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The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday- March 1,1993- Page 7

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when she grabbed her second
consecutive title in the 400 individ-
ual medley with a time of 4:15.55.
She and senior Missy McCracken
also picked up second and eighth in
the 200 butterfly event.
Hooiveld again proved her na-
tional quality rating in the 100
breaststroke with a 1:01.63 swim,
defending her title and setting a Big
Ten-record time. Juniors Tara Hig-
gins and Val Hyduk also took third
and eighth for Michigan.
These Wolverines repeated their
stellar performances in the 200
breaststroke. Hooiveld took her sec-
ond straight title and broke the Big
Ten meet-record in 2:13.74.
Higgins placed fourth, and Hyduk
took seventh.
In the 100 backstroke,
Humphrey also defended her title
when she placed first in 54.50
seconds. Jackson and sophomore
Jennifer Almeida added to the
Wolverines' score with their fourth
and eighth-place finishes.
"It felt pretty good," Humphrey
said. "I'm not tapered and I'm get-
ting my best times, which makes
me really happy. Jim (Richardson)
thought I could go right on my best
times, and I'm doing a little faster
than that. So I'm really psyched for
NCAAs."
Humphrey, Jackson and
Almeida also shined in the 200
backstroke with an exciting one-
two-three finish in front of four
Northwestern swimmers. Hum-

SWIMMING NOTEBOOK

"LA SK "'AMN I r ary
The women's swimming and diving team celebrates after winning its
seventh consecutive Big Ten championship at Canham Natatorium.

by Charlie Breitrose
and Dave Kraft
Daily Sports Writers
With less than three weeks to go before the NCAA
championships in Minneapolis, Michigan has already
met NCAA qualification standards in 11 events, six of
which came at the recent conference championships at
Canham Natatorium.
The individual qualifiers include: Kathy Deibler
(500-yard freestyle), Mindy Gehrs (200 and 400 indi-
vidual medleys), Lara Hooiveld (100 and 200 breast-
stroke), Alecia Humphrey (100 and 200 backstroke,
200 IM), and Kirsten Silvester (500 freestyle).
The two remaining qualifications came in the 200
and 400 medley relays, both at Big Tens.
Coach Jim Richardson believes that Tara Higgins
and Jackson will "probably" qualify in the 100 or 200
breaststroke and 200 backstroke, respectively.
While Richardson feels this year's qualifiers will
make up a strong squad in Minneapolis, he readily ad-
mits that his team will be at a clear disadvantage against
perennial powerhouses Stanford, Texas and Florida, all
of whom will field significantly larger teams at the
NCAA Championships.
"We have a chance to finish in the top 10, but it'll be
tough without any freestyle relays," Richardson said.
SEVEN'S A CHARM: With last Saturday's victory,
the Wolverines captured an impressive seventh consec-
utive conference title. But even more astounding is the
fact that no other women's Big Ten team in any sport
has ever captured more than six championships in a
row.
The previous women's records of six consecutive ti-
tles were held by Ohio State basketball (1982-87),
Wisconsin cross country (1984-89) and Indiana's tennis
squad (1987-present).
THERE'S No PLACE LIKE HOME: In attendance
throughout last weekend's championships were several

Women gear up
former Wolverine-swimmers. Representing the class of
1992 was NCAA All-American Katherine Creighton,
Big Ten 800-freestyle champion Michelle Swix and
NCAA qualifier Lisa Anderson. Crissi Rawak ('9J)
also made her usual presence on the sidelines, whre
she is in her second year as Michigan's assistant coach.
THE VACANT TOWERS OF THE BIG TEN: There
is a noticeable difference between the diving events-at
the Big Ten and NCAA championship meets. Tower
diving is not an official event in the Big Ten confer-
ence. The only time the event is held is during the Big
Ten championships, where it is still unofficial. This
actually inhibits the progress of divers preparing for the
NCAA diving championships, according to Michigan
diving coach Dick Kimball.
"There are a lot of divers that don't bother training
for the tower, because it is not a part of the conference,"
Kimball said.
Nine of the 11 teams in the conference have towers
in their diving facilities. However, the Big Ten confer-
ence decided to keep the event as an exhibition because
of the protests from a few coaches.
AND THE WINNER IS ...: With their eight individ-
ual titles at the Big Tens, the Wolverines surpassed
Ohio State for having the most individual champions in
conference history. Entering the meet, the Buckeyes had
63 all-time individual victories, two more than
Michigan. However, Ohio State could only muster one
title, giving the Wolverines a 69-64 edge.
NEW LIDS ON THE BLOCKS: The women swim-
mers followed the latest trend in Michigan sports by al-
tering their swimming attire. First, it was the basketball
team's Maize uniforms, then it was the hockey team
with their Maize uniforms. Last weekend at the Big Ten
championships, the swim team abandoned their tradi-
tional 'M' swim caps for "winged" caps, reminiscent of
the Wolverine football helmets.

phrey again defended her event title
and broke her own Big Ten-record
of 1:56.53 with a 1:56.15
performance.
Freshman Carrie Zarse and
junior Cinnamon Woods added to
Michigan's victory with strong
performances in the three-meter
diving event. Zarse scored 473.04
points and Woods 451.95 points,
earning them sixth- and seventh-
place among the top eight finalists.
Many Wolverines said they
found this year's event to be the
most fulfilling in their careers.
"It makes it much more special,"
Higgins said. "It's the first time we
were ever really scared that we

wouldn't win. It just makes it ten
times better. I can't wait for next
year. I hope it's just as close next
year."
Humphrey claimed further hon-
ors by getting named Swimmer of
the Year - a title she said she was
not expecting.
"Everything now is just so excit-
ing," Humphrey said. "After the
200-yard backstroke, we were so
excited. I've been running around
like crazy for the last hour and a
half and (then to be named
Swimmer of the Year) - it was all
over."
- Daily Sports Writer David
Kraft contributed to this report

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