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SIk~uu ~uUg j iLakers face criminal charges
Three Lake Superior State hockey players have been charged with malicious
destruction of property in connection with a window-breaking incident earlier
this month. Charged with the misdemeanor were freshman left wing George
Kusculain Jr., senior defenseman Keith Aldridge and sophomore goalie John
Grahame. If convicted, they could face up to 90 days in jail and a $100 fine.
ii~s Thursday
. February 29, 1996

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Men send 8 to
Indianapolis for
a shot at Atlanta
By Susan Dann
Daily Sports Writer
It may sound like any other spring break package:
Round-trip transportation
Hotel accommodations
Warm, crystal-clear waters
Daily activities
- U Co-eds in swimsuits
But, like any trip, spaces were limited. Maybe you can
sign-up early next year and guarantee yourself a spot?
It's not that easy. You can't make a reservation for this trip
- you have to qualify. And only a select few do.
Eight members of the Michigan swimming team hold
tickets for this year's coveted spring break package.
And what, you may ask, is the swimmers' destination?
The reflective blue waters and 80-degree temperatures are
south ofthe border at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis,
South of the Michigan state line, that is -not south of the
Rio Grande.
Doesn't sound like your dream vacation?
The Wolverine Olympic hopefuls couldn't be any happier
with their spring break plans.
"I don't think there's any place I'd rather spend my spring
break than at the Olympic Trials," Tom Malchow said. "Just
being there and having the opportunity to try to make the
team is reason enough."
The Michigan swimmers will travel to Indianapolis for a
week and ahalfofanything but rest andrelaxation. They will
be competing for spots on the Olympic team and a trip to the
ultimate destination: Atlanta.
The tp two finishers in each event qualify to wear the red,
white and blue in this summer's Olympic Games. National
relay teams will be composed of the top six finishers in the
individual events.
"(This meet) is really a pressure-cooker," Chris Rumley
said. "It's the most intense meet I could imagine. The top two
(finishers) go to the Olympics, the others go home. It's that
With the pressure so high, you would expect the Wolver-
ines to be losing sleep, figuratively and literally. But this is
not the case.
"I'm pretty well-rested," Rumley said. "My body has
adapted to the rest and hopefully my times will have im-
proved (with the rest)."
But a glance at their workout schedule proves that these
swimmers define repose a little differently than most of us.
Their training distance in the pool has been reduced
drastically over the past few weeks to allow the swimmers'
bodies to peak forthe Trials. During regular-season training,
the Wolverines were swimming 15,000 meters each day.
With the upcoming trials, their workouts have been cut to
6,000 meters per day. Aside from dropping yardage, the
Wolverines have altered their workouts to include more
speed work.
The members of last year's National Championship team
who are swimming this week have accumulated frequent
flyer miles to Indianapolis. The Wolverines claimed the
Championship in the same pool where they will attempt to
capture a spot on the Olympic team.
For one swimmer, Jason Lancaster, Indiana truly is home.
The sophomore graduated from Carmel High School, just
north of Indianapolis.
"I don't want to say I consider (the IUPUI Natatorium)
home," Lancastersaid. "Carmel ishome, Indianapolisisjust
a pool to me.
"I am trying to treat this just like another meet, as far as
mental preparations go. I don't want to become too comfort-
Joining Lancaster and Rumley as veterans of the IUPUI
See SWIMMERS, Page 10A


