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10 - The Michigan Daily -Thursday, March 30, 1995

Toying with records.
Tom Dolan drowns himself in rap music

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
Tom Dolan's sportsits on his shoul-
ders like an anvil. He made the mistake
of setting three American records, earn-
ing NCAA Swimmer of the Year hon-
ors and helping Michigan win a Na-
tional Championship last weekend.
Swimming is now his burden.
The media is turning his life into a
press conference, and even though he
isn't recognized on campus, Dolan and
his still-aching
body can
hardly get
away from
swimming. His
one escape sits
on the table
across from his
bed - his
mixer.
"When I'm
Dolan home, as much
as I love swim-
ming, I want to get away from it,"
Dolan says. "When I'm wearing my
headphones ... I'm in my own world."
But what is blaring in his head-
phones isn't what you think. It's not
the kind of music that you might asso-
ciate with swimming. Dolan prefers
booming bass to the Beach Boys. He
is a rap man.
Beneath his posters of Ice Cube,
Snoop Doggy Dogg and Boyz II
Men sit mounds of records and CDs
and a nearly worn-out turntable.
Dolan finds refuge here whenever
he can, creating mixes and sounds
to play to his friends.
"I just put some stuff together
for fun," Dolan says. "I don't know

if I'm really ready to go anywhere
with it."
Ready or not, he almost took his
act to a Detroit radio station in Sep-
tember. After Dolan returned from
the World Championships in Rome,
USA Today ran an article about the
world record he set in the 400-meter
individual medley (4:12.30). Bur-
ied in the story was a tidbit about his
mixing hobby.
S bard.
- Tom Dolan
Michigan swimmer, on his
favorite rapper, Ice Cube
Tlon Dolan's favorI ts
Ice Cube Eazy E
Coolio NotoriousB.G.
Public Enemy 6J Qulk
Boyz ItMen Method Man
Naughty By Nature Tupac Shakur
Snoop Doggy Dogg
WJLB-FM, 97.9 in Detroit, took
notice and contacted the Michigan
Sports Information Department about
a possible guest DJ appearance for
Dolan.
He never performed for the station,
but the thought just peaked his interest.
"It definitely would have been a
cool thing to do," Dolan says. "It
would have been a lot of fun, but I've
only been doing this for a year. I have
a long way to go."
Dolan's friend, who got him into
rap, is already there. Georgia swim-
mer Tim Herwig has been mixing
for four years and works for an At-

lanta radio station. Dolan bought
his mixer and equipment from
Herwig, who taught him some tech-
niques.
This resulted in a number of mix
tapes which Dolan listens to before
meets, on his way to practice and
around campus. He says his songs
even play in his head while he's work-
ing out.
"Ten miles of swimming can take
a long time, so my stuff kind of enter-
tains me during practice," Dolan says.
His favorite artists include Tupac
Shakur, Coolio, Method Man, Noto-
rious B.I.G., D.J. Quik and Naughty
By Nature. But they can't come close
to his favorite: Ice Cube.
"He's bad," Dolan says.
The sophomore, who will likely
major in economics, might like to work
for the "Cube's" record company after
his swimming days are done. But until
then, he's just content to play with his
turntables.
Dolan will probably get the chancC
to visit Herwig at his radio station in
Atlanta next summer during the 1996
Summer Olympics. A gold medal is
well within Dolan's reach - what a
song that would make.,
By that time, the burden of swim-
ming will make his anvil even heavier,
but his mixing will help him carry the
load. He will need his escape more
than ever.
"I'll definitely need to get lost in
it more and more as the Olympics
come closer," Dolan says. "And hey,
I might get pretty good with some
practice and some better equip-
ment."
Ice Cube had better watch out.

1V
SARA STILLMAN/Daily
Michigan sophomore Tom Dolan, the NCAA Swimmer of the Year, signs autographs after the Wolverines won the
NCAA Championship last weekend in indianapolis. Someday, he might sign them as a DJ.

'M' cycling hosts premier teams.

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By Ravi Gopal
Daily Sports Writer
For the Michigan cycling team, this
weekend will be a welcome change in
more ways than one as the Wolverines
play host to their competition for the
first time this season.
"It's one of the last big meets of
the year where we can score a lot of
points," Michigan senior James
Wagner said.
The Wolverines are looking for an
large crowd turnout this weekend.
The B Team has been the squad's weak
point. RiderMatt Lambert was recently
promoted to the B Team, but one man
does not a team make. Without the B's,
Michigan loses ground to the rest of the
field.
"At this point, it's really disap-
pointing that we haven't got any Bs,"
Michigan Cycling Club President
Matt Curin said.
However, the Wolverines may
feature women on their roster for the
first time this year, making up for the
lack of Bs. Sophomore Angela
Mustonen reportedly said she will

ride, giving Michigan a chance to
make up its handicap in the women's
category.
Michigan will face its usual com-
petition this weekend. Teams from
across the Midwest, including peren-
nial powerhouses Miami (Ohio),
Marion (Ind.) and Indiana Univer-
sity, will all make the trip to Ann
Arbor. Between 100 to 200 riders are
expected to compete in the weekend
contest.
The road race begins Saturday at
10 a.m., with riders starting at Barton
Pond on Huron River Drive. Taking a
10-mile loop, bikers will race on
Maple, Miller and Zeeb roads.
The A Team is led by Wagner. The
senior is ranked second in the confer-
ence with 189 overall points in the first
three meets of the season. Along with
Curin, Eric Small and Dan Leroy,
Wagner will lead the Wolverines into
battle.
With the promotion of Lambert,
the bulk of the C Team's load falls on
freshman Andrew Young. In
Michigan's last competition, two

weekends ago at Miami (Ohio),
Young placed third overall.
"(Young's) doing phenomenally,"
Curin said.
However, Young is not alone on
theC Team. Senior Kevin Collins, who
ranks sixth overall and placed second
in the time trials at Miami, provides
depth.
Sunday's criterium is set to take
place at Runway Plaza, on State Street,
past Briarwood Mall. The Wolver-
ines won't have much trouble setting
up the site, as the Ann Arbor Cycling
Club will be running a United States
Cycling Federation training race there.
The club has always run this event on
the first Sunday in April.
Since the host school at all cycling
competitions is responsible for allw
conditions surrounding the meet -
the location, coordination with the
city and the sheriff's department and
the safety of the course - Michigan
heads into the meet with mixed feel-
ings.
"It's very stressful in that we have
to make sure everything runs
smoothly," Curin said. "We'll be ex-
cited, but we'll be relieved when it's.
over."
The race was originally scheduled
to run through campus, but because of
this weekend's Hash Bash, the race
course was moved to Barton Pond.

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