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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, March 31, 1993

Kariya highlights Maine lineup
Freshman centerjust one of many stars that power Black Bears

Royce Sharp, the American record holder in the 200-meter backstroke, will
compete atthe Phillips 66 national swimming championships this weekend.
swimers head to
Nahville for nationals

by Brett Johnson
and Charlie Breitrose
Daily Sports Writers
For most teams, when the season
is over, it's over. It isn't over for the
Michigan men's and women's
swimming squads, though.
A few of the Wolverine swim-
mers will be on the road again to the
home of country music, Nashville,
Tenn., for the Philips 66 National
Swimming Championships. The
meet .will be a long-course meters
competition, the first for the Michi-
gan swimmers since the fall and the
first major long-course meet for the
Americans since Barcelona.
Most of the 1992 American
Olympians will be in attendance, in-
cluding Pablo Morales, Summer
Sanders and Anita Nall. The Wol-
verine men throw three Olympians
into the fray with 400-meter ind-
ividual medley silver medalist Eric
Namesnik, Royce Sharp and'Dutch
Olympian Marcel Wouda.
Sharp said he is looking forward
to the chance of swimming long
course.
"I'm psyched to swim some long
course," Sharp said. "I like meters.
You don't have to do as many turns.
I'm not that good at turning. I'm
ready to go out there; maybe go a
best time in the 200 (backstroke) and
get something done out there."

If Sharp does swim a personal
best, he will break the American
record he set at -the 1992 United
States Olympic Trials last March.
His major competition includes Jeff
Rouse and the swimmers that beat
him in last weekend's NCAA cham-
pionship in the 200-yard back, Tripp
Schwenk and Derek Weatherford.
Namesnik is trying to bounce
back from a disappointing NCAA
meet. He had hopes for two IM
titles, but finished third and ninth in
the 400 and 200 IMs, respectively.
NCAA 200 breaststroke champion
Eric Wunderlich will compete, as
well as team-mates Brice Kopas,
Noel Strauss, Randy Teeters and
Steve West.
On the women's side, senior
Kirsten Silvester will be competing
in the 200-, 400- and 1500-meter
freestyles and the 200 butterfly. Sil-
vester must record meter times in
order to compete in the Dutch Na-
tional Team Trials this summer. She
is shooting for either the European
Championships or the World
University Games.
Silvester said she doesn't expect
to have stellar times, because the
NCAAs was two weeks ago.
"I'm just going to see," Silvester
said, "because I'm not very good at
extended tapers."

by Chad Finn
The Maine Campus
Merrimack College hockey coach
Ron Anderson stood on the edge of
the rink. His icy green eyes followed
the Zamboni machine around in cir-
cles as it systematically smoothed
over the frozen ice surface.
"They are just like that thing,"
Anderson said, nodding his head to-
ward the Zamboni. "They are a ma-
chine. They won't let anything get in
the way of their getting the job done.
I wouldn't be surprised if they went
undefeated this year."
"They" is the Maine hockey
team, and "the job" is winning. The
Black Bears came close to begin un-
FINSAL FOU R
defeated. Entering tomorrow's game
against Michigan, they are 40-1-2.
One of the reasons for the Maine
hockey team's great success is the
fact that so many of the team's play-
ers are having "career years."
There is 5-foot-4, 138 pound ju-
nior Cal Ingraham. The mighty mite
of the Maine forward corps leads the
nation in goals with 44 after 43
games, including a pair of four-goal
outings.
Four years ago, when Ingraham
was looking for a scholarship after
an illustrious career at Avon Old
Farms in Connecticut, Maine coach
Shawn Walsh took one look at the
diminutive scoring machine and
deemed him too small for the Divi-
sion I level. Only after he proved his
abilities at the Air Force Academy
for a year did Walsh give him a shot,
and then only as a walk-on transfer.
There is Jim Montgomery, the
senior center and team captain.
Montgomery played his first three
seasons in the shadows of former
Maine stars Scott Pellerin and Jean-
Eves Roy. When both moved on to

the pros at the end of the season,
Montgomery was expected to step
up and fill the gap.
He has, scoring 91 points and be-
coming Maine's all-time scoring
leader with 297 career points.
However, perhaps more than any
other player, it has been a quiet,
unassuming 18 year-old kid with a
fascination for Wayne Gretzky and a
penchant for pulling off the Great
One's patented moves that is respon-
sible for Maine's near perfection this
season.
His name is Paul Kariya and he
has made a bigger impact in college
hockey than any freshman in recent
memory. His eyes-in-the-back-of-
his-head passing skills and knack for
threading a pass to an open team-
mate have drawn him favorable
comparisons to his lifelong idol,
Gretzky.
Maine fans know they are seeing
something great when they watch
him working magic with the puck,
and so does Kariya's teammate In-
graham.
"He is just phenomenal," Ingra-
ham said. "I've played with and
against some great players, but I've
never seen anybody with the talent
and passing skills of Paul. He is go-
ing to be a superstar at any level he
plays."
When you think about the fact
that Kariya is just a freshman, his
accomplishments are even more as-
tounding. He played for the Cana-
dian World Junior team earlier this
year and was promptly named All-
World for his performance.
He leads the nation in scoring
with 96 points (25 goals-71 assists).
He has an excellent chance to be-

