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All aboard for the Joe
A bus ride to the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit for the Michigan-Michigan
State hockey game Feb. 18 is being offered by the arena in conjuction
with the Michigan Athletic Department. There will be only one bus, and
each seat costs $6. The bus leaves from Crisler Arena at 5:30 p.m. and
will return immediately after the game ends. For more information, call
the athletic department at 763-4423.

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Page 9
Thursday,

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Wolveirines
*land strong
recruiting
class agamin
By Rachel Bachman
Daily Football Writer
It may not enjoy the fame of
Groundhog Day but for football fans,
it's much bigger.
Yesterday was signing day for
high school football players, and
Michigan once again landed one of
the nation's top recruiting classes.
SuperPrep magazine ranked
Michigan's class No. 5 nationally,
two behind Big Ten leader Penn
State, which has the No. 3 class.
SuperPrep ranked Notre Dame's No.
Coach Gary Moeller said that in
selectingplayers, he shifted empha-
sis away from statistics, like 40-
yard sprint times, and toward ath-
letes' dedication to Michigan. The
change resulted in a class made up
of 75 percent Ohio, Illinois and
Michigan recruits.
The cream of the crop includes
two Orchard Lake St. Mary's
standouts - outside linebacker
David Bowens and quarterback-de-
fensive back DiAllo Johnson, Fre-
mont (Ohio) Ross safety Charles
Woodson and Detroit Cass Tech tail-
back Clarence Williams.
"I'm very happy with what we
See FOOTBALL, Page 10

February z,199

Blue bests Badgers, 62-58
Sixteen-point second half run sparks 'M' to victory

By Paul Barger
Daily Basketball Writer
Last night's victory against Wis-
consin was relatively easy for the
Michigan men's basketball team (6-
2 Big Ten, 12-8 overall).
After three straight down-to-the-
wire home games, Wolverine fans
did not have to hold their collective
breath as the clocked ticked away.
Michigan barely managed a 62-
58 win, but compared to the recent
past that is a victory well in hand.
"We won with good defense and
rebounding, something that was
lacking Sunday (against St. John's)"
Michigan coach Steve Fisher said.
"Good teams find a way to win and
we're a pretty good team."
The key to the win was the Wol-
verines' intense team defense.
Michigan had 13 steals, seven blocks
and forced Wisconsin (3-5,9-8) into
countless mistakes. The Badgers had
22 turnovers for the game.
Michigan's tenacity on both ends
of the floor led to a 17-0 run early in
the second half that ultimately
sparked the victory.
"When you smell a runyou don't
want to do something stupid to end
it," Fisher said. "(The run) was prob-
ably the difference in the game."
Wisconsin came into the contest
with a couple of All-America can-
didates and something to prove.
Michael Finley and Rashard Griffith
have put up impressive numbers this
year, but their efforts have not led to
many victories.

The Badgers have been espe-
cially disappointing on the road.
Wisconsin dropped its sixth game
away from Madison last night.
Finley was guarded tightly all
night and could only muster 10
points. He came into the game with
one of the top scoring averages
(23.7) in the Big Ten.
The senior forward missed 10
shots from the floor, including 1-of-
10 from 3-point range. Griffith
scored 18 points and pulled down
18 rebounds.
"We did what we had to do to
stop them," said center Makhtar
Ndiaye, who had a career-high 13
points. "The key thing for us is that
we won the game. We had the spirit

"(The run) was
probably the
difference in the
game.f
- Steve Fisher
Michigan basketball coach
tonight."
Michigan took an early lead be-
hind the efforts of freshman Maurice
Taylor. After a Taylor dunk with
9:31 remaining in the first, the Wol-
See BADGERS, Page 10

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Michigan avoided a third straight loss at home by defeating Wisconsin.

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By Rebecca Moatz
Daily Sports Writer
Saturday's meet against Auburn
was not just the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team's final
home dual meet of the season. It was
the end of an era.
Senior co-captains Jennifer
Almeida and Alecia Humphrey
swam in the last home meet of their
Michigan careers. The two swimmers,
along with junior Beth Jackson, make
up one of the strongest backstroke
contingents in the NCAA. The trio
has swept the 200-yard backstroke at
the last two Big Ten Championships.
Individually, Almeida and
Humphrey have racked up honors
that would make any swimmer en-
vious. Almeida holds the fourth-
fastest Big Ten time in the 200 back
and the sixth fastest time in the 100
back. Humphrey holds the Ameri-
can record in the 200-meter back,
Big Ten records in the 200 back,
200 medley relay and 400 medley
relay and school records in the 100
and 200 backs and the 200 and 400
medley relays.
Leaving Canham Natatorium,
Almeida and Humphrey's home pool
for the past four years, will not be easy.

"I didn't think about it that much
going into the meet," Humphrey said.
"When they announced it, it kind of
surprised me. It shocked me how close
its all coming to me ending my time as
a University of Michigan swimmer.
There is nothing greater than being on
a team like Michigan."
Though Humphrey will still be in
Ann Arbor swimming next year as she
trains for the Olympic trials, she will
not be able to compete as a Wolverine.
Yet certain memories, such as the Big
Ten Championships in Ann Arbor two
years ago, will keep her memories of
Canham alive.
WELCOME PARENTS: The stands were
filled in Canham on Saturday as parents
could be seen decked out in maize and
blue and adorned with buttons bearing
their swimmers photographs.
After exchanging photographs and
planning their trips to the National
Championships, the parents were in-
vited to an honorary dinner where they
were presented with cards and poems.
"In past years we've given them
flowers, butparents tend togoformushy
stuff," Humphrey commented.
HAIRLESS WONDERS: With only
seven swimmers having qualified for
the NCAAs in March, Michigan coach

Jim Richardson has instructed about
half of his swimmers to start tapering
and shaving in hopes of gaining quali-
fying times at Big Tens which occur
later this month.
According to sophomore Rachel
Gustin, who has already qualified for
the meet, the first weeks of tapering are
tough.
"The first week of taper is never
predictable. This weekend could be
down or up, it is very uncertain."
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