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8- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 22, 1993

Men's swimming picks up easy wins.

Over and over, again and again.
Doing the same thing all the time can
get very tiring. So the Michigan's
men's swimming team decided to
liven up its Friday night with variety.
The Wolverines swam off-events,
ones they probably won't swim for
the rest of the year. Despite this fac-
tor, Michigan defeated Eastern Michi-
gan by a score of 137-93, and South-
ern Illinois, 150-77, in the double-
dual meet at Canham Natatorium.
Eastern Michigan won the third dual
meet over Southern Illinois, 127-106.
"I think there were some (good)
swims," Urbanchek said. "Especially
our individual medley swimmers.
(They) had a chance to swim the stroke
events, which was very good. (Tom)
Dolan's backstroke was pretty good."
Senior co-captain Rodney
VanTassell was glad to mix things up.

"Its always fun to come in here
and just swim whatever, as opposed
to constantly grinding the same event,"
he said. "If you do poorly in your best
event, and you're not happy, you know
you get down easier."
Backstroker Royce Sharp swam
by far the most unusual event, an.
event that possibly nobody else in the
country will swim this season - the
1000-yard backstroke. To top it off,
the sophomore beat the rest of the
field, which was full of people swim-
ming freestyle, a faster stroke.
"I swim a lot of distance back-
stroke and stuff, like in workouts,"
Sharp said. "I did it last year, I went
like 9:46. Today I was really tired. I
don't know how I did it."
To round out a tough evening,
Sharp finished with the 200 butterfly.
To say that Michigan dominated
the competition would be an under-
statement. Michigan won all but one

event, and swept the top spots in five.
The divers also took the top three
spots against Southern Illinois in both
the one-meter and three-meter events.
"John (Kiani) on one-meter did
very well," Michigan coach Dick
Kimball said. "He would have won
everything, but he was only diving
against Southern Illinois. But he di*
one of his best performances."
Kimball did not think the team
was close to its top form.
"I wasn't real pleased with them. I
don't think we dived that well,"
Kimball said. "We really didn't focus
on the meet at all. It wasn't a very
important meet."
Steven West and VanTassell were
Michigan's double-event winners.
VanTassell won the 500 freestyl*
(4:35.24) and the 200 butterfly
(1:54.38). West took the 200 breast-
stroke (2:03.87) and his 100 breast-
stroke leg of the 400 medley relay.

Royce Sharp and the Michigan Wolverines tuned up against Southern Illinois and Eastern Michigan this weekend.
Swimmers can recover from loss of seniors

Volleyball swept by Lions, Buckeyes

Every season different people must step up to replace
the departing seniors. It's a fact of life in college athletics.
The problem for the third-ranked Michigan men's
swimming team is that three of the departing seniors were
world class swimmers - Eric Namesnik, Eric Wunderlich
and Brian Gunn. The team also lost the leadership of co-
captain Steve Duttenhoffer. In order for the team to reach
its goal of a second place finish at NCAAs, they have to
find a way to replace the leadership, and more importantly
the points, that these departing athletes took with them.
The bulk of this task will be thrust on three seniors and
three freshmen. Co-captains Rodney VanTassell and Brice
Kopas as well as fellow senior Tom Hay must elevate their
level of performance as well as take on the leadership role.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, Kopas has mononucleo-
sis and will be unavailable until late December. In fact, he
is back in Arizona recovering.
As for the freshmen, they represent one of the top
recruiting classes in the country, and it is essential that
they adapt to college swimming and make an impact.
"It's a team effort to replace the big guys that are
gone," Hay said. "There is no way we can replace the guys
we lost. Everyone is going to have to be a little better than
last year. We're going to have to get some guys who
placed high to even get a little bit higher.
"There's no way we're going to take three new fresh-
men or three new guys and put them into where the Erics
and Brian were. But if I can improve, and Brice and
Rodney can also, and having these freshmen, I think we
can make up the difference. I think we can accomplish our
goals with what we have."
Hay's role will be to try to offset the loss of Gunn in the
butterfly events. Gunn finished second in the 200-yard fly
at last year's NCAAs. Hay needs to improve at the
NCAAs and score in the top eight in both the 100 and 200,
if possible. He also needs to compete well in the dual

"Hopefully, I'll step up in the dual meets where I'm
needed in the butterfly. At Big Tens and NCAAs, I'll be
the primary flyer. I'm looking for my best year and to
improve every time out. Hopefully by the end, I'll be right
there in the top eight at NCAAs."
VanTassell must continue to show the team leader-
ship. Although he does not swim the same events as the
departed swimmers, he can still improve his scoring at the
NCAA level to help gain some of the lost points. How-
ever, VanTassell's main role will be to keep the team up
during the tough schedule, which includes No. 1 Stanford
and No.2 Texas, plus top-ten teams California and UCLA.
"There are four major losses, the Erics and Brian, and
I find myself, as captain, missing Steve Duttenhoffer,"
VanTassell said. "They were the backbone of the team last
year. When people were down, they picked them up.
"I thought last week, we came out like 'the s-t.' The
attitude was, 'It's the Big Ten and we're going to win
easily.' That is not going to be the case. All the teams will
give all they have to beat Michigan. My role, to fill those
guys' shoes, will be to keep the morale up. I think we have
the talent, it just is to get them to perform."
When Kopas returns, his role will be similar to
VanTassell's. As for the top-ranked freshmen class -
Tom Dolan, John Piersma and Chris Rumley - they will
also have to step up in their respective events.
"Supposedly, they're ranked No. 1 in the country for a
recruiting class," junior breaststroker Steve West said.
"They could become superstars themselves, but high
school and college is completely different. They're all
pretty good, but it's hard to say who will step up. Hope-
fully, those three can step up and make a big impact."
There is no way a team can replace individuals like
Namesnik, Wunderlich, Gunn and Duttenhoffer. How-
ever, with a total team effort, they can regain the lost
points and recapture the NCAA second-place finish they
accomplished last season.

