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Men's Gymnastics
vs. Minnesota
Tomorrow, 6 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

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Hockey
vs. Lake Superior State
Tonight, 7 p.m. (PASS)
Yost Ice Arena

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'M' faces two of the best
vs. UCLA, Southern Cal
By BRETT JOHNSON ins have also added Graham Ginn, a
DAILY SPORTS WRITER transferfrom Texas andfreshman Todc
The third and probably final dual Kannegeisser.
meet ever between the vaunted men's As for the backstroke, UCLA
swimming and diving programs of sophomore Michael Andrews set
Michigan and UCLA starts today at 1 school records last season in the 100-
p.m. in Los Angeles. It's not that the and 200-yard backstroke events. An-
two schools want to end the competi- other sophomore, Rob Ritter, wouk
tions; they must. A combination of have broken the school's 200 record i
monetary problems and gender equity it weren't for Andrews. The two mer
compliance has caused UCLA's ad- give the Bruins a strong one-two punch
ministration to drop its men's swim- in these events.
ming program after this season. After today, the Wolverines will
However, this does not mean that head across town to face Southern Cal,
the Bruins are not talented. Last year's Michigan has already seen USC this
NCAA fifth place team has improved, year when the team traveled to Ann
returning four All-Americans and add- Arbor to compete at the U.S. Open in
ing five transfers and six freshmen. December.
Coach Ron Ballatore expects the new All-American butterflyer Mike
additions to make an impact. Merrell, an NCAA finalist in both but
"We improved ourselves in several terfly events last year, leads the Tro
areas,"Ballatore said. "Sorealistically, jans. USC coach Mark Schubert feels
we should be in the top five once again." that Merrell is capable of scoring in the
The Bruins' swimming strengths 200 individual medley as well.
lie in the sprint freestyle and the back- "Mike Merrell has developed into
stroke events. In the freestyle, UCLA an extremely experienced racer,'
returns All-American Kyle Depold and Schubert said. "He has championship
sophomore Brian Matthews. The Bru- potential." .

Michigan seeks better
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By CHAD A. SAFRAN
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
Crisler Arena really has been
"Home Sweet Home" forthe Michigan
men's basketball team this season. The
team has played eight of its first 11
contests in the House that Cazzie
Built, winning seven of them.
However, when the No. 13 Wol-
verines (1-0 Big Ten, 9-2 overall) took
the court for their first true road game
of the season against Arizona in the
finals of the Fiesta Bowl Classic, they
were crushed by the Wildcats in front
of the McKale Center crowd, 119-95.
The Maize and Blue encounter a
similar test when it faces Iowa (0-1, 6-
4) tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Iowa City.
Although the rabid Hawkeye fans will
be quieter than normal because the
students are still on break, Carver-
Hawkeye Arena is a difficult place to
play.
Iowa, which is playing in its con-
ference home opener tomorrow,
dropped only one game a year ago (15-
1). The Hawkeyes knocked off the
Wolverines, 88-80, when the two teams
met on the Iowa campus last season.
But that was the past. Both teams
present an entirely different look, hav-

ing lost both their inside forces.
Chris Webber departed Michigan
to become the NBA's top selection in
the June draft, and former Hawkeye
All-Big Ten center Acie Earl was cho-
sen by the Boston Celtics with the 19th
pick in the first round.
"We're going to be fast breaking
more," Iowa coach Tom Davis said 0
earlier this season. "We had gotten
away from it because of Acie Earl.
We'll be back playing at the tempo we
were five, six, seven years ago."
The heralded Hawkeye press has
forced its opponents into 22.5 turn-
overs per game while swiping the ball
12.7 times a contest (first in the Big
Ten). Leading the way has been Kenyon
Murray, with 2.4 thefts a game.
With 63 percent of its scoring and
56 percent of its rebounding gone from
a year ago, Iowa has looked to James
Winters. The 6-foot-5 Winters has av-
eraged 20.5 points and 7.7 boards a
contest, leading the team in both stats.
LATE ADDITION: Seth Smith, a wide
receiver with the Michigan football
team has joined the Wolverine basket-
ball squad. The 6-foot-1 freshman from
Murphysboro, Ill., played guard in high 0
school.

EVAN PETRIE/Daily
Michigan's Jalen Rose defends against Michigan State's Daimon Beathea.

Track and field heads inside for its winter competition

By DOUG STEVENS
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The Michigan women's track and
field team is preparing for a 1994 cam-
paign which it hopes will culminate in
a Big Ten title for the Wolverines.
Their season begins this Saturday at
noon as they host intrasquad meet at
the Track & Tennis Building.
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Richelle Webb said the purpose of
this meet is to "see where you are and
what you need to do for the season."
While on paper Michigan seems to
have the competitors to win the confer-
ence title as it did last spring, the Wol-
verines will have to perform up to their
capabilities if they hope to win again.

"We are coming off our most suc-
cessful track and cross-country season
ever so the kids are kind of fired up,"
assistant coach Mike McGuire said.
The Wolverines' distance running
corp is truly talented and should rack
up a considerable amount of points in
all of the meets. The distance runners
are led by an experienced group in-
cluding Molly McClimon andCourtney
Babcock.
The sprinting lineup for the Wol-
verines is led by Webb, who finished
second in the 100- and 200-meters at
last year's Big Ten meet.
In the field events, shot putter
Rhonda Meyers looks to improve on
last year's rookie season, when she
placed third in the Big Ten.

