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8B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 25, 1996

Continued from Page 1B
Texas won both relays and fared simi-
larly well in the shorter races. Neil
Walker led the Longhorns, winning the
200-meter individual medley (1:49.36)
and the 200-meter backstroke (1:44.82).
In beating the defending champions,
the Wolverines ran their record to 2-0
and their series advantage over Texas to
4-2. It was their second straight victory
over the Longhorns, the last one having
come in 1995, just-before Michigan won
the 1995 NCAA championship.
The victory was large for Michigan.
"We've been eyeballing this meet all
year," Urbanchek said. "It's kind of
something you focus in on. We took
advantage of the situation. It was the No.
I team, and you're always pumped up
when you go against the No, 1 team."

Michigan will face Texas again in
March, when it travels to Minnesota to
try to regain the NCAA crown.
"Texas had their best team here but
they're more sprint-oriented,"
Urbanchek said. "But I think their peo-
ple will be a little more focused in
The Wolverines now have a month off
from NCAA competition and will spend
the time preparing for the rest of the sea-
son. The team is spending Christmas on
a world tour, including a training camp
in Perth, Australia. Michigan will face its
next opponent, Stanford, on its way
home from the tour Jan. 10.
"Stanford is the No. 2 team in the
country," Urbanchek said. "So we're
going to go against No. 1, and now we
have a lot of confidence to go against
No. 2. All in all, it was a great way to fin-
ish off first semester."

Blue tankers remain undefeated

By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
While the Ohio State football team
couldn't live up to its No. 2 ranking
this weekend, there was at least
another second-ranked team that
successfully retained its position in
the polls.
The Michigan women's swimming
and diving team pulled out a tough,
178-1 18 victory at No. 24 Penn State
on Friday.
Like the Buckeyes, the Wolverines
(3-0 Big Ten, 4-0 overall) came into
the meet as the overwhelming
favorite against a team ranked at the
bottom of the polls.
While the Lions had to overcome
the odds of beating a superior team,
the Wolverines had to contend with
some difficult circumstances that
complicated their ability to turn in a
prime performance.
Penn State faced only part of an
exhausted Wolverine squad which
was further fatigued by a lengthy bus
ride the night before.
"(Penn State) meant business,"
Michigan co-captain Melisa Stone

said. "We were a lot more tired than
we thought."
While the margin of the
Wolverines' victory was decisive,
Penn State (1-2, 2-2), made many of
the races close because it was rested
and prepared for Michigan.
"They always shave and taper for

us and are pre-
pared to swim
fast, but we are
in our tired
stages," Stone
"This meet
says that we can
step it up a
notch when we
are dead and
give it all that
we have."
M i c h i g a n
took the lead in
the first two
events with the
200 medley relay

that we c
up a notc
we are di
give it all
of Linda Riker,

free. distance veteran Kerr I lale
captured first place by more than
two seconds.
Penn State gained control of the
lead by winning the next two events,
as it swept the 200 freestyle and took
first and second in the 100 back
After five
Sv e 11 t S,
eet says found}itsel
an step it with an eight-
point deficit
h when entering the
200 butterfly.
Dadl and But Just its
soon as the
we Lions went
a h e a d,
Michigan took
Melisa Stone the lead away
Mn by sweeping
higan swimmer back-to-back
Junior Karin Bunting, sophomore
Cathy O'Neill and Hale swept the fly
while Shakespeare, junior Kim
Johnson and sophomore Jen
Eberwein duplicated the feat in the

The Wolverines dominated the rest
of the way, as they won all of the rest
of the events with the exception of
ven though the diving squad
failed to win either of the diving
events. it did fare better than two
weeks ago against Tennessee when it
was swept in both.
In the one-meter diving, freshman
Hanna Shin and sophomore Jill
Unikel placed second and third while
sophomore Valerie Pochron finished
second in the three-meter.
While Navta ruled both breast-
stroke events and Shakespeare domi-
nated two of the sprint freestyle
events, senior Anne Kampfe
emerged as the star of the second
half of the meet.
Kampfe won three of the six indi-
vidual events in the last half, cruis-
ing to victories in the 200 back-
stroke, 500 freestyle and the 400
individual medley.
With Thanksgiving beak this
week, the weary Wolverines will be
able to rest their limbs in order to be
ready for their next test.

