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Mr. Basketball
Robert Traylor of Detroit Murray-Wright won the 15th annual Hal Schram
Mr. Basketball award yesterday. He averaged 23 points and 15 rebounds
for the 1994-95 season. An announcement of his college choice is
planned for April 9.

Page 9
March 21, 1995

March 1. 19,



Tankers part of a new age
Michigan leads shake-up among traditional powers

' v1mnlers
*y Michelle Lee Thompson
Daily Sports Writer
"Therivalry'snotreally arivalry,"
Michigan swimming coach Jon
Urbanchek said of the intensity de-
veloping between the No. 1-ranked
Wolverines and the three-time NCAA
champion Stanford Cardinal.
While Urbanchek admits some ri-
valry exists between the nation's two
est teams in recruiting and dual-
meet competition, he refuses to over-
state the suspense mounting just two
days before the start of the 1995
NCAA Championships.
The 12th-year Wolverine coach
has not seen a national championship
at Michigan since he swam himself in
And it's that time of the year again
for Urbanchek, who says neither he
*or his swimmers are nervous.
"There's no reason for us to be
nervous," Urbanchek said.
"Everybody's been to these meets
Everybody includes many of
Stanford's big-name swimmers, like
backstroker/freestylerBrian Redderer
and sprint freestyler Joe Hudepohl,
an Olympian like several Michigan
Urbanchek said he hasonly signed
three of the 20 swimmers he has re-
cruited heavily in the past three years,
leaving 17 blue-chips like Redderer
and Hudepohl to go to Stanford.
"If they don't go to Stanford, they
come to Michigan," Urbanchek said.
That was the case with Wolverine
freshman Derya Buyukuncu, who
took a recruiting trip to Stanford last
ear. Buyukuncu, who went to high
school in Irvine, Calif., considered
the options and chose Michigan.
"It's nothing personal,"
Buyukuncu said before the Michi-
gan-Stanford dual meet.
In this dual-meet season,
Stanford's relays were too much for
the Wolverines, who lost, 134-109.
This weekend, the Cardinal are
*redictedto win four of the five relays
- Which carry twice as much scoring
as each of the 13 individual events.
"It'll basically be Stanford's re-
lays versus Michigan's individual
events," Urbanchek said.
And there has to be some rivalry
between the coaches too -Urbanchek
and Stanford coach Skip Kenney have
consistently been labeled the top two
coaches in the country. Urbanchek
*as helped coach three Olympic
teams, most recently as Kenney's as-
sistant in 1992. At the 1994 World
Championships in Rome, Kenney was
Urbanchek's assistant coach.
Now,just two days before the start
of this year's championship meet,
Kenney is sick with pneumonia and
did not travel with his team yesterday
to Indianapolis.
"His doctor doesn't want him to
o at all," said a Stanford official.
However, Kenney - aiming for his
fourth consecutive NCAA title- will
leave tomorrow and arrive well in

time for the starting gun.
And Urbanchek will be near him
on deck, not thinking of a rivalry but
rather of winning the school's first
NCAA Championship in more than
ree decades.

By Rebecca Moatz
Daily Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Texas -For the first time ever, a team other
than swimming's perennial powerhouses infiltrated the
top three in the final standings. In fact, for the past 13
years, no team has knocked Stan ford. Texas or Florida out
of the top three rankings - until now.
With Michigan's second place finish at this weekend's
NCAA Championship meet, a new era of swimming was
However, the Wolverines can not claim to be the sole
reason for the birth of this new age. Individual titles won
by Michigan swimmers as well as members of the Geor-
gia, Arizona and Arizona State teams helped knock the
"Big Three" out of the top spots.
Stanford won the championship with 497.5 overall
points. Michigan finished second with 478.5, and Texas
came in third with 355.
Florida did not finish in the top five.
Michigan's successful breakthrough did not go unno-
ticed. As the first team to crack the elite grouping, the
Wolverines garnered a lot of praise from the swimming
Stanford coach Richard Quick - who has led nine
teams to NCAA crowns, including the past four Cardinal
squads - attributes Michigan's feat to "great athletes,
great attitude and wonderful coaching."
Michigan coach Jim Richardson was awarded the
prestigious Coach of the Year award for his team's suc-
cess at the meet.
Richardson believes that the team made the break-

through this year because of a combination of physical
and mental ability.
"It was the talent, attitude, wonderful decision-mak-
ing, toughness, control and adversity that made this team
do great things," Richardson said.
Unlike years past, individual national titles, as well as
national records, were claimed by teams that have never
made it past a top five ranking.
Interestingly enough, on the first night of competition,
each event winner hailed from a different team. Georgia
won the first event of the meet, the 200-yard freestyle
relay. It was the first time Georgia had ever won an NCAA
relay title and only the second time the Bulldogs had ever
won a championship event.
Perhaps most interesting is the fact that an Arizona
State swimmer stole the spotlight at the meet when the Sun
Devils' Beata Kaszuba was named Swimmer of the Year:
Kaszuba set the NCAA record in the 100 and 200-yard
breaststrokes, and her time in the 200 was the third-fastest
ever in that event.
Although Kaszuba beat her out to claim the title,
Michigan sophomore Rachel Gustin swam the 200 breast
under the previous NCAA record time as well.
The success of these athletes has led to the beginning
of this new era,
Former Olympian and Florida alumna Dara Torres
expressed her excitement about the future of college
"We need new faces, new teams out there," Torres
said. "It was a pleasant surprise to see Michigan win
second place."

