$B-- The Michigan Daily -- SPORTSMonday - February 24, 1997
Big Ten meet
Road to 11th title
bumpy at times
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Wolverines accomplished far more
than they could have had they
focused on the Big Ten. Urbanchek
did what was best for Michigan as a
team, a program and a school.
The Wolverines' 10-year league
reign ended, but Urbanchek has his
team on track to begin another streak
this season at the Big Ten champi-
onships, which are next weekend in
Bloomington. Minnesota will proba-
bly be Michigan's only serious com-
"This year, the team is concentrat-
ing on trying to get the Big Ten
championship back to Ann Arbor,"
Urbanchek said. "That is our goal."
But when the Olympics roll around
in 2000, Urbanchek will downplay
that goal again, as he should. The
Olympics will become top priority.
"If you screw around with the
Olympics, there won't be another
chance," he said. "These guys only
have one chance. You have to think
about what's best for the athlete."
That's best for Michigan, even if it
means putting the individual first.
Sometimes, there is an "I" in
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Senior Anne Kampfe led the women's swim team on the deck and in the pool. Her 55 points were second-best on the team.
Kampfe spar.ks tankers t title
By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - It takes more than fast swimming to
win a Big Ten championship. The Michigan women's swim-
ming team needed some leadership.
When the Wolverines needed someone to step it up, they
looked to Anne Kampfe. Friday morning, a tired Michigan
team swam slowly, allowing Minnesota back into the meet.
But Kampfe was there.
"I felt that I needed to get my teammates ready to swim and
to get them excited," Kampfe said. "I think it's part of my job
to get them ready to go and get them psyched up and excited
about the night."
Kampfe resorted to some odd deck-side antics to pump up
"It started last year at NCAAs, when we had one really bad
morning," Kampfe said. "I just started doing dumb things. I
did that again. I just dressed dumb and acted dumb. I wanted
to get them laughing and get their minds off the swimming
and more on the fun of the meet."
Kampfe came out on Friday afternoon wearing a funky
maize and blue cat-in-the-hat style hat, with an 'M' patch sewn
on. She started dancing on the deck, getting her teammates
Then she went out and set the example in the pool. In the
first individual event of the evening, Kampfe won the 400-
yard individual medley, setting a Big Ten championship
record with a time of 4:14.00, breaking the previous record set
by former Wolverine Mindy Gehrs in 1993. It was the third
time in four years Kampfe won the event.
"I've known what the record was since my freshman year
and breaking it has been a goal," Kampfe said. "But never
coming in here tapered, I didn't know if I could do it. After
the swim I did that morning, I thought it was a possibility."
And Kampfe wasn't done for the day. She came back to
swim a leg of the 800 freestyle relay, something that she had
never done before in a Big Ten or NCAA meet.
"I looked at it as an exciting point of the meet, because I
don't normally swim on relays," Kampfe said. "I just tried to
swim my race that I normally swim in the 200 free."
Kampfe started asking Michigan coach Jim Richardson to
put her on the relay last summer at the U.S. Nationals.
Then she swam the lights out at the Big Ten meet. She left
Richardson with no choice.
"She is having such a great meet, you just couldn't deny
her," Richardson said. "She is having the meet of her life here,
unshaved. It just shows you the type of swimmer that she is."
The relay team finished first and just missed breaking the
Big Ten record by five hundredths of a second. Kampfe's 55
points on the meet in individual events was second only to
teammate Shannon Shakespeare. But more valuable than what
Kampfe did in the pool was what she did out of it. She got her
team pumped up when they needed it and helped turn what
could have been a disastrous second day into a positive.
By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - It was a roller
coaster ride for the Michigan women's
The result: its I11th consecutive Big
Ten title. But the meet could have
On Friday afternoon, an upbeat
atmosphere turned sour for the
Wolverines, as they finished the worst
of their six sessions of the meet. Their
roller coaster entered its big dive, and
they let Minnesota back into the meet.
"I don't think we had a terrible
morning (Friday), we just had some
swims that were a little bit flat,"
Michigan coach Jim Richardson said.