Going into this weekend, the
Michigan women's volleyball team
was hoping for an upset on the road at
Penn State or Ohio State. But instead
of victories the Wolverines ended up
with not-so-unusual results: a senior
breaking a school record, a starter
getting injured and poor team hitting.
The Nittany Lions (16-1 Big Ten,
25-3 overall) and theBuckeyes (16-2,
22-4) are both nationally ranked.
Neither team had too much trouble in
disposing Michigan. Both schools
swept the Wolverines (5-13, 9-18) in
three games both nights. Ohio State
defeated Michigan 16-14, 15-10, and
15-5 Saturday, while Penn State won
15-5, 15-5, 17-15 the previous night.
The Wolverines continue to battle
injuries this season and played with-
out outside hitter Aimee Smith, who
has been out with a shoulder injury,
this weekend. Also, to make matters
worse, senior captain and starting
middle blocker Fiona Davidson in-
curred a knee injury in pre-game
warm-ups at Ohio State. The severityz
of Davidson's injury is unknown but
Smith is expected to play in limited
action Wednesday at Michigan State
if needed.

Michigan head coach Greg
Giovanazzi thought the team played
well against its ranked opponents last
"(Ohio State and Penn State) are
the two top teams in the Big Ten,"
Giovanazzi said. "I thought in three
of our six games this weekend we
played very well. JoAnna (Collias)
and Michelle (Horrigan) played well
and Shareen (Luze) played really well
coming in for (injured) Fiona
(Davidson) against Ohio State."
One bright spot of the weekend
was the fact that senior Michelle
Horrigan broke the Michigan all-time
kills record of 1,060, set by Karen
Marshall during the 1986-89 seasons.
Horrigan only needed four kills to
eclipse the mark and broke it Friday
against Penn State with her seven-kill
Saturday the Wolverines traveled
to Columbus to face the Buckeyes.
Michigan was led by Collias, Horrigan
and Luze, who filled in for the injured
Davidson at middle blocker. Luze led
the team with 12 digs. The first two
games were tight with Ohio State
squeaking out 16-14 and 15-10 victo-
ries. The Wolverines could not keep
its intensity up in the final game,
losing 15-5. The Buckeyes were led

by Jenny Jackson who had 12 kills
and hit a sizzling .476.
"The first two games against Ohio
State we were in a position to win,"
Giovanazzi said. "We out-blocked
Ohio State and out-served Ohio State.
I thought the team played well in
general Saturday.
"We had a really good serving
weekend. (Penn State and Ohio State)
are really hard to score against be-
cause they are both good serve-re-
ceive teams and they have great setj
Friday at Penn State the Wolver-
ines hit sluggishly in the first two
games, losing 15-5 and 15-4. Although
the second game was a long one with
a lot of side outs, Michigan was un-
able to capitalize on its opportunities
until the third game. In the deciding
game the Wolverines sided-out well
and served for the game at 15-14 bu
could not come through as the Nittan*
Lions came back to win 17-15.
The Wolverines were led by se-
nior JoAnna Collias who had a team
high nine kills and served four aces in
the match. Penn State's key player
was Jen Reimers who hit blistering
.458, and led the Nittany Lions with
team highs in kills with 13 and in digs
with 24.

Women swimmers shock Penn State, 181-118

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No matter what the coaches told
them or what they perceived them-
selves, no member of the Michigan
women's swimming team could have
predicted it. Penn State, a team who
shaved and tapered to prepare for
Friday's meet, shocked everyone with
its performance - or lack thereof.


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The Wolverines (4-0) overcame
both Penn State, 181-118, and the less
intimidating squad from Southern Il-
linois, 226.5-64.5, to win the lop-
sided double dual meet.
"Southern Illinois is in the process
of building a team right now," coach
Jim Richardson said. "They're not on
the level of Big Ten teams yet. Penn
State was the team we had to concen-
trate on, due to the quality of its team."
And concentrate Michigan did.
The Wolverines met Penn State with
a straight-up lineup, matching its best
swimmers to PSU's best events.
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Junior Alecia Humphrey, a 1993
NCAA All-American, led the squad
winning three of the four races in
which she swam.
Apparently, the Wolverines' first@
race inspired everyone, including the
Michigan divers, who dominated.
Sophomore Carrie Zarse won both
the one-meter and three-meter dives.
"I think everyone was pretty sur-
prised we won, the coaches were
happy and we were too," freshman
Rachel Gustin said. "It was a tired
effort, but people swam well for this
time in the season."
Despite her shoulder injury, Gustin
still won the 100-meter breaststroke.
"(PSU coach) Bob (Krimmel) was
obviously disappointed, not so much
as with individual efforts, but that
some of his star swimmers got sick
before the meet," Richardson said.
Wendy Rowe and PSU's No. 1
distance swimmer could not partici-
pate in Friday's meet. Christi Swix,
sister of former Michigan four-year
All-American Michelle Swix, was
swimming well last week, but did not
fair well Friday due to illness.
Although the Wolverines still have
yet to be beaten, Richardson is mod-
est about his team's success and does
not believe that a loss would hamper
its chances in Big Tens next spring.
"It's not like football, when you
have to win every game (to make the.
postseason). We train hard all year
long," Richardson said. "We won't
change our training philosophy for
one dual meet. We're not going to
take a short-term goal and compro-
mise a long-term one."




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