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C-YA!o
That's all for us. Outgoing staffers Scott Burton, Darren Everson,
Antoine Pitts, Michael Rosenberg, and Ryan White wish the best of
luck to continuing editors Brent McIntosh and Barry Sollenberger and
incoming editors Nick Cotsonika and John Lerol.

Page 9
Friday,
January 26, 1996

'M' icers set to battle
Jluckeyes, Fa cons in
Ohio weekend series
By John Leroi.
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson says the best offense
is a good defense.
So far, his Wolverines have been more than pleasing, hold-
ing opponents to a league-low 38 goals - only eight in their
t six games. On the other end, Michigan's offense has been
tter than any other CCHA team, netting 114 scores, 58 in
January alone.
But tonight the Wolverines (15-3-0 CCHA, 20-4-0 overall)
begin a two-game road trip against a pair of the league's better
defensive clubs. Michigan travels to Ohio State tonight 7 p.m.
and then motors back up US-23 for a matchup against Bowling
Green tomorrow.
Although the Buckeyes (3-13-2, 5-13-2) have been the
single occupant in the CCHA cellar for almost the entire
season, they have had decent success keeping the puck out of
*bir own net.
"They play a good defensive style," Berenson said. "They're
a better defensive team than we've played in the last month."
It might seem crazy that Ohio State is the team that worries
Berenson most during a two-month lull that ends with a Feb.
17 showdown with league-leading Michigan State.
But the Buckeyes are fifth in the conference in goals allowed
with 69, trailing only nationally ranked teams and Bowling
Green. Ohio State coach John Markell has rotated two experi-
enced goaltenders, Tom Askey and Kurt Brown, in and out of
the lineup all season.
Askey ranks among the nation's top 10 netminders in save
centage (.908) and is tied for sixth for most saves in a game
with 47 against the Falcons. He also turned aside 46 shots
against Notre Dame.
And although the Buckeyes have had problems scoring (the
Wolverines goal total in their last six games dwarfs Ohio
State's season total by 12) they aren't exactly an easy victory.
The Buckeyes have played Michigan State and Lake Supe-
rior State into overtime' and dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to
Western Michigan already this season.
"Ohio State is going to play a defensive trap on us, sort of
e the (New Jersey) Devils do, so we've been practicing
See HOCKEY, Page 10

Wolverines hit the
road again for Iowa

By Paul Barg
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's basketball team
will try to rebound from Tuesday's loss
at Indiana when it takes on No. 22 Iowa
Sunday.
Unfortunately for the No. 16 Wol-
verines (4-2 Big Ten, 14-5 overall) the
game is on the road at hostile Carver-
Hawkeye Arena. Michigan has had its
share of trouble outside of Ann Arbor
and Iowa City is a tough place to try and
reverse this trend.
All five of the Wolverines' losses
this year have come away from Crisler
arena.
"It'shard tobe successful on the road
against good people," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "You can play your
best and it still might not be good
enough. We've had tough times in the
past going (to Iowa). There are no free-
bies especially on the road."
The young Wolverines learned that
the hard way Tuesday, playing rela-
tively well against the Hoosiers, but
still losing by 16 points. Michigan is in
the midst of a five-game stretch that
includes four road games.
After the Iowa game, the Wolverines
come home to face Purdue before two
more road games at Ohio State and
Purdue.
"We'll know if we're still in the race
or definitely out of the race after the
five-game stretch," Fisher said. "We
did not play our best against Indiana,
but we certainly played hard. They were
just better."
Iowa (3-3, 14-4) has struggled in the
early part of the conference season, but
it is still considered a Big Ten
frontrunner. Coach Tom Davis' squad
features two of the topr players in the
conference in Jess Settles and Chris
Kingsbury.
Settles was aprime candidate for Big
Ten Playerofthe Year after being named
to the all-conference squad as a sopho-
more. His numbers have been down
this season, but he is still one of the
most dangerous big men in the country.
Kingsbury isa deadly 3-point shooter
who should strike fear in Wolverine
fans after witnessing Neil Reed's ex-
plosion Tuesday.
It will be even more difficult than
usual to defend against the Iowa stars
because of injuries to guard Dugan Fife
and center Maceo Baston. Fife suffered
a severe hip pointer against Indiana and
did not practice with the team yester-
day.
Baston is having trouble with his
back, but is expected to be healthy by
tip-off Sunday.
The Wolverines were a banged-up
and bruised bunch when they left
Bloomington, and Fisher hopes that the
Hoosier'splaytaught his young players
a lesson.
"We've got to go to Iowa and we've
got to be smart aggressive," Fisher said.
"We can't elbow people in the face and
get foolish fouls, but we've got to be
mixing it up and be the guys that on
occasion at least hit first."

The one player that seemed to come
out unscathed against Indianawas fresh-
man Louis Bullock. The guard is com-
ing off his best performance of the
season scoring 27 points and nailing
seven 3-pointers.
Michigan's greatest weakness over
the last few seasons was its lack of
ability to shoot foul shots. If the las.
four games are any indication that probe
lem has been solved. The Wolverinee
shot 17-for-22 from the charity stripe
Tuesday.
Over the last four games, Michigan
has missed a mere 14 foul shots in 78
attempts.
The Wolverines are currently in a
three-way tie for second place in the
conference with Indiana, Michigan State
and Purdue. Penn State is a game ahead
of the pack.
Michigan and Iowa will meet again a
mere two weeks from now in Ann Ar-
bor, Feb. 13.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daiy
The Michigan basketball team heads to Iowa City Sunday to battle No. 22 Iowa. The teams split last
year's meetings with each school winning on Its home floor. The teams meet again Feb. 13 in Ann Arbor.

