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12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 4, 1994

Women swimmers
face national powers

By REBECCA MOATZ
Daily Sports Writer
Most athletes enter a competition
with one goal in mind - winning.
However, the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team will prove
to be exceptions to the rule once again
this weekend.
Today, the Wolverines (2-0) enter
the Lady Mustang Classic, compet-
ing against such national powers as
Texas, Southern Methodist, and
UCLA.
On Saturday, a separate squad will
travel to Carbondale, Ill., to compete
against Southern Illinois, Kansas, and
Nebraska. In this weekend's compe-
titions, the Wolverines will not focus
on winning. Rather, Michigan will
concentrate on the future and the train-
ing that must go into achieving an-
other Big Ten and possibly a NCAA
title.
While most teams would opt to
taper in preparation for the swimming
powerhouses in the Mustang Classic,
Michigan is training through the meet
with its eyes on much brighter things.
"I think we'll do well, but we are
training hard now," said Michigan
co-captain Alecia Humphrey. "We
are in the hardest two weeks of the
year now, so we are not sacrificing
our training for now but for
NCAA's."

In fact, the Wolverines will train
through the meet, even if it means
sacrificing best times.
"We're just going to race," said
Michigan coach Jim Richardson. "Our
prime goal is training to lay a founda-
tion for second semester, so we don't
want to sacrifice resting."
The Wolverines may face their
toughest competition of the year at
this weekend's Lady Mustang Clas-
sic in Dallas. Michigan has never
beaten Texas, SMU, USC or UCLA
and this is the team's first meeting
with Florida.
However, the Wolverines'
chances of winning may still be
good. They are taking their best
team with them, and they are not
sure where the other teams are in
their training schedule.
As well, some teams that are usu-
ally regarded as strong swimming
schools lost some of their best ath-
letes. UCLA lost its sprinter and will
probably be scoping out its competi-
tion throughout the meet. Meanwhile,
Texas and SMU are essentially the
same teams as in the past.
"I'm prepared for the fact that I
am not going to swim great,"
Humphrey said. "We are going to
have to suck it up and fight in for the
finishes that we need to win because
we want to win."

HOCKEY "
Continued from page 31
getting acclimated with the league, its
rinks and its level of play.
"We don't have the capability right
now to go through major adjustments
and put in all new schemes of things
to be specific for Michigan," Ohio
-State coach Jerry Welsh said.
Lake Superior State (2-0, 2-1-1
typically has few problems mounting
an attack, especially against Michi-
gan. The Lakers beat them in the
NCAA regionals, 5-4 in OT, during
Lake Superior's national title run.
The Lakers, No. 6 in the WMEB
poll, are in the midst of a rebuilding
season. Nineteen freshmen and sopho-
mores fill out the roster.
Brian Felsner, brotherof Michigan's
all-time leading goal scorer Dennf
Felsner, is theonlyLakerin theCCHA's
overall top-30 leader board. He has
scored six goals and notched four as-
sists. Junior defenseman Keith Aldridge
has five points in four games with a
plus/minus of +7.
Freshman goalie John Grahame
(.826 save percentage) fills the hole in
net left by the departure of Blane Lacher,
who finished last season with a natioro
leading 1.98 goals against average.
"I don't look at (Michigan) as be-
ing much less formidable than they
were a year ago at this time," Lake
State coach Jeff Jackson said. "There
are no letdowns available this week-
end ... both teams will have incentive
against each other."

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily

Warren Luhning and fellow right wing Mike Knuble return to the Michigan lineup

for this weekend's games.

The

Rachel Brett Michael Chad Sidney
BACHMAN rORREST ROSENBERG SAFRAN rFINE

'M' tankers start quest for .
national championship

Michigan at Purdue
Penn State at Indiana
Michigan St. at Northwestern
Wisconisn at Ohio State
Illinois at Minnesota
Miami at Syracuse
Texas A&M at Texas
Virginia at Duke
USC at Washington State
Alabama at LSU

Michigan
Penn State
Michigan St.
Wisconsin
Illinois
Miami
Texas A&M
Duke
Washington St.
Alabama

Michigan
Penn State
Michigan St.
Ohio State
Illinois
Miami
Texas
Duke
Washington St.
Alabama
7-2-1
51-26-3

Michigan
Penn State
Michigan St.
Wisconsin
Illinois
Syracuse
Texas
Virginia
Washington St.
Alabama
6-3-1
51-26-3

Michigan
Penn State
Northwestern
Ohio State
IIllinois
Syracuse
Texas
Duke
USC
Alabama
7-2-1
56-21-3

Michigan
Penn State
Michigan St.
Ohio State
Illinois
Miami
Texas A&M
Duke
USC
Alabama
*5-4-1
14-14-2
made the picks in

By MICHAEL JOSHUA
Daily Sports Writer
After many seasons of being
among the best, the Michigan men's
swimming and diving team starts this
season positioned as the best. The
NCAA preseason poll ranks the Wol-
verines No. I and the favorite to win
the national title.
Michigan has won the Big Ten title
nine straight years. But this season, the
team hopes to dethrone Stanford and
add a national championship.
The quest for the title begins this
Saturday in a quadrangular meet at
Southern Illinois University-
Carbondale. The Wolverines face
squads from Southern Illinois, Kan-
sas and Nebraska.
"The teams will be tough," coach
Alex Braunfeld said. "They might not

be national powers, but they are the
best of the Mid, Mid-West."
Michigan possesses a wealth of tal-
ent. Nine NCAA All-Americans are
back for this year. Seven current Wol-
verines also competed at the World.
Championships, the next biggest swinf
ming event behind the Olympics.
After many long hours of practice,
the Wolverines are hungry to get in the
water and finally compete. Aside from
a few members who will be staying
back to catch up on their academics, the
entire team is going to the meet.
"The freshmen, especially, are
pumped up for their first meet ever,"
Braunfeld said.
Michigan realizes that they are
No. 1 only on paper at this moment.
They now want to prove it in the
water.

Last Week
Overall

5-4-1
49-28-3

*This week's guest selector is esteemed American history professor Sidney Fine. Bud VanDeWege, owner of Moe's Sports Shoppe
last week's Daily.

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