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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - March 8, 1993

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pected Gustavo because he did so
good, especially the last relay was
Wouda's meet started Thursday
in the 500-yard freestyle. In the
morning preliminaries, Wouda set a
new Big Ten championship and
Michigan team record by swimming
a 4 minutes, 17.99 seconds. In the
finals, Wouda won the event, but
was not able to improve on his
morning time. The time also
qualified Wouda for the NCAA
championships in late March.
"Tonight (Thursday), I went out
too slow, and I had too much left at
the end of the race," Wouda said. "I
was not really happy with my per-
formance because I wanted to go a
little faster, but still I made my qual-
ifying time and that was a goal and I
won my event."
Wouda continued his outstanding
performance Friday night in the 400-
yard individual medley, setting a
new Big Ten championship record
(3:44.61). Saturday, Wouda won his
last individual event, the 1650-yard
Not to be outdone, sophomore
Gustavo Borges also won his three
individual events, the 50-, 100-, and
200-yard freestyles. Borges met the
NCAA cuts in all three events and
also anchored the four winning
Michigan relay teams. The 800-yard
freestlye, 400-yard medley, and the
200 medley relays all set Big Ten
records, and Borges's 42.0 in the last
leg of the 400 freestyle provided the
Wolverines with their fourth relay

win and the most exciting one of the
Freshman Royce Sharp came up
with two wins and a second-place
finish en route to being named the
conference's Freshman of the Year.
Sharp won the 200 IM, finished sec-
ond to Wouda in the 400 IM, and set
a new Big Ten record with his
1:42.72 in the 200-yard backstroke.
"I was satisfied with it (200
backstroke) for now," Sharp said.
"We didn't taper that much. I think I
can go a lot faster at NCAAs. I did-
n't expect (the award), but it's al-
ways nice to get more hardware and
In the butterfly events, Brian
Gunn made his impact on the meet.
Gunn, a senior tri-captain, won the
200-yard butterfly (1:44.73) and
placed third in the 100 fly. Gunn
also met a qualifying time in the 500
freestyle, finishing second behind
"I was really happy going a per-
sonal best (in the 200)," Gunn said.
"Winning was sort of a bonus.
Whenever you go a personal best,
you can't hang your head."
Eric Wunderlich also had a
strong meet. Wunderlich set new Big
Ten meet records in the 100- and
200-yard breaststrokes. He was also
a member of three winning relay
There were many other outstand-
ing performances by the Wolverine
swimmers. Rodney Van Tassell was
on three relays and scored 47 indi-
vidual points. Tom Hay also com-
peted on three relays and notched 27
individual points. Other Wolverine
scorers included Dan Abuzzi (26 re-

lay, 6 individual), Brice Kopas (33
individual), Thomas Blake (33), Eric
Namesnik (36), Kent Tschannen
(11), Steve Duttenhoffer (26),
Shuichi Matsumoto (10), Steve West
(24), and Randy Teeters (5).
Namesnik was neither shaved nor
tapered for the meet because he had
already qualified for the NCAAs.
Namesnik was a little disappointed
but expects to be ready in two
The diving squad also chipped in
on the all-around performance. Eric
Lesser made the finals on both the 1-
and 3-meter boards. Jeff Jozwiak,
Alex Bogaerts, and Brad Lambert
also competed and scored points.
"They did a good job," Michigan
diving coach Dick Kimball said. "I
think they'll do better at their own
pool at the zone meet."
Lesser was also pleased with his
"It was a tough contest over the
two nights," Lesser said. "I made it
to the finals for the first time in 1
meter. I'm happy with my perfor-
mance (Friday). I was able to put to-
gether the dives I needed to."
The Wolverines now shift their
focus towards the national title that
they hope to take away from
Stanford in Indianapolis in late
March. Namesnik believes that it is a
"I think overall the team is doing
awesome," Namesnik said on
Friday. "If this is any indication - if
we can hold on for three weeks. We
can go back and know we're a good
team. Hopefully, we'll realize that
we have a chance to be national

MacDonald goes the distance

for men runners at

by Jesse Brouhard
Daily Sports Writer
MADISON - On a day in
Wisconsin where the mile run could
have culminated on the steps of the
state capitol building a mile away,
freshman Scott MacDonald decided
to run circles around the com-
petition in the Camp Randall sports
complex instead.
MacDonald highlighted the
Michigan men's indoor track team's
performance at the Big Ten champi-
onships by winning the mile run
with a time of 4:08.45, Saturday, and
placing sixth in the 3000 meter com-
petition the evening before.
The Wolverines had strong
showings throughout the distance
events, but their lack of competitors
in the sprints led to an eighth-place
finish overall in the competition.
"My main focus throughout the
meet has been the mile; I had the
fastest time coming into the final,"
MacDonald said. "I did feel a little
pressured, but at least I made the fi-
nals. That would have been a big
disappointment not to be in the fi-
Freshman Trinity Townsend and
junior Aaron Grzymkowski chipped
in the other sterling distance perfor-
mances. Townsend ended up finish-
ing sixth in the 600 meter (1:21.50)
while Grzymkowski placed fifth in
the 800 meter run (1:54.30).

Grzymkowski didn't make things
easy on himself by coming from last
place after 600 meters to fifth in the
final lap of the race.
"I was worried, but that has kind
of been my style as of late,"
Grzymkowski said. "I've adopted a
style of staying in back. I just have
to make my move before it is too
The 3000-meter event didn't go
smoothly for MacDonald either, as
he became a shoeless variety of his
regular self after being spiked in the
heel at the 1000-meter juncture of
the race.
"I got clipped in the heel and then
I lost my shoe," MacDonald said.
"It's really hard to run without one
shoe, you have about one-half the
Sophomore Felman Malveaux
placed into the semi-finals of the 55
meter dash, but his time of 6.56 sec-
onds was not good enough to place
him in the finals.
"Felman hasn't had much work,"
track coach Jack Harvey said. "His
times did get faster each race and
that's what were looking for."
In the field events, freshman
Sean Clancy set a new personal
record for himself by more than 100
points after accumulating a score of
3,809 in the pentathlon. This turned
out to be good enough for a fourth-
place finish.

Big Tens
Clancy's score could have been
even higher, but his performances in
the high jump and shot put went be-
low his expectations.
"I did O.K. but I kind of burned
out on my high jump and shot put,"
Clancy said. "I did my best score of
the season so far by 140 points. In
about two weeks, I start practicing
for the decathlon, which is even
Junior Toby Van Pelt placed
sixth in the pole vault, clearing 16'
9-3/4". The Michigan troika of
sophomore Todd Richards (6' 10-
1/4"), senior Dan Reddan (6' 9") and
freshman Jon Royce (6' 9") took
sixth through eighth place in the
high jump.
Overall, Harvey expressed
pleasure with the Wolverines'
performances over the weekend. The
squad placed more members in the
finals of each running event (four)
than in the recent past.
"In the qualifying we got the
people in that we needed to," Harvey
said. "Overall I'm very pleased. This
is our best performance at this meet,
in the past three years."
At the conclusion of the
meet, MacDonald was honored as
the Big Ten indoor freshman of the
year for his performances in the mile
and 3000 meter events throughout
the-indoor season.



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