Men's Swimming and Diving
at Big Ten Championships
Today, Tomorrow and Saturday
at Big Ten Championships
Tomorrow and Saturday
Men go for eighth in a row
Swimmers seek another Big Ten conference crown
by Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Writer
Winning a championship one
year usually makes it all that much
harder to win it again the next year.
Repeat championships are not that
common in sports. Even more rare
than that are several championships
in a row.
You can't tell that to the
Michigan men's swimming and
diving team. The Wolverines will be
going after their eighth consecutive
Big Ten championship this weekend.
Today through Saturday at the
Indiana University-Purdue Univer-
sity at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Nat-
atorium, the Wolverines will battle it
out with the other ten schools in the
conference for the right to call
themselves champions again.
In last year's conference meet,
host Minnesota came within 90
points of dethroning the Wolverines.
"We had a big fear of
Minnesota," Michigan coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "They were so
strong and we had our redshirts."
Those redshirted swimmers were
seniors Eric Namesnik and Eric
Wunderlich, who used last year to
train for the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Their return, along with addition of
first-year swimmers Royce Sharp
and Marcel Wouda, also Olympians,
AP Men's Top 25
gives Michigan an all-star lineup
that will be tough to beat.
"We should have no problem
winning unless something drastic
happens, like we decide to not show
up," Urbanchek said. "The level of
the conference has improved over
the last few years, but Michigan is
definitely the favorite with the red-
shirts and the Olympians back."
In addition to taking the confer-
ence title, Michigan's goal this
weekend will be to qualify as many
swimmers as possible for the NCAA
Championships, which will be held
in two weeks at the same pool. If the
Wolverines are going to have a
chance of beating top-ranked and
defending champion Stanford they
will need a large squad in the pool at
"We need about a dozen swim-
mers to qualify," Urbanchek said.
"We especially need our relays to
Many of the Wolverines, includ-
ing Olympic-medalist Gustavo
Borges, have not yet qualified for
NCAAs. Borges, a four-time confer-
ence champion and Freshman-of-
the-Championship last year, hopes to
take hold of an NCAA bid this
"I'm focusing on the cuts right
now," Borges said. "I'm not really
worried about my times. I'm just
planning on swimming well and get-
ting the cuts."
Several Wolverine swimmers
will be participating in their first Big
Ten meet, including Randy Teeters,
Shuichi Matsumoto, Wouda, and
Sharp. For Wouda and Sharp, any-
way, the pressure of competing in a
big meet should not get to them, as
they have both been in much bigger
competitions around the world.
"This will be my first major
swim meet here in America," Wouda
said. "So, I don't really know what
to expect. I'll just go in there and see
Going into the championship,
Wouda already has some reason to
celebrate. He was named Big Ten
Swimmer of the Month for his per-
formances in February.
"I was really surprised to hear
that I won it," Wouda said. "I was
Wouda marked the third
Michigan swimmer who has won the
award in the last three months. -
As far as the championship meet
goes, the real competition will be for
second through fourth place.
"It should really be a good run
between Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio
State for second," Urbanchek said.
Eric Namesnik is one of four Olympians leading the men's swimming and diving team into this weekend's Big Ten
Championships in Indianapolis. Namesnik missed last year's competition in order to prepare for the Olympics.
* MEN'S SWIMMING NOTEBOOK
ou a wins Big Ten award
by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's swimming
and diving team continues to show
its dominance of the Big Ten confer-
ence. For the third consecutive
month, a Wolverine has won Big
Ten Swimmer of the Month.
This time sophomore Marcel
Wouda took the honors. Wouda was
a member of the 1992 Netherlands
Olympic team and has had a tremen-
dous start to his Michigan career (he
became eligible at the start of winter
term). Wouda currently holds Mich-
igan's season-best times in four
events including the 500- (4:23.55),
1000- (9:07.21), and 1650-yard
(15:13.31) freestyle, as well as the
200-yard individual medley
During the month of February,
Wouda set a Charles McCaffree pool
record (4:27.08) at Michigan State in
the"500 freestyle. In addition to the
record in the dual against the
Spartans, he also won the 200 IM.
