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Did you know...
Lary Sorensen, who was recently named the Detroit Tigers No. 2 radio
announcer, joining Frank Beckman in the WJR booth, pitched for the
Wolverines from 1974-76. Sorensen worked as broadcaster for
SportsChannel, ESPN and The Baseball Network after a ten-year career in
the Major Leagues. He led the Wolverines with nine wins in the 1976
season.

Page 11
Wednesday
March 1, 1995.

* HOCKEY NOTEBOOK
Wolverines top
*attendance at Yost
By Tom Seeley
Daily Hockey Writer
Last Friday's contest against Ferris State was more
than just the final regular season home game for the
seniors on the Michigan hockey team.
The 6,887 fans at the game boosted the season's
attendance at Yost Ice Arena over the 100,000 mark.
"I'm really pleased with the crowds that we've had this
year," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "We've had
* crowds when the students weren't here - like last Friday
- those were great crowds."
The Wolverines have attracted a total of 103,389
supporters to the friendly confines of Yost this season, for
an average of 6,892 per contest.
The crowds are coming now to see Michigan play,
and that's the way it should be," Berenson said. "It used to
be 'Who is Michigan playing?' But now (the fans) come
to see Michigan.
"One of my goals was to sell the building out every
night. What kind of a program am I coaching if nobody
comes to watch it? We have (a hockey program) to
entertain our students and represent our university and
you'd think someone would take an interest. Well, they
have taken an interest, and hopefully it'll continue."
LIGHTING IT UP: While Michigan's offensive fire-
power usually comes from top-line mainstays Brendan
Morrison and Mike Knuble, recently the Wolverines
have found another source of scoring prowess. In the four
games over break, the line of junior Kevin Hilton and
sophomores Warren Luhning and John Madden notched

Blue looks to sweep 'Cats
Last-place Northwestern poses next hurdle for Michigan

By Ryan White
Daily Basketball Writer
It's tough to say that Michigan and North-
western are two basketball teams going in dif-
ferent directions. While the Wolverines have
improved since the two teams first met Jan. 14,
Northwestern has maintained the same level of
play all season.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they've
played to a level about as high as a sumo
wrestler's vertical jump.
Michigan (9-5 Big Ten, 15-11 overall) faces
the Wildcats (1-14, 5-19) for the second time
this season tonight at 8 p.m. at Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines beat Northwestern, 92-70, ear-
lier this season in Evanston.
"(Michigan) seems to be a whole lot more
together offensively," Northwestern coach
Ricky Byrdsong said. "They have become a lot
more patient on offense."
Byrdsong, however, can't have much patience
left with his own team's offensive output.
Northwestern ranks last in the Big Ten in
field goal percentage (39.2), opponents' field
goal percentage (51.1) and scoring defense,
allowing 88.3 points per game. The Wildcats
are also worst in the Big Ten in scoring margin,
losing games by an average of 22.9 points.
Northwestern is second in the conference in
free throw percentage, however, knocking down
72.3 percent of its shots from the line.
About the only way things could get worse
for the Wildcats would be if they were facing
the top defense in the Big Ten, and unfortu-
nately for them - they are.
Michigan comes into the game holding its
opponents to just 38.4 percent from the floor
and second in scoring defense, keeping teams
to an average of 64.6 points per game.
"The No. 1 thing (on defense) is that our
younger guys have become a lot better with our

helping defense," Michigan coach Steve Fisher
said.
The Wolverines also have three players
among the Big Ten's top I1 shot blockers.
Makhtar Ndiaye is fifth averaging 1.14 swats a
game, Maurice Taylor is seventh (1.07) and
Maceo Baston ranks ninth (1.00).
"We do have shot blockers unlike last year,"
Fisher said. "I think that slight degree of intimi-
dation affects other teams."
If there is one thing that Michigan and
Northwestern have in common, it's that both
Wolverine forward Ray Jackson and Wildcat
(Mchigan) SeemsJ t
be a lot more togethner
offensively."
- Ricky Byrdsong
Northwestern basketball coach
center Cedric Neloms are leading their teams in
scoring, averaging 14.9 points per game in Big
Ten play.
Tonight may see the return of Michigan
freshman Jerod Ward. Ward, who injured his
knee Jan. 22 against Michigan State, began
practicing lightly last week and was cleared for
full practice yesterday.
Fisher said that whether or not he plays will
depend on how fast he works his way back.
"Any contribution we get from Jerod will be
a plus," Fisher said. "Any significant contribu-
tion would be a major plus."
Matt Purdy is expected to return for the
Wildcats after missing last weekend's game
against Michigan State with a sprained wrist.
"We've been playing a lot of athletic teams
and we are definitely in need of another body,"
Byrdsong said.

MARK FRIEDMAN/
Maurice Taylor had 23 points in the first meeting against Northwestern.

