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8- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, December 6, 1993
M' women race to third place finish at U.S. Open
SMU dominates meet; Humphrey leads Blue


The Southern Methodist women's
swim team proved that itwill be a force
to be reckoned with this year as the
Lady Mustangs dominated the 1993
U.S. Open Swimming Championships,
held over this past weekend at Canham
SMU posted a score of 442 points,
greatly outdistancing Southern Cali-
fornia, who put up 348 points. Michi-
gan came in third with 276 points. The
Trojans had the highest combined
(men's and women's) score of 815.
Michigan came in second with 679
points, and SMU captured third place
with 442 points, since it did not field a
men's team.
Southern Cal's Kristine Quance
robbed the individual honors, winning
the Phillips 66 Performance Award for
her effort in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Quance set a new American and meet
short-course record with the remark-
able time of 2:25.84. The old record

Rachel Gustin finished fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke and fifth in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Swimming causes financial uncertainty for some

was held by Tracy Caulkins, who swam
a 2:27.32 in 1981.
Quance also won the individual
points award, due to her three first-
place finishes and her five second-
place finishes. All the more remark-
able is that Saturday, she had to swim in
back-to-back events (200 breast and
200-meter butterfly), set an American
record in the breaststroke and nearly
walked away with the crown in the fly.
"It hurt a lot to swim the 200 fly,"
Quance said. "I was just going for the
record in the breaststroke and I'm re-
ally excited that I won that event."
Berit Puggaard, the SMU swimmer
who defended her title in the 200 but-
terfly, commented, "I looked over (from
lane four) and saw her swimming hard
in lane five. I knew that if I could keep
up, that she would let up. Since the
strongest part of my race is the last 100,
I knew I had a good chance to win."
Puggaard as well as teammate (and
fellow Dane) Gitta Jensen led the Lady
Mustangs. Jensen captured five first-
place finishes. She swept the freestyle
events (50,100,200) and also anchored
the winning 400- and 800-meter
freestyle relay teams. Puggaard, in ad-
dition to her 200 fly title, won the 100
fly and swam legs on the victorious
freestyle relays.
ForJensen, her three individual U.S
Open titles gave her a grand total of
seven, second only to current U.S.
Olympian's Janet Evans' 10 titles. Her
five overall titles gave her 14 overall
for her career.
"I had confidence today after win-
ning the 50 free," said Jensen, follow-
ing her victory in the 200 freestyle.
"However, the 200 is a totally different
race, and I'm glad I won. But the 100 is
my favorite race."
The Wolverines were led by junior
Alecia Humphrey, who, after setting
an American short-course meter record
in the 200 backstroke Friday, came
back to win the 100 backstroke Satur-
day in a time of 1:00.95. Humphrey
edged out Suzanne Toledo of the South-
western Michigan Swimming Club at
the wire. Toledo clocked a 1:01.34.

Just being at this weekend's U.S.
Open Swimming Championships at
Canham Natatorium is a major accom-
plishment for Curl-Burke swimmer
Roque Santos.
Not because he had trouble making
the time standards, nor did he native
suffer a serious injury. The biggest
obstacle that Santos and other Ameri-
can swimmers face is the task of raising
the money to aid them after their colle-
giate careers are complete.
"The NCAA has been supporting
the sport for so long. They've been
paying the bill," Santos said..
"Someone like Tyler Mayfield;
Stanford's been paying his bill to swim.
But when his senior year is up, he has
to figure out how to pay for himself to
Hungary, Australia and most other
swimming powers pay the way for
their swimmers.
"Now, it's almostinconceivable for
someone like me to compete against
the Hungarians, against Great Britain,
against Australia, because those swim-
mers don't do anything else but swim,"
Santos said.
"I can't do that because I can't
survive. I can't pay my rent, I can't eat,

