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68- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSTuesday - Tuesday, January 16, 1996

M' tumblers take 5th
stmight Blue/Gold

Tankers trainover
break in Colorado

By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
The distinguished position of being
captain of a sports team is an honor
bestowed upon an athlete by their
peers. One of the many obligations
holding such a position is to be a role
model for other teammates, especially
tothose younger and less experienced.
At the Blue/Gold Invitational last
saturday night, senior co-captains
Wendy Marshall and Dianna Ranelli
assumedastrong leadership role while
being models of winning gymnasts.
In guiding Michigan to its fifth con-
secutive Blue/Gold title, Marshall
and Ranelli finished 1-2 in the all-
around competition.
For Marshall, her first-place per-
formance was unexpected because she
was not slated to perform on the un-
even bars. She was put into the event
when freshman Kristin Duff suffered
a shoulder injury on the apparatus in
practice a few days before.
Marshall utilized the opportunity,
not only as a way to contribute points
to the team, but as a catalyst to boost
her self-esteem.
"It's nice to know that (my team-
mates) can count on me," Marshall
said. "It gives me alot of confidence."
Confidence was something that this
All-American was certainly not lack-
ing in this meet. On the way to her
winning all-around score of 39.1,
Marshall finished first on the beam
with a score of 9.850, second on the
floor with 9.750 and third on the vault.
Ranelli's all-around score of38.850
was highlighted by a career-best 9.725
on the uneven bars.
For coach Bev Plocki, the final score
of the meet was not as surprising as the
amount of mistakes that were made.
"I was confident we would score
above 190," Plocki said. "I am just
really thrilled and pleasantly surprised
at how few mistakes we had for the
first meet."

In the final results, Michigan scored
well above its targeted goal and well
ahead of its opponents. The Wolver-
ines accumulated 194.75 points while
West Virginia and Pittsburgh finished
with 190.7 and 187.3, respectively.
Plocki was quick to point out that
Michigan only counted two falls the
whole meet while the gymnasts had
solid performances on the beam and
floor rotations.
"We hit six beam routines and floor,
which was what I expected. Four out
of six," Plocki said. "I thought we
would hit the bars better, though."
The uneven bars was the only event
that Michigan did not sweep, as West
Virginia's Umme Salim tied junior
Andrea McDonald for second.
Much of Michigan's success on the
beam and floor should be attributed to
McDonald and sophomore Heather
Kabnick. Marshall's second-place
score of 9.750 on the bars propelled
her to third in the all-around.
Kabnick's score of 9.825 was enough
to give her the floor exercise title.
In the first meet of their collegiate
careers, many of the freshmen found
it quite easy to follow their captains'
"Most did exactly what was ex-
pected of them," Marshall said.
Especially freshman standout Nikki
Peters. Spectators became quite fa-
miliar with Peters' name rather
quickly when she tied Kabnick on the
vault with a 9.9 and won the uneven
bars at 9.875.
Peters is currently a three-eventer
who still needs to perfect her balance
beam routine. But Plocki said she
believes that Peters' role will eventu-
ally be an all-arounder.
Peters quickly learned the do's and
don'ts of college gymnastics.
"I don't have to worry so much,"
said Peters. "I just have to get it done
and work on form and getting concen-

