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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 10, 1994 - 9

,Men's swimming should ease past Badgers

By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's swimming team has noth-
ing to fear when it dives in against Wisconsin
Saturday.
The Badgers are not ranked.
The Wolverines are currently No. I in the coun-
try.
"We'll definitely be bearing over Wisconsin,"
coach Jon Urbanchek said. "Many of our athletes
will not take this as seriously."
Wisconsin will be reeling from its Friday meet
against Michigan State when it faces Michigan at
Canham Natatorium at 10 a.m.
The Badgers are still a team without a focus
under the direction of new coach Erik Hanson.
"It's not that Wisconsin's a bad team, but ..."
said Wolverine Chris Laskowski, noting that the
team's practices have been just as hard this week as
* they will be the week before the team facesNo. 2-

ranked Stanford or No. 3-ranked Texas. "Some
teams tend to rest a bit for dual meets, but we're just
swimming right through it all."
The conference meet is just a stepping stone on
the Wolverines' path to an NCAA championship.
The squad has a shot at its first national title since
1961.
The Wolverines will almost definitely top the
Big Ten, but Urbanchek said, "It's not as important
as the first NCAA title - that's going to be the
focal point (of the season)."
A top-flight crop of freshmen highlight the
Michigan roster. Derya Buyukuncu, who set two
pool records last weekend at Southern Illinois Uni-
versity, is set for victory Saturday again in the 100-
and 200-yard backstroke events.
Assistant coach Alex Braunfield said the fresh-
man has an advantage because he utilizes a kind of
flip turn which was not legal when many of the
current seniors were freshmen.

But Urbanchek said that the youngsters have
not proven themselves yet, and are overwhelmed
with having to live up to their reputation as the
country's No. 1 recruiting class.
"On paper it doesn't mean a lot. Once these kids
get here they have to prove themselves," Urbanchek
said. "We don't swim on paper. They haven't done
it in the water yet, but they have the potential."
But Buyukuncu, freshmen breaststroker Owen
von Richter and butterflyer Jason Lancaster are not
only among the top freshmen in the country. They
are among the nation's top swimmers.
Michigan, only one meet into its season, is
looking past Saturday to the following Saturday,
when it faces its biggest challenge - No. 3 Texas.
Urbanchek said the Wisconsin meet will serve
as a "tune-up" for the Longhorns.
"Texas is our main focus right now," von Rich-
ter said.

FILE PHOTO

The No. 1 Michigan men's swimming team takes on Wisconsin Saturday.

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VOLLEYBALL NOTEBOOK

Sisters battle in Ohio
State's win over Blue

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By DAVID ROTHBART
Daily Sports Writer
A sibling rivalry highlighted
Saturday's Michigan women's vol-
leyball match with Ohio State. Michi-
gan freshman Sarah Jackson went
face-to-face with her older sister,
Jenny.
"On the court, I don't think of her
as my sister," Sarah said. "I just think
of her as another player."
Sarah led Michigan in hitting effi-
ciency with a.333 average. Jenny, the
Buckeyes' leading hitter, scored eight
kills for a .286 average.
Did the younger Jackson show up
her older sister?
Not according to Jenny. "We were
the ones who won," the older Jackson
said.
NOT KEEN ON KEEN: Only 480 fans
showed up for Saturday's 3-1 loss to
Ohio State. About 30 to 50 Michigan

student-athletes were on hand, ac-
cording to administrative assistant
Ragine Dvorak. Coaches and play-
ers from Michigan's track, gymnas-
tics and women's basketball teams
came to cheer on their fellow Wolver-
ines.
Friday's contest with Penn State
attracted 825 fans. The crowd was
bustling with kids participating in the
Scout Night promotion. Dvorak said
the volleyball match competed for
fans with the Wolverine hockey game
at Yost Ice Arena.
Michigan's home attendance aver-
age dipped to 582. In its away matches,
attendance has averaged 1,201.
MENDOZA LINE:Linnea Mendoza,
the Wolverines' starting setter, con-
tinued her impressive freshman cam-
paign last weekend. She had 40 as-

sists againstPenn State and 26 against
Ohio State. She has 536 assists for the
season. Her season high of 47 came
against North Carolina. Mendoza, a
Santa Barbara native, has shared set-
ting duties with sophomore Erin
McGovern.
CAN'T LUZE FOR TRYING: Sopho-
more right side hitter Shareen Luze
chipped in five kills and 13 digs against
Penn State, and added three kills and
seven digs against Ohio State. She
had career highs of 19 kills and 15
digs earlier this season against North
Carolina and Purdue.
UNLUCKY 13: The Wolverines
must win one of their matches this
weekend to avoid extending their los-
ing streak to 13. Michigan plays at
Iowa tomorrow night and at Minne-
sota Saturday. The Hawkeyes and

Golden Gophers swept Michigan in
their October meetings at Cliff Keen
Arena. The teams have a combined
35-11 series record against the Wol-
verines.
TEXAS VACATION: The Michigan
women's volleyball team will not be
travelling to Austin for December's
NCAA Tournament, but it has a
chance to knock off a couple of teams
on the tournament bubble. Minnesota
and Wisconsin need victories against
the Wolverines to improve their
chances of receiving an invitation.
Coach Greg Giovanazzi said he
will not use this fact to motivate his
team.
"We want to win for us, not to stop
anyone else," he said. Giovanazzi added
that his goal is for Michigan to win at
least two more matches this season.

AP PHOTO
By December, St. Louis Blues Mark Recchi and Brendan Shanahan could be
getting a better workout than this on the ice.
Hockey season could
start within a mwont

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NEW YORK (AP) - Hopeful
signs of ending the NHL lockout
emerged yesterday, with one man-
agement source telling the Associ-
ated Press it's possible the season
could resume next month.
"If the talks continue this way,
they could be playing hockey by the
first of December," the source said,
speaking on the condition he not be
identified. "A lot will hinge on
tomorrow's meeting."
Others were not as optimistic, but
no one dismissed the possibility.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
and union head Bob Goodenow met for
seven hours Monday, the source said.
They are to meet today, possibly
in Buffalo, N.Y. This marks the first
time the sides talked twice in one
week since Oct. 4-5.
"There are still a lot of issues on
the table," the source said. "Every-
thing depends on how well the meet-
ing goes Thursday. But the fact that
they met Monday and are meeting
again Thursday is a major break-

through. They did make some head-
way (on Monday)."
In an ESPN radio interview yes-
terday, Brian Burke, vice president in
charge of hockey operations for the
NHL, said, "I am optimistic that a
deal can be worked out in time to save
the season."
It was a direct reversal of Burke's
position last week when he said he
felt the NHL was at risk of losing the
season.
Goodenow also said yesterday the
union had not made any specific pro-
posal to the league.
"Since the league rejected our last
proposal on Oct. 10, we have not
made another proposal - not at all,"
Goodenow told The Canadian Press.
NHL Players Association spokes-
man Steve McAllister said the report
"sounded pretty optimistic." And an
agent, also speaking on the condition
he not be identified, said, "I don't
sense the same optimism."
"I think we're looking at a 60-
game schedule," the source said.

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