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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 21, 1994

Longhorns squeak by Blue*
Swimmers' losing skid reaches 3, longest in history

Marcel Wouda swims the 1650 freestyle against Stanford. The Wolverines lost to Texas last night, 125-118.
Wrestlers look to recover from loss to

For the third meet in a row, the
Michigan men's swimming and diving
team had a chance to win going into the
final relay.
Unfortunately for the No. 3 Wol-
verines, last night's dual meet at No. 2
Texas ended the same way the previ-
ous two did - with a loss.
TheLonghorns won, 125-118, and
in the process, handed Michigan its
first three-loss season since 1980-81
and its first three-meet losing streak
The Wolverines were not without
some strong individual performances.
Despite a poor showing in the 200-yard
freestyle and 200 backstroke, the team
led going into the final event, 114-112.
However, the Texas 200 freestyle
relay of Josh Davis, Jeremy
Szymanowski, Andy Plummer and Ja-
son Fink swam the Longhorns to vic-
tory by topping Michigan's 'A' relay
by just under two seconds.
The absence of sophomore Royce
Sharp, who is unable to travel to events
that interfere with school, continues to
hurt the Wolverines.
With the American record holder in
the 200-meter backstroke out of the
Michigan lineup, the Longhorns swept
the top three positions in the yards
equivalent. Michigan's 'A' 400-yard
medley relay missed Sharp as well.
Freshman Chris Rumley took

Sharp's place in the relay, but his
strength is not in the backstroke. Texas
finished one-two in that event.
"We made a good meetoutof it, but
we're missing the services of Royce
Sharp," Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek
said. "We were trying to catch up (after
the 200 medley relay) all night. Wejust
don't have the depth at the backstroke
so we miss Royce a lot."
Like Michigan, Texas was missing
its top backstroker. Brad Bridgewater
has not competed since the start of
classes this term due to an academic
"(The loss of Bridgewater) does not
affect them as much as (Sharp for) us,"
Urbanchek said.
Another sore spot for the Wolver-
ines was the 200 freestyle, where Texas
took first, second and fourth. Usually,
Michigan counts on senior co-captain
Rodney VanTassell to score well in
this event. However, VanTassell came
down with flu-like symptoms and was
unable to swim up to his normal stan-
In fact, Urbanchek expects to send
VanTassell back to Ann Arbor and not
allow him to compete at the Dallas
Morning News Classic today and to-
In the loss, a few Wolverines con-
tributed season-best swims. Gustavo
Borges highlighted these by winning
the 50 and 100 freestyles. In the pro-
cess, Borges mettheNCAA-qualifying

time in the 100 by swimming a:43.82.
Another top performance came
from Tom Dolan, who won the 1000
freestyle by lowering his season's best
time by eight seconds. The challenge
of swimming against one of the nation'sW
top distance swimmers, Matt Hooper,
brought out the best in the freshman.
"He's a tremendous racer,"
Urbanchek said. "Hooper set a fast
early pace and Dolan stayed with him.
Dolan's afinisher, and heburied Hooper,
at the end."
The biggest surprise of the night
came in the 200 butterfly. Senior Tom
Hay turned a usual problem event fore
Michigan into a victorious one.
"Weweresurprised withTom Hay's.
performance," Urbanchek said. "It was
the first time in his career that he won
the 200 butterfly in a major competi-
tion. This should be a major confidence
The Wolverines also got a victory
in the 200 individual medley from
Marcel Wouda.
The swimmers were not the only
ones doing theirpart. Michigan's divers
dominated the competition by sweep-
ing the top three positions in the one-
meter competition and taking first, sec-
ond and fourth in the three-meter. Alex
Bogaerts and Abel Sanchez won the
one- and three-meters, respectively.
"The divers, once again, performed
well," Urbanchek said. "They've been
doing a great job for us."

Spartans at Cliff Keen
By RYAN WHITE out with an injury.
DAILY SPORTS WRITER Michigan assistant coach
This hasn't been the best week for admits that it's not going tob
the No. 4 Michigan wrestling team. It weekend.
began with a loss to No. 7 Penn State, "It's not going to be ourb
and got worse Tuesday night when the this point," he said. "We
Wolverines lost to Michigan State for everyone to wrestle up to the
the first time in nine years. The Wolverines are le
"We're in the midst of regrouping, wrestlers who are nationally
and trying to get our heads on straight," No. 2 Sean Bormet (158), N
senior Brian Harper said. King (heavyweight) and No
The Wolverines (0-2 Big Ten, 4-2 (150).
overall) hope to do that regrouping this The Wolverines open u
weekend at the Cliff Keen National 13 Iowa State tomorrow. Ha
Team Duals in Lincoln, Neb. But if that the team's inexperienc
they are to succeed, they will have to do problem.
it without sophomore Jesse Rawls, Jr. "The more experienced
Michigan, already inexperienced in are going to have to rise t
the first three weight classes, suffered sion," he said.
this setback when Rawls (177 pounds) For Harper, this weeken
was forced to have surgery on an in- resents a shot at a personal g
fected knee. wins. With four victories thi:
Harper called the loss of Rawls' Harper would become onl
services for the weekend "a blow that's wrestler in Michigan history
really going to hurt us." the 100-victory plateau.
Expected to be out eight to 10 days, "That would be outsta
Rawls will be replaced in Lincoln by could get that," Harper sai
Kevin Williams, who wrestled at 167 be really happy if I could g
last season, but spent most of the year weekend.Butif Idon't getit