See ICERS, Page 1.2

SWIMMING NOTEBOOK:
Seniors leave mark at league championships

By Marc Diller
Daily Sports Writer
When the No.2 Michigan women's
swimming and diving team celebrated
its ninth consecutive Big Ten champi-
onship Feb. 18, the rest of the league
rejoiced with the Wolverines. The other
ten teams in the conference were happy
to bid adieu to Michigan's standout
senior class. The meet marked the final
time the seniors would compete in Big
Ten competition.
The four lady Wolverines - co-
captains Jennifer Almeida and Alecia
Humphrey, as well as Melissa
McLean and Karen Todd - made
sure to leave in style.
Humphrey accomplished unprec-
edented feats in her tenure with Michi-
gan. She amassed two Big Ten Swim-
mer of the Year honors and joined an
elite rank of swimmers who never lost
in their respective event in conference
competition.
Even more astounding, Humphrey
never lost in the 100- and 200-yard
backstroke. As a freshman, she set two
Big Ten records in both backstrokes,
54.53 and 1:54.71, respectively.
"I hadn't really thought about it
before the meet," Humphrey said. "I
just really wanted to come in here and
win these becauselknewl should have."
"Humphrey's desire is outstanding,"
0 Michigan coach Jim Richardson said.
"She's just so coachable: It's great to
work with her."
In addition, Humphrey finished
fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (56.62)
and swam on two first-place relay teams.
Almeida has been right beside
Humphrey forall fouryears. Humphrey,
Almeidaand juniorBethJacksonhave
established themselves as the premier
backstroke trio in the nation. The three

swept the 100- and 200-yard backstroke
in the Big Ten championships three
straight seasons.
"Something like this is incredible,"
Humphrey said. "A lot of backstrokers
graduated last year and the backstroke
events are wide open forNCAAs, so we
could be incredible."
Almeida earned third place in the
100 back, second in the 200 back, fourth
in the 200 freestyle, and swam the sec-
ond leg of the Wolverines' victorious
800-yard free relay and the third leg in
Michigan's second-place400-yardfree
relay.
The other two seniors, McLean and
Todd, appeared overshadowed by the
co-captains, but made great contribu-
tions to the Wolverines' victory.
Todd finished sixth in the 100-yard
breaststroke and clocked a NCAA con-
sideration time of 1:04.15. She also
earned a fourth-place finish (2:19.23)
in the consolation round of the 200-
yard breast.- McLean captured fourth
place in the consolation heat of the 50-
yard freestyle with a time of 24.01.
"It will be very difficult to say
goodbye to this group for obvious rea-
sons," Richardson said. "I don't even
want to think about it now."
NCAA BOUND: Prior to last
weekend's meet, Richardson had high
aspirations for the NCAA Champion-
ship meet in Austin, Tex., Mar. 16-18.
He had hoped to add four to five more
swimmers to the Wolverines' seven-
women NCAA roster. By meet's end,
Michigan had shattered all expecta-
tions and swam so well that it over-
filled its roster.
"We've got a great group of believ-
ers," Richardson said. "They're classic
overachievers.It'sraretofind28 people
like that."

Of the 20 Wolverine swimmers who
qualified, only 18 are allowed to com-
pete in the championship meet.
"Inever thought I'd see the day that
Michigan didn't have enough room on
its NCAA roster," Richardson said. "I
only hoped to qualify 12-14 swimmers,
but we had a lot of people qualify who
we never expected. I guess if you have
to have a problem, then that's a good
one to have."
Sophomore Jodi Navta's perfor-
mance typified Richardson's senti-
ments. After being sidelined for the
majority of last year's regular season,
Navta worked hard over the year to
regain her form. In last weekend's meet,
she unexpectedly emerged as one of the
top Wolverine swimmers. Navta
clocked NCAA times in three separate
individual races, thoughRichardson did
not expect her toqualify at all (200-yard
individual medley in 2:01.94, the 400
IM in 4:17.40 and the 200-yard breast
in 2:15.12).

"Jodi Navta's swims marked a real
milestone for her," Richardson said.
"Jodi deserves to swim well because
she's paid the price."
Others who qualified to compete
are Almeida, Humphrey and Todd,jun-
iors Megan Gillam, Jackson and Car-
rie Zarse, sophomores Lisa Butzlaff,
Rachel Gustin, Anne Kampfe, Mel-
issaStone, Dana VanSingel, and fresh-
men Talor Bendel, Alegra Breaux,
Karin Bunting,EllenFrauman, Kerri
Hale, KimJohnson,StephanieMorey
and Linda Riker.
INTERNATIONALLY BOUND: The Wol-
verines were able to free uponespace in
their lineup already. Zarse has opted to
compete in the Pan American games in
Argentinaon the sameday astheNCAA
meet. She is one of two female divers
who has been chosen to represent the
United States in Argentina.
"I feel good and I'm ready to win,"
Zarse said. "I'll be looking forthe fax to
see how we're doing in Texas."

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