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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 1, 1994 - 9

Michigan searches for consistency

Owen Van Richter and his Michigan teammates fly into the Harvard and Eastern Michigan Invitationals tomorrow.
.Tired swimmers hit the road
Weary men to compete in Harvard, EMU meets

Daily Sports Writer
The head of the class is going to
The No. 1Michigan men's swim-
ming and diving team will be in
*Cambridge, Mass., tomorrow
through Sunday to do some learn-
"We're going to get some intel-
lectual motivation and stimulation,"
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek said.
The intellectual stimulation that
the Wolverines seek won't be found
in Harvard's libraries, however. It
will be found in the pool as they
take on the Crimson, Boston Uni-
Oversity and No. 13 Florida in the
Harvard Invitational.
Yet, only half of the Wolverines
will be heading east. Michigan is
also swimming at the Eastern Michi-
gan Invitational tomorrow and Sat-
The contingent going to Harvard
is made up mostly of NCAA quali-
fiers. The group traveling to
*Ypsilanti will be composed of fresh-
men and those that could not leave
due to classes. Divers will compete

exclusively at Eastern Michigan.
"I'm not splitting the team up
strictly based on (ability),"
Urbanchek said. "Neither meet is
important. None of the teams, ex-
cept in maybe the Ivy League, are
going to prepare. It's just another
stepping stone in our preparation."
Though the Harvard Invitational
may not be important to Michigan
or Florida, it is to Harvard. Crimson
coach Mike Chasson considers the
meet "the best one Harvard has held,
dating back to when Harvard hosted
the NCAA Championships, in terms
of the quality of swimmers that are
coming in."
The competition in Ypsilanti will
not boast such a lineup. It features
teams from the Mid-American Con-
ference, with the Wolverines as the
only Big Ten representative.
"We will have good competition
at the EMU meet, but it will be more
helpful to the other teams there than
for us," Urbanchek said.
The meets will aid Michigan in
one aspect. The Wolverines will be
doing homework on themselves, to
see how they perform with fatigue.

They have been training hard this
week, because practices will be cut
back during final exams.
"In both meets, they're going to
be very tired puppies," Urbanchek
said. "We've been working real hard
up to the meet and whatever hap-
pens, happens. We're going to see if
they can swim fast while they're
tired. If you can swim fast while
you're tired, it's better. It just de-
pends on how much you're willing
to hurt."
Despite the disadvantages Michi-
gan has going into the weekend,
Urbanchek still feels the Wolver-
ines should have no problems.
The Wolverines knocked off both
Harvard and Eastern Michigan last
year, defeating the Crimson, 140-
95, and the Eagles, 137-93.
"I think we should be able to win
both of the meets," Urbanchek said.
"Even though we're not 100 percent
prepared and split up, we still have
a lot of good swimmers and we'll
perform well."
After all, wherever they go, the
present head of the swimming class
comes from Michigan.

Daily Basketball Writer
Which team will show up?
That's the big question tonight when
the Michigan women's basketball team
plays at South Carolina. Will it be the
squad that ran roughshod over
Georgetown in the Wolverines' season
opener, or the lackluster bunch which
struggled offensively in losses to We-
ber State and Illinois-Chicago?
Michigan coach Trish Roberts
knows her team has played inconsis-
tently thus far, but she hopes her squad
can regain the intensity they showed in
their win over the Hoyas.
"We have to be hungry," Roberts
said. "Teams come out playing hard
against us. They want to upset a Big
Ten team. We have to stay strong."
The Wolverines (1-2) have had dif-
ficulty meshing new players with the
veterans. The team has seven fresh-
men. Roberts said as the season contin-
ues Michigan's chemistry will improve.
'We have to be hungry.
Teams come out
playing hard against
us. They want to upset
a Big Ten team. We
have to stay strong.'
- Trish Roberts
women 's basketball
The lack of a solid point guard has
also hurt the Wolverines. A season-
ending injury to last year's All-Big Ten
freshman Jennifer Kiefer forced the
Wolverines to move freshman forward
Molly Murray to the point guard posi-
Murray shares ball-handling duties
with MekishaRoss, and the two totaled
just nine assists in the team's first three
games. The duo has struggled against
the pressing and trapping defenses em-
ployed by opponents. Murray and Ross
have committed a combined 15 turn-
One bright spot for Michigan has
been its control of the boards. The

Wolverines have out-rebounded their
opponents each game.
"When we get (offensive) rebounds,
we have to score," Roberts said. "We
haven't converted on our opportuni-
Michigan shot a meager 22 per-
cent from the field against the
Flames Tuesday. If the Wolverines
plan to come out with a victory
against South Carolina, they cannot
continue to miss open shots.

