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By James Godstein
Daily Sports Writer
While you are drinking some cof-
fee or tea for breakfast, the Michigan
men's golf team is teeing off for the first
match of its 1995 spring season.
The Wolverines are currently in
South Carolina, gearing up for the Ben
Hogan Invitational on Fripp Island. The
first round of the 54-hole tournament
gets underway today at 8 a.m. The final
round concludes Sunday.
Michigan is one of 20 teams com-
peting at the par-72 Ocean Point Golf
Links - a 6,590-yard course. Michi-
gan State, Penn State and Purdue join
the Wolverines as the only represen-
tatives of the Big Ten.
Today is the first time Michigan
has taken the clubs out of the bag
since October.
The Wolverines closed out their
fall schedule with remarkable results.
Michigan finished in a tie for first at
the Marquette Intercollegiate and then
captured the Florida AtlanticfPGA
Michigan coach Jim Carras has
been the man in charge of the Wol-
verines for the past 13 years. He
may want to stay for another 13
after watching his team play last
"We had the best fall season since
I've been at Michigan," Carras said.
"And we're all anxious to get started
again. "
The Wolverines hope to use this
anxiety as a catalyst towards immedi-
ate, solid all-around play.
Michigan is led by a talented trio
from the Ann Arbor area: Senior cap-
tain Bill Lyle, senior Chris Brockway
and sophomore Kyle Dobbs.

Brockway and Lyle teamed up at
Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor.
Now linked together in college, the
twosome poses a threat in any tourna-
Brockway finished in the top 10
in four of the five fall tournaments
and in the top 20 in the fifth, averag-
ing 72.79 strokes per round in 14
Two of his highlights included
winning both the Falcon Invitational
in Colorado Springs and the Florida
Atlantic/PGA Intercollegiate.
Lyle also placed in the top l0 in
four of the five competitions. Lyle
compiled a 74.14 average strokes
per round, also participating in 14
Dobbs, a Saline native, the
Wolverines' top freshman in 1994,
rounds out the strong threesome,
having averaged 76.64 strokes last
The Wolverines will bring their
entire ten-man roster to South Caro-
lina and field two teams for the first
andnL only time this season. The
NCAA allows a school to take along
its full squad for just one tourna-
ment each year.
The Wolverines may be a little
rusty, and if so, it could be harmful
because this course gives no room for
"This isn't the best course to
start the spring season on after a
long layoff because it is a tight,
windy golf course," Carras said.
"Those conditions tend to lend to
high scores and it can really deflate
self-confidence. So it will be impor-
tant for our players to be mentally

Owen von Richter and his roommate, fellow freshman Jason Lancaster, will have to come up big if Michigan hopes to fly to a national title.
Lancaster and v on Richter not so fresh mien

Roommates' experience in big meets helps

them prepare for the NCAA Championships

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
Roommates Jason Lancaster and
Owen von Richter are relaxed. Their
five hours of swimming practice are
over for the day and now it's time for
the freshmen to
check e-mail, play
. guitar with friends
t and do some study-
yY "It's nice to get
>your mind off of
off;:;swimming for
L.ancaster awhile," Lancaster
says. "But you
don't get to for long."
Not when you're a swimmer. Not at
Michigan. From October to March,
Lancaster and his Wolverine teammates
have had one goal - one pursuit which
has consumed them.
An NCAA Championship.
"It's been a real team effort this
year," von Richter says. "(Michigan
coach Jon Urbanchek) has really
stressed that. We want to win the
national title."
That camaraderie has gotten
Michigan far. The Wolverines have
been ranked No. 1 all year and are
favored to finish that way. But they
need their freshmen.
Lancaster and von Richter have
been a big part of Michigan's success
and will need to perform well if the
Wolverines are to win their first na-
tional title since 1961.
"They may be only freshmen, but
they're going to be major contribu-
tors," Urbanchek says. "We can't do
it without them, and they know that."
That's where the pressure kicks
in. Only two weeks remain before the
NCAA Championships at the Indiana

University-Purdue University at In-
dianapolis Natatorium. Two weeks
for Lancaster and von Richter to pre-
pare. Two weeks for them to wait.
For freshmen, this should be a
harrowing time. Anxiety should
stretch their 14 days into an eternity.
Stress should make them fidgety in-
somniacs. Worry should eat them from
the inside out.
They should want to swim tomor-
row just to get it over with -- but they
"I can wait," von Richter says
while fiddling with his computer.
"We've been waiting for 180 days, so
we can wait another couple of weeks."
No big deal. They've been here
Von Richter has competed in big
meets all of his life. The
Mississauga, Ontario native repre-
sented Canada at the 1994 World
Championships in Rome, finishing
14th in the 400-meter individual
medley and eighth in the 400 relay.
He also appeared in the World Short
Course Championships, Pan-Pacific
Championships and the Common-
wealth Games in 1993.
Racing for the National Champi-
onship will be just another line on an
already impressive resumd.
"This is what I came here for -
the chance to swim at NCAAs," von
Richter says. "I came here to race and
to win."
Von Richter came to Michigan for
a title. Lancaster will be going home
for one.
The Carmel, Ind. native has been
here before - literally. IUPUI is
Lancaster's "home pool." He stocked
his trophy case in high school after
winning four straight state titles in the
"I know the pool really well and
I'm confident in what I can do there,"
Lancaster says. "It's sort of a load off
of my mind."
Individually, he was No. 1 in the
nation as a high school junior and

senior in the 100 butterfly and as a
senior in the 200 IM. At the 1994 U.S.
Spring Nationals, the prep-All Ameri-
can also finished fourth in the 200
backstroke and 200 IM, seventh in the
100 butterfly and eighth in the 200
has been to
IUPUI too.
"I took my
there one year
von Richter so we could
get (former
Stanford swimmer) Pablo Morales'
autograph," Lancaster says. "I re-
member watching and thinking it
was just like a big high school meet
-- but much faster.
"The difference was the teams.
Everyone swam faster because the
teams were there cheering them on,
trying to win the title. When you're
back there watching that, it's like
Von Richter feels that atmosphere
will help Michigan defeat its hated
rival - the Cardinal.
"It's the greatest feeling in the

world to :wear the maize and blue,"
von Richtjer says. "We're going all
out for our seniors and to beat
Stanford. We want to put to rest all
of this Stanford bickering. We
haven't won yet and we got our butt
kicked (against the Cardinal last
"It's our turn."
But Lancaster and von Richter
will be the first to point out that an
NCAA Championship is not a sure
"It's going to be hard. Real hard,"
von Richter says. "But if everyone
swims up to their potential, we
should do it. We're the hardest-
working team in the country by far,
and it will show."
Lancaster admits he may be a little'''
nervous about showing his wears in the
national spotlight, but he's laid back
anyway. He knows he's been there
before, and he knows what he is ca-
pable of.
His coach is just as confident.
"These guys have already faced
this type of competition," Urbanchek
says. "They can relax and worry about
what they have to do. They can deal
with the pressure."~


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