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vs. Ohio State
Saturday, noon (ABC)
Michigan Stadium



vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

hopes to
"Long and strong on the first 100,
pickup tempo on thesecondhundred,"
coach Jim Richardson shouts above
splashes at another of the Michigan
women's swim team's grueling prac-
Richardson and assistant coach
Chrissi Rawak are preparing for
Friday's meet in which they will face
two talented opponents,.Penn State and
Southern Illinois. It will be a test of the
best as both visitors have 4-1 records
this season and Michigan (3-0) is still
Richardson believes this weekend
will be a challenge for his team, espe-
cially because Penn State is resting up
for the meet.
"In all honesty, the likelihood of us
winning the meet isn't great,"
Richardson said. "We've improvedand
so have they. The improvements are a
Richardson and Lady Lions coach
Bob Krimmel are old friends and each
expressed theirrespect for one another.
"If you can't get up for Michigan,
you shouldn'tbe in this sport,"Krimmel
said. "We justneed tofocusmoremen-
tally and take it up 4 notch."
Southern Illinois has one loss this
season, to Arkansas, while Penn State
has only fallen to Big Ten rival Purdue.
"Southern Illinois is a good team,
but will notbe as strong as Penn State,"
Rawak said. "It should be a really in-
tense meet, especially because the
women are very exhausted."
The Nittany Lions rested for the
meetagainst Michigan this year justas
they did last season, when they de-
feated the Wolverines. Rawak ex-
plained that last year's meet was per-
formed under different circumstances
though, because it was during a series
of three away meets. The Michigan
women couldn't participate with full
squads in allthose events due to aca-
demic commitments.
Freshmen Anne Kampfe says that
this weekend will be a bit tougher than
last, when the Wolverines beat Minne-
"It's an honor for us knowing they
are swimming against us shaved and
tapered," Kampfe said. "We want to
win this week, so that come Big Tens,
we know we can be tough if we've
swam each team individually well."
Divers from all three squads will
participate in Friday's one-meter and
three-meter events.
"It wil be a great challenge, and a
compliment to our program to take on
a team who is shaving and tapering for
us," Richardson said.
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Michigan goes for it all
Women's soccer looks to take nationalclub title

The top eight women's club soccer
teamsin thecountry-twoteamsfrom
each of the four qualifying regions -
will be in Austin, Tex. today for the
start of the National Club Champion-
ship. Michigan will be one of those
Today the Wolverines will play the
first in a series of games which could
lead them to a 27-2 record and make
them national champions. But it won't
be an easy series.
"These are the best teams from their
respective regions," Michigan coach
Linda Hamilton said. "They've estab-
lished themselves. They've had to dig
deep and come up with big wins. It's
definitely going to be tougher."
The tournament is set up with two
brackets. One team from each region is
in each bracket. Every team will play
against the three other teams in its
bracket in the first round- two games
today and one tomorrow morning. The
two teams with the best records from
each bracket will move on to the semi-
finals tomorrow night, with the win-

ners of those two games competing in
the finals Saturday.
In the first round Michigan will
face Arizona, defending champion
North Texas and Colorado State. If the
Wolverines qualify for the semifinals
they willface Baylor, Brigham Young,
Mancado State or Illinois. Michigan
defeated the Illini 4-0 earlier this sea-
Hamilton said that the confidence
the Wolverines have this season may
give them the winning edge.
"They've gained confidence and
that can't ever be replaced," she said.
"They know that a team has to beat
them to win. They (the other team)
have to be the better team. It's nice to
gooutthere on the field knowing that."
"We haven't had to change much
(since the Midwest tournament)," cap-
tain Carrie Taylor said. "We've been
doing pretty well. You don't want to
change something that works.
"We have been working on passing
though. We have the tendency to get
frazzled and pass away to the other
team. All week we've been playing
small scrimmagestogetalotoftouches

on the ball and controlled passing."
Hamilton added that corner kicks
will be as important in the tournament
as they have been all season.
"A lot of scoring opportunities are
system we've set up will give us alotof
opportunities to score."
The team is optimistic about its
"We're pretty excited about our
chances," Taylor said. "We're all in
good shape, maybe the most in shape .
(at nationals). We just have to show up.
and play well."

The Michigan women's soccer team faces Arizona in its first game of the
National Club Championships today.

Jeff Cothran provides Ohio State with power and speed

Jeff Cothran likes to think of him-
self as a fullback in a tailback's body.
But some of his teammates think of
him as an extra offensive lineman.
"He's a third guard coming out of
the backfield with4.5 speedandanasty
attitude - you can't beat that," Ohio
" State offensivelineman Jason Winrow
Blocking. A mundane, unappreci-
ated art.
When itcomes toblocking, Cothran
is Picasso on the gridiron.
Just how effective is Cothran's
blocking? Consider this. In the Buck-
eyes' 24-6 thumping of Penn State,
Raymont Harris rushed for 151 yards,
buthad to share the co-offensive player
of the week honor with Cothran, who
didn't carry the ball once.
"Right now, Jeff is blocking as well
as any fullback I've been around,"
Buckeye coach John Cooper said.
"Big team and little me," is how
OSU offensive coordinator Joe Hollis
describes Cothran's attitude.
the Monday after the Penn State game.
When pressedbyreportersifhislackof
carries bothered him, Cothran re-
sponded, "I didn't even realize. I was
just glad we werewinning andRaymont
was having a good day."
Cothran is one of the few players in
thecountrywhocanhelphis team from
the backfield without even touching
the ball.
"He's the most underrated guy on
our offense," Hollis said. "Jeff has not
only done a great job of trying to block