I can't drive a car."
Canadian Darren Ward, another
competitor at the U.S. Open, does not
face the hardships that his neighbors to
the south must. The carding system,
which Canada uses, supports its ath-
letes well.
"It's the only thing that's keeping
me going," Ward said. "It's my only
financial support right now.
"Depending on how high you are
ranked in the world, you make so much
money per month. If you're ranked in
the top 50 in the world, you're going to
be funded."
U.S. Swimming, the governing
body of American swimming, does
give out some funding. In order to
qualify, you must have one of the top
six times in the world in a given event.
However, the time must be made this
year, and only four Americans can get
funding, even if there are more than
four Americans in the top six.
"The sixth place time in '92 is my
time," Santos said. "In '93, I didn't
better my time so I'm not getting the
The money that is given is $400 a
month, barely enough for rent in most
Since becoming a member of the
1992 U.S. Olympic team, Santos has

had to work nights in a bar to pay his
expenses. The former Cal-Berkeley
swimmer has made seven trips to Eu-
rope, competing in meets that hand out
prize money. His latest trek was to Nor-
"I haven't payed my rent yet, so
hopefully the $1,000 dollars (will have)
arrived from Norway when I get back,"
Santos said.
In comparison, this weekend in Ann
Arbor, the prize for a major national
competition was a coffee mug.
Santos believed corporate help and
greater exposure for swimmers would
further the Americans' cause.
"I would hope U.S. Swimming
would research big time sponsors." he
said. "I just got back from a meet in
Norway that was sponsored by Phillips
66. It was the 20th year they had spon-
sored this meet.
"I've been to a meet in England that
was sponsored by Uncle Ben's. So I've
been to meets like this in Europe that
have American companies sponsoring
Some superstar swimmers, such as
Summer Sanders and Matt Biondi, re-
ceive sponsorships from private com-
panies such as Speedo and Ray-Ban.
But the sponsorships are hard to come

"You don't need a gold medal to
becomepopular," Santos said. "Imean,
Dan and Dave are a great example.
(The ad campaign) brought attention
tothedecathalon. Idon'tthinkReebok
(lost) any money, because it still
brought attention to the sport and it
brought attention to Reebok shoes."
Santos said that it is neccesary to
keep swimmers in the sport long after
their college days are over. Many of
the most successful members of the
1992 Olympics were out of college,
including Mike Barrowman, Pablo
Morales, Matt Biondi and Tom Jager,
all of whom collected medals at the
'92 Games.
"It's crazy for U.S. Swimming or
anyone else to think that in ten years,
if things don't change, that Americans
are going to do as well as they did in
1992," Santos said.

"I was a little scared at first. But I
thought that if I had to go head-to-head
(with Suzanne), hopefully Icould win,"
Humphrey said. "I haven't raced a lot
this season, and it felt really good to
race and compete."
Another Wolverine with a good
performance was Anne Kampfe. The
freshman from Decatur, Ill. finished
third in the 400-meter individual med-
ley and seventh in the 200 IM. Kampfe
won bothevents at the 1992 U.S. Open.
"I'm happy with my performance,"
Kampfe said. "I knew that I could
defend my titles, but we're not really
rested for this meet. We usually rest 1
to 3 weeks before a big meet."
Other Wolverines who placed were
RachelGustin (fourth-100 breast, fifth-
200 breast), Tara Higgins (seventh-
100 breast, eighth-200 breast) and the
400 medley relay team, which finished
Highly touted Wolverine recruit
Kim Johnson, from Richardson, Texas,
finished eighth in the 100 free.
Michigan women's swimming
coachJim Richardson was content with
his team's performance but did express
some worries about his swimmers.
"Overall, I'm pleased with what
I've seen," Richardson said. "This was
a tough meet. I would like to see some
more speed in some events, and the
100's concern me as well. We didn't
really push it hard this meet, though.
"I'm really happy with what I've
seen from all our new people. Rachel
Gustin and Melisa Stone swam well.
And I'm also excited about Johnson's
arrival here at Michigan. We could
have a real good team next year."
After exams, the team members
will get to spend a few weeks with their
families. Then they will be in store
from some warm weather training.
"We'll be going to the Virgin Is-
lands for a week after break, but the
team will have a two- to three-week
break before we go. So, it's important
that we have self-motivated individu-
als who will train over break, so as to
not fall behind in their training regi-
12 1/2 yards whoever is stronger wins.
I guess I was stronger. I wasjust seeing
lane four. "
Buyukunchu, who holds the na
tional public high school record in the
100-yard backstroke, is one of the top
recruits in the country that remains
uncommitted to a college program for
next season. He has narrowed his list to
"My top choices are Stanford and
Michigan, because they are top two
teams in the country," Buyukunchu
said. "Both teams have good coaches.!
I know Jon and I really like him."
As for the Wolverines, they came in
unrestedand unshaved. Urbanchek had
mixed feelings concerning the perfor-
mances of his Michigan swimmers.
"We set specific goals for the ath-
leteso go faster than their long-course
meters time," Urbanchek said. "If you
do that, I think you're on target to have
a great season. For those who did that
I think they are going to have a great
year. For those who didn't, they better
go to church or they better go to more
Sophomore Royce Sharp set an
American record on Thursday when he
placed second in the 200 meter back-
stroke. However, the record lasted less
than twelve hours as it was broken at