Continued from Page 3B
But Giovanazzi remains undeterred.
"My goal is to get this team into the
tournament for the first time," he said.
"There are goals and expectations.
That's closer to an expectation."
For that expectation to become a
reality, it's quite simple what the
Wolverines need to do. They need to

This was all too evident in a recent
two-match home set against nationally-
ranked Penn State and Ohio State. The
Wolverines dropped both matches and
are not in the same class with either
"People knov what type of academic
tradition we have here at Michigan,'
Giovanazzi said. "There just hasn't
been a volleyball tradition.
"That's the missing part."
- Barrv Sollenbeiger can be reached
over e-mail at jsol@unich.edu.

Jodi Navta, Stone and Shannon
Shakespeare barely touching out the
Penn State contingent.
In the 'second event, the 1,000

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'M' grapplers face highs and lows at Open

The Nation's

By Jordan Field
Daily Sports Writer
The No. 10 Michigan wrestling team left the
Michigan Open in East Lansing yesterday with mixed
emotions of its performance. The Open was the first
of the year, and acted as an indicator of the season to
"I was fairly pleased with our performance."
Michigan coach Dale Bahr said. "There were many
bright spots, but there were also many areas where we
know we need improvement."
Of those bright spots, the brightest came from the
performances of freshman Damion Logan at 126
pounds and junior All-American Jeff Catrabone at
167. Both won their respective weight classes.
'IJeff basically dominated his weight class and
reached the finals without really any close matches"
Bahr said.
Bahr was especially pleased with the performance
from Logan, a true freshman. Logan, wrestling in only
his second collegiate tournament, came out of high
school as the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class.
Logan stepped in to replace junior All-American
Brandon Howe, who is sidelined with a shoulder
"Logan really proved himself at this tournament,
and showed us that he will really be an instant con-
tributor to our team." Bahr said. "With this type of
early tournament, we hope to have the older guys
round into the shape they were at last season and to

have the younger guys get a chance to start to estab-
lish thetnselves at this level."
Of the older wrestlers, the Wolverines received
positive results from their three healthy returning All-
Americans. Catrabone (167) won his class. Junior Bill
Lacure (158) finished third in his class, losing in the
semifinals to Michigan State's two-time All-American_
Chad Bailey. And heavyweight Airron Richardson
placed second, losing in the finals to an assistant
coach from Michigan State.
Coaches and other non-students are allowved to
wrestle in open-style tournaments such as this
Michigan, along with Ohio State, Michigan State
and Northwestern, represented the Big Ten, while
other smaller schools such as Mt. Union and
Muskegon Community College and wrestling clubs
such as the Buckeye Wrestling Club also competed in
the Open. The open-style tournament also does not
score team points, only individual rankings in each
weight class.
"This was an early-season meet where we had the
opportunity for a lot of guys to wrestle and had the
opportunity to see a lot of different schools," said
Michigan assistant coach Joe McFarland.
"This kind of atmosphere is good for the team early
in the season to be able to compete with out too much
Another Michigan bright spot came from sopho-
more Corey Grant (134), who placed second. Two

freshmen, Luie Haddad and Otto Olson, also placed
in their weight class. Haddad (134) finished sixth
behind Grant, and Olson (158), a true freshman, fin-
ished sixth.
The lowest point for Michigan was 118-pound
sophomore Chris Viola's injury-default from the tour-
Viola injured his gt-oin in his quarterfinal victory.
lie tried to compete in the semifinals, but lost due to
the injury and had to default before his match in the
back draw.
"Chris could hardly walk after his quarter final
match but he wanted to try it in the semis," Bahr said.
"Maybe we shouldn't have let him go, but we did, and
the injury was just too bad and we had to pull him
after the semifinal."
Viola finished sixth for the Wolverines, ofte"
place behind Michigan freshman Matt Warner.
Other Michigan wrestlers who placed in the tour-
ney were junior Jon Newsom (126) and Jeff Reese
"Overall we pitt in a decent ef-ort," Bahr said. "Any
given tournament like this we have three or four guys
wrestle above their expectations, three or four at their
expectations, and three of four below where they
should be. We need to get those guys who are below
to pick it up and then we can move on and be a better
Michigan 4ill travel to Visconsin on Friday forthe*
Northern Open.

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