By Susan Dann
and Doug Stevens
Daily Sports Writers
Given the focus of the Michigan
men's swimming and diving team this
season, it should come as no surprise
that the team spent its winter vacation
in the U.S. Olympic Training Center
in Colorado Springs.
Despite upcoming Big Ten compe-
titions, the Wolverines are gearing
their efforts toward what lies only 52
days away - the Olympic Trials.
The Wolverines' semester break was
anything but a vacation. With classes
and finals complete, the swimmers were
able to focus solely on training. How-
ever, Spartan living conditions and gru-
eling high altitude training undoubt-
edly prompted many Wolverines to wish
they were back in Ann Arbor.
"It was a good (period) of train-
ing," Tom Dolan said. "We all ad-
justed to 7,000 feet, but Colorado
Springs and I don't get along too well.
It was a long three weeks, but I think
we are a lot stronger."
Coach Jon Urbanchek agreed that
the training was beneficial from both
a physical and emotional standpoint.
"Excellent training came in Colo-
rado Springs," Urbanchek said. "We
accomplished everything we hoped
to. The team bonded really well in
training camp.The team is on target.
"These kids gave up a lot to be part
of this training camp, but we will reap
the benefits."
Although the diving squad did not
travel to Colorado Springs, it experi-
enced an equally rigorous training
camp in Ann Arbor.
Michigan carried positive experi-
ences, from both Colorado and Ann
Arbor, south for consecutive dual meets
against Arizona State and Arizona Janu-
ary 5 and 6, respectively. The Wolver-
ines handily defeated both the Sun Dev-
ils, 77-36, and the Wildcats, 135-109
before heading back to Ann Arbor to
begin the Big Ten season.
Last Friday's meet with Purdue was
more than just the opening of the 1996
conference campaign. It marked the
return of All-Americans Royce Sharp
and Dolan to Urbanchek's squad.
Dolan returns to the Wolverine
lineup after redshirting the fall term
to concentrate on his training for the
Olympic Trials. The five-time NCAA
champion is now eligible to compete
for Michigan for the duration of the
"Taking the semester off really kept
the stress off," Dolan said. "I didn't
worry about anything out of the wa-

ter. By the end of the semester, theugh,9
I was really looking forward to =ree
turning to classes."
Both Dolan and Sharp provided
noticeable boost tothe Wolverines'$150
92 victory over the Boilermakers.
Sharp won the 200 backstrokedatid
placed third in the 200 individual med
ley. Dolan took first in the 1650 ands
500 freestyle events. The duo, along..
with Derya Buyukuncu and John'
Piersma, took second in the 400 med-
ley relay.
The Wolverines placed first in VAen
of nine events while also dominating
both the one-meter and three-mete*
diving competitions.
Including Dolan's victories, %'hI-
gan swimmers won all buont
freestyle event. Raymond Papa won
the 200 freestyle and Piersmatook
the 100 freestyle.
The 400 freestyle relay squad of
Piersma, Buyukuncu, Steven ,Will-
iams and Chris Rumley swam a
3:08.86, defeating the Boilermakers
by over two seconds.
Tom Malchow continued his strong
freshman campaign by defeating Onbeof
Purdue's strongest swimmers, Vilinos
Kovacs, to take the 200 butterfly.
Michigan exhibited dominanceover
the inferior Boilermakers in numer-
ous events. The Wolverines took the
first four places in the 500 freestyle
and four out of the top five spots in the
200 backstroke.
The Wolverine divers weren't eve
challenged. Alex Bogaerts, Bret
Wilmot, Nathan Shapard, Jeremy
Hertza and Al Fleming comprised a
solid diving contingent which took
the first four spots in the one-meter
and the first five spots in the three-
meter competitions.
The dual meet provided the Wol-
verines with another opportunity to
swim in a less competitive atmosphere
than what they will experience at thli
Olympic Trials.
"For us, this was not a high inten-
sity meet," Dolan said. "(It is meets
like this) that are good for the youbgpr
guys. In this type of meet, you have to
force yourself to step up and -chal-
lenge yourself."
Purdue coach Dan Ross' squad has
a much different focus than the Wol-
verines. While Michigan uses the
regular season is seen as preparatio
for the Olympics, Ross is concepts'W
ing on the Big Ten Championships.
"We are really focused on the Big
Ten's," Ross said. "We have the
chance to send our 400 medley relay
team to the NCAAs and we have a few
individuals who may get to compete."

Wendy Marshall finished first overall as she led Michigan to its fifth straight
Blue/Gold Invitational title.

