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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - January 13, 1997

Men's tankers worn out in meet

By John Friedberg
Daily Sports Writer
A 29-hour flight and a 16-hour time
change are not part of the recipe for
success in sports. Couple that with
top-notch competition two days after
the flight, and fatigue may begin to set
After a successful three-week train-
ing camp, the No. 6 Michigan men's
swimming and diving team came back
from Australia on Wednesday to swim
against two top-five teams, No.1
Stanford and No. 5 California.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,.
training went better than the meets.
The Wolverines returned to the
United States for their first action of
the New Year on Friday. Waiting for
them was the top-ranked Cardinal.
The Cardinal was psyched up for the
Wolverines, and they showed it, beat-
ing Michigan, 139-104.
"We really had a terrific training
camp, but Stanford was ready for us,"
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek said.
"The jetlag got to us, but Stanford was
better (Friday)."
Stanford won four of the first five
events at the meet, and Michigan
never seriously challenged. Stanford
ended up taking 10 of the 15 individ-
ual races as well as both relays.
The Cardinal's extraordinary depth

was exemplified by its 10 different
race winners. Stanford's top two med-
ley relay teams both finished ahead of
Michigan's top team as Stanford dom-
inated the meet from start to finish.
Michigan figured on an easier meet
with the Golden Bears. But California
swam an excellent meet, beating a
tired Michigan squad, 156-126, on
Saturday. According to coach
Urbanchek, Cal may be better than its
conference rival.
"California is perhaps a tougher
team than Stanford right now,"
Urbanchek said. "They are swimming
as well as anyone."
California received excellent per-
formances from many of its top swim-
Junior Bart Sikora won the 400-
yard individual medley, and both the
100 and 200 backstroke events. Junior
Christian Claytor and freshman Bart
Kizierowski both won two events.
Kizierowski anchored the 400
freestyle relay that also featured
Markus Dicke, Lars Mersebur and
Brad Kittredge. California's times in
many of the events were faster than
Stanford's winning times in the same
This is not to say that Michigan was
without its own top performances this

Senior captain John Piersma won
the 200 free at both meets and the 500
free against Stanford. Teammate and
fellow senior Chris Rumley won the
500 against California. Piersma also
anchored the 400 freestyle relay over
the weekend.
"John Piersma swam extremely well
this weekend," Urbanchek said. "lie
gave us a boost both days."
Sophomore Tom Malchow won the
200 butterfly on both Friday and
Saturday. Malchow also finished sec-
ond, just .08 seconds behind Piersma
in the 200 free at Stanford.
Junior Steve Williams won the 1650
free against California with the per-
sonal best time of 15:30.29. Junior
Derya Buyukuncu won the 100 butter-
fly against California.
The Michigan diving team had two
strong performances over the week-
end. Against Stanford, the divers took
the top three spots in both the one-and
three-meter competitions. Freshman
Josh Trexler won the one-meter event
at the Stanford meet while sophomore
Brett Wilmot took first against
California. On the three-meter board
sophomore Al Fleming won both com-
Despite the two setbacks, there were
many positives that the Wolverines
can carry with them throughout the

Michigan sophomore Tom Malchow won his race, the 200-yard butterfly, but the team was not as successful. After all was
said and done, Michigan lost to both Stanford and California as part of an extended road trip. The team had been training in

rest of the season.
They found out how well they will
have to swim to compete against some
of the top competition in the country.
The training camp that Urbanchek
termed "very successful," should go a

long way in building a team that will
be a force to be reckoned with this
"The camp was excellent. It was too
bad that we couldn't take one of the
meets, but the team will be fine,"

Michigan assistant coach and two-
time Olympic silver medalist c
Namesnik said. "There was so n11
emphasis placed on this weekend with
the two top-five opponents, but they
should be fine."

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By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's swimming team suffered its
first two losses of the season this weekend, falling to
top-ranked Stanford., 198-96, on Saturday, and No. 16
California, 170-130, yesterday.
The Wolverines (3-0 Big in, 4-2 overall) lost all
but one event to Stanford, as the Cardinal dominated
the meet. Michigan coach Jim Richardson pointed to
fatigue as the reason for the blowout.
"We had been through very, very vigorous training
for two straight weeks down in Coronado, and it was
just really, really tiring," Richardson said.
""This isn't a good time for us to have a swim meet.
We want to continue our meets with Stanford, and this
was the best time for us to get together with them, and
really the only time. But fitting it all into the end of
our Christmas training trip was not exactlyv when we
want to have this kind of meet.
Jodi Navta was one of the few Wolverines to have a
good weekend. Navta won the 100-yard breaststroke.,
and finished second in the 200 breaststroke against
Stanford. She finished first in both events against
Kerr Hale also had a strong meet against Stanford,
finishing second in the 400 individual medley in a
time of 4:22, one of her best times this season.
Richardson also cited Anne Kampfe and Shannon
Shakespeare as having good meets against California.

Kerry O'Hanlon had an excellent meet for five-
time defending NCAA champion Stanford, placing
first in both the 100 and 200 backstroke races.
Stanford won each of the first four events bdore
Navta took the 100 breaststroke,. jumping out to a 62-
12 lead and never looked back.
''Stanford is the no. 1 team in the country..
Richardson said. "Thev have a lot of depth, and they
have a lot of great athletes. Character-wise. I think this
is one of the best Stanford teams I've seen across the
Stantord is one of the few teams in the countrv that
seems to have Michigan's number. This was the
fourth meeting between the two teams in as many
years, and the Cardinal has won all four meets.
Despite the two losses, Richardson sees the
California training trip as a success. "The training
went extremely well, and I think the results of' the
meets would indicate that (the swimmers) were
obviously not rested. They're fatigued, and they're
not swimming fast because they are fatigued.
"We got a lot of work done, more work than we cal-
culated on getting done. We probably got about 15
percent more work than we've ever gotten before on a
training trip."
For two weeks, the team put in rigorous work in
Coronado. Calif. at the site of a United States Navy
Seal training facility.
The average day started at 8 a.m. with stretching.

and went until about 8:30 at night. The day consisted
of swimming, stretching weight-lifting, and 'deck
excercises. The Wolverines did not expect to do,@11
in their two meets following this training trip, beoause
they'd be fatigued, but scheduled the meets anyway to
save S12.000 in travel expenses.
"We had to make a decision: do you just drop the
meet . because it's not going to be an easy meet for
you to swim'?" Richardson said. "We chose not to do
that, we chose to swim anyway.
"I don't think it hurt us any. I knew we were tibed,
and 1 knew it would be very, very difficult for us to
swim at the speed that we can normally swim at. 'm
not disappointed with our effort, and I'm not d -
pointed with our attitude."
Richardson attributed part of the losses to 'the
administrators. "In the future, we're probably goiin to
have to work a little harder to find a date that's alittle
more conducive to having a really good competition.
This was just one of those years when the scheduling
just wasn't compatible. In six weeks, hopefully wie'll
have an excellent Big Ten championship, then folow
that up with a great meet in the NCAA's.
Nine Michigan swimmers have already qualified
for the NCAA championship. but the Wolverines e
not able to qualify any more this weekend. .
The Wolverines returned to Ann Arbor late ast
night and next face Georgia on Saturday at, thc
Canham Natatorium.

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