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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 13, 1997

'M' women swimmers

resting up for Big



By Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
Zach, Screech, Kelly and the rest
of the gang from "Saved by the
Bell" probably won't be at the
Michigan Open this weekend in
Canham Natatorium, but the
Bayside High swim team very well
could be.
Because the
Michigan Open is
a United States
Swimming event,
not an NCAA
meet, and will fea-
ture primarily
high school and
club-level swim-
mers from across
the midwest.
With most of the Michigan
women's swimming team rests in
preparation for next weekend's Big
Ten championships, only four
Wolverines will compete this week-
For the Wolverines who won't be
competing at the Big Ten
Championships, this weekend's
meet is their chance to shine.
"For the people who are swim-
ming, it's a major thing for them,"
Michigan coach Jim Richardson
said. "They're trying to rest and to
see how fast they can go."
Among the Wolverines competing
will be Kara Kaltenbach, Rebecca
Craig and Emily Cocks.
For Cocks, this meet marks a
return to competition after knee

surgery earlier this season. Last sea-
son, as a freshman, Cocks qualified
for the NCAA championship in the
100-yard breaststroke.
She could have returned to com-
petition this season, but Richardson
felt that it would be better to take a
redshirt year and concentrate on
"She's doing very, very well,
Richardson said. "She's done some
good rehab work. I feel that it really
enhances the likelihood that she'll
return next year and have a great
DON'T WORRY: Despite losing its
first Big Ten dual meet in four years
last week to Northwestern.
Richardson believes that there is
nothing to be concerned about.
"I think some people may read
something into the Northwestern
meet this last weekend that's simply
not there," Richardson said.
"In the 1992-93 season, we lost to
Penn State that year in a dual meet.
"Penn State went on to finish
fourth at the Big Ten championship
that year."
According to Richardson, the
Wolverines are performing as well as
past teams before championship meets.
Despite recent troubles,
Richardson believes that the
Wolverines are where they need to
be in order to succeed at Big Tens
and NCAAs.
"We're looking the way we nor-
mally do prior to championships,"
Richardson said.

I feel that (th%
rehab) really
enhances thew
likelihood that
she'll return next,
year and have a
great year",
---Jim Richardson-
Michigan women's swim
ming coach, on Emily CoQk
"I'm really pleased with where we
are. All of our data stacks up con~-
sistently with past years."
RELAXING: The Wolverines who
will swim at Big Tens next N4
will spend this week resting
For much of the season,the
Wolverines have suffered fr6m~
fatigue associated with hardsnaain-
ing preparing for Big Tens.gw I
With Big Tlens only a week .iaa,
many Wolverines are starting tocu~t
back on their training to be preparei
to swim fast next week.
"They've been resting, and V'~c
been pleased with the majority
them," Richardson said.,
"They've been performning well i;1
practice and they've been perform-
ing well at the meets."

Most members of the Michigan women's swimming team will skip this weekend's Michigan Open to rest for the Big Tens.

Wake Forest holds off Clemson, 55-49 /Y
Tim Duncan has double-double in the victory; 18 points, 16 rebounds ;e ,u rh/*

- No. 2 Wake Forest held No. 7
Clemson to just one field goal in a
span of 18 minutes, and still needed
18 points and 16 rebounds from Tim-
Duncan to win, 55-49, last night.
Players were knocked to the floor
20 times, a list that included Duncan,
who was elbowed in the chin, and
Clemson's Andrius Jurkunas, who
took a forearm to the head and spent
several minutes on the bench with an
ice bag covering his face.
Wake Forest (20-2 overall) secured
its school-record fifth-consecutive

20-win season and improved its
Atlantic Coast Conference-leading
mark to 9-2.
Clemson (7-4 ACC, 19-5 overall)
was held to 28-percent shooting.
The Tigers rallied after making
only one basket in a long span
bridging the first and second halves
and took a 38-37 lead on a 3-point-
er by Terrell McIntyre with 8:44
Merl Code hit a pair of 3-pointers
in the final minute and wound up
with 12 points, making him the only
player in double figures for