Swimmers gear for top-notch foes this weeekend
Urbanchek welcomes Olympic hopeful Iian Mull to Canham, this time for competition

By Doug Stevens
ly Sports Writer
In many respects, big time college
sports are as popular, if not more popu-
lar, than theirprofessional counterparts.
There are many reasons for the tre-
mendous interest attributed to Division
I athletics in this country. Whereas pro-
fessional sports are notorious for their
overpaid, spoiled athletes, lack of loy-
alty to fans and poor sportsmanship, the
Clegiate level is sparked by its pag-
try, fair play and long-standing ri-
valries.
It is good to know that even in an age
where Division I sports is becoming
more corporate and less innocent, those

involved in even the highest levels of
amateur athletics haven't lost their fo-
cus.
This is no more evident than in the
relationship between Michigan men's
swimming coach Jon Urbanchek and
Michigan State swimmer hian Mull.
Although Urbanchek's top-ranked
Wolverines and Mull's Spartans, in
addition to No. 22 Indiana, are slated to
compete against each other tonight at 7
p.m. and tomorrow at 1p.m. in Canham
Natatorium, the Michigan coach has
been an influential force in helping the
MSUseniorachievehis Olympic dream.
Urbanchek has allowed Mull, who is
training for the Olympic Trials in the

400 IM, to practice for two hours on
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in
the 50-meter pool in Michigan's
Canham Natatorium. Urbanchek h as
provided the Spartan swimmer with
this opportunity because Michigan
State's facility, the Charles McCaffree
Pool, is only a 25-yarder.
"It is a nice gesture on our part to give
opportunities to potential Olympians,"
Urbanchek said. "It is very common in
our sport to share our facilities. We
want to give him the best opportunities
to prepare."
While all NCAA events are com-
peted in a 25-yard pool, the Olympics
and the Trials utilize the 50-meter, long-

course pool. It is essential to be familiar
with a 50-meter pool to be a threat in the
Olympics.
What makes Urbanchek's gesture
cven more generous is the fact that
Mull's two primary rivals for the spots
on the Olympic team are a current and
a former Wolverine.
Michigan junior Tom Dolan is cur-
rently the world record holder in the
400 IM and is considered the United
States' top threat in the event. The sec-
ond spot will probably come down to
Mull and former Wolverine standout
Eric Namesnik.
See MEN, Page 10

Women face Auburn, Alabama as Wolverines prepare for Big Ten Championships in a month

By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
n swimming, there is more to timing
n you might think.
Sure, the results of a meet are based
solely on the swimmers' times in all the
events but that's not the whole story.
While the Michigan women swim-
mers have been working on their times
in their respective events, every once in
a while they become victims of timing.
Take this weekend's meet as an ex-
ample. Tomorrow, the Wolverines face
,burn and Alabama. On any given
weekend, Michigan would have little
trouble dispatching with either of these
teams. However, as fate may have it,
these meets could prove to be exceed-
ingly difficult.

It's all in the timing.
The problem for the Wolverines is
that they are still in the thick of their
training schedule while both Auburn
and Alabama are tapering for their
Southeast Conference Championship
that will be held in two weeks.
Interestingly enough, coach Jim
Richardson sees this weekend as a prime
opportunity for his team.
"I think we'll be ready to swim and it
will be interesting to see how we re-
spond," Richardson said. "If we can
step up and get the job done I think it'll
be a really good challenge for us."
So maybe Michigan can use the tim-
ing to its advantage. After all, the Big
Ten Championship will be coming up
in a little over a month and Richardson

needs his swimmers to start thinking
about swimming fast.
"I want us to be swimming faster at
this point," Richardson said. "It's show-
ing in workouts but I want us to be able
to make the transition at the end of a
solid week and put in swims that are
reflective of the work we've done."
Another key for the Wolverines will
be their ability to step up and compete
even if they are a bit fatigued after their
practice week. With the postseason fast
approaching, this weekend's meet could
provide Richardson with an opportu-
nity to see just how good his team is.
Beating the Tigers and the Tide will be
no easy task.
Auburn is ranked No. 12 and boasts
one of the nation's top young teams.

After losing a good portion of their
squad to last year's graduation, a group
of sophomores has recently stepped up,
making the future bright for the Tigers.
Kim Robinson is Auburn's top
sprinter, Liz Sherwood will compete in
the butterfly while Sarah Nunemaker
will swim in the 400-meter intermedi-
ate medley and the butterfly. Junior
Anne Wenglarski is the teams' top
backstroker.
Alabama, meanwhile, recently broke
into the top 15. The No. 15 Crimson
Tide boast two of the country's top
swimmers in the butterfly. Senior Stacy
Potter and junior, Karen Jones should
challenge Michigan butterfliers Anne
See WOMEN, Page 10

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