his guy but destroy him as well. That
demonstrates his pride."
Cothran really does seem to enjoy
blocking for Harris and doesn't seem
to mind not getting the ball.
"It's not a problem. I'm rewarded
by how far the tailback gets. I have no
problem blocking for him; I could see
if he weren't getting thejob done, then
it would be hard, but that's not the
case," Cothran said.
Harrishas rushed for 882 yards this
season, and much of his success can be
tied to Cothran's blocks.
Cothran, who has only 163 yards
rushing, has had limited opportunity to
run the ball this season, with mixed
results. Inatwo-game span, he fumbled
four times.
It was a long route to the starting
fullback spot for Cothran, whichhehas
now held for two years. He was a
tailback at Middletown High School,
whereherushed for 1,850yardsand21
touchdowns asasenior. Nifty numbers
indeed, but he was a tailback, so he
wasn't recruited as the second coming
of Pete Johnson.
Then Cothran had to sit out his first
season as a result of Proposition 48.
"That was hell paying for my first
year," Cothran said.
The days without footballwere also
hellish forthe6-foot-2, 245-pound full-
back,buthe thinks they werehelpfulin
the long run.
"I couldn't practice, I couldn't do
anything with the team, couldn't go to
any functions." Cothran said. "But it
gave me a chance to get my academics
together, get stronger in the weight
roomandprepareforthe year tocome."

Summer 1991 marked the end of
Cothran's exile from football and also
a position change to fullback.
Cothran said he had to develop the
right kind of mentality to play fullback,
and that was an adjustment.
"I thought it was easy to switch
from tailback to fullback, but it was a
lot harder than I thought. You've got to
have an attitude about it."
Cothran made an auspicious debut
asaBuckeye in the 1991 season opener
against Arizona. On his first carry, he
took a handoff and rambled for 16
yards. For the day, Cothran would rush
for 105. It would be the only time he
would break the century mark in his
career as a Buckeye.
During Cothran's first season, he
was used sparingly asabackup to Scot-
tie Graham. In 1992, he started nine of
12 games and was the team's fourth
leading-rusher with 410 yards, and
fourth-leadingreceiverwith 19catches.
For his performance, he was chosen
second-team All-Big Ten.
Even though his numbers don't in-
dicate it, Cothran is a definite threat to
defenses with his ability to catch the
ball out of the backfield. It was his 29-
yard catch and run on the first play
against Penn State that set the tempo
for the Buckeye win over the Nittany
Cothran honed his receiving skills
by taking every opportunity to catch
passes during the breaks in practice. He
also caught 30 balls a day from a ma-
chine similar to a pitching machine
used by baseball teams.
"He's got a future in the game."
Hollis said

Jeff Cothran's running and blocking ability have helped the Buckeyes to a 9-
04 record going into Saturday's game against Michigan.

'M' men's swim team expecting easy victories

swimming team went to Madison for a
double dual meet with Minnesota and
host Wisconsin. The defending Big
Ten champions were almost upset by
the upstart Gophers; the Wolverines
had to pull out the meet in the final

Tomorrow night, at 7 pim., Michi-
gan will return home to Canham Nata-
torium for another double dual meet.
This time the opposition will come
from two nonconference foes, Eastern
Michigan and Southern Illinois.
The Wolverines need not fear an-
other close meet.

"These teams are not at the level of
anybody in the Big Ten," Michigan
swimming coach Jon Urbanchek said.
"Neither one of them will have any-
body to really compete with us.
"So, we're going to give our ath-
letes a chance to go in a lot of events
that are not in their domain. People are
going to be outside their comfort zone.
Like Gustavo Borges, a sprinter, will
swim the 500 freestyle. Sometimes,
though, we just experiment with (the
line up)."
Junior Marcel Wouda likes the op-
portunity to get in another meet before
the rigorous schedule that faces the
Wolverines this season.
"It should not be a problem at all to
win the meet. But I don't think that's
the most important thing. It's just an-
other chance for us to swim."

The Michigan divers will enjoy the.
return home, too. They will cherish the
opportunity to compete under normal
"(The meet in Madison) was a total
disaster in terms of trying to compete,"
diving coach Dick Kimball said. "We
had swimmers in front of us, going
back and forth, and we neverhad a time
where we could concentrate. Itwasjust
a survival of the fittest kind of meet. It
didn't show much of anything.
"I think this meet will give us a little
bitofachance to see where weare right
Three divers, Abel Sanchez, Eric
Lesser and Alex Bogaerts, lead the
Wolverine diving corps.
"They're all three very; close,"
Urbanchek said. "In any given meet
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