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8 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 24, 1994

Continued from page 1
edged out Wolverine Royce Sharp in
the 200 backstroke, Wouda won his
second event of the weekend in the
200 breaststroke.
In the next swimming event-the
100 freestyle - Gustavo Borges
picked up his second victory of the
meet. Borges continues to dominate
the 100, an event he has not lost this
season. He was also victorious in the
50 freestyle the night before.
Michigan's other first-place fin-
ish came in the 800 freestyle relay,
the last event of Friday night. Fresh-
men Rumley, John Michael Piersma
and Dolan, along with Borges, beat
the second-place Texas relay by al-
most four seconds.
"We're loaded in the 800 freestyle
relay," Urbanchek said. "Our sprint-
ers and our distance people can swim
a good 200 (freestyle). We can go

eight deep at the NCAA level. One
guy (Borges) is in and the other seven
are fighting for the remaining spots.
The fierce competition makes the team
However, the six event victories
were not enough to beat the Long-
horns. Ultimately, Texas won the meet
in the consolation finals. Although
they only won five championship fi-
nals, the Longhorns came up with six
first heat victories to the Wolverines'
two. They also consistently out-placed
Michigan in the events that neither
team won.
Despite the second-place finish,
Urbanchek was still pleased. He said
he believes that the team is heading in
the right direction for the upcoming
Big Ten and NCAA championships.
{ "We just couldn't deal with Texas'
depth," Urbanchek said. "However, I
was pleased with our performance.
The team is continuing to improve its
times every week. We're on target for
the championship meets."

Synchronized swimmers
finish third at Invite

Atyesterday'sBig Ten Invitational,
the Michigan synchronized swimming
club learned a valuable lesson:
If you want to swim with the big
kids, you have to have the (sea) horse-
With only eight swimmers - three
of them first-year members - the
Wolverines finished third with 49.5
points at the Canham Natatorium event.
Ahead of Michigan were Invite
champion Ohio State (84 points) and
rival Michigan State (64). Coming in
fourth and fifth place were Notre
Dame (31.5) and Illinois (9.5), re-
"I would've liked to have beaten
Michigan State,"Michigan coach Sue
Shell said. "Michigan State has got-
ten a couple of new swimmers who
were very strong and were able to pull
them up to second place."
The Wolverines led Michigan
State after the figures section of the
meet, but fell behind in the routines,
as Michigan was unable to field a
competitor in the solo competition.
Molly Schaffer and Karn Koto
tried to make up for the deficit in the
duet competition by racking up 73.333
points to take third place, Michigan's
highest placing of the afternoon in
any event.
Koto and Schaffer are both se-
niors and have been duet partners for

four years. They are aiming for a spot
in the finals competition at the March
Collegiate Nationals.
"They just swam really well," Shell
said. "They were very well in synch
and looked really good and took a
third-place finish, which was really
good for them."
In taking third, the duet was not far
behind the second-place Ohio State
entry, an accomplishment considering
that the Buckeyes are a varsity team.
"We thought we did very well in
competition against them," Koto said.
"Even to place within a few points of
them is huge for us."
Coming in seventh in duets were
Suzi Shiller and Sherri Gritt, who
earned a 52.467.
The trio combination of Chrissy
Jacobs, Shiller and Grit finished out the
meet by taking fourth with a 58.333.
The Wolverines jumped out to their
second-place standing with decent per-
formances in the figures competition.
In the senior category, Kara Koto
took sixth while Schaffer finished 14th.
In the juniors, Becky Trombley
finished fourth, ahead of Gritt in eighth
and Shiller in 11th.
In the novice division, Jacobs laid
claim to the fourth-place spot, just
ahead of Leslie Frye in fifth and Jen-
nifer Thomas in 12th.
The Wolverines' next competi-
tion is a team routine invitational at
Northwestern this Sunday.