During the following week's
meet against Ohio State, Wouda won
the 1650 freestyle and the 400 IM.
Wouda's time of 15:13.31 in the
1650 left him 34 hundredths of a
second from meeting the NCAA
championship qualification standard.
The two previous Big Ten
Swimmers of the Month were Eric
N a m e s n i k in December and
Gustavo Borges in January.
RECRUITS: The Wolverines
have been able to sign two recruits
to national letters of intent so far this
Tom Dolan (Yorktown, Va.,
Yorktown H.S) is a member of the
U.S. Junior National Team and
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek
says he has the potential to make the
Senior National Team. Dolan's best
events are the 400 IM and the dis-
tance freestyle events. Nationally,
Dolan ranked 21st (15:57.65) among
the 1992 United States' 1500-meter
freestyle times. He also holds the
13th best 400-meter IM time
Michigan's second recruit, Chris
Rumley (Fresno, Ca., Clovis H.S.),
is also a talented swimmer. Rumley
won the 200-yard freestyle at the
Junior National meet. He is also a
good individual medleyist and a
middle distance freestyler.
FINALLY?: This coming Mon-
day night in Indianapolis, former
Michigan standout and current
student assistant Mike Barrowman
will once again be up for the presti-
gious Sullivan Award. The award is
given to the top U.S. amateur athlete.
Barrowman has been nominated
every year since 1989. Barrowman's
credentials include the Olympic gold
medal he won with a world record
time 200-meter breaststroke
(2:10.16) last summer in Barcelona.
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by Paul Barger
Daily Baseball Writer
The Michigan baseball team's pitching staff had an
eventful start to its season during its spring tour. In the
opener against Florida, the Wolverines' starter and
closer did not give up an earned run. The offense
crossed the plate nine times. Yet the team could not pull
out the victory.
Starter Eric Heintschel felt the brunt of a line drive
from the Gator's fifth batter and was forced to miss the
rest of the game. Michigan's staff as a whole had a
shaky start, but managed to pull its stuff together in the
The lone earned run allowed in the final 32 innings
came in a 1-0 blanking at the hands of Missouri.
Heintschel took the loss in that game but came back to
Ann Arbor with an impressive 1.69 ERA.
WHERE ARE THE RUNS?: In their final three out-
ings, the Wolverines suffered two losses despite giving
up only one earned run. The run came on back-to-back
hits off Heintschel, the only hits he gave up in 7.1
innings. The explanation for the lack of run production
comes from leaving "too many ducks on the pond."
Michigan stranded 27 batters in the final three games
Blue shuts down
opposition s bats
while only scoring eight runs. After its first nine games
the squad has stranded 76 runners.
CATCHERS ON THE RISE: Michigan coach Bill
Freehan managed to give three catchers solid playing
time last week. Scott Niemec took his turn behind the
plate, while rookie Bart Close was put in the designated
hitter spot and 1992 team MVP Scott Winterlee played
SCHEDULING QUIRK: During the spring trip
Michigan's schedule did not treat the Wolverines
kindly. The team woke up at 6 a.m. Friday morning to
head to Mobile, Ala. to play Missouri. By the time the
club reached its final destination, the Wolverines had a
few moments to go to the hotel and then were rushed
directly to the field to play again.
BATTING LEADERS: After the first ten games of
the season, Rodney Goble leads the Wolverines in hit-
ting with an average of .400. Following Goble are Pat
Maloney (.333) and Brian Simmons (.324). Simmons
tops the roster with 12 hits and also has a team-high
Sophomores Niemec and Chad Chapman, along
with freshmen Close and Simmons, are responsible for
the Wolverines four home runs.
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