The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 13, 1997 - 17A
'M' women bask in glow of title
Wolverines rest for NCAAs after stepping up
By Afshin Mohamadi
Daily Sports Writer
After completing another champi-
onship season in the Big Ten, much of
the Michigan women's swimming team
is finally getting the rest it has waited
all season for.
Those Wolverines, who did not qual-
ify to swim an event in the NCAA
Championships, which begins March
20, in Indianapolis, are finished for the
season. Meanwhile, 10 swimmers are
still training for the national meet, but
even they are not exactly going full
The Wolverines still in training are
swimming on a more individualized
schedule than they had been during the
"We are doing what we call a 're-
taper,"' Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said. "I'm giving people a
lot of rest (and) a lot of freedom"
Rest is what the Wolverines need,
after a season that included a grueling
training trip to Coronado, Calif., during
winter break and culminated with an
11 th-consecutive Big Ten champi-
onship three weeks ago.
At times this season, the Wolverines
looked as if they would have a tough
time recapturing the conference title. A
loss to Northwestern was Michigan's
first conference defeat in four seasons:
Michigan also suffered several other
blowout losses to some of the nation's
top-ranked teams, including Stanford,
California and Georgia.
However, Michigan rose to the chal-
lenge and pulled out a rather sizable
victory in the Big Tens, beating second-
place Minnesota by 99.5 points.
Next week, 10 of the Wolverines will
return to Indianapolis, where the con-
ference championships were held, in
search of the same results they had
there three weeks ago. Richardson,
however, said he is not expecting much.
"I just hope we swim fast," he said.
"I really don't want to worry (about
how we place)."
Nevertheless, Richardson said that
he does believe that Michigan has a
chance to win some races next week.
"On paper, right now, we have the
ability to do well in some events," he
said. "(In particular), we can do well in
the 200, 400 and 800 free relays.
"Individually, Shannon Shakespeare
has our best chance in the 200 free.
to capture Big Ten
Hopefully, we can swim faster than we
ever have in our lives."
At the moment, the Wolverines are
not even swimming fast, at least not in
practice. Since its last meet, Michigan
has tapered its workload down, week by
This week the Wolverines are swim-
ming at 40 percent of their iormal
amount, and as the NCAA
Championships near, they will be hard-
ly training at all.
"By Sunday, we are going to basical-
ly be floating," Richardson said.
Besides Shakespeare, other notable
Wolverines who will travel' to
Indianapolis are senior captains Anne
Kampfe, Jodi Navta and Melisa Stone.
The meet will be the last for these three
as Wolverines, as well as the last
chance for them to win an event in the
Last year, when the natienat,.xiet
was held in the Canham Natatotium,
Michigan responded with a thirdpce
finish on its home turf. Howeve, the
Wolverines failed to win a single event.
If Michigan is going to repeat itswig
Ten heroics, it will have to dobtter
he Michigan women's swimming team will have time to come up for air now that it is in the midst of a three-week break in
between the Big Tens and the NCAA Championships.
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* SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - After getting
snubbed by the NCAA tournament, Syracuse
was looking for redemption in the NIT. The
Orangemen didn't get it.
Randell Jackson scored 20 points and
LaMarr Greer added 16 as Florida State beat
Syracuse, 82-67, last night in the first round
of the NIT.
The Orangemen (19-13), who reached the
NCAA title game last season, failed to win
0- games for only the second time in Jim
oeheim's 21 years as coach.
mFlorida State (17-11), making its first post-
season appearance in four years, will play
Michigan State in the next round.
Florida State, which led, 30-24, at half-
time, took command early in the second half.
Jackson scored 11 points during a 21-9 run
that put the visiting Seminoles ahead, 51-33,
with 12:49 left, and a dunk by Corey Louis
with 7:43 remaining gave the Seminoles their
biggest lead, 64-42.
Syracuse closed to 70-61 on a 3-pointer by
Janulis with 2:29 left but the Seminoles
made six of eight free throws to clinch the
Otis Hill led Syracuse with 16 points.
James Collins scored 14 points and Kirk
Luchman had 13 for Florida State.
NOTRE DAME 74, ORAL ROBERTS 58
Admore White scored 18 points to lead
Notre Dame to a 74-58 win over Oral
Aoberts yesterday in the first round of the
Eight of White's points came during a key
second-half run that put away the Golden
Notre Dame (15-13) was up 35-29 at half-
time and jumped out to a 44-33 cushion
early in the second half. But the Golden
Eagles clawed back within four at 49-45
with 8:35 left. The Irish then went on a 17-4
run, keyed by White, to put the game out of
The inside play of Matt Gotsch and Phil
Hickey played a major role in the victory.