the World Championships in Spain.
Other Michigan swimmers that
competed in championship finals or
placed in the top eightincluded: Marcel
Wouda (sixth-400 freestyle, fifth-200
freestyle, seventh-400 IM, and 7th-
1500 freestyle), Chris Rumley (5th-
200 IM), Steve West (4th-200 breast-
stroke and 5th- 100 breaststroke).
"I think (how they performed) was
upto their mental make-up," Urbanchek
said. "Some people can swim wellO
against rested people. If you're very
secure, you can swim against anybody,
anytime. But some of the kids that
aren't at that level, they swam scared."

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thing I had with it being my last race of
the meet," Namesnik said. "I went out
and tried to swim a smart race and
ended up winning. I was pretty sur-
In addition to his two victories,
Namesnik also picked up a second in
the 200 IM and finaled in the 200-
meter breaststroke (7th place) and 400-
meter freestyle, en route to winning
the men's high point total for the meet.
"Eric is a thoroughbred," Michi-
gan and Club Wolverine coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "He has one goal, and
that's the World Championships in
Rome, and he will do anything he can
to get there."
Urbanchek also saw his top Michi-
gan freshman, Tom Dolan, come away
with two victories. Dolan won both
the 400and 1500 freestyle events with
times of3:51.72and 15:16.48,respec-
tively. Additionally, he notched a team
victory in the 800 freestyle relay where
he led off for the Wolverines.
"(Dolan's) 1500 was an excellent
performance," Urbanchek said. "He's
the greatest competitor on the team.

He's a racer."
Dolan performed well in his top
event, the 400 IM, as well, placing
second to Namesnik. His final swim of
4:17.18 bested his preliminary swim
by almost four seconds. Dolan also
finaled in the 200 freestyle (6th place)
and the 200 IM, where he was disquali-
fied because of an illegal turn.
"I knew (Namesnik) was going to
go out for the record," Dolan said. "So,
I knew if I could stay close to him I'd
swim a good time."
Other two-time champions included
Darren Ward in the 200 IM and 200
freestyle, Roque Santos in the 100 and
200 breaststroke, Del Cerney in the 50
freestyle and 100 butterfly, and Derya
Buyukunchu in the 100 and 200 back-
stroke. John Steel of Southern Cal won
the other event, the 100 freestyle.
Buyukunchu's swim in the 100back
was quite impressive. World record
holder Jeff Rouse had a slight lead
going into the last 12 meters, but the
high school senior was able to catch
him in the last few strokes. The time
(:53.61) set a new U.S. Open record.
"I was concentrating to win," said
Buyukunchu, a native of Turkey.
"(Rouse and I) were together. The last

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