Fatigued Wolverines split dual meets out West

By:Marc Ughtdale
Daly Sports Writer
2\fter being spanked by Southern
C;1,178-84, Saturday, the Michigan
women's swimming team rebounded
todemolish the University ofCalifor-
nia-San Diego, 156-84, Sunday.
The Wolverines' streaky perfor-
mance in consecutive dual meets came
inihe midst of the team's rollercoaster
ride through an exhausting training
-'It was a shame we had to swim
against USC under these conditions,"
Michigan~coach Jim Richardson said.
"USC swam extremely well. They
hod a powerful team and everyone
was healthy."
The two-week training regimen in
Hawaii left the No. 2-ranked Wolver-
ines devoid of energy and vulnerable
to a powerhouse like USC. After
completing five hours of grueling
training and eight of nine possible
workouts over winter vacation in
Hawaii, the Wolverines were left ex-
For the last month, the Wolverines
have trained in 83-degree weather
under a bright shining sky in Hawaii

and California. The beautiful weather
was not enough to supply the team
with enough energy to compete
against the likes of USC.
"We were slower than I hoped, but
it was totally a function of fatigue,"
Richardson said. "We trained so well
in Hawaii. It is a great environment
for hard work."
Although they are ranked No. 8 in
the nation, the Trojans look to be at
the top of the pack when it comes to
the NCAA Tournament at the end of
the season.
USC is led by two talented trans-
fers, Allison Bock and Emily Peters.
Bock has dominated competition in
the 50-yard freestyle and the 100
freestyle after transferring from Au-
burn. Peters was a gold medalist last
summer at the World University
"USC has all the pieces to the title,"
Richardson said. "They have a chance
to compete for the national champi-
The Wolverines won three events
against the Trojans. Kerri Hale pre-
vailed in the 200 butterfly in 2:14.90.
"Kerry was really solid in the 800

free, 200 fly," Richardson said. "She
had a very good in-season mile."
Anne Kampfe notched a victory in
the 200 butterfly (2:20.49).
Richardson praised her performance
because Kampfe had recently under-
gone a sinus operation. The operation
required that she take allergy shots
and go on a restrictive diet.
Richardson pointed to Kampfee's
determination in practice which en-
abled her to overcome her difficul-
"She's had the best week of prac-
tice of her life," Richardson said.
The Trojans' No. 8 ranking was
deceptive Richardson, siad.
"A lot of people on the East Coast
do not know about USC," he said.
"They are unaware that Bock is eli-
gible. Kristin Quance is so powerful
that she will probably win three events.
Bock is arguably one of the top three
swimmers (in the country)."
Although the Wolverines only
picked up three victories against USC,
the team improved Sunday by trounc-
ing UCSD.
UCSD is a Division III school with
a roster that contains only 12 swim-
mers. UCSD coach Doug Boyd had
spent time working with some of the
Michigan swimmers in the past.
Coach Richardson said he felt that
the UCSD was more ofa social meet.
"The level of swimming was not as
fast," Richardson said. "There was
less of a concern with competition. It
was an opportunity to do short-course
Beth Jackson said she thinks that the
swimmers are ready for the turbulent road
ahead before the NCAA Tournament.

"Adversity stares us in the face, and we
stare it right back," Jackson said.
Jodi Navta said she felt that the
team's performance was not indica-
tive of the team's progress.
"Now is not a mark of how we'll be
in the next month," Navta said.
Richardson knows the fatigue sig-
nifies the team's preparation for the
"We are tired," Richardson said.
"We are ready to make a push for the
last two months."


The Michigan women's swimming and diving team split a pair of dual meets In Southern California,


NOON TO 2:00 P.M.
Hillary Rodham Clinton will be at
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duce her new book, It Takes a Village:
And Other Lessons Children Teach Us. The
book is a chronicle of her quest to
discover how we can make our
society into the kind of village that
enables children to grow into able,
caring, resilient adults. Mrs. Clinton
will be in the store to meet the

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in a medical study evaluating an experimental antiviral for the
treatment of symptoms of influenza infection,
To be considered for this study, candidates must:
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