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8- The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 10, 1994

Wolverines look to shoot
down weak Eagle squad

Qualifying meet will
show 'best of Midwest'
'M' women hope to place divers in NCAAs

On Friday afternoon, when most
Michigan students are getting ready
for a relaxing weekend, the Wolver-
ine men's tennis team will be gearing
up to face Eastern Michigan at Lib-
erty Sports Complex.
Eastern (0-5) will not be the
Wolverine's biggest challenge. Their
No. 1 player, Eric Gessner, is 10-10.
Phil Campbell has the next best record
for the Eagles at 7-8. With good rea-
son, the Wolverines are confident
going into the match.
"It's not going to be too difficult of
a match," Adam Wager said. "It will be
a good thing for our confidence."
Beside securing another notch in
the win column, Michigan has many
goals to accomplish. The focus in this
meet is not on winning but overall
improvement and the mental game.
Michigan Coach Brian Eisner
wants the Wolverines to "focus on
themselves" against Eastern Michi-
gan. He believes Michigan has to
improve on its mental game to win
their future matches.
"I want to get the players to come
out relaxed so they can focus," Eisner
The Michigan team plays six
singles matches each worth one point.
The three doubles matches count for

'It's not going to be
too difficult of a
- Adam Wager
Michigan tennis player
the last tie-breaking point. In the fu-
ture, the doubles point-will be impor-
tant to the Michigan team.
"We have been working on our
doubles," said Eisner. "The doubles
point becomes the deciding factor, so
our concentration is on improving our
Eisner is hoping to give every team
member experience in the upcoming
"I would really like to get the
entire team involved," Eisner said.
"We are trying to use everyone."
To win in the future, the Wolver-
ines need to bond more as a team,
according to Wager.
"As a team, we need to become
closer together so we can all perform
well," he said.
The Eagles are Michigan's last
opponent before the Big Ten season.
"It's a fact that we're oneof the most
talented teams in the Big Ten," sopho-
more John Costanzo said. "We're still
young. We have to play complete
matches in the Big Ten season."

It's nearing showtime for the
Michigan women's diving squad.
With the NCAA championship
meet looming only one week away,
the team will attempt to place as many
members as it can in the big show at
the NCAA Diving Zone meet in Co-
lumbus this weekend.
The zone acts as a qualifying meet
for NCAAs, and will showcase the
top divers in the Midwest.
Coach Dick Kimball will be tak-
ing seniors Martha Wenzel and Cin-
namon Woods, sophomore Carrie
Zarse and freshman Sharon Wong to
the meet.
Woods and Zarse both qualified to
compete in the NCAA championship
meet last year.
Woods, a senior tri-captain, gar-
nered All-American recognition last
year by placing second in 10-meter
platform at NCAAs. She also com-
peted at NCAAs in the 1-meter and 3-
meter springboard events.
Zarse is a two-time honorable
mention All-American. In her fresh-
man season, she placed 14th in the l-
meter springboard and 12th in the
platform at NCAAs.
Despite the pressure to repeat and
better her past performances, Zarse

said she isn't fretting over this
weekend's qualifying meet.
"I don't really feel any pressure.
Most of the people we're competin
against were at Big Tens," sai
Wenzel placed fourth in platform
at Big Tens last year, and was also
named an Academic All-Big Ten per-
Wong said she doesn't expect any
additional anxiety because she is a
first-year diver.
"I'm not too nervous, (being a
freshman)," she said. "Compared
Big Tens, it's a lot less pressure.
don't think it'll be too bad."
Coach Kimball sees the meet as a
"necessary evil" meet, since it is the
qualifying meet for NCAAs.
He added that the meet is more of
an arena for individuals than a team
"It's not a meet like the Big Tens
where you have a lot of teams," saij
Kimball, the 35th-year mentor
the men's and women's diving
The main competition for Michi-
gan includes Indiana's Kristen Kane,
who was named Big Ten Diver of the
Year, and Minnesota's Laurie Nelson,
who finished second in the 3-meter
springboards at Big Tens.

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The women's diving team-faces predominately Big Ten competitors at zones.

Divers need consistency at NCAA Zone C meet

If Dick Vitale were in Cleveland,
Ohio, this weekend he might say,
"The Wolverines need the three 'Cs,'
baby: consistency, concentration and
The men's diving team is sending
three members, senior Eric Lesser,
junior Abel Sanchez and sophomore
Alex Bogaerts, to the NCAA Zone C
Meet to attempt to qualify for the
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the mind of the Wolverine divers.
"Consistency, that's the name of
the game," Sanchez said.
"If you can put together a good list
and land on your head, you don't have
to hit your dives for tens. Just stay
The Zone meet is set up in order to
ensure that the most consistent divers
will advance to the next level. Com-
petitors must dive two out of the three
events (one-meter springboard, three-
meter springboard and 10-meter plat-
At the meet's conclusion, the
divers are ranked in each event, and
the top 10 finishers go to Minneapolis
for NCAAs. Dick Kimball,
Michigan's diving coach, said it will
take two good performances for a
diver to make nationals.
"They have to be consistent in two
events," he said. "They can'tjust have
one good event, that won't do it."
Lesser and Bogaerts are hoping to
achieve this. In the past both have
failed to attain the consistency neces-

sary to win big meets. Bogaerts had a
disappointing finish in lastyear's Zone
meet, and Lesser experienced prob-
lems at last month's conference cham-
"I hope to do as well as I did on the
one-meter, but I need to have more
consistency on the 10-meter,"
Bogaerts said. "Last year on 10-meter
I didn't dive as well as I'd liked to.
That's why I didn't go to NCAAs."
Lesser had a second place finish
on the platform at Big Tens but failed
to make the finals of the three-meter
The second "C", concentration,
was key in Lesser's performance in
the platform event at Big Tens, after a
disappointing three-meter event.
"(I didn't) make it to finals in the
three-meter," he said, "but I didn't
lose my concentration and came back
and did real well on the platform."
The last "C," confidence, can be
acquired from any number of differ-
ent sources. Sanchez and Lesser have
competed and scored at the NCAAs

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previously in their careers, and
Kimball says this experience will help
Kimball's method for success is
to build confidence through consis-
tency. He has his divers practice their
dives over and over, until they beq
come natural.
"The more we get up there, the
more we do (the dives), the less fear
we'll have about getting up there and
doing things," Bogaerts said. "And as
the fear is reduced, our performance
will rise."
Bogaerts said he also finds it ex-
tremely beneficial to imaginethedive
in his mind.
"Focusing on running through t1*
dive in my head before I get up on the
board really helps me."
Lesser has confidence in his and
the other Wolverines abilities.
"(Kimball) has done his work to
prepare us, and we've done our work
so I think we're all going to do really
well at this meet," he said.
If the trifecta of "C's" are accom-
plished by these Michigan divers, th
all three may be headed to the NCARP
" All three are in a position where
they're good enough on a given day to
make it," Kimball said.
But there will be several outstand-
ing divers standing in the way.
Minnesota's P.J. Bogart finished in
the top two of all three events at the
NCAAs last season. Ohio Stale's
Yoshi Sakata and Indiana's A)dc
Boersmahave also finished well in
previous nationals. Michigan saw all
these divers and most of the other top
competition at Big Tens. Divers from
the Mid-American Conference and
other Midwestern independents will
also compete in Cleveland.



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