Antonio Smith's basket with 1.7
seconds remaining broke a tie and
lifted Michigan State to a 69-67 vic-
tory over Iowa in a Big Ten game.
Mateen Cleaves' driving layup was
tipped by the Hawkeyes' Ryan Bowen,
but the ball went to Smith, who laid it
in for the winning basket.
Cleaves led the Spartans with 15
points and a career-high 10 assists,
while Ray Weathers added 14 points.
Kent McCausland led Iowa with
18 points, all on 3-pointers, while

freshman Guy Rucker added a
career-high 17 and Andre Woolridge
finished with 16.
Iowa (7-4 Big Ten,16-7 overall) has
dropped four-straight road games.
The victory ended a three-game
home losing streak for the Spartans
The Hawkeyes trailed 42-26 at
halftime, but got back into the game
on the outside shooting of
McCausland and Woolridge and the
inside play of Rucker, who had I1
points in the second half.
A 21-6 Iowa run that was capped
by a 3-pointer by McCausland with
6:21 remaining, gave the Hawkeyes
a 60-58 advantage - their first lead
since early in the first half.


Wake Forest slipped by Clemson in a brutal game that included 20 knockdowns.

Lavin gets four-year extension

sleepless nights are over for Steve
No more tossing and turning, won-
dering if he would be UCLA's basket-
ball coach for longer than this bumpy
Lavin got the job permanently
Tuesday, along with a four-year con-
tract through the 2001 season. Terms
were not disclosed.
"I'm thrilled," he said at a campus
news conference held in the same
room where the 32-year-old was
named interim coach after Jim
Harrick was fired on Nov. 6.
"You just don't imagine that your
first job is gto be the Yankees of col-
lege basketball," Lavin said.
That kind of reverence for UCLA's
11 NCAA championships, along with
a strong sense of discipline, made
Lavin the choice of athletic director
Peter Dalis and Chancellor Charles
"The time is right for Steve," Dalis
said. "He brings a stability and
integrity to the program.
"What Lavin has done since I've
been at this table three months ago is
The season started with a 1st-
round preseason NIT loss to Tulsa.

It got worse with a 96-83 loss to
No. I Kansas, in which the Bruins
were booed by their own fans for
trailing by 28 points, and then
reached its lowest point in a 48-point
loss to Stanford.
Since then, Lavin guided the 24th-
ranked Bruins (13-7) to a first-place
tie with Southern California in the
Pac-10 conference.
In the process, he hasn't been
afraid to keep starters out of practice,
as he did with forward J.R.
Henderson last month.
"We weren't used to that type of
discipline, but I think that the best
way to coach is holding the players
accountable for their actions," for-
ward Charles O'Bannon said.
"This is his program."
O'Bannon said he and point guard
Cameron Dollar endorsed Lavin's
permanent hiring, although they will
graduate this spring.
Speculation swirled after Harrick's
firing that if Lavin wasn't hired per-
manently, underclassmen Toby
Bailey, Henderd Jelani McCoy might
leave for the NBA.
"All the underclassmen told me
they're returning," Lavin said. "It's
satisfying to know those players are
coming back. We'll have better

rebounding ... we'll have a heck ol
season next year." :
The greatest effect of retainig
Lavin will be on recruiting. -I
Bruins' only signec last fall w,
guard Earl Watson of Kansas Ciiy,
Baron Davis, considered the top
point guard prospect in the nation,
decided to wait until spring after
Harrick was fired for repeatedly
lying about an expense report.
Now Davis, a senior at Santa
Monica Crossroads High, may follow
up on his oral commitment and sig
letter of intent.
"It kicks our recruiting efforts iitto
high gear," Lavin said.
"That's where the biggest differ-
ence will be felt. People now realize
there's a new era of UCLA basket-
Lavin said he expects to sign five
or six players, but NCAA rules pre-
vent him from discussing prospects.
Although things are looking up f
the Bruins, they've endured onq ,
the most volatile seasons n
Westwood in years.
They're back in the rankings this
week for the first time in two moittis,
but they have no significant non-Con-
ference victories.



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