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Baseball
vs. Arizona State
Today, Saturday, Sunday
Tempe, Ariz.

S

IRTS

Wrestling
NCAA Championships
Today and Tomorrow, all day
Chapel Hill, N.C.

Women tankers have disappointing opening day at NCAAs

By MARC DILLER
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA kicked
off the first official day of its women's swim-
ming and diving national championship fi-
nals yesterday at the Indiana University-
Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Natatorium.
Michigan has been known for having me-
diocre first day performances, and this year
was no different.
Michiganentering the competition ranked
fourth in the nation, got off to a slow start with
a disappointing 13th place finish overall (33.0
points). After the first full day of competition,
it was behind such powerhouses as Stanford
'148.0), Texas (141.0) and Florida (127.0).
"This year (in the morning session) we
actually looked in some cases better than last
year in the morning session," Wolverine coach

Jim Richardson said. This year's Michigan
team had five scoring swims versus only three
last year.
One of the Wolverines' few bright spots
for the day was the performance of freshman
breaststroker Rachel Gustin. Gustin placed
sixth in the 200-yard individual medley with
a time of 2:02.43, 2.76 seconds behind the
winner, Southern California's freshman su-
perstar Kristine Quance.
The meet marked Gustin's first NCAA
national championship appearance.
"I was a bit nervous," Gustin said. "(My
performance) wasn't great, but it was fine."
In the morning session, Alecia Humphrey,
two-timeBig Ten swimmer of the year, tapped
the boards .07 seconds short of qualifying for
the finals in the 200 IM (2:02.13). Unfortu-
nately, Humphrey didn't fare as well as she
had hoped in the consolation final (2:03.52)

- 13th overall.
"I didn't swim as well as I wanted to,"
Humphrey said. "I would have liked to have
finalled like I did last year."
However, it was divers Carrie Zarse and
senior co-captain Cinnamon Woods who had
the team's most disappointing performances
of the day in the one-meter springboard. Zarse
and Woods finished 19th (359.95) and 31st
(335.70), respectively.
"Carrie didn't do particularily well to-
day," Richardson said. "I know she was dis-
appointed. But sometimes you're hot, and
sometimes you're not."
Stanford got a quick jump on its competi-
tion with a victory in the evening's first race,
the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:30.53). The
Cardinals never looked back.
"Typically the first day is the weakest for
us and we get stronger as the meet goes

along," Stanford juniorJenny Thompson said.
"That's just the nature of our team."
Thompson swam the anchor leg on the
winning 200 freestyle relay and third-place
400 medley relay teams. She also placed
second in the 50 freestyle.
The surprise of the meet so far was the
strong standing of Colorado State. The Rams
finished the night in seventh place with the
stand-out performance of junior sprinter Amy
Van Dyken.
Van Dyken, a transfer from Arizona, turned
in the top performance of the night in the 50
freestyle. She set a new NCAA and American
record in the event with a time of 21.77 seconds.
"I just wanted to go as fast as I had coming
into the meet," Van Dyken said. "Tonight, I
had to look at the time a million times to make
sure it was my lane and to make sure I wasn't
asleep."

Other Wolverines who swam today in
individual races were freshman IM swimmer
Anne Kampfe, who finished 37th in the 50
freestyle (4:54.92), and Melisa Stone, who
finished 15th overall in the 50 freestyle
(23.65).
The next two days look to be better for the
Wolverines. Today, Lara Hooiveld, last year's
NCAA Swimmer of the Year, looks to defend
her victory in the 100-yard breaststroke. How-
ever, it's not going to be as easy because
Hooiveld is still recovering from a flu bug
which has plagued her all season.
Also, Humphrey will try to better her
fourth-place finish in last year's 100-yard
backstroke.
"We just didn't step up as well as we
hoped we would tonight," Richardson said.
"We'll make sure we'll get a good night's
sleep and tomorrow is another day."