Gotsch, relegated to the bench for lackluster
play his last two .games, inspired his squad
with 10 first-half points. Hickey then scored
six points in the first four minutes of the sec-
ond half to give Notre Dame an IlI-point
Gotsch finished with 15 points, while
Hickey added nine points and eight
CONNECTICUT 71, IONA 66
At Storrs,.Richard Hamilton scored nine
of his 25 points down the stretch as UConn
(15-14) held off Iona (22-8). Kevin Freeman
added 18 points and 13 rebounds for the
Huskies, while Bryan Matthew led lona with
MICHIGAN STATE 65, GEORGE
At East Lansing, Ray Weathers scored 18
points as Michigan State (17-11) defeated
George Washington (15-14). Shawnta Rogers
led the Colonials with 18 points, but the 5-foot-
4 guard was only 6-for-18 from the field.
WEST VIRGINIA 98, BOWLING GREEN 95
At Morgantown, Seldon Jefferson scored
29 points as West Virginia (20-9) beat
Bowling Green (22-10). Bowling Green had
a chance to tie, but Antonio Daniels missed a
3-pointer as the buzzer sounded.
PITTSBURGH 82, NEW ORLEANS 63
At Pittsburgh, Vonteego Cummings
scored 25 points and the Panthers (18-14)
used their height advantage to beat New
ARKANSAS 101, NORTHERN ARIZONA 75
At Fayetteville, Pat Bradley scored 17 of
his 22 points in the second half as Arkansas
(16-12) downed Northern Arizona (21-7).
Andrew Mavis led Northern Arizona with 26
NEBRASKA 67, WASHINGTON 63
At Lincoln, Mikki Moore and Bernard
Garner hit free throws in the final 12 seconds
to give defending champion Nebraska (17-
14) the victory over Washington (17-11).
TEXAS CHRISTIAN 85, ALABAMA-
At Forth Worth, Mike Jones scored 18
points and reserve James Penny added 17 as
Texas Christian (22-12) routed Alabama-
Birmingham (18-14). Carlos Williams and
Credric Dixon each scored 16 points for UAB.
BRADLEY 66, DREXEL 53
At Peoria, Anthony Parker scored 15
points and Bradley (17-12) held Drexel (22-
9) to 32 percent shooting from the field.
West Virginia just got by Bowling Green in the first round of the NIT last night in Morgantown. The
Falcons' Antonio Daniels missed a 3-pointer at the final buzzer which would have tied the game. The
Mountaineers will host North Carolina State in the second round.
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Michigan may not be dancing with the big
boys, but read tomorrow's Daily for detailec
coverage of the first night of the NCAA
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Texas
Tech has replaced or reassigned at
least three people, including two
executives, involved in the academic
certification of athletes, chancellor
John Montford announced yesterday
Citing "university procedure,"
Montford would not reveal the names
of employees involved. However, he
also would not comment on the
employment status of assistant athlet-
ic director Taylor McNeel and
Michele Matticks, assistant director
of academic services.
Both have been responsible for a
certification program that resulted in
the disqualification of two basketball
players last weekend. Because the
NCAA deemed Gracen Averil and
Deuce Jones ineligible, the school
forfeited its 10 Big 12 victories and
removed itself from NCAA tourna-
McNeel and Matticks were not
available at their offices this morning.
"Sadly, these changes are coming
too late to ease the pain and broken
hearts of our men's basketball team,"
president Donald Haragan said at a
morning news conference. "This
should never have happened. Words
are not going to erase the memories
these young men will retain through-
out their careers."
Haragan announced a full restruc-
turing of the academic certification
process at Texas Tech which will
move from the athletic department to
the president's purview.
Associate general counsel Victor
Mellinger is now the acting compli-
ance officer, assuming the duties
included in the job description of
McNeel, a former assistant football
coach and 22-year veteran of the ath-
In coordination with the NCAA,
the school is searching nationally for
candidates with experience in acade-
mic compliance and certification,
The school already has been under
an NCAA investigation for alleged
violations in the football and men's
The university will audit the athlet-
ic eligibility of all student athletes,
beginning with those participating in
spring sports. Internal auditor
Kimberly Miller and attorney Kathy
Jones, a former NCAA official, will
conduct the inquiry.
In all, six Tech athletes have either
lost playing time or eligibility related
to university administrative mistakes
in the past year. One of them, former
football lineman Casey Jones, suc-
cessfully sued the NCAA to play the
second half of last season after being
declared academically deficient.
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