come Maine's second straight
Hobey Baker Award winner
(Pellerin won it last year).
In addition, the pro'scouts have
been watching him and like what
they see. He is a projected top-five
selection in June's NHL draft.
It's a lot for any 18 year-old to
handle, but then again, Paul Kariya
isn't your typical 18 year-old. The
son of school teachers, he was ac-
cepted for early admittance to Har-
vard. At Maine he has maintained a
lofty 3.44 GPA.

"That's why I chose Maine. I like
the closeness and the atmosphere
surrounding the hockey team but I
also sat in on a few classes with my
parents. We agreed that the school
had a lot to offer academically. It
seemed to be the best of both
worlds."
Kariya is brushing off the ram-
pant rumors that he will turn pro af-
ter this season, saying only that he is
concentrating on the immediate fu-
ture. However, he admits the NHL is
something that frequently crosses his
mind.
"It has always been my dream,
so it's only natural," he said. "Down
the road, it's definitely my long-term
goal to play in the NHL. Right now I
only have one goal on my mind- 0
to win the national championship."
The national championship --
the Achilles' heel of the Maine pro-
gram. After holding the No. 1 rank-
ing for all but one week of last sea-
son, the Black Bears were stunned
by a 3-2 loss to Michigan State in
the NCAA tournament.
But this year seems different.
Part of it is the great talent - but
Maine has had talent before. It gets
back to what Ron Anderson was
talking about - a determination to
get the job done.
No one is more focused on the ul-
timate goal than Paul Kariya.
"I wasn't here last year, but I
know how much it hurt these guys to
fall short," Kariya said. "But maybe
it made us stronger this year, know-
ing that one let down in intensity
could end it all again.
"I'm sure we're going to be rarin'
to go come tournament time," he
said. "I know I will."

Kariya

"The kid would have a terrific fu-
ture with or without hockey," Walsh
said.
Kariya says that life without
hockey is something he always tries
to remind himself of, though it is
something he hopes he doesn't have
to deal with until far into the future.
"No matter how well things are
going for me in hockey, I try to re-
member that an injury can end it all
at any moment," Kariya said.

Women golfers struggle in downpour

- I

by Tyler Rheem
The Michigan women golfers
took to this past weekend's tourna-
ment in Columbia, S. C., with the
expectation of improvement. That
was and was not realized. The team
finished 16th out of 18 teams - at
first look, not very impressive.
However, they managed to sig-
nificantly improve upon last year's
tournament team score, a mixed
blessing of sorts.
"We were 61 shots better this
time than at this tournament last
year," Michigan coach Sue LeClair
said. "That shows definite team im-
provement....I wasn't expecting us to
place that well considering that I
knew the others had practiced a lot
more."
Normally, this would have been
the Wolverines' first tournament of
the season. This year, they have al-
ready played twice. Even with the
extra practice, circumstances such as
weather and sunset managed to play
a role in the team's finish. When
some things go right, others are

bound to go wrong.
"We had an hour and a half rain
delay on Saturday and had to com-
plete play on Sunday. If Shannon
'I wasn't expecting us
to place that well
considering that I
knew the others had
practiced a lot more.'
- Sue LeClair
Michigan golf coach
(MacDonald) had been able to finish
Saturday, she would've been at 78 or
79," LeClair said. "Instead, she
played some holes in the dark on
Saturday and the rest very early
Sunday."
McDonald finished the second
round with an 83, shooting an 81 in
both of the other two rounds.
"None of us had played even one
hole in the past two weeks,"

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She finished first individually for
Michigan, followed by seniors Tricia
Good (85-84-79-248) in second and
Wendy Bigler in third. Everyone
showed day-to-day improvement.
The team went from a 341 in the
first round to a 333 in the second.
They finished by shooting a 324
Sunday.
Going into the season, LeClair
had commented that in order to be
successful, the players would have to
consistently hit the 80-stroke mark.
They came closer to that goal in
Columbia, yet another bright spot.
The -highest score recorded on
Sunday was an 82, the lowest was
Good's 79.
"We're coming closer to 80 as a
group ... we just need to have that
one player shoot a 74 or 75," LeClair
said. "We have the players to do
that. We just need to come together."
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Continued from page 9
Michigan players felt good about
the trip.
"It was a fun weekend, even
though it was really hectic," Frank
said.
The Wolverines will play the
Motor City Lacrosse club tonight at
Oosterbaan Field House at 10 p.m.

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