Blue almost Waves goodbye to tourney

Wolverines no longer
good guys of NCAAs
WICHITA, Kan. -"Bzzzzzzzzz."
The high-pitched buzz droned endlessly behind the media curtains at
Kansas Coliseum. One writer looked up from the architecture of TV
monitors and phone cords and asked: "Is that bothering anyone else?"
It was. We didn't know where it came from, and we couldn't make it go
iway.
Forty-five minutes later, a 5-foot-9 point guard from Pepperdine took
.he court in Michigan's first-round NCAA tournament game. He bobbed
nd wove like a mosquito, scored 21, and won over the anti-Wolverine
,rowd. And, he made Juwan Howard into an ogre.
"It kind of looked like David and Goliath," Lopez
said, grinning.
But "David" had the arena on his side. Lopez
nailed seven threes. He drew Howard's fourth foul and
a stare-off with the Michigan center - and the
sympathy of the crowd. Booo.
After tumbling onto the Michigan bench, he was
shoved by Makhtar Ndiaye. Boooo. The OT buzzer
RACHEL sounded, and Ndiaye thrust his hands in the air at the
BACHMAN same crowd that now hated Howard. Booooo.
Bach's Score Lopez and his Waves could do no wrong. Granted,
they were the underdogs, the pure ones. But with their
innocence came Michigan's trial and conviction by the
Vichita audience. With every questionable Michigan move, the judgmental
Nhine from the stands increased.
Is that bothering anyone else?
The Wolverines learned the hard way that, according to Joe Public,
Jarling Michigan has grown horns. Two years after entering the NCAA
tournament as its rambunctious kittens, the Wolverines have suddenly
become everyone's scratching post.
"I didn't envision this at all," Juwan Howard said after his team's
yarrow escape.
Juwan was there when the press chuckled and grinned at the wet-eared
Fab Five, overconfident before their first-ever NCAA tournament game.
Ue was there when Michigan was shocking the world, winning five straight
)efore losing to Duke in the final.
Last night, Juwan was a fiend.
Lopez himself said that after Howard's foul, neither player uttered a
word. They were just in each other's faces, as happens in all tournament
James. But one was tall, and one was short. One was a perennial winner
md one a beachcomber. One a favorite, and one fallen out of favor.
See BACHMAN, Page 12

Michigan outdistances
Pepperdine in overtime

By BRETT FORREST
DAILY BASKETBALL WRITER
WICHITA, Kan. - Not even in
the first game of the NCAA tourna-
ment could Michigan escape its de-
cidedly colorful past.
At the 13:57 mark of the first half,
with Dana Jones at the line for
Pepperdine, Michigan coach Steve
Fisher invoked a vivid memory from
Wolverine tournament history.
Hollering "UCLA," Fisher tried to
warn his team against playing down
to the supposed level of its competi-
tion.
In its first ever meeting with the
Waves, the third-seeded Michigan
men's basketball team nearly forgot
its propensity to do just that.
But the Wolverines managed to
add to their infamous NCAA tourna-
ment legend, beating the No. 14
Waves, 78-74, in overtime at the Kan-
sas Coliseum.
"The first round of the tournament
is always the toughest," Michigan
junior Juwan Howard said. "Each
team is geared up, psyched up to play."
That much was true forPepperdine
as the Waves answered nearly every
Michigan onslaught.
However, they ran out of momen-
tum in the extra session. The Wolver-
ines scored the first six points in over-
time, going up 74-68. Pepperdine
made it close, though, and after Bryan
Parker hit two free throws with eight
ticks left, the Waves were down just
two, 76-74. But Clark James fouled
Michigan's Jalen Rose and the junior
converted his fifth and sixth free
throws of overtime.

After a sizzling first half from
Howard, Michigan found itself up b
just seven at the break, 39-32. The
center finished the half with 20 points
(9 of I 1 from the field) and four
rebounds. The total represented the
most points ever for Howard in a half
at Michigan.
However, swingman Jalen Rose
could not find the mark, scoring just
two points in the first stanza (I of 4)
and failed to convert on all three ofhi
attempts from beyond the arc.
"As far as from medium range and
from the outside, I didn't think I could
throw it in the ocean," Rose said.
By contrast, Pepperdine guard
Damin Lopez felt as if he could not
miss from outside. The senior had 21
points from beyond 19'9" (7-of-17),
quashing Michigan spurts on several
occasions. None was bigger than his
trey with 2:50 left in the second hall
With Michigan up, 64-60, Lopez
canned one that gave the Waves hope
in the late stages.
"We realized we could win it if we
chipped away little by little," Lopez
said.
After Wolverine Jimmy King trav-
eled at the 2:11 mark, Pepperdine's
Clark James hit a three with time
running out on the shot clock. Thex
conversion gave the Waves their first
lead since the 9:41 mark of the first
half, 66-64.
With 58 seconds remaining,
Michigan's Makhtar Ndiaye con-
verted a putback. After Wave Derek
Noether canned an easy look inside
with 43 seconds left, Howard made
See WAVES, Page 12

Juwan Howard, shown at tipoff here, was showered
at Kansas Coliseum.

