleans for
Mardi Gras.
Michigan's troupe consists of 32 members, most of whom will be making
the trip down south. The team size is relatively small compared to other college
teams. Nonetheless, team-president Ranjiv Advani said he is really excited for
the rest of the season, noting that the Wolverines are starting to come together
as a team.
The Wolverines' season began last Saturday with a 22-0 victory over
Illinois. With three consecutive Big Ten Club Championships under its belt,
Michigan will attempt to achieve its fourth this season.

Women netters look to
continue early success

Big Ten Swimming
at Canham Natatorium
After the first day

swoosh to
by Brent McIntosh
The Michigan ski teams have
been headed downhill fast this sea-
son - and because that's not a
negative in skiing, they hope the
trend continues this weekend.
Both the men's and women's
teams head to Giant's Ridge, Minn.,
for the NCAA regional meet
tomorrow and Sunday, where they
will face teams from all over the
Midwest. This will be the Wolveri-
nes' first meet against mainly varsity
teams; at Michigan, skiing is a club
Even with the heightened compe-
tition, the team members said they
expect to be competitive.
"Earlier this year we beat Wis-
consin, and they're varsity," senior
co-captain Mike Johnson said. "For
a varsity team to lose to us, a club
with no coach and little funding, it's
embarrassing to them and a big plus
for us."
Past triumphs aside, the Wolver-
ines are looking to place high, espe-
cially the women's squad. They've
dominated several meets this year,
with Michigan skiers often sweeping
the top three spots. "It's rare, but
we've done it a lot this year," skier
Jennifer Shorter said.
Both teams need to place among
the top three squads this weekend to
advance to the national champi-
onships at Squaw Valley, Colorado.
Last year, the women placed eighth
at nationals, grabbing the distinction
of being the nation's top club team.
"We have so much depth that
even when someone skis poorly, we
can usually pull it out. Anything can
happen, but if we all stand up, we
have a good chance to win," Amy
Portenga said.
The men's team also expressed
"Even though our performance at
divisionals wasn't too strong, we
managed to place second," senior
co-captain Steve Portenga said.
"We've never qualified for nation-
als, but teams like this are special-
they rarely come along."
Both teams faltered on Feb. 5,
the first day of divisionals, but
strong skiing on the next day
brought them back into the competi-
tion. The women finished in first
Following the 200 IM, North-
western got a chance to gain ground
where Michigan is weakest. The
Wildcats took advantage by qualify-
ing three swimmers in the final heat
of the 50 freestyle, while Michigan
had none. But the Wildcats were un-
able to make up as much ground as
they wished, finishing in the last
three slots.
The Wolverine diving team also
did its best to help the cause. Red-
shirt freshman Carrie Zarse made up
a ten point deficit at the midway

"I had two goals
coming into the meet
(winning the 500 and
making NCAA cuts)
and I got both.'
- Kirsten Silvester
point to beat a former Big Ten
champion - Kristen Kane of
Indiana - and win the one-meter
spring board title.
"Carrie did a great job," diving
coach Dick Kimball said.
"especially considering she's a
Richardson said he saw the day
as a successful one, but warned that
the Michigan could still stall.
"I figured that (the meet) would
be even, or we might be a little be-
hind," Richardson said, "So I am re-
ally pleased to have a 35 point lead.
"But the meet is far from over,
we still have to swim two more

by Tim Spolar
Daily Sports Writer
As the Michigan women's tennis
team tries to put some heat on its
opponents each of the next two
weekends, its can only expect
mother nature to pitch in once.
The Wolverines stay home this
weekend, opening Big Ten dual-
match play against Purdue. After
narrowly defeating Miami (Ohio)
last weekend, 5-4, the squad is look-
ing to build some early-season mo-
mentum against one of the weaker
opponents on the Big Ten schedule.
"The (Miami) win was really im-
portant for us," freshman Angie
Popek said. "You've got to start off
right and build up the confidence
level. The win was great, because
they were ranked higher than us in
the region, so that's a great confi-
dence builder.
"We're expecting (Purdue) to be
a strong team. We just have to make
sure that we don't let ourselves get
"We did beat them 9-0 last year,
so we didn't have too much trouble
then," team co-captain Jaimie Field-
ing added. "They have added some
new players, however, so we expect
some of the individual matches to be
When Michigan leaves the cozy
confines of the Indoor Track and
Tennis Building the following
weekend, they hope to enjoy the

same environment of many of their
U-M peers: the Florida weather.
When the Wolverines hit the
Sunshine State, however, their
weekend will be no day at the beach.
Their itinerary includes head-to-
head duels with the University of
Southern Florida Friday and Florida
State the following morning, both on
USF's turf.
"Both teams beat us last year,"
Fielding said. "Our first goal next
week will be focusing on the ad-
justments we'll need to make for
playing outside. And obviously,
since both teams beat us, we're go-
ing to have to play hard to get the
Michigan will try to work from
its all-around performance against
the Redskins. While sophomore Liz
Cyganiak was the only Wolverine to
win both her singles and doubles
match last week, each of the athletes
chipped in, pulling out just enough
matches to earn the victory.
"Each person kind of helped out
in their own way," junior Allison
Schlonsky said after the meet. "We
prepared all week and we were just
mentally and physically ready for
Michigan hopes to be just as fo-
cused in Florida. With the advantage
of the week off from classes and the
related distractions, the squad will
attempt to ready all facets of its
game for the trip south.

1. Michigan
2. Northwestern
3. Ohio State
4. Penn State
5. Minnesota
6. Purdue
7. Iowa
8. Indiana
9. Wisconsin
10. Illinois
11. Michigan State



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closing in the last 25 yards, and I put
my head down and said to myself
'Don't breathe."'
Her time of 4:53.60 not only
gave Silvester her second straight
Big Ten title in the event, but also
qualified her for the NCAA
"I had two goals coming into the
meet (winning the 500 and making
NCAA cuts) and I got both," Sil-
vester said.
"I was incredibly happy."
Michigan increased its lead even
more with a spectacular effort in the
200 individual medley. Mindy Gehrs
and Alecia Humphrey took the top
two spots, and both posted times be-
low the NCAA qualifying time of
Humphrey was one of three
Michigan swimmers that did not
shave and rest for this meet. She said
she surprised herself by swimming a
personal best time.

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