Team Duals

hKirk Trost
be easy this
best team at
just expect
eir ability."
d by three
y ranked -
No. 2 Steve
o. 5 Harper
p with No.
rper knows
e will be a
d wrestlers
o the occa-
nd also rep-
s weekend,
y the 12th
yto achieve
nding if I
d. "I would
et that this
I this week-

end it would be nice to get the 100th at
home, at Cliff Keen Arena."
For the Wolverines to be successful
this weekend, they will have to com-
pete well against some tough competi-
Aside from Iowa State, nine other
teams that are ranked in the top 13
nationally will and three of the top 10
teams from both Division II and Divi-
sion III will be there.
With the team at less than full
strength , Trost is looking for nothing
more than a solid effort .
"We want the team to stick together
and do their best -even the guys who
are not as experienced, and that's just a
good way to look at things," he said.

Women's track to host Red Simmons Invite


After turning in two strong perfor-
mances to start the season, the Michi-
gan women's track and field team looks
to make it three tomorrow.
The Wolverines will host the Red
Simmons Invitational, beginning at
10:30 a.m. at the Track and Tennis
Building. The participants include
Western Michigan, Bowling Green,
and Lansing Community College.
Afteropening the season two weeks
ago with a solid intrasquad meet, the
Wolverines earned a victory at the
Michigan Relays last week, defeating
such local rivals as Michigan State and
Eastern Michigan.
Tomorrow's meet will provide the
Wolverines their first chance to com-

pete individually against intercollegiate
"Last week was a relay meet,"
Michigan coach James Henry said.
"Now we will get a chance to showcase
our runners in an open meet."
Henry is using this opportunity to
help prepare his runners for the tougher
competition that awaits them later this
These upcoming meets include con-
frontations with Big Ten rivals Penn
State and Ohio State, and ultimately,
the conference championships. But for
now, Henry hopes that the team "con-
tinues to keep good focus."
Michigan's sprinting arsenal will
include RichelleWebbin the400meters
and Tearza Johnson and Colette Sav-
age in the 60 and 200 meters. Webb,

who has usually run the 60 and 200 in
the past, will try to work the 400 into
her repertoire in the next few weeks.
In the middle and longer distances,
the Wolverines will be led by Molly
McClimon, Courtney Babcock, and
Kristine Westerby. Both McClimon*
and Babcock are coming off victories
in last week's Relays.
McClimon won the mile and
Babcock took the 3000 meters,
Westerby, who Henry said has been
"running awfully well in practice," will
be competing in either the 600 or 800
meters tomorrow.
Michigan's highlights this season
have not just come on the track. For*
example, shot putter Rhonda Myers is
coming off of a decisive victory in the
Michigan Relays.

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The Michigan women's tennis team
will continuepre-season individual play
when it hosts the State of Michigan
Classic this weekend. The tournamenmt
will give the Wolverines a chance to
play against new competition.
"This tournament will give us a
chance to compete after the long break
and continue pre-season development,"
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said.
The Classic, which will be divided
into three singles flights and one doubles
flight, will feature teams from Western
Michigan, Eastern Michigan and
Michigan State.
In Flight A, the Wolverines will
utilize Bojana Jankovic and freshman
Sarah Cyganiak.
Cyganiak will be making her colle-
giate debut after graduating from Uni-
versity High School in Mequon, Wis-
consin, last December and joining the
team in early January.
"If I play well, concentrate and play
one point at a time, I can hopefully win
it all," Cyganiak said.
The rookie may be facing some
tough competition from the other play-

ers in Flight A, most notably Holly
Taylor of Western Michigan. Taylor is
expected to be the top seed in the Flight
A singles.
Cyganiak will also be joining her
older sister Liz, Michigan's team cap-
tain, in the doubles flight.
"I'm excited about playing with my
sister," the freshman said. "We always
push each other to do better. We moti-
vate each other to become more com-
"It will be a good experience play-
ing with her," Liz Cyganiak said. "
think we will play well together."
The Wolverines will be missing
two players, Simone Lacher and Jaimie
Fielding. Because they participated in
the All-American Championships last
fall, both are ineligible for this meet.
"Their absence will not affect us
because this is an individual event,".
Ritt said. "They gained some much-
needed experience in the extra tourna-
ment in California, somissing this tour-
nament will not really affect their de-
Also competing in the tournament
for Michigan are Tara Graf, Angie
Popek and Allison Schlonsky.

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