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8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 16, 1993

'M' men's
swimmers
shine over
summer
By BRETT JOHNSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
For the Michigan men's swimming
team, the road to next year's NCAA
championship has already begun. In
fact, it started almost immediately after
the team's second place finish at last
year's NCAAs.
Afteratremendous summer, the goal
of remaining in the top two nationally is
coming into focus.
"(The summer) was a confidence
builder," Michigan head coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "Having a good sum-
mer nationals, coming into the college
competition, it gives you an opportu-
nity to feel good about the upcoming
season. It gives you a great foundation.
A good college season starts with a
good summer season."
Possibly the biggest accomplish-
ment of the summer was Gustavo
Borges' performance at the Brazilian
national meet. Borges, a junior, set a
new world record in the 100-meter
short course
freestyle by
swimming a
47.94. Borges
also was a mem-
ber of the 400-
meter free relay
that set a new
world record.
"My goal was
to break the world
gorges record held by
Michael Gross
and to be the first to break 48 seconds in
(100 free) short course meters, and I did
that," Borges said.
"The summer helps to build expe-
rience. I just trained for half the sum-
mer, because I needed a break. But,
working in the summer is really im-
portant for collegiate swimming. You
don't need as much time to get back
into shape."
In July, at the U.S. Swimming
Nationals in Austin, Texas, three Wol-
verines swam well enough to repre-
sent the United States at the Pan Pa-
cific games in Japan. Sophomore
Royce Sharp won the 200-meter back-
stroke at nationals and followed that
performance with a victory in the
same event at the Pan Pacific champi-
onships in August.
Freshman Tom Dolan finished sec-
ond in the 400-meter individual medley
at nationals, and seniorco-captain Brice
Kopas placed fourth in the 400 IM at
nationals. These performances quali-
fied both for the Pan Pacifics where
Dolan placed second and Kopas won
the consolation finals.
The Pan Pacific meet was not the
only one at which Michigan swim-
mers placed highly this summer. Se-
nior co-captain Rodney VanTassell
competed at the World University
Games where he was part of the gold
medal-winning 800-meter freestyle
relay. VanTassell swam the fastest
split of the race (1:50.7). Marcel
Wouda competed at the European
Nationals where he won the bronze

medal in the 400 IM and placed eighth
in the 200 IM.
, Sophomore RandyTeeters and fresh-
man Chris Rumley competed at the
Olympic sports festival. Teeters placed
in the top five in both the 100 and 200-
meter breaststrokes and Rumley placed
second in the 200 and400 IMs and fifth
in the 1500 freestyle.
"The incoming freshmen having
such a great experience will help to fill
the shoes of the departing two Erics -
Eric Namesnik and Eric Wunderlich,"
Urbancheksaid. "I think they will pretty
much step right in, and may not neces-
sarily replace them, but will step right in
with confidence and try to keep us in the
top two at NCAAs."
The two Erics, although no longer
swimming for Michigan, still had
good summers. Namesnik set the
American record in the 400 IM at the
U.S. Nationals while earning the
award for most outstanding swim of
the meet. Wunderlich also swam at
the Pan Pacifics in August where he
placed third in the 200-meter breast-
stroke.
Summers such as this one have put
Michigan into a position to place highly
at NCAAs for years to come because of
the recuiting factor.
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sports desk on the second floor of the Student Publications
The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to O'Sullivan's Eatery &
s per week.
Kentucky at Indiana 15: Tennessee at Florida
Cornell at Princeton 16. Nebraska at UCLA
Florida St. at N. Carolina 17. Colorado at Stanford
Arkansas at Alabama 18. Louisiana Tech at S. Carolina
Virginia Tech at Miami 19. BYU at Colorado St.
Missouri at Texas A&M 20. Dartmouth at Penn
Syracuse at Texas

BOXING
Continued from page 5
points; that power belongs solely to the
referee.
Vann, characteristically, denied the
accusation.n
"I deducted no points on any round
and I told no one that I deducted a
point."
Vann's statement was countered by
Ken Gorman of the London Daily Star,
who supported Lawton's original quote.
Because of this pos' ble foul play,
Whitaker's promoter, n Duva, has
asked the Texas Department of Licens-
ing and Regulation, which oversees
boxing in the state, to take action re-

garding this latest fiasco.
Rumors have also spread that the
reason for the draw was that the judges
were scared. Thinking they may not
have escaped with their lives had they
scored the bout for Whitaker, thejudges
copped out and went for the boldest of
all decisions - a draw.
Now all of boxing can have a
rematch. That means another possible
45,000 to 50,000 spectators in the seats
at an average price of $100 per ticket.
Then, one million or so homes will call
the local cable company and order the
event on pay-per-view for $29.95 each.
And who would run this event? Don
King Productions and SET Television.
Only in America.

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