Talor Bendel was part of a Wolverine squad that ousted florida from one
of the top three spots at the NCAAs for the first time in 13 years.


Wolverine swimmers set 14
Big Ten records at nationals

By Rebecca Moatz
Daily Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Texas - The Wolver-
ines broke 14 team records and nine
Big Ten records at the NCAA Cham-
pionships last weekend. Freshman
Talor Bendel led the team with three
individual records. She set Big Ten
records in the 200 freestyle and 100
butterfly (1:46.82 and 54.18), and in
the 200 butterfly, she set a school
record (1:58.59).
Sophomore Rachel Gustin broke
the Big Ten records in the 200 breast-
stroke (2:10.37) and 200 individual
medley (1:59.19), while seniorAlecia
Humphrey broke Big Ten records in
the 100 and 200 backstroke events
(54.10 and 1:54.68). Sophomore

Melissa Stone broke the Michigan
record in the 50 free (23.00), and
freshman Kerri hale broke the Big
Ten record in the 200 free (1:46.82).
Every relay team Michigan en-
tered also broke records. In the 200
free relay, Stone, Megan Gillam,
Dana Van Singel and Bendel broke
the Big Ten record (1:3 1.55). Gillam,
Kim Johnson, Stone and Bendel
broke the team record in the 400 free
relay (3:20.89).
A school record was also set by
Jenni Almeida, Karin Bunting,
Stephanie Morey and Bendel in the
800 free relay (7:18.37), while a Big
Ten record was set in the title winning
200 medley relay swam by Humphrey,
Gustin, Stone and Gillam (1:40.97).

Finally, Humphrey, Gustin, Bendel
and Gillam set the Big Ten record in
the 400 medley relay (3:38.40).
QUICK CHANGE: Bendel had a busy
second day of competition. She swam
three events for the day, two of which
were only 15 minutes apart from each
Bendel first participated in the 100-
yard butterfly in which she placed
fourth. She then switched gears and
finished fourth in the next event, the
200-yard freestyle, and in the pro-
cess, broke the Big Ten record for the
event. Before the night was over,
Bendel also swam the anchor of the
800-yard freestyle relay, which also
placed fourth and broke the Michigan
team record.

"I didn't know what to expect,"
Bendel said. "I knew I needed two
good morning times and the evening
would take care of itself."
END OF AN ERA: Co-captains
Humphrey and Almeida swam in their
last meet as Wolverines. Humphrey,
who had yet to win an NCAA title,
ended her stellar Michigan career with
three national titles in the 100 and 200-
yard backstrokes and the400-yard med-
ley relay. Her win in the 100 backended
Stanford's three-year reign in the event,
while her time in the 200 back was the
ninth fastest ever in NCAA history.
Humphrey ended her career with
16 Big Ten titles and 12 All-Ameri-
can honors.
"I am really happy; happy that I

am able to contribute to my team's
success," Humphrey said immediately
following the 200 back event.
Ellen Frauman was informed last
Wednesday night that she had quali-
fied for the NCAA meet. She flew
into Austin on Thursday morning to
join the team.
'I can't tell you how excited the
team was about it," Michigan coach
Jim Richardson said. "It's a good ex-
ample of where their hearts are."
Carrie Zarse, who opted to partici-
pate in the Pan-American games in
Argentina rather than the NCAAs,
earned a bronze medal in the three-
meter diving competition.

- _ r .. .

Volleyball rolling into Big Tens

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's volleyball team
couldn't have picked a better route to
take to the Big Ten Championships.
After wins over Purdue and Ferris
State this weekend, the Wolverines
are riding a season-high four-game
winning streak as they head to Madi-
son next weekend for three days of
intense competition against a collec-
tion of its arch-rivals.
Friday, Michigan (11-4 overall, 8-
3 Big Ten) defeated the Boilermak-
ers, three games to one, in a match
that typified the Wolverines' season.
"It was a slow start for us as usual,"
Michigan coach Jennifer Slosar said.
"Purdue was a strong defensive team
and they picked up a lot of balls and it
took us a little while to adjust to that."
But she was quick to give her team
credit for adjusting as quickly as it did.
"The sign of a good team is one
that's going to be able to work with
(Purdue's defense) and eventually get
the job done," Slosar said, "and that's
what we did."
Saturday against Ferris State, the

Wolverines won in three straight games.
Complementing the victory was the
fact that Slosar gave every player from
both the "A" and "B" teams at least a
full game's worth of playing time. This
increased the depth of the Michigan
bench, and it also gave Slosar more
confidence about the team's depth head-
ing into the late part of the season.
Slosar was happy with the play of

outside hitters James Reynolds and
Judd Larned. Reynolds gave the Wol-
verines power from the outside, while
Larned showed once again that he
was able to come in and pass the ball
well and play strong defense.
"These big tournaments get long
and that's where your bench becomes
important," Slosar said, "and we've
got a very strong and deep bench."

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