The Gamecocks (2-0) set a lot of
picks and rely on their quick guards to
create scoring chances. South Carolina
junior Shannon Johnson averaged 23.5
points. The team has just eight players,
but all have contributed in their two
Despite the Gamecock's early sea-
son success, Roberts is confident that
Michigan can win. It all depends on
which Michigan team decides to ap-

Semi-rested women ready for Speedo Invitational

The Michigan women's basketball team takes on South Carolina tonight.
The Wolverines have lost two of their first three contests.

Daily Sports Writer
Not too many teams have as much
confidence and conviction going into a
*major meet as the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team does. Even
though the season has just begun the
Wolverines know they deserve to be
considered among the nation's best.
Michigan (3-0 Big Ten, 5-0 over-
all) will have no better chance to shine
than at the SpeedoInvitational in Chapel
Hill, N.C., which runs today through
Saturday. The Wolverines will square
off against North Carolina, Wisconsin,
South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio and
Clemson in the three-day event.
Michigan has continued its training
through the week and enters the meet
after a brief time off from heavy work-
outs. The Wolverines are looking to
compare themselves to other top-ranked
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than its share of travel miles. The
Wildcats, who also played in the
Great Alaska Shootout last week,
have journeyed nearly 10,000 miles
just a few weeks into the season.
Arizona also has trips to Syra-
cuse and Rhode Island scheduled
for later this year.
0 STREAK STOPPER: Missouri's 69-
66 defeat of Purdue in last night's
first game ended a winning streak of
sorts for the Boilermakers. It
snapped a 25-game non-conference

teams which will be completely rested.
"This should be a really fast meet,"
Michigan coach Jim Richardson said.
"Every other team should be shaved
and tapered. We're only working on
three days rest, and I don't think we're
going to shave. It will be interesting to
see how we compare to other teams."
Though the Speedo Invitational will
be a tough meet for the Wolverines,
Richardson is not using it as a barom-
eter to measure his team's success. It is
still early, and Michigan's training
schedule is more geared for high per-
formances at the end of the year, such
as the conference and NCAA Champi-
onship meets.
However, the team does have rea-
son to be a little confident going into
the Chapel Hill race. The Wolverines
are coming off a resounding 183-115
victory over Penn State. And while

Michigan may not be at its peak, it
certainly has proved that it can com-
pete even without much rest.
"This will be a good challenge for
us," Richardson said. "I think that (the
Speedo Invitational) will be a good
growth experience as well."
Senior Alecia Humphrey and
sophomore Rachel Gustin, who both
won three events against the Nittany
Lions, led the Wolverines. However,
Richardson said that he is not looking
to any one swimmer to carry the squad.
"I just want to see how we do this
weekend," Richardson said. "Seven or
eight people aren't swimming with us
this weekend, but I'll be watching how
they are doing at the United States
Swimming meet in Ann Arbor."
One thing is for sure, no matter
where any of the Wolverines will be,
they will have plenty of confidence.

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unbeaten string dating back nearly
three years.
Purdue's last non-Big Ten de-
feat came at North Carolina on Jan.
2, 1992.
head coach Norm Stewart must
think he's seeing things. He already
has a pair of twins on team in seven-
footers Sammie and Simeon Haley,
and now Stewart has another set to
look at. He recently became the
grandfather of twin boys.
HOMECOMING: Tuesday's open-
ing night of the Great Eight gave
some native Michiganders a chance
to play on their home turf in front of

family and friends for a night.
Antonio Granger, Paul Grant
and Kevin Hrobowski of Boston
College all played high school ball
in the Detroit area.
NBA ALUMNI: Rookies Grant
Hill and Bill Curley of the Detroit
Pistons just missed out on a chance
to see their former college team-
mates play Tuesday. Duke and Bos-
ton College played on an off night
for the Pistons, however Hill and
Curley, who's brother Mickey cur-
rently plays for the Eagles, were en
route with the team to Boston for
last night's NBA game against the


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