EVAN P II/D aiily
with boos by the crowd

'M' wrestlers face mixed emotions after day one

By RYAN WHITE
7AILY SPORTS WRITER
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - While
vlarch Madness began across the rest
>f the country Thursday, "March
Matness" got under way at one of the
palaces of college basketball - the
Dean E. Smith Center.
"March Matness," is North
Carolina's name for the 1994 NCAA
Wrestling Championships.
After day one of the competition,
.he Michigan wrestling team has four
of its five wrestlers competing, two
still in the championship draw-No. 6
seed Brian Harper at 150 pounds, and
No.2 Sean Bormet (158).
One wrestler who didn't advance
into the second day of championship
.ompetition is heavyweight SteveKing.
King, the No. 5 seed, lost in sudden-
leath 30-second overtime to Virginia
Tech's Josh Feldman, 5-4.
"If King had won I would have

said it was a great day," Michigan
coach Dale Bahr said. "He let it go to
the coin toss (to decide which wres-
tler starts in the up and down posi-
tion), and he lost."
Bahr, however, was happy with
the performances of Harper and
Bormet.
"Sean and Brian are both wrestling
really well, and both have the potential
to be in the finals," he said.
The tournament draw works out
especially well for Harper. Thanks to a
number of upsets, most notably No. 2
seed Willy Short from Minnesota,
Harper is now the highest seed in his
half of the 150- pound bracket.
"I'm really optimistic with what
hashappenedso far,"Harpersaid. "I'm
in a real good position.
"I know that this is the last tourna-
mentofmy life, and I want to do as well
as I can."
Harper's first match today will be

against Jason Hawk of Rutgers.
"It's going to be a tough match,"
Harper said. "I've never wrestled him
before, but I know he's a real tough,
physical wrestler."
If he defeats Hawk, he will face
eitherNo. 7 Jamie St. John of Syracuse
or unseeded Terry Watts of Fresno
State.
Bormet continued his dominance
this season by defeating Ken Porter of
California (Pennsylvania), and Mike
Migliaccio of Miami (Ohio).
"I feel pretty confident going into
tomorrow," Bormet said. "I controlled
both matches today and didn't give up
any points."
The biggest obstacle in Bormet's
path to the national championship is
No. 1 seed Pat Smith of Oklahoma
State, who hasn't lost a match all sea-
son and is shooting for his fourth na-
tional title.
Aside from King, the other Wol-
verine competing in the consolation
bracket is Jesse Rawls Jr., at 177.
Rawls opened up the tournament
against the No. 1 seed Les Gutches
of Oregon State, and lost a close
match, 3-1. He rebounded, however,
to defeat Josh Henson of James

Madison, 7-4, in his first consola-
tion match.
Chad Biggert (167) was the fifth
wrestler representing Michigan in
Chapel Hill. He lost to his first round
opponent, Chris Studer of Boston U., 6-
4, and to his second foe, Jeromy McKean
of Fresno State, 3-1.
While Michigan wasn't expected
to compete as a team, the Wolverines
are in fifteenth place with nine points.
Iowa leads the championships and
is searching for its fourth straight na-
tional title.
The Hawkeyes have 23.5 points
and a 1.25-point lead over second-
place Oklahoma State.
The biggest surprise of the day was
the number of upsets, most notably in
the 150 and heavyweight divisions.
In the 150-pound weight class, five
of the top-10 seeds are gone, including
No. 2 and No. 3.
The heavyweight division lost
three of its top five seeds, including
No. 3 Billy Peirce of Minnesota.
"There have been a tremendous
amount of upsets. More than I have
ever seen," said Bahr. "It makes (the
tournament) interesting, just as long
as it doesn't happen to us."

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