Michigan swimmer Marcel Wouda and the Wolverines finished second in the Dallas Morning News Classic, behind Texas. The Longhorns also defeated the
Wolverines last week in Austin.
Mames ginasts beat Hawkeyes
m*Marshall sets school record In vault as Blue wins, 191.175-182.525

The Michigan women's gymnastics
team made short work of Iowa Friday in
the Bahamas Sunshine Invitational.
Although a meet in the Bahamas
may have been a distraction to some,
this was not the case for the Michigan
women, who ignored the pleasant dis-
tractions of warm weather and went
on to beat Iowa, 191.175-182.525.
mance and it's just a step closer to where
we want to be," Michigan coach Bev
Plocki said. "I'm really proud of the girls.
They did agreat job of sticking together."
The meet was highlighted by
sophomore Wendy Marshall's per-
formance on the vault, where she set
a new school record with a score of
9.925. Marshall also went on to score

9.75 to capture second place on the WOMEN'S 'YM ASIC
balance beam, and third in the floor
exercise, earning a 9.6. Here are some of the results of this weekend's Bahama's
"It's anotherstep up toaperfect 10," Sunshine Invitational
said Marshall of her school record."WeT0
went in and our coach told us to have MEA M
fun, relax and we'll be a success and Michigan 191.175
that's what we ended up being."Iowa182.525
Junior All-American Beth Wymer ALL-AROUND
also turned in a fine effort, winning the Beth Wymer Michigan 39.275
all-around with a 39.275. Wymer took Kim Baker Iowa 37.625
first in three events with a 9.90 on the
uneven bars, a 9.85 on the floor exer- VAULT
cise, and a 9.9 on the balance beam. Wendy Marshall Michigan 9.925
Iowa sophomore Kim Baker fin- Kelly Carfora Michigan 9.7
ished second in the all-around com- FLOOR EXERCISE
petition, scoring a 37.625. Beth Wymer Michigan 9.85
Michigan's Kelly Carfora placed Kim Baker Iowa 9.725
third in the all-around with a score of
37.025, second in the vault (9.7), and UNEVEN BARS
second in the floor exercise (9.725). Beth Wymer Michigan 9.9
Tennis opens spring season with solid
effort at State of Michigan Classic


The Michigan women's tennis
team, led by its freshmen, kicked off
the spring season this weekend at the
Liberty Sports Complex as it hosted
the State of Michigan Classic.
The tournament represented the
best women's tennis players in the
state, with Michigan, Eastern Michi-
gan, Michigan State and Western
Michigan all in attendance. The Clas-
sic was divided into three singles
flights and one doubles flight.
The Wolverines were represented
by freshmen Bojana Jankovic and
Sarah Cyganiak in Flight A singles.
Cyganiak made her collegiate debut
this weekend after having just gradu-
ated from high school this past De-
Both Cyganiak and Jankovic made
it to the finals of the Flight A champi-
onships. After a hard-fought battle,
Jankovich came out on top in a three-
set victory 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
"It was a definite learning experi-
ence," Cyganiak said. "You have to
learn to take the ups and the downs
When asked whether she felt ad-
ditional pressure to compete against
her own teammate, Jankovic replied,

"I don't feel pressure. My teammates
want the best for each other."
Cyganiak joined her sister Liz, co-
captain of the team, in doubles com-
"We worked well together," Liz
said. "We fought hard, but just came
up short in the end."
The Cyganiak sisters lost in the
semifinals to Western Michigan's
Holly Taylor and Heidi Cakans 6-2,
5-7, 6-4.
The doubles were salvaged, how-
ever, with afinals victory by Jankovich
and sophomore Angie Popek. They
beat Taylor and Cakans in straight
sets, 6-2, 6-4.
"We played real well," Jankovic
said. "We played better in the finals
than we did in the semifinals and we
beat two good opponents."
Liz also competed in the Flight B
bracket and garnered the State of
Michigan Classic Championship with
a straight sets victory over Michigan
State's Stacie Bowman, 7-5, 6-3.
The team was without the ser-
vices of juniors Simone Lacher and
Jaimie Fielding during the tourna-
ment. The two were ineligible to play
because they had participated in the
All-American Championships in Cali-
fornia last fall.

As well, the team missed the play
of senior Allison Schlonsky and
sophomore Tara Graff, who were out
due to injury.
"I don't think that they really
missed the competition," Michigan
coach Bitsy Ritt said. "They can make
it up in practice.this week."
This was the last competition foi
the team before the start of the Big
Ten season. The team enters the Big
Ten dual meet season ranked fourth
in the conference.
"It's definitely the strongest team
I've had," Ritt said."We've had some
very good players in the past, but it's
a team sport."
The Wolverines were the stron
gest team in the weekend's tourna#
"The competition was definitely
not as strong as we will be facing,"
Liz Cyganiak said. "But it was a good
starting point and you might as well
start somewhere."
The key to the Wolverines high
ranking this year is their depth.
"I think depth is one of the keys,"
Ritt stated. "I think the players are
really close in ability."
The women hitters will face Indi-
ana next in theirfirstdual meetmatch-
up on Feb. 12.


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