By TOM SEELEY
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The much-improved Michigan
men's indoor track team is looking to
make last year's eighth-place finish in
the Big Ten Championships an even
more distant memory than any faint
recollections of the past holidays.
The task of putting last year behind
them begins tomorrow at noon as the
Wolverines start the campaign with an
intrasquad meet at the Indoor Track
and Tennis Building.
"We're looking for a much better
year than last year," Michigan coach
Jack Harvey said. "Last year's fresh-
men have a year under their belts, and

we're pretty solid in almost all events."
One of those from last year, Scott
MacDonald, winner of the Big Ten
freshman of the year, joins Kevin
Sullivan to form one of the premier
conference long distance duos.
One problem that plagued the team
last year was achieving a balance be-
tween the running and field events.
However, this year pole vaulter
Tobin Van Pelt figures to be one of the
best in the conference. Neil Gardner
(long and high jumps) and Brian
Wildfong (shot put) should help bol-
ster the Wolverines.
One runner who figures to attract a
lot of attention this season is Tyrone
Wheatley. Wheatley ran last year and
Harvey exepects him to return.

Women's basketball looks
to stymie Indiana again

Blue faces weaker opponents in
By RYAN WHITE starting at noon tomorrow. It will be the
DAILY SPORTS WRITER first time this season that Michigan
If one were asked to describe in one competes on its home mats at Cliff
word the No. 4 Michigan wrestling Keen Arena. '
team's opponents tomorrow, it would Of the three teams that will wrestle
be inexperienced. the Wolverines, Morgan State will pro-
The Wolverines will grapple with vide the most experienced competi-
Morgan State, Ferris State and Eastern tion. The Bears' lineup includes four
Michigan in three separate dual meets seniors and four juniors.

first home meet
Eastern Michigan's lineup is ex-
actly the opposite of Morgan State. The
Eagles are sending only five wrestlers,
all freshmen, to the competition.
"I don't really have astarting lineup
because of injuries and grades," East-
ern head coach Willie Gadson said.
The Wolverines will have to com-
pete this weekend without the services

of season
of their top wrestler, Sean Bormet,
because of NCAA rules. The NCAA
limits the number of days a wrestler
can compete in a seasson to 16.
Since Bormet participated in the
Midlands Championships over win-
ter break, he must sit out in order to
keep his eligiblity for the rest of the
schedule.

By BOB ABRAMSON
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
The Indiana women's basketball
team provided Michigan with its only
Big Ten victory last season.
The Wolverines are winless in the
conference once again. However, the
Big Ten season has just begun. Michi-
gan (0-1 Big Ten, 3-6 overall) will seek
its first conference victory of this sea-
son as the team heads to Bloomington
to do battle with the Hoosiers.
While Michigan may have lost its
opener to Purdue, 78-57, Trish Rob-
erts' club certainly impressed Indiana
coach Jim Izard, who was in atten-.
dance, by shooting 40 percent from
three-point range (5-12) and closing to
within four points in the second half,
after trailing by as many as seventeen.
"Theirnumbers aren't good but they
have some talent in their positions,"
Izard said. "They are good on the pe-
rimeter. They are good on the inside.
HOCKEY
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the catalyst on his line.
Lake Superior State will need a
superior performance from Lacher,
because the Lakers don't feel they can
score much against Michigan All-
American goalie Steve Shields.
Shields turned away 28 of 30 shots
in Michigan's 4-2 triumph over the

They are going to create problems for
us, because we are not that big up
front."
Michigan will have its hands full
with Indiana, who is off to a sizzling 9-
0 start, including a triumph over rival
Kentucky, 86-74.
"I can't say enough about our start
of the season," Izard said. "We've got
eight or nine quality players, we are
shooting the ball well and we have
stayed injury free."
The Hoosiers have four returning
starters from last year's squad, which
finished 14-13 overall. They rely on
the firepower ofjunior Shirley Bryant,
who is averaging 17.9 points per game.
Michigan ends its weekend set of
games when it tips off against Detroit-
Mercy at Calihan Hall Sunday in De-
troit. The Titans have only two return-
ing starters from last season - Faith
Cyr (10.3 ppg) and Amira Danforth
(9.2 ppg).
Lakers Nov. 5 in Sault Ste. Marie.
Beddoes, Lake Superior's leading
scorer, may be the most importantLaker
on the offensive end.
"They're gonnatry andgetasmany
shots as they can," Oliver said. "They're
a real disciplined team.
"I'm notprepared to say we're defi-
nitely No. I and they are definitely No.0
2, or vice versa, butI think we're two of
the top five teams in the country."

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Sunday, January 9
Stearns/Virginia Martin Howard Lecture
"A Harmonica"
Lecture by Jerry Murad, former director of the Harmonicats
Recital Hall, School of Music, 2 p.m.
Faculty Recital
Michael Udow, percussion
McIntosh Theatre, School of Music, 4 p.m.
Friday, January 14
Gamelan Ensemble
Marc Benamou, director
Music of Indonesia
Rackham Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 16
Michigan Chamber Players
Andrew Jennings and Paul Kantor, violin; Yizhak Schotten, viola;
Erling Blondal Bengtsson, cello; Katherine Collier and Arthur
Greene, piano; faculty wind players.
" Dvorak: Serenade for Winds
" Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C minor
. Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor

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