12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 22, 1996
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Invitational gives some Wolverines an opportunity to end season with a splash
By Doug Stevens
Daily Sports Writer
Throughout the Michigan men's swimming and
diving season, it has been preached to the athletes
that their focus should be on the big picture.
While the dual meets in the regular season and the
Big Ten Championships are always nice to win,
dreams of Olympic glory and national champion-
ships have undoubtedly motivated the nucleus of the
Since October, the Michigan swimmers have en-
dured tough, competitive workouts often before most
students wake up, because they knew that when
Olympic Trials and NCAAs arrive in March, it would
all pay off.
However, for a certain group of swimmers, the end
of the road is this weekend when the Wolverines host
the Michigan Open.
In contrast to next month's festivities, which in-
clude competitions against some of the most talented
swimmers in the world for Olympic berths and the
nation's top teams for the NCAA title, this weekend's
meet will pit Michigan against a group of unknown,
even independent opponents.
"This is a(United States Swimming) meet,"Michi-
gan coach Jon Urbanchek said. "It is an all-comers
meet including 11, 12, 13, 14-year-olds. It won't
include any (Michigan athletes) who are going to the
While this weekend's event is not one of the more
hyped meets on the defending national champions'
calendar to say the least, it will be a chance for
numerous Wolverines to wrap up the season on a high
Of the group slated to swim in the meet, which
begins tomorrow, only sophomore Owen von Richter
will definitely be competing later on in the season.
Von Richter, a four-time All-American and a mem-
ber of last year's NCAA-champion 800-yard freestyle
relay team, is using this meet as his final preparation
for the Canadian Olympic Trials. Von Richter will not
be competing in the NCAA Championships because it
will be held on the same weekend as the Canadian
Von Richter was not able to participate in last
weekend's Big Ten Championships, due to a combina-
tion of health problems and the fact that Urbanchek
wants his athletes focused on the trials.
"This is von Richter's substitute for the Big Ten
meet," Urbanchek said.
At the Michigan Open, von Richter will get in
plenty of swimming, as he is slated to compete in the
500 freestyle, the 200 freestyle, the 400 individual
medley and the 200 butterfly.
Sophomore Steve Williams, fresh offa fifth-place
finish in the 1,650 freestyle at Big Tens, recording an@
NCAA consideration time of 15:24.38, will be swim-
ming the 500 freestyle and 400 IM this weekend.
Junior Tom Almeida, who had a strong showing
last weekend, placing 14th in the 200 backstroke, is
planning on competing in the 100 butterfly and the
100 and 200 backstrokes.
Other Wolverines who will be swimming this
weekend include senior Joe Janik and freshmen
Dawson Hughes (100 and 200 freestyle), Jeff
Flermoen (100 and 200 breaststroke) and David
While this meet may not mean much to the team
as a whole, it serves as a good opportunity for the
freshmen, in particular, to get meet experience.
"(All of these freshmen) have the possibility to
help the team down the road," Urbanchek said."We
don't measure success by ability to do well at Big
Tens. Improving their individual times are motiva-
tion as well."
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Canham Natatorium will host the Michigan Open this weekend.
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Fisher did not comment on the nature
of the restrictions or the length of pro-
Fisher also addressed other issues
concerning the incident, including pos-
sible NCAA violations and the ques-
tion of whether or not drugs or alcohol
played a role in the accident.
"Based on all accounts, including
those provided by the players, law e
forcement representatives, and hospitaT
emergency room personnel," Fisher
said, "neither alcohol nor drugs were a
factor prior to, or during the accident."
Michigan may be in violation of an
NCAA rule concerning the sixth mem-
ber of the vehicle - Flint Northern
senior Mateen Cleaves. The NCAA has
a"30-mile radius rule" inwhich schools
are forbidden to take a recruit who iso
an official visit outside of a 30-mil
radius from the school.
The five Michigan players and
Cleaves might have been further than
30 miles from the University when they
traveled to Detroit last Friday night.
"The student-athletes stated that they
were aware of the 30 mile radius stipula-
tion," Fisher said. "However, they be-
lieved they were within the 30 mile radius
when they traveled to the Detroit area.
"Independent of the question co*
cerning actual mileage, we are operat-
ing as though it was a violation and will
report it to the NCAA and await their
assessment and judgment."
The Michigan players involved in Saturday's accident were disciplined yesterday.
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