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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMori1ay - February 10, 1997 - 7B

Women's tankers lose first
Big Ten dual meet since '93

JONATHAN SUMMER/Daily
Micgan freshman Mike McWha was the only Wolverine to win multiple events Saturday to defeat Ohio State, 146.5-35.5.
Men's tankers down Ohi~o State
,0y T.J. Berka was the only Wolverine to win mul- been lopsided."
Wily Sports Writer tiple events Saturday. Marko Strahija and Kevin Kling
9 For the past four seasons, the "(McWha) has been very consis- also helped make the meet competi-
..Michigan men's swimming and div- tent all year," Urbanchek said. "He tive for the Buckeyes, each winning
-n team has been through it all, always comes through when we need two events.
* g undefeated in Big Ten dual him." Strahija took the 100 and 200
meets, winning three conference McWha led the Wolverines in the backstroke events and Kling
-eAampionships, and taking the distance events, in which Michigan grabbed the 100 and 200 breast-
NCAA title in 1995. outscored the Buckeyes, 42-15. stroke.
With this in mind, it was no sur- The Wolverines took the first The Buckeyes also dominated the
prise that when the Wolverines need- three spots in the 1,650, with Reich diving events, taking the first three
ed a relay victory to defeat Ohio and Andy Potts finishing behind places in the one-meter springboard,
State on Saturday afternoon on McWha. and came in first and third in the
Senior Recognition Day, the task Junior Owen von Richter took sec- three-meter event.
was left up to senior captain John ond to McWha in the 500 free and Buyukuncu registered the only
Piersma. won the 400 individual medley in his other Michigan victory, winning the
"I didn't really think that it would first action since November. 100 fly.
e down to the last relay, but Von Ritcher had been sidelined He also tied Buckeye Scott
there is no way I'm going to lose the until this weekend with a heart con- Osweicinski for second place in the
last race as a Michigan senior in our dition. 50 free.
home pool," Piersma, said. The emergence of the distance The victory capped off a success-
Piersma, who swam the anchor leg swimmers was the key to the meet, ful weekend for the Wolverines, who
of the 400-yard freestyle, combined after Tom Malchow had to withdraw trashed Michigan State, 139-75,
with Derya Buyukuncu, Chris from his signature event, the 200 Friday night in East Lansing.
Rumley and John Reich to help the butterfly, due to an asthma attack. Keeping with the theme of the
Wolverines win, 146.5-135.5. "We have too many asthmatics on weekend, senior Toby Booker led the
"We had confidence in our relay," the team, and unfortunately charge for Michigan with victories
chigan coach Jon Urbanchek (Malchow) had an asthma attack in the 200 IM and 200 back.
M d. "That relay is the best that during the 400 IM," Urbanchek said. Fellow Michigan seniors Chris
Michigan can put together." "It kind of helped Ohio State Rumley and Piersma also pulled out
Pacing the Wolverines was fresh- bounce back and get some momen- victories against the Spartans, as
man Mike McWha, who won the tum. It made a good meet out of it. did von .Richter, McWha and
1,650 and 500 free events. McWha Otherwise, it probably would have Malchow.
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By Afshin Mohamadi
Daily Sports Writer
It seems that it's not only the
Michigan football team that has trou-
ble with Northwestern..
After a road victory over Purdue
Friday, the Michigan women's swim-
ming team fell to the Wildcats, 157-
143, and defeated Indiana, 221.5-78.5,
in Bloomington on Saturday.
However, Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said he's not worried.
"We've stressed to the team that it's
not about beating the other team,"
Richardson said. "It's about swimming
the fastest you can swim."
At the moment, the fastest the
Wolverines can swim may be slower
than normal.
Michigan's top swimmers - the
ones who qualified for the NCAA
championships, including freshman
Shannon Shakespeare, junior Talor
Bendel and senior Jodi Navta - con-
tinue to expend most of their energy in
weekly practices.
By the time weekend meets roll
around, they have been struggling to
keep up with the opposition's best.

Still, Richardson admires their effort.
"(They) have been very steady," he
said. "They are working hard (during
the week) and swimming fatigued."
Despite the exhaustion, several
swimmers sparkled Saturday. Junior
Linda Riker swam a 2:01 in the 200-
yard backstroke, while junior Ellen
Fraumann had a strong showing in the
breaststroke.
The workouts, however, have slowed
down, and this week the Wolverines will
swim at 40 percent of their normal load.
Richardson said it was evident that
some swimmers who have been getting
rest are beginning to perform better.
"We hadsome people whohave the
rest take hold (of the situation),"
Richardson said,
Even though Richardson said he
was pleased with his team's effort this
weekend, the Wolverines suffered their
first loss in Big Ten dual meets since
the 1992-93 season.
"Northwestern swam a great, great
meet,"he said. " Even though we had the
depth, their No. I people were extreme-
ly fast. They won almost every event."
For one who follows the

Wolverines, the loss may not have:
come as a shock. In fact, Northwestern
has been closing the gap on Michigan
in recent years.
The Wolverines steamrolled the
Wildcats by 87 points in their dual
meet during the 1991-92 campaign.
Since then, however, the margin of
victory has diminished in each succes-
sive year - last season Michigan only
won by two points - until the
Wildcats were able to overtake the
Wolverines on Saturday.
Friday, the Wolverines defeated the
Boilermakers by 59 points. Michigan
was able to have its way with Purdue in
most events, especially in freestyle.
Shakespeare won three events, all
freestyle, while Stone and Bendel won
two each. In total, the Boilermakers.
only garnered three victories out orthe
14 total swimming events.
Michigan's divers got a victory from
Val Pochron in the one-meter event.
For Richardson and the Wolverines,.
the payoff could come in two weeks at.
the Big Ten championships when they
vye for a record 1Ith-straight Big Ten
title.

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