"It's obvious we're on a roller coast-
er with this meet. About the time you
get high, you drop off the end of the
drop, and then you've got to pick your-
self back up again."
With the exception of the 400-yard
individual medley and the 200
freestyle, Minnesota qualified as many
or more swimmers as Michigan for the
finals in every event that night. If
everyone finished in the same place in
the evening as they had in the morning
preliminaries, Michigan's 29.5-point
lead would have been diminished to
nearly 15. The Wolverines would have
been easily within Minnesota's strik-
ing distance, especially considering
that on paper, Minnesota had the
advantage in three of the final five
The Wolverines were about to enter
the most important session of the meet.
"We had a team meeting with all of
the swimmers, and we just decided that
we weren't going to give it up,"
Michigan freshman Shannon
Shakespeare said. "We came together
as a team and were really supportive of
The difference was immediately
noticeable in the 400 IM, the first indi-
vidual event of the evening. Anne
Kampfe finished first, winning the
event for the third time in her career
and setting a Big Ten championship
" record. Jodi Navta finished second, and
Kerri Hale and Cathy O'Neill finishe
fifth and sixth, respectively. The onl
Minnesota swimmer to finish in the top
eight was seventh-place Olga
Splichalova. The event gave Michigan
a 69.5-point lead, and the roller coaster
started to climb again,
Minnesota chipped away at the lead
the entire night, but not to the extent
that they could have. Nearly every
Wolverine who qualified for the finals
improved on their finish from the pre-
Tanya Schuh finished first in the 100
butterfly for the Gophers, but Terri
Jashinsky, who had finished second in
the preliminaries, dropped to fourth.
Talor Bendel climbed from eighth to
fifth for Michigan.
In the 200 free, Shakespeare and
Bendel both responded to the chal-
lenge, each climbing one spot from
their preliminary finish to first an6
Ellen Frauman climbed from fifth to
third for the Wolverines in the 100
breaststroke. Linda Riker climbed from
fourth to third in the 100 backstroke.
"Minnesota really came after us and
put us in a position where we had to
respond," Richardson said. "I think we
did that (Friday) night."
The Wolverines finished the evening
strong, as Shakespeare, Kampfe,
Bendel and Jen Arndt combined to wi*
the 800 free relay. And when they
looked at the scoreboard, they had a
While the 10-point gain wasn't great,
compared to the potential 15-point loss,
it was huge.
This left the Wolverines in a position
to put the game out of reach on
Saturday morning. And after the strong
showing on Friday night, the
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fourth, and Melissa Sullivan (16th).
But the Wolverines stepped it up in
the next event. Senior Anne Kampfe
responded in the 200 backstroke,
claiming her second Big Ten title of
In the 100 free, the Wolverines put
the Gophers away.
Shakespeare, Bendel, Jen Eberwein
and Kim Johnson finished first, third,
fifth and ninth for the Wolverines.
Michigan picked up 59 points, while
Minnesota gained only 15.
"They're big-time swimmers,"
Michigan coach Jim Richardson said.
"They had to dig deep and get that
extra bit out. It's a real testimony to
their character and to their competi-
In addition to her three individual
championships, Shakespeare was part
of the winning 800 and 400 free
relays, as well as the second-place
200 medley relay and third-place 400
Shakespeare, Kampfe and Jodi
Navta were the top three point-scor-
ers of the meet in the individual
Shakespeare's three titles earned
the Wolverines 60 points. Kampfe
finished with 55 points from her 400
IM and 200 back titles and a fourth-
place finish in the 500 free. Navta
netted 50 points from second-place
finishes in the 200 and 400 IM and a
third-place finish in the 200 breast-
Minnesota was led by junior
Gretchen Hegener, who finished with
Hegener set new Big Ten champi-
onship records in the 100 and 200
She also finished ninth in the 20,
IM. Hegener was named co-Big Te
Swimmer of the Year along with
Michigan's 99.5-point victory was
the fourth-closest Big Ten champi-
onship in the meet's 16-year history
and the closest since 1993, when the
Wolverines beat Northwestern by
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