' in the Trials

Michigan -
women get a .
chance at
'ultimate dream'
By Marc Ughtdale
Daily Sports Writer
Fear, anxiety, optimism and excitement are among the
different emotions that run through the heads of the Michi-
gan women's swimmingteam as it prepares for the Olympic
The Wolverines qualified an astounding 14 swimmers for
this year's Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. Each individual
type of swimming race requires different standards in order
to make Olympic Trials. From the summer of 1994, many
collegiate swimmers in the United States have strived-to
qualify for what some call the "fastest meet in the world"
"It's a really hyped meet," Michigan sophomore, Ke
Hale said. "The ultimate dream for swimming is to make the
Olympic Team."
After struggling through injuries and illness the entire
year, the Wolverines are finally healthy and ready to display
their explosiveness in Indianapolis.
"The people that are tapering are going to be very-well
prepared," Michigan sophomore Talor Bendel said.
Even though the Wolverines optimistically await theOtym-
-sic Trials, a number of swimmers are in the unfortpnate
predicament of having to choose between peaking gt the
Olympic Trials orthe NCAA Championships. The Olym
Trials take place 10 days before NCAAs in Ann Arbor.
"The powers that be did not work things out to allow the
athletes to have a peak at the NCAAs and the Olympic
Trials," Michigan coach Jim Richardson said. "It's not a
good situation."
Theswimmers are relegated tomaking adecision beween
one or the other. Richardson felt that the rationale depended
on the kind of chance that a swimmer has of makig the
Olympics. If there is a slim likelihood that an athlete will
make the Olympic team, she should target her peak p or-
mance for the NCAAs.
Nevertheless,the Olympics remain adreamthat the major-
ity of the swimmers attempt to accomplish.
"It is a dream that every kid has by the time they start an
amateur sport," Richardson said.
Hale echoed Richardson's sentiments.
"I would be honored to represent my country in the
Olympics," Hale said. "It's an unreal experience, and] can't
compare it to anything."
Each swimmer on the team takes a slightly different
approach to the Olympic Trials. Junior Melissa Stone made
the decision to shootfor the NCAAs because she feelsshe
a better opportunity to perform well. Yet she recogniz e
difficulty that her fellow team members have encountere.
"We are all at different levels," Stone said. "Some are
resting and some are swimming through the Olympic Thaals"
Similarly, Bendel decided that the team-oriented NCAAs
would take priority over the Olympic Trials.
"It's pretty much a long shot," Bendel said. "I am not sure
that I would take first or second. There are a few peopl with
very legitimate shots, but you can never really tell."
Richardson said that swimmers like Anne Kampfe .and
Rachel Gustin could possibly riseto the challenge by ale
through with lifetime best swims.
"On a given day, Anne Kampfe has a shot," Richardson
said. "The mind state of the swimmer is that 'I am going to
do everything I can to swim faster than I have done before."'
The other swimmers competing at the OlympicTrials
include Jodi Navta (200 breast, 200 IM), Beth Jackson.(20
back,100back), Karen Bunting(200 butterfly), Kim J son
(200 IM), Alexandra Breaux (100 breast, 200 IM), Megan
Gillam (50 free), Melissa Stone (200 back), Cathy ONeill
(400 IM), Jenni Kurth (400 IM), Alecia Humphrey(100
back, 200 back), and Jen Almeida (100 back, 200 back,)

Tom Malchow is one of eight Michigan men slated to compete at the Olympic Trials in Indianapolis.
For swim'mers, Olymnpi s are theo pfrnade
By Doug Stevens overall in the NBA Draft and signed a
Daily Sports Writer IN THE TANK contract 10 times the size of most lot-
Most athletes have dreams. tery jackpots.
Great young baseball players aspire Swimmers aren't afforded such a
to make the major leagues. College luxury. If they want to achieve their
basketball stars who excel during March Olympic goal, they must be ready to go
Madness andmake Dick Vitale salivate ing human being treats (the Olympics) and in peak form come the moment of
candream ofearningrichesintheNBA. asthepinnaclein oursport. It is literally their trials race.
The top gridiron players in the nation embedded in you. It is an honor to "(At the trials), it is No. 1 or No. 2,"
sprint for touchdowns and sack quarter- represent your country. No other event Urbanchek said in reference to the
backs in hopes of maybe getting no- can even come close to that." Olympic berths going only to the win-
ticed by an NFL scout. Many of Red Professional athletes long for that nerandrunner-upineachevent."Every
Berenson's troops on the hockey team moment where they make the big play contender knows two years in advance
would love nothing more than to play in in the championship game before a na- what the day is. You have to be at the
the NHL one day. tional television audience. (Or less ide- best on that day."
Even people who play less marquee alistically, the day when they sign a In a couple of weeks, the moment of
sports like tennis, golf, and track and seven-year $52 million dollar contract truth will arrive for eight members of
field know that if they excel, they can with incentives thrown in.) Swimmers the Michigan men's swimming team.
attain glory-not to mention financial long for that surreal Olympic moment Athletes like All-American Tom
security - as a professional. with the gold wrapped around their Dolan, who has been compared to 1972
Thegoal ofaprominent collegeswim- neck and the national anthem playing in Olympic hero Mark Spitz, will have his
mer is a lot less lucrative and a lot more the background. chance to live up to his reputation. He
focused. Despite this obvious discrepancy will be competing in the 400 individual
More specifically, the motivation for between swimming and other sports, medley, 400 freestyle, 200 IM and 200
years and years of grueling workouts perhaps the biggest difference lies in backstroke at trials.
will come to fruition for 25 men and 25 the process which determines whether The other Wolverines seeking Olym-
women in the next two weeks. you "make it big" or not. pic glory are Tom Malchow, Chris
From March 6-12, the U.S. Olympic Top-flight college athletes in sports Rumley, Andy Potts, Jason Lancaster,
Trials will be held in Indianapolis. In other than swimming are given the John Reich, John Piersma and Toby
each event, the top finishers will gain a luxury of having an off game or a pro- Booker.
trip to Atlanta for the right to live out longedslump.For instance,two months "Sure, you're nervous for the (tri-
their Olympic fantasy. after a certain Michigan basketball als)," Urbanchek said. "We think that
"Olympics is the ultimate in our playercalledan ill-advised timeout that every single one of our people is going
sport," Michigan men's swimming may have cost his team the 1993 na- to be in the run for it."
coach Jon Urbanchek said. "Every liv- tional championship,he was picked first Let the games begin.


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